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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 Advocacy Efforts Help Preserve Hunter Access in Alaska

By Claire Fortenberry | June 18, 2021

Safari Club International’s (SCI) advocates have once again made a difference for hunters.  After an extensive outreach campaign, the Department of the Interior’s Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) has voted to defer a decision that would have prevented legal, non-federally qualified subsistence users from hunting caribou and moose on up to 40 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska from

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SCI Opposes ATF Director Nominee David Chipman

By Claire Fortenberry | June 14, 2021

Last week, SCI joined 21 other organizations in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Republican Leader McConnell outlining strong opposition to the Biden Administration’s nominee for the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman. Chipman, a longtime gun control lobbyist, has expressly stated his

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United States Fish And Wildlife Service To Release Information On Import Businesses

By Randy Gibbs | May 26, 2021

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has received Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information related to the import and export of wildlife specimens and flora into and out of the United States contained in the Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS) database.  Information contained in LEMIS

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SCI Joins Letter Supporting Wildlife Corridors

By Randy Gibbs | May 13, 2021

This week, Safari Club International (SCI) outlined strong support for wildlife corridors by joining 36 other organizations in a letter to Chairman Tom Carper (DE-D) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R) of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. These organizations, which represent millions of hunters and anglers, outdoors

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Five Questions Every Hunter Should Ask Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Nominee Shannon Estenoz

By Randy Gibbs | May 12, 2021

As the United States Senate continues to consider nominations to lead departments and agencies in the Biden Administration, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will meet on Wednesday, May 12th at 10:00 AM to consider the nomination of Shannon Estenoz to be the Assistant Secretary of Fish and

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Connecticut Lawmakers Lower Penalty for Trophy Ban Bill…But Still Miss the Big Picture

By Randy Gibbs | May 11, 2021

This week, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary met to consider a number of bills, including Senate Bill 925, legislation that would ban the import, sale and possession of commonly hunted species from Africa. After deliberation, the committee voted 29 to 5 in favor of adopting an amendment to lower

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