When you think about hunting issues today, generally you think of the NRA and gun laws. Gun bans and regulations are often in the news, keeping this at the forefront of the nation's attention. These issues get even more publicity when entertainers like Rosie O'Donnell and the late Charlton Heston address them. But the struggle isn't reserved for legislators and high-profile people -- hunters and conservationists fight anti-hunting, trapping and gun laws, too.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation started working on a national level after a 1977 Ohio Ballot issue proposed to amend the constitution and ban trapping within the state. Since that time, the USSA and its partner foundation have continued defending the passions of outdoor sportsmen and women from legislation, ballot issues and even lawsuits through grassroots movements and direct lobbying [source: USSA].
The coalitions within the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance include:
- The Bowhunter Rights Coalition was started to defend bowhunters rights against animal rights groups including the Humane Society and the Fund for Animals.
- The Sporting Dog Defense Coalition (SDDC) unifies national and local hunting dog groups in order to protect sport hunting with dogs.
- The Bear Hunter Rights Coalition was started in 2005 by established bear hunting organizations across the country to keep bear hunting legal across the nation.
Through their mission of protecting hunting rights, the USSA also works to protect wildlife and conservation efforts across the country. Next, you'll learn more about the mission of this alliance and what it entails.