First For Hunters Podcast

First For Hunters Podcast

The official podcast of Safari Club International hosted by Ben Cassidy! SCI is dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI's "First For Hunters" Podcast is the only podcast keeping you up to date on legislation affecting hunters and wildlife worldwide. Tune in for weekly episodes discussing International hunting legislation, wildlife conservation, trending hunting news, and updates on SCI's membership and convention deals!


February 14, 2024 19 mins

In this episode, live from SCI Convention in Nashville, host Ben Cassidy sits down with U.S. Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas. Senator Marshall is a Doctor, Veteran, and lifelong sportsman and conservationist. He is truly one of our own, fighting the good the fight every single day in Washington D.C.

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In this episode, live from SCI Convention in Nashville, host Ben Cassidy sits down with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska to discuss the loss of "access" to public lands in Alaska by the Biden Administration. 

Get to know U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan in this episode and his love for hunting! 

Topics include: "No Net Loss" approach to hunting access, The Senator's military service, and his l...

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January 23, 2024 59 mins

In this episode, host Ben Cassidy sits down with Get Ducks founder, Ramsey Russell, to discuss his recent trip to Australia in pursuit of waterfowl and the film he put together in support of the sport in the region:

Battleground Australia, presented by Get Ducks, SCI, and Field & Game Australia, airs January 24th on the Get Ducks YouTube channel. This film depicts the diverse and healthy populations of waterfowl in Aus...

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In this episode, host Ben Cassidy sits down with Dan Gates the Founder and Executive Director of Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management (C.R.W.M).  

Ben and Dan discuss the recent challenges sportsmen and women face in Colorado around the management of mountain lions and the imminent threat of recent ballot initiatives and what hunters are doing to stop them. 

Learn more about C.R.W.M. here: https://saveth...

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January 10, 2024 33 mins

In this episode, host Ben Cassidy sits down with SCI Foundation Large Carnivore Program Manager Maria Davidson, SCI Litigation Counsel Regina Lennox, and SCI Western States Liaison Chris Tymeson to discuss black bear management, specifically the future of the black bear in Louisiana.

The First For Hunters Podcast is the ONLY podcast in the hunting industry updating you weekly on the legislative issues that affect hunting ...

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Merry Christmas from Safari Club International! Join us on today's episode with host Ben Cassidy and guests Bee Frederick (SCI Eastern States Liaison), Jeremy Clare (SCI Litigation Counsel), and Regina Lennox (SCI Litigation Counsel) to discuss some of the big hunter advocacy wins from 2023! 

We couldn't have had all of these amazing wins without the support of YOU our listeners, followers, advocates, and members...

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September 20, 2023 35 mins

Last week, SCI, the West Michigan Bowhunters Chapter of SCI, and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education over its misinterpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). 

The lawsuit challenges the Department’s misguided decision to prohibit the use of federal funds for shooting sports, hunter education, and outdoor education programs in schools. 

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September 5, 2023 28 mins

In this episode of the First For Hunters Podcast, host Ben Cassidy gives a quick International and Government Affairs recap and then sits down with Jim Shepherd, the founder of Outdoor Wire.

The Outdoor Wire is a daily news outlet of record for the outdoor industry.

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In this episode, host Ben Cassidy sits down with Chris Parish (CEO and President at the Peregrine Fund) and Leland Brown (Non-lead Hunting Education Program Manager at Oregon Zoo) to discuss lead ammunition and tackle. 

While Working at the Peregrine Fund, Chris and Leland co-founded the Non-Lead Partnership. 

SCI opposes blanket lead bans. They disregard science, block access and, in turn, negatively impact wildl...

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In this episode, Ben Cassidy sits down with Larry Bell, SCI Life Member and Founder of the Bell Family Blue Bag program. 

In memory of their daughter Amy Bell, SafariCare Blue Bags are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of schoolchildren or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys.  The Blue Bag is taken to remote areas of the w...

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In this episode, First For Hunters Host Ben Cassidy sits down with Congressman Rob Wittman of Virginia's First District. 

Congressman Wittman is a lifelong hunter and angler from the Northern Neck of Virginia. Ben and the Congressman discuss the Biden Administration's threat to limit the use of lead ammunition on public lands and what we as sportsmen can do to prevent it. 

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In this episode, host Ben Cassidy interviews Shane Mahoney in Paris, France to discuss his personal journey in the conservation field.

Shane Patrick Mahoney is the President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.. A Newfoundland native, he holds both an Honors and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mahoney has over 30 years experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife m...

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TORBJÖRN LARSSON, President of the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), joins the First For Hunters Podcast with your host Ben Cassidy in Paris, France. 

Torbjörn Larsson is a Swedish businessman and entrepreneur and a past President of the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management. 

In this podcast, Ben and Torbjörn discuss what its like representing the 7 million...

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April 28, 2023 33 mins

In this episode, host Ben Cassidy sits down with Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. Brandon talks about the importance of silencers and the advantages they give hunters. We also get a glimpse of how Brandon started Silencer Central and turned it into the largest and easiest platform for you to order a suppressor. 

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April 21, 2023 28 mins

In this episode, Host Ben Cassidy sits down with SCI Life Member, J Alain Smith. Alain is an author, entertainer, musician, and host of Rugged Expeditions. Within Safari Club International, Alain is a Hall of Fame Award Winner and Master of Ceremonies at SCI's Annual Convention. 

Alain has hunted big game in some of the most dangerous places in the world. In this episode we learn about Alain's introduction to SCI...

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In this episode, guest host Ryan Bassham sits down with President and Founder of Kanati Taxidermy, Wes Good at SCI Convention in Nashville. Wes along with his two brothers, have been in business for over 25 years! Located in Pennsylvania, Kanati Taxidermy is known for their ELITE Taxidermy Artwork, helping you bring your hunting adventure back to life. Whether it is an elephant or whitetail deer - Kanati Taxidermy has done it all. ...

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In this episode, Host Ben Cassidy rejoins the First For Hunters Podcast with SCI's Guide and Outfitter Liaison, Scott Talbott. Scott is the former Director of Wyoming Game and Fish and served with the Department for over 34 years! SCI is honored to have Scott join our team. 

Ben gives us a quick international government affairs recap and then we roll into the episode and touch on a few topics: Grizzlies, Wolves, and s...

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March 31, 2023 31 mins

In this episode, guest host and SCI Ambassador Ryan Bassham sits down with Rachel Ahtila at SCI Convention in Nashville. Rachel Ahtila is a professional international hunting guide and has been an outdoor ambassador for many brands, including Sitka Gear, Yeti, Safari Club International, and others. 

Rachel talks about her life story as a woman hunting guide and the rewards and struggles that have come with it. Rachel and R...

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In this episode, guest host and SCI Ambassador Ryan Bassham sits down with entrepreneur Mckenzie Sims at SCI Convention in Nashville! Mckenzie is a proud SCI member and accomplished international hunter. On top of this, he is also a very successful businessman and owner of Sims Safaris - Helping You Find Your Dream Safari Hunting Information. 

In this episode Mckenzie talks about his start into the safari hunting world and...

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Sydnie Wells, host of Barstool Outdoors, sits down with guest host and SCI Ambassador Ryan Bassham on the First For Hunters Podcast during SCI Convention in Nashville! 

They talk about Sydnie's first experience at a SCI Convention, the benefits of International hunting for conservation, and how hunting is the best way to clear your mind after a stressful week of work. 

Thank you for listening and give us a fo...

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