Oct 31, 2023

Bear Archery and Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Release 'Connecting with Conservation' Video


To help inform America's 60+ million active HATS (Hunters, Anglers, Trappers and Shooters) on how land, fish and wildlife conservation is funded in the United States, Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) has developed a video series entitled 'Connecting with Conservation,’ where they collaborate with industry manufacturers and state agencies.

The latest video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4a3EwZrqOg showcases a visit to the Bear Archery facility in Jacksonville, Fla., giving viewers an inside look at bow manufacturing, sharing how archery pioneers, such as Fred Bear, helped pave the way for archery manufacturers to contribute to the Pittman-Robertson Act and thanking outdoors men and outdoors women for their role in conservation.

"Bear Archery is proud to support conservation funding and we do want our customers to know how important they are to us, as well as, to the conservation funding model”, said Neil Byce, director of operations at Bear Archery.

"Our 'Connecting with Conservation' video series simplifies the message on how conservation is funded and informs HATS how they are primary funders of land, fish, and wildlife conservation in America,” said OSCF Executive Director, Jim Curcuruto. “We thank companies like Bear Archery for helping spread the word to HATS across the nation."

The Pittman-Robertson Act generates funds from an excise tax on select outdoor products and goes to benefit projects such as land acquisition and improvement of wildlife habitat, introduction of wildlife into suitable habitat, research, surveys and inventories of wildlife populations, and development of access facilities for public use, and hunter education programs, including construction and operation of public target ranges.

“Hunting and fishing licenses along with purchases of excise taxed outdoor products make up the bulk of most state wildlife agency budgets,” stated Curcuruto. “Without the $3.6 billion in funding provided by HATS each year, wildlife agency budgets would be decimated, and they would be unable to continue to perform all the great conservation work they do.”

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About Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help recruit the next generation of HATS (Hunters, Anglers, Trappers & Shooters) and promote the fact that HATS are primary funders of land, fish and wildlife conservation in America. To support our mission we have developed programs such as: “ComeWith!”, “Fill A Bag While Filling Your Tag”, “Connecting with Conservation” and the “Outdoor Industry Communication Council”. For additional information follow @OutdoorStewards on Instagram, visit www.OutdoorStewards.org or contact Jim Curcuruto jim@stewardsofconservation.org (203) 450-7202.

About Bear Archery®

Founded by the iconic father of modern archery, Fred Bear, in 1933 with the intention of bringing archery to the masses, Bear Archery® continues to produce legendary bows with the same focus on reliability and technology while maintaining its rich heritage of innovative leadership, quality products, and family values. Bear Archery is a division of Escalade Sports. For information on Bear Archery, its products, brands, instruction manuals, retailers, warranty, replacement parts, or customer service, please call 1-800-694-9494 or visit www.beararchery.com

About Murray Road Agency

Murray Road is a passionate and well-rounded marketing agency dedicated to delivering difference-making results for its growing roster of brands and organizations. As experts in connecting companies and brands to their target audiences, the agency provides services in content creation, social media management, public relations, media buying, event management, digital advertising and more. For more information, visit www.murrayroadagency.com.

This 'Connecting with Conservation' video was produced with the support of The Murray Road Agency. Funding for this project is provided by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (F23AP00394), a program supported with funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and jointly managed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.