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fullerzbbd
10-02-2008, 10:18 PM
thought this one might be interesting.I know every one is on edge with the political mess on here so keep it clean please.

Land Owner
10-02-2008, 10:21 PM
Life Member here

1 Vote

fullerzbbd
10-02-2008, 10:23 PM
Lol , Was Working On It.

Mossy_71
10-02-2008, 10:23 PM
but I do appreciate any and all that help defend my 2nd Amendment, especially those that put their life in harm's way.

THANKS U.S. ARMED FORCES!!! You guys can't hear that enough.

cityslicker
10-02-2008, 10:37 PM
I belong to Perch Point Conservation Club here in Michigan. The Friends of the NRA has contributed in excess of 30,000 dollars thru the years to our youth trap and archery programs. I will support the NRA whenever possible.:D

woodsman324
10-02-2008, 10:38 PM
Life member. I did it when it was 300.00. I had a jar of quarters that ended up having 360.00 so I did it. Probably bought ammo with the rest.......

hunter_58
10-02-2008, 10:39 PM
yes
BTW it's a very good poll, they are having to pull a lot of dead weight.

biglakeba$$
10-02-2008, 10:52 PM
I am not currently.

where do I draw the line with how many organizations I need to be a member of and support?

DU
QDMA
NRA
MDHA
PF
NWTF
many others.....

Add on subscriptions to mags to get some up to date info.

I cant be a member of every one, and subscribe to everything.
I have a line to draw.

Dave
10-02-2008, 11:03 PM
Life member and just made my 4 year old son a life member with the Legacy program they came out with this summer. It is a shame how many hunters I know have quit the NRA or have a bad opinion of them becasue of their stand over the years on " assualt weapons" or limited gun purchases. Unfourtunetly they don't understand that when the NRA takes a stand against so many of these bills it's becasue of the hidden verbage in them that would take our hunting guns away. Many of them still don't get it when you explain it to them. Hopefully they will before the United Nations steps in and takes our guns away for us. NJ, where I live is one of the worst states to live and try to purchase a firearm. Come November, vote, and make sure you put people in office who respect your second amendment rights. Don't make the mistakes we did becasue it's to late for us. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!

BSK_
10-03-2008, 08:25 AM
yes
BTW it's a very good poll, they are having to pull a lot of dead weight.

It will be hard for me to ever support the organization again after the gestapo tactics I witnessed from them in my state concerning our push for a Right to Hunt ammendment to our state's Constitution. The NRA's strong-arm tactics to the great detriment of sportmen and women was eye-opening. Made me realize they work to protect the gun-nut not the sportsman.

totouchantler
10-03-2008, 09:36 AM
Agree with BSK.....will never give a dime to his organization. I compare them to PETA only for the other side. Not going to get into it about this........throw your stones....but I will not explain my stance on this agian......have too many times in the past. Good luck to everyone this year. I hope your harvest in bountiful. Be safe.

hunter_58
10-03-2008, 10:07 AM
It will be hard for me to ever support the organization again after the gestapo tactics I witness from them in my state concerning our push for a Right to Hunt ammendment to our state's Constitution. The NRA's strong-arm tactics to the great detriment of sportmen and women was eye-opening. Made me realize they work to protect the gun-nut not the sportsman.

what did they do ?? hopefully is was an over aggressive member, something like that.

KentCo. Bowhntr
10-03-2008, 10:29 AM
I am almost finished my Easy Pay Life membership. So another vote for the yes, card carrying member.

offroadr
10-03-2008, 10:34 AM
lifer here

Bad Faulkner
10-03-2008, 12:40 PM
the only sportsman organization I pay to belong to. More about being tight than anything else. And a magazine I'm more interested in imo.

SpliceCreek
10-03-2008, 01:38 PM
I've been an on and off again NRA member most of my adult life-they frequently piss me off with various tactics and I really get tired of the constant barrage of letters, emails and other gimmicks they throw at you to get you to send money all the time. When they get me mad enough, I'll drop my membership for a few years -until something comes along to make me feel like I need to join again, until they piss me off again. Seems like it never ends. I'm currently a member, mostly because of the critical issues that have been on the table of late, and the upcoming election, but it doesn't rest easy on me. I really don't like their tactics and methods.

