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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: 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 ...

Pro-Gun/ Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move in the North Carolina Legislature

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pro-Gun/ Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move in the North Carolina Legislature

The North Carolina Senate could take up NRA-supported House Bill 559 tomorrow!  Please contact your state Senator and urge ...

Washington: Please Attend WDFW Advisory Committee Meetings

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Washington: Please Attend WDFW Advisory Committee Meetings

Thank you to all the NRA members and supporters who attended the first meeting of the Wenas Wildlife Area ...

New York: Senate Committee Removes Hearing Protection Bill from Agenda

Friday, June 9, 2017

New York: Senate Committee Removes Hearing Protection Bill from Agenda

On Wednesday, June 7, the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on S.1209A by Sen. ...

Connecticut: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Hunting  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Connecticut: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns

Late last night, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die, marking an end to the 2017 legislative session.  ...

Pennsylvania: Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pennsylvania: Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House

Yesterday, June 6, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting programs.  There is currently ...

Oregon: Update on Multiple Hunting Bills

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oregon: Update on Multiple Hunting Bills

As the end of the 2017 legislative session draws closer, several bills affecting hunting in Oregon have passed the ...

Charlotte Observer  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hunting, fishing rights could be safeguarded in N.C. constitution

A group of state senators on Tuesday resurrected last year’s attempt to elevate to the North Carolina constitution ...

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.