News https://www.safariclub.org/ en SCI in the 1980s: A time Of Growth And Tumult https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-1980s-time-growth-and-tumult <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="5945" role="article" about="/blog/sci-1980s-time-growth-and-tumult"> <span class="created"> 04/08/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-1980s-time-growth-and-tumult%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-1980s-time-growth-and-tumult%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9656d300-d13a-446f-af16-c963488d3cab" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/History-of-SCI-80%27s-AWLS-lodge.jpg?itok=GvbY6M0J" width="480" height="333" alt="AWLS lodge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><em>(Editor’s note:</em> <em>Last issue, we looked at the evolution of SCI from its beginnings through the decade of the 1970s. This issue, we check out some of the high points of the 1980s. Safari Club International will celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 2021. The 50th SCI Convention will be held in 2022, which means there will be two opportunities to celebrate in the near future. Safari Magazine will publish articles in all of the issues leading up to these historic years, outlining how the organization evolved from its inception until now. Truly, there is much to celebrate and many reasons for members to be proud of what SCI has become and what it promises to be in the future.)</em></span></span></p> <p>The 1980s saw SCI expand in some ways and experience growing pains in other areas. It was the decade when SCI really became of age.</p> <p>Membership in SCI nearly doubled in the 1980s, from 8,261 in November 1980 to 15,608 in November 1990.</p> <p>Early in the ‘80s, much of the focus was on Safari Club International Conservation Fund, which acquired the Granite Ranch property in Wyoming.</p> <p>Granite Ranch has been the location for the American Wilderness Leadership School since. The Sables were formed in 1984 and in 1987, SCICF became involved with Becoming and Outdoors Woman.</p> <p>Since then, the Sables have been the education arm of SCI/F and the leaders in promoting education as a means of helping assure a bright future for hunting. For details about the evolution of both Sables and AWLS, see Spencie Netschert’s article that starts on Page 24 of the November/December issue of Safari Magazine.</p> <p>On the SCI front, the early 1980s were tumultuous. In 1982, a move by the Board of Directors called the “Dearborn Resolution” caused a shakeup that saw numerous chapters pull out of the organization.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="993596c7-5d0b-4740-b387-bbc8693b3140" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/SCI-History-80%27s-Miller_Elephant_rifle.jpg?itok=dkzJy_J_" width="382" height="480" alt="Miller elephant rifle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>The Dearborn Resolution required chapters to send 30 percent of the profits from their annual fundraisers to SCI Headquarters. This then-controversial resolution happened during the SCI Spring Board of Directors meeting held in conjunction with the International Wildlife Foundation’s Film Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.</p> <p>SCI was unique among major hunting organizations. Local chapters of other hunting organizations, for example, sent 100 percent of the net proceeds of their fundraisers to their parent organizations. SCI was seeking only 30 percent.</p> <p>The passage of the 30 percent rule, however, led to nearly 20 chapters quitting the club in protest, including three of SCI’s largest – Dallas, Houston and Sacramento. Within a year, all of the other chapters returned to the fold. Sacramento stayed away until 1991. Dallas and Houston sill are not affiliated with SCI but are freestanding organizations: Dallas Safari Club and Houston Safari Club.</p> <p>Mac indicated in 1983 that he was thinking of retiring, and in June 1985, he agreed to meet a group of supporters and dissenters in the Minneapolis, Minnesota airport to work out a retirement settlement that would become known as the “Minneapolis Accord.”</p> <p>Mac signed the agreement that he would stay on until the end of the World Hunting Congress, but when the Congress ended in January 1988, Mac changed his mind.</p> <p>There followed a number of negotiations, and by the end of the decade, that chapter of SCI’s history was closed. Bottom line: Mac was 75 years old when he walked away from SCI and was 83 when his contract ran out in 1995.</p> <p>By its 10th Convention in 1982, SCI had outgrown the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and moved to the Tropicana. From 1983 to 1986, it was held in the MGM Grand Hotel.</p> <p>During the 1980s, SCI singlehandedly elevated the value of custom firearms around the world when it kicked off the SCI Big Five Classic Masterpiece Collection of rifles at the 1982 Convention. Each year for five years, the amount paid for a Big Five rifle went up, from $41,000 the first year to $201,000 the fifth year.