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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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MassLive  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Massachusetts: Gun rights advocate Ronald Amidon named Massachusetts fish & game commissioner

Gun rights advocate and sportsman Ronald Amidon will take over as the Baker administration's fish and game commissioner.Amidon ...

Oregon: Legislature Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Oregon: Legislature Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session

Yesterday, the Oregon Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2017 Legislative Session. This was a busy session for ...

West Virginia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills go into Effect Today

Hunting  

Friday, July 7, 2017

West Virginia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills go into Effect Today

This week, multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills that were signed into law by Governor Jim Justice take effect.

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

Hunting  

Friday, June 30, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor

After several days working with conferees, and in the final hours of the legislative session, the Senate adopted ...

NRA Official Q&A with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

News  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NRA Official Q&A with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

Read the full Q&A with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill on Senate Calendar Today

Hunting  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill on Senate Calendar Today

Today, June 27, House Bill 559 is scheduled for second reading in the North Carolina Senate.  HB 559, ...

Illinois: Crossbow Legislation Sent to the Governor’s Desk

Hunting  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Illinois: Crossbow Legislation Sent to the Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1467 and sent it to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner ...

Washington: Your Input Needed on Recreational Shooting in Tahuya State Forest

Hunting  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Washington: Your Input Needed on Recreational Shooting in Tahuya State Forest

Thank you to all NRA members and supporters who attended the public meeting in Mason County on possible ...

North Carolina: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Still Awaiting Consideration in Senate

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Still Awaiting Consideration in Senate

Time is running out in the 2017 legislative session and two bills, House Bill 746 and House Bill ...

New York: Session Almost Over – Your Legislators Need to Hear From You Now!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New York: Session Almost Over – Your Legislators Need to Hear From You Now!

With the 2017 Legislative Session quickly winding down, your lawmakers need to hear from you now in opposition ...

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.