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Hunters on the Hill

February 2021
Author: Brett Stayton, SCI Communications Manager

Safari Club is one of the only hunting organizations with a brick-and-mortar headquarters on Capitol Hill. While the November elections have brought a number of new faces to Washington D.C., there are a number of proven Hunters on The Hill ready to continue protecting your freedoms.

Representative Don Young from Alaska returns as Dean of the House. The longest serving member of the House of Representatives is also the only sitting member of Congress to have dueled with a grizzly bear. Memories of his hunting adventures from around the world adorn the walls of his Capitol Hill office in spectacular fashion.

Congressman Bruce Westerman has a new role as minority chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee – a fitting role for Congress’s only licensed forester. Like any good Arkansas native, Westerman has seen plenty of sunrises from a duck blind and knows how to use a turkey call. His experience and interests will undoubtedly ensure that sound land management principles and a pro-hunting voice are heard loud and clear in the most important committee for hunting and conservation issues.

After a hotly contested election in Montana, Steve Daines is back as arguably the strongest voice for the hunting community on Capitol Hill. Last year, Senator Daines steered the Great American Outdoors Act across the finish line, one of the most important legislative accomplishments for hunting, conservation, and public land in decades. Hunting is a family affair for him as each of his annual adventures afield always include his wife and kids.

From bowhunting in the North Dakota Badlands to politics’ biggest stage, Congressman Kelly Armstrong is a rising voice for both his constituency and the hunting community at large. These days, his desk job keeps him from hunting as much as he wishes he could, but like a true Dakota boy, he still finds time to ruffle some pheasant feathers with friends and family.

SCI’s reigning Federal Legislator of the Year is back in the House, too, as Representative Jeff Duncan will continue his strong track record of fighting for the freedom to hunt. Whether he is stalking redfish through a salt flat in his native South Carolina or chasing mule deer up a mountain with his sons, he not only talks the talk on Capitol Hill, but he walks the walk in the woods and on the water too.

Capitol Hill even has its own hunter education instructor. Ohio Congressman Bob Latta has successfully pursued many of North America’s big game animals. If he’s back in his home state in the fall, then he’s most likely hunting deer and turkeys in the spring. He has been certified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to teach hunter education courses for decades. In the fall of 2019, he and SCI hosted a hunter ed course for congressional staffers. Once circumstances permit, additional classes on Capitol Hill will resume.

In the coming months, SCI will publish in-depth profiles of the most prominent Hunters on The Hill because who better to trust with protecting your freedom to hunt than fellow hunters.

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