SCI Victorious In Nevada Wild Horse Roundup Case
Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International (SCI) has successfully defended the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) efforts to manage excessive mustangs in northwest Nevada. The excess horses were damaging the ecosystem and harming resident wildlife, including game mammals and birds. Plaintiffs, including an animal rights group, filed a lawsuit attacking the BLM’s wild horse management practices. On May 24, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit, based in part on arguments provided by SCI, finding that none of the plaintiffs had “standing” to sue. The plaintiffs have vowed to continue to challenge wild horse gathers. (SCI Press Release)
American Wilderness Leadership School Life-Changing Experience For Educators
Jackson Hole, WY – The American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) is nearing its 30th year of programs for educators. Each summer hundreds of educators, sponsored by SCI Chapters, members, and other organizations, attend AWLS. For many, this is their first opportunity to learn about and shoot any kind of firearm. Attendees are offered a life changing experience where they gain an understanding of hunting, shooting, and conservation.
Reining In Poaching In Tanzania
On April 30, 2010, Friedkin Conservation Fund anti-poaching personnel, operating in the Muhesi and Kizigo Game Reserves, joined forces with the regional Tanzanian Wildlife Division Anti-poaching Units, Rungwa Game Reserve Anti-poaching personnel, District Forestry personnel and Manyoni local police on an extended patrol in and around the Game Reserves. (Friedkin Conservation Fund)
2010 SCIF Educator 0f The Year Awarded
Dr. Diane Humphrey Lueck, a lecturer in Natural Resources and Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, was honored as the 2010 SCIF Educator of the Year at the SCI May Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr Lueck served as Director of the Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program for many years and used her BOW experience in working with women with disabilities to complete her doctorate degree. As an active hunter education instructor, she collaborated with the 2008 SCI Educator of the Year winner – Dr Gary San Julian – to develop Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow to teach hunting culture to wildlife management students who have no hunting background. She is a 2004 graduate of the SCIF American Wilderness Leadership School, taught the college course at AWLS in 2009 and will be teaching two educators workshop sessions in 2010. She was nominated by the SCI Central Wisconsin Chapter.
Watchdog Group Calls Out Humane Society Of The United States With Times Square Billboard
“A new Times Square billboard appearing at Seventh Avenue and 48th Street in New York City highlights the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) deceptive fundraising practices that “scam” the American public into believing that HSUS is the national umbrella group for local humane societies despite lacking any affiliation with these local hands-on shelters. The billboard is sponsored by the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and encourages New Yorkers to visit HumaneWatch.org, CCF’s website devoted to analyzing HSUS’s activities.” A full-page ad <http://humanewatch.org/index.php/ads/detail/usa_today_ad_shouldnt_we_expect_better_from_the_humane_society/> for HumaneWatch also appears in Wednesday’s edition of USA TODAY. (Center for Consumer Freedom Press Release)
Corrected Website Link: A Win For International Conservation
Safari Club International <http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/index.cfm> (SCI) sent representatives to CITES <http://cites.org/> (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) last March, prepared for a debate on the definition of what constitutes a hunting trophy. SCI knew getting this regulation right was critical because it will have a big effect on traveling hunters and international wildlife conservation. John Monson, SCI’s lead delegate at CITES, said, “For the past 35 years, CITES has not defined the term ‘hunting trophy’ because regionally there are various interpretations of what a trophy actually is. But these differences have resulted in confusion that has led to the seizure and the destruction of trophies. So we needed to get this thing done right.” (NRA American Hunter Online).
Hunters Across The United States Offered The Highest Quality Radar Data Available
Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 25th, 2010 – HuntingLife.com has launched an innovative iPhone application, optimized for the nation’s hunting communities, that displays up-to-date radar images on an interactive Google map. The HuntingLife application, developed by weather leader Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., detects your location and uses an advanced algorithm technology for data processing to display the best quality radar data available in the United States, as well as current conditions, humidity, wind direction and dew-point data, and even severe weather information. The HuntingLife application is available on the iTunes store for $1.99 at: http://bit.ly/a0bbc6