News https://www.safariclub.org/media-center/blogs/rss.xml en PETA Calls For Humane Killing Of Florida Iguanas https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-calls-humane-killing-florida-iguanas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PETA Calls For Humane Killing Of Florida Iguanas</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:08</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/peta-calls-humane-killing-florida-iguanas%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/peta-calls-humane-killing-florida-iguanas%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>In a stunning course-correction, PETA has actually agreed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in its assessment that homeowners should humanely kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible. The </span><a href="https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles/green-iguana/"><span>FWC website</span></a><span> describes the overly-abundant creature as </span><span><span><span><span>“an invasive species in Florida and are not native to our state. They can cause considerable damage to infrastructure, including seawalls and sidewalks. This species is not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As one might imagine, the encouragement to kill the invasive species was met with an uproar from the animal rights crowd, including a </span></span></span></span><a href="https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-cruel-government-sanctioned-massacre-of-floridas-iguanas/"><span><span><span>petition</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> claiming, “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is calling for a mass public slaughter of Iguanas.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>National animal rights groups have also gotten in on the act. Humane Society of the United States president Kitty Block issued a </span></span></span><a href="https://blog.humanesociety.org/2019/07/floridas-inhumane-solution-to-its-iguana-problem-is-doomed-to-failure.html"><span><span>statement</span></span></a><span><span><span> saying the policy was an irresponsible directive that could lead to the killing of other reptiles, according to an article in the </span></span></span><a href="https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/animal-advocates-call-on-florida-to-stop-letting-people-kill-iguanas-11217016"><span><span>Miami New Times</span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_5.jpg?itok=SAYECk1C" width="159" height="125" alt="iguana" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>Perhaps the most puzzling response came from PETA – who sent a </span></span></span><a href="https://www.peta.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Iguanas.pdf"><span><span>letter</span></span></a><span><span><span> to the FWC urging the Commission to provide public instruction on the humane methods of killing iguanas. “</span></span></span><span><span>"If the Commission insists on urging inexperienced and untrained homeowners to kill iguanas, it must first provide accurate and detailed explanations of the methods of killing them that are acceptable as well as those that are not," the letter stated.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>While the PETA letter was fairly well-reasoned, it was a serious departure from the animal rights group’s stance of animals before humans. Actually, “all other animals before humans” would be more accurate. The question is, why? Is it a nod to their own miserable history in running kill-shelters for dogs and cats, or is there really a glimmer of common sense beginning to emerge? Only time will tell – any bets?</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-calls-humane-killing-florida-iguanas" data-a2a-title="PETA Calls For Humane Killing Of Florida Iguanas"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:08:30 +0000 20323822 5500 at https://www.safariclub.org Kansas City Chapter To Hold Expo At Arrowhead Stadium https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kansas-city-chapter-hold-expo-arrowhead-stadium <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kansas City Chapter To Hold Expo At Arrowhead Stadium</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/kansas-city-chapter-hold-expo-arrowhead-stadium%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/kansas-city-chapter-hold-expo-arrowhead-stadium%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Chapter Spotlight</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/KC-Expo-Entrance-to-Venue.jpg?itok=AATCtCCF" width="270" height="480" alt="KC Arrowhead Stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p>The Kansas City Chapter of SCI will hold its Hunter’s Expo Jan. 24-26, 2020 at Arrowhead Stadium.</p> <p>“The Kansas City Chapter was looking for a new venue for its annual Hunter's Expo,” said Chapter President David Haake.  “We had been using large warehouse type venues but felt it did not reflect the quality of our event.   </p> <p>“We started looking at hotel ballrooms and meeting facilities, however these still did not seem quite right,” he continued. “We found out that Arrowhead Stadium had a place suitable for our chapter.  The North Club features almost 15,000 square feet of meeting space, banquet capacity for over 300, two full bars and a concession. They gave us a complimentary private meeting room, free wi-fi and state of the art AV system. All for just a little more than we had been paying.  Icing on the cake is a beautiful view of the field.</p> <p>They also made available the Founders Club for our Saturday morning hands-on Youth Wildlife and Conservation program.  This program can handle up to 75 kids.  Reservation required in advance.</p> <p>“The exciting part is now our meeting place should be a big a draw for members and the general public,” President Haake explained.   “If other Chapters are looking for a new venue they should check out their cities sports venues.  Everyone knows where Arrowhead Stadium is and how to get there.”  </p> <p>Kansas City Chapter Hunter's Expo Fact Sheet:</p> <ul><li>Open to the public, $10 admission, kids 16 and under free with paid adult</li> <li>Advertised on TV, Social Media and at local merchants</li> <li>Over 1,000 expected to attend this year’s event</li> <li>Room for up to 60 exhibitors from around the world</li> <li>Banquet seating for 300-plus</li> <li>Awards presentation</li> <li>On-line &amp; live auctions</li> <li>Silent auction items</li> <li>Raffles</li> <li>Video shooting gallery on 20-foot screen</li> <li>Food concession</li> <li>Cash Bar</li> <li>Tour of Arrowhead Stadium</li> <li>Youth Event - up to 75 kids</li> <li>January 24 - 26, 2020</li> </ul></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kansas-city-chapter-hold-expo-arrowhead-stadium" data-a2a-title="Kansas City Chapter To Hold Expo At Arrowhead Stadium"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5491 at https://www.safariclub.org KAOKOLAND SAFARI https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kaokoland-safari <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">KAOKOLAND SAFARI</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/kaokoland-safari%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/kaokoland-safari%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="Hunters and springbok" class="image-style-large" height="320" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Kaokoland-Safari-Boddington-and-hunters.jpg?itok=23CJziUA" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Dan Baker, Boddington and Gladys Taggart with two beautiful Kalahari springboks, taken a few minutes apart in Kaokoland.</figcaption></figure><p>When Dan Baker and Gladys Taggart bid on Jamy Traut’s auction package at our 2019 Convention, they knew they would be hunting in Namibia. I’d agreed to go along, so I knew that as well, and I also knew Jamy would put on a great safari. None of us knew we’d be hunting in an unlimited expanse encompassing 1.6 million acres of wild Africa!</p> <p>Namibia is always an awesome safari destination. Since I first hunted there 40 years ago, there are many reasons why this once-sleepy backwater has emerged as Africa’s second-largest safari destination. I’ve been there many times and look forward to more, but hunting areas in Namibia are rarely described as “wild” or “unlimited.”</p> <p>The most common Namibian safari is for plains game on private land, productive hunting in gorgeous country on large properties, but except for the far north, most of Namibia is not “dangerous game country.” Then there’s Caprivi, where the buffaloes and elephants roam. Caprivi, formally the “Zambezi Region,” is now one of the continent’s top spots for elephant. Caprivi is wild, with constant elephant traffic between Angola to the north and Botswana to the south, and lions are often heard roaring at night. Realistically, however, Caprivi is a narrow strip; hunting areas in Caprivi are not huge and certainly not unlimited.</p> <p>Over the years I thought I’d seen most of Namibia…but I’d missed Kaokoland! The northwestern corner of Namibia is a huge and mostly vacant quadrant of rocky ridges, steep mountains and broad valleys. The region is home to several pastoral peoples who have pooled their land into conservancies. <a href="https://jamyhunts.com/" target="_blank">Jamy Traut’s</a> Kaokoland concession extends across multiple conservancies and covers, literally, 1.6 million acres, extending from the westernmost extension of Etosha most of the way to the Atlantic. He freely admits there’s much of it he’s never seen…and it’s unlikely he’ll ever know it all.</p> <p>It’s an interesting area! Kaokoland is “below the red line,” a long deteriorated and now-porous fence intended to exclude buffalo (and their bovine diseases) from cattle country. With or without the “red line” Kaokoland is too dry for buffalo so none are present. Instead there’s a permanent population of several hundred elephants that follow scarce hidden springs, with more coming and going seasonally from Etosha.</p> <p>There is also a permanent population of lions! We saw fresh tracks daily and heard lions roaring from camp several nights. One morning, when we least needed help from lions, we checked an active leopard bait only to discover lions had managed to climb the tree, devour the bait and, of course, chase our leopard off in the process. Such things are normal in Tanzania or the Zambezi Valley…they are not expected in Namibia.</p> <p>Perhaps the most amazing thing: Kaokoland has a breeding population of black rhinos, very possibly the last completely free-ranging black rhinos on the African continent. We saw fresh tracks near a spring one morning, so their presence is genuine. Black rhinos are very tough, naturally able to thrive in rugged, arid habitat. Kaokoland reminded me of the harsh, stony Samburu country in northern Kenya, once famous for black rhino.</p> <p>Kaokoland is rocky and dry, with just a few widely scattered natural springs. This year we caught the serious drought conditions that are plaguing most of Namibia, with hardly a blade of grass anywhere. There’s a broad, open valley with scattered scrub mopane trees they call “Little Serengeti,” usually lush with tall grass. This year “Little Sahara” would be more apt! Even so, at least in June the animals were mostly in good shape, and I was impressed by the quality, quantity and variety.</p> <p>Springbok roamed in big herds and rams were huge. Black-faced impala were plentiful, and the hills held major concentrations of the beautiful Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Giraffes were everywhere, sometimes in large herds. Kudu were widely scattered, but we saw mature bulls almost every day, and Gladys took an exceptional bull with a fast shot through a small window on a brushy hillside.</p> <p>Gemsbok were also widely scattered, but the area is known for long-horned oryx, and we had occasional sightings of eland and hartebeest. In such big, arid country game is widely dispersed. We had to cover ground and glass, but on most outings we’d see a half-dozen different species, and, adding in steenbok and klipspringer, some days we’d get up to nine or ten.</p> <p>Our primary purpose was to get Dan a leopard, so that focused our efforts: Much time was spent looking for tracks, hanging baits, dragging and building blinds. Finding tracks was simply not a problem; most rocky watercourses held leopard spoor, and in the course of the hunt I saw a couple of leopard pug marks as big as any I’ve ever seen. Getting the cats to take and remain on bait proved difficult, with some tracks passing by our succulent baits; other cats hitting once and not returning. The likely conclusion is effects of the drought, with some animals already weakened and offering easy prey.</p> <p>As the hunt progressed it was frustrating, as leopard hunting often is, but Jamy’s main camp was exceptionally comfortable, and the skinners were kept busy. On most days one or another animal was taken, but leopard prospects weren’t favorable. Just past the midpoint we moved to a “fly camp” off to the west, actually a wonderfully complete and comfortable tented camp in the middle of nowhere. It was here that we heard lions roaring, and the leopard business started coming together. We had two big toms feeding on widely separate baits…and we actually saw both of them in broad daylight.</p> <p>The first, not far from camp, approached the bait before sundown, but instead of jumping into the tree as he was supposed to, he made a beeline for the blind and sat down, staring, at just ten yards. It was impossible to depress Dan’s .275 Rigby from its rest for a shot, so the stalemate continued for long seconds until the cat, sensing something amiss, wandered away…and then it grew dark.</p> <p>The second, horrors, was on the bait when we approached in late morning to check. This was a very big tom, seen clearly as he crossed a dry wash, climbed the opposite bank, and then stopped for a few seconds, an amazing sight. No shot was possible, but this cat had just discovered the bait and we thought he’d come back. He did, and fed greedily. We brought him fresh zebra and set up a perfect blind…but it was this bait that was stolen by lions!</p> <p>We figured the lions had messed up any chance for this leopard, so we concentrated on the tom near camp. In accordance with local rules we were committed to a daylight shot, which complicates things. This cat had been on and off the bait site for some time, but was an irregular feeder, sometimes in the dead of night (which did us no good), but sometimes, per trail camera, in the morning…and he’d discovered our first blind in late afternoon. We built a new blind in the rocks above, changing the angle, and the cat quickly returned.</p> <p>He was so habituated to this bait that I truly thought we would get him, just a matter of time…but time was growing short. At this stage any leopard hunt becomes tense and tiring, with long hours in the blind staring at nothing. Will the cat come? And will there be enough light for a shot? He came at dusk on Dan’s last evening, visible, the sounds of tearing meat and crunching bones audible. There just wasn’t enough light for a safe and confident shot, a heart-breaking conclusion to a fine safari in fascinating country. Sometimes that’s the way of it with leopard hunting. There are no guarantees, but this one was so close and yet so far. We’ll just have to try it again!--Craig Boddington</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/kaokoland-safari" data-a2a-title="KAOKOLAND SAFARI"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5482 at https://www.safariclub.org Huge Victory Keeps Hunters’ Identities Confidential https://www.safariclub.org/blog/huge-victory-keeps-hunters-identities-confidential <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Huge Victory Keeps Hunters’ Identities Confidential</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:54</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/huge-victory-keeps-hunters-identities-confidential%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/huge-victory-keeps-hunters-identities-confidential%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Federal</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>On August 15th, a D.C. federal district court agreed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and SCI that Humane Society International (HSI) was not entitled to information about the identity of hunters who imported and exported trophies to and from the U.S.  HSI sued when the FWS refused to disclose the names of importers and exporters of animals between 2002 and 2014 in response to HSI’s Freedom of Information Act requests.  The request involved the identities of over 12,000 importer and exporters.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-04/gavel-image-2.jpg?itok=a2hD8r4_" width="400" height="267" alt="gavel" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>After HSI sued the FWS for refusing to disclose the identities of importers and exporters, the FWS published a notice in the Federal Register, giving individuals who had submitted 3-177 Forms a limited window of time to submit objections to the disclosure.  SCI’s attorneys, realizing how few would see the notice, sent word of the notice to all SCI members and to other hunting organizations.  SCI’s notice contained information to assist hunters in filing their objections.  In great part due to SCI’s efforts, 1,429 individuals filed objections and the FWS continued to withhold the identities of those who submitted objections.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI then took the next step to protect its members’ privacy rights and intervened in the case to defend the FWS’s refusal to disclose importers and exporters’ identities.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In its ruling, the federal court agreed with the FWS and SCI that hunter/importers and exporters should be entitled to their privacy.  “These individuals have an interest in keeping their names from being disclosed to the public alongside the details of their private activity importing or exporting wildlife.”  The court also wrote:  “Simply because these individuals have decided to engage in a regulated activity does not mean they have no privacy interest in the information they must provide the government in connection with that activity.”  The court also found that HSI did not demonstrate a public interest in the disclosure of the names that outweighed the privacy interests at stake.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>From start to finish, SCI protected the privacy interests of its members.  We will continue to work with the FWS to make sure hunters/importers/exporters are given the opportunity to protect their privacy when legally hunting wildlife and that anti-hunting groups cannot interfere with those privacy rights</span></span>.