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Bobcat Trapping Ban Proposal to be Heard – Colorado Hunting

Take Action Today! Colorado sportsmen need to contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and let them know to oppose any petition that would ban bobcat trapping or hunting. Colorado members can contact the commission using this email: DNR_CPWCommission@state.co.us.

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On Jan. 10, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold a hearing on a citizen’s petition that would ban the recreational and commercial trapping and hunting of bobcats. The petition claims that allowing the trapping and hunting of bobcats poses a serious threat to Canada lynx, as both cats geographical habitat overlap.

“The use of a federally protected species – Canada lynx in this case – is a favorite tactic of animal-rights groups who want nothing more than to shut down hunting and trapping,” said Luke Houghton, Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “They have tried numerous times to ban all trapping in Maine and Minnesota using litigation dealing with federally protected populations of Canada lynx, and in Maine their arguments were rejected by the courts.”

Colorado already has some of the most restrictive trapping laws after Initiative 14 passed in 1996. The initiative banned commonly used trapping methods, including: snares, leghold and conibear traps. Currently, trappers are only able to use box, cage or other live traps to take bobcats. In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a free guide to help sportsmen distinguish between species so that accidental take of lynx are reduced even more.

The author of the petition goes further, claiming that there are more wildlife watchers in the U.S. than there are hunters and trappers. However, she fails to mention that millions of those wildlife watchers are also hunters and trappers, and that sportsmen provide the bulk of the revenue states receive for the conservation and management of wildlife through the sales of hunting and trapping licenses and tags, along with excise taxes on equipment. Sportsmen also provide real-time data to state biologists on the health and wellbeing of bobcats in Colorado pursuant to state regulations.

“This petition ignores sound science and uses tactics by the extreme animal-rights community to end the harvest of a healthy and abundant species,” continued Houghton. “It’s nothing but a backdoor attempt to shut down a hunting and trapping season. What is ironic, though, is this petition fails to recognize that hunters and trappers are the very reason that bobcat numbers continue to flourish in Colorado, and why the lynx population has a sustainable environment to grow its population.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Member Alert – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke To Leave

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Member Alert
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke To Leave Trump Administration 

Interior Secretary Zinke will be leaving his post at the end of the month, according to a tweet sent out by the President early Saturday morning.

In his tweet, President Trump said that Zinke “will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation.”

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The shake-up at the Interior Department is part of a broader shake-up of his Cabinet and senior staff, according to The Hill. Trump has nominated William Barr to become the new attorney general following Jeff Sessions’s ouster last month. Trump on Friday also named Mick Mulvaney, the current White House budget chief, as acting chief of staff to replace John Kelly who is leaving at the end of the month.

During his tenure at Interior, Secretary Zinke, a former Congressman from Montana, implemented several measures designed to enhance wildlife habitat conservation and increase public access to hunting and fishing opportunities.

“I know I speak for all members of SCI when I say how much we appreciate the leadership Secretary Zinke has shown in matters of wildlife conservation,” said Paul Babaz, President of Safari Club International. “He has led the way in assuring the federal government works hand in hand with state wildlife management professionals to conserve one of America’s greatest heritages – our wildlife.

“I am proud to serve on one of the advisory committees established by Secretary Zinke. As a fellow hunter, the Secretary truly understands the mindset and the needs of our country’s outdoor sportsmen and women. He will truly be missed,” Babaz concluded.

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 the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
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New Mexico Hunters and Trappers – Director to Hear Comments

Director to hear public comments on trapping rule

ALBUQUERQUE – The Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will hold a listening session to hear public comments on proposed changes to the furbearer rule. Proposed changes include mandatory trapper education, increasing set-back requirements, allowance for closure of areas to trapping, signage and further clarifying the definition of a trail.

The listening session will be conducted 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the department’s Northwest Regional Office, 7816 Alamo Road NW in Albuquerque.

Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Furbearer Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, ispa@state.nm.us, or in person at the meeting.


States Working to Gain Control of Wolf Management

Thank you for your hard work in contacting your legislators aboutH.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act. It has passed the House. It is now time to contact your Senators!

Wolf De-Listing Bill A Win For Hunters

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill that returns wolf management to states and is a step toward fixing flaws in the Endangered Species Act – something Safari Club International, on behalf of all hunters, has championed for years.

H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act, was introduced in September by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).  The bill was approved 196-180 and secured bipartisan support from nine Democrats and 187 Republicans.

Passage of the Manage Our Wolves Act will return management of the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population to the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The bill will also ensure that Wyoming’s gray wolf management remains under state authority and will direct the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to delist the remaining gray wolves of the lower 48 states, with the exception of Mexican wolves.

