SCI Supports The Boone and Crockett Club’s Poach & Pay Initiative as “Trailblazer in Conservation”
Safari Club International (SCI) is proud to announce our partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club in their Poach & Pay initiative. The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt to promote “guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America,” and their Poach & Pay initiative works towards this mission by reducing illegal offtake of wildlife across the country. The Boone and Crockett Club president, James F. Arnold stated, “We appreciate SCI’s support as a Trailblazer in Conservation as we move forward with our Poach & Pay project. The research that got underway this summer will help provide us with the specific actions that we can take to change the game on poachers. Our partnership with conservation organizations like SCI will ensure that we can implement the changes that the Poach & Pay research identifies in order to promote hunting ethics and the future of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.” SCI is sponsoring this program as part of our diligent commitment to legal hunting and conservation of wildlife. The initiative focuses on assessing restrictions to prosecuting poachers, researching the conservation impacts of wildlife crime, describing incentives and deterrents for poachers, providing solutions to poaching, and addressing the negative narrative against hunters in the media. SCI is honored to add the Poach & Pay program to our work of standing First for Hunters. “SCI is proud to support the Poach & Pay program and to work with the Boone and Crockett Club in the fight against illegal poaching,” said CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “This program will be critical to our efforts to increase participation in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and promote legal, regulated hunting. Hunters are the first line of defense against poaching, and SCI is excited for this important initiative across the country.” SCI continues to work on all fronts in supporting hunters across the country. SCI is excited to be a part of this critical initiative and looks forward to future partnerships with the Boone and Crockett Club as we work together for the rights of hunters.