Issues by Topic: Hunting/Conservation

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.

August 30, 2007

U. S. Forest Service Takes Steps To Protect Recreational Shooting

Fairfax, VA - The U. S. Forest Service recently took steps to clarify a federal regulation that defines where safe recreational shooting can take place within the National Forest System...

August 17, 2007

President Bush Issues Executive Order Facilitating Hunting Opportunities and Wildlife Conservation

Fairfax, VA – President George W. Bush today issued an executive order directing Federal agencies to work more diligently to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.

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.

June 27, 2007

Anti-Hunting Measure Fails  Inslee-LoBiondo Polar Bear Amendment Defeated

FAIRFAX, VA. - The National Rifle Association (NRA) applauds today’s Congressional vote to defeat the Inslee-LoBiondo Amendment to H.R. 2643, the House Interior Appropriations bill....

May 17, 2007

Historic Vote: Missouri General Assembly Passes Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act Unanimously in Both Chambers

Bill Awaits Governor Blunt’s Signature Fairfax, VA—The Missouri General Assembly unanimously passed the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act,...

April 30, 2007

NRA to Fight Anti-Hunting Groups’ Attempts to Halt Wolf Population Management

Fairfax, VA- Last week, in D.C. federal district court, the National Rifle Association (NRA) moved to intervene in an anti-hunting lawsuit filed by Humane Society of the United States...

March 26, 2007

Northwest Airlines Reverses Gun Case Policy

In a happy development for those who fly with their firearms, Northwest Airlines has changed its baggage policy to once again include gun cases in passengers’ free luggage allowance....

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.

November 15, 2006

Provision Authored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein Will Exterminate All Santa Rosa Elk and Mule Deer

Fairfax, VA – Last month, President George W. Bush signed the 2007 Defense Authorization Act, which included an NRA-supported provision saving hundreds of elk and mule deer on Santa...

November 3, 2006

NRA TRIUMPHS! False AHSA Ad Campaign Taken Down

Fairfax, VA – The National Rifle Association (NRA) succeeded in ending a misleading and false advertising campaign in Missouri produced and/or paid for by the American Hunters and Shooters...

August 18, 2006

Travel Smart With Firearms

In order to help NRA Members navigate their way through the nation’s airports with the least amount of trouble, we asked TSA’s Michael J. Restovich key questions about traveling with firearms and ammunition.

August 14, 2006

Anti-Gunners Don Camo As Elections Loom

Seeking to pick up the baton dropped by the ham-fisted Americans for Gun Safety, the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) has arrived on the scene to become the latest front group for the anti-gun movement in America.

July 11, 2006

Two Pro-hunting Bills Boost Michigan’s Hunter Numbers and Economy

Fairfax, VA – Governor Granholm signed into law SB 1105 and HB 5192, two NRA-backed bills to help recruit new hunters in Michigan.  SB 1105, sponsored by Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Leelanau,...

June 8, 2006

Governor Jeb Bush Signs NRA-backed Pro-hunting Bills into Law in Florida

  Fairfax, VA – Governor Jeb Bush signed six pro-gun and pro-hunting bills in a signing ceremony yesterday, a record number signed in a single session. Accompanied by past National...

March 29, 2006

Missouri Rep. Brian Munzlinger Introduces NRA-Backed "Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act"

Springfield, MO—Today, Missouri Representative Brian Munzlinger (R-1) introduced the "Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act", a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bill designed...

February 18, 2006

Butting Heads Over Hunting

In a debate on the future of hunting, it was PETA who found itself in the crosshairs of NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

February 8, 2006

Providing Increased Access To Hunting Lands Through "Open Fields

Finding a place to hunt is one of the biggest concerns of hunters and NRA-ILA is actively working on multiple fronts to promote solutions to this growing problem. One such solution is called "Open Fields."

February 1, 2006

Chris W. Cox's Political Report: Hunting Heritage

Those of us who know the magic of a day afield understand that simple exposure of youngsters to our hunting heritage can overcome competing interests and cultural pressures in a single outing. But in many states, the most insurmountable obstacle to recruiting a new hunter is not our culture or society—it is our government.

November 10, 2005

Paving Waterfowl Paradise

The main hub of the Mississippi Flyway--where millions of ducks and geese stop over fall and spring--is being turned into a parking lot.

September 23, 2005

Vermont Celebrates Nation`s First "Hunter Appreciation Day"

NRA, Governor Douglas and the Vermont Legislature pay tribute to hunters   (Montpelier, VT) – Today, Governor Jim Douglas, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch and other members...

September 14, 2005

Vermont to Hold Nation`s First "Hunter Appreciation Day"

Commemoration will feature State House ceremony and postcards to benefit Hunt of a Lifetime, an organization that sends terminally ill children on the hunt of their dreams (FAIRFAX,...

June 16, 2005

Will America’s Safest Hunters Save America’s Hunting?

According to "Families Afield," a research report compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen`s Alliance, the safest hunters in the woods are often the youngest hunters in the woods.

June 16, 2005

Will Darkness Fall On The Land?

Fighting state-by-state for No-Net-Loss legislation, Free Hunters and the National Rifle Association are at the vanguard of protecting hunting lands across the United States.

May 31, 2005

NRA Lauds New Handgun Hunting Season in Delaware

(FAIRFAX, VA) -- With solid support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Legislature, Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed SB 46 into law today, establishing Delaware’s first...

May 9, 2005

NRA and Sportsmen Victorious in Florida: Anti-hunting Extremists Lose Funding

Fairfax, VA -- On the last day of the legislative session, the Florida Legislature overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1697, an omnibus highway safety package containing a provision to...

May 3, 2005

Hunting Land Protected in Texas

FAIRFAX, VA -- With solid support from the National Rifle Association (NRA), today Governor Perry signed Senate Bill 734 into law, safeguarding hunting land for future generations....

April 20, 2005

Science Takes A Hit In Jersey

By canceling the state`s bear hunt, the New Jersey Supreme Court has placed residents at risk as bear numbers continue to grow.

April 20, 2005

The Hocus Pocus of Ballot Box Biology

When anti-hunters take wildlife management away from trained professionals, what we`re left with is an illusion.

April 14, 2005


When government officials politicize wildlife management, hunters aren`t always the only ones who suffer.

April 14, 2005

Bowhunting On The Urban Fringe

As white-tailed deer populations continue to expand in urban areas, some municipalities are turning to bowhunters to help solve the problem.