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Federal Affairs

SCI is the only pro-hunting organization with an office in Washington, D.C. that has full-time policy experts, in-house legal counsel and on-staff dedicated to protecting hunting everywhere.

SCI monitors, evaluates and lobbies on federal legislation impacting hunting, hunters and wildlife conservation. SCI ensures that hunting interests are at the forefront when important bills come up by building relationships with Congressional leaders as well as staying current on the issues.

Each year in May, SCI hosts Lobby Day where SCI members from all around the country come to Washington, D.C. for personal meetings with Senators, Representatives and their staffs.  During these important lobbying opportunities, SCI members share SCI’s positions on key pieces of legislation.  These visits also provide SCI members with an opportunity to highlight the organization, its achievements and assets.  SCI’s Washington, D.C. hunter advocacy staff provide federal legislators with information about SCI’s concerns and interests throughout the year.

On The Issues

Recent Federal Affairs Articles

SCI Celebrates Withdrawal of David Chipman’s Nomination

By Claire Fortenberry | September 13, 2021

Thanks to the efforts of Safari Club International (SCI) and other Second Amendment advocates, sportsmen and women across the country are celebrating the news that the Biden Administration has withdrawn David Chipman’s nomination to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Despite attempts

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FWS to Resume Processing of Sport-Hunted Elephant Import Permits

By Claire Fortenberry | September 7, 2021

SCI welcomes the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reached an agreement to begin processing elephant import permit applications again. Since 2017, the FWS has not made any decisions regarding scores of applications seeking permits to import elephant hunting trophies from southern Africa. The FWS signed

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SCI Joins Letter Opposing Petition to Ban Legal Trade in Wildlife

By Claire Fortenberry | August 31, 2021

Last week, Safari Club International (SCI) joined 35 other organizations representing millions of sportsmen and women across the country in a letter to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is in strong opposition to the recent petition by the Center for Biological

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SCI Commends U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Access on National Wildlife Refuges

By Claire Fortenberry | August 31, 2021

Safari Club International (SCI) commends the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement of its final ruleto expand hunting and fishing opportunities on 2.1 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) across the country.  The expansion will take effect in time for the upcoming 2021-2022 hunting seasons. Under this historic expansion, seven

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SCI Supports the USFWS’ Continued Commitment to Recognizing Recovery of the Gray Wolf

By Claire Fortenberry | August 30, 2021

Safari Club International (SCI) applauds the recent announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to continue to recognize the recovery of gray wolves in the lower 48 U.S. States and to defend the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) lists. This decision comes

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Endangered Species Act Protection for Overlooked Species

By Claire Fortenberry | August 30, 2021

On Endangered Species Day, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) jointly introduced the “Extinction Prevention Act of 2021,” intended to provide funding for overlooked, less charismatic species on the Endangered Species lists. The bill would provide earmarked funding for conservation of North American butterflies, Pacific Island plants,

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