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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.

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Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

Hunting  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

On July 11th, Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 198 into law to expand hunting opportunities in Delaware by eliminating ...

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be on November Ballot

Hunting  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be on November Ballot

Yesterday, Senate Bill 677 was passed in the North Carolina state House of Representatives by a vote of 92-23 with an amendment ...

Oregon: Gun Control Proponents Suspend Attempts to Qualify Initiative Petition 44

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Oregon: Gun Control Proponents Suspend Attempts to Qualify Initiative Petition 44

Earlier today, the proponents for Initiative Petition 44 announced they are suspending their campaign for the year and ...

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Passes Senate

Hunting  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Passes Senate

Today, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 677

North Carolina: Bill to Create Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heard

Hunting  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

North Carolina: Bill to Create Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment to be Heard

Senate Bill 677, previously introduced in the North Carolina state Senate, is now scheduled to be heard in the ...

The Hill  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gun control is a sure way to hurt conservation efforts

Despite a unified effort by celebrities and politicians to usher in gun control legislation, the American public has ...

Washington Examiner  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Obama’s outdoors czar wants 21-year-old limit on gun buying

Dan Ashe, former President Barack Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Service director, is proposing that Washington pass a package ...

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

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News  

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 ...

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