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/huge-victory-keeps-hunters-identities-confidential" data-a2a-title="Huge Victory Keeps Hunters’ Identities Confidential"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:54:09 +0000 20323822 5493 at https://www.safariclub.org Television Personality Joins Forces With PETA To Take On Clothing Manufacturer https://www.safariclub.org/blog/television-personality-joins-forces-peta-take-clothing-manufacturer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Television Personality Joins Forces With PETA To Take On Clothing Manufacturer</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:32</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/television-personality-joins-forces-peta-take-clothing-manufacturer%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/television-personality-joins-forces-peta-take-clothing-manufacturer%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Controversial TV host Bill Maher is joining PETA representatives at the annual meeting of Canada Goose Holdings Inc. to challenge the company’s use of coyote fur and goose feathers in its clothing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>PETA owns 230 shares of Canada Goose stock, allowing the animal rights group to speak at the meeting. Maher is an “honorary director” of the increasingly wacky PETA.</span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_4.jpg?itok=_0X7ttsk" width="152" height="124" alt="coyote" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span>In a statement, Maher said the company’s “fur-sourcing ‘standards’ still allow coyotes caught in steel traps to languish with potential broken bones and hemorrahaging [sic] for days before the trapper returns to shoot or bludgeon them to death,” according to a </span><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bill-maher-peta-will-raise-concerns-at-canada-gooses-annual-meeting-2019-08-14"><span>Marketwatch.com</span></a><span> story. It would be interesting to know how many trap lines Maher has been on to allow him to speak so authoritatively.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“[Its] jackets are stuffed with the down feathers of birds who died violently,” Maher’s statement continued. “When will Canada Goose get with the times and stop using real fur and down?”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>PETA will also be protesting in front of the Canada Goose Toronto headquarters and the New York City flagship store.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Canada Goose responded to the PETA threats with a statement of their own.  “This is nothing new from PETA. We are disappointed that they continue to attempt to mislead consumers through sensational tactics, misrepresenting the facts. We remain committed to the responsible use and ethical sourcing of all materials in our products, as evidenced by our transparency standards.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>PETA is well-known for its misrepresentation of facts and “play-to-the-camera” tactics. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/television-personality-joins-forces-peta-take-clothing-manufacturer" data-a2a-title="Television Personality Joins Forces With PETA To Take On Clothing Manufacturer"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:32:57 +0000 20323822 5490 at https://www.safariclub.org Ontario’s Bear and Moose Hunts in High Demand https://www.safariclub.org/blog/ontarios-bear-and-moose-hunts-high-demand <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ontario’s Bear and Moose Hunts in High Demand</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/ontarios-bear-and-moose-hunts-high-demand%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/ontarios-bear-and-moose-hunts-high-demand%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/35" hreflang="en">Guides &amp; Outfitters</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/NOTO-Black-Bear.jpg?itok=ocirY0SR" width="480" height="300" alt="Ontario black bear" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p>As Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) works through some tribulations over what moose and bear population numbers really are, the demand for these two big game species is at an all-time high.</p> <p>In 2014, Ontario saw the return of a spring bear hunt as a two-year pilot project for resident hunters only. This pilot was to address concerns raised by Northern Ontario residents regarding human-bear conflicts since the spring bear hunt cancellation in 1999. The fall hunt would continue to be offered. The problem with only including resident hunters was that non-residents have traditionally outnumbered resident hunters for this species.</p> <p>Nature &amp; Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) successfully advocated that the outfitting community was being left out from participating in the spring hunt pilot as their predominantly non-resident guests were unable to participate.  In 2016 the pilot project was extended for 5 years (ends 2020) and now includes non-resident hunters.</p> <p>To the surprise of the outfitting community, the harvest allocation for the outfitters did not increase with the addition of the spring hunting season and in some cases were reduced which left many in the outfitting and hunting community scratching their heads. Outfitters want to support a spring bear hunt but with these restrictions it is a difficult transition from a business perspective.</p> <p>A resident of Ontario can purchase a bear hunting license to harvest one bear per year and in some wildlife management units (WMU) obtain a second opportunity. There is no cap on how many resident bear licenses can be sold and those hunters can hunt in any of the WMUs where bear can be harvested.  On the other hand, the outfitting industry does have location and harvest restrictions. MNRF must make changes to resident bear hunt licensing if bear populations are to be managed properly.</p> <p>Currently MNRF is collecting bear hair trap samples to assess bear populations across the province. The last known data collected was between 2007 and 2009. Those numbers are currently being used to determine allocations to the tourism industry. We are eager to see what the results of these new samples will reveal.</p> <p>A recent study was conducted by MNRF as part of the review of the pilot that showed the economic value of a spring bear hunt in Ontario. With the increased participation from hunters, both resident and non-resident, the lower numbers of human-bear encounters and the health of the bear population, we are optimistic that the spring hunt will be fully reinstated once the pilot ends. We will continue working closely with government to ensure modifications are made to the regulations that will support a healthy bear population for generations to come.</p> <p>As the five-year pilot continues, resident bear hunt license sales has tripled. Much of this increase can be attributed to the decrease in moose hunting opportunities in Ontario over the last 7 years. MNRF has indicated that our moose population has decreased substantially and are looking at solutions to counteract this decrease.</p> <p>So far, the focus has been on hunter activities to take pressure off the moose herd. While the majority in the hunting community have been very supportive of modifying the moose hunt regulations, many have questioned the specific changes that have been made to the seasons and tag allocations between bull and cow moose. We continue to press government to look at other sources of impact like predation, forestry, climate change, and disease and to look at other jurisdictions who may have best practices to share.</p> <p>With the reduction in moose tags available to both resident and non-resident hunters the demands have become very high for the remaining opportunities. Many outfitters are booking 2 to 3 years in advance and could book much further into the future however, allocations are only provided to them one year in advance. Outfitters are having to manage expectations of guests regularly with no control over the outcomes of the allocation process.</p> <p>As we work through the intricacies of a bear and moose management in Ontario, our outfitting community wishes to thank all their guests for their continued support and we wish to thank our outfitters for their input and insight throughout this process. They are a resilient group of people and we are honored to work with them.--Laurie Marcil</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/ontarios-bear-and-moose-hunts-high-demand" data-a2a-title="Ontario’s Bear and Moose Hunts in High Demand"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5481 at https://www.safariclub.org What Goes Around Comes Around – Animal Rights Groups Take A Page From Radical Environmentalists https://www.safariclub.org/blog/what-goes-around-comes-around-animal-rights-groups-take-page-radical-environmentalists <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What Goes Around Comes Around – Animal Rights Groups Take A Page From Radical Environmentalists</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:59</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/what-goes-around-comes-around-animal-rights-groups-take-page-radical-environmentalists%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/what-goes-around-comes-around-animal-rights-groups-take-page-radical-environmentalists%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>As the phrase from Ecclesiastes goes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” This is particularly true when talking about radical activism. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“<span>Activists borrow from one another. In the past, radical environmentalists borrowed from the animal liberation movement. Now animal rights advocates are borrowing from environmentalists,” said author Thomas Walkom, National Affairs Columnist for </span></span><a href="https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/08/12/animal-rights-advocates-take-a-page-from-environmentalists-playbook.html"><em><span>The Star</span></em></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/pork-1329681__340.jpg?itok=4kVvv8Ob" width="480" height="320" alt="pulled pork sandwich" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>Walkom interviewed Toronto animal rights activist, Anita Krajnc, whose claim to fame was a 2015 arrest for “offering water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter.” Krajnc was a founder of the animal rights group Toronto Pig Save, which has morphed into the worldwide Save Movement which focuses “on the plight of not only pigs but cows, chickens and other food animals.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Not satisfied with the effectiveness of their movement, (after all, people were still eating animals no matter how many vigils the activists held outside the slaughterhouses,) the activists started looking for more productive tactics. Krajnc, according to Walkom, landed on radical climate change group Extinction Rebellion as using the most promising template.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Extinction Rebellion started in England but has spread to other countries and has three reported goals, the most important to the animal rights world is setting up citizen assemblies (read protest groups) outside of the normal political structure.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Although its tactics include non-violent civil disobedience, </span></span><a href="https://www.thestar.com/news/world/europe/2019/04/15/extinction-rebellion-environmental-protests-halt-traffic.html"><span><span>Extinction Rebellion demonstrators </span></span></a><span><span>have caused massive uproar and disruption of traffic by shutting down major bridges in London </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Perhaps the most alarming precept of Extinction Rebellion is its adherence to the Lenin idea that only a small minority of the population need be involved in direct actions as long as the majority are amenable. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Many of its ideas were borrowed from a 2016 book <em>This</em> <em>is an Uprising, </em>written by Mark and Paul Engler, said the Walkom article. He notes that when he met with Krajnc, she was carrying an obviously well-used copy of the Engler book, referring to it often.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>How has the Save Movement adopted a radical enviro-group agenda? First, they have set up two “Save” groups – Climate Save and Health Save. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Climate Save is advocating for the elimination of animals used for human food (</span></span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/impossible-foods-brainwashes-kids"><span>sound familiar</span></a><span><span>), allowing land to be turned back into carbon-absorbing forest. Health Save encourages people to adopt veganism. More social engineering.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Next, the Save Movement plans on including blockades and demonstrations in front of the homes of those involved in the animal slaughter business. Walkom notes that this could actually backfire by generating sympathy for the targets of the animal rights demonstrations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>How does the radical agenda affect the ability to hunt? Take a look at the tactics of the animal rights activists in the continual introduction of anti-hunting proposals at all levels of government. Look at the emotional appeals that deny the scientific data backing up hunting as an important component in wildlife management plans. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As the famous Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said, “know your enemy.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/what-goes-around-comes-around-animal-rights-groups-take-page-radical-environmentalists" data-a2a-title="What Goes Around Comes Around – Animal Rights Groups Take A Page From Radical Environmentalists"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:59:50 +0000 20323822 5489 at https://www.safariclub.org Northwoods Adventures Closes After 50 Years Of Service To Hunters https://www.safariclub.org/blog/northwoods-adventures-closes-after-50-years-service-hunters <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Northwoods Adventures Closes After 50 Years Of Service To Hunters</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/14/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/northwoods-adventures-closes-after-50-years-service-hunters%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/northwoods-adventures-closes-after-50-years-service-hunters%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/35" hreflang="en">Guides &amp; Outfitters</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>Following the passing of its president, Northwoods Adventures announced it will close after 50 years of helping hunters realize their dreams.<img alt="Gary Strasser Sr" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4884da44-9790-4534-9411-c112c7a885cc" height="312" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/gary-strasser.jpg" width="208" class="align-right" /></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Gary D. Strasser Sr., President of Northwoods Adventures, passed away Jan. 23, 2019 at his home in Wisconsin.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Members have known Gary and his wife Carol as the owners of Northwoods and may have even booked one of their hunts.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Gary was a longtime SCI member and supporter, avid hunter and truly loved everything to do with hunting.  Members who called to book a hunt were provided exactly what to expect, including a wealth of knowledge about how to hunt for various game. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Gary and Carol attended many chapter meetings and many conventions. Often, they donated many hunts, rifles and gifts for our raffles.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>He was surely passionate about successful hunting. With this news and after much consideration, Carol has informed us that after more than 50 years of helping hunters do more than dream about dream hunts, she is closing the business.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Carol and Susan (their daughter) send a sincere “thank you” for the many years of business from SCI members and for the many supportive thoughts and prayers they have already received.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Gary Sr. is most certainly with Gary Jr. in Heaven, hunting some wild game and making sure it is ready for all of us when we eventually move to do our hunting in the sky.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/northwoods-adventures-closes-after-50-years-service-hunters" data-a2a-title="Northwoods Adventures Closes After 50 Years Of Service To Hunters"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5480 at https://www.safariclub.org World Prepares For Conference On International Trade In Endangered Species https://www.safariclub.org/blog/world-prepares-conference-international-trade-endangered-species <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">World Prepares For Conference On International Trade In Endangered Species</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/world-prepares-conference-international-trade-endangered-species%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/world-prepares-conference-international-trade-endangered-species%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Cites logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5263ff79-41f8-41c6-aaab-59b23eea0c22" height="180" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/CoP18logoWebv1.jpg" width="249" class="align-left" />The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of CITES will meet in Geneva from August 17 – 28, 2019.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls. All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system. Each Party to the Convention must designate one or more Management Authorities in charge of administering that licensing system and one or more Scientific Authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the status of the species,” according to the </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/how.php"><span>CITES</span></a></span><span><span> website.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The species covered by CITES are listed in </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cites.org/eng/app/index.php"><span><span>three Appendices</span></span></a></span><span><span>, according to the degree of protection they need. (For additional information on the number and type of species covered by the Convention click </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/species.php"><span><span>here</span></span></a></span><span><span>.)