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Hunting Coalition Sues California Over Firearm Marketing Law

Sportsmen’s Alliance, Safari Club International, SoCal Top Guns and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation cite violations of well-established and constitutionally protected rights in 1st, 2nd, 5th and 14th Amendments A coalition of outdoor groups sued the State of California today in federal district court in Sacramento challenging a recently passed law banning the “marketing” of firearms to minors. The

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Did you know that SCI is constantly in the courts defending your right to hunt black bears?

SCI is involved in cases across the country to defend the hunting of black bears, including methods of harvest such as hunting bears over bait. SCI is often the only organization who gets involved in these cases. Defending the hunting of bears is crucial because hunting is the only way to manage abundant bear populations. American black bear populations have skyrocketed in the last few decades. With increasing bear populations comes increasing human-bear conflict.

Attacks on bear hunting occur around the country, from Alaska to Florida. Attacks on hunting bears over bait are especially common. But this method of harvest is important for bear management, because it does tend to be a more successful method and it allows hunters to target particular kinds of bears—adult boars.

Recent cases include defending the delisting of Louisiana black bears, challenging the closure of state lands to bear hunting in New Jersey, and defending the use of bait to hunt bears on National Forests in Idaho and Wyoming.

Join the hunting organization that is at the forefront of bear management today! #bigfivesummerseries #firstforhunters #StandWithSCI
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Did you know that SCI is constantly in the courts defending your right to hunt black bears?

SCI is involved in cases across the country to defend the hunting of black bears, including methods of harvest such as hunting bears over bait. SCI is often the only organization who gets involved in these cases. Defending the hunting of bears is crucial because hunting is the only way to manage abundant bear populations.  American black bear populations have skyrocketed in the last few decades. With increasing bear populations comes increasing human-bear conflict. 

Attacks on bear hunting occur around the country, from Alaska to Florida. Attacks on hunting bears over bait are especially common. But this method of harvest is important for bear management, because it does tend to be a more successful method and it allows hunters to target particular kinds of bears—adult boars.

Recent cases include defending the delisting of Louisiana black bears, challenging the closure of state lands to bear hunting in New Jersey, and defending the use of bait to hunt bears on National Forests in Idaho and Wyoming. 

Join the hunting organization that is at the forefront of bear management today! #BigFiveSummerSeries #FirstForHunters #StandWithSCI

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SCI IN THE COURTS!

Did you know that SCI has been involved in litigation in Alaska defending hunting on certain federal lands and certain hunting practices since 2017? In 2015 and 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service both adopted rules that shut down certain hunting on federal lands. SCI challenged these rules, and ended up briefing the cases with the State of Alaska and the Alaska Professional Hunters Association.

In 2020, the National Park Service reversed course and withdrew its hunting restrictions. SCI was the first organization to intervene to defend that rule.

In both cases, SCI seeks to defend state regulations that allow the hunting of bears over bait, as well as hunting of wolves and other predators on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and hunting of wolves in an extended season on certain interior areas of Alaska.

No matter where the fight is, SCI is always there! #bigfivesummerseries
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SCI IN THE COURTS! 

Did you know that SCI has been involved in litigation in Alaska defending hunting on certain federal lands and certain hunting practices since 2017? In 2015 and 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service both adopted rules that shut down certain hunting on federal lands. SCI challenged these rules, and ended up briefing the cases with the State of Alaska and the Alaska Professional Hunters Association.  

In 2020, the National Park Service reversed course and withdrew its hunting restrictions. SCI was the first organization to intervene to defend that rule.  

In both cases, SCI seeks to defend state regulations that allow the hunting of bears over bait, as well as hunting of wolves and other predators on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and hunting of wolves in an extended season on certain interior areas of Alaska. 

No matter where the fight is, SCI is always there! #BigFiveSummerSeries 
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SCI IN THE COURTS!

In 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the 2020 Hunt Fish Rule, which opened or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on over 2 million acres of national wildlife refuges (almost 100 refuges).

CBD alleges that the 2020 Rule violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because the increased use of lead ammo and tackle and increased level of hunting and fishing would harm ESA listed species, and the FWS failed to take this risk into account in its ESA consultations and NEPA analysis.

SCI, with the NRA and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, is seeking to join the case to defend the expanded hunting and fishing and expose the faulty allegations on which the CBD relies.

SCI will always be in the courts fighting for your right to access and hunting! #StandWithSCI #FirstForHunters #BigFiveSummerSeries

Learn more about the Big Five Summer Series here:
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SCI IN THE COURTS! 

In 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the 2020 Hunt Fish Rule, which opened or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on over 2 million acres of national wildlife refuges (almost 100 refuges).  

CBD alleges that the 2020 Rule violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because the increased use of lead ammo and tackle and increased level of hunting and fishing would harm ESA listed species, and the FWS failed to take this risk into account in its ESA consultations and NEPA analysis.  

SCI, with the NRA and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, is seeking to join the case to defend the expanded hunting and fishing and expose the faulty allegations on which the CBD relies. 

SCI will always be in the courts fighting for your right to access and hunting! #StandWithSCI #FirstForHunters #BigFiveSummerSeries 

Learn more about the Big Five Summer Series here:
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The Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC) is a revolutionary software program that enables SCI members and outdoorsmen to impact legislative issues like never before. Through the HAAC, SCI's Government Affairs staff connect SCI members directly to elected officials at the state and federal level, enabling engagement in public comment submissions and petitions related to issues that directly affect them, such as trophy import bans, expanding hunting access, and second amendment issues. Through the HAAC, SCI members have made thousands of direct connections with state and federal legislators, ensuring their voice is heard in the political process.

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SCI Recognizes the San Antonio Chapter

SCI San Antonio Chapter presented Ryan V. with a scholarship for his college education. Ryan plans to study veterinary medicine at Northwestern State University. Congratulations Ryan! We are proud to help support your educational endeavors.

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