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White House Orders National Hunting Conference

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted September 2007)
 
The American Wildlife Conservation Partners, AWCP, is a forum begun by 38 of America’s leading sportsmen’s conservation organizations in 2000. The proof of its worth to the hunting community and wildlife conservation has never been in doubt. On August 16th, 2007, at AWCP’s annual forum taking place at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and the King Ranch in Texas a historic announcement was made. Two White House representatives read from an Executive Order signed that day by President Bush. The title of the Order is Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation in full recognition of hunting and the force it is for wildlife conservation. 

 The Executive Order has four relevant sections. The first is the “purpose” which is “to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.” The second commands that federal agencies take “actions that expand and enhance hunting opportunities,” “address declining trends” and “manage wildlife and wildlife habitats in a manner that expands and enhances hunting opportunities.” The third is to hold a “White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy (Conference) within one year to facilitate these goals.” Fourth, the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality is to prepare a Comprehensive Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan that establishes a “10-year agenda for fulfilling the actions identified in section 2…” The Chairman is to do that within one year of the Conference.

 This historic Order steps up the Governor’s Hunting Heritage Conferences of the past to a Presidential hunting heritage summit for the express purpose of devising a plan of action to expand the number of hunters, hunting opportunities, game and habitat. This is the result of the collective effort of the AWCP partners and the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation held in August, 2005. The collective actions of the finest hunting conservation organizations of our time have lead to this opportunity. It is the crowning achievement of the AWCP. Conservation Force and many of its supporting organizations like Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, FNAWS and QDMA are all members of AWCP.

 The full Order follows so that the reader can revel in its message. It reads like an award and the inherent recognition of the conservation role of hunting is welcome and reason to celebrate. The document by itself is a historic one. We are going to put a copy on the wall. It provides the greatest and most comprehensive opportunity in our lifetimes. There is no parallel in our lifetimes, but it follows in line with those conferences of President Teddy Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold. It does not directly cite international hunting or conservation, but perhaps there is still time for this administration to address those worsening concerns as well.

 No date or place has yet been selected for the Conference. A federal advisory committee that is made up of representative partners of AWCP called the Sporting Conservation Council is expected to take the conference planning lead for the hunting community along with federal, state and tribal representatives. The Executive Order is available on the web at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/08/20070817.html.

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Growth In Big Game Hunting Tops Off


The preliminary findings of the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation were issued in late May. Though the survey states “the number of big game hunters was relatively stable,” those numbers have declined a small amount for the second consecutive five-year period. The decline in the 2001 survey was three percent, and in the 2006 survey two percent, totaling five percent decline over the past ten years. This is something the Governor’s Hunting Heritage Conferences have anticipated and President Bush’s Executive Order of August 16, 2007 is intended to address.

 The number of big game hunters is reported by the experts in the survey to have “remained relatively consistent.” Nevertheless, one conclusion can be drawn from the trend data. The phenomenal growth in big game hunting in America that past surveys had shown since they began in 1955 has stalled or topped off. The number of big game hunters doubled and tripled in the second half of the 1900’s unlike anything else in America. The recent decline is only nominal compared to the decline in most other outdoor recreational activities, but that trend is in fact negative. Conservation Force’s publications on the explosive growth of big game hunting are still true – for explosive growth was occurring at the same time many were lamenting a decline. We’ve been awaiting this survey. Now, after two consecutive declines, though small in comparison to many other activities and in an absolute sense, the inevitable has happened when there is a finite resource. Everything suggests that the final survey report due in November will reveal that big game hunters are still the most intense (spend the most days afield despite short seasons) and still expend the most per capita on their sport and on conservation. They are footing the conservation bills and are by far the largest segment of hunters: 85 percent.

 The number of big game hunters is 10,682,000, down by 606,000 from 1996 when there were 11,288,000. This does not include those hunters that are less than 16 years of age. There are 1.6 million six- to 15-year olds that hunted in 2006.

 The report expressly states that “it is not intended to reflect the total number (of) wildlife-related recreationists in the US since many individuals can be considered anglers and hunters even though they may not have participated in 2006.” According to the report, the real overall number (five-year) is 18.6 million hunters (all game) and 44.4 million anglers, still excluding the millions less than 16 years of age. The report states that those five-year numbers “could be considered a more accurate representation of the number of anglers and hunters in the U.S.” than those participating in only one particular year. The Service’s press release states, “It is important to note that the National Survey counts only participants who actually went hunting, fishing or observed wildlife in 2006 and does not represent the total number of anglers, hunters…in the United States.” This is a point we have made before in this bulletin. Those who hunt and fish only every two to five years still consider themselves hunters and anglers. They are sportsmen and sportswomen. Moreover, there are approximately 147 million living Americans that have hunted or fished. That is a super-minority, if a minority at all.

 The cause of the negative trend over the past decade is open to speculation. The positive trend had to end at some time. After all, game and habitat are finite resources, and a number of surveys have shown that access and game availability are important to hunters. The affirmative action some states have taken to limit non-resident hunters has to have taken its toll. The aging of the whole US population must also be taken into account. There are many healthy young men and women in the armed forces. A recent survey by Southwick and Associates indicates that 40 percent of hunters surveyed are affected by rising gasoline prices (www.southwickassociates.com). Katrina impacted Louisiana and Mississippi.

 Regardless of the cause, big game hunting is still extremely popular. In fact, it is by far the most popular form of hunting, as 85 percent of all hunters hunt big game.

 It must also be noted that hunting generally and big game hunting are declining less than fishing, which has declined 15 percent over the past decade. They are both extremely robust recreational industries that have provided more than $10 billion in excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery and angling equipment for fish and wildlife management. Hunters and anglers remain the force.