</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As the COP nears, preparations by parties and non-governmental organizations to bolster their positions on the listing or delisting of various species. One interesting instrument in this endeavor is a video on rural engagement at CITES, produced by the </span></span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Organizations (NACSO). The video was filmed at a training workshop in Namibia.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Take a look at the following video to see why four Namibian conservationists discuss why the voices of rural conservancy residents should be heard at the international forum.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Tg5svk1OCo" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/world-prepares-conference-international-trade-endangered-species" data-a2a-title="World Prepares For Conference On International Trade In Endangered Species"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5485 at https://www.safariclub.org Rutland Redux https://www.safariclub.org/blog/rutland-redux <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rutland Redux</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/rutland-redux%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/rutland-redux%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="Rutland gray laminate stock" class="image-style-large" height="113" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Rutland-stocks-Sundra-gray-lam.jpg?itok=rr7FqaQr" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Rutland’s new ChevCore laminate produces a chevron-like pattern unlike conventional laminates.</figcaption></figure><p>Prior to August 2014 when a disastrous fire totally destroyed the Rutland Plywood factory in Rutland, Vermont, this company was virtually the sole supplier of laminated blanks to most domestic firearms manufacturers, as well as after-market replacement stock purveyors. In fact, it was Rutland that developed the wood laminated rifle stock that we have come to know.</p> <p>It all started back in the mid-1980s when Jack Barrett, Rutland’s CEO and an avid hunter and gun enthusiast, began experimenting with various laminates in an effort to find one that would excel at being a rifle stock. That meant a medium that was stable under all climatic and weather conditions; one that wouldn’t shrink, swell or warp, all of which affect accuracy and the ability to maintain zero.</p> <p>Laminates are also infinitely stronger than conventional one-piece stocks, regardless of wood type. The thinner these sheets or veneers are, the more the finished stock takes on an attractive layering look resembling a contour map. When the veneers are stacked in alternating colors, the visual effect can be quite stunning. In addition to the visual appeal, a laminated stock has the warmth and feel of real wood…because it is real wood.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-left"><article><img alt="laminate stocks colors" class="image-style-large" height="223" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Rutland-stocks-Sundra.jpg?itok=n4CXwQMc" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>The color combinations possible with laminates is limited only by one’s imagination.</figcaption></figure><p>The Rutland laminated stock made its debut at the 1987 SHOT Show where Ruger, Savage, Thompson-Center and Winchester all displayed examples of their flagship rifles wearing colorful Rutland laminated stocks. The rest is pretty much history. Several companies have since come forth to fill the void, but it was Rutland who set the bar, and no one since has raised it…until now.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="Sundra's bluester" class="image-style-large" height="234" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Rutland-stocks-Sundras-bluester.jpg?itok=45MXjyMK" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>This is Sundra’s Bluester, a Ruger 10/22 with a Shaw barrel chambered in .17 Mach 2 in a Rutland laminate.</figcaption></figure><p>Rutland is back, and with a new laminate they claim is superior to the original. To achieve that, Jack Barrett decided to not start from Square One by building another huge manufacturing complex where in the past he controlled the production process from the felled tree to the finished blank. Instead, he joined forces with Besse Forest Products Group, a US company which Barrett says supply veneers of even higher quality and to tighter tolerances than the ones Rutland produced before the fire. He also says his new laminating process uses a formaldehyde-free resin (CARB compliant) that produces an even stronger bond than before, which is saying something because years ago when touring the old Rutland factory, Jack handed me a hammer and chisel and asked me to try to split a blank along a seam. I couldn’t. The chunks I was able to split off always ripped across seams, never along one!</p> <p>One of two new Rutland products is called PowerCore where the typical longitudinal grain direction is modified in the critical recoil lug and pistol grip areas which, according to Barrett, increases strength and stiffness 3-5 times compared to a standard laminate. PowerCore is currently being used by RUGER for one of their high performance long range rifles.</p> <p>Also new is Rutland’s patenting of a new process whereby the blanks undergo several re-laminations, which results in a highly distinctive chevron pattern of layering unlike any laminated stock on the market today. In fact, they’re calling it ChevCore (patent pending) and you can see what it looks like in the accompanying photos. I’m thinking that next year we’re going to be seeing these highly distinctive stocks on some very familiar rifles. Barrett says he believes ChevCore will define the future of laminated stocks in the firearms industry.--Jon R. Sundra</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/rutland-redux" data-a2a-title="Rutland Redux"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5479 at https://www.safariclub.org United Arab Emirates Firm Banned From Hunting In Tanzania https://www.safariclub.org/blog/united-arab-emirates-firm-banned-hunting-tanzania <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">United Arab Emirates Firm Banned From Hunting In Tanzania</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:54</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/united-arab-emirates-firm-banned-hunting-tanzania%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/united-arab-emirates-firm-banned-hunting-tanzania%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Tanzania has revoked Abu Dhabi- based Green Mile Safari’s hunting license for allegedly violating game hunting rules. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism claims the company violated several hunting regulations, including the killing of wild animals not specified in its hunting license. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Green Mile Safari is also accused of failing to pay the concession fees to local communities during the past two years. The amount allegedly kept from the communities is over $140,000, according to an article in </span><a href="https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/Tanzania-bans-UAE-firm-from-hunting-for-violation-of-rules/4552908-5230844-nv6oaz/index.html"><span>The East African</span></a><span>, a <span><span>weekly newspaper published in Kenya by the Nation Media Group.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_3.jpg?itok=haaJWE9u" width="127" height="147" alt="kudu" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>Green Mile Safari is linked to the UAE’s ruling family and denies the allegations, blaming them on a smear campaign, said the article.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The ban was <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Tanzania%20Minister%20Letter%20sent%20to%20Green%20Mile.pdf" target="_blank">announced </a>by Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Dr. Hamisi Kigwangallah, who also accused the company of employing minors.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Director of Green Mile Safari, Awadh Abdallah, claimed the company would continue with its operations in northern Tanzania and that the charges are part of a dirty campaign against the company, which was also suspended from hunting in Tanzania from 2014 to 2016. The earlier suspension and the most recent ban were both the result of a violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act which prohibits safari and amateur hunters from chasing and shooting animals as well as killing young animals.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI will continue to monitor and report on this situation as new developments occur.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/united-arab-emirates-firm-banned-hunting-tanzania" data-a2a-title="United Arab Emirates Firm Banned From Hunting In Tanzania"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 20:54:05 +0000 20323822 5486 at https://www.safariclub.org U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Finalized Rules on ESA https://www.safariclub.org/blog/us-fish-and-wildlife-service-finalized-rules-esa <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Finalized Rules on ESA</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:20</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/us-fish-and-wildlife-service-finalized-rules-esa%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/us-fish-and-wildlife-service-finalized-rules-esa%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Federal</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the finalization of rules that will change the way the FWS administers the Endangered Species Act.  These rules, announced today, August 9, were first proposed over a year ago on July 25, 2018. They are intended to reduce ambiguities in the Endangered Species Act.  These ambiguities have made it possible for anti-hunting groups to fill the courts with litigation challenges to the delisting of recovered species.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The revised rules include a provision that clarifies that the criteria for delistings are the same as those for listing species on the threatened or endangered species lists.  In the absence of this clarification, courts have imposed burdens on the FWS for the delisting of species, far beyond those required by the drafters of the ESA.  These judicially created additional hurdles have thwarted the FWS’s attempts to delist gray wolves, grizzly bears and other species.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_2.jpg?itok=yKekdU0g" width="198" height="132" alt="grizzly" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>Last year, SCI submitted comments on the proposed regulatory changes.  In our comments, we said:  “SCI is encouraged to see that, in the proposed revisions, the Service has found ways to reduce the ambiguities in the regulations that currently inhibit and undermine the Service’s efforts to delist recovered species and avoid the need to list species that would not benefit from federally protected status.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Upon learning of the finalization of these rules, </span></span><span><span><span><span>SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin said,</span></span></span></span><span><span> “We appreciate the hard work this administration has done in addressing the obvious problems with the ESA. Work that has focused the ESA on the spirit of the law and to ensure it is a tool used to enhance species health rather than as a weapon for a political agenda. SCI hopes that this is the first of many greatly needed efforts to reform and improve the ESA and the regulations that administer the law.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“SCI looks forward to working with the FWS, Congress and the hunting community to make changes like the rules announced today that will make sure that states have the opportunity to manage recovered species and to use hunting for that management,” Hamberlin concluded.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/us-fish-and-wildlife-service-finalized-rules-esa" data-a2a-title="U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Finalized Rules on ESA"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:20:05 +0000 20323822 5484 at https://www.safariclub.org Arizona SCI Chapter Honors Member, Hunter Of The Year https://www.safariclub.org/blog/arizona-sci-chapter-honors-member-hunter-year <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Arizona SCI Chapter Honors Member, Hunter Of The Year</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/arizona-sci-chapter-honors-member-hunter-year%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/arizona-sci-chapter-honors-member-hunter-year%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">Chapter Spotlight</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="AZ Chapter Boido and Alcorta" class="image-style-large" height="320" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/AZ-Chapter-Boido-and-Alcorta.jpg?itok=O9eafoWT" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>AZ Chapter Executive Director Bobby Boido (L) presents Member of the Year to George Alcorta (R)</figcaption></figure><p><span><span>The Arizona Chapter honored two members at its annual fundraiser this year, recognizing their achievements at Outstanding Member and Outstanding Hunter. Recognized as Member of the Year was George Alcorta and honored as the Hunter of the Year was Marty Henrikson. Chapter Executive Director Bobby Boido presented the awards to Alcorta (at left) and Henrikson.</span></span></p> <p>The Arizona Chapter honored two members at its annual fundraiser this year, recognizing their achievements at Outstanding Member and Outstanding Hunter. Recognized as Member of the Year was George Alcorta and honored as the Hunter of the Year was Marty Henrikson. Chapter Executive Director Bobby Boido presented the awards to Alcorta and Henrikson.</p> <p>Marty Henrikson was honored as Hunter of the Year during the Arizona Chapter banquet last month. He explains his passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors:</p> <p>“As a very young boy, my dad had me outdoors, first hunting ducks and doves and occasionally allowing me to drag behind as he pursued deer,” Henrikson said. “Those days were mostly spent taking stickers out of my socks, but soon I would learn to love being outside and spending time in God’s great creation.</p> <p>“In 1973 at the age of 14, I harvested my first rifle javelina, then just two years later I shot a javelina with a recurve bow and was instantly addicted to archery,” Henrikson explained. “From that day forward I became determined to become a better archer and bowhunter.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-left"><article><img alt="AZ chapter Boido and Henrikson" class="image-style-large" height="320" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/AZ-Chapter-Boido-and-Henrikson.jpg?itok=CcMi05tK" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>AZ Chapter Executive Director Bobby Boido presents Marty Henrikson the Hunter of the Year Award</figcaption></figure><p>“In the years to come, I started to practice regularly in my yard and at 3-D tournaments and eventually went on to shoot both marked yardage events and also traveled around the U.S. competing in major 3-D events. No doubt this was a very large part of my success in the hunting arena because as shots presented themselves, I was able to make the proper shot that allowed me to harvest future animals,” Henrikson explained.</p> <p>“After my first archery deer, I was able to shoot one every year for 35 years. But during all those years I had little success in drawing elk tags and so along came bass fishing, as I needed something else in my life to satisfy my hunger to be outdoors,” he noted. “Because I work hard at anything I do, I became a student of bass fishing and soon found myself winning tournaments across Arizona. To date, I have four Angler of the Year awards and many tournament wins. This became a good filler for the years of not drawing tags and although there is little in life that I’d rather do than go archery elk hunting, it has been fun chasing those big green fish.</p> <p>“To date, I have killed close to 100 animals with my bow, including predators and I give God and my very supportive wife all the glory for allowing me to enjoy the great outdoors. I look forward now to teaching others and passing along things I’ve learned along the way.</p> <p>“My latest passion includes flyfishing and, as always, I will likely pursue this hard. I am thankful to friends and coaches along the way who taught me so much, the likes of Rick Betten, Ron Grimes, Frank Pearson and the Master George Chapman,” Henrikson concluded.</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/arizona-sci-chapter-honors-member-hunter-year" data-a2a-title="Arizona SCI Chapter Honors Member, Hunter Of The Year"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5474 at https://www.safariclub.org PETA Takes On The Tonight Show https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-takes-tonight-show <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PETA Takes On The Tonight Show</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/09/2019 - 13:10</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/peta-takes-tonight-show%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/peta-takes-tonight-show%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>The wacky media-seeking animal rights group have taken out their knives again. This time their target is The Tonight Show. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>PETA has asked the New York City health department to investigate the late night talk show for improperly allowing celebrities to play with animals on the broadcasts, according to an article in </span><a href="https://pagesix.com/2019/08/06/peta-calls-for-department-of-health-to-investigate-the-tonight-show/"><span>Page Six</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“</span></span><span><span>The animal rights organization is up in arms after NBC hired Grant Kemmerer of Wild World of Animals for various segments that involved celebrities touching animals, including having “The Widow” actress poke an African bullfrog,” said the article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_1.jpg?itok=uU4jbK2b" width="173" height="115" alt="anaconda" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The PETA letter cited several instances of “animal abuse” including a segment in which Robert Irwin, the son of the late Steve Irwin, handles an alligator, a millipede, a miniature horse and a mandrill on separate occasions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>PETA claims Kemmerer didn’t have permission to let anyone other than himself and his employees touch the wildlife. Kemmerer claimed that his involvement with The Tonight Show creates an exeption.  “Fallon or Robert Irwin are not the public,” Kemmerer told Page Six. “It was deemed even people in the audience are not looked at as the public—in the eyes of the USDA—because they’re paying for an entertainment show and expect this type of show. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Animals suffer every time they’re exposed to the chaos of a television set and passed around like props,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in a statement to Page Six. “PETA is calling on authorities to throw the book at this hack for brazenly violating—on camera—the clear conditions of his exhibitor permits.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>PETA is asking that Kemmerer be banned from obtaining future permits and calling for “The Tonight Show” to cut ties with him, as well as cease all use of animals on the nightly show.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Department of Health confirmed that it’s reviewing PETA’s letter and its allegations. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Just one question – what would Johnny Carson and </span></span><span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Fowler"><span>Jim Fowler</span></a></span><span><span> say?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/peta-takes-tonight-show" data-a2a-title="PETA Takes On The Tonight Show"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:10:57 +0000 20323822 5483 at https://www.safariclub.org The Russian Amur bear in Siberia https://www.safariclub.org/blog/russian-amur-bear-siberia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Russian Amur bear in Siberia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/09/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/russian-amur-bear-siberia%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/russian-amur-bear-siberia%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Russian-Amur-bear-tree-stands.jpg?itok=JGQiWQ-_" width="360" height="480" alt="Russian tree stand" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p>It seemed like traveling to the end of the world for this rare subspecies of brown bear. I went to the majestic Land of the Siberian Tiger and the world’s largest forest. To get there, I flew over halfway around the world and back for incredible trophy. It would have been slightly shorter to have flown to Anchorage, Alaska then to Russia, but I chose instead to fly 12 hours from upstate New York where I live to Moscow. I wanted to stand in the middle of Red Square, see the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and drink-in the rich culture that is Moscow. I thoroughly enjoyed my day-and-a-half romp through this historic city.</p> <p>My journey continued as a flew another eight hours from one side of this giant nation to the other. I landed in Khabavsko where I was met and drove five hours into a completely isolated wilderness deep in the Siberian forest. I arrived at camp to learn that I would be in bear camp with Weatherby Award winner Alan Saekman. Alan had already been in bear camp nine days, logging in more than 100 hours in various bear stands. He had only seen a couple of cubs in all that time.</p> <p>After arriving in camp, I shot my gun to make sure it was on and was pronounced ready to hunt. I quickly changed and was whisked away on a four-wheeler for an extremely bumpy one-hour rough ride. We approached the tree stand with caution as only a few days prior a large tiger was caught by the trail camera in the middle of the day. I also learned that Alan had hunted out of the same stand but had no luck. I was bone weary from my eight-hour flight, five-hour drive to camp, followed by my one-hour hour four-wheel adventure.</p> <p>I had to fight to stay awake in the stand. My adrenalin finally subsided as the hours rolled by and jet lag and exhaustion hit me in various waves. I was fighting sleep until I heard a twig snap and came to full alert. I glanced over at my Russian guide whose stoic face had not changed expressions since we climbed into the stand. It was dark but judging from the noise I assumed the bear had circled around.</p> <p>I picked up my gun, preparing for a shot, when my guide finally leaned over and touched my arm. The bear’s vitals were blocked, so I was unable to take the shot. My guide wanted me to shoot, but through my scope no shot had presented itself.</p> <p>My frustrated guide gave me a mean look. The bear had turned and was now looking at us. I squeezed of a shoot that hit the bear perfectly. The large boar jumped and spun around. My guide fired two follow-up shots with his semi-automatic Russian rifle. I worked my bolt quickly and fired my second round that hit the bear’s ribs, dropping the bear only a few feet from where he had been standing. I decided to put a final round into the bear, just to be safe, as trailing a 900-pound wounded bear through the rain forest was not high on my “to do” list.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-left"><article><img alt="author and guide" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Russian-Amur-bear-Hunter-and-guide.jpg?itok=HWG_Ydvb" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Author and guide with his bear.</figcaption></figure><p>My Russian guide actually smiled at me after I pulled the trigger for the final shot on the downed bear. I was totally overjoyed and completely exhausted. My bear was a really good one. We guessed the bear to be around nine feet tall, over 850 pounds with at least a 24 to 25-inch skull.</p> <p>I felt bad for Alan who had put in so much time and yet I flew straight into camp and three hours later I had a big bear down out of the same stand he had been hunting. Alan told me that three other hunters also came into camp, harvested nice bears and left since he had been in camp. He was not having much bear luck.</p> <p>Alan, being a wise man, brought along Hannes Pianner, a professional cameraman who was there to document the adventure. The problem was Hannes had only filmed raccoon dogs running around and two cubs in nine days. The next night Alan, Hannes and their guide went out to hunt but never came back. We were concerned but assumed they had vehicle troubles and were stranded.</p> <p>The next morning the guides headed out to look for them, but as it turned out, Alan had decided to spend the night in the blind, hoping the bear might come in. It is no wonder Alan has won so many hunting awards. The darn thing of it was that nothing showed up.</p> <p>We were all playing cards the next day, chatting about what a rough night it had to have been. I honestly don’t think I would have been able stay that long on stand. It was during our talk that I learned that Alan is 80 years old! The man is truly a machine. To hunt that hard at any age is tough enough, but to do it at 80 years young -- holy cow!</p> <p>The next night Alan finally scored, harvesting a nice Asian white lipped bear that is known for the distinctive white V it has on its chest. Hannes captured it on film with some excellent footage.</p> <p>The hunt continued. I wanted to collect the rare raccoon dog that only exist in a few areas of the world. Alan was still looking for his Amur bear.</p> <p>The hunting got even rougher as a steady rain began that did not quit or waver, turning everything into streams and ponds. The temperature plummeted, as well, making the hunting wet and cold.</p> <p>Alan stayed out later and hunted harder than I did in these conditions. I have been a successful athlete my entire life and consider myself to be a driven person, but I was given a lesson in determination and perseverance from a man who was not only 80 years old, but by a person who has proven himself over and over, winning many prestigious hunting awards. You would think the man would let up, but obviously that doesn’t exist in his DNA.</p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Russian-Amur-bear-Massive-claws.jpg?itok=0snVFzr9" width="360" height="480" alt="massive claws" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p>The hunt wore on, but the weather didn’t cooperate. After 14 long days of hunting, Alan’s trip was over. On his last day, Jay Link and two of his hunting buddies arrived at camp. I was shocked to learn that the two men were competing for the world’s highest hunting award: SCI’s International Hunter of the Year.</p> <p>Alan has taken second place in this award an amazing four times, once to his wife Barbara! It was a thrill to be sharing bear camp with two of the best hunters on the planet. I enjoyed listening to the two men talk about their quest for various species. I was getting hunting lessons from these two extremely elite hunters. It was an amazing experience.</p> <p>Alan left, and I hated to see him go. It was a true pleasure to share bear camp with such an outstanding person.</p> <p>Jay Link has won SCI’s Pantheon Award, the World Hunting Ring back in 2011, and was the front runner for the International Hunter of the Year, so talking and sharing a small cabin with him for a couple of days was indeed educational. I just wish I had brought ear plugs. The man is also a world class snorer.</p> <p>Jay and his two buddies hunted extremely hard for four days, but not a shot was fired. The largest typhon to hit Japan in the last 30 years struck, sending waves of rain and wind all the way to our bear camp. The animals were just not moving in this severe weather.</p> <p>Jay is an official SCI scorer who was kind enough to measure my bear skull and if the score holds up after the 60-day drying period, I will have taken the fourth largest Amur bear ever!</p> <p>I was in camp with the best of the best, but I am the one bringing home a world class trophy, proving once again that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.</p> <p>We all thank our good friend Anton Tonchev of Hunt Europe and Links Safari for providing this memorable trip to the far eastern part of Russia.--Darrell Sterling</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/russian-amur-bear-siberia" data-a2a-title="The Russian Amur bear in Siberia"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5470 at https://www.safariclub.org U.S. District Court Restores Endangered Species Act Protections For Grizzly Bears https://www.safariclub.org/blog/us-district-court-restores-endangered-species-act-protections-grizzly-bears <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. District Court Restores Endangered Species Act Protections For Grizzly Bears</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/08/2019 - 09:13</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/us-district-court-restores-endangered-species-act-protections-grizzly-bears%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/us-district-court-restores-endangered-species-act-protections-grizzly-bears%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Federal</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>In spite of scientific data showing the recovery of the grizzly bear within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a U.S. District Court issued a ruling that directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to restore the ESA protections for grizzlies last September.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/es/grizzlybear.php"><span>The</span></a><span><span><span> FWS</span></span></span><span> announced last week that it had complied with the court order. A FWS </span><a href="https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2019/07302019-Reinstatement-ESA-Listing-GrizzlyBear-YellowstoneEcosystem.php"><span>news release</span></a><span> said, “<span>Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revised the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife to again include grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) as part of the existing listing for grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This action was taken to comply with a September 24, 2018, Montana District Court order.”</span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-05/Hunt%20Now%20Grizzly-081517.jpg?itok=_J_mHe4m" width="480" height="400" alt="grizzly bear" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span>House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) blasted the decision in a </span><a href="https://cheney.house.gov/2019/07/30/cheney-statement-on-relisting-of-the-yellowstone-grizzly-bear/"><span>press release</span></a><span> arguing that the  decision to relist the grizzly bear population was based on litigation pressure instead of data.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The court-ordered relisting of the grizzly was not based on science or facts, but was rather the result of excessive litigation pursued by radical environmentalists intent on destroying our Western way of life,” Cheney said in the statement.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The thriving grizzly population within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem should be celebrated as a conservation success, with Wyoming investing significant resources in grizzly bear recovery and management since 2003.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Representative Cheney said she will</span></span><em><strong> </strong></em><em><span><span>“continue working with [her] colleagues in Congress and the experts in Wyoming to ensure proper management of the wildlife in our state and prevent further federal overreach into our daily lives.”</span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/court-invalidates-grizzly-delisting-sci-continues-fight-conservation-success"><span>SCI</span></a><em><span><span> joined with </span></span></em><span><span>attorneys for the FWS; the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana; and several non-governmental organizations including the NRA to make strong arguments in defense of the delisting and the use of hunting as a grizzly bear management tool.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Although the FWS complied with the court order to relist the bear population, the lawsuit involving the grizzly bear delisting continues.  The states and NGOs, including SCI and NRA, appealed the court ruling and the FWS appealed a portion of the ruling.  Briefing of the appeal in the Ninth Circuit is ongoing with a conclusion of the case not expected for several months.  In the meantime, GYE grizzlies have returned to threatened status and will remain under federal protection until either the FWS issues a new delisting rule or the appeals court reverses the Montana district court opinion.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/us-district-court-restores-endangered-species-act-protections-grizzly-bears" data-a2a-title="U.S. District Court Restores Endangered Species Act Protections For Grizzly Bears"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:13:01 +0000 20323822 5478 at https://www.safariclub.org Honoring the Fallen – Arlington National Cemetery https://www.safariclub.org/blog/honoring-fallen-arlington-national-cemetery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Honoring the Fallen – Arlington National Cemetery</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/honoring-fallen-arlington-national-cemetery%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/honoring-fallen-arlington-national-cemetery%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/38" hreflang="en">Inside SCI</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="Arlington National Cemetery" class="image-style-large" height="320" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Honoring-the-Fallen-Arlington.jpg?itok=H9gFTk3O" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Veterans Committee Members Gary Gearhart and John McLaurin place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier</figcaption></figure><p>Two SCIF Veterans Committee members and two honored guests participated in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery May 08.  The Veterans Committee makes it a priority to honor soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice by participating in a wreath ceremony on an annual basis when possible. </p> <p>On this day, Veteran Committee members Gary Gearhart and John McLaurin were joined by Mary Harter and Kathy Butler to represent SCI/F to place a wreath at the Tomb to honor the fallen. </p> <p>Arlington National Cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funeral services each week day. In a peaceful setting, the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation. The rolling hills are dotted with trees throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This site serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington.</p> <p>SCIF members received a special briefing by the Sentinel guards on how to approach the Tomb and how to assist in placing the wreath. The Sentinels guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather. Sentinels are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and headquartered at Fort Myer, Virginia. </p> <p>The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery is such a moving experience that it creates a lasting impression of all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.  The ceremony is so professionally done as the guards are dressed in their best uniform and every move they make is precise, down to each step and cadence.  It shows how important it is to them as well as the public that this is a scared place to honor those who gave their life to preserve all the freedoms that our citizens cherish. </p> <p>If you would like to get involved in the SCIF Veterans Program, contact your local Chapter or your regional representative from SCI.  To participate in the wreath ceremony next year, please contact Kathy Butler, Assistant Director of the Education Department at (520) 798-4892, ext. 336 or by email <a href="mailto:kbutler@safariclub.org">kbutler@safariclub.