SCI Positions For Future Growth

SCI first for huntersWASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) is taking steps at this time that will position SCI for growth in the future. As the organization expands its presence into all segments of the hunting community, SCI needs to consider an array of options that will put the organization in the best place with the best programs to assure both a timely and efficient transition to the next level.

Integral in this preparation for expansion is a Strategic Plan the organization adopted more than a year ago. As that plan is implemented, SCI is taking a close look at everything it does, how it does, where it does and who does it.

For example, is SCI headquarters in Tucson, Arizona the right place for that activity, or would somewhere else serve better as the organization grows? Does the organization need to expand its staffing and operations at its Washington, D.C. office where currently both the advocacy operations of SCI are located, as are the conservation staff of sister organization Safari Club International Foundation.

By being consistent with its Strategic Plan, SCI will thoroughly study and assess a wide variety of scenarios, consider all of the consequences and then take the action needed to propel the organization from where SCI is to where SCI needs to be to fulfill its mission: SCI is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.
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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit www.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.


SCI Sues to Protect Hunting Opportunities in Alaska

SCI Sues to Protect Hunting Opportunities in Alaska

SCI first for huntersWASHINGTON, DC – On January 19, 2017, Safari Club International (SCI) filed a lawsuit against three sets of Obama Administration regulations that prohibit and restrict certain methods and means of hunting on National Wildlife Refuges and National Preserves in Alaska.  SCI filed suit in federal district court in the District of Alaska.

SCI’s lawsuit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) and National Park Service’s (NPS) illegal acts in ignoring and overriding the State of Alaska’s authority to manage wildlife and regulate hunting in Alaska.  The Complaint documents how the FWS’s regulations pertaining to Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the NPS’s regulations pertaining to National Preserves conflict with the State of Alaska’s constitutional and statutory obligations to manage the State’s wildlife for sustained yield by Alaska’s hunters.  SCI’s lawsuit explains that the FWS’s and NPS’s regulations violate the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

“SCI has gone to court to prevent the federal government from depriving Alaska’s hunters of healthy wildlife populations to enjoy,” said SCI President Larry Higgins.  “The FWS and NPS have issued rules that will enable predator populations to decimate game populations, simply because the Obama Administration decided that it knew better than Alaska how Alaska’s wildlife populations should be managed and how Alaska’s hunters should be allowed to hunt.  SCI cannot allow this type of mismanagement and disregard for state authority to stand.”

SCI’s suit follows a similar lawsuit filed by the State of Alaska on January 13, 2017.

This is not the first time that SCI has gone to court to protect Alaska hunting opportunities.  In 1999, SCI sued the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to challenge the manner in which the Federal Subsistence Board managed subsistence priorities on federal lands in Alaska.  SCI also challenged the lack of representation of the nonsubsistence hunting community on Regional Advisory Councils. More recently, SCI participated as an amicus curiae in a case involving the predation of caribou by wolves on Unimak Island.

SCI’s two Alaska state chapters, the Alaska Chapter and the Alaska Kenai Peninsula Chapter, work hard to represent SCI members in Alaska and support the filing of this lawsuit.
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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit www.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.


Lynx Found Dead at Southwest Colorado Ski Resort

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Lynx made famous on Facebook found dead at southwest Colorado ski resort

CPW_SiteLogoDURANGO, Colo. – A lynx that was spotted walking across a ski slope two weeks ago at the Purgatory Ski Resort in southwest Colorado was found dead at the area on Sunday.

Purgatory ski patrol members found the animal on a ski slope on the west side of the resort in the Chairlift 8 area. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has retrieved the carcass and it will be sent to the agency’s lab in Fort Collins for a necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy.

A video of the animal walking slowly across a ski run was viewed nearly a million times on social media.

CPW’s veterinarians will do a complete evaluation of the animal. It will include an examination of stomach contents, a check for parasites and injuries, an assessment of its internal organs, and blood tests…

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Meeting to Discuss Wildlife Recovery – New Mexico

To our New Mexico friends. The Game Commission is having a meeting this week. If you attend, will you please give us a report?

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Game Commission to meet Jan. 12 in Santa Fe

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Jan. 12 in Santa Fe to consider numerous matters including presentation of a draft recovery plan for Gould’s turkeys and Gila Monsters.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in the Santa Fe Community College boardroom, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe.

Other agenda items include:

  • Presentation for approval of a final recovery plan for white-tailed ptarmigan.
  • Consideration of proposed 2017 -2018 migratory birds hunting season dates and bag limits.
  • Update on the Gold King Mine spill.

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The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who…

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Citizen advisors needed for Habitat Stamp Program – New Mexico

New Mexico Friends. Your help is requested.

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Citizen advisors needed for Habitat Stamp Program

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking individuals to serve as volunteer citizen advisors to the Habitat Stamp Program.

Advisors review and provide guidance to the department about proposed projects, planning documents and program direction.

Advisors are appointed by the New Mexico Game Commission to serve on one of five committees around the state. Committees are composed of seven members. Members are selected to represent sporting and nonsporting conservation and public-land grazing permittee interests. Advisors serve three-year terms. The terms of current members expire Dec. 31.


