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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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Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s Meeting Tomorrow to Voice Your Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions!

Hunting  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s Meeting Tomorrow to Voice Your Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions!

As a reminder, tomorrow is the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting to discuss the proposed hunting caliber ...

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

Hunting  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

Next week, and important pro-hunting reform bill, Senate Bill 737, may be considered in the House of Representatives.  ...

Associated Press  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Felon Hunter Didn't Break Florida Gun Laws

A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday is good news for felons who like to hunt, bad news for ...

Goshen News  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hoosiers to vote on hunting rights

Voters this fall may enshrine a right to hunt and fish in the same article of the state ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Group: Sunday hunt could bring 2,600 jobs, $155M to W.V.

Making hunting legal on Sundays across West Virginia could create about 2,600 jobs and spur up to $155 ...

Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s September Meeting to Voice Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s September Meeting to Voice Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions!

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners released their meeting notice for Saturday, September 24.  At this meeting the Board ...

Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on the November Ballot!

Hunting  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on the November Ballot!

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

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Dates Listed by DNREC, Public Comment Requested

Hunting  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Dates Listed by DNREC, Public Comment Requested

On Thursday, August 11, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) posted the Sunday hunting ...

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Recently, Sunday hunting legislation, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 289, was signed into law. 

Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Pending in the Senate

Hunting  

Monday, July 18, 2016

Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Pending in the Senate

With the legislature set to adjourn at the end of July, Senate Bill 2241 is still pending in the Senate ...

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.