</p> <p>David Miller of the David Miller Co. in Tucson, Arizona came up with the idea of commissioning other master gunmakers to create five one-of-a-kind rifles, each to commemorate a separate dangerous African big game animal.</p> <p>Each rifle would feature the finest engraving, gold relief and gold line work based on original oil paintings by well-known artists who supported SCI.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="153e2608-c80c-4f8a-aeda-a6302034f912" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/History-of-SCI-80%27s-Champlin_Rhino_rifle.jpg?itok=Fhx5NWfG" width="480" height="360" alt="Champlin Rhino" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>Each would be fitted in a one-of-a-kind exotic wood and leather case, complete with appropriate accouterments, and each gunmaker would sign a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the purchaser that the rifle would never be duplicated.</p> <p>Since David Miller Co. was instrumental in creating the project, they would build the first and last rifle. The David Miller cased rifle set the standard for the other three gunmakers.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="30b2f28d-40e1-4c9d-8dc1-61e5b1188fc2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/History-of-SCI-80%27s-Heym_Buffalo_rifle.jpg?itok=YxZM7cP2" width="480" height="319" alt="heym buffalo rifle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>The first rifle in the series, called “The Elephant Rifle,” was based on a square-bridge Mauser action and chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum. It sold at the 1982 SCI Convention for $41,000. That was the highest price ever paid for a modern bolt-action rifle at the time.</p> <p>Rifle Number Two, called “The Rhino Rifle,” was built by Champlin Firearms, Inc. of Enid, Oklahoma. The receiver was built entirely by Champlin and the octagon barrel was chambered for .375 H&amp;H. That rifle brought $43,500 at the 1983 SCI Convention.</p> <p>Rifle Number Three, called “The Buffalo Rifle,” was built by the Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Company of Germany. It was a side-by-side double rifle based on a Heym Model 88BSS action. That rifle brought $65,000 at the 1984 SCI Convention.</p> <p>Rifle Number Four, called “The Lion Rifle,” was built by Paul Jaeger, Inc., of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. It was built on a pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 action and was chambered for the .375 H&amp;H cartridge. That rifle brought $140,000 at the 1985 SCI Convention.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9435f703-f501-4940-a9e8-5edbf0a585f8" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/SCI-History-80%27s-Jaeger_Lion_rifle.jpg?itok=bZAkYDoc" width="480" height="363" alt="Jaeger Lion Rifle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>Rifle Number Five, called “The Leopard Rifle,” was made by The David Miller Co. of Tucson, Arizona. It was based on a redesigned Model 70 action that Miller helped design with U.S. Repeating Arms Co. – a redesign that now is known as the Winchester Model 70 Classic action. It was chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum. That rifle brought $201,000 at the 1986 SCI Convention.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="79d65977-c6a2-4e0d-8f6f-a115de115291" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/HIstory-of-SCI-80%27s-Miller_Leopard-Rifle%231.jpg?itok=bMxU8_Sr" width="386" height="480" alt="Miller leopard rifle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>SCI formed its first official Government Affairs Committee in 1980, and 27 of the 39 candidates supported by SCI-PAC in the 1980 elections won their races.</p> <p>June, 1986 was the first annual Awards issue of Safari Magazine, which since has promoted SCI’s world hunting awards programs.</p> <p>The International Wildlife Museum opened in February of 1988 and served as SCI headquarters until they were moved to Washington, D.C. in 2018.</p> <p>In the next issue of Safari Magazine, we’ll look at the decade of the 1990s as the organization matured and prepared for the new millennium.--Steve Comus</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-1980s-time-growth-and-tumult" data-a2a-title="SCI in the 1980s: A time Of Growth And Tumult"><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> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5945 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Italian Chapter Announces Donation Of Masks and Respirators To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-italian-chapter-announces-donation-masks-and-respirators-fight-covid-19-pandemic <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Italian Chapter Announces Donation Of Masks and Respirators To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic</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, 04/08/2020 - 