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The legal pursuit of animals for food or sport with the permission of the landowner. Often requires a hunting license, permit, and a hunter's safety course. For information about NRA Hunter Education Courses, click here!



Illegal hunting or capturing of animals without the permission of the landowner or government. Often with the intent of selling parts on the black market. Click here to learn more about the difference between poaching and hunting.



Government regulated



Not government regulated



Helpful to wildlife populations


Managed using scientific population data to keep wildlife healthy.



Harmful to wildlife populations


Not scientifically driven  



Benefits local communities, landowners, conservation programs and anti-poaching groups



Benefits poachers, traffickers, black market dealers, warlords 



Contributes significant amounts of money to conservation




Has no public benefit 






Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.