SCI President Paul Babaz was quick to praise the win on the House floor.

“First, thanks to Rep. Sean Duffy and so many other supportive Members of Congress for highlighting the critical need to recognize that recovery must lead to de-listing,” SCI President Babaz said.  “Second, this is a tremendous victory for hunters, wildlife conservation in general, and State wildlife managers.  All of them have played significant roles recovering gray wolf populations.”

While wolf recovery successes have been continually thwarted or ignored by courts acting on the many ambiguities or flaws in the wording of the ESA, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service states on its website: “the gray wolf has rebounded from the brink of extinction to exceed population targets by as much as 300 percent.  Today, there are estimated to be 5,691 gray wolves in the contiguous United States.  Wolf numbers continue to be robust, stable and self-sustaining.”

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success story and H.R. 6784 will help correctly transfer their management to the professionals at the state wildlife management agencies—the primary managers of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources.

“I’m very proud SCI has been a leader in ESA litigation efforts over so many years to help support wolf delisting,” SCI President Babaz added.  “Today’s win in Congress is an opportunity for federal legislators to clear away ESA’s roadblocks and enact laws to recognize easily documentable recovery efforts and restore State wildlife management authority.”

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 the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
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Scholarship Availability for Colorado and New Mexico Students

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship by Four Corners SCI

The Four Corners Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) would like to remind the community of its scholarship availability.

The Chapter is proud to offer funding to students who are pursuing and continuing education by way of college, university or trade school.

The applicants must be registered students in their senior year at a Four Corners Area high school or a student from the Four Corners Area who is enrolled and attending a college, university, or trade school (not necessarily in the Four Corners Area). Applicants must display a record of service to the community and must display a record of commitment to the points of the Four Corners SCI Mission Statement.

Four Corners SCI Mission:

  • To promote good fellowship among all who love the outdoors and hunting.
  • To promote conservation of the world’s renewable wildlife resources, recognizing hunting as one of the many management tools.
  • To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forest, which is our natural heritage.
  • To share our knowledge and hunting experiences among all our membership.\
  • To operate the association as a non-profit organization, consistent with its charitable purposes, while providing enjoyment for our members. Always with the goal of helping to conserve the animals that we love to hunt today, for those who will come to love the sport tomorrow.

Tim Cooper Memorial

Tim Cooper loved life. He built homes, had a passion for motorcycles, and for hunting. He enjoyed nature, wildlife, and the pursuit of wild game. He displayed a jovial spirit as he recounted stories of pack strings, bighorn sheep, odds and results, his hunts, and his wife Paula’s hunts. He quarried others with a genuine interest in their pursuits. He respected other hunters and their success or lack of. He’s what more hunters need to emulate. A tragic car accident cut Tim’s life short. To honor him and because of his positive display toward wildlife, conservation, sharing it with others, and supporting his community, Four Corners SCI is proud to honor his legacy with the Tim Cooper Memorial scholarship, which will be awarded to students who also display these admirable qualities.

 

 

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship

At our recent banquet fundraiser event, we proudly announced scholarship availability in the name of Tim Cooper, a former member and longtime supporter of our Mission. The Chapter is proud to offer funding to students who are pursuing and continuing education by way of college, university or trade school.

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship
Tim Cooper loved life. He enjoyed nature, wildlife, and the pursuit of wild game. He displayed a jovial spirit as he recounted stories of pack strings, bighorn sheep, odds and results, his hunts, and his wife Paula’s hunts. He quarried others with a genuine interest in their pursuits. He respected other hunters and their success or lack of. He’s what more hunters need to emulate. A tragic car accident cut Tim’s life short. To honor him and because of his positive display toward wildlife, conservation, sharing it with others, and supporting his community, Four Corners SCI is proud to honor his legacy with the Tim Cooper Memorial scholarship, which will be awarded to students who also display these admirable qualities.

Tate Hinger – Scholarship Award Recipient

After reviewing scholarship applications, the Board of Directors is proud to announce that Tate Hinger, of Pagosa Springs Colorado, is the Chapter’s first recipient of the Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship.

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“I plan to do everything in my power to preserve the wildlife, wilderness, and wonder I experienced as a kid. I hope to attend college and explore various professions where I could apply the leadership skills I’ve gained in life. As a hard-working, dedicated young man I know the value of the outdoors. It’s a gift that is too beautiful to hide and yet too precious to neglect.” Tate Hinger

In his scholarship application, Hinger shared many scholastic accomplishments, an extensive list of extracurricular activities, community service and remarkable essays. These items show his determination, drive and his support of our Mission.


