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Encourage Your Senators to Confirm Representative Zinke as Interior Secretary

Feb 15, 2017

Safari Club International (SCI) supports Congressman Ryan Zinke as our next Secretary of the Interior. The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted in favor of confirming Representative Zinke (R-MT) as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on January 31. SCI encourages all hunters, anglers, and recreational shooters to contact their Senators and urge them to support Rep. Zinke during his confirmation vote.

Please contact your U.S. Senators NOW by using SCI’s Action Center.

ZinkeRep. Zinke, a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, is an avid sportsman and has shown a commitment to working with the sportsmen’s community to seek a balanced approach to natural resource and public land management. He understands the important role that outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, plays in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources.

As a fifth generation Montanan, Rep. Zinke has a deep appreciation for wildlife and conservation. In addition, he understands the importance of public land access for all hunters and outdoorsmen and women. In February 2016, Rep. Zinke voted for the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, which, had it passed, would have created more opportunities for hunting and shooting on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands. Fighting for his Montana constituents, Rep. Zinke also called on the U.S. Forest Service last year to lift a recreational shooting ban in Custer Gallatin National Forest.

The Senate is about to hold hearings to decide whether to confirm Rep. Zinke’s appointment to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s highest position.  All hunters must take action now to secure Rep. Zinke’s confirmation by contacting their Senators and voicing support for Rep. Zinke’s confirmation.

Hunters are America’s true conservationists. Sound wildlife management is critical in the protection of our natural resources. It is time to make certain that the person who leads our Department of the Interior does so with the perspective of those who understand the important role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation and management of our wildlife.