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/honoring-fallen-arlington-national-cemetery" data-a2a-title="Honoring the Fallen – Arlington National Cemetery"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 08 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5469 at https://www.safariclub.org SCIF Conservation Manager Co-Authors Article On Namibia’s Guidelines For Tourism Income Distribution to Communities https://www.safariclub.org/blog/scif-conservation-manager-co-authors-article-namibias-guidelines-tourism-income-distribution <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCIF Conservation Manager Co-Authors Article On Namibia’s Guidelines For Tourism Income Distribution to Communities</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:52</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/scif-conservation-manager-co-authors-article-namibias-guidelines-tourism-income-distribution%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/scif-conservation-manager-co-authors-article-namibias-guidelines-tourism-income-distribution%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Namibia’s environment minister has outlined plans to ensure that at least half of all income from tourism and hunting goes to local communities, and that strict ethics and social media guidelines are applied to hunting in the country,” said a recent article in </span></span><span><a href="https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-08-06-namibia-lays-down-ethical-guidelines-for-hunting-as-communities-set-to-get-bulk-of-tourism-income/"><span>Daily Maverick</span></a></span><span><span>. The article was co-authored by Joseph Goergen, Conservation Manager for Safari Club International Foundation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The </span></span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, outlined a new directive that “<em>at least 50%</em> of the total annual income from tourism concessions and hunting activities… <em>must</em> be allocated towards the implementation of community development projects,” according to the article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>The community development projects include drought relief, electrification, classrooms and health clinics, and provide the incentives for sustainable use of wildlife and land conservation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download_0.jpg?itok=mxsLYqgc" width="176" height="121" alt="elephants" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Shifeta’s address to Namibia’s Conservancy Chairperson’s Forum included an important message to the hunting industry. He called for the highest standards of ethics and responsibility. “Conservation hunting is at the heart of the success of the communal conservancies in Namibia,” said Shifeta. “Let us work together to ensure hunting plays the part it can in eradicating poverty and furthering conservation in this country,” concluded the minister.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>“Namibia’s first conservancies were formed in 1998. Over the past 21 years, the </span></span><span><span><span>community-based natural resource management (CBNRM)</span></span></span> <span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>program has contributed significantly to community development targets in Namibia and globally. Namibia is a major success story in wildlife conservation thanks to this model, now home to the world’s largest free-roaming population of black rhino and cheetah with growing numbers of elephant, lion and other species. Safari Club International Foundation supports NACSO’s community game guard training programme,” said the Daily Maverick article. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Several heads of state later met in Kasane, Botswana, agreeing to a transboundary elephant management plan across the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area, the largest combination of protected areas in the world, home to more than half of Africa’s elephant population.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>“After a resolution was adopted by the Community Chairperson’s Forum, the Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Organizations (NACSO) gave SCIF staff a brief tour of the Kunene South region to learn first-hand how local conservancies are managed. While photographic tourists and overlanding campers constitute a large number of visitors to this region, hunting provides a low environmental impact yet high-value contribution where alternatives simply don’t exist,” according to the article.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Joseph Goergen was joined by the following experts in co-authoring the Daily Maverick article:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Maxi Louis, Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (Nacso).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Hilma Angula, Co-ordinator of Nacso’s institutional governance support to communal conservancies in Namibia.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><span>Rosalia Iileka, with the Namibia Nature Foundation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/scif-conservation-manager-co-authors-article-namibias-guidelines-tourism-income-distribution" data-a2a-title="SCIF Conservation Manager Co-Authors Article On Namibia’s Guidelines For Tourism Income Distribution to Communities"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 07 Aug 2019 18:52:39 +0000 20323822 5477 at https://www.safariclub.org Would You Like Fries With That? Animal Rights Activist Takes It To A New Level https://www.safariclub.org/blog/would-you-fries-animal-rights-activist-takes-it-new-level <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Would You Like Fries With That? Animal Rights Activist Takes It To A New Level</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/07/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/would-you-fries-animal-rights-activist-takes-it-new-level%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/would-you-fries-animal-rights-activist-takes-it-new-level%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Opining that mosquitoes suck human blood to obtain protein for their eggs, French animal-rights activist said that “people should not kill mosquitoes but rather allow them to take “blood donations” as they are nourishing their children,” said an article in </span><a href="https://dunyanews.tv/en/WeirdNews/503575-French-animal-rights-activist-urges-mosquitoes-blood-donation"><span>Dunya News</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>French television presenter Aymeric Caron said it is “embarrassing for anti-specists [sic] who realize they are being attacked by a mother trying to nourish her future children.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While Caron self-identifies as one who opposes discrimination against any species, British animal rights activists said his comments went a bit too far and were distracting. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Really? That is an astute observation.</span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/download.jpg?itok=qzKh6Qwm" width="167" height="120" alt="mosquito" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span>Mr. Caron, who apparently fancies himself an expert on human-mosquito conflict, said that animal lovers should allow the insects to bite, except in Africa where the blood donors would risk catching malaria. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“One can consider that a blood donation from time to time to an insect who is only trying to nourish her children is not a drama,” Mr Caron said in a video. “A female mosquito really has no choice but to risk her life for her babies, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a confusing twist of logic, the mosquito-rights activist then said that, to avoid being bitten, it was best to use natural mosquito repellents such as citronella, lavender oil or garlic, and to wash regularly and to avoid using perfumes. Wasn’t Caron’s argument that one should be a blood donor and not deny the poor mama mosquito nourishment for her children?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>For those who are considering joining Mr. Caron in providing blood donations to the mosquito, consider this. Aside from the obvious, Caron only addresses the possibility of contracting malaria if bitten by an African mosquito. He fails to mention the following mosquito-borne diseases according to Wikipedia:</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue" title="Dengue"><span><span><span>dengue</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Nile_virus" title="West Nile virus"><span><span><span>West Nile virus</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikungunya" title="Chikungunya"><span><span><span>chikungunya</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_fever" title="Yellow fever"><span><span><span>yellow fever</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>,</span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito-borne_disease#cite_note-EBMED2014-1"><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filariasis" title="Filariasis"><span><span><span>filariasis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tularemia" title="Tularemia"><span><span><span>tularemia</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirofilariasis" title="Dirofilariasis"><span><span><span>dirofilariasis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_encephalitis" title="Japanese encephalitis"><span><span><span>Japanese encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_encephalitis" title="Saint Louis encephalitis"><span><span><span>Saint Louis encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_equine_encephalitis_virus" title="Western equine encephalitis virus"><span><span><span>Western equine encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_equine_encephalitis_virus" title="Eastern equine encephalitis virus"><span><span><span>Eastern equine encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>,</span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito-borne_disease#cite_note-:11-2"><span><span><span>[2]</span></span></span></a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuelan_equine_encephalitis_virus" title="Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus"><span><span><span>Venezuelan equine encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_River_fever" title="Ross River fever"><span><span><span>Ross River fever</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, </span></span></span><span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barmah_Forest_virus" title="Barmah Forest virus"><span><span>Barmah Forest fever</span></span></a><span><span>, </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Crosse_encephalitis" title="La Crosse encephalitis"><span><span><span>La Crosse encephalitis</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, and </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_fever" title="Zika fever"><span><span><span>Zika fever</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>,</span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito-borne_disease#cite_note-:11-2"><span><span><span>[2]</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> as well as newly detected </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_virus" title="Keystone virus"><span><span><span>Keystone virus</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> and </span></span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rift_Valley_fever" title="Rift Valley fever"><span><span><span>Rift Valley fever</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The diseases are not exclusive to Africa.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/vector_ecology/mosquito-borne-diseases/en/">World Health Organization Website</a></span></span></span><span> says “</span><span><span><span>Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year. In 2015 malaria alone caused 438,000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the <em>Aedes aegypti</em> mosquito. More than half of the world’s population live in areas where this mosquito species is present. Sustained mosquito control efforts are important to prevent outbreaks from these diseases. There are several different types of mosquitoes and some have the ability to carry many different diseases. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Maybe Mr. Caron should stick to TV presenting and stay away from absurd recommendations that can potentially kill people.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/would-you-fries-animal-rights-activist-takes-it-new-level" data-a2a-title="Would You Like Fries With That? Animal Rights Activist Takes It To A New Level"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 20323822 5475 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Makes Grant to Council in Support of Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-makes-grant-council-support-hunter-recruitment-retention-and-reactivation-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Makes Grant to Council in Support of Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/06/2019 - 13:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-makes-grant-council-support-hunter-recruitment-retention-and-reactivation-program%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-makes-grant-council-support-hunter-recruitment-retention-and-reactivation-program%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>On August 1, 2019, Safari Club International pledged a grant of $5,000 to the Council to Advance the Hunting and Shooting Sports (Council) to assist with the Council’s extremely effective work on R3 -- the Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation of Hunters.  SCI has been a staunch supporter of the Council, and in 2018, SCI helped sponsor the first-ever National R3 Symposium.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Throughout the year, the Council develops and supports state, regional and national R3 efforts of its partners- such as state fish and wildlife agencies, industry members and other NGO’s  – to help expand efforts and increase the effectiveness of ongoing programs which are designed to introduce new individuals to hunting and recreational shooting and to maintain and grow the hunting community.  SCI provided its grant to help Council meet the growing costs of supporting these programs.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-05/Wyoming-Access.jpg?itok=uxbWgNNs" width="327" height="480" alt="Wyoming Elk" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p>“The Council is fortunate to have the Safari Club International as a member of our Council Board of Directors and we are especially grateful for their support of our joint efforts to ensure we have hunting and recreational shooting sports for future generations.  SCI and the Council share a spirit of cooperation in recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters and shooting sports participants and we believe our joint efforts demonstrate that partnerships are the most effective way of preserving our hunting traditions,“ said John Frampton, CEO and President of the Council.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In making its grant, SCI challenged other non-governmental organization members of Council to consider making their own donations - in line with their financial abilities.  Several other partners immediately responded with a promise to make donations to the Council.  Since the Council began operating in 2010, funding for the Council has been primarily provided by voluntary contributions from state fish and wildlife agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry partners.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“SCI is pleased to support the Council to Advance the Hunting and Shooting Sports both financially and as a partner in promoting the national R3 efforts,” said </span></span><span><span><span>SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “SCI members are at the forefront of the nation’s hunting community in working to increase the number of Americans enjoying the shooting sports and we look forward to working side by side with organizations, such as the Council, who share our vision.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI works on behalf of its approximately 45,000 members to protect the freedom to hunt and promote wildlife conservation worldwide.  Much of SCI's work on R3 is performed through SCI's sister organization, the SCI Foundation whose missions are to fund and direct worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-makes-grant-council-support-hunter-recruitment-retention-and-reactivation-program" data-a2a-title="SCI Makes Grant to Council in Support of Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:00:00 +0000 20323822 5473 at https://www.safariclub.org Shotgun Tips - Making The Gun Disappear https://www.safariclub.org/blog/shotgun-tips-making-gun-disappear <script async='async' src='https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'></script> <script> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; </script> <script> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_left_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109594652-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_bottom_right_300x250', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109655548-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_header_leaderboard_728x90', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109719461-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_inline_leaderboard_728x90', [[320, 50], [728, 90]], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109778100-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/52927849/blog_vertical_right_sidebar_120x600', [120, 600], 'div-gpt-ad-1556109858935-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <article data-history-node-id="5466" role="article" about="/blog/shotgun-tips-making-gun-disappear"> <span class="created"> 08/06/2019 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/shotgun-tips-making-gun-disappear%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/shotgun-tips-making-gun-disappear%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="Vicki Ash " class="image-style-large" height="319" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Shotgun-Vicki-1.jpg?itok=JG-1PNwF" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Getting comfortable with seeing the target behind where the barrel is pointed is critical to proficiency.</figcaption></figure><p>We have shooters fill out our shooter form on our Knowledge Vault website on a weekly basis and ask many questions from mental performance to gun mount to follow-through to choke and so on. <!--more--></p> <p>While each gets a personal answer from one of us three, several evolve into a relationship that goes beyond just another question that we answer and turn into a video tip in our Quick Tips section or talk about in our podcasts. </p> <p>A recent questionnaire from an experienced shooter mentioned that he was going over to the dark side and begin shooting sporting clays because trap was boring and skeet was not much better. He wanted to know the best way to proceed in building a sporting clays game.</p> <p>Gil asked him when he shot trap, what was his method of getting the gun in front of the target, to which he responded: swing through. He added that he did the same in skeet and had reached the proverbial wall in both and could not get better.  Gil asked one simple question: “Do you look down the barrel as you mount the gun to make sure the gun is mounted correctly and then look back for the target?”  “Yes, sir,” was the answer and we all knew what his problem was.</p> <p>In trap you know the point of origin but you do not know the line of the target, so you can shoot trap effectively swinging through the target. But most of the shots in trap are going away from you at very narrow angles.</p> <p>In skeet, swing through is not quite as effective as maintained lead, due to the many crossing trajectories. The game is very repetitive and all targets are known distances, directions and speed.  