SCI Sponsors Conference for State Legislators

In conjunction with the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) sponsored the 10th Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit Nov. 18-21 in Illinois. The theme for the 10th summit was focused around “advancing” our agenda to improve hunting, fishing, and conservation for the next generation of sportsmen and women. The Sportsman-Legislator summit began with less than a handful of states, and through the financial contributions of SCI and other like-minded organizations, the conference now includes over 43 individual states represented annually by elected state politicians who care passionately about our hunting heritage. Representing Safari Club International at the conference were Steve Skold, SCI Vice-President, Eddie Grasser, SCI Vice-President, Melissa Simpson – Director of Government Affairs, and Nelson Freeman – Deputy Director of Government Affairs.

During the two day meeting the state legislators shared ideas for legislation, like reducing the age limits on young hunters to get them in the field earlier, knife ownership rights, water access on DOT properties, and many others. SCI’s presentation was focused on tactics to put the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other anti-hunting organizations on the defensive. SCI presented ways that legislators could protect the rural voice of hunters from an overzealous urban ballot initiative and ways to have Attorney General’s request fundraising information from the likes of HSUS.

“I’ve been attending the NASC meeting for five years and have watched it grow into a meaningful platform for forwarding ideas and solutions that State Legislators can take back home for use in their own efforts to preserve our hunting heritage.  From that perspective NASC is a success and SCI should remain supportive of this effort,” said Eddie Grasser, Chair of the State Affairs Subcommittee.

“I was excited to see how far the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses have come from my first attending an organizational meeting of this group over ten years ago.  The quality of people attending from Legislators, Industry, Sportsmen’s Groups, and Wildlife Professionals was very impressive.  A group worthy of shaping wildlife conservation for the future,” concluded SCI Vice President Steve Skold.

SCI is ready to work with any chapter that wants to help take the fight to our enemies across the country in individual states. Contact Nelson Freeman at nfreeman@safariclub.org to get organized today.  State Caucuses work best when SCI members get involved at this grass roots level!

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