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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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North Carolina: Hearing on Pro-Hunting Legislation Rescheduled for Next Week

Hunting  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

North Carolina: Hearing on Pro-Hunting Legislation Rescheduled for Next Week

The House Wildlife Resources Committee hearing that was scheduled for today on House Bill 559 has been cancelled ...

West Virginia: Range Protection Bill Signed by Governor

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

West Virginia: Range Protection Bill Signed by Governor

Yesterday, Governor Jim Justice signed important range protection legislation, Senate Bill 575, into law.

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill in Committee this Week

Hunting  

Monday, April 17, 2017

North Carolina: Pro-Hunting Bill in Committee this Week

House Bill 559, introduced by state Representative Chris Millis (R-16), is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 19, ...

North Carolina: Update on Gun Bills in the General Assembly

Friday, April 14, 2017

North Carolina: Update on Gun Bills in the General Assembly

This week marked the bill filing deadline in the North Carolina General Assembly and there are many bills ...

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes House

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes House

Today, the Oregon House voted to pass House Bill 2566 with a 56-0 vote.  HB 2566, introduced by state Representative ...

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills Voted Down in Committee Work Session

Hunting  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills Voted Down in Committee Work Session

Yesterday, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted “ought not to pass” on all of the ...

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passed out of Committee

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passed out of Committee

The Montana House Judiciary Committee has passed Senate Bill 236 by a 10-9 vote.  SB 236 now goes ...

Maryland: 2017 General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Maryland: 2017 General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

At midnight, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned from its 2017 Legislative Session, thereby killing all anti-gun legislation that ...

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

Hunting  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Maine: Sunday Hunting Bills to be Considered in Work Session Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 11, the Legislative Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a work session to discuss ...

Nevada: Update on Firearm and Hunting Legislation

Hunting  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nevada: Update on Firearm and Hunting Legislation

As the policy committee deadline of April 14 approaches for the chamber of origin, below is an update on the ...

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.