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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

Court Invalidates Grizzly Delisting, SCI Continues Fight For Conservation Success

By 2ton | September 26, 2018

On September 24th, a Montana federal district court vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) rule delisting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bears.  The court’s ruling means that the GYE grizzly bear population returns to threatened status and that Wyoming and Idaho must cancel their planned grizzly bear

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Animal Crackers In The Soup – PETA At It Again

By 2ton | September 24, 2018

PETA, PETA, PETA (said while shaking one’s head in disbelief.) It seems as if the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, can’t get enough of telling the public what to ingest. The list keeps growing and ranges the gamut from insisting on vegan candy at the White House

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Hunters Win Big In U.S. House Of Representatives Vote

By 2ton | September 21, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) to modernize the use of Pittman-Robertson (PR) funds for recruiting hunters and recreational shooters.  Passage of the bill is a huge success for sportsmen and women eager to inspire a new generation of hunters. The bill,

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National Hunting And Fishing Day – Sept. 22, 2018

By 2ton | September 20, 2018

The nation’s hunters and anglers will celebrate Sept. 22, the day set aside to recognize their contribution to America’s conservation and wildlife management. The day of recognition was made official in 1972 when both houses of Congress unanimously passed legislation designating the fourth Saturday of every September as National Hunting

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Duck Hunt Bill Moves Through House Natural Resources Committee

By 2ton | September 19, 2018

The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved H.R. 6013, the Migratory Bird Framework & Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act, which is sponsored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT).   The bill changes the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date for duck

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DOI Recognizes State Authority Over Fish, Wildlife Management

By 2ton | September 18, 2018

Citing a 35-year old rule acknowledging the general comprehensive responsibility of States over fish and wildlife, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan ZInke signed a Memorandum to “reaffirm the authority of the States to exercise their broad trustee and police powers as stewards of the Nation’s fish and wildlife species on public lands and

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