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On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted June 2002)
 
Editor Note: This month Conservation Force Chairman John J. Jackson, III, covers developments on three legal fronts because of their significant impact on hunting. Federal courts are in the midst of determining your Second Amendment right to bear arms, your right to obtain nonresident hunting licenses and your right to import trophies of threatened species.)

Federal Circuits Split Over Right to Bear Arms

The possession and use of firearms by private individuals is under attack around the world and at every level of society. The campaign to take firearms away from private citizens is very real and not likely to end soon. This is not a warning. It is reality today.

Hopefully, some protection is afforded American hunters by the Second Amendment. That is largely dependent upon how the Second Amendment is interpreted. What is its meaning? The right of individual private citizens to bear arms has only recently been recognized in federal court – namely, in the Emerson case decided in 2001 by the federal appeals court for the 5th Circuit located in New Orleans. (U.S. v. Emerson, 270 F.3d 203, 5th Cir., 2001, cert. denied.) That court held that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to protect the private individual right to bear arms (possession) rather than a right to maintain and arm a militia. It has since become the policy of the Bush Administration. Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a position memorandum throughout the Justice Department that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to bear arms and that the Emerson interpretation on the Amendment was correct. The U. S. Supreme Court chose not to review Emerson when application was made to it. (denied a writ)

In December, two new cases were decided that are not reassuring. The first case is directly on point. In Silveira v. Lockyer, rendered on 5 December, 2002, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco squarely held that “the Second Amendment does not confer an individual right to own or possess arms.” Like in the Emerson case that expressed the opposite opinion, it is a scholarly 70-page opinion that can’t be taken lightly. “A robust constitutional debate is currently taking place in this nation regarding the scope of the Second Amendment, a debate that has gained intensity over the last several years....” The belief “that the Second Amendment guarantees to individual private citizens a fundamental right to possess and use firearms...urged by the NRA and other firearms enthusiasts...has never been adopted by any court until the recent Fifth Circuit decision in United States v. Emerson.... Now, for the first time, the United States government contends that the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to possess arms in a “reversal of position by the Justice Department...” The Ninth Circuit panel complains that the new Emerson case and administration policy has “caused” all sorts of “turmoil.”

The court credits “the leadership of the National Rifle Association (the NRA) with making “the disagreement over the meaning of the Second Amendment....particularly heated.” It then discredits the NRA by devoting a full page to former Chief Justice Burger’s view quoted from Parade Magazine, January 14, 1990. Burger is quoted as stating that the “individual rights view” of the Second Amendment was one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word “fraud,” on the American public by special interest groups that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies - the militia - would be maintained for the defense of the state.
This confirmed split between the circuits makes acceptance of the case by the US Supreme Court more likely if the parties file a writ to seek that review. In the interval, individuals within the Fifth Circuit, which are the states of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, have the right to bear arms.

The second case is the Bean case on December 10. Bean was a convicted felon. He filed an application with the government (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) under a federal statue that permits restoration of firearms privileges in select cases (18 U.S.C. 925(c)). That program has not been funded since 1992 so his application was returned. He filed suit and won, but the Supreme Court reversed it.

The case is noteworthy for what it might have decided, not for its opinion. Gun rights advocates followed the case closely in hopes that the US Supreme Court would finally embrace the Second Amendment issue. It did not. It rendered a short, seven-page unanimous decision without touching on the Second Amendment at all. The Court held that the statue that embodied the possession restoration procedure did not permit judicial review unless the application was really denied. In this instance, the application was not processed because the program was un-funded. It was not “denied.” Our reading is that the Second Amendment was not put directly in issue. Nevertheless, the case is important to those convicted felons who had hoped to be able to go to court to have their firearms restrictions lifted.

A Nonresident License Case is Finally Won

The federal court suit challenging the 10 percent caps on elk and deer licenses in Arizona has been won. Though it was dismissed summarily in the district court, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals in San Francisco reversed that dismissal. Conservation Force, Inc. v. Manning, 301 F.3d 985 (9th Cir. August 20, 2002). It is the first case in history to hold that the dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution protects nonresident hunters from discrimination when applying for recreational hunting licenses. The only prior successful case was the unpublished Terk case in New Mexico that rested on Equal Protection and narrow factorial findings. The Ninth Circuit includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and Hawaii.

