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NSSF Profile: Q&A With U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

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NSSF Profile: Q&A With U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

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NSSF Note: We are pleased to post the latest of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) for agreeing to talk with us. Read about Sen. Daines' chat with NSSF's Larry Keane from an earlier NSSF Political Action Committee (PAC) virtual town hall event here.

Who introduced you to hunting/the shooting sports and at what age?

As a fifth-generation Montanan, hunting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started off shooting gophers in Montana when I was eight years old, with a Winchester .22.

Describe your most recent hunting/shooting sports activity? With whom?

Killed a nice buck antelope in October with my 6.5 PRC with 143g Hornady ELDX. Then helped my wife kill a very nice muley with the same gun, a month later.

Describe your favorite shooting sport/hunting activity.

Rifle hunting for antelope, deer, and elk in Montana, with my wife and children.

What’s your favorite gun to hunt with?

6.5 PRC with Nightforce scope.

What's your favorite hunting story?

Seeing my 16-year old daughter kill a nice 5×5 mule deer with one shot.

What recent legislation related to the sportsmen industry is particularly important to you and why?


The "Great American Outdoors Act" (now law) which expanded public access to public lands for sportsmen.

About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit

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