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

Latest Update on Using Form 4457s for Traveling With Firearms

Apr 17, 2017
SCI has contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for assistance in dealing with South Africa’s decision to accept only 1) Form 4457s with expiration dates that follow the date of travel or 2) Form 4457s without expiration dates that show proof of being issued in 2017.
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Elephant Importation Ban Litigation Lumbers On

Apr 17, 2017
In 2014, SCI and NRA filed a lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 4, 2014 suspension of the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Early in the litigation, SCI/NRA defeated the FWS’s attempt to dismiss our Zimbabwe claims.
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Appeals Court Upholds Groundless Airline Trophy Shipment Ban

Mar 29, 2017
On March 20, 2017, a federal appellate court ruled that Delta Airlines can legally refuse to ship trophies of the Big Five as freight. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a previous ruling by a Texas district court upholding Delta’s 2015 decision not to ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as cargo on their flights.
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SCI Applauds Dismissal of Challenge to Lead Ammunition Use in Kaibab National Forest

Mar 16, 2017
For the second time, a district court in Arizona has dismissed a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) that attacked the use of lead-based ammunition in a National Forest. CBD’s suit claimed that the Forest Service violated the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a federal law involving disposal of solid waste, by not taking action to ban the use of lead-based ammunition on the Kaibab National Forest. SCI and the National Rifle Association jointly participated in the case as intervenors to defend the U.S. Forest Service.
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