Contact Your Senator To Oppose ATT

Over the past four weeks, the United Nations has been engaged in final negotiations on the terms of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This treaty has the purported goal of reducing the illicit trade in arms. However the ATT is massive in scope, possibly covering every conventional weapon, from battleships and missiles to your common deer hunting rifle and ammunition.

The ATT has been in the works for more than a decade, and SCI has continually and consistently monitored its progress to protect hunters from the threats that it could pose. SCI has continually lobbied to exclude hunting firearms and ammunition entirely from the scope of the treaty.

Negotiations have been moving slowly during the months of June and July, however on July 24, 2012, a draft version of the treaty was released and it contains numerous provisions that are extremely dangerous to hunters. Some of the worst provisions of the draft are listed below.

  • The current draft ignores the position of millions of sport shooters worldwide and includes all sporting arms, hunting rifles, and ammunition, instead of excluding this legal trade from the scope of the ATT. Sadly, the current United States administration has stated their support for the inclusion of sporting arms in the scope of the treaty.
  • The current draft would require all signatory nations to establish a “national control system” to control the export of firearms and ammunition. This national control system could easily be interpreted as a national gun registration system by an anti-hunting administration.
  • The draft fails to exclude the temporary import or export of firearms from its scope. This could add burdensome reporting requirements for even the temporary export of a firearm for a hunting trip.
  • Article 11 of the draft treaty requires states to keep ten years of records for all arms exported. A country must keep records of “quantity, value, model/type, authorized arms transfers, arms actually transferred, details of exporting State(s), recipient State(s), and end users.” This requirement also applies to arms that merely transit or transship through a country. This huge bureaucratic undertaking could devastate traveling hunters as it is much more likely that air carriers will stop shipping firearms than comply with this unduly burdensome requirements.
  • Article 13 would establish a new U.N. bureaucracy that would oversee national implementation of the treaty. This Orwellian named “Implementation Support Unit” would facilitate and oversee the implementation of the treaty.
  • Finally, the draft treaty also contains an insidious clause in Article 23 that would essentially apply the treaty to countries whether or not they even sign the treaty. This clause requires that “States Parties shall apply Articles 3-5 to all transfers of conventional arms within the scope of this Treaty to those not party to this Treaty.” This unacceptable position undermines state sovereignty and must be opposed.

The bitter irony of all this is that the United States already has the most comprehensive set of export controls in the world. Other nations could simply emulate these protocols and address any problem, real or perceived.

We need every SCI member and hunter and their friends and family members to contact their senators and the President and urge them to oppose this dangerous treaty. Please click here to contact your legislators now.


9th Annual Junior Pheasant Hunt A Huge Success

By Susan Bowers and Doug Streed

The Ninth Annual San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt, sponsored by San Diego Chapter of SCI and SCI Foundation, was held in the fields near Santa Ysabel, California, in March.

In all, 72 excited and happy youth hunters checked in at 7 a.m. to start their adventure in the field. Each youth was given an orange hat emblazoned with the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt logo, a name tag with their team designation number and color, and a drawing ticket for their pheasant to be mounted by a local taxidermist. A volunteer outfitter headed each team and each held a colored flag for the kids to identify as their team.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt was a great learning experience for the many who attended.

Volunteers for the day included three presidents of related sporting organizations, two San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Commissioners, two college professors, one medical doctor, one California Game Warden, one veterinarian, three San Diego Chapter Board members, five California Hunter Safety Instructors, 12 dog handlers, and 45 other equally important volunteers.

After a safety briefing, a solemn moment to honor our military wounded and fallen warriors, and the pledge of allegiance, the teams moved to one of eight stations.

The stations included an archery field, .22 rifle range, shotgun trap range, dog retrieving exhibition area by Raney Ranch Retrievers, Department of Agriculture Federal Trappers, a seminar about turkeys and then to the fields for the actual hunt for two pheasants each and finally to the pheasant cleaning station with their birds.

When the last team finished cleaning their birds, lunch was served. Janice Mendenhall and her family from My Country Club were busy serving delicious hamburgers and hotdogs with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. While the kids were eating, tickets were drawn for a bow donated by Jim Connors, owner of Willow Creek Archery, and a 5-day hunt in South Africa with Inyathi Safaris donated by Andy Goudeau.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt thanks the San Diego Chapter of Safari Club International and Safari Club International Foundation for their continued support.

Bavaria Helps Croatia

One of the problems members of the SCI Hrvatska Chapter (Croatia) are facing is the lack of accessible taxidermists to prepare their hunting trophies. Members of the Board of this Chapter contacted the SCI Bavaria Chapter and asked for help. Soon after Ante Biondic from Senj, Croatia, was on his way to Pilsting, Bavaria, to attend a special two-week class on the principles of taxidermy, taught by Bavaria Chapter member and Master Taxidermist Udo Busch. Shown from left to right are Ante Biondic, SCI Hrvatska Chapter; Norbert Ullmann, SCI Regional Representative Europe; President SCI Bavaria Chapter; and Udo Busch, SCI Bavaria Chapter.

Bear Dog Race

One of the events at the 2012 Youth Safari Day was a dog swim to show that bear hunting hounds can swim long distances if necessary during a chase.

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