Federal Affairs

SCI is the only pro-hunting organization with an office in Washington, D.C., that has full time policy experts, in-house legal counsel, and certified wildlife biologists on staff dedicated to the protection of hunting for SCI members and hunters everywhere.

SCI monitors, evaluates, and lobbies on federal legislation impacting hunting, hunters, and wildlife conservation. SCI evaluates hunting opportunities, access, recruitment, and retention. One of the ways to protect hunting freedoms is to keep on top of the legislation in Congress. Building relationships between Congressional leaders and sportsmen as well as staying current on the issues ensures that hunting interests are at the forefront when important bills come up.

Alerts on current legislation

USFWS Authorizes Lion Imports From Zambia and Zimbabwe

Oct 26, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that it is granting import permits for lions legally harvested in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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USFWS Reconsiders Kenai Hunting Rules

Oct 02, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced plans to reconsider a crucial rule for Alaska’s hunters. The existing rule is so significant and egregious that SCI is now fighting...
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National Park Service Will Seek Volunteers To Cull Bison In Grand Canyon National Park

Sep 14, 2017
Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park will soon be seeking skilled hunters to help cull the park’s bison herd. The National Park Service (NPS) wants to reduce bison numbers because they are damaging the park’s natural resources. Some animals will be captured...
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SCI Attends Wild Horse and Burro Summit: Experts Warn of Continuing Crisis

Sep 05, 2017
On August 22-24, SCI Litigation Counsel Doug Burdin attended an invitation-only summit on the continuing crisis involving the management of wild horses and burros (referred to below as “horses”) on federal lands in the West. The crisis will affect anyone who hunts, recreates on, or otherwise uses, federal lands containing wild horses or nearby areas.
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Lawsuits Over Yellowstone Area Grizzly Delisting Roll In

Sep 05, 2017
For the second time, anti-hunting and other groups have challenged the removal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) population of grizzly bears from the ESA list of threatened species. Indian tribal interests and anti-hunting groups have filed a total of four lawsuits challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s July 30, 2017 delisting of the GYE grizzlies, a move long supported by SCI. In 2008, SCI intervened in lawsuits challenging the first attempt to delist the grizzlies. The courts reversed that delisting based on alleged inadequate consideration of impacts concerning one of the bears’ main food sources.
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