Comment on the proposed threatened listing and special rule governing import of the African Lion, 79 FR 64472, Oct. 29, 2014 (FWS–R9–ES–2012–0025)
Posted: February 11, 2015
January 27, 2015
Metairie, LA (Conservation Force) – This is a comment on behalf of Conservation Force and a number of its supporting member organizations including Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, African Safari Club of Florida, Shikar Safari Club International, International Professional Hunters Association and Professional Hunters Association of South Africa.
Conservation Force is among the foremost leaders of and most actively engaged organizations in Africa-wide lion conservation. This has been described in prior comments preceding this pending proposal, which comments in their entirety on the status of the lion throughout Africa are incorporated herein by reference to avoid repetition. We have previously filed voluminous, meticulously referenced comments in the earlier stages of this listing that will not be repeated here.
HSC Supports Sportsmen’s Act of 2015
February 10, 2015 (Houston, TX) – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislative package is designed to promote and protect the hunting and fishing heritage of Americans and expand access to hunting and fishing areas across the United States.
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 is supported by members of both parties including original co-sponsors U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), and U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). In addition to enhancing access opportunities to public lands for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, the proposed measures address conservation programs and the potential for an expanded outdoor recreation economy. Some areas of note include:
HUNT Act: All federal public land management agencies are directed to identify high-priority federal lands where hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are permitted but where access is non-existent or significantly restricted, and develop plans to provide access.
HSC Provides Grant Support For Texas Park and Wildlife Department’s Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer and Pronghorn Restoration Project
Posted: February 9, 2015
HSC has provided a $30,000 grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in support of the Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer and Desert Pronghorn Restoration Projects.
The HSC grant will be utilized to support the desert bighorn sheep restoration program (monitoring equipment, student monitoring and helicopter capture), as administered by the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI), in partnership with TPWD. Also being funded is the mule deer restoration project and the pronghorn restoration project, specifically relocation, monitoring, predator management and fencing modification to promote survival, production and movement.
HSC Announces Educational Seminars for 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention
Posted: January 14, 2015
HSC is proud to announce educational seminars that will take place during the Expo. The HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.
The HSC expo seminars include two interesting and educational sessions. One of the seminars will feature guest speakers Paul Trethowan and Dr. Andrew Loveridge. Paul is the lead researcher of the Bubye Valley Conservancy (BVC) Lion Research Project, which is home to 25% of the lion population in Zimbabwe. Dr. Andrew Loveridge is the lead researcher of Hwange National Park Lion Research Project. Their seminar Lions of Bubye Valley Conservancy – A Conservation Success Story will give attendees an in-depth look of the program, as well as a look into the behavioral ecology of African lions.
HSC Announces Auction Lineup for 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention
Posted: January 9, 2015
HSC is proud and excited to announce the auction lineup for the HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit HSC’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the protection of hunters’ rights. The convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.
This year, HSC is using electronic bidding for the Friday night silent auction. Using any type of smartphone, computer or iPad/tablet, you can browse silent auction items and place bids with the tap of a finger. Plus, you will be notified by text if you are outbid for an item! For instructions on how to register go to http://www.houstonsafariclub.org/convention-silent-auction-is-going-digital-bid-now/ and start bidding today!
HSC Announces Celebrity Appearances for 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention
Posted: January 6, 2015
HSC is proud to announce celebrity appearances that will take place during the Expo. The HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.
Razor Dobbs, big game hunter and host of the television series RAZOR DOBBS ALIVE on Sportsman Channel, will make an appearance on Saturday, January 24, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the HSC membership booth in the expo hall. Razor is an award-winning television producer and hunts across the globe pursuing dangerous game.
HSC Provides Grant Support For Texas Game Warden Association Youth Hunt
Posted: December 17, 2014
HSC provided a grant to the Texas Game Warden Association (TGWA) in support of their annual youth hunt.
In October, the TGWA put on an annual youth hunt at Cedar Bayou Farms in Liberty County. Youth hunts put on by TGWA are designed to be educational hunts and enable kids to experience the outdoors and hunting. These kids have either never hunted before or rarely get the opportunity to do so.
HSC Provides Support to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
Posted: December 9, 2014
HSC continued its support of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) with a grant of $25,000. Funds will help the USSAF work to defend hunting, fishing and trapping against lawsuits, legislation and ballot issues initiated by anti-hunters.
For over 36 years, USSAF has been able to achieve a 95% success rate of defeating anti-hunting led initiatives. Unfortunately, the number of new anti-hunting initiatives is increasing and the only way they can meet those challenges is with increased funding from supporters like HSC.
Hurry! Final Days For Early Bird Tickets To HSC Convention
Posted: November 25, 2014
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce that Early Bird tickets for the Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention are available at www.houstonsafariclub.org/convention/banquet-auction/. These early bird prices will end on December 1.
The event is scheduled for January 23-25, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas, at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. HSC’s annual convention showcases wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of hunting outfitters, gear and luxury exhibits from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between.
HSC Announces the 2015 Convention Sponsors
Posted: November 7, 2014
HSC is proud to announce its 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention sponsors. Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the Circle of Excellence Sponsor for the 2015 convention. The event will take place January 23-25, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel in The Woodlands, Texas.
In addition, Enterprise Products Partners, L.P., one of the largest publicly-traded energy partnerships, and Capital Farm Credit, a customer-owned cooperative, providing financing to rural landowners in Texas, have continued their support of HSC as Platinum Convention Sponsors. HSC is also delighted to announce that Carter’s Country and S&B Engineers and Constructors, LTD have returned this year as Gold Convention Sponsors.