 Some question how many hunters we really need. How many is enough? What do we need more of them for? Some believe that an excess of hunters has caused hunting prices to rise too high and caused all available hunting lands to be leased. Others simply tire of hillsides of hunter-orange. Hunting is certainly a very popular activity, with intense competition for available resources.

 The preliminary report in May was followed by the state report in July. They are both available at http://federalasst.fws.gov/surveys/surveys.html. The final report will be out in November and available at the same website.

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Petitions Filed To Free Seized Trophies

In early August, Conservation Force filed petitions for remission and stay orders for those Namibian leopard trophies that were seized for forfeiture because the type of CITES tags used by the Namibian CITES authorities was no longer acceptable to some law enforcement agents of the Service. We understand that most trophies were only detained temporarily. We filed on behalf of those hunters who had received formal notices of seizure and forfeiture and who had contacted us timely. There may well be others who failed to learn of our free public services through these pages.

 The tags have been in use for 15 years. There is no mandatory tag requirement, though the Service does have such a regulation pending, but not yet adopted. The Parties to CITES “recommend” a self-locking tag in its quota resolution for leopard. It is only a procedural “suggestion” in a resolution the US Fish & Wildlife Service does not follow. The Service did not timely advise the Namibian authorities or the hunting community of their disagreement over the tags. It just kept seizing the trophies.

 At the recent CITES Conference of the Parties, COP 14, Conservation Force helped arrange a face-to-face meeting between the highest Namibian officials and those of the US delegation to resolve the inter-governmental issue. The Namibian CITES Management Authority understands the issue and has changed its choice of tags so there should not be any further problem. Because of the cooperative attitude of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior that oversees the USF&WS, we hope and expect that those trophies formally seized will be returned in due course, but it was necessary to file petitions for the return of some within the time delays allowed by regulation.

 A greater problem is that there is no provision in USF&WS regulations for return of Appendix 1 trophies when there has been a technical error on the part of either the importing or the exporting country. Import brokers, taxidermists and hunters report to us that governmental errors are the basis of most trophy seizures, particularly this year. Conservation Force and other representative organizations such as the USSA and SCI have asked the International section of the USF&WS for regulatory change which has been denied. Now the International section of the USF&WS is adopting regulations codifying the practice of seizing and destroying trophies of Appendix 1 species even when the problem is a governmental error or perceived to be one. This calls for a Congressional fix, since the Law Enforcement Division is seizing such trophies and the Division of Management Authority has been unwilling to provide any avenue of regulatory relief. Conservation Force called for help with legislative oversight and reform at the most recent AWCP meeting. We have to take a stronger stand because of the losses we have observed and the regulatory attitude and denials of relief in the past. We have to establish protection of innocent trophy owners/hunters from the inevitable human technical and clerical errors of government employees.

 In May, Conservation Force and the Presidents or leaders of USSA, DSC, HSC, Shikar Safari Club International and African Safari Club of Florida met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior in Washington, D.C. to oppose a bundle of new internal CITES regulations of the International section of the Service that operates wholly apart from the rest of the Service. The meeting subject included the abusive seizure policies of trophies from foreign countries. We discovered that the restrictive regulations that are proposed had already cleared the signature chain and are now under review by the Office of Management and Budget. It is not promising, but more particulars could not be released to the organizations calling for relief.

 The positive developments in other parts of the Service and under the Administration have disarmed many hunting organizations, while the interests of international hunters and related wildlife conservation are growing worse. The International section of the Service is wholly separate and apart and the esoteric CITES and Endangered Species laws and regulations confound the problem even more. There seems to be little or no hope without legislative reform.

 Many of the trophies being seized cost as much as a new automobile and all are part of range nations’ conservation programs and were taken on lawful, regulated hunts. Some have CITES quotas to promote the trade. The seizures fly in the face of all that. We need your help to deal with this worsening crisis. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to Conservation Force at PO Box 278, Metairie, LA 70004-0278 USA; or on the web at: www.conser vationforce.org. – John J. Jackson, III.



Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report
May USFWS Implements Catastrophic Suspension of Elephant Imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe
May Letter to USFWS from Robin Hurt
June First Formal Action on Elephant Import Suspension Taken by Conservation Force
July Import Permits Issued for Sulaiman Markhor of Torghar Project
July Trophy Definition to Again Include Worked, Manufactured or Handicraft Items
July Comments Opposing Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Import Suspension
July USFWS Produces Letter of Inquiry to Tanzania on Elephant Populations
August Status of Elephant Import Suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania
August The True Status of White Rhino Populations
August Win the Wild, A Fictionalized Account of How South Africa Reclaimed Its Wildlife Heritage
September Final Zim Finding: Most and Best Available Information Ignored
October Dateline: Africa: Facts About Elephant Enhancement in Tanzania
October Tanzania: Elephant Up, Poaching Down
October CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World Available in USA
October Memorial Donation
October What Listings the Protectionists Want at the Next CITES CoP
November Founding Conservation Force Board Member Donald Lindsay Passes
November Dateline Pakistan: USFWS Special Rule Downlists All Straight-Horned Markhor to Threatened
November The Role of Trophy Hunting in the Downlisting of Straight-horned Markhor
December Conservation Force & Partners Refute Negative USFWS Enhancement Finding on Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Imports
December USFWS Rejects Request for Reconsideration of Tanzania Permit Denials
December Revealed: USFWS “Information” that “Poaching Levels are Increasing” in Zimbabwe are Merely News Articles and Anecdotal Reports
December ESA 12-Month Finding and Proposal to List all Lion as Threatened


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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