SCI’s continued support of CSF

April 26, 2011 (Washington, DC) – Safari Club International (SCI) and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) are pleased to announce SCI’s continued support of CSF and its programs: the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC).

SCI is a founding supporter of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation with contributions exceeding $850,000 since 1989. SCI continues to recognize the value CSF brings as organizing force for federal and state legislation to provide bi-partisan access to pro-sportsmen legislators to defend our hunting traditions and privileges.

“CSF and SCI have been working together over a 20 year partnership and SCI is excited to continue our commitment for another year,” said SCI President Dr. Larry Rudolph. “Together we can advance our priority legislation and work with members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to preserve our hunting heritage.”

SCI and its members also regularly attend CSF functions, such as the Annual Banquet and Auction in Washington, DC, the Richard Childress “Wine, Wheels and Wildlife,” the Congressional Shoot-Out and NASC Annual Summit.

“There isn’t a more supportive group for our programs, events and legislative priorities than SCI,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “They understand the importance of having the sportsmen’s voice heard by government officials and the value of having a seat at the table with access to elected representatives.”

Safari Club International and its approximately 190 chapters are contributing time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international hunter advocacy and conservation projects. SCI has spent nearly $300 million on hunter advocacy and wildlife conservation since inception. Through direct involvement and partnerships with like-minded organizations, SCI has become a political force in Washington, D.C. and other capitals around the world.

For over 20 years, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has been the voice of the American sportsmen by protecting our interests and traditions in the halls of government. CSF is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with decades of combined public policy and political experience with unprecedented access to one of the largest, oldest and most effective caucuses in the U.S. Congress – the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. In state capitols throughout the nation, nearly half of the nation’s chief executives are part of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus and nearly 2,000 state legislators make up the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.

Please visit the SCI web site http://www.safariclub.org to learn about SCI programs and services. Also visit CSF at www.sportsmenslink.org.

The WILD Foundation, Safari Club International Foundation Combat Rhino Poachers

For Immediate Release: All Media

April 21, 2011 – Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and The WILD Foundation (WILD) announced that they are working together to combat rhino poaching in South Africa through the Rhino Informant Incentive Fund (RIIF). The RIIF provides financial incentives to economically underdeveloped rural communities where rhino poachers reside. Local individuals will act as informants, to assist local law enforcement in apprehending poachers and confiscation of horns, weapons, or equipment.

“SCIF has successfully concentrated many of our financial resources into anti-poaching efforts in the last few years,” said SCIF President Joseph Hosmer. “We are excited to work with The WILD Foundation through our contribution to the Rhino Informant Incentive Fund. By working collaboratively against international poaching we will ensure sustainable-use conservation and hunting can continue.”

“We already see results with the first prosecution, validating further investment.  The support by SCIF is instrumental in this regard, and is being matched by local, privately donated funds within South Africa.  Thank you to the hunting community for continuing your role in sustainable use conservation,” stated WILD President Vance Martin.

“SCIF is ready to continue our anti-poaching projects throughout Africa and we hope that members of the hunting fraternity will consider making a donation to SCIF, so that we can increase our investments there,” concluded Hosmer.

Recent poaching has again been attributed to a growing international demand for rhino horn in Far East Asia where it is used in traditional medicine.  Professional criminal syndicates are using technology to their advantage, such as helicopters, with the aid of night vision and GPS tracking equipment. WILD’s founder and SCIF’s 2008 International Conservationist of the Year, Dr. Ian Player is leading the grassroots effort in South Africa to help combat the criminal syndicates.

To make a donation to SCIF please contact SCIF’s Development Department at (520) 620-1220 ext. 485 and make your tax deductible gift today.

Contact:  Nelson Freeman, media@safriclub.org or Emily Loose, emily@wild.org

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world. Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more information.

The WILD Foundation – As the hub of the global wilderness conservation movement, The WILD Foundation (a Boulder, Colo based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) is the only international organization dedicated entirely to wilderness protection around the world. Our vision is to protect at least half of the planet’s land and water in an interconnected way to support all life on Earth – Nature Needs Half™.www.wild.org.

Announcement of EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

News For Immediate Release: April 14, 2011

 

Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited 

Announce EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

 

Tucson, Arizona – In an effort to actively engage families in the great outdoors, leaders of Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and Quail Unlimited (QU) announced that they will be hosting the first annual EPIC Outdoor Game Fair. The event will be held September 23-25, 2011 in Douglasville, Georgia at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club. Modeled after European game fairs, EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will provide hands-on activities bringing outdoor sporting Education, Participation, Instruction and Competition to families, youth and individual enthusiasts – hence, the name EPIC Outdoor Game Fair.

