Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president.
An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.
Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.
The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, Royal Rangers, National High School Rodeo Association and others.
Due to the overwhelming growth of NRA's shooting programs, a new range was needed. Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, adjutant general of Ohio, had begun construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Camp Perry became the home of the annual National Matches, which have been the benchmark for excellence in marksmanship ever since. With nearly 6,000 people competing annually in pistol, smallbore and high-power events, the National Matches are one of the biggest sporting events held in the country today.
Through the association's magazine, The American Rifleman, members were kept abreast of new firearms bills, although the lag time in publishing often prevented the necessary information from going out quickly. In response to repeated attacks on the Second Amendment rights, NRA formed the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934. While NRA did not lobby directly at this time, it did mail out legislative facts and analyses to members, whereby they could take action on their own. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA.
Meanwhile, the NRA continued its commitment to training, education and marksmanship. During World War II, the association offered its ranges to the government, developed training materials, encouraged members to serve as plant and home guard members, and developed training materials for industrial security. NRA members even reloaded ammunition for those guarding war plants. Incidentally, the NRA's call to help arm Britain in 1940 resulted in the collection of more than 7,000 firearms for Britain's defense against potential invasion by Germany (Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun-control laws enacted between World War I and World War II).
After the war, the NRA concentrated its efforts on another much-needed arena for education and training: the hunting community. In 1949, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter Education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country and Canada and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence. Due to increasing interest in hunting, NRA launched a new magazine in 1973, The American Hunter, dedicated solely to hunting issues year-round. NRA continues its leadership role in hunting today with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a program that allows youngsters to build on the skills they learned in basic hunter education courses. YHECs are now held in 43 states and three Canadian provinces, involving an estimated 40,000 young hunters.
The American Hunter and The American Rifleman were the mainstays of NRA publications until the debut of The American Guardian in 1997. The Guardian was created to cater to a more mainstream audience, with less emphasis on the technicalities of firearms and a more general focus on self-defense and recreational use of firearms. The Guardian was renamed America's 1st Freedom in June of 2000.
Law enforcement training was next on the priority list for program development. Although a special police school had been reinstated at Camp Perry in 1956, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers with the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960. Today, there are more than 13,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors. Additionally, top law enforcement shooters compete each year in eight different pistol and shotgun matches at the National Police Shooting Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In civilian training, the NRA continues to be the leader in firearms education. Over 125,000 certified instructors now train about 1,000,000 gun owners a year. Courses are available in basic rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading firearms, personal protection, even ammunition reloading. Additionally, nearly 7,000 certified coaches are specially trained to work with young competitive shooters. Since the establishment of the lifesaving Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in 1988, more than 28 million pre-kindergarten to fourth grade children have learned that if they see a firearm in an unsupervised situation, they should "STOP. DON'T TOUCH. RUN AWAY. TELL A GROWNUP." Over the past seven years, Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars have helped more than 100,000 men and women develop their own personal safety plan using common sense strategies.
In 1990, NRA made a dramatic move to ensure that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available now and for future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and benefit a variety of American constituencies including youth, women, hunters, competitive shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement agents and persons with physical disabilities.
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly five million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, "Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time."
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America’s Premier WILD Pheasant Hunting & Fishing Destination destination packages are all-inclusive, providing you with first-class lodging, dining, courteous service and hospitality assuring your stay at Brown’s Hunting Ranch will be one you will remember. Each guest stays in their own private cabin, where kingsized beds and fireplace await you at day’s end. All guest cabins and the main lodge offer a great view of Lake Oahe. Dine while honking flocks of geese barely clear the roof tops, listen to cackling roosters and watch deer peacefully feed a stones throw from the main lodge. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. Your enjoyment is first and foremost. We look forward to you spending your time with us. INQUIRE HERE FOR LODGING AND RESERVATIONS
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We are the most passionate, driven waterfowl outfitter in Alberta, Canada, with the highest quality waterfowl hunting and the most competitive rates! Our outfit is located in the heart of Peace Country of Northwest Alberta, Canada. At Dry Creek Outfitters, you cannot only expect the waterfowl hunt of your dreams, but memories that will last a lifetime. While you are here, you will be treated as more than just a client. It is our intent to build lasting relationships with every individual we meet and fuel their passion for waterfowl hunting and life in general.
