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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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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 ...

Oregon: Update on Multiple Hunting Bills

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oregon: Update on Multiple Hunting Bills

As the end of the 2017 legislative session draws closer, several bills affecting hunting in Oregon have passed the ...

Charlotte Observer  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hunting, fishing rights could be safeguarded in N.C. constitution

A group of state senators on Tuesday resurrected last year’s attempt to elevate to the North Carolina constitution ...

Hunters Take Note: New Rules for Travelers to South Africa with Firearms

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Hunters Take Note: New Rules for Travelers to South Africa with Firearms

South Africa is a popular destination for American big game hunters. Those planning to travel to South Africa ...

Oregon: Governor Signs Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oregon: Governor Signs Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities

Today, May 17, Governor Kate Brown (D) signed House Bill 2566 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Brad ...

Oregon: Anti-Hunting Organizations Attempt to Hijack Bill

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oregon: Anti-Hunting Organizations Attempt to Hijack Bill

On Monday May 15, the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be voting on House Bill ...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Wyoming Grey Wolves and Returns Management to the State

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Friday, May 5, 2017

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Wyoming Grey Wolves and Returns Management to the State

For years, the NRA has been working to ensure that sound wildlife management practices implemented by the states, ...

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes Senate Committee

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes Senate Committee

On Wednesday, May 3, the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 2566 with a ...

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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.