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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

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

By Randy Gibbs | May 10, 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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Safari Club International Applauds USFWS for Expansion of Hunting & Fishing Access

By Randy Gibbs | May 5, 2021

Safari Club International (SCI) applauds the recent proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that seeks to open or expand 2,084,538 acres of land within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) and the National Fish Hatchery System (NFH) to hunting or sport fishing. If enacted in full, the

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Five Questions for Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Nominee Tommy Beaudreau

By Randy Gibbs | April 28, 2021

As the Biden Administration to nominate individuals to serve in his administration, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau to be the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

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SCI Opposes Proposal to Close Over 40 Million Acres of Alaska Public Lands to Non-Resident and Non-Local Caribou Hunters

By Randy Gibbs | April 26, 2021

The Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) is currently considering a Special Action Request (WSA 21-01) that would close over 40 million acres of public lands in Northern Alaska to non-resident and non-local caribou hunters. Wildlife Special Actions are supposed to be used in “unusual circumstances,” when an unforeseen conservation need has

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Five Questions Every Hunter Should Be Asking Secretary of the Interior Nominee Deb Haaland

By Brett Stayton | February 21, 2021

As the Biden Administration continues to work through their first 100 days in office, the Senate has been working through confirming his cabinet secretaries. On February 23 at 9:30AM EST, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland

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SCI Members Rally Against Harmful “Cottonwood” Rule

By Director of Marketing | February 16, 2021

In response to a series of court decisions known as “Cottonwood,” Safari Club International (SCI) submitted over 1,000 comment letters from our nationwide membership to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in support of their new rule that would combat the effects this harmful litigation has had on active

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