This content originally appeared in the Summer, 2018 issue of the Four Corners SCI News. If you would like to be added to our mail or e-mail list, please CLICK HERE to send us your information.


House To Consider Bipartisan Wolf De-Listing Bill

Floor Vote This Week: Call Your Member Of Congress

U.S. House To Consider Bipartisan Wolf De-Listing Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled later this week to vote on H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act, introduced in September by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and supported by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

Passage of the bill will return management of the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population to the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The bill will also ensure that Wyoming’s gray wolf management remains under state authority and will direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the remaining gray wolves of the lower 48 states, with the exception of Mexican wolves.

SCI Members are urged to call their Representatives to ask that they support this important legislation.

The Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. Find Capitol Hill office numbers listed by name and by district here.

Tell your Representative you support Rep. Duffy’s effort to reward the effort of States and the hunting community—all of whom contributed to the recovery of the gray wolf.

Tell them Congress should send a clear message that recovered species should not remain on the federal endangered or threatened species lists after Endangered Species Act protections are no longer necessary.

Approval of H.R. 6784 and return to state management of the gray wolf would represent a tremendous victory for the hunting community.

SCI has led or assisted ESA litigation efforts over many years to help support the delisting of several recovered species. Hunters, wildlife conservationists and State wildlife managers all have played significant roles in recovery efforts, but those efforts have been thwarted by the many ambiguities or flaws in the wording of the ESA.

This week’s vote in Congress provides a rare opportunity for federal legislators to clear away these roadblocks and enact laws to recognize well-documented recovery efforts and affirm State wildlife management authority.

Call today! Make sure your Member of Congress knows how very important this bill is to the future of hunting and to every American sportsman and sportswoman.


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 the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information

International Headquarters · Washington, DC
www.SafariClub.org

 

 


Snowy Mountain Rifles at 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention

SNOWY MOUNTAIN RIFLES

First Year Exhibitor at the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention

Snowy Mountain Rifles was born in the mountains of Western Montana on the idea that accuracy, reliability and customer service stand before all else. They have been in business for over 9 years and working on year 10. Their two master gunsmiths have over 60 years of combined experience in building rifles. Using advanced machining processes to hold the tightest tolerances available, they create custom long-range hunting and tactical rifles you can depend on. They ensure precision and accuracy from start to finish by building one handcrafted custom rifle at a time. Whether your game is hunting elk in the high country or shooting steel at over 1,000 yards, Snowy Mountain has a rifle for you. They are extremely passionate about hunting and shooting; in turn that passion is translated into each rifle they create.

Snowy Mountain Rifles is looking forward to being an exhibitor for the first time at the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 9-12, 2019. After attending the convention many years in a row personally and for the business, they are excited to showcase a large display of custom rifles ranging from sub 6 lbs. backcountry rifles to 15+ lbs. rifles for extreme distance shooting. They will also have a great display of gunsmithing work they offer, as well as custom Cerakote work and fluting work. You can also check out their long-range store which features a wide variety of products for
long-range shooting at www.snowymountainrifles.com.
Snowy Mountain Rifles is donating one of their Full Curl model rifles for the convention auction. It will be built exclusively for SCI with some special additions to their regular offering. It is being designed for the backcountry hunter who needs both lightweight and great accuracy. This rifle will be just over 6.0 lbs. and still have a 1/2 MOA guarantee. The SCI rifle is being built on a medium action to accommodate greater bullet seating latitude. The rifle will be chambered in 6.5 PRC. Designed for the hard-core, backcountry hunter, this rifle has it all: light weight, accuracy, and reliability.

For an opportunity to bid on this rifle, check out the auction link on the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention web page.
As a thank you to their customers, Snowy Mountain Rifles is giving away a 2020 trophy mule deer hunt in a general unit in Montana on a private ranch. For every $1,000 spent at one time on one invoice, you get a ticket for the hunt giveaway. On this hunt, you can expect to have the chance to kill a buck over 170 inches and see a lot of deer. The hunt is valued at $5,000.


Snowy Mountain Rifles is offering a Show Special of 5% off of custom rifle builds when given a 50% deposit at the convention.
Come by Booth #5315 to participate in fun games and giveaways such as hats and t-shirts.
Snowy Mountain Rifles takes great pride in being a full-service shop for their customers, offering high-end gear and performing quality work. When you need a rifle with extreme power, extreme range and extreme accuracy, experience the extreme … Snowy Mountain Rifles.
To register to attend, click here – www.showsci.org

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