10:42</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-italian-chapter-announces-donation-masks-and-respirators-fight-covid-19-pandemic%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-italian-chapter-announces-donation-masks-and-respirators-fight-covid-19-pandemic%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"><p><span><span><strong><span>SCI Italian Chapter Announces Donation Of Masks and Respirators To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5da6beef-6613-4872-8ba7-691406499b17" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/2020-04/thumbnail_logo%20rosso%20high%20res_0.jpg?itok=M61U49gA" width="220" height="220" alt="Italian chapter logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, SCI chapters around the world have been stepping up to offer humanitarian aid. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>SCI Italian Chapter President Tiziano Terzi just announced the donation of one million surgical masks and ten respirators by Cav. Stefano Ricci and his family. Cav. Ricci is a founding member of the SCI Italian Chapter. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The recently released announcement said:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span><span><span>Dear Friends,<br />  <br /> it is with great pride that I inform you that Cav. Stefano Ricci, founding member of the SCI Italian Chapter, and his family,<br /> donated one million surgical masks and ten respirators for intensive care to the Civil Protection of Florence to face with<br /> the Covid 19 pandemic.<br /> <br /> Their very important donation fills our hearts with gratitude and makes us all proud to be able to count them so present<br /> and active in our club.<br />  <br /> A hug to all of you.<br /> <br /> Tiziano Terzi<br /> SCI Italian Chapter President</span></span></span></em><br /> <span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>When asked about the generous donation, Terzi said, “In this very difficult time for Italy, indeed for the world, it is important that we step up and provide assistance in any way possible. I am extremely proud of the donation made by Cav. Ricci and his family. They represent the very best in the SCI family of hunters.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-center"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9cf1bb29-885e-41ce-8656-a2d6d1f6a96c" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Stefano Ricci" class="image-style-large" height="267" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/thumbnail_STEFANO%20RICCI%20NICCOLO%20FILIPPO_0.png?itok=Wy2D2zrh" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>Cav. Stefano Ricci (Right) with his sons Filippo (center) and Niccolò (left)</figcaption> </figure> </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-italian-chapter-announces-donation-masks-and-respirators-fight-covid-19-pandemic" data-a2a-title="SCI Italian Chapter Announces Donation Of Masks and Respirators To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic"><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, 08 Apr 2020 14:42:31 +0000 20323822 5966 at https://www.safariclub.org Tell Your Governor to Keep Hunting Seasons Open During COVID-19 https://www.safariclub.org/blog/tell-your-governor-keep-hunting-seasons-open-during-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tell Your Governor to Keep Hunting Seasons Open During COVID-19</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, 04/06/2020 - 12:17</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/tell-your-governor-keep-hunting-seasons-open-during-covid-19%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/tell-your-governor-keep-hunting-seasons-open-during-covid-19%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><strong><span><span><span>Tell Your Governor to Keep Hunting Seasons Open During COVID-19</span></span></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="13d70ae4-b465-47b5-850a-7efb2a8cc730" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/download-1.jpg?itok=xQ24o5XW" width="272" height="185" alt="hunters" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>During the difficult and uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, sportsmen and women need hunting now more than ever.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Hunting is critical to the state’s financial infrastructure and fund the vast majority of conservation efforts in the state through the sale of hunting licenses, tags and permits, as well as excise taxes placed on firearms, ammunition and other hunting-related equipment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In addition to crucial economic role hunters play, hunting is engrained in the very culture of our society. Hunting, particularly during this pandemic, offers sportsmen and women the ability to enjoy the tangible physical and mental benefits that come with being outdoors.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Sportsmen and women are able to provide themselves, along with their friends and family, organic, free range, ethically sourced wild game during a time when some fear even going to the grocery store.