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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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Pioneer Press  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Minnesota: DNR plan to restrict lead ammo for hunters stymied at Capitol

A controversial plan by Minnesota wildlife officials to restrict lead ammunition on certain state lands is poised to ...

Oregon: Vote Rescheduled on Anti-Hunting Amendment

Monday, May 22, 2017

Oregon: Vote Rescheduled on Anti-Hunting Amendment

On Thursday, May 25, the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be voting on House ...

Oregon: Governor Signs Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities

Hunting  

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

Hunting  

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 ...

Washington: Please Attend First WDFW Advisory Committee Meeting Next Week

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Washington: Please Attend First WDFW Advisory Committee Meeting Next Week

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has selected the members for the “Wenas Wildlife Area Target ...

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes Senate Committee

Hunting  

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 ...

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1427 into law.

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Advances to Senate

Hunting  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Advances to Senate

This week was the crossover deadline for the North Carolina General Assembly, which means that most bills which ...

West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Signed by Governor

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

West Virginia: Sunday Hunting Bill Signed by Governor

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed important Sunday Hunting legislation into law.

Pennsylvania: Youth Mentor Hunting Legislation Goes Before Committee Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pennsylvania: Youth Mentor Hunting Legislation Goes Before Committee Tomorrow

On Wednesday, April 26, the House Game and Fisheries Committee will consider House Bill 485, legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored ...

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.