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#1 Rowdy Yates

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:13 PM

SCI - First For Hunters

In the Crosshairs -- e-news from SCI?s Washington Office
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October 3, 2006

SCI and Antelope Win Again

SCI has achieved a double victory in an important case for endangered species conservation and preserving hunting opportunities in the United States. A California District Court granted SCI?s Motion to Intervene in the ?3 Antelope? case, which involves a special rule to allow the trade and sport hunting of captive members of three species of antelope that are listed as ?endangered? under the Endangered Species Act. The special rule, published in September 2005 by the Fish & Wildlife Service, only involves members of these three species that live on ranches in the United States. HSUS, Defenders of Wildlife, the Kimya Institute, Born Free and a number of individuals filed suit in California to challenge that rule. In addition to granting SCI?s intervention, the judge also dismissed, at the request of SCI and the Government, several of the anti-hunting groups? most important claims. Essentially, the court ruled that the groups had not suffered the injury necessary to bring suit in Federal court and had failed to properly notify the government of one claim. The court did find that the Plaintiffs had demonstrated injury regarding one claim involving their right to receive federal notice of permits for the taking of endangered species. Thus, the case will go on. As all but one of the groups? claims were dismissed, this is a major victory for SCI. We will keep you posted as the lawsuit progresses.

Santa Rosa Island Hunting to Continue
?Congressional negotiators have agreed to let trophy deer and elk hunting continue indefinitely on Santa Rosa Island, angering environmentalists and raising the possibility of another legal battle over the future of the pristine land. The deal, announced Friday [9-29-06], requires that the non-native game be allowed to stay on the island permanently, overruling a court order that dictates the animals be removed by the end of 2011. The legislation requires the Secretary of Defense to ensure that service members, military retirees, disabled veterans and people assisting disabled veterans are able to hunt and fish on lands owned by the Department of Defense.? SCI has been working on this issue for a while and will keep you posted on any other information as it unfolds. (Source: Sacramento Bee)

Alberta to Renegotiate M?tis Hunting and Fishing Rights
The Canadian province of Alberta plans to negotiate a new M?tis hunting and fishing rights agreement with the M?tis Nation of Alberta. In 2003, an original agreement between the province and the native group gave the M?tis almost unlimited year round access to game and fish with no regard for provincial fish and wildlife regulation and authority. This new agreement will seek to change that issue and bring it back in line with standard provincial wildlife management practices. Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens stated in his government report, ?The interim agreement, as it?s currently structured, is too broad and needs to more accurately reflect the parameters relative to who is M?tis and where the M?tis can harvest food.? (Source: taxpayer.com.)

President to Reauthorize NAWCA and Partners for Fish & Wildlife
President Bush is expected to sign the North American Waterfowl Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife legislation as early as this week. NAWCA will allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to distribute grants to state and local governments and nonprofit groups doing wetlands conservation work, and authorizes $75 million a year for programs under the 17-year-old law through 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners to improve wildlife habitat on their property to benefit hunters and anglers since 1987. It is strictly voluntary, non-regulatory, and incentive-based, making it a popular program for many private landowners who otherwise might avoid involvement with a federal program. SCI strongly supports both pieces of legislation. (Source: CSF)

Conservation Members Perish in Helicopter Crash

On September 23rd, seven members of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), along with important partners in their conservation work, died in a helicopter crash in Nepal. The helicopter was carrying them from a conservation site at Ghunsa, in the far-east mountains of Nepal and failed to arrive at its destination. The Shree Air helicopter had 20 passengers and four crew members. In addition to the WWF staff from Nepal, high-ranking government officials from Nepal, representatives of agencies including USAID, journalists and Russian and Nepali crew members were on board. The travelers had just attended a celebratory event marking the handover of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to local community management. SCI and SCIF extend its condolences to WWF and the families of those who passed away in the name of conservation. (Source: WWF)
"Keep the sun forever at your back, the wind forever in your face, and may forever God bless you out there on the trail."

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 02:07 PM

Thanks buddy!

We need more SCI members in this place.. :)

Fatty ;)


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