The politically active members of SCI hunt on federal, state and private lands, and globally. They vote in federal, state, and local elections to protect their hunting opportunities, to conserve our nation's wildlife, and to conserve wildlife around the world. SCI's is the country's leader in advocacy to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI's approximately 50,000 members and 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. Through our active advocacy network, SCI works with federal and state legislators and policy makers to develop, promote and communicate positions on important issues, laws, regulations and initiatives. SCI generates broad support for candidates who support hunting and the issues that are important to them.
Mission and Purpose
The mission of SCI is to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide. The purposes of SCI are....
- To advocate, preserve and protect the rights of all hunters.
- To promote safe, legal and ethical hunting and related activities.
- To advocate within the limits imposed by law and regulation.
- To monitor, support, or otherwise take positions on local, national and international legislative, executive, judicial or organizational endeavors that foster and support SCI's mission and purposes.
- To inform and educate the public concerning hunting and related activities.
SCI members help shape and promote the image of the hunter to the general public, through their words and actions. In addition to practicing ethical hunting while in the field, SCI members give back by participating in educational, civic, conservation, and humanitarian efforts across the globe.
Resources We Have To Offer
In SCI's office on Capitol Hill, we have experienced lobbyists, litigators, policy makers, and social media experts working hand-in-hand with wildlife biologists from our sister organization, the Safari Club International Foundation. We administer the largest hunter-led Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC), which helps support campaigns of legislators on both sides of the aisle. SCI's Washington, D.C. office has the capacity to:
- Develop, edit, and analyze legislation.
- Defend federal actions, rules, plans and policies in federal and state courts.
- Alert and generate support for federal and state legislation through our communications network.
- Support candidates in federal and state races throughout the country.
- Draft scientifically supported comment letters and white papers on hunting related decision-making.
SCI Record Book
With over 200,000 entries, the SCI Record Book is the largest of its kind in the world, SCI's Record Book is considered the gold standard of encyclopedias of big-game animals. The unique program and all-inclusive scoring system has helped document the hunting heritage since 1977. All entries are submitted by hunters and verified by Master Measurers to ensure accuracy. SCI contributes 100 percent of the net proceeds from the Record Book and its World Hunting Awards - which recognizes hunters who have achieved exceptional levels of big-game success - to conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
Safari Club International offers tremendous benefits to both Chapters and members. The more that Chapters and members take advantage of everything SCI has to offer, the more value SCI has to them. With these tools, SCI and its Chapters and members are better equipped to protect the freedom to hunt and promote wildlife conservation worldwide.
Hunter Information Service
Gain access to valuable insight to plan your next hunt. From hunt reports, Country restrictions, Import / Export issues, firearms airlines restrictions? We've got you covered with the Hunter Information Service.
SCI’s award-winning, ﬂagship publication delivers the most amazing hunting stories from around the world to SCI Members six times a year. SAFARI is packed with additional articles and columns reﬂecting the overall lifestyle of active aﬄuent outdoorsmen and women containing a broad mix of hunting, ﬁshing, gun and product reviews, wildlife art, international travel and more.
This monthly tabloid-size full color newspaper presents important and timely information concerning hunters’ rights, national and international legislation and club news. Local SCI Chapter activities are featured, as well as education, conservation, and wildlife management eﬀorts. Includes the highly regarded Hunting Insider, with critical information for the destination hunter.
Safari Club International (SCI) is the leading defender of the freedom to hunt and supporter of wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI is unique in the scope of our ability to defend and advance our freedom to hunt, mobilizing our 152 chapters and affiliate network representing 7.2 million hunters around the world. SCI is also the only hunting rights organization with a Washington, D.C. - based international advocacy team and an all-species focus. In the U.S., SCI's full time staff of professional advocates provides the hunters' voice at the federal and state levels, including issues such as access to hunting on public lands and state management authority of wildlife. Through SCI's Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC), SCI is able to educate and activate hunter advocates on issues in their communities, states, and across the nation. SCI's chapter networks in Canada and Europe are involved in advocacy on local and global hunting issues, protecting sportsmen's rights. And, for more than two decades, SCI has been the major defender of hunters in courtrooms throughout the country.
