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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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Pennsylvania Game Commission Finalizes Rules and Derails Efforts to Use Semi-Auto Rifles for Big Game Hunting

Hunting  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pennsylvania Game Commission Finalizes Rules and Derails Efforts to Use Semi-Auto Rifles for Big Game Hunting

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Game Commission chose not to respect the rich hunting heritage of Pennsylvania gun owners by ...

West Virginia: Pro-Hunting and Pro-Gun Bills Progress

Monday, March 27, 2017

West Virginia: Pro-Hunting and Pro-Gun Bills Progress

Tomorrow, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear Senate Bill 345.

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Could be Heard Next Week

Hunting  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Could be Heard Next Week

The Montana Senate could hear Senate Bill 236 as early as next Tuesday, March 28.

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Set to Finalize the Proposed Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Rules

Hunting  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Set to Finalize the Proposed Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Rules

With only a few days left before the Pennsylvania Game Commission votes for final approval of the proposed ...

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Heads to Senate Floor

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Heads to Senate Floor

Last night, the Senate Fish and Game Committee passed Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap Constitutional Amendment legislation ...

Washington Post  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Senate votes to lift limits on hunting Alaska grizzlies and wolves on federal land

The 52-to-47 vote, which was almost entirely along party lines, represented the latest instance of Republicans using a ...

Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

Hunting  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead vetoed NRA-backed House Bill 137 that was passed with overwhelming support from the ...

Illinois: Committee Passes Lead Ammunition Ban

Hunting  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Illinois: Committee Passes Lead Ammunition Ban

On March 16, the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee passed Senate Bill 1985 by a 5-3 vote.

West Virginia: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation Needs Your Help

Hunting  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

West Virginia: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation Needs Your Help

Multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills are awaiting consideration in the West Virginia Legislature and need your help to ...

Illinois: Lead Ammunition Ban to Be Heard in Committee Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Illinois: Lead Ammunition Ban to Be Heard in Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee will be hearing Senate Bill 1985. SB 1985 would ban the use ...

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.