SEPT, 2012 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter

Sept 05, 2012

      Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Hosts Stars, Stripes Shoot-Out Event In Tampa

“(Washington, DC) –On Tuesday, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) hosted the Stars and Stripes Shoot-Out at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays facility in Tampa, Florida. The Shoot-Out served as an opportunity for members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and partners and friends of CSF to promote sportsmen's issues and enjoy a day of shooting archery, trap and skeet. CSF President Jeff Crane welcomed all event attendees and spoke of the importance of America's sportsmen's heritage and why bipartisan cooperation is critical to protecting outdoor traditions. ‘CSF works in a bipartisan fashion to protect the sportsmen's legacy. Events like these bring together sportsmen and women to participate in the shooting sports and promote hunting and conservation.’”(Source: CSF) To read more, visit

  Wyoming Wolves Set For Delisting

"After nearly a decade advocating for delisting of wolves in the West, SCI is pleased that Wyoming wolves will join Idaho and Montana’s wolves as delisted.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced that on, September 30, 2012, wolves in Wyoming will be removed from the federal endangered species list.  The FWS has approved Wyoming’s management plan to maintain 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs within the state.  The state will manage wolves in the northwest portion of Wyoming, home of the vast majority of the state’s wolf population, as trophy game animals. Approximately, ten percent of the Wyoming’s wolf population lives outside the Wyoming’s Trophy Area and these wolves will be designated as predators.  Wyoming has authorized a harvest of 52 wolves in the Trophy Area, beginning on October 1, 2012.  " (Source: SCI Blog) To read the full article, visit

  Wisc. Court Rules To Prevent Use Of Dogs In First Wolf Hunt

"Efforts to advance state-managed hunting of wolves in the Great Lakes area, long supported by SCI, suffered a slight setback last week.  On August 31, 2012, Judge Peter C. Anderson of the Dane County Circuit Court of Wisconsin granted a stay that prevents the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from allowing the use of dogs to hunt in the state’s upcoming wolf season.  The stay also prevents the training of dogs for wolf hunting.  Judge Anderson’s order stated he does not intend to stop the DNR from moving forward with the wolf hunt without the use of dogs.  After learning of the Judge’s order, Wisconsin extended the application date for wolf hunting licenses from August 3 to September 7.  As of August 31, the state had already sold over 18,000 wolf hunting licenses.  The state is moving forward with the planned hunt and is also continuing its fight against the legal challenge to the use of dogs in the wolf harvest.  On September 7, the state will be filing a brief in support of a motion to dismiss the case." (Source: SCI Blog)

  Safari Club Files Motion To Dismiss Challenge to Lead Ammunition

"On Friday, August 31, SCI and the NRA filed a joint motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the sale of lead bullets and shot.  SCI’s motion asks a federal district court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and other anti-hunting groups.  Motions to dismiss were also filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the American Battery Recyclers and the federal government.  The Center for Biological Diversity’s previous legal challenge to lead ammunition failed when the court dismissed the claims based on procedural errors." (Source: SCI Blog)

  Reception In Advance Of The African Wildlife Consultative Forum Highlighting The African Poaching Crisis

Washington, DC -- “The Embassy of the Republic of Botswana hosted Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) for a reception highlighting anti-poaching efforts in Botswana and across Africa. The reception was attended by nearly 100 guests. At the reception, Joseph Hosmer, SCIF President, discussed the importance of the upcoming African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) to be hosted in Botswana September 16 through 21. AWCF brings together sub-Saharan African countries for a week-long forum to compare challenges and develop cooperative approaches to a wide range of wildlife management, conservation, and sustainable-use priorities.” (Source: ICCF)

  VP Candidate Ryan An Avid Hunter

By Patrick O’Malley – “Paul Ryan is not only a dedicated hunter, gun owner and shooter, but he is also a long-standing leader of the pro-hunting leadership in Congress. For those of us who call North America home, we’ve finally turned the corner on the calendar. The heat of summer is fading, and dove seasons are in full swing.  Crisp, cool air is wafting in on north winds and big game seasons are beckoning. As we finalize our hunting calendars for the 2012 North American seasons, we must pay close attention to one date in particular. Tuesday, November 6, is a day that must find us close to home so each of us can cast an informed ballot for the candidates who will protect hunting.” (Source: HuntForever) To read the full article, visit

  South Africa: More Suspected Rhino Poachers Nabbed At Kruger Park

“Pretoria — Four suspected rhino poachers were arrested this week during an anti-rhino poaching operation at the Kruger National Park. According to a statement released by the South African National Parks (SANParks), three of the arrested suspects were fatally wounded. On Monday, at Shangoni Section in the Kruger National Park, SANParks Rangers and investigators came into contact with a group of suspected poachers. One of the suspected poachers was fatally wounded. A firearm and a set of rhino horns were recovered. On the same day in the Lower Sabie, three suspected poachers were arrested and a firearm and an axe were recovered. In a follow-up anti-poaching operation at Crocodile Bridge on Tuesday, Rangers came into contact with another group of suspected poachers, where one suspected poacher was wounded and two were fatally wounded, again another firearm and two axes were recovered. The number of rhino poached as of Monday, 27 August, stood at 222 and the number of arrests was at 49 for the Kruger National Park.” (Source:

  Texas: Hunting With Suppressors Legal September 1


“On September 1, 2012, a new regulation allowing hunters in the state of Texas to use suppressors while pursuing game animals will go into effect. With the passage of the new rule by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPWD) on March 30, Texas became the second state in 2012 to legalize suppressor use while hunting. In 2012, similar measures were also passed legislatively in Arizona and Oklahoma. ‘These devices are already legal for hunting exotic animals, including feral hogs, and there is no resource- or enforcement-related reason to prohibit these devices for hunting alligators, game animals or game birds,’ Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife Enforcement, said in a statement released on March 30.” (Source: Outdoor Wire) to read more, visit


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