OCT, 2012 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter

October 12, 2012

  Entertainment Shines at Safari Club International’s 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention: Tucson, Ariz. – The world’s greatest convention dedicated to North American and international hunting will open its doors on January 23, 2013 to begin the 41st Annual Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention. Every year, the evening entertainment at the SCI convention is a star studded gala.  The 2013 Hunters’ Convention will feature world-famous entertainers including country music legends Montgomery Gentry, Travis Tritt, and Artie Dean Harris. Please visit SCI’s blog to read more: http://wp.me/p2C4PF-3a

  Legal Action Stops Bill Banning Sport Hunting In Costa Rica: In a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the popular initiative that led to the approval in the first instance of an amendment to the law of Costa Rica wildlife that would have banned the sport hunting, but not the scientific collection of subsistence, groups representing community sport hunters managed to stop the second debate and possible enactment of this harmful proposal. For the full article, please visit http://wp.me/p2C4PF-3q

  Court Ruling Allows Minnesota's First Managed Wolf Hunt To Be Held: On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals cleared the way for the state’s wolf hunt to proceed as planned.  The Court denied a preliminary injunction to stop the hunt that had been requested by animal rights groups.  The court ruled that the groups failed to demonstrate that the harvest would cause their members irreparable harm.  Although an emergency stay of the hunt was averted, the underlying case to challenge the legality of the hunt will continue.  The groups will proceed with their claim that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources did not allow adequate public input in the wolf hunt rulemaking process.  Safari Club International will soon be asking the court for leave to intervene in the case and to join the state in defending the hunt.

  Grand Slam & Inner Circle Listing End of the Year Sale!: Celebrate the 40th Anniversary End of the Year Sale! Get your Grand Slam and Inner Circle Listings at the original price of $100. Take this opportunity to get caught up on your World Hunting Awards! Limited Time Only Offer Expires 12/31/2012! Call Forrest Cheek at 520-620-1220 Today! wp.me/p2C4PF-35

  Our Backcountry is Burning, Help SCI Save Habitat Today: MILLIONS of acres of public lands have been blocked from timber harvest and other active management, reducing long term habitat improvements and increasing devastation from forest fires. How will we take the next generation of hunters afield without properly managed public lands? Please visit www.hunterdefensefund.org to help protect our hunting heritage.

  Safari Club International Supports Right To Hunt, Fish Ballot Measures: Today, Safari Club International released three statements supporting Right to Hunt and Fish ballot measures in the states of Idaho, Nebraska, and Kentucky. If passed, the ballot measures would enact state constitutional amendments providing legal protections for hunting. While the language varies from state-to-state, examples of protections include the recognition of individual rights to hunt, fish and trap, preservation of scientific wildlife management policies, protection of traditional hunting methods such as the use of archery tackle, the use of bird dogs, and the recognition of hunting and fishing as a preferred means of wildlife management.

  SCI Members Dr. Jim & Mrs. Mary Clary Named To Albuquerque BLM Resource Advisory Council: Please join all of us at SCI in congratulating Dr. James Clary and Mrs. Mary Clary on their recent appointments to the Albuquerque District Resource Advisory Council. Dr. Clary is an active member of SCI and an avid hunter. He is currently a member of the American Fisheries Society, the Association of Old Crows, the Society of Sigma Xi, the American Institute of Research Fisheries, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Clary received his Doctorate in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University, attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force during his 14 years of service and is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans & Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has also co-authored over 100 books and papers with his spouse Mary Clary. Mrs. Clary is a life member of SCI and has received two Gold Medal awards. She is currently the Women's Editor for Guns and Shooting Online as well as a Field Writer for Universal Hunter Magazine. Jim and Mary will each serve a three year term on the council, which provides advice to the BLM’s Albuquerque District Manager regarding management of public land resources within the council’s jurisdiction.

  Lesser Prairie Chicken Population Surveyed Range-Wide: "The lesser prairie chicken is an iconic grassland grouse species native to parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. However, long-term population declines have brought state and federal agencies together in an attempt to better manage lesser prairie chickens and their habitats. Through a multi-state collaborative effort, the first statistically-valid, range-wide population estimate for the lesser prairie chicken has been produced, according to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) Grassland Initiative. The range-wide lesser prairie chicken population is estimated at 37,170 individuals." (Source: OutdoorHub.com) To read more, please visit http://bit.ly/OWP5F7

  Public Access For Hunting, Trapping Gained On Nearly 3,000 Acres: “A huge tract of land in western Schuylkill County has been opened to public hunting and trapping, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today. The 2,900 acres in Failey, Reilly and Tremont townships is owned by Wilkes-Barre-based Pagnotti Enterprise, parent company of the Natural Coal Company and Indian Head Coal Company, and is known locally as Fountain Mountain, Indian Head and Middle Creek. Until this year it was posted against trespass and only accessible for hunting with an access permit from the landowner.” (Source:PennLive.com) To read more, please visit http://bit.ly/QfMfYM