Hunting and Shooting Activities

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Hunting and shootings sports participation have steadily declined over the past several decades. Many of our members are hunters and recreational shooters and their pursuits have long supported wildlife conservation funding nationwide.

The IWLA Shooting Sports Conservation Committee hosted a webinar, entitled "R3 for Hunters and Recreational Shooters", to discuss how Izaak Walton League chapters can help secure the future of hunting and the shooting sports.

During this 30-minute webinar, Ernie Padgette, Shooting Sports Conservation Committee Chair, and Scott Kovarovics, IWLA Executive Director, discussed the League’s strategy to support and implement the national R3 Plan to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters and recreational shooters across America.

Download the webinar slides (PDF)

Download the slides with notes (PDF) – You don't want to show notes pages during a presentation, so print out a copy for talking points.

You can learn more about this topic in our Outdoor America article, "A Roadmap for the Future of Hunting and Shooting Sports", or review the complete R3 National Plan created by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports.

Safety on the Range

Safety is always important on the range. Over 120 Izaak Walton League chapters have a variety of shooting ranges, and many of their members and the public enjoy using these facilities to practice their sport and learn to shoot safely and responsibly.

Right now, chapters with range facilities must take extra precautions to keep members and guests safe during the coronavirus pandemic. As chapters work to responsibly re-open their shooting ranges and welcome back shooting sports enthusiasts, we encourage them to review and use these health and safety strategies to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Potential Range Funding Sources

Shooting RangeSome state fish and wildlife agencies use a portion of their federal Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act funding to make grants to nonprofit organizations or local governments for shooting range projects. 

To help chapters capitalize on this funding opportunity, the League has researched and developed a series of P-R Funding Summaries detailing grant programs offered by certain states where the League has a significant presence:

Each analysis summarizes authorized uses of grant funds, public use requirements, how to apply, and provides state agency contact information.

The publication "Using Wildlife Restoration Funds for Shooting Ranges", by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, further provides a broad overview of the use of P-R funds for public shooting ranges.  

There are other sources of potential funding and in-kind support for chapter shooting ranges and shooting sports education and training programs. Refer to the Ikes On Target newsletter (volume 5, issue 1) for further details. 

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