Hunters Win in Florida — Judge Denies Motion to Stop Black Bear Hunt

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Safari Club International was pleased to be the only hunting group to assist the State of Florida in protecting the state’s black bear season against a challenge from anti-hunters. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, after a five hour hearing, a Florida state court denied a request filed by Florida group, Speak Up Wekiva, to shut … Continue reading

Maryland and Virginia Archery Deer Management Programs

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Last week, a judge in Bethesda, Maryland ruled that the Pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program in two Montgomery County parks could proceed as planned, despite a desperate, last-ditch effort by the notorious and publicity-mongering animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to block the bowhunt through a court order. The … Continue reading

Little Bird – Big Impact

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The lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) is a small bird that is causing huge ripples throughout the legal and conservation communities. No less than five lawsuits followed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in April 2014 to list the LPC as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Some of the lawsuits challenged not only … Continue reading

A Major Victory For Canadian Gun Owners

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-4 on the side of Quebec’s firearms owners and has stated the Quebec long gun registry data must be destroyed. “Quebec’s position that cooperative federalism prevents Canada and the provinces from acting or legislating in a way that would hinder cooperation between both orders of government has no … Continue reading

Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Has Second Senate Hearing

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The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 (S. 405) had its second Senate hearing this morning. Two vital hearings necessary for this important bill to move forward have taken place in under a week’s time. The message to hunters from Capitol Hill is clear — the new Senate is ready and willing to move this vital … Continue reading

SCI Provides Winning Arguments Against Constitutional Challenge to Three Antelope Rule

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Safari Club International played a pivotal role in a federal district court’s ruling that dismissed a constitutional challenge to the law that exempts the hunting of U.S. captive members of three exotic antelope species from permit and other Endangered Species Act requirements.  Based in great part on SCI’s arguments that the anti-hunting plaintiffs lacked standing … Continue reading

Court Rules With SCI On EPA Proposed Lead Ammo Limitations

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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) does not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate spent lead bullets and shot from hunters and sport-shooters. In 2012, 101 different organizations, led by the animal rights and anti-hunting group Center for … Continue reading

Elephant Importation Ban – Litigation Update

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On December 26th, SCI and NRA received good and bad news in our efforts to challenge the ongoing importation bans on sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.  The D.C. federal district court issued a ruling on several motions that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had filed to try to dismiss our claims. We received … Continue reading

Court Vacates Western Great Lakes Wolf Delisting Rule — Puts WGL Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List

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Today, a D.C. federal district court judge returned the wolves of the Western Great Lakes (WGL) to the endangered species list.  This was the fourth time that a delisting of the WGL wolves has been overturned in court.  In a 111 page opinion, the judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) violated … Continue reading

SCI Files an Appeal in the Wyoming Wolf Delisting Lawsuit

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In October, a federal court in D.C. returned Wyoming’s wolves to the endangered species list. The court rejected the delisting of Wyoming’s wolves based on the fact that Wyoming’s commitment to manage wolves above minimum population levels was not part of a legally binding regulation or statute. Considering Wyoming’s plans to be merely “voluntary,” and … Continue reading

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