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Jun 24, 2022

South Africa Drops All COVID Restrictions

International travelers arriving in South Africa no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results. As of June 23, 2022, the South African government has dropped all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers and citizens/residents of South Africa. South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla said in a statement announcing the repeal,

Jun 21, 2022

Modern-Day Lion Hunting

Africa’s Most Difficult Quest? By Craig Boddington Last morning, last chance. I was with the trackers on a little hill. Hunter Ron Bird and PH Michel Mantheakis were in their blind, somewhere in the dark valley below us, Andy McDonald with them on the camera. We’d been hunting hard for 21 days in Rungwa, central

Jun 21, 2022

SCI is First for Hunters – Read Celie Ozier’s Story!

After a recent hunt in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, 18-year-old Celie Ozier of Memphis, Tennessee shared a photo of a plains zebra she successfully harvested on Instagram. Hours later thousands of people were wrongfully accusing her of murder on social media. Anti-hunters went as far as sending digital death threats, visiting her family’s

Jun 19, 2022

Week One of SCI Advocacy’s Big 5 Summer Series is Here!

Today kicks off the first of three individual weeks in Safari Club International Advocacy’s Big 5 Summer Series.Throughout this summer, SCI will be highlighting the most pressing issues affecting hunting and conservation around the world through panels, informative sessions, and testimony from the experts.  SCI members and advocates will have the most updated information on

Jun 14, 2022

SCI Does It Right

by Sven. K. Lindquist, President of Safari Club International The SCI May Board of Directors meeting is one of the most important times in the year because it is when the organization elects officers and other positions, as well as when the Board of Directors approves the budget for the coming year. There are many

Jun 14, 2022

We All Get Our Start Somewhere

By Vicki Swan, Sables President We all get our start in the outdoors from somewhere. Some of us earlier in life than others. When I married my husband, Bill, 45 years ago, I was a city girl. When he suggested we spend our vacation going on an Idaho bear hunt, I thought he had lost his

Jun 10, 2022

US Rescinds Testing Requirements for Travelers

The Biden Administration will no longer require travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the United States. The news was leaked to CNN and Reuters early Friday, June 10, 2022, and was confirmed on Twitter by White House Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. The new policy takes effect on Sunday, June 12, 2022,

Jun 9, 2022

SCI Strongly Opposes Lead Ammo Ban Language in the Draft 2022-2023 Hunt Fish Rule

Safari Club International (SCI) supports the proposal by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in its draft 2022-2023 Hunt Fish Rule to reduce the regulatory burden on the public by increasing access for hunters on federal lands and waters. Our organization, however, strongly opposes the agency’s proposal to phase out lead ammunition in National Wildlife Refuges

Jun 6, 2022

South Africa Requires QR Codes to Verify Travelers’ COVID Vaccinations

Hunters traveling to South Africa should acquire a QR Code or digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate before travel. The US State Department advises US travelers that the South African Government has informed airlines they will no longer accept the CDC COVID vaccination “white card” as proof of vaccination. The new requirement

Jun 4, 2022

New York State Legislature Fails to Advance Legally Harvested Wildlife Import Ban

The New York State Legislature adjourned today without passing the ill-conceived Senate Bill (SB) 2814, titled the “Big Five African Trophies Act,” after extensive advocacy efforts from SCI members and staff. If enacted, SB 2814 would have banned the importation, transportation, and possession of five major African wildlife species, including the African elephant, lion, leopard,

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