Because of its extraordinary significance, Arizona is seeking US Supreme Court review, and we fully expect a barrage of amicus briefs by Western states and resident hunters associations. Conservation Force was initially the first plaintiff named in the suit, but voluntarily withdrew to reduce the cost of the suit and to permit a narrower strategy. The strategy of attorney James R. Scarantino to narrow the issues boosted the case. All recreational hunters and related organizations were dropped from the suit. Only three “professional hunters and guides” remained. They intended to use their recreational hunting licenses to take elk and deer to sell body parts out-of-state. That commercial aspect practically assured that the case would be won. Though it first appeared that it would only further the interest of hunters using recreational licenses to get and sell elk and deer antlers, skins and meat, the case has achieved much more.

The federal district court dismissed the plaintiff’s dormant Commerce Clause claim. In response, the plaintiffs dropped all of their other claims and appealed the Commerce Clause claim. The district court dismissed the Commerce Clause claim on the basis that when license applications are made elk and deer are not yet taken and therefore are not yet “articles in commerce.” It reasoned that only articles already in commerce invoke protection. The appeals court strongly disagreed. The appeals court held that the correct issue is whether the discrimination is “substantially affecting the interstate flow of people” because movement of people is also commerce. Moreover, even though the game is not yet taken and placed in commerce at the time of licensing, the discrimination in issuing licenses is prohibited because it “burdens interstate commerce at its point of supply.”

The appeals court expressly held that game animal licenses are to be treated no differently than allocations of other natural resources that are protected by the Commerce Clause before they are “articles in commerce.” For example, discriminatory allocation of petroleum and coal is prohibited at their “point of supply,” before they become “articles in commerce.” The appeals court also reversed the lower court’s additional error that even if recreational licensing falls under the Commerce Clause, the discrimination was “even-handed.” The appeals court held that the discrimination (10 percent cap) was “overt.” When discrimination is legally “overt,” its very purpose is to discriminate against out-of-state interest. The discrimination is not just an “incidental effect” of regulations serving some other legitimate interest. Consequently, the burden of proof and burden of defending the regulations are upon the state and the “regulation is subject to the strict scrutiny” test.

Legally, that shifts two heavy burdens to the state. Under that test, the state must prove: 1.) That there is a “legitimate purpose for the discrimination; and 2.) That there is “no less burdensome or discriminatory alternative means of achieving that legitimate end.” Never before has a court held that the issuance of nonresident recreational hunting licenses affects interstate commerce and that caps on non-residents are “overt” discrimination.

The lower court had incorrectly placed the burden of proof on the non-resident hunters and held that the state’s legitimate purpose for its caps was to favor its own citizens to get their support. The appeals court wholly rejected the position that favoring one’s citizens to get their support was legitimate. “[T]he State’s need or desire to engender political support for its conservation programs cannot by itself justify discrimination.” “Allowing the intensity of political will in a state to justify discrimination against nonresidents would radically undermine the representation-reinforcing polices (one purpose of the Commerce Clause is to protect those who are under-represented out-of-state) underlying the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine.” “Arizona must show more than in-state political demand for discrimination imposed” - i.e., the resident-hunter demand to exclude non-resident hunters is not legal justification for discrimination. Arizona’s own legal strategy had been just the opposite. It submitted an affidavit from a survey showing that “[a]rizona hunters are broadly supportive of the 10 percent cap and that many demand a total ban on nonresident hunting.” That is not a “legitimate” reason to burden those from out-of-state who are under-represented in the political process within the state.

Arizona had cited the caps in other states as justification for their own. The lower court agreed. The appeals court held that approach would promote exactly what the Constitution was adopted to prevent, states reacting to each other’s barriers with like kinds of burdens placed on the commerce of the nation. The appeals court concluded that “caps” on nonresident hunting licenses are “a severe form of discrimination in the allocation of government benefits,” (emphasis added). That is an uncommonly strong statement.

The language and reasoning of the appeals court could have been lifted verbatim from one of Conservation Force’s briefs on those issues. The court relied heavily upon earlier Supreme Court cases we have been citing to show that game animals are to be treated like other natural resources. They are not even owned by the state. Though their allocation is regulated by the state, regulation must be Constitutional. The court also relied upon the Camps Newfound case (520 U.S. 564) that Conservation Force has been citing. In Camps, the 1997 Supreme Court held that discrimination against nonprofit, recreational camps that cater to nonresidents traveling to the state for outdoor recreation and enjoyment of the wild violated the dormant Commerce Clause.