I've been a member of NSSF for almost ten years, however. The NRA pissed me off so I looked around for another venue where I could support gun/hunting rights, and they fit the bill really well. It's a great organization that is focused on shooting sports, not just gun rights. I'd recommend them to anyone here looking for a way to support the shooting sports.

The Dude
10-03-2008, 02:03 PM
I'm buying a life membership on the payment plan. I've got a couple more years to go. Too bad some people can't look past the small stuff to focus on the bigger picture.

BSK_
10-03-2008, 03:28 PM
what did they do ?? hopefully is was an over aggressive member, something like that.

No it was their leadership.

Hunters in TN were pushing for a Right to Hunt amendment to our state's Constitution, in an attempt to ward off anti-hunting groups. However, that sort of thing is VERY tricky business from a legal standpoint. If an amendment is not worded just right it actually opens the door to legal challenges to hunting that could shut all hunting down. Although our wildlife agency did not feel a Right to Hunt amendment was legally necessary to protect hunting in TN, they knew this move was being pushed by hunting organizations in the state, so they in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF)--a compendium organization of all other sportsmen's organizations around the state (some national)--moved to write the amendment to ensure it was written correctly. After almost two years of work--including involving members of the state's Supreme Court and the state's Attorney General to ensure the wording was perfect and beyond legal challenge--the bill started going through the amendment process.

That's when the NRA stepped in. They had a completely different version of an amendment they wanted passed. It was a terribly written amendment that would have done just what we feared--open the door to litigation from anti-hunting groups that would have tied up hunting regulations in court forever, ultimately ending hunting in our state for many years. The NRA lawyers were fully briefed on the inadequacies of their amendment but they simply didn't care. The TWF tried repeatedly over a year's period to get the NRA to work with the TWF to back the TWF's well-written amendment, but the NRA was having none of it. They wanted their version--which wasn't even a Right to Hunt amendment, but a Right to use Firearms while Hunting Amendment--or nothing at all. The NRA then proceeded to threaten and strong-arm our state legislators, telling them the NRA would ruin them if they didn't vote for the NRA's version instead of the TWF/TWRA version. The NRA came within days of ending hunting and fishing in my state, and didn't care.

If it hadn't been for the TWF gathering representatives from every sportsmen's organization they could find--Quail Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, QDMA, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Wild Turkey Federation and many others and then bring this group of representatives to a meeting between the Lieutenant Governor and the NRA lawyers, the results would have been disastrous. Only after this group confronted the NRA lawyers and told them we did not and would not support them, and would actively work against them if they didn't back off, did the NRA agree to support the TWF's amendment (with minor additions for gun rights).

After those dealings with the NRA, if I ever catch one of their lawyers in my state, I will PERSONALLY run them out of town on a rail. I will NEVER support them under ANY circumstances EVER again. I have never witnessed such strong-arm Nazi tactics in my life, and from an organization that says they support sportsmen's rights. Ya, sure they do.

Southwest QDMA
10-03-2008, 04:14 PM
Hey BSK,

I am sure that you are right. If you recall I worked for the NRA for over 10 years and remember several Legislative folks at NRA HQ that were real turds. If you and I could have bought them for "what they were worth & sold them for what they THOUGHT they were worth".......well, we could have bought a lot of good hunting land! haha Luckily now most of those that work at HQ are pretty good folks. What you need to do is talk to the closest NRA Board Member about your feelings. Give me some time & I will try to figure out which one that will be. They need to know why a good guy like you is PO'ed at them.

I stay a Life Member for 2 main reasons:

1. Because many of those in our goverment REALLY ARE after our guns (Boxer, Feinstein, Shumer, Clinton, Obama, and many others......Republicans & Democrats) and NO OTHER ORGANIZATION has the clout that NRA does. As with anything, with power comes responsibility.

