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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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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia

  After major improvements to elephant conservation and management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced ...

Wisconsin: Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Senate

Hunting  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wisconsin: Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Senate

On Tuesday, November 7th, Assembly Bill 455 passed through the Wisconsin state Senate with a vote of 21-12, continuing efforts ...

Indiana: DNR Rule On Rifle Cartridges For Deer Hunting

Hunting  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Indiana: DNR Rule On Rifle Cartridges For Deer Hunting

On November 3rd, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued an emergency rule allowing rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous ...

Los Angeles Times  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Assembly eliminates Wisconsin's minimum hunting age

Residents of any age, even toddlers, could legally hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the Assembly passed that ...

Wisconsin Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Assembly

Hunting  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wisconsin Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Assembly

On Thursday, November 2, Assembly Bill 455 passed through the Wisconsin Assembly with a vote of 57-32, continuing ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wisconsin considering an end to minimum hunting age

The Republican bill would allow anyone of any age to participate in a mentored hunt.

Arizona: Anti-Hunting Groups Launch Initiative to Ban Cougar, Bobcat Hunting

Hunting  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Arizona: Anti-Hunting Groups Launch Initiative to Ban Cougar, Bobcat Hunting

Recently, the anti-hunting group “Arizonans for Wildlife” filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to begin ...

Massachusetts: Committee to Hear Ivory Ban Bills

Friday, September 29, 2017

Massachusetts: Committee to Hear Ivory Ban Bills

On Tuesday October 3, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will have a hearing on ...

Roll Call  

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pelosi Evokes Scalise Shooting in Opposition to SHARE Act

On the day House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi evoked ...

Philadelphia Inquirer  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pennsylvania allows more types of electronic hunting gadgets

Pennsylvania hunters got permission this week to use four types of electronic devices as they pursue their quarry.

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.