Victory In Michigan As Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act Becomes Law

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Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International (SCI) congratulates the Michigan House of Representatives for their bipartisan effort passing the citizen-initiated Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) today. With today’s vote the SFWCA automatically becomes law.

“SCI would like to thank the House members for their bipartisan support in protecting science-based conservation in Michigan today by supporting SFWCA,” said Merle Shepard, Past President of SCI and Michigan resident.  “In addition to the Representatives and Senators who supported scientific wildlife management, SCI would like to thank Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, Michigan Bear Hunters Association, Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Upper Peninsula Whitetails, Inc. of Marquette County, Upper Peninsula Whitetails, Inc., Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Rifle Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The sportsmen’s community truly came together in support of SFWCA, and to take a stand against HSUS’s constant ballot box bullying.”

Out-of-state anti-hunting groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have launched two referendum drives in Michigan seeking to overrule Michigan’s wildlife biologists on game management decisions. With their deep pockets, they know that once they get on a statewide ballot, it’s just a matter of spending millions of dollars in misleading advertising. They are currently trying the same strategy in Maine, just as they tried it there in 1996 and in 2006. In Michigan, SFWCA will put an end to the constant referendums and campaigning for proper wildlife management and replaces it with proper scientific management of wildlife.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act:

  • Ensures that decisions affecting the taking of fish and game are made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management;
  • Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military, and;
  • Provides appropriations for fisheries management activities within Michigan necessary for rapid response, prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive species, including Asian carp.

“We are proud of every Safari Club International Member who volunteered their time to and effort to ensure the final passage of the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act this week,” concluded SCI President Craig Kauffman.

Contact: Nelson Freeman (

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, along 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 for more information.
One Response to “Victory In Michigan As Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act Becomes Law”
  1. George Lindquist says:

    A great day for conservation in Michigan, indeed!
    Thank you all in whatever way you have supported this effort.

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