2 To be able to vote for incoming NRA Board Members every year. This way I
can do my little bit to affect the direction of my organization.

Allow me to close with these two requests:

Everyone PLEASE take the time to vote this November

And stop the next Serviceman or woman you meet on the street to give them a sincere handshake and tell them that "America is the land of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave like them"

Good Hunting everyone.

BSK_
10-03-2008, 07:09 PM
1. Because many of those in our goverment REALLY ARE after our guns (Boxer, Feinstein, Shumer, Clinton, Obama, and many others......Republicans & Democrats)...

Absolutely true. But there are other gun rights organizations out there, and some work more from a sportsmen's angle.


...and NO OTHER ORGANIZATION has the clout that NRA does.

Again, absolutely true. They are extremely powerful. But after having seen their tactics first hand, now I know why so many hate the NRA, and not for ideological reasons. The strong-arm tactics I witnessed made me keep looking for their black jack-boots, skull emblemed cap, and double lightening-bolt insignia on their collars.


As with anything, with power comes responsibility.

And there's the real key. I saw none of that.

Drop-time
10-03-2008, 08:46 PM
Have been a member in the past..re-upped several times. Once I missed a year and then it all started. Phone call after phone call after phone call. These guys were almost as persistant as buckmasters! Call me once. If I tell ya no dont call again or youve just pissed me off. They really turned me off on the organization. I realize they need members and I believe in fighting for the second amdment. I dont have much expendable income these days and I feel its more of a worthwhile cause (from a hunters perspective) re-upping my QDMA membership than giving to the NRA.

J.D.
10-03-2008, 11:25 PM
Dont hate on the NRA!!! It kills me. You got people who will let the actions of a couple in the organization dam- the whole NRA. If you insist on this logic, be consistent and dam- Obama for the actions of Wright, Flager, and the terrorist Bill Ayers. I agree they are pushy on keeping your membership. It works more than it fails or they wouldnt do it.

Thayer.qdma
10-03-2008, 11:29 PM
I think the post regarding the NRA ability to contact previous and present members were accurate. Not a knock on you or their ability to uphold our right to bear arms. Just a bit of indifference on the ways to recruit more interest in the NRA...

Simmer down.

BSK_
10-04-2008, 08:17 AM
Dont hate on the NRA!!! It kills me. You got people who will let the actions of a couple in the organization dam- the whole NRA.

I'll dislike who I want, and for good reason. In my case it wasn't the "actions of a few." It was the actions of their leadership at the highest level. The leadership knew what was going on and approved it. A failure of leadership is a failure of the entire organization.

If they ever become more sportsman oriented, maybe my attitude towards them will change. But it will take a major overhaul of the organization and many years of proof they are a different organization with a different emphasis.

Anderson
10-04-2008, 08:54 AM
I'm a life member.

I think it is important to support organizations that work on gun rights. NRA and/or others.

SpliceCreek
10-04-2008, 10:39 AM
The NRA would do well in taking notice of this thread.

In a QDMA forum, comprised mainly of deer hunting enthusiasts, almost half of the poll respondents aren't NRA members, and several of those posting responses have voiced complaints and/or serious concerns over the tactics and practices the organization uses. Makes you wonder how many people have been disaffected by their tactics whom might otherwise support the organization.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar...

hunter_58
10-04-2008, 11:39 AM
The NRA would do well in taking notice of this thread.

In a QDMA forum, comprised mainly of deer hunting enthusiasts, almost half of the poll respondents aren't NRA members, and several of those posting responses have voiced complaints and/or serious concerns over the tactics and practices the organization uses. Makes you wonder how many people have been disaffected by their tactics whom might otherwise support the organization.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar...

I support the NRA, but i agree ! Some on here have legitimate problems, but there are also some true liberals here that would never support them. I will hang with them and at the same time let them know about my problems and try and change it from within.