 

“If we aren’t bringing in more people to the outdoor sports and making it easier for them to get engaged, then we’re not doing our jobs,” stated Joseph H. Hosmer, President of SCIF. “We expect this game fair to be the largest event of its kind to support the future of outdoor sporting traditions in the United States.”

 

EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will feature numerous hands-on opportunities as well as seminars from the industry’s most recognized experts. Foxhall’s 1,100 acres along the Chattahoochee River will be transformed into “villages” featuring shooting, archery, fishing and fly fishing, boating and kayaking, equestrian, dog training, ATV use and more. Vendors from each of these outdoor recreational interests will represent the finest manufacturers in the world, including many fine gun exhibits, and outstanding food and beverage options throughout the three-day event. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available.

 

“From beginner to expert, every level will have a something to learn and do through the EPIC content the Game Fair offers,” QU President Bill Bowles commented.  “Families will find the Game Fair an outstanding opportunity to spend time in a world class resort setting while giving every member of the family time to experience the outdoor activities they know or want to learn more about.”

 

“I would like to thank the following sponsors: Beretta, Eukanuba, Laser SHOT, Shooting Sportsman Magazine, and John Rigby & Co. Gunmakers, Inc. for their commitment to partner with QU and SCIF in our inaugural year of the EPIC Game Fair,” concluded Cam Harris, Chairman of QU.

 

The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website launched this week with more detailed information about the event and venue as well as the hosts and sponsors. The site will grow and expand to be the one-stop place for information about the event and for ticket sales. In addition to the website, the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair Blog will provide a social networking hub to receive regular updates as event planning continues. http://www.EPICGameFair.org

 

Contact: Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

 

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the. Visit http://www.safariclubfoundation.org for more.

 

Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” our overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. Our core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.

SCI’s Response to GoDaddy Elephant hunt – and other updates

First, I’d like to share a clip with you that ran on NBC Nightly News this week featuring SCI president Larry Rudolph as a quick part of a segment that focused on GoDaddy CEO & SCI Member Bob Parson’s elephant hunt video. The Herald Group facilitated an interview with Larry and NBC Nightly News, and while the interview itself was actually much longer, we still managed to get into the story, if only for a few seconds. This was a huge opportunity at the national level and I’d like to thank Larry for jumping off a plane in Tucson and heading straight to the studio to record the interview so that we could be included in the segment. A link to the clip is here and we will be distributing to the full membership as well:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/

Also, Doug Burdin, SCI Litigation Council, appeared today in U.S. District Court in theDistrict of Columbia to argue in support of SCI’s lawsuit challenging the polar bear import ban. The Herald Group facilitated a phone interview yesterday with Doug and a reporter from McClatchy Newspapers, the third largest newspaper outlet in the country. The story will likely run later this week and we will send along for your review when it hits.

Finally, I’m sure most of you have seen the joint statement we put out late yesterday along with a coalition of other sportsmen’s groups on the wolf delisting issue. We are making sure to circulate the statement far and wide and have already seen some good pick up in outdoor outlets. A link to the full statement is here: http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/article/index.cfm?action=view&ArticleID=3295

First For Hunters,

Melissa

Melissa Simpson
Director of Government Affairs
and Science Based Conservation
Safari Club International
Washington, DC

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Mr. Joseph Hosmer, President

Safari Club International Foundation

501 2nd St NE

Washington, DC 20002

 

Subject:       Thank You for Your Generous Contribution

Dear Mr. Hosmer and Safari Club International:

I want to extend my sincere gratitude on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin for your recent donation of two used pickup trucks to assist with our Investing in Wisconsin Whitetails Deer Research Projects.  These vehicles are invaluable for our intensive field-based projects and have significantly increased our ability to trap, radio-collar and track deer across our study sites.

 

We have captured 187 deer thus far.  Currently we have radio-collared 134 deer and will be continuing to trap and monitor both adults and newly born fawns this summer.  To address the significant workload involved with our deer projects we are coordinating two UW-Madison graduate students, ten volunteers, an intern, and hundreds of interested volunteers from the public.

 

During the five year duration of this project we will provide Safari Club International (Mr. Matthew Eckert and Dr. Bill Moritz) with semi-annual updates on the progress of the projects and major results.  We also want to thank Dr. Moritz and Mr. Matthew Eckert for their cooperation, interest and assistance with our research efforts.  My staff have commented on how they have been extremely helpful, professional and a pleasure to interact with on deer management issues here in Wisconsin.

 

If you or your staff ever want to visit our research projects here in Wisconsin don’t hesitate to contact either myself or our Science Services Bureau.  We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Safari Club International!  Thank You again for your contribution.

 

Sincerely

Cathy Stepp

Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 

 

Cc

Karl Martin, Chief Wildlife and Forestry Research Section

Jack Sullivan, Director Bureau of Science Services

Tim Lawhern, Division Administrator, Enforcement and Science