The success of the Arizona case is the most significant nonresident hunting rights case in 30 years. Conservation Force is accepting dedicated donations for the cost of the Supreme Court briefing, if you wish to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the litigation. George Taulman of USO Outfitters has been sponsoring the litigation and should not have to do it alone.

Conservation Force was unsuccessful in a case in Wyoming which is a far more difficult district and appellate circuit. It became one more of a line of nonresident cases that have been unsuccessful in Wyoming. Now, a new nonresident rights case has been filed in that state by a Florida attorney in his own name. Donald J. Schutz v. The State of Wyoming, et al, 02CV165D, September 12, 2002 amended in December. It relies upon the Camps Newfound Supreme Court case and the new Ninth Circuit Arizona decision above, but has added a twist. It challenges the Wyoming “Guide Law” that requires nonresident hunters to be guided in wilderness areas.

Conservation Force is sympathetic to the guides and outfitters. They lost their own suit under the Commerce Clause to protect nonresidents and came under a lot of resident heat for bringing it. Now, a suit is being brought against their interest citing the same Commerce Clause arguments they had relied upon.

The Final Battle Is Fully Underway In The Argali Case

All sides have filed their motions and cross motions for summary judgement in the argali case. The case will be decided on those motions, so this is the final round. Replies and responses will continue into February, then the Judge will decide the case.

The issues have now crystalized. The case will in fact determine whether the US Fish & Wildlife Service can lawfully allow the importation of hunting trophies of any “threatened” species. It will also determine whether or not hunting can continue to be used as a tool to enhance recovery of foreign game species. The antis claim that hunting “take” within the US is limited by the definition clause in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that defines “conservation” and limits it to the “exceptional case” when the listed animal’s population is “excessive” and there is no other way of relieving that pressure. They claim that there is no separate definition for “conservation” of foreign species; therefore, importation of hunting trophies should only be allowed when the foreign species’ population is proven to be excessive and there is no alternative way to relieve the pressure on it. USFW&S did not make and does not make such an inquiry.

The antis are also arguing that all argali subspecies should have been listed as “endangered” on the same basis. Since trophy importation should not be allowed because it promotes the prohibited “take” of a “threatened” animal that is not excessive in number, trophy hunting and alleged enhancement of the species from the hunting revenue is an invalid reason not to list the species as “endangered.” They want a declaratory judgement that trophy importation is limited to the “extraordinary case exception,” and they want an injunction against future trophy imports. They are also asking that the withdrawn proposal to list the three countries’ argali as “endangered” be re-determined by the USF&WS within 60 days. If they succeed with any of their claims, future importation is unlikely.

On the positive side, if we win, the suit could greatly benefit hunters and related conservation interests. The antis have been threatening the USF&WS with the same arguments made in their suit for a decade. Our success can reduce the subtle influence those threats have had. The suit has already caused the USF&WS to withdraw their proposal to list the argali in the three countries as “endangered.” That rule has also been hanging over our head for a decade. Until recently, there has been internal fighting within the USF&WS whether or not to list the argali as “endangered.” One draft within the Service, in fact, was to list them all as “endangered.” It was written by Ron Nowak, the retired Service employee who is one of the plaintiffs in the Argali suit. He also wanted to list all elephant and grizzly as “endangered.” The administrative record demonstrates how vulnerable our hunting really is. It appears that the import of trophies of other species have also been held up because of the antis’ argali notice of intent to sue in 1999. The record also contains many inter-office memos from Nowak, including letters to the Director and to the Secretary of Interior. Those letters embody the very arguments he and the antis have made in their suit. Ultimately, Nowak quit the Service with a letter protesting argali issues. - John J. Jackson, III.


For more information on Conservation Force and/or the services available through Jackson’s alliance with The Hunting Report, write:

Conservation Force
One Lakeway Center
Suite 1045
Metairie, LA 70002.
Tel. 504-837-1233. Fax 504-837-1145.
E-mail: cf@conservationforce.org
Web: www.ConservationForce.org



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


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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