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Alberta’s liberal limits include up to 8 geese and 8 ducks per day with a 3 day possession limit to take home. We are a family operation with an excellent staff. The guides, spotters and cooks are here to serve you. Premier waterfowl hunting and lasting relationships are what we are all about. We invite you to look at our photo and video galleries to see a small part of what we offer to our guests. We also suggest you read through some of our reviews and contact references.
We are Whitetail Properties and we are not your average real estate company. Our company was created for the sole purpose of bringing together buyers and sellers of hunting, ranch and farm land. Love for wildlife and rural land management runs through our veins like the mighty Mississippi runs through America's Heartland. We call our agents "Land Specialists." Our team covers 26 states and counting and is made up of many of the finest land managers and market analysts in the rural real estate industry. We are just like you. We love to hunt. We love the land. We realize the value of owning a piece of land to call your own and providing a legacy for generations to come. Our passion is working with you to make smart investments that benefit your family and cement financial stability.
If you're interested in buying or selling hunting, farm or ranch land, we invite you to learn more about our company and how we can help you.
Rhinoland Safaris is a 5 star lodge situated in the heart of the bush veld, Lephalale, Limpopo Province, South Africa. We host more than 30 species of game including 4 of the big 5. As you roam you will develop a deep bond with this Africa.
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Essential for alerting others of your location at night. The Basic element of RESCUE.
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WWA has been helping people achieve their dreams for 24 years! We guide hunts in Nevada, California, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Argentina and New Zealand!
The Sonoran Desert Institute mission is to provide students with current, firearms industry-driven, higher education programs delivered through distance education technology and practical application. SDI is committed to an ongoing investment in our instructional processes and continuous improvement objectives. Our success is measured by the overall satisfaction of our students and alumni, as well as our relationships with industry partners.
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Motsomi is a family business owned by Pieter and Ria Potgieter. Pieter and Ria both being nature lovers and Pieter being an avid hunter decided to share their love for the African bush with people equal in their passion for nature. The sole purpose of Motsomi Safaris is giving our clients an unbelievable African hunting experience and to welcome them back as friends.
All safaris are fully guided, tailored and personalized for hunters and non-hunters, so your itinerary can be very flexible.
We are strict on fair chase and ethical hunting, that’s one of the reasons why we are members of PHASA (Professional hunters association of South Africa) and we live by their code of conduct.
The Nine Bar Ranch is located east of Decatur, Texas about 45 miles NW of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area. The ranch is owned by the Waggoner-Sauder family, a fixture in the Texas ranching community since the early 1900’s with over 12,000 acres.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
Trophy hunting in Alberta, Canada is what we are all about. When you book a black bear hunt, whitetail deer hunt, Canada moose hunt, free range bison hunt and wolf hunt with Boss Outfitting, you will hunt untouched remote wilderness areas where trophy class big game live. Boss Outfitting offers you the hunting adventure of a lifetime.
Being an outdoorsman is my passion and my way of life. I am committed to providing you a hunting experience you’ll always remember. Call Terance Boss 780-717-2825 to book a hunt
The premier name when it comes to top-quality knives, Faneema Cutlery sells a vast assortment of high-quality knives, including daggers, hunting, pocket, skinners, and razors. Established in 2016 and currently headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, we are a family business with a long history of knife making.
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An outfitting business located in north central saskatchewan. Offering black bear hunts, and world class fishing on the saskatchewan river.
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Flint River Fishing Guides is situated in the most panoramic river in all of Georgia, it’s no wonder fishing enthusiasts love Flint River fishing enduring fishing experiences with our finest guides to learn a array of fishing skills in Flint River.
