The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American non-profit lobbying group that advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights, and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States.
The NRA sponsors firearm safety training courses, as well as marksmanship events featuring shooting skill and sports. According to a 1999 Fortune survey, lawmakers and congressional staffers considered NRA the most influential lobbying group. Its political activity is based on the principle that gun ownership is a civil liberty protected by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and it calls itself the oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States. According to its website, the NRA has 4.3 million members.
Ducks Unlimited (DU) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. It had approximately 579,000 members as of January 2011, mostly in the United States and Canada. DU has become a leader in waterfowl habitat conservation and has conserved more than 12.4 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America. DU partners with a wide range of corporations, governments, other non-governmental organizations, landowners, and private citizens to restore and manage areas that have been degraded and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands. DU is also active in working with others to recommend government policies that will positively influence wetlands and the environment
The National Wild Turkey Federation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. It currently has more than 250,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. The NWTF along with its wildlife agency and corporate partners, have helped restore and manage North America's current population of more than 7 million wild turkeys. In addition, the NWTF, along with their conservation partners and members, has helped acquire or improve habitat on more than 17,000,000 acres of public, private and corporate lands and spent more than $372 million conserving habitat and upholding our hunting heritage.
Through its outreach programs, the NWTF family has helped thousands of children, women and people with disabilities across North America learn outdoor skills. The NWTF's JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen programs have helped people learn to better enjoy the outdoors as well as understand the importance of wildlife management and appreciate hunting as an honorable pursuit.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. Founded in 1988, the QDMA has nearly 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Since the beginning, QDMA has worked to educate its members and all deer hunters about the benefits of the Quality Deer Management (QDM) philosophy. This effort – aided by the support of numerous member-volunteers, corporate sponsors, and other QDM advocates – has rapidly increased awareness and implementation of QDM throughout North America, resulting in healthier, more balanced deer populations and more rewarding hunting experiences. As it grew in membership and influence, QDMA also began working to secure a sustainable future for wild white-tailed deer through practical research and by advocating for wise policy and regulation that will protect our hunting heritage. Additionally, QDMA works to attract, assist, educate and guide young and new hunters to ensure they become tomorrow's stewards of whitetails and all wildlife.
The NASP® started when Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Commissioner, Tom Bennett wanted archery to become a high school sport choice. The KDFWR hosted a Step Outside event to introduce the Kentucky Department of Education to the sport of archery. It was suggested that archery would be a popular sport with students. The Department of Education agreed to help if the program was started as a PE class in middle school.
The National Archery in
the Schools Program® (NASP®) is a joint venture between state Departments of
Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and
organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education,
physical education and participation in life long sport of Archery. The programs
focus is to provide International style target archery training in physical
education classes, grades 4-12.
During the summer of 1991 a meeting was held to determine the
feasibility of the Hunters for the Hungry concept in Virginia. Involved in this discussion were
representatives of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, the
Virginia Association of Meat Processors, the Virginia Deer Hunters Association,
the Virginia Federation of Foodbanks, other nonprofit food distribution
charities, and interested individuals. Information was also available from the Virginia Department of Health and
the Virginia Department of Meat and Poultry Inspection. It was decided that the program should be administered and that to function best funds should be raised to cover the costs
of having professional meat processors(butchers) accept, cut, wrap, and freeze
the deer donated by hunters in Virginia. Distribution would be handled through foodbanks and other charities. A nonprofit administrator volunteered to take
on the project as a pilot effort and Hunters for the Hungry began in Virginia in
the fall of 1991. During the first year over 33,000 pounds of venison was donated, processed, and
distributed. The program expanded and in its second year over 68,000 pounds of
meat was handled. The Hunters for the Hungry program has continued to expand. Annual distribution now exceeds 400,000
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, or VDGIF, regulates fish and wildlife in Virginia. It is managed by the Director of Game and Inland Fisheries and overseen by the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries.
VDGIF's goals are to: