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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.

Hunting Articles


Friday, November 19, 2004

British Parliament Approves Full Fox Hunting Ban

After seven years of angry debate, and legislative maneuvering, Britain`s Parliament approved a ban on fox hunting November ...


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Lords Defiant To The Last On Hunting Bill

Defiant peers have voted to overturn the ban on hunting with hounds agreed by the Commons just 24 ...


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Appeals Court Reinstates Bear Hunt in New Jersey Next Month

An appeals court ruled yesterday that New Jersey`s environmental commissioner overstepped his authority by trying to block this ...


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

MPs Rule Out Hunting Ban Deal

Hopes of a last-minute deal on hunting look doomed, as Members of Parliament prepare to reassert their demand ...


Monday, November 15, 2004

Hunting Brings Big Dollars To W.Va.

Hunting in West Virginia isn`t just a hobby or pastime -- it is a big business generating hundreds ...


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Hunters Ask N.J. Court To Approve Bear Hunt Permits

A group representing hunters argued on Nov. 9 that New Jersey`s environment commissioner overstepped his authority when he ...


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Farmers Should Be Allowed To Shoot Mountain Lions

South Dakota farmers and ranchers should be allowed to shoot mountain lions that are near their buildings or ...


Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Court Ruling Over Nevada Hunting Permits Criticized

Nevada hunters could face longer odds of getting big game tags under suggestions made to a state board ...


Monday, November 8, 2004

Deer Hunters Bring Money To Area

It`s the opening day of Georgia`s deer season, and the hunters have returned in force. "It happens every ...


Friday, November 5, 2004

Voters Overwhelmingly Support Sportsmens` Rights

In major victories for America`s sporting heritage, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment recognizing every citizen`s fundamental right ...

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