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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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Washington Post  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Conservationists look to Donald Trump Jr. as their champion in new White House

During the campaign, Trump Jr. served as a powerful surrogate for his father with hunters and anglers, visiting ...

NRA Applauds Senator Crapo on Introduction of Hearing Protection Act

News  

Hunting  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NRA Applauds Senator Crapo on Introduction of Hearing Protection Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo on Wednesday for introducing ...

Associated Press  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Professor Gets Jail For New Jersey Bear Hunt Protest

Crain admitted he refused to return to an area set up for protesters when he walked along a ...

Winning The Ground Game

News  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winning The Ground Game

Every year tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen work with NRA to advance pro-gun reforms ...

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 ...

Wichita Eagle  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Proposed Kansas hunting amendment makes sense

A proposed amendment to the Kansas constitution making hunting, fishing and trapping a constitutional right has brought a ...

Pennsylvania: Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation Heads to the Governor!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pennsylvania: Critical Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation Heads to the Governor!

This morning, House Bill 263, the semi-automatic rifle hunting legislation, passed the House of Representatives with a 160-25 ...

Portland Press Herald  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Maine: Question 3 goes too far

On Nov. 8, Maine people will be asked to vote on several important ballot questions. As the former ...

Pennsylvania: Time is Crucial! Contact your State Legislators in Support of Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation, TODAY!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pennsylvania: Time is Crucial! Contact your State Legislators in Support of Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation, TODAY!

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate amended House Bill 263 to include language that would eliminate the prohibition on semi-automatic ...

Pennsylvania: Contact your State Legislators in Support of Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pennsylvania: Contact your State Legislators in Support of Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation!

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate amended House Bill 263 to include language that would eliminate the prohibition on semi-automatic ...

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.