In a ground-breaking move, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order today that directs the overseers of millions of acres of Federal lands to come up with plans to expand access for hunters and fishermen. Continue reading U.S. Government Orders Expansion Of Hunter Access To Federal Lands
In 2012, SCI Italian Chapter member Luciano Ponzetto, DOTT, had a very successful lion hunt in Tanzania. Luciano is a veterinarian with an office located in Turin, Italy. For many years, Luciano also provided veterinarian services on a discounted fee basis to a local Turin shelter for homeless animals. He has been a member of the Italian Chapter for 14 years. Continue reading SCI Italian Chapter Protects its Members’ Freedom to Hunt
The efforts of SCI, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Rifle Association and others met with success on April 23, 2015 when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reversed their decision to implement changes to the procedural requirements for hunters and recreational shooters wishing to travel abroad with their firearms. At a budget hearing held before the House Committee on Appropriations, R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of CBP, announced that the agency would temporarily return to the paper process used for years by international hunters and recreational shooters. In response to questions posed by members of the Committee, Mr. Kerlikowske explained that CBP would temporarily withdraw its requirement that hunters and shooters, who wish to take their firearms out of the country, register their firearms in the Automated Export System (AES). Mr. Kerlikowske informed the Appropriations Committee that CBP would be modifying its website later in the day to reflect this change in position. Read more about the hearing here.
SCI will continue to pursue a long-term solution to this issue. Today’s decision provides only a temporary fix to a broader concern. The recently proposed (and just aborted) changes to the exportation of firearms comply with regulations, adopted in 2012, that require electronic registration. SCI is working with NSSF, NRA and others to propose revisions to these problematic rules.
Please continue to follow SCI for further developments on this and other hunting issues.
Foresight and perseverance finally pay off.
Charter members of the New Zealand Chapter of Safari Club International finally were rewarded for their foresight and perseverance when the government passed the Game Animal Council Bill last week. This bill creates a council that represents the interests of the hunting sector and improves the management of hunting resources while contributing to positive conservation of deer, tahr, chamois and pig that are subject to the Wild Animal Control Act 1977. The effort has taken since 1993.
Chapter members are extremely grateful to SCI for the initial contribution of funds that was used to set up the Game and Forest Foundation of New Zealand. This organization was the necessary steering wheel required to bring interested parties together and create a stronger voice to defend and protect hunting rights.
NZ Chapter Members are delighted that the hunting fraternity of New Zealand finally has the opportunity for a united voice and direct input into the protection and management of the world renowned game resources.
Chapter members welcome the opportunity to work alongside all of New Zealand’s hunting clubs and organizations to secure a healthy hunting environment for both now and for future generations of New Zealanders and international visitors.
“We believe that, with this bill becoming law, chapter projects already in place such as our Wakatipu White Tail recovery project, and the commitment to investigate a study into the current population and survival of the South Island Chamois herd, can now get the additional support of other interested parties and possibly, come under the umbrella of the new Game Animal Council,” Bruce Flett, SCI NZ Chapter President, reported.
The Chapter applauds the efforts and dedication the Hon Peter Dunne has put into making the Game Animal Council a reality.