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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

Why Legal Hunting Can Actually Save Wildlife – Not Harm It

By Director of Marketing | February 12, 2021

This op-ed first appeared in The Hill By W. Laird Hamberlin, CEO, SCI and Benji Backer, President and Founder of the American Conservation Coalition Conserving wildlife is a nonpartisan issue. Don’t make it divisive. It is unfortunate that anti-hunters and many environmentalists have chosen to start 2021 with divisive rhetoric

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SCI And USFWS Celebrate Historic Recovery And Delisting of Gray Wolves

By Brett Stayton | October 29, 2020

After 45 years of protection, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today its decision to delist the gray wolf from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This decision is unequivocally based on the best available science, including both recent and historical information

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SCI Federal Legislator of the Year: South Carolina Needs Hunters to Thrive

By Brett Stayton | October 28, 2020

Representative Jeff Duncan has served South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district since 2011. Will Galloway is a Clemson University student and avid hunter. Cyrus Baird is the Manager of Government Relations at the Safari Club International and a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. From the upstate

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America’s Conservation Enhancement Act Passed by Congress

By Brett Stayton | October 1, 2020

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed by voice vote the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, in a major win for wildlife and conservation everywhere. Among other things, this legislation will reauthorize several existing wildlife and conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), while also addressing high

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SCI-PAC Endorses “First for Hunters” Federal Candidates

By Brett Stayton | October 1, 2020

Today, Safari Club International’s Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) announced its official endorsement of thirty-three candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The candidates listed below have all established themselves as unwavering advocates for America’s sportsmen and sportswomen. The group of candidates that SCI-PAC endorsed today is made

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SCI Voices Support for Modernizing the Endangered Species Act as Senate Holds Hearing

By Brett Stayton | September 28, 2020

Safari Club International recently submitted a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in support of legislation intended to revamp the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to meet modern challenges and address misguided application associated with the ESA. Senate Bill 4589, the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020,

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