How the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Works

Man standing on landscape with holding gun.
Man standing on landscape with holding gun.
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Serious outdoor sport­smen have rarely seemed to take their hunting, fishing and trapping rights for granted. The laws regarding hunting have changed numerous times over the years and will probably continue to do so. As legislators try to protect wildlife and natural resources, anti-hunting groups try to halt what they consider the wasteful slaughter of wildlife. All the while, conservationists try to find a better way to maintain and protect natural resources, leaving hunters and anglers often caught in the middle of the endless battles.

That's where the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) comes in. Considering itself the "Premier defender of sportsmen's rights", the alliance has members spanning the country and is backed by some of the biggest names in outdoor sports [source: USSA].

Founded in Ohio, the alliance was formed to fight laws that sought to limit or prevent men, women and youth from engaging in their outdoor passions. Today, the alliance continues to fight for sportsmen's rights and conservation issues that creep up all over the country.

­In this article, you will learn about the history of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and some of the tough stances that it has taken to ensure the rights of outdoor sportsmen stay intact. You will find out about the mission of the alliance, and the reasons why individuals, clubs and corporations continue to support its efforts. And you will see why conservationists and youth are joining up with other U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance members to get back to nature and defend their rights.

You will also learn about member coalitions that you might be interested in, different levels of memberships that you can join, volunteering opportunities that exists and causes that are supported by members and donations alike.

Let's move on to the history of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and find out exactly why it was created.