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While some states have assured hunters that seasons will go unchanged, some are slowly starting to cancel certain seasons and hunts.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Urge your Governor to keep hunting seasons open by offering these three suggestions:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>-Work with your state fish and wildlife agency or department of natural resources, as well as the hunting community, to ensure that hunting seasons are uninterrupted and administered in a safe and responsible manner.</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>-Allow public access sites for hunting opportunities to remain open to the best extent possible—sportsmen and women help fund the acquisition and maintenance of public lands and now, more than ever, need access to them.</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>-Classify hunting and firearms-dependent businesses as “essential businesses,” allowing them to remain open under safe operating procedures and social distancing guidelines. </span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>These businesses are necessary for hunting seasons to continue, and they also contribute financially to wildlife conservation efforts by selling hunting licenses, tags and sporting equipment with excise taxes.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Click <a href="https://actnow.io/2TQQNY6?fbclid=IwAR3xAqnUkBU9-U1huS1aVsA07AL9ad4Pm7CjSGY4sQKGAcuuF34lw9grrjo">here</a> to access SCI’s Hunters Advocacy Action Center today!</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/tell-your-governor-keep-hunting-seasons-open-during-covid-19" data-a2a-title="Tell Your Governor to Keep Hunting Seasons Open During COVID-19"><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, 06 Apr 2020 16:17:18 +0000 20323822 5958 at https://www.safariclub.org Disoriented Moose https://www.safariclub.org/blog/disoriented-moose <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="5932" role="article" about="/blog/disoriented-moose"> <span class="created"> 04/03/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/disoriented-moose%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/disoriented-moose%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>I’ve discovered a place where Giant Moose lose their way. A place where Canadian moose are of Yukon proportions and there’s no one at the border to turn them away. </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8f888a75-e5e0-4427-b714-f07cf1319ae2" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/disoriented-moose-Wolf-Pack-Crew.jpg?itok=_a7Y3Wdh" width="480" height="360" alt="Wolf pack crew" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>The Wolf Pack is back. There’s nothing like an annual hunting trip with your closest buddies.  Our Pack consists of myself, aka Raker; Dave Wolfe, aka Wolf; and Steve Mehok, aka Hawk…pretty creative, I know, seeing how it’s basically our last names.  We’re all friends from our early years.  We played ball on the same teams, chased the same girls and stood in each other’s weddings.  We’re now all happily settled and in our fifties, but our wives would tell you we’re still in our teens when we get together.</p> <p>We’ve long held our friendship dear, but life can sometimes get in the way and getting together can become more and more rare.  This can be especially easy when you live in different parts of the county.  We made a pact that we’d not allow this any longer and at least get together for one epic hunting adventure annually.  It started in the Artic, then Newfoundland, next year is New Zealand, but this year was the most Northern part of British Columbia for Mack Daddy Moose.</p> <p>Our friend, outfitter and fellow Wolf Pack member Bob Milligan of Milligan Outfitting set us up with a moose hunt in a newly acquired area, just south of the Yukon border.  It’s an area where these behemoths have lost their GPS and don’t know they’re categorized as Canadian Moose.</p> <p>Bob and I have been best of friends for years.  We’ve chased everything from mountain goats to grizzlies together, and hunts have ranged from what seemed like catastrophic to euphoric.  The guy can see and navigate terrain like no one I’ve ever met.  While he’s indeed a pro’s pro, when we get together and the laughs begin, it can sometimes lead to him to not being as meticulous as he is with his normal clients. </p> <p>On Day 1 we met in Whitehorse, Yukon and loaded-up on beverages, groceries, beverages, supplies and beverages.  We drove south into BC a bit and connected with our float plane pilot for our transport to where we’d be dropped off. </p> <p>Bob and another guide, KO, arranged a different departure point and pilot and were to meet us at the rendezvous point.  This was for a few reasons, but also so we could arrive at about the same time.  Ok, “what?!”  