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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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Interior’s Zinke Tabs October As National Hunting And Fishing Month

Hunting  

News  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Interior’s Zinke Tabs October As National Hunting And Fishing Month

We’ve told you before about new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s dedication to hunting, fishing and other recreation on ...

Politico  

Friday, September 22, 2017

House GOP pushes to loosen gun rules

House GOP leaders are moving forward with plans to vote on two gun-related measures in the coming weeks, ...

The Daily Caller  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chris W. Cox: The Washington Post Gets It Wrong On New Gun Legislation

Law-abiding gun owners are tired of reading articles from elitist writers who want nothing more than to eliminate ...

Washington Post  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Treat hunters with respect, not condescension

Law-abiding gun owners are tired of reading articles from elitist advocates for gun control. The latest example was ...

Washington Examiner  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Interior's Ryan Zinke issues order to boost hunting, fishing in parks and monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Friday to expand hunting and fishing on public lands, parks, and ...

NRA strongly supports secretary Zinke's land management plans

News  

Friday, September 15, 2017

NRA strongly supports secretary Zinke's land management plans

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced its strong support for Secretary of the ...

House Committee Passes SHARE Act by Wide Margin

Hunting  

News  

Friday, September 15, 2017

House Committee Passes SHARE Act by Wide Margin

As we have reported, this year’s version of the SHARE Act is the most expansive and far-reaching yet. Besides ...

House Committee on Natural Resources  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Committee Passes Sportsmen's Legislation

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3668, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of ...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Hunting And Fishing Revival

News  

Hunting  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Hunting And Fishing Revival

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leading a revival. It’s not the kind that occurs under a big tent ...

Illinois:  Crossbow Hunting Legislation Signed by Governor

Monday, September 11, 2017

Illinois: Crossbow Hunting Legislation Signed by Governor

On Friday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2893 into law.  HB 2893 will allow hunters to ...

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.