It’s no secret the NRA has been a leading advocate of Hunters for the Hungry programs since the early 1990s. This November, we advance our advocacy and celebrate our creation of National Wild Game Meat Donation Month to inspire hunters everywhere to share surplus game.
As part of the organization’s 150-year stewardship of shooting and hunting, the NRA in 2016 created the Hunters’ Leadership Forum to push against the demonization of hunting.
Most Americans do not disapprove of hunting. Then again, most Americans don’t really understand much about conservation. As we advocate for hunting’s role on our landscape, it’s important to note arguments that work and don’t work when speaking with nonhunters and anti-hunters.
Americans’ attitudes about hunting exist across a continuum of acceptability from animal rights to animal welfare to “dominionism.” Understanding this continuum is crucial to communicating our mindset as hunters and why hunting fits the American landscape now and into the future.
Changing viewpoints regarding the value of wildlife means only one thing for the future of sound scientific wildlife management: roadblocks.
While hunting participation at the nationwide level is down, license sales in Western and Southeastern states are booming.