After some quick banter, I’ve learned to trust Bob when it comes to the field. </p> <p>Wolf, Hawk and I beat them to the lake and decided to put together the pack rods and have a little fun while waiting.  One grayling leads immediately to the next, and we checked our watches from time to time.  It wasn’t too long until dusk sneaked upon us. </p> <p>We decided we needed to prepare for a night under the stars, except the clouds kept getting in the way.  Bob’s Argo and trailer were at the beach, but the keys were conveniently with him.  We disconnected the trailer and maneuvered it to the semi-flattest spot we could find.  We then tiped it to its side for a nice wind break. </p> <p>We used our rifle cases as lean posts and luckily located a tarp in Bob’s Argo to engineer ourselves a lean-to.  There wasn’t a tree within 400 yards of the lake, so we needed to hike out to gather wood for a fire before it got too dark.  The Hawk had packed one of those folding handsaws about the size of a fist. I think we cut a cord of wood with that thing!  Dragging full size aspens through a bramble of tag alders is the toughest tug-of-war we ever experienced. </p> <p>Ok, so by the end of this Fall, I hope to have secured #26 of my North American 29.  I like to consider myself an experienced hunter and Wolf, Hawk and I have hunted since we were young.  But, do you think within all that extra weight of fancy gear we all got charged for by the airlines, that any of us packed any matches?  In fact, the only match we had was the look on our faces when we realized no one had a freaking lighter!</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f6e9859d-58fe-4f7b-9a66-2cca2b448d9a" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Disoriented-Moose-Float-Plane.jpg?itok=mmU0JUXr" width="480" height="360" alt="float plane" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>Wolf discovered he had one of those parachute cord bracelets that you see at every checkout stand at every sporting goods store.  It had a want-to-be flint where it connects.  We combined a little TP with some gas from the Argo’s tank and somehow managed a spark from this toy.  We had that fire roaring right up until the rain began to pour. </p> <p>It was somewhat of a long night, between the sideways rain, wind shifts of smoke blowing under our tarp (Hawk kept yelling and reminding us to Stay Low!... and we kept reminding him that we were laying on the freaking ground man!). Then there was the synchronized snoring of my two compadres, and with my being the last one under the tarp that got me the most tilted piece of ground.  Now, we’ve always been tight, but something ain’t right when your sleeping bags are touching….and Wolf likes to roll around a lot.  I think this broke code!</p> <p>Bob’s scheduled flight had been delayed and ultimately pushed back a day….it is the bush after all and not LAX, so things do happen.  Truthfully, the night wasn’t bad at all.  We all had good gear and we now had something to give Bob crap about….but thank God for that tarp!  Bob flew in right at dawn and as he passed over us, we all gave him the one finger salute.</p> <p>Hawk had shot a monster bull a couple of days earlier, and Wolf had been a hiking fool and decided early this day he wanted a fun easy night of glassing and fishing.  So when Bob spotted two giant white paddles literally three miles away. I was the fortunate one in line.  It was a long way to go, but he looked giant from afar and well worth the trek. </p> <p>We quickly loaded our packs and got to it.  The Argo is a leg saver and it took us as far as we deemed safe.  We had our waders in our packs, crossed the river a couple of times, then raced and hurdled through tag alders, frost mounds and the sloughs in between.</p> <p>Bob maneuvered us to a point where we knew we were close and we spotted the tops of the antlers over a ridge, but still nearly a mile away.  KO let out his nastiest big sexy cow call to see if the bull could hear us….and he came on a rope! This rutted-up goliath was on a mission. KO had him fired-up and ready for some love.  I had set up and ranged some key points we thought he’d come through -- one around 300 yards and another at 200.  KO was confident he’d get him to the 200 marker. </p> <p>As this behemoth struted and swaggered right to my 300-yard marker, he started to circle around a ridge to my left.  I could still see his antlers from time to time, but no body at all.  I’m told these big guys get big for a reason and he was circling to get our wind….but the wind was perfect this time.  I had to leave my perfect set-up, run down the crease and ease around the edge of the bowl as he was coming fast, but I couldn’t see anything but his rack.  He just kept coming and getting closer and closer….50 yards, then 30 yards, but I still couldn’t see any hair…just the top of his giant head gear!  Bob was filming away up-top and KO was getting this guy so horned-up, I figured that if I didn’t shoot him that KO would need to brace himself!