I wish someone with better computer skills than I have, would send this thread to them, i think it would help !

robert lawson
10-04-2008, 01:02 PM
As I stated before-I'm A proud member of the NRA. I renewed for three yrs. just recently. That being said--They could save a bunch of money and probably some members if they kept better track of who is paid and who isn't. By the time my membership runs out they will have wasted hundreds of dollars on trying to get me to renew. Every week there is something in the mail. MONEY-MONEY-MONEY--DVD'S---MORE MONEY-RENEW-RENEW-MORE UNWANTED DVD'S--Even when you call and tell them to just save all the money it is costing them to try and get you to join when you are already a member. What a waste..:eek:

J.D.
10-04-2008, 01:17 PM
As I stated before-I'm A proud member of the NRA. I renewed for three yrs. just recently. That being said--They could save a bunch of money and probably some members if they kept better track of who is paid and who isn't. By the time my membership runs out they will have wasted hundreds of dollars on trying to get me to renew. Every week there is something in the mail. MONEY-MONEY-MONEY--DVD'S---MORE MONEY-RENEW-RENEW-MORE UNWANTED DVD'S--Even when you call and tell them to just save all the money it is costing them to try and get you to join when you are already a member. What a waste..:eek:

I agree. I will always support them. However I also see a waste of money that I want to go to fighting the "socialist agenda" that is taking root in America. I might call and tell them if they dont quit sending junk mail I will not renew. Spend it on the anti-gun agenda!!!!

MUZZY1
10-04-2008, 01:18 PM
Yes.i Am.and I Think That Everone That Shoots,hunts,and Loves This Country The Way It Is Should Be To.we Need All The Help We Can Get. My2 Cents

Albert
10-04-2008, 04:11 PM
Life member

sandbur
10-05-2008, 10:52 AM
I'm a life member.
They do seem to have the most power to protect our gun rights. They have done somethings that I do not approve of-I understand how you feel-bsk. Come to think of it , QDMA, Mn. Deer Hunters Assn., Muskies, Inc., Republican and Democratic parties have all done things that I do not approve of either! At times I support parts of all of these organizations. Some more than others.

If you can not support NRA, join another organization that protects our gun rights. Just make sure it is the true thing, not a wolf in sheep's clothing.

BSK_
10-05-2008, 11:40 AM
If you can not support NRA, join another organization that protects our gun rights.

I do support other gun rights groups, but those that are geared towards hunting.

woodsman324
10-05-2008, 11:42 AM
I agree with sandbur. I don't always agree with eveything they do but overall I believe they protect my gun right better than any other group. I believe their expertise is gun rights first and sportsmans rights further down the ladder. It was sad to see what happened in TN and they need to improve. They seem to have one speed, full blast forward. I seemed to get a lot less begging mail when I became a life member and I think you can request it to be stopped. Its easy to identify their mail and toss it but its a shame that the money spent on mailings could have been used for a better purpose. I am surprised by the number here that don't belong. I kind of thought we'd be preaching to the choir but I was fooled by the political threads also. I hope those who don't like the NRA are members of a different gun rights group or we're in bigger trouble than I thought. I feel its a heck of a lot easier keeping a right you already have than trying to get it back.

Bob S
10-06-2008, 01:52 AM
Life Member since 1984.

Lamascota
10-06-2008, 06:16 PM
Patron Member and a lifetime hunter. The NRA is the number one protector of the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd amendment is not about hunting.

TXAGGIE83
10-06-2008, 08:04 PM
Life Member. Member since 1976 and fully support their effort to protect and keep YOUR rights and mine. Imagine this....you wouldn't be enjoying your sport today if we weren't covering your backside.

SiberianXpress
10-07-2008, 12:06 PM
I am 45 and have been a member since I was 15, that is quite a while. Personally, I think every American should be a member whether they own a firearm or not. It isn't just about owning a firearm for hunting to me. It is about defending my rights as a citizen as guaranteed by our constitution thus enabling the citizens of this country the ability to revolt if our government seeks to strip us of our liberties. The 2nd amendment is all about granting citizens the ability to organize and defend themselves and their freedom whether the threat be foreign or domestic. Some may view that as an antiquated idea but I do not. I view it as vital to the longevity of our great nation.