Senate Confirms Hunter-Friendly Candidate to Oversee Wildlife Management


Aurelia Skipwith
Aurelia Skipwith

Fairfax, VA – -( The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the U. S. Senate for confirming Aurelia Skipwith to serve as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Skipwith, who has been serving as USFWS deputy assistant secretary, holds degrees from multiple universities, including a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University, a master’s degree in molecular biology from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky’s College of Law.

“Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Aurelia Skipwith as the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The NRA is extremely grateful for Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s support throughout the confirmation process,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Aurelia is dedicated to conserving wildlife and protecting America’s great hunting heritage.  On behalf of NRA members across the country, I thank President Trump for this important nomination and look forward to working with Director Skipwith.”

While maintaining her educational and professional responsibilities, she was active in Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. Skipwith is currently tasked as the deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the DOI where she and her team are responsible for national park and wildlife refuge land protection and stewardship.

Hunters are responsible for millions of acres of habitat restoration and conservation dollars through Pittman-Robertson taxes paid on firearms and other hunting equipment. Skipwith will be steward of those funds.

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Will Flatt

While this is good news, it shows once again that the NRA is run by fudds who are more interested in hunting than the existential 2A challenge we’re facing in NRA’s own Virginia backyard. Tyrant Northam, in his KKK robe and hood, is talking about deploying National Guard combat troops against peaceable (for now) Virginians for the purpose of disarming them all of every firearm they have, and taking down constitutional Sheriffs & lawmen at gunpoint for not being jackbooted thugs. NRA is, unsurprisingly, mute on the more important gun issues while issuing stupid press releases on secondary issues. I… Read more »

Will Flatt

Yes, I’m very aware that GOA, FPC, SAF, CCRKBA, and others are taking the fight to the enemy in the courts. God bless them!! HOWEVER, the NRA has for years now stolen credit from all other gun groups and claimed their victories as the NRA’s own. Then NRA HQ turns around and propagandizes their fudd members into believing that ONLY the NRA is fighting & winning against the anti-gunners. Therein lies the problem as far as convincing fudds that the NRA is the problem and not worthy of their support. All that koolaid gets guzzled and the fudds become true… Read more »


Correct you are. And do not forget about the state level organizations which are possibly the most effective grass roots effort in motivating, educating and organizing locals against oppressive local and state governments. The Citizens Defense Leagues like Arizona, Virginia and now 15 others are no compromise, in your face advocacy groups. This is exactly what the Alinsky-trained left fears. Community organizers who believe in liberty. Merry Christmas to all.

jack mac

Will Flatt: The BOD of the NRA involvement with wild game laws is about the same as for their involvement with laws related to firearms. These laws favor the enforcers power to force instead of free animals, including private citizens.

Will Flatt

Not being a hunter, perhaps I’ve missed some news & facts concerning natural resources management. But let’s not kid ourselves; no matter the subject or the area of human activity, government always seeks to worm its way into everything then tax and control it to the Nth degree!!


The record of the USFWS is riddled with abuse, including the farcical and failed wolf introduction program, the forced uses of steel shot based upon manufactured and false data, and BATFE-like arrests and abuses of honest citizens for imaginary offenses and planted evidence. Typical that the NRA would laud and praise the appointment of both this director and the recently appointed director of the BATFE. Keep on keepin’ on Wayne and cashing those checks.

jack mac

I hope that the new director of the USFWS is more interested in wild life management than hunter entrapment. This cannot be determined by NRA backing. The USFWS is another unit of enforcers who are servants of our public servants. The political leanings of the new director would be good to know. There is no such thing as non-partisan public service. By her being a Deputy Director of the agency, implies her compliance with enforcer agency’s policies and procedures. This is not good news for wild life or private citizens dealing with wild life.