April 13, 2022
Following the success of its 50th annual convention in Las Vegas in January, Safari Club International (SCI) has reached 2022 in a row, with a renewed and strengthened focus on protecting the country’s hunting heritage and promoting the conservation of wildlife around the world.
Formed when the Safari Club of Southern California became the Safari Club of Los Angeles in 1971, then merged with the Safari Club of Chicago, SCI has grown over the past half-century into an international organization with approximately 50,000 members and 200 chapters representing all 50 states and 100-plus countries.
Over the past 20+ years, SCI – through its foundation – has helped invest more than $70 million from hunters in more than 100 conservation projects and education programs in 30 countries. In the United States, SCI has a team of lobbyists, legal experts and others in Washington, D.C. and is said to administer the nation’s largest hunter-led Political Action Committee (PAC), all in the purpose of promoting and supporting legislation, legislators, initiatives and programs favorable to sportsmen and wildlife conservation.
One of SCI’s main focus in the coming months will be the national midterm elections, with SCI supporting and providing assistance to pro-hunting candidates in the US Congress and elsewhere.
“Thanks to the generosity of SCI members and the contributions that have been made to SCI-PAC and HAF (SCI Hunter Action Fund) at the convention, at SCI Chapter fundraisers and through personal communications, SCI is poised to have an effect on the upcoming elections….,” SCI President Sven K. Lindquist said recently.
“SCI advocacy work in Washington, DC is one of the cornerstones of our great organization,” Lindquist continued. “SCI’s office building in Washington, DC is also around the corner and serves as the cornerstone of SCI’s prominent presence in our nation’s capital. This presence is what greatly distinguishes SCI from other like-minded organizations.
Other initiatives SCI continues to work on include efforts to study the impact that expanding predator populations are having on various game species, opposing the challenges of federal gray wolf delisting, expanding its Beyond program Becoming an Outdoors Woman and continue to promote and advocate for hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands.
In March, SCI joined nearly two dozen other hunting and conservation organizations in sending a letter to US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, asking the US Fish & Wildlife Service to appeal a decision. of the U.S. District Court that struck down the 2020 federal rule removing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although that 2020 rule removed Gray Wolves from the list of lower 48 states, a lawsuit filed by multiple groups has challenged the ruling, with a federal court in the Northern District of California ruling earlier this year in favor of the plaintiffs. , causing wolves to return to the ESA list. This means that it is now up to the US Fish & Wildlife Service to challenge the district court’s decision.
“Grey wolf populations have increased over the past 20 years and are a testament to a successful Endangered Species Act,” SCI noted on its website in March. “Now that the gray wolf is no longer endangered, it’s time for the (US Fish & Wildlife) Service to allocate funds to other much more vulnerable species.
“The best science available supports delisting the gray wolf, and the decision in California prevents the species from being delisted even when they have fully recovered. Plus, getting off the endangered species list just means federal resources aren’t being used for conservation and management is being handed over to state agencies – which they are quite capable of in this case. of the gray wolf.
Most recently, SCI helped publicize the Federal Subsistence Board’s proposed closure of federal lands in two Game Management Units (23 and 26A) in Northwest Alaska to moose hunting and to caribou, excluding qualified subsistence hunters, from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022. SCI’s efforts are part of its No Net Loss goal to protect existing access opportunities to the hunting and fishing on public lands.
“This heavy-handed decision (by the Federal Subsistence Board) will result in thousands of Alaska residents and non-resident hunters losing access to moose and caribou hunting,” SCI said. “This proposal fails to meet the primary requirement of demonstrating the threshold of ‘significant resource change’ to cut off hunting access to the burgeoning moose and caribou herds in these huge tracts of land.”
SCI’s strong track record of supporting hunters and conservation efforts, coupled with the continued growth of its chapters and membership, positions the organization to continue to serve as the voice of sportsmen for decades to come. coming.
The 2023 SCI convention will take place February 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information about SCI and its programs, visit safariclub.org.