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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.

For more information, see the following NRA-ILA hunting-related fact sheets:

NRA-ILA Hunting Fact Card

Carrying a Firearm While Bowhunting

The Advantage of Hunting With a Firearm Suppressor

Lead Ammunition Used by Hunters

The Pittman-Robertson Act's Support to Wildlife

Public Access to Private Land Hunting Programs

 

 

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Winning The Ground Game

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Winning The Ground Game

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Washington Post  

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Vilsack’s tough message for fellow Democrats: Stop writing off rural America

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Associated Press  

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A Huge Victory in the Keystone State; Governor Signs Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation!

Hunting  

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Huge Victory in the Keystone State; Governor Signs Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation!

Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 263 into law, making Pennsylvania the 49th state to allow semi-automatic rifle hunting. 

Kansas: Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap Constitutional Amendment

Hunting  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kansas: Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap Constitutional Amendment

During the 2016 General Election, voters came out across the country in large support of their Second Amendment ...

Indiana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes with Overwhelming Support!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Indiana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes with Overwhelming Support!

Last week, Hoosiers across the state voted to preserve Indiana’s rich outdoor heritage by enacting the Right to ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Indiana voters approve constitutional amendment protecting right to hunt, fish

The amendment will prohibit laws from being passed that would restrict hunting and fishing in the future. It ...

Wichita Eagle  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kansas grants constitutional right to hunt, fish, trap

Kansas became the 20th state to amend its constitution to protect the rights of residents to hunt and ...

Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment!

Hunting  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment!

On the November 2016 ballot, Indiana voters will be asked to approve NRA-supported Question 1, which is an ...

Breitbart.com  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Maine Ballot Initiative Requires Background Check to Borrow Gun for Hunting

The Maine ballot initiative labeled Question 3 requires individuals to go through background checks before borrowing a gun ...

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.