The attorneys of Safari Club International's Hunter Advocacy and Litigation Section work to promote and preserve hunting and sustainable use conservation in courts throughout the country. Read about our Current Litigation Efforts.
SCI is unique among hunting organizations as the only one to have an in-house team of lawyers dedicated to defending the right to hunt and to participate in sustainable use of wildlife. SCI has participated in cases in courts throughout the country, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In the last decade SCI has litigated over 50 cases involving species such as gray wolves, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, muskox, dall sheep, argali sheep, Arizona desert bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, polar bear, red wolf, Mexican wolf, lynx, wild horses, condor, greater sage grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, mute swan, pheasant, ducks, scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle, addax, and many others. We have also filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court three times, involving (1) the possible criminalization of hunting videos, (2) the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and (3) the importance of the proper level of roads for wildlife and hunting.
In addition to the protection of domestic hunting opportunities, SCI lawyers aggressively defend rules that allow the importation of trophies from foreign nations, as well as the role that sport hunting plays in the conservation of species abroad.
SCI attorneys have a recognized expertise in the Endangered Species Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; the Wilderness Act; the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act; the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act; the Federal Land Policy and Management Act; the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; and many federal and state laws, regulations, and policies that govern or affect hunting, conservation, and importation.
In addition to their litigation pursuits, SCI lawyers apply their expertise to analyzing and representing SCI's interests by drafting comments on behalf of SCI and the greater hunting community in response to public input opportunities offered on federal and state actions, regulations and policies. Visit our Comments Section. SCI attorneys also help draft and analyze legislation that impacts hunting access and opportunities, importation of foreign species, and sustainable use conservation.
SCI shares its expertise with other lawyers each year at its annual hunting convention in Nevada. SCI attorneys and other guest leaders in the fields of hunting, firearms, wildlife conservation and importation present an accredited continuing legal education course for lawyers. The course is co-sponsored by the Nevada State Bar. In addition, SCI attorneys meet with members during convention at an open house and seminars on wildlife related topics.