When shooting doubles in skeet, if you can break the first shot 15 feet before the stake with minimum movement, then when you flick your eyes to pick up the second target, you will see it coming to you and it will appear to slow down as you move with it and match speed.  The reason minimum movement is critical is because every bit of movement and speed of the movement on the first target in doubles must be overcome to switch directions and efficiently and effectively hit the second target of the double.</p> <p>There is one more huge similarity in the targets in skeet and the targets in trap. That is that the targets in skeet are the same speed and the targets in trap are all the same speed also.  Targets in sporting are not only rarely the same speed or angle or distance or even the same size, making for some optical allusions that will never be found in trap or skeet.  </p> <p>We are not saying they are simple games or easy to master, but you must admit they are the same whether played in frozen butt Alaska or San Antonio, Texas.  High two is high two and wide right on Station 5 is the wide right on Station 5 regardless where the targets are thrown or shot!  When played at their highest levels, you will find that less gun movement is a common thread in all great performances, and not looking down the barrel of the gun in the setup is another not so frequently mentioned, but essential fundamental in all clay target sports.</p> <p>When you break down all the clay target games to their base level, everything in the games is designed to make you speed up or hurry when practicing and when performing them.  Tournament jitters in any of the clay games makes your heart rhythm increase and your breathing get short and labored and your hands shake with anticipation. Most detrimentally, your eyes bounce from one thing to another, making it impossible to see the target clearly shot-to-shot-to-shot. </p> <p>While experience in playing the games and more deliberate practice will lessen the felt pressure (which is self-induced), it will still be there and it will tend to make you rush and speed-up your mount, the amount of time you take between shots or pairs as well as the amount of time you take between stations.  During this chosen situation that you paid to put yourself into, what you do just a little in practice will be done a lot when playing the games for score, especially the better you are shooting. </p> <p>Skating when playing hockey gives you mobility on the ice. In fact, it gives you more speed and agility than you have when walking and running. You had better not have to think about what you are doing with your feet when ice skating or, what’s worse, look at your feet.</p> <p>This is the comment we hear often when we see shooters who shoot gun up and when they mount they are looking down the barrel to check the alignment of the bead sights.  When we ask why they have to keep looking at the barrel to see if the gun is mounted correctly and mention they should learn to mount the gun so they don’t have to constantly check the gun in the setup, the say: “I don’t need to learn to mount the gun because I shoot gun up!”  News flash, the amount of muzzle awareness in the shot will always be equal to or greater than the amount of muzzle awareness in the setup! </p> <p>Let’s face it, when shooting a shotgun at a moving target, you must be focused on the target and the gun must be ahead of the target to hit it, right?  So, when you pull the trigger you can’t focus on both the gun and the bird because they must be in two different places, right? </p> <p>Having to look down the barrel to make sure the gun is mounted correctly is something that we see that is detrimental to high level performances and, in fact, assures that the barrel will be more noticeable in your shots!  Our good friend and renowned skeet coach Terry Hetrick of Double Guns of Nashville says: “Never put anything in your pre-shot routine that you don’t want in your shot!” We could not agree more, especially when it comes to the muzzle of your gun. </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-left"><article><img alt="Vicki Ash" class="image-style-large" height="319" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/Shotgun-Vicki-2.jpg?itok=skyhQomA" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>The target is either to the left or right of the barrel and you must know what that look likes to you.</figcaption></figure><p>Dean Troute from California had a realization when he had a breakthrough in his sporting practice a year or so ago. He shared it with us on one of our past pod casts.  After having an incredible practice at all levels one afternoon, Dean called me and said he had a breakthrough. “You are either in the cage with the gun or down range with the target and you can’t be in two places at one time!” he said.  He had finally practiced his gun mounts and done the OSP Flashlight drill and the OSP Three Bullet Drill every night for long enough when we made the comment about muzzle awareness in the setup causing a problem. He just stopped and “Bam,” a new level of awareness in his game.  He still does the drills and his gun mount is the strongest part of his game. It creates a consistency that will not be experienced otherwise.</p> <p>Doesn’t it just make sense to learn to move and mount the gun in the beginning of learning the game and eliminate the crutch of check the barrel and then looking back at the trap for the target?  The visual anomalies that checking the barrel before you call pull causes is a list that is unending. The out-of-body experiences it creates have been puzzling shooters for decades and we guess it will never end. </p> <p>Our friend from the trap field did email back after doing the gun mount drills and shared with us that the drills were not as easy to do as he suspected. He did not realize just how much he was looking at the end of the barrel in the setup! </p> <p>If you are one of those who is trying not to look at the barrel in the shot but continually checks the barrel for alignment in your setup before calling pull, try not looking at the barrel and see what happens.  You, as well as our friend who is coming over to the dark side, will be surprised at just how much you are really looking at the barrel in your setup.</p> <p>Dribbling in basketball and skating in hockey without looking at the ball or your skates give you mobility on the court and on the Ice.  Everything you do with the gun must become like holding your breath when you swallow in order for you to really concentrate on the target.  </p> <p>Mastering what you do with the gun is the most basic fundamental in shotgun shooting and what you do with the gun must be done without thinking. It is the one thing that either accelerates or holds back how fast you learn and improve. It either allows for you to begin to understand and implement the subtleties of the game or hides them from you forever.  You only have 100 percent of focus. Every bit you put on the gun comes off the target.  You are either in the cage with the gun or down range with the target. You can’t be in two places at the same time.--Gil and Vicki Ash</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/shotgun-tips-making-gun-disappear" data-a2a-title="Shotgun Tips - Making The Gun Disappear"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> </div> </article> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5466 at https://www.safariclub.org Several Anti-Hunting And Anti-Firearms Owners Bills Moving Through California Senate https://www.safariclub.org/blog/several-anti-hunting-and-anti-firearms-owners-bills-moving-through-california-senate <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Several Anti-Hunting And Anti-Firearms Owners Bills Moving Through California Senate</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/05/2019 - 09:46</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/several-anti-hunting-and-anti-firearms-owners-bills-moving-through-california-senate%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/several-anti-hunting-and-anti-firearms-owners-bills-moving-through-california-senate%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">State</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI is opposed to several bills currently being considered in the California Senate Appropriations Committee, or on the Senate floor. The following is a list and explanation of those bills: </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a href="https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1254"><span><span><span>Assembly Bill 1254</span></span></span></a><span> would ban the taking of bobcats by any method at any time, except under very limited conditions as specified in its proposed changes to the existing depredation permit and hunting laws.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/california-flag-bear-flag.jpg?itok=7kaPzRRk" width="480" height="320" alt="california state flag" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bobcat hunting would only be allowed if the Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to open a bobcat hunting season in a specifically defined area determined by the commission to require a hunt, such as in the case of an over-population of bobcats or an abnormally high rate of depredation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>THE FACTS:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bill’s provisions are NOT supported by wildlife management science.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>State and federal wildlife management authorities indicated prior to the enactment of AB 1213 in 2013 (the existing take restrictions), that the bobcat population was healthy and not in danger of a decline from taking by hunters and others – They have NOT stated otherwise to date.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is simply an emotional ANTI-HUNTING MEASURE that is not supported by scientific findings.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Further, this bill would result in a loss of hunting license revenue and federal Pitman-Robertson funds to the Department of Fish and Wildlife – these funds would need to be replaced out of the State Budget or by an increase in hunting license fees, even though hunting would not be allowed!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This bill does not allow the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Fish and Game Commission to manage state resources. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 1254 is scheduled for a referral in the California Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, August 12, where it will likely be referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense calendar (any bill that costs over $50,000 for the state to implement goes to this holding calendar).  As such, the final vote in the committee will be on August 30. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCI also opposed the following bills which are currently in the California Senate Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by August 30th:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB879"><span><strong><span><span><span>AB 879</span></span></span></strong></span></a><span><span> Firearms Precursor Parts </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 879 would require the sale of firearm precursor parts to be conducted by or processed through a licensed firearm precursor part vendor, and beginning on July 1, 2024, would require a person or business to have a valid firearm precursor part vendor license to sell more than one firearm precursor part in any 30-day period.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>This bill is reportedly aimed at preventing the assembly of so called “ghost guns” that are illegally manufactured by unlicensed individuals without serial numbers or other identifying information.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 879 would treat partially completed frames and receivers the same as finished firearms.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB893"><span><strong><span><span><span>AB 893</span></span></span></strong></span></a><span><span> 22nd District Agricultural Association: firearm and ammunition sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 893 would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bill would exclude from its provisions a gun buyback event held by a law enforcement agency. This bill BANS Gun shows at Del Mar.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 893 BANS gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1669"><span><strong><span><span><span>AB 1669</span></span></span></strong></span></a><span><span> Firearms: gun shows and events (Increases the Cost to Purchase a Firearm via the DROS Fee at DOJ) </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 1669 would amend the legal provisions prescribing the rules and regulations for gun shows and events to be consistent with the sale of ammunition at gun shows and events as authorized by the The Safety for All Act.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>This bill would increase the cost of the Dealers Record of Sales (DROS) fee by purchasers to fund the Department’s costs, currently <span>a net fee increase of $13.19 that would be paid by a purchaser of a firearm. </span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>These costs are totally unrelated to the purchase of a firearm.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to the above-listed bills, the following legislation is on the senate floor, and will be voted on in August.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB273"><span><strong><span><span><span>AB 273</span></span></span></strong></span></a><span><span> Fur-bearing and nongame mammals: recreational and commercial fur trapping: prohibition </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 273 would ban the trapping of any fur-bearing mammal or nongame mammal for recreation or commerce </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>It would prohibit the sale of the raw fur of any fur-bearing mammal or nongame mammal otherwise lawfully taken. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCI will continue to monitor and report on these bills as they make their way through the California legislative process.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/several-anti-hunting-and-anti-firearms-owners-bills-moving-through-california-senate" data-a2a-title="Several Anti-Hunting And Anti-Firearms Owners Bills Moving Through California Senate"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:46:44 +0000 20323822 5472 at https://www.safariclub.org MDC Proposes Changes To Nonresident Permits https://www.safariclub.org/blog/mdc-proposes-changes-nonresident-permits <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MDC Proposes Changes To Nonresident Permits </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/05/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/mdc-proposes-changes-nonresident-permits%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/mdc-proposes-changes-nonresident-permits%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Fish &amp; Game News</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-04/Oak-Creek-buck-in-trees.jpg?itok=dXHrqB84" width="480" height="320" alt="buck in woods" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><em><span><span><span>Proposed changes include price increases and discounts for nonresident landowners.</span></span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing price increases for some nonresident hunting and fishing permits. According to MDC, permit prices have not been raised in over a decade and adjustments are needed to help keep up with increasing costs of providing conservation work and services around the state. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>MDC is also proposing offering discounted deer and turkey permits for nonresident landowners with 75 acres or more to show appreciation for wildlife habitat work completed on their Missouri properties. The discount for nonresident landowners is similar to a past regulation that was in effect until 2009. MDC eliminated the offering during its last round of permit changes in 2008.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“We commonly hear from many Missourians that our nonresident permit prices are too low compared to other states,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “Increasing prices for nonresident hunting and fishing permits will address this. It will also add needed revenue to help with our ever-rising costs of managing the fish, forests, and wildlife of Missouri.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>While some MDC permit prices have remained the same since 1999 and others for about a decade, MDC’s costs for goods and services have increased. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, consumers are paying 37 percent more today for goods and services compared to 2003.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>MDC is proposing price increases for the nonresident permits listed below. The listing shows current MDC prices for the permits, proposed increased permit prices, and the average prices of similar permits from surrounding states. MDC based its permit price increases on information from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index related to cost-of-living increases from 2008 to 2018.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>NONRESIDENT PERMIT    CURRENT $  PROPOSED $   $ NEIGHBOR STATES</span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Daily Fishing (1 Day)                   $7                    $8                    $15</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Daily Fishing (3 Days)                 $21                 $24                  $27</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Annual Fishing                      $42                 $49                  $49</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Furbearer Hunting/Trapping  $130                $192                 $257</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Annual Small Game Hunting  $80                 $94                   $111</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Daily Small Game (1 Day)            $11                  $14                  $59</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Daily Small Game (3 Days)          $33                 $42                  $74</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Conservation Order                $40                  $47                   Not Applicable</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Spring Turkey Hunting            $190               $224                 $206</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Fall Turkey Hunting                $110                $130                  $177</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Firearm Deer Hunting            $225                $265                  $361</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Archery Hunting                     $225                $265                  $398</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>NR Managed Deer Hunting          $225                $265                  Not Applicable</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Nonresidents account for nearly 100 percent of daily fishing permit purchases and daily small-game hunting permit purchases. As part of the changes, MDC will also limit daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits to 1 and 3 days and eliminate daily fishing permits and daily hunting permits for other numbers of days (2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 days).