If just one in three hunters adds one new person to our sport, we’ll secure a strong future for generations to come. So be the one. Ignite the passion that can change the course of someone’s life forever. For all hunting has done to enrich your life, join the +ONE movement and invite someone hunting. Share your experience with posts on social media. #PlusOneMovementSM
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Invite Someone Hunting

One hunt can be all it takes to create a new hunter for life. With your help, we can recruit the next generation of hunters and shooters and grow America’s hunting heritage like never before. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next hunt. Share your passion with posts on social media with #PlusOneMovement and #LetsGoHunting.



10 Commandments of Firearm Safety

Share these tips with your +ONE.


Always Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction

Simply put: Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot—even when dry firing.


Keep Firearms Unloaded When Not in Use

Never load a gun until you are ready to shoot. When not in use, store firearms and ammo separately.


Don’t Rely on a Gun’s Safety

Treat every gun as though it can fire at any time. Safeties are mechanical devices that can become inoperable without your knowing.


Be Sure of Your Target and What’s Beyond It

No target is so important that you can’t take the time before pulling the trigger to be certain of where your shot will stop.


Use the Correct Ammunition

Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. Always double-check your ammo.


If the Gun Fails to Fire, Handle with Care

If nothing happens when you pull the trigger, keep the muzzle pointed downrange, unload the gun, and dispose of the faulty cartridge.


Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection

Exposure to a firearm’s report can damage hearing; adequate vision protection is essential at all times while shooting.


Be Sure the Barrel is Clear of Obstructions

Before loading a firearm, open the action, check that there’s no ammo in the chamber or magazine, and make sure the barrel is clear.


Don’t Alter or Modify a Gun, and Service Regularly

Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous. Also, follow the manufacturer’s service recommendations.


Learn the Mechanical and Handling Characteristics of the Gun

Every firearm is different. Never handle a gun without first familiarizing yourself with it and the way it works.

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Getting Youth Involved

Be enthusiastic and don't just tell your young hunter why you love hunting - show them.

Gun Fit

One of the easiest ways to ensure a good time afield is make sure the gun fits properly.

Opening Day

Develop your own traditions including a +ONE and countdown to opening day in your area.

Celebrate the Hunt

One of the best ways to celebrate is a game dinner for the entire group after a successful day afield.

Mentoring New Deer Hunters in Under-Represented Communities

According to a national survey that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts every five years, of the approximately 11.5 million licensed hunters in the U.S., 90% are male and 97% are Caucasian. There is a growing movement within the outdoor industry to provide equitable access to underrepresented communities and diversify hunting, so it more closely represents American demographics today.

Motivated by these disproportions, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), New York Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Hunters of Color, New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Deer Association (NDA) came together to host a “Field to Fork” mentored hunting event for aspiring hunters from the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community in November 2021. The event was hosted on TNC’s Hannacroix Preserve, roughly 30 minutes outside Albany. Participants ranged in age from 34 to 62 and were given the opportunity to go through New York Hunter Education, learn about deer biology and behavior through NDA’s Deer Hunting 101 online course, gain experience shooting, go on multiple hunts with an experienced mentor by their side, and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie found in many New York deer camps each fall under a safe and welcoming environment. This video is a documentary of that hunt.

“Our ultimate goal is that [Field to Fork hunt participants] self-identify as a hunter, to say ‘I am a hunter, this is something can do and I’m gonna do it’,” said Hank Forester, NDA Director of Hunting. “But what creates that is the community, camaraderie and the social support that pushes them along in their journey as a hunter.”

Plans are underway for more events that will help lower barriers to women and minorities and increase deer hunting participation through representation.

Financial support for this video was provided by the NSSF® Hunting Heritage Trust Grant Program — A first-of-its-kind grant program that works directly to support NSSF’s mission of promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports. It is designed to distribute funds to organizations that focus on innovative ways to reach traditional as well as nontraditional audiences by improving access to and participation in hunting. Organizations welcoming those who want to get involved in the shooting sports are critical to the future of these pastimes. So far the grant program has distributed $300,000 in funding to 17+ outdoor organizations funding recruitment, retention and reactivation programs just like this “field to fork” hunting event.

Join the +ONE Movement

NSSF encourages all current hunters to take the +ONE Pledge. Reach out to someone new—someone outside your circle of friends and family who hunt—and teach them what you know about hunting, conservation and the deeply meaningful ability to put food on the dinner table that you harvested yourself. Talk with your local game wardens and state game agency professionals or reach out to NDA’s Field to Fork program and others like it and let them know you’d like to serve as a mentor. There are thousands of people out there who want to hunt for their own food and don’t know where to turn to get started. With +ONE and programs like Field to Fork, you’re the solution to that problem.


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Adults Learn to Hunt with the Field to Fork Program


5 Essentials for a First Hunt

Blaze Orange

Safety first. Plus, an orange hat and vest makes a great welcoming gift to hunting.



Bring an extra bino so the newcomer can stay engaged even during the slow periods.


Wind Checker

Helps drive home the importance of always knowing what the wind is doing.


Hand Warmers

As every hunter knows, no matter how good the gloves, hands will get cold.


Large Thermos

Nothing helps pass the time like a warming cup of coffee or hot cocoa.


Join the +ONE Movement and share your experience with posts on social media.



Everyone needs a little comfort food from time to time, and meatloaf definitely fits the bill. This #recipe gives this home-grown classic a hunter's twist by using ground #venison and by baking it in ...



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