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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,

Jun 3, 2022

Of Lever Rifles And Elk

Big glass on a long-range bolt gun can fill your freezer, but a saddle rifle in cover satisfies the soul. We’d seen plenty of elk. But this one was near, a soft shape against thick conifers swathed in fog. The Blue Mountains loomed far beyond. I crept to a young pine. The cow was quartering

Jun 1, 2022

A Win for Hunting and Wildlife Conservation in Alaska! 

Yesterday, a Superior Court judge in Alaska ruled in favor of the Alaska Board of Game in a case challenging the allocation of bear hunting tags on Kodiak Island to residents and non-residents. The ruling was based in part on an amicus brief filed by a coalition which includes SCI, SCI’s Alaska Chapter, and the

Jun 1, 2022

Registration for Safari Club International’s 2023 Annual Convention is Now Open!

Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2022) – Safari Club International is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2023 Annual Convention. The 51st annual SCI Convention will be held February 22-25, 2023, at Music City Center in Nashville, TN.  SCI’s preferred hotels for the 2023 Convention include Grand Hyatt Downtown, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Hyatt

Jun 1, 2022

Milestone Mission

I remember this hunt like it was yesterday. Not so much because of the species, the terrain or trophy quality — but the pressure I had put on myself to close the deal. It was my last day of a 2015 African safari and I had been watching a group of blesbok 150 yards distant.

May 31, 2022

Don’t Miss Out — Convention Hotels Filling Up!

By W. Laird Hamberlin, CEO of Safari Club International  Get ready for the most exciting Convention SCI ever had! Excitement already is beginning to build, even though we’re months away, for the club’s biggest annual fundraising event. I recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee where the SCI staff conducted what is called a site visit as

May 30, 2022

Big Trout in a Small Creek

Headwaters of the Soque, a fishing and hunting oasis in North Georgia, is a paradise for those who crave angry trout on their fly line. By John Geiger, Managing Editor A fishing lodge on Georgia’s Soque River boasts more than four miles of private Appalachian trout streams. So how was it that in my two

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