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>MDC is proposing increasing prices for the following nonresident (NR) permits and proposing permit discounts for nonresident (NR) landowners with a minimum of 75 acres:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>NR PERMIT  CURRENT PRICE  PROPOSED PRICE  PROPOSED NR LANDOWNER PRICE</span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Spring Turkey    $190                           $224                               $165              </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Fall Turkey         $110                            $130                              $96                </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Archery              $225                           $265                               $195              </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Firearm Deer     $225                           $265                               $195              </span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/MO-turkey.jpg?itok=8LOrIntq" width="480" height="319" alt="Missouri turkey" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>The proposed changes were given initial approval by the Missouri Conservation Commission at its May 23 meeting. <strong>As part of the rulemaking process, MDC is asking for public comment on the changes during July and early August at </strong></span></span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwNTI4LjYzNDgwNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwNTI4LjYzNDgwNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzIzOTYyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>The Commission will consider input received and make a final decision to move forward, modify, or withdraw the changes during its Aug. 23 meeting. If approved, the anticipated effective date of the changes would be Feb. 29, 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>MDC permit sales account for about 17 percent of the agency’s annual revenue and help fund numerous conservation efforts around the state. Other significant revenue sources include the Conservation Sales Tax at about 61 percent and federal reimbursements at about 16 percent. Sales and rentals, interest, and other sources make up the remaining 6 percent of MDC revenue.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>According to MDC, the average Missourian pays about $19 annually for conservation efforts through the Department’s dedicated sales tax revenue. MDC receives no funding from property taxes, tickets or citations (which go to local school districts), or the state’s general revenue budget. For more information on MDC revenue, expenses and key conservation efforts, read the MDC Annual Review in the January 2019 issue of the <em>Missouri Conservationist</em>, or online at </span></span></span><a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwNTI4LjYzNDgwNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwNTI4LjYzNDgwNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzIzOTYyNSZlbWFpbGlkPXNtYXllckBzYWZhcmljbHViLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9c21heWVyQHNhZmFyaWNsdWIub3JnJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mdc.mo.gov/conmag"><span><span><span>mdc.mo.gov/conmag</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/mdc-proposes-changes-nonresident-permits" data-a2a-title="MDC Proposes Changes To Nonresident Permits "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000 randyg 5465 at https://www.safariclub.org Back To Botswana? https://www.safariclub.org/blog/back-botswana <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Back To Botswana?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/back-botswana%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/back-botswana%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-right"><article><img alt="boddington in Botswana 1985" class="image-style-large" height="321" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-07/Boddington-Botswana-1985-mixed-bag.jpg?itok=TuIWU1an" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></article><figcaption>Center, that’s a young Boddington and younger Jack Atcheson Jr. in Botswana, 1985</figcaption></figure><p>The re-opening of safari hunting in Botswana just may be the best news I’ve heard in my 40-odd years as an African hunter, a lover of Africa and her wildlife…and a journalist who makes his living writing about this stuff. As SCI has officially, I express my personal thanks to Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi; and his Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation, and Tourism, the Honorable Onkokame Kitso Mokallo.</p> <p>In these “interesting” times we live in, this was not an easy nor simple decision. But Botswana’s leaders are certain it is the right decision for Botswana’s people and her wildlife. Obviously, it is the preferred decision for we of the hunting community, but I think it is also the right decision for all genuine conservationists. Without question the worst news I’ve heard in my career—just a few days after my first safari there—was the “ban” of hunting in Kenya. Although Kenya has some of the most beautiful Parks on the African continent, the hunting ban wasn’t just bad news; it was the death knell for Kenya’s wildlife <em>outside of her Parks</em>.</p> <p>Words matter! It is important to understand that Botswana never “closed” or “banned” hunting; she “suspended” safari hunting on government land. Nonresident hunting on private land remained available, and Botswana remains one of few nations on Planet Earth where hunting is a guaranteed constitutional right for Botswana citizens. However, re-starting is often more difficult than suspending or stopping.</p> <p>Times have changed. I was a youngster in the 1960s, when then-Bechuanaland first opened…but I knew hunters who were there at the beginning. It was a paradise for the great cats and buffalo, plus key antelope species such as sable, kudu, and gemsbok; and rarities like lechwe and sitatunga. Harry Selby, one of Botswana’s pioneer outfitters, told me that, in the early years, “We didn’t worry much about elephants; most of my clients had better from East Africa.” He went on to say, “We could certainly find elephants if the client desired, but in the early days we were thrilled if we could find a 40-pounder!”</p> <p>Fast-forward 20 years. I hunted in Botswana three times in the 1980s, twice in the Okavango and once in the Chobe region. In those days Botswana was the Land of Buffaloes! In the course of a normal hunting day we would see two or three herds, so seeking endlessly for fresh tracks was rarely necessary.</p> <p>In the 1980s, plains game was equally important. Back then, Botswana competed with Zimbabwe in the important “buffalo and plains game” market. Premier antelopes like kudu, sable, and red lechwe were plentiful, and common game such as impala, blue wildebeest, warthog, and zebra were everywhere! I shot my first leopard in Botswana in 1985; the great cats were plentiful, but rarely seen without specific hunting.</p> <p>Fast forward another 20 years, and the game had changed! I hunted Botswana twice in the 2000s, before the recent suspension. Lion hunting was suspended around 2002. A decade later lions were much more visible and, in my layman’s mind, obviously more common than they had been in the 1980s…but buffaloes and large antelopes were much less visible. Without question all prey species have suffered from an unfettered lion population, perhaps buffalo and long-nurtured premier antelopes such as sable and roan most of all. However, I don’t blame the lions altogether.</p> <p>Aside from the simple fact that Botswana is lifting the suspension, the best news is yet to come! Minister Mokalla has stated that “reinstating hunting in Botswana’s government and community areas is more about incentivizing people to help manage wildlife than about controlling wildlife. Hunting is a management tool that will compensate communities for living with wildlife and help move wildlife out of areas where they conflict with people.” After the five-year suspension hunting in Botswana has a fresh, new start. According to Minister Mokalla, existing wildlife law will be implemented and all species listed as huntable under Botswana law will be huntable again…including lion and leopard!</p> <p>In the Sixties and Seventies Botswana was a premier “general bag” safari destination. In the Eighties and early Nineties, Botswana was a prime “buffalo and plains game” destination. Reorganization will take some time. I’m in hopes I can hunt buffalo there just one more time!--Craig Boddington</p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/back-botswana" data-a2a-title="Back To Botswana?"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5456 at https://www.safariclub.org Politics Of Animal Rights Movement In New York City https://www.safariclub.org/blog/politics-animal-rights-movement-new-york-city <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Politics Of Animal Rights Movement In New York City</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/02/2019 - 08:30</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/politics-animal-rights-movement-new-york-city%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/politics-animal-rights-movement-new-york-city%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Many constituents are one-issue voters. And their one issue is animals,” said Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, in a recent </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/policy/animal-rights-are-having-moment-right-now.html"><span>City &amp; State New York</span></a></span><span><span> article. Rosenthal is deemed “likely New York’s most prolific legislator on animal welfare issues.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rosenthal has passed at least one animal welfare law each year since first joining the New York legislature in 2006. According to the article, Rosenthal, a Democrat, would often pass bills, working with Republican legislators. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Caring about animals is not a partisan issue,” she said. But in recent years, Rosenthal said, her animal welfare bills have been getting more support. For that, she credits the “years of education and effort and advocacy” by animal welfare groups – but also their pull at the polls.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I always get pushback when one of my bills is going forward, and the animal advocates send out email blasts to everyone,” Rosenthal told City &amp; State. Lawmakers complain to her: “‘My whole inbox is full of people advocating for your bill!’ So I think legislators are realizing this is an important constituency.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So far, so good. No one can argue against treating animals respectfully, stopping the abuse of animals and a host of other “animal welfare” issues. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The problem arises when, as is all-too-often the case, there is a hidden, or not-so-hidden, agenda. In the midst of the “feel-good” animal welfare legislation being introduced and passed, the social engineering bills begin to rear their ugly heads. A perfect example is the “</span></span><span><a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nyc-meatless-school-lunches_n_5c87c27ae4b0d936162c2627?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGX80CEDK2ERjxoSHHVOBkAc6YKYbqb8aRNSlDkGGZxzt3oPqoOJ97pfVw6qQrCGjQqXkcWQ42OMCVszbMDWSQGwekyOOMYfV3WeIYVinkJht3ctx-RkujDbIVT9I5chlLPtgbLBNSG67SYiNi7zAf44DyzuqL9P9Nj5G7gIN1NL&amp;guccounter=2"><span>meatless Monday</span></a></span><span><span>” initiative imposed earlier this year, affecting the lunch program in all of New York City’s public schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Another is known as the </span></span><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3903503&amp;GUID=EBE55293-8737-4620-945A-308ADC3A23DC&amp;Options=ID%7CText%7C&amp;Search=1476"><span>fur ban bill</span></a><span><span> which </span></span><span><span><span>would prohibit the sale or offer for sale of fur apparel, except used fur apparel and fur apparel that is worn as a matter of religious custom. Violations would be punished by a civil penalty of no more than $500 for the first violation, and no less than $500, but no more than $1,500 for subsequent violations. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Fur apparel offered for sale, and revenue generated from the sale of fur apparel, would be subject to forfeiture. This bill has been introduced by Corey Johnson, New York City Council Speaker. It is being speculated that Johnson will be throwing his hat into the 2021 NYC mayoral race.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>An interesting player in the New York animal rights movement is NYCLASS – the New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets. The name would indicate a group more concerned with crime control than animal rights. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“There’s a lot of animal rights legislation that’s finally making progress after years of not a lot of progress on that front,” said Edita Birnkrant, executive director of NYCLASS.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-article embedded-entity align-left"><article><img alt="meat is murder tattoo" class="image-style-large" height="385" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/justin-brannan-tattoo-submitted.jpg?itok=vTyLvj2s" typeof="foaf:Image" width="400" /></article><figcaption>Photo Credit: City &amp; State New York</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“NYCLASS has just lobbied extensively, spending $156,000 lobbying for animal welfare legislation in the first six months of 2019 alone, but the organization has also been quite generous to politicians that agree with them. NYCLASS and its main backers, </span></span><span><a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2014/12/the-man-behind-the-horse-carriage-fuss-018224"><span><span>real estate executives</span></span></a></span><span><span> Stephen Nislick and Wendy Neu, were major donors to New York City Is Not For Sale, a political action committee that spent </span></span><span><a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/anti-quinn-group-fined-7-050-city-campaign-finance-board-blog-entry-1.1733151"><span><span>more than $1 million</span></span></a></span><span><span> ahead of the 2013 mayoral race. NYCLASS directly spent nearly $190,000 supporting de Blasio and other candidates that cycle, and in 2017 spent more than $230,000 backing six City Council candidates. As an independent expenditure committee, NYCLASS can blow past city-mandated spending limits as long as it doesn’t coordinate with candidates directly,” said the City &amp; State New York article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Added to the mix are animal rights activist politicians such as Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brannan who has a “meat is murder” </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/personality/personality/new-yorks-tattooed-legislators.html"><span>tattoo</span></a></span><span><span> on his neck. Interestingly, Brannan admits in an interview with City &amp; State New York that he covered up his tattoos while campaigning for the Council. Brannan is just one of a growing number of elected officials in New York who </span></span><span><a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/personality/personality/new-york-vegetarian-and-vegan-politicians.html"><span>eschew meat</span></a></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/politics-animal-rights-movement-new-york-city" data-a2a-title="Politics Of Animal Rights Movement In New York City"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:30:35 +0000 20323822 5468 at https://www.safariclub.org President Trump Supports Hunting In Statement Celebrating National Shooting Sports Month https://www.safariclub.org/blog/president-trump-supports-hunting-statement-celebrating-national-shooting-sports-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Trump Supports Hunting In Statement Celebrating National Shooting Sports Month</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:50</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/president-trump-supports-hunting-statement-celebrating-national-shooting-sports-month%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/president-trump-supports-hunting-statement-celebrating-national-shooting-sports-month%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Federal</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>President Trump released a </span><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-national-shooting-sports-month-2019/"><span>statement</span></a><span> today recognizing and celebrating August as National Shooting Sports Month and with it, his support of hunting and fishing as worthwhile endeavors in the outdoors.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“</span><span>Shooting sports bring people together and instill comradery among a significant portion of its fellow enthusiasts.  The vibrant shooting sport culture is made possible, in large part, by our steadfast protection of one of our bedrock and most-cherished liberties, the right to keep and bear arms,” said President Trump.</span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-07/Bullet-expansion-hunters-stalking.jpg?itok=Szg_BU17" width="320" height="480" alt="hunters stalking" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span>“As President, the safety of the American people is my top priority, and I want to ensure that those participating in shooting sports—one of our Nation’s greatest traditions—have the proper facilities to learn how to operate a firearm responsibly.  That is why I was proud, earlier this year, to sign into law H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act.  This important legislation will support State wildlife management agencies as they construct or expand shooting ranges, providing more opportunities for citizens to safely and properly learn marksmanship skills.  