</p> <p>By then it was raining. My heart was pumping and my own heavy breathing made my scope clarity far from perfect.  He finally had to start climbing out of the back side of this hole to get to his lover and I could then see his head and neck.  He was at 15 yards!  Yes, 15 yards….I swear.  My scope was turned down to its lowest magnification and all I could see then was hair.  I had to peak above my scope to get a sight picture and then follow it down his neck, to figure out where I was at.  I was confident I had a scope full of neck hair, so I squeezed.  He literally dropped in his tracks and KO didn’t even have to buy him dinner.</p> <p>I heard Bob give me a yell from up on the knob. He’d been videoing this whole thing.  I raised my arms and let out some kind of whoop or holler.  They both raced over and we couldn’t believe what had just happened.  We missed a high five, gave a hug and a body shake and all stood in awe over this beast.  It was a Yukon mammoth lost in BC.</p> <p>It seems one finds extra energy and more lift in our steps when hiking back after a successful stalk.  We kept some Crown for when the moose was down and it flowed easy that night.  We’re a group that genuinely hopes the next guy’s animal is bigger than the previous one taken.  It’s honestly challenging to write so one can feel the joy experienced and bonding that occurs. </p> <p>Most hunters know that the photos capture only a hint of the actual moments we experience and the beauty we’re able to behold.  Our boots go places where no others have.  Hunting is a truly magical, ethical, organic ceremony that creates bonds of friendship that no other event can.  I’ll relive and tell this story for years to come.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f88b31a0-2f18-4845-9874-e71131440bd3" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/disoriented-moose-Me-Moose.jpg?itok=wxWm0nKD" width="480" height="360" alt="author and moose" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>We got to experience the grandeur of the Northern Lights every night it was clear and our bladders forced us outside.  The fishing was absolutely world class for the biggest grayling and lake trout any of us had ever seen.  Every night was filled with laughs, cards, tales of our past hunts and that current day’s encounters.  An episode I’ll not soon forget was the night we had our personal cow calling contest….let’s just say we didn’t see any moose the whole next day.  Although the Wolf became quite the caller. Before we were done he actually called one in from across the valley floor.  The look on his face when it started and kept coming was unforgettable.  Who knew a Wolf could call in a moose!?</p> <p>We helped Bob break camp and he was excited for what he now knew next year would bring.  We trekked to the lake and had some laughs, reminiscing about our first night alone on the beach.  The clouds rolled in and we all seemed to take turns looking at our watches.  The clouds got lower and the rain started to pound. </p> <p>We glanced at each other from beneath our dripping hoodies as we all had the same thought...Deja vu all over again.  We all headed to the timber, cut some wood and started a fire….we had all stolen a lighter from camp!  A couple hours later our pilot arrived to great cheers and relief. </p> <p>We spent our last day in Whitehorse and toured the local Yukon Brewery and a couple local watering holes.  We’d spent two weeks in the bush without injury, but when we returned to our local hotel, we felt it a great idea to have luggage cart races down their hallway.  After the crash, Wolf had blood running down his face and I’m still walking with a limp.</p> <p>Our wives roll their eyes at us, but guys know these moments and even giving each other crap is a sign of love.  These annual trips strengthen the bond of our brotherhood.  We laugh the whole time we’re together and hold great expectations for our adventures to come.</p> <p>In closing, I want to say that we’re a pack it in, pack it out, crew.  But on a side note, I’m submitting for a change to Wolfe’s handle.  We’ve all agreed to knight him Sir-Drops-a-Lot.  If anyone reading this decides to wisely book a hunt with Milligan Outfitting, please keep your eyes open for a tripod, a walking stick, a water bottle, a scope cover and a glove.  Wolf Pack for life!--Steve Rakes     </p> </div> <div class="share-wrapper"> <span class="share-title">Share this:</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_28 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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, 04/02/2020 - 10:04</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-italy-chapter-donates-2000-covid-19-masks%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-italy-chapter-donates-2000-covid-19-masks%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"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>                                                           SCI Italy Chapter Donates 2,000 COVID-19 Masks</span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span>On March 25th, the Italian Chapter, thanks to the collaboration of the board member Pietro Grazioli, was able to deliver 2000 surgical masks from the factory in Brescia to the charitable institutions for social welfare and healthcare, recipients of the portions of Italian game meat in January 2020 and in the last two years. </span><br /> <span>The masks are made of special fabrics water-repellent and breathable that protects nose and mouth against Covid-19 Virus.