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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

Interior Secretary Zinke Expands Hunting, Fishing Opportunities In National Wildlife Refuge System

By 2ton | September 11, 2018

In a continuing effort to increase access to public lands for recreational opportunities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the opening of 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The number of refuges

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PETA Shows No R.E.S.P.E.C.T. To Estate Of Aretha Franklin

By 2ton | September 10, 2018

In yet another “classy” move, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals has barely let a week go by between the sad passing of music icon Aretha Franklin and the sending of a “condolences” note to her niece asking that her furs be donated to them. “Drunk on its own delusions of

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ESA Changes Gain Traction In The Swamp

By 2ton | September 5, 2018

SCI has publicized its strong support for improvements to the Endangered Species Act recently proposed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Additionally, several local SCI chapters are backing a package of nine bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives offered by the Congressional Western Caucus.  The caucus is chaired by Rep. Paul

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SCI Urges MT Members To Comment In Support Of Grizzly Bear Rule

By 2ton | August 31, 2018

A public comment period on the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) grizzly bear population administrative rule is open through Oct. 26, 2018. The objective of this administrative rule is continual occupancy by grizzly bears with a goal of maintaining a population of more than 800 bears with a minimum of 90 percent

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USFWS To Review Endangered Status Of Gray Wolf

By 2ton | August 30, 2018

Federal officials in the US Fish & Wildlife Service are taking a look at the status of the gray wolf, according to a recent email to an animal rights group. “The USFWS has begun reviewing the status of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act (ESA),” said USFWS chief

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Sci Files Supremely Rare Third Brief in High Court

By 2ton | August 23, 2018

SCI has filed its sixth brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.  This latest filing supports SCI member John Sturgeon, an Alaska resident who enjoys moose hunting.  Sturgeon has been given a chance to bring his case to the Supreme Court not once, but twice.  The outcome of Sturgeon’s case could

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