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Hunting & Conservation

Hunting is a part of America’s cultural heritage, an important wildlife management tool, and an important part of our national economy.

Annually, approximately 15 million Americans hunt. Hunting is the reason, or one of the reasons, that more than a third of America’s 100 million gun owners own guns.

Hunters and other gun owners are among the foremost supporters of sound wildlife management and conservation practices in the United States. Since 1937, they have contributed more than 7.2 billion dollars to a variety of wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation programs, through Pittman-Robertson Act revenues associated with the purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. These conservation programs have led to dramatic increases in populations of various game species including deer, elk, antelope, turkeys and waterfowl.

Hunting also contributes more than $38.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting more than 680,000 jobs. Hunters have provided millions of meals to those in need, by donating game meat through Hunters for the Hungry, a program started by the NRA, and similar programs. Hunting continues to rank as one of the safest outdoor activities in America, and an overwhelming majority of Americans support hunting.

The NRA supports many efforts to preserve and promote America’s rich hunting heritage at the federal, state and local levels, including Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendments, policies assuring no net loss of public land open to hunting, mentoring programs for new hunters, hunter safety training programs, range development programs, the use of firearm sound suppressors, and the repeal of laws that prohibit hunting on Sunday.

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North Carolina: Bill to Create Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heard

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

North Carolina: Bill to Create Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heard

Senate Bill 677, previously introduced in the North Carolina state Senate, is now scheduled to be heard in the ...

The Hill  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gun control is a sure way to hurt conservation efforts

Despite a unified effort by celebrities and politicians to usher in gun control legislation, the American public has ...

Washington Examiner  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Obama’s outdoors czar wants 21-year-old limit on gun buying

Dan Ashe, former President Barack Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Service director, is proposing that Washington pass a package ...

NRA’s Chris Cox to Serve on Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NRA’s Chris Cox to Serve on Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council

The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, will represent the ...

Daily Caller.com  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obama’s Former Wildlife Chief Doesn’t Speak For America’s Millions Of Sportsmen

Dan Ashe, the director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama administration, recently penned ...

Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent

We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, ...

Iowa: Vote to be Held Tomorrow on Arbitrarily Restricting Hunting Firearms

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Iowa: Vote to be Held Tomorrow on Arbitrarily Restricting Hunting Firearms

On May 10th at 9:30AM, the Iowa state Natural Resource Commission will be voting on potential rule changes to Chapter ...

Georgia: Spalding County Discharge Ordinance Vote Rescheduled

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Georgia: Spalding County Discharge Ordinance Vote Rescheduled

On May 7th, the Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be voting on 2018-ORD-07, after having tabled it during ...

Iowa: Proposed Rule Change Arbitrarily Restricts Hunting Firearms

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Iowa: Proposed Rule Change Arbitrarily Restricts Hunting Firearms

On May 1st, the Iowa state Natural Resource Commission will be holding a public hearing to discuss potential ...

U.S. News & World Report  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Deer Meat From National Parks Is Donated to Food Banks

Annual operations to curb overabundant white-tailed deer at several national parks in Maryland and Washington, D.C. has netted more than ...

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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.