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SCI Members, Chapters Deliver Hurricane Relief In Texas

SCI Members, Chapters Deliver Hurricane Relief In Texas

Tucson, AZ – Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) announced that they are working with state and local officials in the hurricane-ravaged areas. SCI chapters and members are on the ground, helping with hurricane relief as they continue to raise money needed to help both humans and wildlife in the Lone Star state.

The Houston the Texas Brush Country Chapters are right in the middle of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Since the storm first hit, they have been on the ground, working tirelessly to rescue people in need and are now starting the recovery process. The costs of these efforts are tremendous.

SCI & SCIF are participating in the effort through an SCIF Blue Bag Initiative.

While there are many places to help, these chapters have two very specific initiatives they want to participate in and fund.

The Brush Country Chapter, along with SCIF staff, has been in contact with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.  At least four game wardens have completely lost their homes.  At least 13 more have extensive damage.

To date, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has assisted 69 employees of TPWD, with many more needing help.  TPWD has already spent the $200,000 they had available and need up to another $200,000 in that effort. This initiative covers all affected areas along the coast.  The Texas Brush Country Chapter is channeling its financial efforts to filling this need.

The Houston Chapter will be working with working class neighborhoods to provide building materials for those without flood insurance who are in immediate need.  Neighborhoods and potential recipients have already been identified. They now need the funds to make a real difference.

Both chapters are using their own chapter and personal money on these and other efforts already.  There is so much to do that they simply cannot do it alone.

SCI Director At Large C.J. Sibert has challenged other chapters and members to help with the cause.

“My chapter, The West Texas SCI Chapter, wants to step up and help our neighbors to the East,” he said.  “We are donating $10,000 to SCIF to be distributed to both chapters.  I am also personally donating $10,000 to SCIF for the same thing. I am challenging everyone out there to match, exceed, or give what you can to their efforts.”

To donate online, please go to the link below and select Hurricane Relief under Apply My Donation.  We will be watching and will make sure it goes to the right place and providing updates as they become available.

“Also, feel free to reach out to let us know what you have done,” Sibert explained. “It would surely be nice to show these communities what SCI and SCIF are doing for them.  Let’s show these communities that Texans help Texans, Hunters help Hunters, and finally that People help People!”

Click here to donate, or visit SafariClubFoundation.org to learn more

For further information, contact SCI Foundation at scifoundation@firstforwildlife.org

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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Hunters Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) and SCI Foundation have joined with the SCI Houston Chapter, the Texas Brush Country Chapter and other relief organizations to offer support in dealing with the continuing storm-related situation in East Texas and Louisiana.
“We have mobilized and currently have people on the ground and en route to the affected areas to better coordinate with state and local officials and determine where we can best supply support,” said SCI Foundation Advisory Board Member C.J. Sibert as he headed to the affected areas.

“Our team will be carefully assessing the needs in cooperation with other agencies to determine when and where our help can best be utilized,” said SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman.

“The impact to the people and wildlife of the affected areas will be huge and ongoing,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.  “It is our hope that we will be able to help in a way that will provide immediate support in the short-term and continued support as needed.”

SCI/SCIF will provide updates via e-mail, social media, webpages and blogs as more information becomes available.

Make a donation to the cause today by going to the SCI Foundation Donate Page HERE and entering HARVEY in the APPLY TO “OTHER” field on the donation form.  If you have questions, please email scifoundation@firstforwildlife.org.

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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. Visitwww.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.

Safari Club International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Any contribution may tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 170(c) as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law. Tax deductible amount of gift is reduced by the “Fair market Value” of any goods, services, or advantages that a sponsor receives for the donation.  EIN #86-0292099


Melissa Bachman Partners With Safari Club International

WASHINGTON, DC – Safari Club International (SCI) is excited to announce that TV celebrity Melissa Bachman has joined with SCI to help protect the freedom to hunt.  Bachman is the host of Winchester Deadly Passion, which airs on the Sportsmen Channel Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET.

