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Victory In Elephant Import Lawsuit

 

SCI, NRA Score Victory In Elephant Import Lawsuit

First-for-Wildlife-SCI-logo-header-9b60e0a5-7538-4c42-b4d7-a69e258e2029Chalk-up a win for Safari Club International and National Rifle Association of America in the continuing saga of the elephant trophy import question.

The road to complete victory continues, but SCI and the NRA have forced the government to do real fact-finding and not react to emotion from the antihunters.  Although the ban on imports remains in effect until the government finishes its rule-making, SCI, the NRA and other hunting organizations now have a chance to get the real story of hunting-based sustainable use conservation on the table.

SCI and NRA received excellent news Dec. 22 from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The court ruled in favor on a key claim in SCI’s and NRA’s 2014 elephant importation litigation.  In that case, SCI and NRA sued the previous administration for imposing on April 4, 2014 an abrupt ban on elephant importation from Zimbabwe.

In its 33-page opinion, the D.C. Circuit reversed an earlier unfavorable ruling issued by the lower court.  The appellate court ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should have conducted notice and comment rulemaking before abandoning almost two decades of a formal position that the import of legally hunted trophies enhanced the survival of the African elephants in Zimbabwe.

The FWS had adopted negative enhancement findings for elephants harvested in 2014 and 2015.  SCI and NRA sued, at least in part, because the FWS’s negative findings prevented U.S. hunters from importing Zimbabwe elephants harvested in those years.

Although the court determined that the previous administration had acted illegally, it will take some time before we know the effect the ruling will have on the ability of individuals to import elephants from Zimbabwe.

It is also uncertain how the FWS will respond to the court’s ruling and how long the entire process could take if and when the FWS engages in further rulemaking on the importation of elephants harvested in Zimbabwe in 2014 and 2015.  It is possible that the government will decide not to do anything, but that opens the door for hunting organizations to file petitions to try to force the government to propose a rule to lift the ban.  Questions also remain about how this ruling will affect the decision-making process for the importation of other species for which the FWS has made or will make enhancement findings.

While some things about the practical impact of the ruling remain in question – there is no question that the D.C. Circuit’s ruling is a victory for SCI, NRA and all those who recognize that hunting plays an essential role in conserving Africa’s wildlife.  The court’s opinion requires the FWS to include the public, including the hunting public, in the process of decision-making that affects the importation of legally-hunted wildlife.

Hunters and organizations like SCI and NRA will be able to provide information about the role that hunting plays in species management and conservation.  The FWS will not be able to impose uninformed, abrupt importation bans, like it did in 2014.

SCI and NRA will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

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
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Trump’s Decision To Protect Public Land Access

SCI Supports President Trump’s Decision

To Protect Public Land Access

SCI first for hunters logoTUCSON, ARIZONA—Safari Club International today announced support for the decision by President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to protect access to public lands in Utah. Following a review of 27 National Monuments, President Trump announced he intends to reduce the size of Bear Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

“We at Safari Club International (SCI) applaud the decision of President Trump and Secretary Zinke to protect access to millions of acres of public land in Utah. We are thankful that this administration — unlike the previous — conducted a thorough review of these monuments, and listened to the input of hunters and sportsmen when making this important decision. With this announcement, the Trump Administration is affirming the benefit of traditional land uses, such as hunting and recreational shooting, to our nation’s resource management,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.

The creation of a National Monument does not necessarily end hunting on the federal lands involved.  Monument designation, however, can limit hunting opportunities and restrict access to hunting opportunities.  On more than one occasion, the creation of a National Monument has temporarily or permanently put an end to long-standing hunting opportunities.  Roads that provided access to hunting opportunities have been closed, for example.

The process has not always included the hunting community to help decide if and how hunting will continue on the new Monument lands.  The decision by the President and the Secretary recognizes the need to involve all stakeholders in the process for establishing Monuments and regulating their use.  SCI will work with the Administration to help protect the existing hunting opportunities on the lands within and near the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante Monuments.

SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent 930,414 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.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to Allow Importation of Elephants

SCI Statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to Allow Importation of Elephants
TUCSON, ARIZONA—Safari Club International today released the following statement on the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Allow the Importation of Elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
“We at Safari Club International (SCI) applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Trump Administration for their decision to approve importation permits of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Thanks to conservation efforts and wildlife management projects—many of which are supported by our sister organization, the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF)—the path was paved for this monumental decision. With this decision, FWS is affirming the benefits of hunting to the conservation of species and the management of wildlife worldwide,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.
SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent 930,414 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.
International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona · Washington, District of Columbia · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

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


Bowshoot and Annual Summer Member Meeting – Four Corners SCI

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Summer Member Meeting at a local bow shoot.

Four Corners SCI is proud to support the Vallecito Conservation & Sporting Association (VCSA) in purchasing targets for the future. We’ve issued grant money, which has been used to develop a youth shooting area. In addition, the club has purchased new targets for their archery course.

The VCSA has three coming shoots (listed below), and are allowing us to have our Annual Summer Member Meeting Saturday, August 5th. Registration begins at 9:00 am. The shoot starts at 10:00 am. We will be sponsoring this event and will host a youth shoot with instructors to help the youngsters, lunch, and a drawing to win a recurve bow! Find additional details below.

SEE YOU THERE!

July 29, 2017

  • Kids only range
  • Youth shoot at velociraptor, stagosaurus, deer, bear, and more
  • Hundred dollar bill shoot
  • Multiple money categories for men, women, and children
  • Food and drinks available for purchase

August 5, 2017

  • Four Corners SCI sponsored shoot
  • Instructor assistance for youth (provided by SCI)
  • Food and drinks provided by SCI
  • Special drawing for a RECURVE BOW (for new and existing SCI members)
  • Youth only range
  • Hundred dollar bill shoot
  • Multiple money categories for men, women, and children

August 12, 2017

  • Youth only range
  • Hundred dollar bill shoot
  • Multiple money categories for men, women, and children
  • Food and drinks available for purchase

2017 Archery Shoot Series

$25 one time membership fee
Registration – 9:00 am
Shoot – 10:00 am

All shots will have 20+ 3D targets.
Separate shooting stakes for traditional and compound shooters.
Life-like hunting shots.
Families welcome! 16 years and under must be accompanied by and adult.

For more information contact – Jared Hansen 970-426-9062

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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.


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