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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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Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Pittman-Robertson Act: Friend Of The Hunter & Hunted

Pittman-Robertson has been strongly supported by hunters and conservationists since its passage. Proper management of tax dollars paid ...

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Friday, August 17, 2001

Risk To Humans From Grizzlies Too Great

Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne applauds President Bush`s refusal to adopt a Clinton proposal to introduce grizzly bears into ...

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Monday, June 11, 2001

Hunting on Refuges

The National Wildlife Refuge System covers more than 92 million acres in 538 wildlife refuges. Of these refuges, ...

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Thursday, February 8, 2001

National Wildlife Refuge System

The Washington Post carried an in-depth article about the National Wildlife Refuge System. Featured was NRA`s efforts to ...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2001

FWS Releases Refuge Policies

Hunting Policy Included in FWS Refuge Policies Open for Public Comment

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Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Nontoxic Shot Approvals - FWS Extends Interim Approval for Tin and Final Approval for HEVI-SHOT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave temporary approval to tin shot as nontoxic for use in waterfowl ...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Massachusetts Gun Laws Are Destroying Gun Ownership

The Washington Post reports that the gun laws in Massachusetts are so restrictive that gun dealers are closing ...

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Sunday, December 24, 2000

Betrayal Of Trust, Parts I and II

Since 1937, sportsmen have paid taxes on firearms and ammunition, trusting their dollars would go to the states ...

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Thursday, November 16, 2000

Deer Hunters Help The Herd

Despite the claims of radical environmental groups, hunters help keep the deer herd healthy.

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Monday, June 26, 2000

PETA Puts Rats Before People

Deroy Murdock writes about the lunacy of the animal extremist group PETA. A group that would put animal ...

Fish and Game Laws

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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.