SCI CEO Rick Parsons stated, “SCI looks forward to having Melissa join our team in order to spread our message to all hunters and non-hunters alike, worldwide, that we are here to protect the freedom to hunt anywhere and everywhere.”

“SCI has always been a strong partner in the hunting community and I look forward to continuing fostering those relationships as well as introducing new hunters and conservationists to SCI’s mission,” said Bachman.

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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. Visitwww.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.

About Winchester Deadly Passion: Every good hunter needs a solid role model, and Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, fits that bill perfectly with a unique ability to share her love for hunting with passionate fans and viewers. Winchester Deadly Passion is 26 weeks of non-stop action and pure entertainment as Melissa travels the globe going head-to-head with everything from world-class red stag and thousand pound gators to Boone and Crocket whitetails and thunderous bull elk. With rifle, bow or shotgun in hand, Melissa’s fast-paced, in-the-moment hunting style will keep you on the edge of your seat, while her expertise and decades of experience give viewers useful tips and strategies they can use afield.  Learn more about Winchester Deadly Passion at http://MelissaBachman.Com on Instagram athttp://Instagram.com/Melissa_Bachman and http://Facebook.Com/WinchesterDeadlyPassion and watch videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq7VrAWY7ctAakmotUGFr3g


Clarification on Zimbabwe Importation Prohibition

No Change in Zimbabwe Importation Prohibition

Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the existing bans on African lion and elephant importation from Zimbabwe remain in effect.  SCI received confirmation of this information yesterday from the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Unfortunately, press releases and news reports coming from Zimbabwe during the last several days incorrectly reported that the U.S. position on importation of lions and elephants from Zimbabwe had changed.

In April 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imposed a ban on the importation of legally hunted elephants from Zimbabwe.  SCI and the National Rifle Association sued to challenge the ban and the case continues in federal court.  SCI and NRA have already seen some success from the case.  The district court held that the Service illegally imposed the ban before announcing it in the Federal Register.  As a result the Court held that the ban could not commence until May 12, 2014, when the agency published its formal notice.  Several SCI members and others who successfully hunted elephants between April 4 and May 11, 2014, are now in the process of importing their elephants.

In January 2016, the Service adopted regulations requiring individual permits for the importation of each African lion into the U.S. Since that date, the FWS has not granted a single permit for the importation of a legally hunted lion from Zimbabwe.

Although the Department of the Interior has not lifted either the elephant or lion importation ban, SCI is optimistic that we will see changes to the status of importation from Zimbabwe in the near future.  We will continue to monitor the importation situation, and will immediately alert our members to any changes.


SCI Applauds Long-Overdue Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting

SCI Applauds Long-Overdue Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting

Safari Club International celebrates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and hunter-conservationists throughout the country the impending delisting of grizzly bears. The removal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) population of grizzlies (Ursus arctos horribilis) from the federal threatened species list means that management of this recovered population of bears will finally return to the state agencies who have worked diligently with stakeholders to conserve the population. The GYE population consists of portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Biologists estimate that approximately 700 bears now live in that area.

SCI has long been involved in the grizzly bear delisting saga. The Service first listed the grizzly bears in the lower 48 states as threatened back in 1973. In 2007, the Service delisted the GYE population and were soon after sued in federal court.  SCI joined the suit as an intervenor to defend the delisting. After the district court invalidated the delisting, SCI, along with the other defendants, appealed the ruling. The appellate court affirmed only part of the ruling but the grizzly remained on the threatened species list. Although the Service predicted that it would be able to delist the bears again in 2013, the Service did not propose to remove the GYE population of bears from federal ESA protection until March of 2016. SCI filed two sets of comments in support of the proposed delisting.

The Service will publish a final delist rule in the next few days and the delisting will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Despite decades of recovery efforts, extensive scientific research, and demonstrated recovery, the battle over GYE grizzlies is far from over. At least one anti-hunting group has already stated that they will sue to reverse the delisting. If that happens, SCI is very likely to join that litigation and once again defend the delisting and sustainable use management of the bear.


New Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gregory Sheehan Appointed Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

WASHINGTON, DC—Safari Club International (SCI) today praised the appointment of Gregory Sheehan as Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Director Sheehan has served as the Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources since 2012. He is a member of SCI and has been a key participant for several years at SCI’s annual Western Directors’ Forum at the SCI Convention.

He is an avid hunter and has hunted in the U.S. and in Africa. Director Sheehan is very familiar with many of the issues that affect SCI members and their abilities to hunt and participate in sustainable use conservation in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as Chair of the Threatened and Endangered Policy Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and has been a member of the U.S. Fish andWildlife Service Federal/State Joint ESA Task Force. He also serves on the Board of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports.

Director Sheehan has worked for 25 years in the natural resources and wildlife management community. In Utah, he championed a proactive approach to growing and sustaining wildlife populations. During his five years as Utah’s Director, the state’s mule deer population increased by more than 100,000 animals, leading to increased hunting and viewing opportunities for the public.

He is also long-term advocate for shooting sports. Under his leadership the National Archery in the Schools program in Utah tripled its number of participants.

Director Sheehan earned his degree at Utah State University and later received a Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife have been married for 30 years and have two sons.

SCI welcomes Director Sheehan to Washington, D.C. and we look forward to working with him to address the domestic and international wildlife management and conservation concerns of SCI and the broader hunting community.

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SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent930,414 sportsmen and women. Worldwide SCI has 51,000 members and 8,613,742 represented through our Affiliate Membership.

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

Washington, District of Columbia · Tucson, Arizona
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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 the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada www.SafariClub.org

Olivia Opre on the Anti-Hunting Movement and What We Can Do

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Olivia Opre on the Anti-Hunting Movement and What We Can Do…

As hunters, we face many challenges in the field: weather, migrations, moon phases, terrain and sometimes plain old bad luck. But, with the onset of social media, our challenges in protecting our hunting traditions have moved into our living rooms and increased exponentially. Social media has allowed anti-hunters to claim an identity otherwise too daunting to embrace, while hiding in the safety of their home behind a computer. As their confidence is gained and their true character is revealed, they become more brazen in making ignorant accusations and spewing vitriol that hurts us as individuals and as hunters.

Many of us fear jeopardizing the safety of ourselves, family and our careers; subsequently, we retract by becoming extremely private and oftentimes avoid engaging in any sort of communication on a social media platform. Where this is completely understandable, there are some of us willing and capable of taking on the fight. To those of you free to embrace this battle, there are things we all need to be on the same page about… starting with a similar message based in good science and facts. Hunting is conservation, and we need to be constantly driving this point home to ensure that it is heard.

As hunters, we also need to be cognizant on how we portray ourselves and the use of trigger words like ‘trophy’, ‘record’, etc., so as not to end the argument before it starts. Additionally, the tastefulness of photos we post often sets the stage for reaction. Finding common ground can be a huge help; for instance, most people appreciate the locally sourced food movement and everyone hates poachers.

The future of our traditions depends upon reaching those on the fence about hunting and in educating our youth… the same people who actively engage on social media. Together, we can share all of the facts and create a more positive public image of hunters and hunting.

I support SCI Foundation and you should too. Stand with us to support science-based conservation and education.

Yours in Conservation,

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Olivia Opre

Hunter, 2014 SCI Diana Award Recipient, Conservationist, and co-host of “Eye of the Hunter”

SCI FOUNDATION is stepping up its fight against “False News” and “Alternative Facts,” and we need your support to make a difference.

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DONATE TODAY AND DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

A generous SCI member and Foundation donor has challenged us to raise more funds for the mission by offering to match the first $25,000 raised. In turn… we are now challenging you to “Double the Impact” of your gift to support wildlife conservation by participating in this limited time charitable giving opportunity.

To learn about more giving options, contact Kimberly Byers at 520-620-1220 ext. 322 or kbyers@safariclub.org


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