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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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NRA’s Chris Cox to Serve on Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council

Hunting  

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NRA’s Chris Cox to Serve on Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council

The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, will represent the ...

Daily Caller.com  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obama’s Former Wildlife Chief Doesn’t Speak For America’s Millions Of Sportsmen

Dan Ashe, the director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama administration, recently penned ...

California: Firearms Tax, Age Increase and Other Bills Scheduled for Hearings!

Monday, April 16, 2018

California: Firearms Tax, Age Increase and Other Bills Scheduled for Hearings!

Several pro- and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective committees on Monday, April 16 ...

U.S. News & World Report  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Deer Meat From National Parks Is Donated to Food Banks

Annual operations to curb overabundant white-tailed deer at several national parks in Maryland and Washington, D.C. has netted more than ...

Ohio: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Wednesday, March 21!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Ohio: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Wednesday, March 21!

You are invited to join Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the U.S. Department ...

Pennsylvania: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Wednesday, March 21!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Pennsylvania: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Wednesday, March 21!

You are invited to join David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior to announce the disbursement ...

Colorado: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Tuesday, March 20!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Colorado: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson Grants Announcement—Tuesday, March 20!

You are invited to join Downey Magallanes, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for the U.S. Department of the Interior to ...

Florida: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson grants announcement—Tuesday, March 20!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Florida: Join Us for the Pittman-Robertson grants announcement—Tuesday, March 20!

You are invited to join Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the announcement of ...

Wisconsin: Join Sec. Zinke as he announces Pittman-Robertson grants—Tuesday, March 20!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Wisconsin: Join Sec. Zinke as he announces Pittman-Robertson grants—Tuesday, March 20!

You are invited to join Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to announce the disbursement of the Pittman-Robertson grants to Wisconsin.  This year the ...

NRA: Zinke Fighting for Us

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Monday, March 5, 2018

NRA: Zinke Fighting for Us

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) celebrates Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's one year anniversary as ...

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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.