</span><br /> <br /> <span>Masks were distributed to:</span><br /> <br /> <span>Antoniano – Bologna</span><br /> <span>San Vincenzo – Brescia</span><br /> <span>Caritas Diocesana- Napoli</span><br /> <span>Gran Priorato di Napoli e Sicilia del Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta - Napoli</span><br /> <span>Basilica Sant'Eustachio - Roma</span><br /> <span>Misericordie - Firenze</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="54fb9434-a4cd-43af-bb5f-eac407332f28" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-center"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-04/PHOTO%2004.jpg?itok=4JWR4oed" width="360" height="480" alt="Italy Chapter photo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <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-italy-chapter-donates-2000-covid-19-masks" data-a2a-title="SCI Italy Chapter Donates 2,000 COVID-19 Masks"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a 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[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="5930" role="article" about="/blog/crossfit-versus-mountain-fit"> <span class="created"> 04/01/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/crossfit-versus-mountain-fit%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a 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src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/_Wieland-crossfit.jpg?itok=Rxg3adjn" width="480" height="253" alt="crossfit class" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>A few months ago, one of the big outdoor magazines ran a question-and-answer section.  A reader asked, “Did anyone hunt in the mountains before CrossFit?”  To the internet generation of hunters, it would seem that no one who doesn’t do CrossFit could possibly be in good enough shape to climb a mountain and stalk a bighorn.</p> <p>The short answer is, of course, “yes.”  My candidate for the greatest hunter of all time, Jim Corbett, was raised in the foothills of the Himalayas where, later in life, he hunted man-eating tigers and leopards.  Most of his life, he lived near the hill station of Naini Tal and for most of his life, when he needed to go somewhere he walked.  A ten-mile walk was nothing and 20 was routine.  Corbett led such an active life that he hardly needed any extraneous fitness program.</p> <p>To give a specific example of Corbett’s toughness, both physical and mental, consider this:  At one point, he suffered a ruptured ear drum from a gunshot close to his head, which resulted in the formation of a large, excruciating abscess.  He was deaf in that ear, one eye was swollen shut, and he could swallow nothing but liquid.</p> <p>Unable to sleep because of the pain, Corbett decided to take his mind off it by hunting the Talla Des man-eater.  It was operating in an area that necessitated part of the trip by train, but Corbett hiked 14 miles to the rail terminal and then another 24 miles from the train into the man-eater’s territory.  This included what he described as “some difficult climbing” — all the while under-nourished and weak from pain.</p> <p>While he was in the jungle hunting the tiger, the abscess burst and the tiger almost got him instead, but he recovered and killed the tiger a few days later.</p> <p>Personally, I can only imagine that kind of mental toughness and determination, but one should not discount the importance of his physical conditioning.  For Corbett, as for all mountain hunters, what counts is not strength so much as endurance.  This is the ability to carry a heavy load on your back while putting one foot in front of the other, climbing steadily and covering miles.  The former requires leg strength, while the latter requires both strength and stability, and is enormously debilitating.</p> <p>A friend of mine is a CrossFit devotee and the workouts he describes are undoubtedly arduous, but they never seem to include really serious endurance exercise.  By that, I mean a 10-mile run (or longer) - or hiking six miles with mountain boots and a 60-pound pack.  And, to really build up endurance, you have to do this repeatedly for months on end.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="99e29517-e45a-42c7-bda8-5a1840a1b43d" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Jim Corbett" class="image-style-large" height="321" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Jim-Corbett-Hunter-Madras-Courier-Slider.jpg?itok=IOMYjoyp" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>Jim Corbett, certified badass</figcaption> </figure> <p>One critical point about backpacking in mountains is the need to shoulder your pack and keep going, not just for a day or two, but sometimes for a week or ten days straight.  