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May 22, 2014

New Jersey: Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Expanding Hunting in Great Swamp NWR

The US Fish and Wildlife Service have released a proposed plan (Comprehensive Conservation Plan) that will guide management of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.  The 7,768-acre Refuge was established in 1960 and is located 26 miles from New York City.  The Refuge offers an annual permitted deer hunt held in November.  A one-day youth hunt is followed by a four-day public hunt open to muzzleloader and shotgun.  

October 31, 2014

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.

May 6, 2014

Arizona: US Forest Service Community Forum on The Tonto National Forest

The US Forest Service is revising its management plan for the 3 million acre Tonto National Forest.  The 4-year plan revision process is at the first stage with an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends.  Public comment on the assessment is invited and a number of community forums have been scheduled between May and July.  

April 4, 2014

Big Condor Trouble Brewing for Hunters in Oregon: Join the Hunt for the Truth About Lead Ammunition and Hunting

The Oregonian newspaper recently published a series of articles about California condors and the use of lead ammunition for hunting.  It also conducted a poll about whether to ban lead ammunition altogether.  The California Condor Recovery Program, of which the Oregon Zoo is a program partner, wants to establish a condor population covering portions of northern California and Southern Oregon.  But it has made it clear that the use of lead ammunition for hunting must first be banned.  Hence the media campaign, the straw poll by the Oregonian and now big trouble on the horizon for Oregon hunters if condors are let in to the state.

March 4, 2014

Iowa: Senate Committee Chairman Refusing to Hear Suppressor Legislation

Last week, on the heels of powerful grassroots support, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation to legalize suppressor ownership and use, House File 2381, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  HF 2381 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), and at this time has not been assigned to a subcommittee.  Last year, Senator Hogg refused to give a fair hearing to another bill which received strong bipartisan (95-3) support in the House: NRA-backed House File 535.

June 3, 2013

California: Traditional Hunting Ammunition Ban Legislation to be Heard in State Senate Committee

If enacted, Assembly Bill 711 would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit the use of lead ammunition for ALL hunting.  Such a ban on traditional ammunition would have devastating effects on hunting and conservation.  You cannot let this happen!   AB 711 is scheduled to be heard in the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on Tuesday, June 11th.  It is CRITICAL that YOU contact members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water to strongly and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE AB 711.

May 24, 2013

Connecticut: Pro-Hunting Reform Passes House

Yesterday, the state House of Representatives passed legislation that would partially repeal the state ban on Sunday hunting.  House Bill 5412, introduced by state Representative John Shaban (R-135), would allow deer hunting on Sundays with a bow and arrow on private lands with written permission of the landowner.  HB 5412 passed by a 107-19 vote.

April 4, 2013

Colorado: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) has released a draft management plan for public comment.  The planning area consists of more than 1 million surface acres, of which the majority is in Mesa and Garfield Counties, with small amounts in Montrose and Rio Blanco Counties.

April 4, 2013

Montana: BLM Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Big Game Retrieval

The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan for the management of 2.4 million surface acres of public land and 4.2 million acres of federal minerals in North Central Montana.  These lands and minerals are managed by three BLM Field Offices in Havre, Malta, and Glasgow, along with the Great Falls Oil and Gas Field Office.  The draft plan addresses planning issues concerning the BLM’s management of natural and cultural resources, many of which have been discussed in newsletters available on its website.

April 3, 2013

Montana: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a plan to guide management of more than 434,000 acres of public land for the next 20 years.  The planning area is outside Billings in Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties.  The BLM Billings office also oversees management of the 51-acre Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, as well as 4,298 acres of public land in Big Horn County, Wyoming — a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.  To view this plan please click here.

April 3, 2013

Montana: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a plan to guide management of more than 434,000 acres of public land for the next 20 years.  The planning area is outside Billings in Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties.  The BLM Billings office also oversees management of the 51-acre Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, as well as 4,298 acres of public land in Big Horn County, Wyoming — a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.  To view this plan please clickhere.

March 22, 2013

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Makes Important Rule Change to Dramatically Increase Hunter Opportunity

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism voted 5 to 0 last night to pass KAR 115-4-4 which will improve the state’s hunting regulations in a number of ways.  Under this rule change, all hunters will be allowed the option of using crossbows during archery season starting in September.  Useful technologies such as rangefinders, cameras, and new sighting devices will also be allowed.

