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SCI Receives $150k Grant for Advocacy Efforts from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund has awarded Safari Club International (SCI) a generous grant of $150,000 to enhance ongoing SCI advocacy efforts at every level of government on behalf of hunters and anglers. This pivotal grant will further fortify SCI’s mission to protect and promote hunters’ rights and interests both domestically and on the world stage.

SCI’s receipt of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant marks a significant milestone in the longstanding partnership between SCI and Bass Pro Shops, heralding their shared commitment to protecting hunting traditions and advocating for sustainable and responsible wildlife management. The grant underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in safeguarding our hunting heritage, supporting ethical hunting practices, and expanding accessibility for individuals to participate in our hunting legacy.  

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant will be instrumental in advancing SCI’s multifaceted advocacy approach, which includes steadfast lobbying and grassroots activation at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Thanks to this critical funding, SCI will be able to increase its engagement with legislative and regulatory issues via effective tools, including but not limited to the Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC). The HAAC provides a critical outlet for hunters to engage directly with legislators on relevant policy discussions, so regulation prioritizes the inextricable connection between hunting and the long-term sustainability of wildlife populations. 

“SCI is immensely thankful for the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant, and the continued alliance between our organizations, said W. Laird Hamberlin, SCI CEO. “These funds will bolster the effectiveness of our advocacy staff who address not only local and national concerns but also engage at the international level to promote sustainable hunting practices and wildlife conservation.” 

“We are proud of our partnership with SCI and are excited that this grant, funded alongside support from our customers, will make conservation work possible,” said Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder. “We have a sincere appreciation and respect for SCI’s efforts across North America and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the future of our hunting traditions.”