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Cody Richardson is a Colorado native who grew up exploring the rivers and streams of the Rocky Mountains. He switched gears from a career in fire fighting to pursue a personal passion for fly fishing and unique artwork. Starting out by creating personal designs in his home shop for friends and family, these pieces caught on through local Colorado fly shops, and are now carried sold in shops around the world. The most rewarding aspects of this career for Cody are coming up with new and intricate designs, collaborating on custom art commissions, license place ‘hunts’, and commemorating the passions and life events of his customers.
Lodgepole Outfitters License #1222 has been providing quality hunts since 1992 and has 40 years of experience guiding and hunting to offer you. Come hunt with us and see why so many people keep coming back.
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The Sea of Cortez is the same area that inspired greats like Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey and John Steinbeck. This part of Mexico was the playground for Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Desi Arnaz and so many other famous entertainers from Hollywood. Even today we have many young stars that come to Baja Sur to recharge their batteries and play.
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The ROKMAN Quick-Change System is the future of backpacking. A modular pack system designed with many well thought out features to carry your gear with the comfortable Core-Flex Harness and Waterproof Packs, and Bino Case.
Few places in the Canadian north combine such a variety of freshwater fishing with all the comforts of home. Located near the 60th parallel in northwest Saskatchewan, Lake Athabasca is the largest lake in the province and is recognized as one of the "Big Fish" waters of the world. Whether you're after trophy Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, lunker Northern Pike, Whitefish, or Walleye, you'll find them all here. Best of all, you'll feel you have the great outdoors all to yourself.
Yes Bay Lodge lies fifty miles north of Ketchikan in southern Southeast Alaska. Overlooking the spectacular view of the Bay and pristine Wolverine Creek, the Lodge is nestled in the heart of The Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest on Earth. For over 40 years, the Hack family has been welcoming guests to Yes Bay Lodge. Unlike most fishing resorts in the state, Yes Bay Lodge is able to offer guests a wide range of freshwater and saltwater fishing, due to its’ unique location. The myriad of lakes, streams and rivers located within a short distance of the lodge, offer some of the finest trout and Dolly Varden fishing available in Southeast Alaska, while the steelhead fishing is world-class. For the salt water angler, there are five species of salmon that spawn in the areas, including king, silver, sockeye, pink and chum. In addition to the plentiful salmon, you may opt to bottom fish for Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod.
We are based in central Montana in the Big Belt Mountains, 60 miles south of Great Falls. Our hunts are all conducted from our base camp which consists of cabins and a new cook house, run by a generator and propane heat. The camp is located on the private leases we hunt. The elevation in the area runs from 4,500 to 7,000 feet and temperatures can vary from 60 degrees to well zero.
We have been running fishing trips for over 55 years, and we are dedicated to sharing the thrill of deep sea fishing with you. We are San Diego's top rated sport-fishing landing, and we would be thrilled to have you join us for fishing trip! Whether it's just a day of fishing fun with the family on one of our half-day trips, or one of our legendary multi-day big game fish excursions, we have the knowledge, experience and crew to get you on the fish and in great style!
Hero Expeditions is a Colorado non-profit organization that focuses on getting veterans and special needs children hunting and fishing expeditions.
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ORPA HUNTING SAFARIS·THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018· Orpa Hunting Safaris, a private hunting ranch in northern Namibia, Africa invites you to experience a hunting safari in magnificent Namibia.
We promote the principle of fair chase.Namibia is a paradise for the African plains game trophy hunter and we can offer more than 21 species to hunt.
We offer exclusive hunting for you or your hunting group. Our hunting ranch will be your private hunting destination.No other hunting parties will hunt while you are here.
Orpa Hunting Safaris is the perfect destination for first time hunters although we had hunters that returned for more than three times bringing friends and families with them to hunt.
Our goal here at Absolute Alaska Adventures is to show you the real Alaskan experience.
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Since 1973 Igloo Lake Lodge has been offering all-inclusive speckled brook trout fly-fishing in the unspoiled wilds of beautiful remote Labrador, Canada. Rest assured, we know how to offer a great fishing experience.