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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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Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills Voted Down in Committee Work Session

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills Voted Down in Committee Work Session

Yesterday, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted “ought not to pass” on all of the ...

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 11, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a work session to discuss ...

Nevada: Update on Firearm and Hunting Legislation

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nevada: Update on Firearm and Hunting Legislation

As the policy committee deadline of April 14 approaches for the chamber of origin, below is an update on the ...

Washington Times  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

An animal rights wolf in sheep’s clothing

It’s the classic case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), ...

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Heard in Committee Next Week

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Heard in Committee Next Week

Next Thursday, April 6, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is scheduled to hold a public ...

Pennsylvania Game Commission Finalizes Rules and Derails Efforts to Use Semi-Auto Rifles for Big Game Hunting

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pennsylvania Game Commission Finalizes Rules and Derails Efforts to Use Semi-Auto Rifles for Big Game Hunting

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission chose not to respect the rich hunting heritage of Pennsylvania gun owners by ...

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Could be Heard Next Week

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Could be Heard Next Week

The Montana Senate could hear Senate Bill 236 as early as next Tuesday, March 28.

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Set to Finalize the Proposed Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Rules

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Set to Finalize the Proposed Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Rules

With only a few days left before the Pennsylvania Game Commission votes for final approval of the proposed ...

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do ...

Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead vetoed NRA-backed House Bill 137 that was passed with overwhelming support from the ...

Fish and Game Laws

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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.