My Administration has also expanded access to America’s public lands, opening millions of acres for use, including by hunters and recreational shooters.  And, in June, my Administration announced a plan to open an additional 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries to new or expanded hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities.  These actions will help ensure a perpetual investment in wildlife and habitat conservation, foster responsible stewardship, and increase interest in shooting sports for current and future generations,” the President continued.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Safari Club International celebrates with President Donald J. Trump and his administration in acknowledging the contribution hunters have made to this great country,” said <span>SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin.</span></span><span><span><span> “SCI members appreciate the great strides made by this administration in providing more recreational shooting opportunities. We look forward to continuing a great working relationship with all levels of government as they work to implement scientifically-based conservation management programs.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/president-trump-supports-hunting-statement-celebrating-national-shooting-sports-month" data-a2a-title="President Trump Supports Hunting In Statement Celebrating National Shooting Sports Month"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 20:50:02 +0000 20323822 5464 at https://www.safariclub.org Havalon Talon https://www.safariclub.org/blog/havalon-talon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Havalon Talon</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/havalon-talon%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/havalon-talon%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It’s an interesting fact that both a filet knife and a boning knife share similar design features. Both possess long, slender and somewhat flexible blades, usually crafted from stainless steel. Handles are also much alike, fitting solidly into the grip pocket of the handle, where they are likely not to slip. The facts are that either knife could substitute for the other and knives designed for fish filleting have often been utilized by successful hunters to separate big game muscle tissue from their associated skeletal structure.</p> <p>Since many hunters also participate in angling adventures, having a knife that can handle more than one assignment provides added functionality. This is a realm where the folks at Havalon have been most creative. This firm is well known for their replaceable blade edged tools that have been covered in this column previously. Having the ability to quickly switch from a dull blade to a sharp one is a real advantage and a realm where Havalon knives have gained their inimitable reputation.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"><img alt="havalon talon" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3cb8f1c2-2031-4817-80bd-d61e8b57bd95" height="393" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Havalon-Talon.jpg" width="524" /><figcaption>The basic Talon knife system by Havalon comes with a 3 –inch, partially serrated utility blade, as well as 7- and 9-inch fillet blades, in a nylon roll-up containment cover. Image: Durwood Hollis.</figcaption></figure><p>Taking that same changeable blade concept a step further, the new Havalon Talon knife features a hand-filling handle into which several different AUS stainless steel blades can quickly and easily swapped, one-for-another. Not only can they be exchanged, but each individual blade is solidly locked into the handle without any hint of movement.</p> <p>The locking mechanism itself is quick and simple to use and only takes a push of a button to lock or release a blade. The advantage here is that blades of different shapes and sizes may be used with a single handle. This means that a filet blade suitable for a trout or salmon can be swapped for a much longer blade that works better on pan fish or halibut. Conversely, the same knife can also be used to bone-out a big game carcass by inserting a suitable size blade, or if the need arises, swap blades again for one short enough to prepare vegetables or salad materials for the dinner table.</p> <p>While the basic Talon system is more centrally designed for anglers, the company also has additional blades available to include a gut hook and bone saw shapes. These blades expand the functionality of the Talon into the arena of big game field butchery. As it is, the 4-inch filet blade does work well as a boning blade and I’ve used one on several different big game animals, including pronghorn antelope and wild pigs. Filleting out the back straps, inner tenderloins and the hindquarters was a simple matter that went quickly when I used the Talon.</p> <p>Conversely, using the knife on a large Alaskan halibut was also no challenge. I simply inserted one of the longer fillet blades into the handle and started cutting. It was an easy matter to slip the tip of the blade over the backbone and fillet one complete side of the fish in a single sweep. Fin cleanup and the removal of other bits of offal was completed with one of the shorter blades. In all, the system worked great and allowed for fish fillet freedom that had seldom been realized previously. </p> <p>The Talon comes in a heavy nylon, roll-up containment system that has slots for the handle and four different individual length blades. This makes a great edged tool system for the tackle box or camp gear and will be well appreciated when the need arises. Compact, multifunctional and affordable, the Havalon Talon system is all that and much more! For more information, go to <a href="http://www.havalon.com">www.havalon.com</a>.--Durwood Hollis</p></div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/havalon-talon" data-a2a-title="Havalon Talon"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5455 at https://www.safariclub.org ACLU Enters Fake Meat Fray https://www.safariclub.org/blog/aclu-enters-fake-meat-fray <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ACLU Enters Fake Meat Fray</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/01/2019 - 08:38</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/aclu-enters-fake-meat-fray%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/aclu-enters-fake-meat-fray%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>As the fake meat versus real meat battle heats up, the “<em>steaks </em>are high,” claims an </span><a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/07/23/744083270/what-gets-to-be-a-burger-states-restrict-labels-on-plant-based-meat"><span>NPR article.</span></a></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“A growing number of states have been passing laws saying that only foods made of animal flesh should be allowed to carry labels like "meat," "sausage," "jerky," "burger" or "hot dog," says the article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a coalition claiming that the move to label the food correctly is actually censoring free speech and playing favorites with industries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-08/4256551_0_0.jpg?itok=1oSyMHAn" width="480" height="480" alt="cartoon hotdog" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The coalition sued Arkansas regarding the food label requirement. Similar lawsuits are pending against Missouri and Mississippi. Other states that have passed laws restricting “meatlike” labels for vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives made of plants include Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. The restrictions also cover lab-grown meat from animal cells.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>So, what’s the big deal? As the saying goes, follow the money.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The debate over what gets to be called ‘beef’ or ‘pork’ is not just about quinoa burgers and tofu sausage. It's also about a future when grocery stores sell meat that looks and tastes like the real deal but is grown in a laboratory from animal cells. This future has the agricultural industry investing heavily in preparation, including the push to restrict how new meat alternatives can be marketed,” says the NPR article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The battle lines are drawn, and the sides clearly defined. On one side is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association whose </span></span><a href="https://www.ncba.org/CMDocs/BeefUSA/2018%20Priority%20Issue%20Scorecard_FINAL.pdf"><span><span><span><span>top 2019 policy priority</span></span></span></span></a><span><span> is battling "false and deceptive marketing" of what the group calls simply - fake meat.</span></span><strong> </strong><span><span>"You don't have the right to mislead consumers into believing that they're buying one thing when they're actually buying something totally different," said <span>Cody Burkham, executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>On the other side is the ACLU, Tofurky, the Good Food Institute and the <em>Animal Legal Defense Fund.</em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>"If [plant-based makers] can't say that it's a black bean burger by using 'burger,' how are they to describe to the consumer what the product is?" said Holly Dickson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "This is not a law to protect consumers. Arkansans aren't confused about what a black bean or veggie burger or tofu dog are," Dickson said. "The law is really designed to allow the government to censor truthful speech and give an advantage to animal-based manufacturers ... and disadvantage to plant-based manufacturers."</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The American Farm Bureau Federation told NPR that its concern with new meat alternatives was about "claims of superiority about food products or methods of production" that may or may not be grounded in truth. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aside from the arguments on providing consumers with accurate information on food labels, the most interesting aspect of the latest news is that an animal rights group has joined in the fray. This is further evidence of the ultimate goal of the </span></span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/impossible-foods-brainwashes-kids"><span>promoters</span></a></span><span><span> of the fake meat ideology - a totally meatless (read hunterless) society.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/aclu-enters-fake-meat-fray" data-a2a-title="ACLU Enters Fake Meat Fray"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:38:47 +0000 20323822 5462 at https://www.safariclub.org More Social Engineering – Report Says Most Meat Will Not Come From “Dead Animals” https://www.safariclub.org/blog/more-social-engineering-report-says-most-meat-will-not-come-dead-animals <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">More Social Engineering – Report Says Most Meat Will Not Come From “Dead Animals”</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3297" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">20323822</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:20</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/more-social-engineering-report-says-most-meat-will-not-come-dead-animals%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/more-social-engineering-report-says-most-meat-will-not-come-dead-animals%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">Eye On The Antis</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Most of the meat people eat in 2040 will not come from slaughtered animals, according to a report that predicts 60 percent will be either grown in vats or replaced by plant-based products that look and taste like meat, says a news article in </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/12/most-meat-in-2040-will-not-come-from-slaughtered-animals-report"><span><span>The Guardian</span></span></a></span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report by the global consultancy AT Kearney, </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.atkearney.com/retail/article/?/a/how-will-cultured-meat-and-meat-alternatives-disrupt-the-agricultural-and-food-industry"><span><span><span>based on expert interviews</span></span></span></a></span><span><span><span>, highlights the heavy environmental impacts of conventional meat production and the concerns people have about the welfare of animals under industrial farming.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-07/download_14.jpg?itok=idHS5OwG" width="222" height="125" alt="roast beef" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The large-scale livestock industry is viewed by many as an unnecessary evil,” the report says. “With the advantages of novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat over conventionally produced meat, it is only a matter of time before they capture a substantial market share.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The conventional meat industry raises billions of animals and turns over $1tn (£785bn) a year. However, the </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth"><span><span><span>huge environmental impacts</span></span></span></a></span><span><span><span> have been made plain in recent scientific studies, from the emissions driving the climate crisis to wild habitats </span></span></span><span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/10/huge-reduction-in-meat-eating-essential-to-avoid-climate-breakdown"><span><span><span>destroyed for farmland</span></span></span></a></span><span><span><span> and the pollution of rivers and oceans, according to The Guardian article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span> “The shift towards flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles is undeniable, with many consumers cutting down on their meat consumption as a result of becoming more conscious towards the environment and animal welfare,” said Carsten Gerhardt, a partner at AT Kearney. “For passionate meat-eaters, the predicted rise of cultured meat products means that they still get to enjoy the same diet they always have, but without the same environmental and animal cost attached.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, a National Farmers’ Union spokesman said: “Innovation and new technology has always been central to the progress of British livestock farming. Although the science of lab-grown meat is interesting, the NFU believes there is great potential for livestock farming to continue its journey of producing safe, traceable and affordable food for the nation and it will continue to do so as long as the public demands it.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While most of the non-meat meat discussion centers on the livestock industry, the implication for hunting is undeniable. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/more-social-engineering-report-says-most-meat-will-not-come-dead-animals" data-a2a-title="More Social Engineering – Report Says Most Meat Will Not Come From “Dead Animals”"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">First For Hunters</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 31 Jul 2019 15:20:15 +0000 20323822 5461 at https://www.safariclub.org In Praise Of Trophy Hunting https://www.safariclub.org/blog/praise-trophy-hunting <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">In Praise Of Trophy Hunting</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/220" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">randyg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/praise-trophy-hunting%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/praise-trophy-hunting%23comment-form">register</a> to post comments</li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/19" hreflang="en">Guns &amp; Hunting</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2019-07/Bullet-expansion-hunters-stalking.jpg?itok=Szg_BU17" width="320" height="480" alt="hunters stalking" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></article><p><span><span><span><span><span>While “meat hunting” is beginning to gain some grudging acceptance among the non-hunting public, particularly among “locavores” for providing “free range, organic, natural protein;” trophy hunting? Not so much.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Derided as “sport killing” and “killing for fun” on social media, it is hard to see from a non-hunter’s perspective any reason at all for the pursuit of an animal for its head and skin. Is there any value in today’s world to hunt and harvest an animal for the challenge and experience, with a trophy as a memento of the hunt? Certainly, if there also is value in conserving wild creatures and wild places.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In 2016 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in a briefing paper, stated: “…legal, well regulated trophy hunting programmes (sic) can – and do – play an important role in delivering benefits for both wildlife conservation and for the livelihoods and wellbeing of indigenous and local communities…”. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>While meat from a “trophy” animal is, in most cases, consumed, either by the hunter or the local community, the conservation factor is that the animal taken by the trophy hunter is normally a male, past its breeding prime, sought after rather than taken as a target of opportunity.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Trophy hunting, as the IUCN noted, benefits local rural communities, providing income and economic benefits with little or no ecological impact. A typical sheep hunt, for example, leaves a very small footprint on the landscape, may (or may not) reduce the herd size by one, non-contributing male, while, at the same time, generates a substantial amount of fresh revenue to the local community.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Safari Club International’s Record Book, often criticized as only an exercise in egotism, provides an incentive for the trophy hunter to seek out not only a special trophy, but in doing so to take part in a very special personal challenge and experience. The hunter takes away memories represented by the trophy and leaves behind means to support the conservation and management of both the wildlife and the habitat. After all, a wise man once said: “Conservation, without financial support, is merely conversation.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/praise-trophy-hunting" data-a2a-title="In Praise Of Trophy Hunting"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_tumblr"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_button_reddit"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item">Hunt Forever</div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 31 Jul 2019 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5454 at https://www.safariclub.org