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SCI Foundation Partnerswith Wisconsin DNR for Whitetailed Deer Study(PDF) April 12, 2012

Organizations support H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act(PDF) April 12, 2012

Support Letter for HCR 30 (PDF) March 12, 2012

Successful Recovery of Namibian Wildlife, remarks at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation byJoe Hosmer, SCI Foundation President(PDF) Feb. 28, 2012

Import of Sport-hunted Trophies Subjectto Quotas, Tagging, and Marking(PDF) Feb. 24, 2012

TV Segment Highlights Anti-Poaching Efforts(PDF) Feb. 23, 2012

BLM Shooting Policy from Ken Salazar (PDF) Nov. 23, 2011

BLM Recreational Shooting Policies Under Consideration (PDF)Nov. 18, 2011

SCI Condemns BLM Shooting Sports Policy (PDF) Nov. 17, 2011

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2012

Support of Sec. 438, "Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting on Federal lands"

The Honorable Harold Rogers, MC
Chairman
House Appropriations Committee
H-307 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Norm Dicks, MC
Ranking Minority Member
House Appropriations Committee
H-307 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Dicks:

The below sportsmen's conservation organizations, representing million of hunters and anglers, are writing in support of Sec. 438, "Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting on Federal lands," of the House Interior Appropriations bill. If enacted, this legislation will help protect these American traditions by keeping them as important public recreational activities on our national forests and public lands.

Unfortunately, this language is necessary because of the recent increasing trend of Federal agencies to restrict public access to federal lands, with particular regard for recreational shooting. For example, as mentioned in a recent letter from the Wildlife Hunting Heritage and Conservation Council, the U.S. Forest Service has recently closed 800,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest to recreational shooting and the BLM had proposed a total closure of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. This legislation is necessary to prevent these types of closures and restrictions from unjustly, and without merit, from happening.

Please help insure that Sec. 438 remains in the final bill language and thank you for your support of this important provision.

Sincerely,

American Sportfishing Association
Boone & Crockett Club
Congressional Sportsmenˊs Foundation
National Rifle Association
National Shooting Sports Foundation
Safari Club International

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2012

Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson Withdraws Bighorn Sheep Amendment to Interior Appropriation Bill

Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, has withdrawn his rider to the 2013 Interior Appropriations Bill. This amendment would have blocked the Payette National Forest from implementing the third and final phase of its management plan to separate bighorn sheep from domestic sheep on 6,800 acres of public land through grazing reductions.

"Today, I'm calling for a 'time out' from the fighting and allegations - many of which are false", said Chairman Simpson earlier today. "I got involved in this issue because I care deeply for our ranchers and for the tribes and sportsmen who work so hard on bighorn sheep conservation. I got involved to find a reasonable solution and tried to work with ranchers, hunters, and land management agencies to solve this problem."

The Payette National Forest management plan was finalized in 2010 and the first phase, which banned domestic sheep from 54,000 acres, took effect this past year. The second wave of closures will have another 7,700 acres closed to grazing this year. In 2013, the final 6,800 acres will go off-line, totaling approximately 68,500 acres of closures.

The Chairman proposed the new rider, which specifically mentioned the Payette National Forest and would have not allowed federal agencies to spend money to institute grazing reductions that would be implemented after July 1, 2011. However, Representative Simpson decided for a withdrawal of the amendment so that all interested parties can come to the table to discuss potential solutions.

"We appreciate Chairman Simpson taking a step back in order to foster further consideration" said Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation President Jeff Crane. "We believe the Congressman's approach is right on target."

Chairman Simpson added similar language to a fiscal 2012 spending bill that forbid the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management from implementing restrictions on domestic sheep grazing that did not exist before July 1, 2012. This rider was taken to court and earlier this month, federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill of Boise ruled that Payette National Forest was exempt from this rider because this plan was finalized before the aforementioned date.

"American sportsmen have always appreciated Chairman Simpson's leadership for sustainable and collaborative conservation for all public land user groups," said Safari Club International (SCI) President John Whipple. "SCI looks forward to working with Chairman Simpson to ensure continued funding for bighorn sheep research. Without his support, the needed scientific backing for appropriate local decision-making will not exist."