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Ryan Breeding World Heritage Rifle Honors Oceania

The Hunt

In the final moments of a big game hunt with a ton of angry water buffalo bearing down on your position at 30 miles per hour, you’ll want to be holding a reliable rifle with formidable stopping power. During the rest of the year, you might Continue reading Ryan Breeding World Heritage Rifle Honors Oceania


SCI Supports Hunting As Part Of Lion Conservation

Safari Club International notes the recent media reports on the hunting of a lion in Zimbabwe.

Although we are still awaiting information on this subject, it is our current understanding that this lion was taken in accordance with Zimbabwe law.

Lion hunting and the hunting of other African wildlife, when carried out legally and sustainably, provide an important wildlife management and conservation tool to the range countries responsible for those animal populations.

“Independent scientists and conservationists, such as Oxford University and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, support legal lion hunting as a component of conservation,” said SCI President-elect Steve Skold.

“Safari Club International (SCI) and its sister organization, the Safari Club International Foundation, are actively involved with efforts of the wildlife management authorities of the governments where lions occur, supporting their research and management programs to conserve lions,” Skold explained.  “Lion hunting improves human tolerance of lions and provides critical support for government conservation programs.

“The professional hunters and outfitters who arrange hunts for African wildlife serve as the most important front-line fighters in the battle against commercially motivated poaching of lions and other iconic wildlife. Wildlife conservation is about science and not emotion. As members of the hunting community, we care about the natural world and we put our money and our work into effective and scientifically supported conservation so that we and all who enjoy wildlife will be able to continue to do so far into the future,” Skold said.

The following links provide more information about the many ways SCI and SCI Foundation are involved in the conservation of lions, as well as other wildlife.

Please visit for more information on worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation. Or, to access information specifically about African lions, visit:—update

A Couple Days of Hunting, A Lifetime of Value

Moving to a new state can be a difficult experience for any hunter. It requires you to learn new regulations, create new friendships in the hunting community and become familiar with new hunting areas.  Such was the predicament I found myself in at the end of my Continue reading A Couple Days of Hunting, A Lifetime of Value

Hunters/Shooters May Not Transport Firearms To/From London On South African Airways

Editor’s note: See update below.

SCI has received information from the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) that effective immediately, hunters and sport shooters travelling to or from Heathrow Airport in the UK may not check their firearms on South African Airways (SAA) flights. This prohibition is due to an administrative problem the airline is having with the renewal of their license to transport firearms into or out of Heathrow. SAA insists that it is a temporary problem and that they are working urgently to resolve the issue with the UK Police.

Until the matter is resolved, hunters and shooters with plans to travel on SAA flights through Heathrow Airport with firearms should make arrangements to fly with other airlines that do allow firearm carriage.

If you have any questions about this situation, SCI recommends that you contact SAA or PHASA ( directly for more information about your options. SCI will provide updates on this issue as they become available.

Update July 12, 2017


The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) is relieved to confirm that South African Airways (SAA) successfully attended to the restrictions on travelling with firearms to and from the United Kingdom (UK).

“SAA complied with the safety and security requirements of the police at Heathrow Airport. The restrictions have been lifted with immediate effect,” says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA.