JAN, 2013 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter

January 4, 2013

SCI “In The Crosshairs” e-Newsletter is growing! “Crosshairs” will now be divided into sections for your reading pleasure, and a new section titled “Affiliate Spotlight” is being added. This new section will highlight news, events, and other interesting articles surrounding SCI’s many Affiliate Organizations. As always, please feel free to forward this communication on to your friends in the hunting community, in addition to encouraging them to join SCI. From all of us at “Crosshairs”, we wish you a great start to 2013. Happy Hunting.

Safari Club International:

  18 Days Until The 41st Annual Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention: Hotel rooms are selling out fast! Visit www.showsci.org to register and look over the numerous educational seminars, auction items, and entertainment opportunities that are being offered at the largest and fastest growing Hunters’ Convention in the world. Time is running out; have you registered yet? www.showsci.org

  SCI Life Member General Norman Schwarzkopf Passes Away: SCI Life Member General H. Norman Schwarzkopf died at his home in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. He was 78.  In addition to his military achievements, SCI members will remember Schwarzkopf as a regular at SCI Conventions where he was a featured speaker at every Convention from 1995 to 2004. General Schwarzkopf was an avid hunter and fisherman and will be sorely missed.  SCI is deeply saddened by the loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief. http://wp.me/p2zaih-Ui

  Safari Club International Recommits to Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies: Safari Club International (SCI) is proud to once again be a Gold Level Sponsor of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) Winter Meeting and the title sponsor of Friday night’s welcome reception.  The 2013 winter meeting takes place Jan. 3-6 in Tucson, Ariz. “American hunters and conservationists have no greater allies for sustainable use and active management of habitat, than the state game and fish agencies.  These meetings are integral to enhancing wildlife conservation efforts and protecting hunters’ interests in some of the most game-rich states for sportsmen,” said SCI President John Whipple. To read the full release, please visit http://bit.ly/UkShrg

  Attendance at Hunter Defense Fund Exceeds Expectations – Additional Space Added: Washington, D.C. – Due to overwhelming demand by sportsmen and women to attend the inaugural Hunter Defense Fund luncheon, Safari Club International (SCI) is adding additional seating to accommodate every hunter who supports the protection of our hunting freedoms. The inaugural Hunter Defense Fund (HDF) Luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 26,2013 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the 41st Annual Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada. Visit http://www.showsci.org/Events/Hunter-Defense-Fund-Luncheon/ for registration information. To read the full release, please visit http://wp.me/p2C4PF-5J

  SCI’s Sixth Annual Continuing Legal Education Course Set for Friday, January 25, 2013: SCI attorneys, joined by experts from federal, state and private practice, will offer SCI’s sixth annual Wildlife Law Continuing Legal Education Course at the SCI Convention in Reno, Nevada.  The four hour course for lawyers, co-sponsored by the State Bar of Nevada, will feature presentations on current domestic and international wildlife, conservation, hunting, firearms and importation issues.  The course is open to members of SCI and non-members.  The registration fee is $199.00.   For the second year, SCI’s CLE course will include one hour of ethics instruction. For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/X18STc or contact Anna Seidman at aseidman@safariclub.org.

U.S. News:

  C.A.R. Travel Warning By U.S. Dept. of State: “Dec. 28, 2012 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Central African Republic at this time.  As a result of the deteriorating security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui suspended its operations on December 28, 2012, and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic.  U.S. citizens who have decided to stay in CAR should review their personal security situation and seriously consider departing, taking advantage of commercial flights.” To read more, please visit http://1.usa.gov/TzjIAj

  Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Clearing Way For Possible Gray Wolf Hunt In Michigan's Upper Peninsula: “LANSING, MI - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature on legislation will at least give the state the option of allowing a limited gray wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. Snyder announced late Friday that he had signed a bill declaring the gray wolf as a game animal. The legislation will not automatically result in a wolf hunt – but it would clear the way for the state’s Natural Resources Commission to allow one, perhaps as early as 2013.” (Source: MLive.com) To read more, please visit http://bit.ly/Wl8ahq

  Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Farm Bill Extension: “The giant New Year’s tax package rushed through Congress Tuesday includes a nine-month farm bill extension that forestalls any immediate spike in milk prices but also represents a bitter blow for farmers who had hoped for long-sought changes in the dairy support program. In the final hours, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) found herself pushed aside in favor of legislative language generated by the office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a bit player and frequent “no” vote when the Senate adopted a more comprehensive five-year farm bill last June.” (Source: Politico.com) To read more, please visit http://politi.co/ZUWI3S

African News:

  Zambia: ZAWA Boss, Four Others Fired: “ZAMBIA Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) director general Edwin Matokwani and four other senior officials have been dropped for alleged corrupt practices in awarding Safari hunting concessions. Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said in Lusaka yesterday that ZAWA had awarded hunting concessions to a family cartel among others, a move which had significant potential to promote money laundering. Ms Masebo has since advised Government investigative wings to institute investigations and prosecute culprits immediately. She has also directed ZAWA to cancel the tender and ensure non publication of purported successful bidders.” (Source: AllAfrica.com) To read more, please visit http://bit.ly/UNsf3B

  Head Of UN-Backed Treaty Welcomes Security Council Call For Action On LRA-Related Elephant Poaching: “The head of a United Nations-backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species has welcomed a call from the Security Council for an investigation into the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants and smuggling of their ivory. ‘The historic call made by the UN Security Council reinforces concerns about the links between illicit wildlife trafficking and regional security in Africa,’ said the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon.” (Source: UN.org) To read more, please visit http://bit.ly/UbsN4N