NRA Gets a Foothold Into Wildlife Refuges

The next time you visit a national wildlife refuge, you may run into a gun-toting member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Last December, the NRA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) signed a little-noticed “memorandum of understanding” encouraging refuge managers and local NRA affiliates to work on “mututally beneficial projects and activities,” such as fishing and hunting. One such project, currently the NRA’s focus is “to help make hunting on refuges accessible to physically challenged sportsmen and women,” says USFWS spokesperson Patricia Fisher.