March 14, 2013

North Carolina: Hunting and Recreational Shooting at Stake in Management Plan for Two National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of revising the management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.  When completed, the plan will guide management of the two national forests for approximately 15 years.  Nearly all decisions made about public use of national forests across the country, including access and opportunity to hunt and target shoot, flow from these management plans.

September 7, 2012

Oklahoma: Plan for Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Recommends Elk and Deer Hunting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan to guide management of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.   The 59,000-acre refuge is located 25 miles...

September 7, 2012

Planning Process Underway for James River National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the process of developing a plan to guide the management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.  

April 1, 2012

Loving the Oryx to Death

Obama Administration sides with Friends of Animals... and imposes a death sentence on an African game species. 

November 17, 2011

Suppressors-Good for Our Hearing . . . and The Shooting Sports

It's time that policymakers--legislators, wildlife commissioners and gun club board members--move to eliminate the laws, regulations and policies that discourage or prohibit suppressor use. In addition to decreasing the incidents of permanent hearing loss, it will help keep the shooting sports alive and well by decreasing the calls to close shooting areas and hunting lands. Suppressors may not be for everyone, but that's the best aspect of freedom--it is your choice.

November 2, 2011

Poltical Report: Hunting Season: A Win for Some is a Win for All

It`s that time of year. For many of us, hunting seasons are well under way, while others among us are doing our last-minute scouting, sighting in our rifles one last time, or packing and repacking bags for long-awaited trips to new hunting grounds. No matter what you hunt or where you hunt it, the rituals of preparing for the seasons are both timeless and a marker of time`s passage.

August 9, 2011

Slaughter on the Island: Highjacking the Flag of Conservation

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean approximately 30 miles from the mainland of Santa Barbara sits a beautiful island where majestic Roosevelt elk and Kaibab mule deer roam free. Ferried across a treacherous channel, these grand species were brought to Santa Rosa Island some 80 years ago, but their days are officially numbered. A complete slaughter of these magnificent animals is scheduled to occur before the midnight tide rises on Dec. 31, 2011. Sharpshooters will be en route to the island soon to comply with a 1996 court settlement and 2007 legislation that reinstated the extermination order.

March 17, 2011

The Plan To Get The Lead Out

Suppose you went to the gun store to pick up a box of rifle ammunition for target practice on a friend’s farm. Or maybe you needed a box of handgun ammo for use at your local outdoor range. But when you got there, you were told that traditional ammunition, using lead bullets, was now illegal. Instead, you could buy alternative ammunition that cost much more. The store had a good supply of alternative ammunition for shotguns, and some of it was reasonably priced. But the store had hardly anything for rifles or handguns. That’s what nearly happened in 2010. And it may happen yet.

December 22, 2010

Overhauling Hunter Education To Recruit The Next Generation

Most things can be improved, except for the perfect day afield when you feel that daybreak flight of ducks churn the air just above your head. Since NRA spearheaded the creation of hunter education programs in 1949, the content and formats have changed at a glacial pace. Efforts to simplify and improve these programs are critical as we try to recruit the next generation of hunters and preserve the future of America`s outdoor heritage. Hunting is safe by any statistical measure and hunter education programs have played an instrumental role in that safety.

July 23, 2010

Four More States Propose Right To Hunt And Fish Constitutional Amendment

Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee have joined other states in proposing state constitutional amendments to protect sportsmen’s right to hunt and fish.

June 7, 2010

The Hunt For Reason

Gone are the days when hunters could simply throw a few shells in their pockets and head to the woods. Before they walk out of their doors, today’s hunters must navigate a web of rules and regulations that would entangle a team of shrewd lawyers.

April 14, 2010

One on One With

Let’s face it – when you work in politics, sometimes you have to spend time with dull people. That’s why it was such a refreshing experience for me to recently visit with NRA champion Ted Nugent.

March 18, 2010

Who’s Crying Wolf?

As the debate about wolf hunting swells out West, the author says the future of responsible wolf management remains far from certain.

February 24, 2010

Do Something Exceptional

We all have the chance to do something exceptional. Make a commitment today to do all you can to influence your policy makers. It’s a small price to pay for securing liberty and our heritage for future generations. It also ensures our military men and women have a reason to continue their fight.

