Monthly Archives: January 2017

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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