NASC Summit

SCI Represented at Sportsman-Legislator Summit

In late October, Eddie Grasser, Chip Burkhalter, and Jeff Patchen attended the 12th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses’ (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit. Legislators from 30 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses and nearly 200 attendees joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and representatives from the hunting and fishing community in Manchester, Vermont to reflect on current issues … Continue reading


Washington Voters Criminalize Law Abiding Citizens

On Election Day, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1401, a provision that penalizes law abiding citizens rather than attack poachers, smugglers, and black-market profiteers of illicit ivory and animal products. Initiative 1401 makes a felon out of anyone in the state who is selling, trading, or giving away a number of ordinary items such as … Continue reading


SCI Supports Member’s Case in U.S. Supreme Court

Safari Club International filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of SCI member John Sturgeon’s challenge against the National Park Service’s regulation of activities on waters running through National Preserves in Alaska.  The Supreme Court selected Sturgeon’s case as one of the very few they will consider during the Court’s term. The … Continue reading

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Advances

Safari Club International (SCI) applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for advancing a major portion of S.405, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 during yesterday’s committee markup hearing. The message to hunters from Capitol Hill is clear — the Senate is ready and willing to move this vital piece of legislation for American … Continue reading


SCI European Advocacy

SCI Government Affairs Director Chip Burkhalter and Director of Litigation Anna Seidman recently attended a meeting in Brussels, Belgium of a new organization composed of a variety of groups representing European-based animal user interests. Members of the group include European hunting organizations, pet trade organizations, circuses, zoos, farming associations, cosmetic/medical laboratories, fur trade companies, and … Continue reading


Volunteers Needed To Participate In Avid Bowhunter Survey

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) is encouraging bowhunters who hunt for at least 10 days during the 2015-2016 deer season to participate in the Avid Bowhunter Survey. Information collected will provide WFF personnel with the data needed to monitor deer populations and measure hunter satisfaction and success. Avid Bowhunter Survey participants will … Continue reading

Tracking the Capitols – Week of November 9, 2015

Tracking the Capitols is a source of legislation currently being tracked by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation state policy team to keep you informed of the most pertinent and timely state legislation affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping and other conservation issues. Inclusion in Tracking the Capitols does not necessarily constitute support or opposition to … Continue reading


Major Amendments Made to New Jersey Senate Bill

New Jersey’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee heard testimony on Monday, November 9th on Senate Bill 3416, Endangered Animal Species. Introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20), SB 3416 intends to prohibit the possession, transportation, importation, exportation, sale and shipment of any wildlife appearing on the state or Federal endangered species lists, species found on CITES … Continue reading


SCI Presents at Law School Symposium on Hunting and Sustainable Use Conservation

On October 30, 2015, SCI Litigation Counsel Doug Burdin made a presentation at a symposium at Hastings College of the Law on “Hunting for Sustainable Use Conservation.” His presentation focused on the importance of hunting, all the things a trophy can mean to the hunter, and two case studies on congressionally-approved hunting/sustainable use conservation efforts: … Continue reading


California Mountain Lion Hearing, Off Again (Again)

In August 2014, Safari Club International sued two California officials over the State’s ban on the importation and possession of mountain lions hunted outside of California. The State asked the federal district court in Sacramento to dismiss our case. A hearing on the motion was first scheduled for February 2, 2015. In January 2015, the … Continue reading

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