December 5, 2009

CAMOUFLAGE:The Original Green

The experiences of watching antlers emerge ghost-like through the dawn`s white fog or witnessing cupped mallard wings darting sharply through a glassy cypress slough are in jeopardy. They are at risk of becoming nothing more than scenes in stories that we one day tell our children and grandchildren when harkening back to the "good ol` days"--the days when we could experience raw intimacy with wildlife through hunting.

August 15, 2009

NRA Has a Dog in This Fight

Many Americans find it hard to believe that there are groups lobbying across the country to malice it much more expensive and difficult to obtain dogs or occasionally breed them for others to enjoy. It should come as no surprise, however, that the lead agitator is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

May 20, 2009

Divided We Fall, United We Will Prevail

Hunters have countless, well-funded, politically sophisticated enemies whose goal is to end our enjoyment of America`s mountains, fields, woods and wetlands: Chief among them is the $120 million-a-year Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

March 27, 2009

The World According To Cass

If you’ve followed the opening moves of the new White House, you know that President Barack Obama has staffed his cabinet from top to bottom with some of the most radical anti-gun extremists ever seen in Washington, D.C.

February 25, 2009

President Obama`s Election and the Future of Hunting in America

Obama’s voting record as it relates to gun ownership is an open book for all to see. Regardless of the lies told by Fact Check, American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) and other partisan front groups during the recent presidential election, his votes were more extreme than the most radical gun banners in American history—Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton and Dianne Feinstein.

September 16, 2008

Right To Hunt

This past session, legislators in Oklahoma passed legislation by a combined vote of 143-2 allowing Oklahomans to decide whether to adopt a truly meaningful Right-to-Hunt constitutional amendment in November. Over the last five years, NRA-ILA has been leading the effort to adopt these improved amendments, and it is hoped this success in Oklahoma will lead to a wave of meaningful protections in other states as well.

August 4, 2008

An Army of Lies

When Wayne Pacelle, head of the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States, recently wrote a column stating that hunters have more in common with his group than with the National Rifle Association, he told one lie too many, prompting a quick and thorough rebuttal from NRA staffers involved in promoting hunting.

June 27, 2008

President's Column: Pretenders Dressed as Patriots

A perfect example of duplicity and deception at work is the so-called American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), which claims to support your Second Amendment rights--yet attacks your NRA and endorses Barack Obama for president.

May 29, 2008

AHSA Endorses Barack Obama

As this unusual campaign season has unfolded, we`ve seen the candidates ratcheting up their politically expedient rhetoric in an attempt to distinguish themselves as the "candidate of choice" for every constituency, while testing the far reaches of credibility in the process. We`ve heard blatantly anti-gun politicians claim to be supportive of the Second Amendment. We`ve seen hypocrisy, and we`ve heard double-speak and insults to our intelligence.

April 16, 2008

Monks Poached by Peta!

PETA shuts down a monastery’s 50-year-old egg-producing operation, calling it “hell on earth for chickens.” Yet, PETA slaughtered thousands of pets it collected from animal shelters under the pretense of finding homes for them.

November 16, 2007

Will State Constitutions Protect the Future of Hunting?

Over the last few years, NRA-ILA has been working diligently to change the course of the well-intended campaign to enshrine the Right to Hunt in state constitutions. Voters in eight states have overwhelmingly approved these constitutional amendments since 1996. Vermont, the only other state with a constitutional protection of hunting, has had its provision since 1777.

September 4, 2007

Political Report: An Assault on Hunting Equals an Attack on the Second Amendment

It's no coincidence that the politicians who oppose our Second Amendment freedoms also tend to oppose hunting. Direct, frontal attacks on our gun rights have been rare in the new Congress so far, but our opponents are showing no such caution in launching assaults on our hunting heritage. There are many parallels between congressional action to restrict hunting and firearms, and it is clear to me that in the end, the point of the game is the same.

July 4, 2007

Political Report: AHSA and the Tiarht Amendment

Led by gun-ban lobbyist Robert Ricker and high-dollar underwriter of gun control groups and politicians Ray Schoenke, AHSA was hoping that the thin camouflage of their deceptive name would be enough to blend in. Their goal was to hold a press conference and fool the media into parroting their anti-gun agenda. That agenda, in turn, came straight from anti-gun luminary Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and self-appointed Gun Policy Czar for the nation.

January 1, 2007

Political Report: AHSA and Anti-Gun Groups

AHSA's deep relationship with the major gun-ban groups has already been thoroughly documented. AHSA’s role as an anti-gun shell operation for political misdirection was admitted in sworn testimony.