"Isn't almost ALL wildlife and conservation activity in the US paid for by hunters in the form of"
I won't guess about "all" but substantially all waterfowl conservation in the US is paid for by waterfowl (duck) hunting charges, yes. The system works, and so far no one else has ante'd up the money
for conservation on the same scale.
Wasn't it the King of Spain
who just got flack over that, taking an elephant hunt in Africa
, targeting a nuisance elephant and paid to a conservation trust?