Around the States: California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee

California: Last Week, SCI helped defeat “Round One” of Gavin Newsome’s Fish and Game Departments ridiculous plan to eradicate all mule deer on Catalina Island. City Council members noted that they received an overwhelming amount of emails opposing this plan, the majority of which were driven by SCI’s Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC). This plan would have allowed the Catalina Island Conservancy to eradicate all mule deer on the island, a remarkably poor and scientifically unsupported decision.

Pennsylvania: Last week, SCI was well represented in Harrisburg at the annual PA Sportsmen’s and Women’s Policy Workgroup Hill Day. Eastern States and Local Liaison Bee Frederick and Pittsburg Chapter Board Member Brian Pitell were at the Capitol advocating for, among other items, the expansion of Sunday hunting in the Keystone State.

The Policy workgroup kicked the day off with a legislative breakfast that was well attended by elected officials, their staff, and state agency personnel who provided various updates. Frederick and Pitell then attended the House hearing focused on Sunday hunting and joined conservation partners for several meetings throughout the day with legislators and the Governor’s office.

  • Pictured Above – Bee Frederick and Brian Pitell with former SCI Legislator of the Year Sen. Dan Laughlin

Maryland: With the end of the legislative session last week, anti-hunting efforts that would have statutorily banned lead ammunition and increased excise taxes on firearms and ammunition died for the year. Additionally, legislation supported by SCI that would have increased Sunday hunting and opened a tundra swan season also died. 

Tennessee: SCI was proud to sponsor the Tennessee Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt this past weekend in Nashville, TN. Attending the event were CEO Laird Hamberlin, Eastern States and Local Liaison Bee Frederick, local SCI chapter leaders Mark Moore and Bill Swan and various other SCI members. In addition to enjoying a beautiful day afield chasing gobblers, SCI staff also used the evening banquet to network with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) staff, elected officials and various conservations partners.

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