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Is Your State Represented in Protecting Hunting Freedoms?

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Thirty-OneStates Will Not Speak for SCI on Lobby Day – Unless You Register Now!

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Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia have no SCI members registered to visit House and Senate offices on SCI’s Lobby Day on May 11, 2017.

Without representation from those states, there will be no one from SCI to inform the Congressmen and Senators from those 31 states about legislation that SCI wants to see passed this year and no one to explain about the important issues that this new Congress and new Administration should work on in the next several months.

For the first time in many years, our country has both a Congress and a President who are supportive of hunting.  This provides us with an excellent opportunity to educate our government leaders and policy makers about changes we would like to see made in legislation and rules affecting hunting, wildlife management and conservation, and access.  Now is the time to take advantage of this invaluable access to supportive leadership and to meet with the officials who can make the changes for which we have waited so long and worked so hard.  This is not a Lobby Day to miss!

SCI’s Lobby Day will take place on May 11, 2017.  It is the largest annual lobbying event in Washington, D.C. that focuses solely on hunting and conservation.  SCI’s Washington D.C. Hunter Advocacy Department will organize meetings so that you, as a hunter-conservationist, can speak with your members of Congress and legislative staffs about the issues that are important to SCI and to you!  SCI’s Hunter Advocacy staff will also prepare you with briefings and documents, so that you can provide your Congressmen and Senators with important information about our issues and with contact information so that they can continue to work with SCI, long after Lobby Day, to get favorable legislation passed.

If you are a resident of one of the 31 states listed above – your Congressmen and Senators won’t hear SCI’s message; won’t learn about legislation important to SCI and the hunting community; and won’t understand that SCI can provide them with background and resources to help develop and support laws favorable to hunting.  SCI’s voice will be absent and a tremendous opportunity will slip away.

It will soon be too late to register for Lobby Day.  The deadline to register is Thursday, April 20 by clicking here.  Make your plans to come.  Encourage your friends to register.  Don’t let your state go silent on Lobby Day.

SCI has always been a leader in advocating on behalf of the hunting community and the 15.5 million hunters in the United States.  As an SCI member, you have an invaluable opportunity to be part of that advocacy effort and to make certain that Congress hears what is important to hunters, hunting, and conservation.  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to take an active role on May 11 in the changes taking place in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

If you are interested in participating in SCI’s efforts to protect the freedom to hunt, please register for SCI’s Lobby Day immediately by clicking here.


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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