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CONNECTICUT SENATE BILL 20: AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALES & POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS & GIRAFFES

The Connecticut Assembly adjourned sine die for the current session, with a failure to advance Senate Bill 20, which would have blocked importation of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and giraffe parts from Africa. PEBBLE MINE HSC joined 25 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers require from the Pebble Mine (Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet, AK) applicant all the information necessary to reach a fully informed permitting decision and that the ongoing administrative process to consider the Pebble Mine permit application be suspended until this information is received. View the letter HERE DELISTING OF GRAY WOLVES The gray wolf has been delisted in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shown their ability to manage this delisted wolf population responsibly so that it remains healthy and sustainable. Populations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are healthy,

HSC Legislative Update

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. CONNECTICUT SENATE BILL 20: AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALES & POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS & GIRAFFES Introduced by Connecticut Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) Senate Bill 20 would ban the import, sale and possession of what Sen. Duff refers to as “the Big Six” African species – African elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros and giraffes. This legislation does not consider the positive recovery effects legal hunting has had, from a conservation and financial standpoint, for these species.

Bobcat Citizen’s Petition

April 19th, 2019 Re:  Bobcat Citizen’s Petition Greetings Trappers, Hunters, Outfitters, Ranchers, Anglers, and Stakeholders, The Citizen’s Petition to ban the harvesting of Bobcats is scheduled to be heard on May 9th, 2019 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting in Grand Junction at 765 Horizon Drive, the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. While we are looking for substantial attendance from the Sportsman community we are not asking for a bunch of personal testimony as we have most of all of that in place.  Testimony will be limited anyway as the Chairman of the Commission has asked us and the opposition to strategize and coordinate testimony to not only facilitate the conversation but also to expedite the process without being redundant, disrespectful and possibly confusing to the process. The Petitioner, Prairie Protection Colorado, Wildearth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society of the United States are indicating they will be

2019 HSC Legislative Agenda

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. CONSERVATION FUNDING Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (H.R. 877) introduced by Congressman Austin Scott (GA), Representatives Marc Veasey (TX), Debbie Dingell (MI), and Richard Hudson (NC), for the future of wildlife conservation funding. This legislation provides more flexibility to state agencies to use Pittman-Robertson dollars for recruitment and retention of hunters and recreational shooters, to help ensure state-based conservation funding, promotion and marketing of hunter education programs, and education to the non-hunting public about the role of hunters and recreational shooters in

Houston Safari Club Applauds President Trump’s Nomination of David Bernhardt For Secretary of Interior

(Houston, TX-February 8, 2019) Houston Safari Club (HSC) is supportive of the nomination of David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for the position of Secretary for the Department. In a brief statement posted to Twitter, Bernhardt said it’s “a humbling privilege to be nominated to lead a Department whose mission I love, to accomplish the balanced, common sense vision of our President.” Bernhardt, an attorney from Colorado, has served as the deputy secretary of the Interior Department since August 2017. Before joining the Trump administration, Bernhardt was a lawyer for the Interior Department under President George W. Bush. HSC President, Mitzy McCorvey states, “I would like to congratulate and support Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt for his nomination for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is in sync with ideas that we, as conservationists and sport hunters, would like to see going forward.

Open Public Comment Period: Submit Your Ideas Before November 30

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has published a Federal Register notice informing the public about proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices and proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda Items that the United States might submit for consideration at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), and to provide information on how agencies or bodies can apply to attend CoP18 as observers. Public comments will be accepted until November 30, 2018. Click here to read the Federal Register notice and learn how to submit comments. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty agreed to by 182 nations and the European Union (referred to as “Parties) that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade.    Every two to three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in
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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.