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Earn-a-Buck: An Effective, Divisive Way to Manage Deer

Love ’em or hate ’em, they are a feature of deer seasons across many states. Here’s the background—and the pros and cons—of earn-a-buck tags.

Treestand Falls: Do They Require Formal Investigations?

Most state departments of natural resources investigate hunting-related shootings, and boating and OHV deaths, but they do not investigate treestand deaths; local police personnel do. Consequently, up to 73 percent of all reports of treestand falls do not list whether the victim was wearing a fall-restraint device.

Why Senate’s Consideration of $70M Bill Combating Chronic Wasting Disease Is Vital

With CWD now in 30 states, the bill would fund disease research and management.

Why Your State Fish and Game Agency Needs to Build More Public Shooting Ranges

The surge in gun sales and shooting sports participation in recent years has fueled the need for ever-more places to shoot. Here’s an in-depth look at how state fish-and-game agencies use funds collected from excise taxes paid by gun and ammo buyers to build public shooting ranges.

Why Deer Hunting Is Safer Today Than Ever Before

Deer hunting has indeed become safer over time, primarily because hunters have become safer. It all began decades ago with the advent of first voluntary then mandatory hunter safety training, and blaze-orange requirements in the deer woods and upland fields.

Turkey Population Declines Make Hunters Accept Change

Even as turkey populations nationwide have declined, turkey hunters have remained optimistic. That attitude stands in contrast to hunters overall, particularly deer hunters, who seem grumpier all the time. Game agencies weigh these attitudes as they seek ways to reduce turkey harvests without reducing hunter satisfaction.

Research: Shooting More Bucks Reduces CWD

Harvest data from Western states and provinces suggest shooting more bucks one year reduces the prevalence of chronic wasting disease the next. What’s more, the pressure on the buck segment seems to be more effective if the harvest occurs near or during the rut.

Free Hunter Education Online: NRA’s Gift to Hunters

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.

When the NRA Saved the ‘Harrisburg Show’

In 2013, only weeks before the annual “Harrisburg show” was to begin, the event’s producer announced it had banned the sale or display of AR-style rifles. The sporting world was angered, and responded en masse to force a boycott. A year later, the NRA stepped in to rebrand the event the Great American Outdoor Show.

NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Fosters Next Generation of Hunters

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.

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