SCI’s “In the Crosshairs” June 1, 2012

Valcov, Nesbitt Named To Federal Advisory Panel: “Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper announced the creation of a new National Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel, which will help inform conservation efforts in Canada. The announcement was made at Canada’s first ever National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress in Ottawa.” Read the full story at http://bit.ly/KNcseA

SCI Foundation Sponsors The National Fish, Wildlife Conservation Congress: Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) proudly contributed $15,000 to the first ever Canadian National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress. This Canadian Congress assembled leading fish and wildlife scientists, government leaders, federal, provincial, state and local fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations and anglers and hunters to participate in plenary sessions, workshops, discussions and debates about the future of fish and wildlife resources in North America. (Source: Canadian National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress) Learn more about the Canadian National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Congress at http://bit.ly/L6sAdo.

Rep. Doc Hastings: Time To Improve The Endangered Species Act:  “When the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 by President Nixon, he spoke about the importance of preserving ‘the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.’ I believe that goal is as important today as it was back then. However, after nearly 40 years, it’s time to take a fresh, honest look at the law and consider whether there are ways it could be improved to do a better job of protecting and recovering species.” (Source: Washington Times Online) Read the full article at http://bit.ly/KZavfE.

Hunting Under Attack: “The state Senate has passed and sent to the Assembly SB1221 (Lieu), a bill spawned by the Humane Society of the United States that will outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats. HSUS, which is dedicated to banning all hunting, is targeting just one small segment of the hunting population, those who hunt over hounds. If you want to help, call your friends in the Bay Area and Southern California and ask them to ask their Assembly representatives to vote this bill down. Do that first, then contact your Assembly rep. He or she probably voted against this freedom-curbing bill, but contact them anyway. To win this fight we need the votes of the legislators down south.” (Source: The Trinity Journal Online) Read the full article at http://bit.ly/McHS1E.  To find and contact your California State Assembly Member, follow this link.

Mourning Dove Legislation Might Fly:  A bill has been introduced in the New York Senate by State Senator John DeFrancisco that would designate mourning doves as a migratory game bird. This legislation would effectively open a regular dove season in the state. If you are a New York resident, urge your Senators to pass S 6968. Also, please use the following link to urge State Assembly Members to introduce a companion bill. Read a full article from the Buffalo News here http://bit.ly/LL5Qvi. (Source: The Buffalo News)

National Dove Hunter Survey: “Later next month, a national survey will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting.  Topics will include time spent hunting, demographics, constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife.  The survey is a cooperative effort by the state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” Please stay tuned for updates concerning this important research opportunity. (Source: OutdoorHub.com) Read the entire release at http://bit.ly/Jx0mDt.

Public Meetings Set To Gather Input For Wolf Hunting, Trapping Season Rule In Wisc.: “The public will have the opportunity at four upcoming meetings to provide input on the draft concepts to be included in a wolf hunting and trapping season rule that will be going to the state Natural Resources Board on July 17 in Stevens Point as an emergency rule.” (Source: Outdoorhub.com) Read the full release at http://bit.ly/KOu0qj.

Namibia: Country One of the Greatest African Wildlife Recovery Stories: “Forty-Two per cent of Namibia’s land is under conservation management. This makes Namibia one of the countries with the largest conservation area. At independence in 1990, only 13 per cent of the land area in Namibia was under conservation management. Namibia’s 42 per cent is no mean feat considering that Belize has 36 per cent, Zambia 35 per cent, Botswana 30 per cent and South Africa 12 per cent under conservation.” (Source: AllAfrica.com) Read the full article on Namibia’s excellent record for wildlife at http://bit.ly/LjnEy6.

Australia: Premier O’Farrell To Allow Hunting In NSW National Parks: “Hunting will be seen in 79 of the state’s national parks as part of a deal struck by the government last night in exchange for the sale of the state electricity generators. “We promised to revitalise the state’s economy, we promised to put additional funding into infrastructure… and the decision was based on the public interest and political realities.” Despite O’Farrell’s pre-election promise that he would not open up national parks to shooters as hunting reserves, the Premier said that he has not broken his promise. “There is a big difference between hunting reserves and restricted shooters under the direction of the Minster of the Environment assisting National Parks and Wildlife staff with the culling of feral animals.”” (Source: 702 ABC Sydney) http://bit.ly/K2mEg3

United Kingdom: Celebrate National Shooting Week 2012: “National Shooting Week (NSW) is run by the Countryside Alliance and will take place between 2nd and 10th June 2012. Its main aims are to enable anyone to try shooting for the first time and to promote respect for and understanding of legal firearms and airguns. The event will concentrate on target shooting and not feature live quarry. It is the sixth annual event of its kind with the intention of changing public opinion towards shooting and guns.” (Source: NationalShootingWeek.co.uk) Find a National Shooting Week Event near you at http://bit.ly/KlXGho

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