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Those who intend to hunt, fish or trap on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management must purchase a $5.00 Habitat Stamp along with the appropriate license. Proceeds from stamp sales are used to fund wildlife…

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Action Alert: Protect Northern Yellowstone Wildlife – Increased Wolf Quota

Our brothers in the mission to conserve wildlife have released a message requesting our assistance. Please read the following, from Big Game Forever, Montana’s Executive Director, Matt Lumley.

BGF-LOGO-Big-Game-ForeverMontana’s Northern Yellowstone Elk and Moose populations are in serious trouble. The problem is simple. Years of uncontrolled predation by wolves in areas outside of Yellowstone National Park is killing too many calf elk and calf moose. Without recruitment of young moose and elk, these herds have been in decline for many years. It’s time for sportsmen to say enough is enough.

For the last few years, the Montana Wildlife Commission has set a ridiculously low harvest quota of just 2 wolves in this huge area. We are hearing that moose in the area almost non-existent. Last fall, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks recommended cutting 95% of elk permits in the area. Cutting hunting permits won’t save calf moose and elk. Only removing these irresponsible and unnecessary limits on wolf harvest will work to restore wildlife.

Only the combined voice of Montana hunters and conservationists can restore balance to elk, moose, and predator populations in the great state of Montana. Please send your message today. 
We have learned that a recommendation was made to increase the wolf harvest from 2 wolves to 6 wolves. While this falls short of the level of wolf management needed to restore the areas hard hit elk and moose herds, at least it is a start. However, pressure from powerful out-of-state anti-sportsmen groups and their sympathizers on the Montana Wildlife Commission have rejected this proposal and left the quota at 2 wolves a year. This will not recover elk and moose in Montana.
We need your support, by sending a strong message to the Montana Wildlife Commission. Please send a message using our automated system at http://cqrcengage.com/biggameforever/app/write-a-letter?16&engagementId=221353

Here is how BigGame Forever’s automated system works. Simply input your contact information to the first page of the BigGame Forever automated system and push the “submit” button. The system will then take you to a second page to edit our automated message by pushing the “submit” button on the second page as well. Please take a minute and personalize the message before sending.

It only takes 30 seconds to begin the process of restoring and protecting Montana’s amazing wildlife resources.
Here is the example email you will find on the second page of BGF’s automated system:

I am writing to ask you follow the original Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks proposal to increase the area 313 wolf harvest quota from 2 to 6 wolves. This is a good start towards stabilizing current wolf populations in this area and give added relief in protecting HD 313 mother herds and their ungulates. Area 313 is far below historical levels for elk and moose. Recruitment of calf elk and moose are vitally important to healthy herd populations. Unfortunately, the agreements to responsibly manage wolves have not been followed for over a decade. The impacts of the failure to manage wolves on calf recruitment in Western Montana are unquestioned. The only way to increase calf vital rates is for responsible predator management.

There are now an estimated 500 wolves within the Greater Yellowstone area. This is 400 more than the environmental impact objective recommended. Now that the state of Montana has management authority over wolves, now is the time to begin recovery of elk and moose. The agreed upon 1994 Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Yellowstone area determined 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs would be ecologically compatible in the Greater Yellowstone area, to the extent that distribution in numbers be maintained and controlled. We ask that you allow the process of restoring balance to wolf numbers by following these agreed-upon EIS criteria for wolf population objectives in the areas surrounding Yellowstone Park.

Thousands of sportsman, ranchers, outfitters, and local communities in the area are dependent upon abundant big game and common sense predator management for their opportunity and livelihoods.

Increased predation is clearly destroying this once beautiful diverse and opportunity abundant landscape. Please begin the process of restore elk and moose populations. At this point, recovery could take decades. Please do not delay the important decisions needed to reduce predation by wolves in Montana on Montana’s wildlife, hunting opportunity, and outdoor heritage.

Thank you for your support,

 

Matt Lumley
Executive Director
BigGame Forever, Montana

BigGame Forever (www.biggameforever.org) is a non-profit membership organization of conservation-minded sportsmen committed to protecting the future of our outdoor heritage. BigGame Forever allows hunters and fishermen from around the United States to speak with one united voice to promote the protection of abundant wild game and the right of sportsmen


Halt of Wolf Releases Moves to Federal District Court

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LAS CRUCES – In an effort to thwart the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) removed the department’s application to temporarily halt future Mexican wolf releases into New Mexico from state to federal court late Friday. The department’s application alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ignored state and federal laws last month by importing and releasing two Mexican wolves without first obtaining required state permits.

Under New Mexico law, the importation and release of non-domesticated animals requires a permit from the department and federal law instructs the USFWS to consult with the states and obtain necessary permits before releasing wildlife.

“Although we anticipated this move,” said Department Director Alexandra Sandoval, “we believe recent actions by the USFWS violate state and federal law. A review of the state law violations certainly belongs in state court. Regardless of venue, we are committed to pursuing this matter.”

The department originally filed the application in the state’s 7th Judicial District Court. It has since been moved to the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.


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