June 9, 2011 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter

June 9, 2011


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Safari Club International and NRA Continue Their Fight to Defend the Constitutionality of Wolf Delisting Legislation

SCI and the NRA have decided to fight on to participate in two lawsuits that challenge the Constitutionality of the law passed by Congress that directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the wolves of the Northern Rocky Mountains.  Last week, Judge Donald Molloy of the Montana federal district court denied SCI and NRA the right to intervene in the two lawsuits.  Judge Molloy based his decision on his opinion that the federal government would adequately represent SCI and NRA’s interests in the litigation.  Despite great respect for the government’s attorneys, SCI and NRA do not always agree with all the legal strategies and arguments relied upon by the government and therefore disagree with the Court’s ruling.  SCI and NRA are therefore preparing their strategy to reassert their right to defend the interests of their members and the hunting community in this important litigation.

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 Eukanuba Sponsoring Canine Village at SCIF and QU’s EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

Eukanuba will be the title sponsor for the canine activities and will bring some of their most well-known sporting dog exhibitions during Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited’s EPIC Outdoor Game Fair this September. The Canine Village, being organized by industry insider Dan O’Connor, will feature a Super Retriever Series trial, Big Air Competition, “Ask the Pro” sessions and numerous opportunities for hands-on training seminars with the industry’s top trainers. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will run from September 23-25, 2011 at the Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club outside of Atlanta, GA. www.epicgamefair.org. Read the full release at http://www.facebook.com/EPICOutdoorGameFair


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Kentucky Bull Elk Tag Sweepstakes Sponsored by National Archery in the Schools

Take a chance to win a 2011 Kentucky Bull Elk Tag and support the National Archery in the Schools Program. For more information and to enter to win this unique sweepstakes just go to http://bit.ly/jqka6k.


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Facebook Founder the Future Face of Hunting?

Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has recently adopted a new lifestyle in which he only consumes meat from animals he’s killed himself. Is he ready for hunting? (Source: petethomasoutdoors.com) Read the full commentary at http://bit.ly/iznVLE.


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New Jersey Assemblyman Introduces Legislation for Sunday Hunting

“TRENTON - Assemblyman John Burzichelli on Thursday announced he’s introduced legislation to change antiquated state law and allow deer hunting with a firearm on private property on Sundays. State law generally bans hunting on a Sunday, but Burzichelli’s bill (A-4071) would authorize deer hunting with a firearm on Sundays on private property during any firearm season for deer prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code.” (Source: NJ.com) Read the full release at http://bit.ly/kRbBSo.

SCI is a founding member of the Sunday hunting coalition and has been a leader on ending Sunday hunting bans and restrictions in the 11 states that have such restrictions or prohibitions. By removing bans and restrictions to Sunday hunting, SCI hopes to improve access and opportunity for all American hunters.


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SCI Files Comments to Protect Hunting on 193 Million Acres

Safari Club International (SCI) filed comments in response to the recently released National Forest System Land Management Planning Proposed Rules (Draft Rules), which serve as the basis for long term planning on all U.S. Forest Service lands. The comments convey the important role that hunting plays in habitat and wildlife management on the 193 million acres of public land administered by the Forest Service. Safari Club's comments focused on the need for the express recognition of hunting as a priority use of Forest Service lands and the need for reduced ambiguity in the Draft Rules so that courts are not allowed to step in and replace agency experts as the decision-makers in the management of our nation's forests. Read the full release at http://bit.ly/kwR5Ad.


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Montana Legislature Declares the Grizzly Bear Recovered

Since 2006, SCI has supported the delisting of the grizzly bears of the greater Yellowstone area.  Delisting will allow the States to better manage the species, including through regulated hunting.  We submitted written and oral comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and intervened to defend the delisting in District Court and the Ninth Circuit.  Now the Montana Legislature has declared the grizzly bears throughout the State to be recovered. This will allow Montana to move forward with a bear hunting season upon the removal of a grizzly population (e.g., the Yellowstone area population) from the Federal Endangered Species Act list. (For more on the Montana Legislature’s actions, read the story at: http://bit.ly/lceeg8.)

SCI is currently awaiting a decision by the Ninth Circuit whether to uphold the FWS’s delisting of the Yellowstone grizzlies.  SCI has been First for Hunters on this issue since 2006 and will continue to fight this important battle.


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Wyoming Game and Fish Department Reviews Hunting on Casper Mountain

“The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reviewing whether to allow deer hunting on parts of Casper Mountain which have been protected for nearly 70 years. Hunt Area 67 is the last of the remaining “preserves” which were reestablished in Wyoming in the 1930’s, apparently in an effort to restore deer and animal populations decimated by over hunting at the turn of the century, according to Game and Fish officials.” (Source: Casper Journal) Read the full story at http://bit.ly/iuK8fy.

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Nevada Announces Recipients of Black Bear Hunt Tags

The Nevada Department of Wildlife recently announced the 45 recipients of black bear tags for the state’s first bear hunt in years.  The hunt will take place in the west-central part of the state, near Lake Tahoe.  The total harvest is not to exceed 20 bears, of which only six can be females.  The season will run from August 20, 2011 to December 31, 2011, or until harvest objective is met.  More information on the hunt can be found at http://bit.ly/iyoQBc. SCI’s Hunter Advocacy and Litigation Section expect a legal challenge to this hunt and we are currently weighing our options for participating. For a complete listing of successful applicants and other applicant statuses, go to http://bit.ly/l65HMb.