As we celebrate 150 years of the NRA and reflect on the progress generated by NRA hunter members over the years, let us also acknowledge that our once widely accepted pastime is being pushed to the fringes then commit to recruiting others to “Join the Hunt.”
Earlier this week, your National Rifle Association released To Keep & Bear Freedom: 150 Years of the National Rifle Association.
In 1949, your NRA developed a program that became the basis for hunter education nationwide. Today, as new modes of communication allow such education to reach even further, your NRA crafted a new hunter education curriculum and offered it to the hunting world free of charge.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has created an innovative online course that provides hunters 18 and older with an opportunity to earn a lifetime bonus point.
The National Rifle Association’s award-winning free Hunter Education online course is now available in the State of North Carolina, the latest addition as NRA works to make the course available to hunters in all 50 states.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is offering shooting-range improvement grants to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges for enhanced safety and operation.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced that completion of the National Rifle Association’s free hunter-education online course will satisfy the prerequisite for obtaining a hunter or fur-taker license in the Commonwealth.
In 1985, we launched a program to facilitate friendly competition among youths 18 and younger that would advance hunting skills including wildlife identification, orienteering and rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship. Today, thousands of hunter education volunteers and parents still conduct this program at the state and local level to produce safer, more skillful and more ardent American hunters.
In 1949, New York asked the National Rifle Association for help to improve hunter safety afield. The four-hour course that followed was a “pioneer effort” that has saved lives ever since. Today, no one can imagine American hunting without hunter education as a prudent rite of passage.
Despite its importance as a good food source, as a wildlife-management tool and as a crucial source of funding for conservation in the United States, hunting remains vulnerable to misinformation and negative attention from ill-informed media, which can encourage support for restrictive legislation. The hunting community must appeal to non-hunters through common goals, motivations and values if our pastime is to remain a fixture in American life.