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SCI Sponsors Conference For State Legislators

Oct 30, 2017

Safari Club International and SCI-Michigan Chapters were title sponsors of The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses’ 14th Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit recently in Traverse City, Michigan.

This year’s summit focused on the American System of Conservation Funding and highlighted the 80th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration program, which has generated billions of dollars for conservation across the country since 1937.

SCI Vice President Eddie Grasser, SCI Past President Merle Shepard, SCI Director-at-Large Mike Leonard and SCI State Affairs Manager Jeff Patchen participated in the meeting.

Patchen gave a presentation on “Combatting an Anti-Sportsmen Agenda,” which discussed strategies for policymakers to respond better to anti-hunting campaigns in state capitals.

During the two-day meeting, state legislators and attendees from the hunting community learned about legislative, regulatory and program solutions being implemented around the nation that benefit wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as the outdoor heritage.

Informational policy sessions included: Combatting Feral Hogs; History and Successes of the ASCF; Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation of Sportsmen; Threats to Conservation Funding; Efforts to Change the Composition of State Wildlife Commissions; and Opportunities to Advance the ASCF into the Future.

SCI plays an influential role in the summit to assist state legislators by sharing information and representing the hunting community in each of their states and collectively.

SCI chapter members interested in becoming more involved with legislation affecting sportsmen and women in their states are invited to join SCI’s State Advocacy Network or contact Jeff Patchen at to learn more.

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