November 2019 Legislative Update

SUPPORT PROP 5! VOTE YES FOR THE NOVEMBER 2019 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT In November, a Texas constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot. A simple majority vote will appropriate the revenues from sales tax on sporting goods equipment to fund state parks and historical sites. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Rep. John Cyrier of Bastrop, with the approval of Governor Abbott, led the Texas Legislature to pass bills calling for the constitutional vote. Between 1993 and 2017, the state’s sporting goods sales tax has generated between $60 million and $165 million annually for a total of $2.5 billion. During that time, only 40% percent of the funding found its way into the budgets of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Historical Commission as intended. Many citizens incorrectly assume the taxes they pay on sporting goods were fully allocated to support parks, not realizing that significant portions

HSC signs on to Shooting Range Definition Letter

October 4, 2019 Dear Mr. Pendley and Chief Christensen: The undersigned organizations represent millions of hunters, sportsmen and women, and wildlife conservationists who have a long-standing and vested interest in access and opportunities for sportsmen and women on federal public lands.  We are signatories to the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).  The purpose of the MOU is to build a partnership with the signatories “for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities related to hunting, fishing, and shooting sports conducted on federal lands.” We are writing to you as leaders in the implementation of S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9). We have identified an issue that could have lasting implications for recreational shooting on BLM and USFS administered lands as a result

HSC Signs Onto AWCP Green River Letter

American Woodcock Society * Archery Trade Association * Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies * Boone and Crockett Club * California Waterfowl * Camp Fire Club of America * Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation * Conservation Force * Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports * Dallas Safari Club * Delta Waterfowl Foundation * Ducks Unlimited * Houston Safari Club * Izaak Walton League of America * Masters of Foxhounds Foundation * Mule Deer Foundation * National Association of Forest Service Retirees * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Wild Turkey Federation * National Wildlife Federation * North American Falconers Association * North American Grouse Partnership * Orion – The Hunter’s Institute * Pheasants Forever * Pope and Young Club * Quail Forever * Quality Deer Management Association * Ruffed Grouse Society * Safari Club International * Texas Wildlife Association * Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership * Whitetails Unlimited * Wild Sheep

HSC Signs On To Letters With 30+ Organizations In Support Of Conservation Urgencies

HSC signs onto two letters in support of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Restore Our Parks Act, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2019. AFWA, CSF, DU, IWLA, NWF, NWTF, PF, QF, TRCP, and WSF are original signatories. Letter to the House can be read HERE  Letter to the Senate can be read HERE 

AWCP Green River NWR Sign On

American Woodcock Society * Boone and Crockett Club * California Waterfowl Association * Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation * The Conservation Fund * Delta Waterfowl Foundation * Ducks Unlimited * Houston Safari Club * Masters of Foxhounds Association * National Rifle Association * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Wildlife Federation * National Wildlife Refuge Association * National Wild Turkey Federation * North American Falconers Association * Orion, The Hunter’s Institute * Pope and Young Club * Professional Outfitters and Guides of America * Quality Deer Management Association * Ruffed Grouse Society * Safari Club International * Whitetails Unlimited * Wild Sheep Foundation * Wildlife Management Institute * August 30th, 2019 The Honorable David Bernhardt Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Secretary Bernhardt, The undersigned organizations, which represent hundreds of thousands of sportsmen and women conservationists, are writing to express our strong support for

Houston Safari Club Announces Launch Of Political Action Committee (PAC)

Houston, TX –Houston Safari Club (HSC) has announced the formation of a Political Action Committee (PAC).  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 affect policy, protocols and legislation. HSC collaborates with legislators, key opinion leaders, policy groups, professional organizations and governments at home and abroad. The HSC-PAC was established to support pro-hunting legislators, legislation, and policy. “As the President of HSC, I am very excited that we have established the HSC-PAC” said JD Burrows. “HSC has a high level of involvement in various communities. Our expertise and legacy in hunting and conservation resonate with policy makers, and our input and opinion are often sought out by legislators”. “I call on all of those interested in
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.