The attorneys of Safari Club International's Litigation Department work to promote and preserve hunting and sustainable use conservation in courts throughout the country. SCI is unique among hunting organizations for having an in-house team of lawyers dedicated to hunting and wildlife conservation-based litigation.

SCI has litigated over 50 cases throughout the United States involving numerous domestic and international hunting-related issues. SCI’s lawyers have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court five times, involving (1) the possible criminalization of hunting videos, (2) the Second Amendment, (3) roads for wildlife and hunting, (4) states' authority to regulate navigable waters within National Preserves, and (5) authority to hunt three antelope species. SCI lawyers also prepare comments on SCI’s behalf in response to public input opportunities regarding federal and state actions, regulations and policies.

Each year at the SCI Convention, SCI attorneys and other guest leaders in the fields of hunting, firearms, wildlife conservation and importation present a highly rated continuing legal education course for lawyers.

Current Litigation

  • Defense of Delisting of the Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bears (various plaintiffs v U.S. FWS)

  • Elephant Importation Bans Challenge (SCI v. Zinke)

  • Western Great Lakes Wolf Delisting Challenge (HSUS v. Zinke)

  • Lead Ammunition in Kaibab National Forest (CBD v. U.S. Forest Service)

  • Grand Teton National Park Elk Hunt (Mayo v. Jarvis; Sierra Club v. Zinke)

  • NPS Regulations in Alaska (Sturgeon v. Masica)

  • Revisions to the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Rule (SCI v. Zinke)

  • New Mexico’s Mexican Wolf (New Mexico v. Zinke)

  • McKittrick Policy (WildEarth Guardians v. DOJ)

  • Kaibab National Forest Travel Management Plan (WildEarth Guardians v. Provencio)

  • FOIA Demand for Information About Trophy Importers (HSI v. FWS; CBD v. FWS)

  • Challenge to FWS and NPS Alaska Hunting Regulations (SCI v. Zinke)

(As of December 2017)
*Note:  all the cases in which current Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is a named party were brought against Sally Jewell, the Secretary under the Obama Administration. Under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Secretary Zinke is automatically substituted for former Secretary Jewell.

Recently Closed Litigation

  • Three Antelope Case

  • Wyoming Wolf Delisting Challenges (Defenders of Wildlife v. Zinke; HSUS v. U.S. FWS)

  • Big Cypress ORV/Wilderness Plan (NPCA et al. v. DOI et al.)

  • California’s Ban on Importation of Mountain Lion Trophies (SCI v. Becerra)

Alerts on Current Litigation

U.S. Now Allows Elephants From Zimbabwe, Zambia To Be Imported

Nov 14, 2017
Elephants legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016-2018 now can be imported into the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today in Africa.
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Court Of Appeals Upholds Elk Hunting In Grand Teton National Park

Nov 07, 2017
Safari Club International’s efforts to help defend elk hunting in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming have paid off. Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Park’s unique elk hunt is legal.
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SCI Protects Hunters, Hunting In Court

Oct 30, 2017
Safari Club International continues to fight for hunters in court by filing three legal briefs in two weeks to protect hunting.
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SCI Argues California Mountain Lion Import Ban Case To Ninth Circuit

Oct 02, 2017
Litigation Counsel Doug Burdin recently presented oral argument to the Ninth Circuit on SCI’s appeal of the dismissal of its challenge to California’s mountain lion import ban. He was accompanied at the hearing by Nevada attorney ...
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