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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, May 3, 2002

Give Sunday Hunting A Boost In Ohio

HB 493, a measure to allow Sunday hunting, has been approved by both the Senate and the House ...


Friday, May 3, 2002

New York Legislative Update

Senator Jim Seward (R-50) has introduced S 2458, which would protect firearm manufacturers from reckless lawsuits seeking to ...


Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Biologists Roles In Lynx-Hair Fraud Under Review

A professional society of wildlife biologists is investigating its members who submitted false samples of lynx hair during ...


Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Hunting As A Public Service

Deer hunting is not only big business - bringing in at least $250 million last year - but ...


Friday, April 12, 2002

Maryland Legislative Update

Maryland`s 2002 Legislative Session ended Monday at midnight, and no anti-gun legislation passed this year! But the work ...


Thursday, April 4, 2002

Piercing Call of The Wild

"Most Americans consider themselves environmentalists and conservationists. We all want clean air, clean water, abundant wildlife and wilderness ...


Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Greens Caught Red-Handed Committing Scientific Fraud

So many federal agencies have been exposed falsifying environmental data that you have to wonder how many other ...


Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Wisconsin Hunter Education Program Receives Praise

Read Original at: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Ohio Sportsmen Push For Sunday Hunting

Ohio sportsmen are rallying behind a bill recently passed in the House that eliminates the need for landowners ...


Friday, March 22, 2002

House Resource Committee Probes Contaminated Lynx Study

On March 6, the House Resources Committee, Chaired by U.S. Representative James Hansen (R-Utah), heard testimony on the ...

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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.