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Central African Republic Travel Warning

car-mapTravel Warning from the US State Department. SCI Members with plans to travel to this area should check the State Department website for additional updates:

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, activities of armed groups, and violent crime. The State Department urges U.S. citizens who are currently in CAR to consider departing. U.S. citizens in CAR who require consular assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 14, 2016.

The potential for sectarian violence remains high. Indiscriminate violence and looting has occurred in CAR since the overthrow of the government in March 2013. Despite the peaceful election of a new president in 2016 and the continued presence of a United Nations stabilization force, the security situation remains fragile. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for the Central African Republic.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in the CAR despite this Travel Warning are urged to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through STEP.
  • U.S. citizens in CAR in need of emergency assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon; E-mail:  Telephone: From a mobile phone dial 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023; from a landline dial 00-237-2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. local time).  Emergencies: From a mobile phone dial 00-237-22220-1500, ext. 4531; from a landline dial 00-237-2220-1500, ext. 4531. Please note that due to local connectivity issues, not all mobile providers may work at all times. If you cannot get through, please try another service provider.  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Youth Safari Day Sets New Attendance Record

Chris Johnson and his kids, Heidi and Dylan.
Chris Johnson and his kids, Heidi and Dylan.

Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Complex in Southern California hosted the 18th Annual Youth Safari day with more than 4,000 youngsters and adults attending. It was a wonderful way for families to spend a day experiencing the great outdoors and enjoying a wide variety of outdoor skills and events.

“There was something for everyone who attended this year’s Youth Outdoor Safari Day to enjoy some kind of an outdoor adventure,” said Dennis Anderson, chair and Continue reading Youth Safari Day Sets New Attendance Record

Eco-Terrorism: Battling the Drug Cartels for America’s Wildlife

Lt. Nores
Lt. John Nores (l) of the Marijuana Enforcement Team and partner.

Lt. Nores and Warden Karnow will give a review of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Special Operations Program, highlighting the CDFW Marijuana Enforcement Team’s (MET) effectiveness throughout 2016, and the progression made of this program Continue reading Eco-Terrorism: Battling the Drug Cartels for America’s Wildlife

SCI Convention Auctions

Part of the excitement of the annual SCI Convention are the diverse items that will be auctioned to help fund the continuing fight to preserve and protect our hunting heritage. The auction catalog is starting to fill up and the 45th Annual Safari Club International Convention is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever! Here’s a look at some of the items available for bids.