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

HSC signs on to letter to US DOI to re-evaluate policy considering the benefits of man-made Water Developments for Wildlife Conservation

Sportsmen’s Foundation * Conservation Force * Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports * Dallas Safari Club * Delta Waterfowl Foundation * Houston Safari Club * Mule Deer Foundation * National Rifle Association * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Wild Turkey Federation * North American Grouse Partnership * Pheasants Forever Inc. * Pope and Young Club * Professional Outfitters and Guides of America * Quail Forever * Quality Deer Management Association * Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation * Safari Club International * Sportsmen’s Alliance * Whitetails Unlimited * Wildlife Management Institute * Wild Sheep Foundation September 2018 The Honorable Ryan Zinke Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Re: Request for Department-wide Policy Recognizing the Benefits of Man-made Water Developments for Wildlife Conservation Dear Secretary Zinke: Water, particularly in desert areas, is both scarce and essential to wildlife. Nevertheless, some valuable sources of

Houston Safari Club Encourages All Americans To Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Houston, TX (July 18, 2018) – The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.3223) (RAWA) was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week. Houston Safari Club (HSC) encourages all Americans to become vigorous and active proponents of this critical legislation. Introduced by Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), S.3223 would authorize $1.3 billion in existing revenue, from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters, to be dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation. The Senate bill is the companion to the House version (H.R. 4647). RAWA is the result of years of planning, studies, meetings and commitment by researchers, state and federal agencies, thought leaders in the energy sector, legislators, organizations and others. “The introduction of S.3223 is the culmination of an incredible amount of work by so many people. Their dedication to the future of wildlife, habitat and the agencies that protect and support

Houston Safari Club Supports Dedicated Funding to Recover America’s Fish and Wildlife

Houston Safari Club has signed on to a letter to support dedicated funding for RAWA. Specifically, the dedication of $1.3 billion annually into the federal Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program, using existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters.  HSC supports this recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, comprised of national business and conservation leaders. Read the full letter here: WF SIGN ON LETTER
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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.