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May 2020 Legislative Update


U.S. GOVERNORS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP HUNTING OPEN IN FACE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

HSC was part of a nationwide effort to encourage all U.S. Governors to keep hunting seasons and access to land available in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter also offered ideas for maintaining safe and appropriate access to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter here. 

SECRETARY BERNHARDT PROPOSES HISTORIC EXPANSION OF HUNTING & FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries. This proposed rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in history. HSC participated in a call to announce the plan launch with the Secretary. Read the full story here.

COURTS ORDER NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME TO RELEASE CUSTOMER NAMES AND EMAIL ADDRESS

A First Judicial District Court judge ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to release the names and addresses of all successful big-game applicants for the years 2015 through April 23, 2019. Additionally, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to release the email addresses of individuals who applied for state hunting licenses for the years 2015 through 2016. These actions set a dangerous precedent and vulnerability for hunting license holder information to be released to anti-hunting groups. Read the full story here.

FEDERAL LAND HUNTING, FISHING AND SHOOTING SPORTS ROUNDTABLE COMMENTS ON THE TONTO NATIONAL FOREST DRAFT LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN

HSC joined other peer organizations to comment on the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) draft land management plan for the Tonto National Forest (TNF) covering over 2.9 million acres in central Arizona that among many uses of the federal public lands, addresses future management of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. Topics specifically covered planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities related to hunting, fishing, and the shooting sports conducted on federal lands. Read the full letter here. 

COVID-19: HOLISTIC, EQUITABLE SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE HUMAN AND PLANETARY HEALTH AND REDUCE ZOONOTIC PANDEMIC RISKS

HSC, along with 135 other organizations, presented an open letter to the World Health Organization and United Nations Environment Program. This letter addressed the COVID-19 pandemic effect on social and economic costs on countries, illegal wildlife trade and consumption, and the effects on wildlife welfare. Read the full letter here.


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation. Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.