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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

HSC Operational Update: Covid-19

We are indeed experiencing challenging and unprecedented times. Houston Safari Club is with you. This message is being sent with the hope that you, your family and friends are all healthy. With the announcement this week by President Trump to extend social distancing guidelines through the end of April, we know a lot of you are shrugging your shoulders and asking, “When will life return to normal?” The next 30 days will be pivotal in managing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Luckily, as hunters, many of you are stocked with wild game from the “grocery store shelves of the wild”. In addition, as hunters, you are already well versed in existing under adverse conditions and “social distancing”, having spent time on the water and afield for many years. Hunters know how to implement the “adapt, improvise, overcome” approach in their daily lives. HSC continues to function under these challenging conditions.

April 2020 Legislative Update

AWCP Letter on Great American Outdoors Act READ HERE Tonto NF Draft Forest Plan READ 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

March 2020 Legislative Update

H.R. 3742: RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT This critical bipartisan legislation now has 250 sponsors and is being presented to House leadership. This legislation establishes a 21st Century funding model for the proactive conservation of fish and wildlife. This legislation redirects $1.3 billion annually in existing revenues to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-driven wildlife action plans, and an additional $97.5 million to tribal wildlife managers to conserve species on tribal lands and waters. This funding will ensure those with a proven track record of success in species conservation and recovery can proactively conserve at-risk fish and wildlife in a voluntary, non-regulatory manner. H.R. 925, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACT HSC joined many other hunting and conservation organizations in submitting a letter to the U.S House of Representatives encouraging their support of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, and to urge its approval by the House of Representatives as reported by

February 2020 Legislative Update

H.R. 3742: RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT This critical bipartisan legislation continues to gain momentum. The more sponsors, the better. Reach out to your Representatives and Senators and encourage them to cosponsor now! This legislation establishes a 21st Century funding model for the proactive conservation of fish and wildlife. This legislation redirects $1.3 billion annually in existing revenues to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-driven wildlife action plans, and an additional $97.5 million to tribal wildlife managers to conserve species on tribal lands and waters. This funding will ensure those with a proven track record of success in species conservation and recovery can proactively conserve at-risk fish and wildlife in a voluntary, non-regulatory manner. To date, there are 157 cosponsors. H.R. 925, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACT HSC joined many other hunting and conservation organizations in submitting a letter to the U.S House of Representatives encouraging their support of

January 2020 Legislative Update

HSCF JOINS OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION ACT HSCF joined other NGO’s and Conservation Organizations requesting David Bernhardt, Secretary of Interior, Department of the Interior, to fully implement the now-permanently reauthorized Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). FLTFA is a critical western lands program that will facilitate modified land exchanges and increase public access and recreation, when fully implemented. Included in recommendations for implementation was the request to delegate authority for land acquisition decisions. FLTFA is a common-sense public lands tool that achieves economic and conservation goals with broad bipartisan support across the West. Originally authorized in 2000, FLTFA expired in 2011 and was permanently reauthorized in 2018 (P.L. 106-248). FLTFA facilitates strategic federal land sales by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide funding for high-priority land conservation within or adjacent to federal lands in the eleven contiguous western states and Alaska.
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.