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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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West Virginia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills go into Effect Today

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Friday, July 7, 2017

West Virginia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills go into Effect Today

This week, multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills that were signed into law by Governor Jim Justice take effect.

California: Senate Committees to Hear Gun- and Hunting-Related Bills Next Week

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Friday, July 7, 2017

California: Senate Committees to Hear Gun- and Hunting-Related Bills Next Week

On Monday, July 10, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear AB 7 and AB 424.  Please contact the ...

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

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Friday, June 30, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

After several days working with conferees, and in the final hours of the legislative session, the Senate adopted ...

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill on Senate Calendar Today

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill on Senate Calendar Today

Today, June 27, House Bill 559 is scheduled for second reading in the North Carolina Senate.  HB 559, ...

Illinois: Crossbow Legislation Sent to the Governor’s Desk

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Illinois: Crossbow Legislation Sent to the Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1467 and sent it to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner ...

Washington: Your Input Needed on Recreational Shooting in Tahuya State Forest

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Washington: Your Input Needed on Recreational Shooting in Tahuya State Forest

Thank you to all NRA members and supporters who attended the public meeting in Mason County on possible ...

North Carolina: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Still Awaiting Consideration in Senate

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Still Awaiting Consideration in Senate

Time is running out in the 2017 legislative session and two bills, House Bill 746 and House Bill ...

Pro-Gun/ Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move in the North Carolina Legislature

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pro-Gun/ Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move in the North Carolina Legislature

The North Carolina Senate could take up NRA-supported House Bill 559 tomorrow!  Please contact your state Senator and urge ...

Connecticut: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Connecticut: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Late last night, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die, marking an end to the 2017 legislative session.  ...

Pennsylvania: Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pennsylvania: Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House

Yesterday, June 6, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting programs.  There is currently ...

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NRA ILA

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.