From our headquarters in Washington, D.C. SCI tracks and takes part on behalf of hunters in State, Federal, International, Legal, and other issues that may impact the rights and privileges' of Hunters worldwide.
Hunting and its benefits for wildlife conservation are widely discussed and with great passion by all sides. If you're here, you've come to the right place to learn the importance of hunting and how SCI is defending the freedom to hunt and promote wildlife conservation worldwide.
The Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC) is a revolutionary software program that enables SCI members and outdoorsmen to impact legislative issues like never before. Through the HAAC, SCI's Government Aﬀairs staﬀ connect SCI members directly to elected oﬃcials at the state and federal level, enabling engagement in public comment submissions and petitions related to issues that directly affect them, such as trophy import bans, expanding hunting access, and second amendment issues. Through the HAAC, SCI members have made thousands of direct connections with state and federal legislators, ensuring their voice is heard in the political process.
SCI-PAC is a nonpartisan, Federal Election Commission-registered multi-candidate political action committee of SCI. SCI-PAC is the largest Sportsmen-led Political Action Committee in America. Contributions to SCI PAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.
SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation ensures that the best available science is used in wildlife policy and management and demonstrates the constructive role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation of biodiversity around the world. The organization is First For Wildlife, investing millions of dollars into wildlife conservation and education every year.
SCI Foundation Research Projects
Safari Club International Foundation has a 20-year history of being a leader in science-based, research-driven solutions to real problems facing wildlife conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources. We partner with leading wildlife researchers at places like the Wyoming Migration Initiative at the University of Wyoming, the Center for Global Wildlife Conservation at SUNY-ESF, and the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, to bring the latest applied techniques to wildlife conservation issues. However, doing cutting-edge, impactful research requires resources.
African Wildlife Consultative Forum
The annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) is SCI Foundation's premier activity in Africa, bringing together a diverse group of international stakeholders, senior government delegates, professional hunting associations, policy experts and wildlife biologists. Discussions at this forum center on African wildlife issues and coordinating responses to current events.
Education makes a difference in wildlife conservation. Sportsmen and women, avid in their passion of the outdoors, pass on their knowledge to peers and young people to continue our outdoor heritage.
What better way to learn about the outdoors and nature than by attending educational programs and workshops that not only focus on conservation education but demonstrate how to use the outdoors and nature as a classroom!
The SCI Iowa Chapter 30th Anniversary
By Jordan Wisecup
June 10, 2023 marked the 30th anniversary of the SCI Iowa Chapter’s annual fundraiser. The event was held at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona, Iowa where 340 hunting conservationists attended.
The record-breaking attendance was accompanied by many SCI representatives, including Regional Representatives Cal Campbell and John Kupiec, Director at Large Neal Porter and Steve Skold, the 38th President of SCI.
SCI Past President Skold served as the guest note speaker, highlighting the history of the Chapter, recognizing the hard efforts and dedication made by fellow board members, acknowledging programs the chapter supports, and contributions to support SCI’s Mission in advancing and protecting hunting conservation around the world.
The Iowa Chapter has cultivated 30 years of success by actively supporting the local community through humanitarian and education programs, participating in national training seminars to supplement chapter development, and creating a team-oriented culture amongst their board of directors.
There were several opportunities for guests to have a chance to win awesome prizes. From raffle games to test your luck in winning a gun, to silent auction items to bid on, and incredible hunts throughout the world in the live auction, you could tell the crowd loved it!
The food was great, the auctioneer team brought a lot of energy and everyone was having a wonderful time. At the end of the banquet, current Chapter President Ken Carlson reemphasized how the success of the special night lies in the hands of the board collectively and the amount of work they all put into it.
“This wouldn’t have been so easy without the help of my team”, Ken Carlson said.
Even though after a long weekend, and the need to recover, the SCI Iowa Chapter wrapped-up the event with a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation to grow the chapter community for years to come.