SCI-Southern New Mexico Safari Club
August 2019 Presidents Letter
This is my first newsletter in several years and I am honored to once again have the privilege of serving as President of you Board. Kim Talbott did a great job and has been promoted to Regional Rep. He will continue to serve on our Board and I intend to lean on him heavily in the upcoming period that I serve. We've got a great year coming up.
Our next big event is our annual Sporting Clays fun shoot. Please save the date, Aug 23 & 24. We'll shoot under the lights Fri evening and early Sat morning so that no one will be overly heated excepted by all the stuff you'll have a chance to win. We've got several great firearms and the usual selection of other merchandise. Kim and Jalene will once again host a small silent auction that will likely have some great stuff on it as well. And you'll have an opportunity to tune up your favorite dove gun before the season opens in Sep. I've attached our flyer for the shoot to this newsletter. Please open the file and check out this excellent opportunity to have some fun.
Have you ever wondered exactly what your dues to Safari Club International (SCI) pay for. Of course there is the obvious magazines and newsletters. I challenge you to find a better magazine concerning hunting than Safari magazine. The adds alone are worth the price of subscription and, OBTW, you can't buy it at your local newsstand. In addition to the publications, SCI members help shape and promote the image of hunting through their words and actions. We practice ethical hunting while in the filed and give back by participating in educational, civic, conservation and humanitarian efforts across the globe. Locally we support numerous youth programs such as 4-H, YHEC, SCTP, Boy Scouts, and other youth hunting and shooting organizations. We actively participate in local, county, and state issues that affect our right to hunt and the threats that propagate around those rights.
Nationally, SCI's office in Washington DC has experienced lobbyists, litigators, policy makers and social media experts working hand-in hand with wildlife biologists from our sister organization, the SCI Foundation. They administer the largest hunter-led Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) which supports the campaigns of "hunter friendly" legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Internationally, SCI continues to advocate for science based management of all wildlife. SCI is on record as opposing the CECIL Act (HR 2245), a bill based upon the erroneous belief that Washington politicians know best how to manage wildlife in foreign countries. Another bill that SCI is on record as supporting is the 2017-2018 version of Saving America's Vulnerable Endangered Species Act (SAVES Act, HR 30). The 17-18 version of this bill would have prevented the FWS from listing foreign species under the ESA and requiring ESA permits for the importation of these animals and banning the import of legally hunted wildlife into the US. If passed, this legislation would go a long way towards alleviating the problems that US interference has caused to foreign countries who use hunting to conserve their wildlife.
I have reams of literature on items such as these and I will keep our members apprised of developments in future newsletters. Locally, I am very interested in the new Game Commission and their activities. I will endeavor to keep you apprised on that level as well. One thing to watch is the new Commissioners diverting funding to support Mexican Wolves. The previous Commission had chosen to not participate in this effort the FWS to foist an unwanted and unhuntable predator on our state. The new Commission is not sure and perhaps feel that they want "a seat at the table". We'll see as this develops but keep in mind and every dollar they spend on wolves is a dollar that is not available for real conservation and enforcement.
Remember the Sporting Clays Fun Shoot and tune up for the upcoming Dove Season, Sep 1st.RA "Pancho" Maples
SCI SNM President
SNM Safari Club