Government Affairs

For over 30 years, SCI’s mission has been to protect and expand the freedom to hunt, instituting sustainable use conservation worldwide while protecting hunting heritage.

To that end, SCI is involved at all levels of government – from state and local to national and international. The staff and lobbyists, based in Washington, D.C., carry the voice of the hunter into the halls of Congress, the state legislatures, courts and international forums such as The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES.

SCI chapters in the U.S., with the assistance of the Government Affairs Department, get involved with state legislative and regulatory issues, with federal plans that affect management, conservation and hunting access on public lands, as well as national legislative issues. SCI is fighting in courts throughout the country to support and defend hunting as a recreational opportunity, a wildlife management strategy and a conservation tool.

Because its advocacy is firmly rooted in sound science of wildlife conservation, SCI holds a credible position in the hunting and conservation community. The Conservation Department is staffed by the SCI Foundation, and works closely with chapters, staff and members to meet this challenge.

A benefit of SCI membership is the Hunter Hotline. For information on travel advisories, importing trophies and traveling with firearms, members may call (800) 711-8315.