Houston Safari Club is now an official Partner of the Texas Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife and the National Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife working to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647).

Please read the attached to see how Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) is a once in a generation opportunity to help reverse the current trend that faces our nation’s wildlife. 

150 species have already gone extinct and another 500 have not been seen in recent decades. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, can help this by providing dedicated funds for wildlife conservation.

We ask that you urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.4647.

Press Release 

 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is expressing its concern for recent actions by some members of Congress to oppose the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC).

The IWCC is being formed to increase public awareness domestically regarding conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling abroad to hunt. The duties of the Council will be to address the benefits of international hunting, wildlife conservation and survival, illegal trafficking and poaching, review of the Endangered Species Act and many other critical topics.

In their letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  the members of Congress referred to the IWCC being formed solely to “promote trophy killing”. The Congressional members go further to state that 86% of Americans oppose hunting big game, based on a 2015 HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll. What they fail to note is the fact this poll was based on a survey population of only 1,095 people. HSC does not feel the opinion of 1,095 US residents is a viable sample size to represent the opinion of over 300 million US residents. Furthermore, HSC believes forming such a council of thought leaders is a long overdue approach to work with other countries in potentially expanding the immensely successful North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Through this model and with the support and funds provided by hunters, the U.S. has seen a dramatic rebound of wildlife populations including wild turkey, bighorn sheep and whitetail deer among others.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.   The Service has determined that hunting would enhance the conservation and survival of African elephants.  The decision applies to trophies taken in 2016 through 2018.
 
For permit information from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here: https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/factsheet-import-leopard-elephant-sport-hunted-trophy.pdf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brad Luttrell, Co-Founder, CEO
 
 
A team of tech talent and outdoors enthusiasts is changing how people share their stories with a new app called GoWild. The app was founded to curate a community where outdoorsmen and women can engage, interact and learn.
 
“I was tired of the anti-hunting politics and hunter harassment,” said GoWild Co-Founder and CEO, Brad Luttrell. “But GoWild is so much more than just a safe space for hunters and anglers to have their own version of Facebook. We built something new and unexpected.”
 
Since the launch a few months ago, GoWild has built up a loyal user base of thousands of hunters and anglers, and Luttrell said the app is adding hundreds of people per day and outpacing their expectations for growth.
 
“We hoped for steady growth, but the last few weeks have been kind of crazy,” Luttrell said.
 
GoWild is fully loaded with proprietary, patent-pending technology. Over time, the app will learn about users, their interests and even where they like to hunt, fish, hike or camp. From there it will be able to make recommendations for content based on users’ activities. This could be as simple as showing more relevant posts than a traditional social platform, or as complex as showcasing hunting tips for a user’s exact skill level, preferred state to hunt, and species they hunt. This goes for hiking, fishing, off-roading, and so on. Users will have different experiences based on their outdoors hobbies.
 
Hunters and anglers can track harvested animals or fish caught through the app. Each animal submitted is scored through the proprietary and patent-pending GoWild scoring system, which founders explain as being similar to a traditional animal scoring system that might include antlers or beard length, but modernized, put on steroids and cross-applicable to anything you hunt or fish.
 
“The app gets smarter with every submission,” said Luttrell. “As we build our own database of wildlife harvested, we’ll have historical data to compare your deer, fish, turkey or whatever it is to the ones you’ve harvested in years past, or even compare it to where you stand overall to other GoWild users.”
 
GoWild’s functionality expands well beyond hunting and fishing. The app allows users to share time they spend in the outdoors for well over a dozen different activities, including hiking, camping, trail running, paddling, cooking or smoking BBQ, archery, boating and many more.
 
In addition to Luttrell, the other Co-Founders include Donovan Sears as Chief Product Designer, Zack Grimes as Chief Analytics Officer and Chris Gleim as Chief Development Officer. Bassmaster Elite angler John Hunter is Chief Strategy Officer. Lauren Gleim is the Director of Marketing. Amy Wiitala is Chief Financial Officer.
 
The co-founders built the app entirely in-house. GoWild is currently live in iOS and Luttrell said it will be live on Android this winter.
 
To learn more about GoWild or to download the app, visit timetogowild.com.
 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has expressed their support for the initiative of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to create an International Wildlife Conservation Council.

In alignment with Secretary Zinke, Houston Safari Club recognizes the importance of international hunting as a conservation tool and a vital contributor to the local economies of foreign destinations. The focus of the council will be international hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and the illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife.

“The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is a proven success story in the rebound of wildlife native to our continent as well as exotics translocated from abroad,” states HSC Executive Director Joe Betar. “This proven model and it successes will hopefully gain a dedicated focus through this council, and be replicated in international ranges where native species struggle. In addition, the directive of the council to address illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching demonstrates a desire by the U.S. government and U.S. hunters to address this ever-growing threat and assist our foreign conservation partners in this effort. “

The full press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior may be viewed here: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston Safari Club signs on to the letter supporting H.R.3668, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. HR 3668 that was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Jeff Duncan, CSC Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott, and Congressman Rob Wittman. The SHARE Act includes priorities such as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act, reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Respecting State Wildlife Management Authority title, and the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, among others. This package will improve Americans’ access to hunting, angling and recreational shooting opportunities, and will promote wildlife and habitat conservation.

Read Letter Here