There are no days off in between to allow your muscles to recover.  Having hunted in many mountains on several continents, I’ve concluded that the only way to really get mountain-fit, as opposed to gym-fit, is to be in the mountains, slogging up and down all day every day, while also becoming acclimated to the difference in altitude.</p> <p>Having said that however, obviously the better shape you’re in when you get there — especially the leg and back muscles and cardio-vascular system — the quicker you’ll adjust.  Also, the quicker you’ll recover.</p> <p>A century ago, mountain hunters had no ATVs or helicopters.  Of course, there were horses and even if you were on foot, as so many Brits were in the Himalayas and the Pamirs, they might have mules or bearers to carry their kit.  Still, it was common for an officer on leave, going into the mountains, to be away for two months.  Even if all you’re carrying is your rifle, two months in the mountains hunting ibex or Marco Polo sheep is strenuous in the extreme.</p> <p>I’m all for CrossFit and similar programs.  Anything that gets people on their feet and moving in this age of texting and video games gets my vote.  But CrossFit didn’t invent physical fitness, regardless of the claims of the YouTube heroes.--Terry Wieland</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/crossfit-versus-mountain-fit" data-a2a-title="CROSSFIT VERSUS MOUNTAIN-FIT"><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> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5930 at https://www.safariclub.org First For Hunters Blog Continues To Post Critical Information For America’s Outdoor Sportsmen And Women https://www.safariclub.org/blog/first-hunters-blog-continues-post-critical-information-americas-outdoor-sportsmen-and-women <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">First For Hunters Blog Continues To Post Critical Information For America’s Outdoor Sportsmen And Women</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, 04/01/2020 - 10:40</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/first-hunters-blog-continues-post-critical-information-americas-outdoor-sportsmen-and-women%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a 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class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>The First For Hunters blog has traditionally focused on SCIs fight to defeat anti-hunting attacks and promote hunting worldwide. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Articles on legislative activity at the federal, state and international levels are a regular staple of the FFH blog. Information on happenings at the Interior Department, State Fish and Game Departments and the occasional poke at the hypocritical hijinks of the animal rights groups can also be found here.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> The past few weeks have seen a somber reality set in, affecting virtually all aspects of American life, including the country’s outdoor sporting community. As a result of the COVID-19 virus spreading like wildfire, many aspects of daily life have changed drastically.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Some of those changes also affect the kind of information the FFH blog will be sharing. For example, the United States Congress has virtually shut down. Washington, DC and surrounding states have issued “stay at home” orders as they grapple with containment of COVID-19.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Additionally, as of March 25 the following legislatures have gone into recess as a result of COVID-19:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, NE, NH, NJ, OK, RI, SC, SD, TN, WI</span></span></strong> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Many of these states have introduced legislation directly affecting the hunting community.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In some states, hunter education courses are being cancelled due to the “social distancing” requirements.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>At the international level, many countries have closed their borders – greatly affecting the safari industry. The SCI website has established a page devoted to COVID-19 advisories – bringing up to date news on recent border closings and/or countries’ decisions related to their hunting programs.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In an effort to keep SCI members appraised of any legislative activity, the FFH blog will continue to bring legislative news as it happens. The blog will also contain articles on state actions that will affect hunting, whether it is stay-at-home orders, cancelled services or even those states with no changes to their hunting seasons.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Stay tuned as FFH brings up-to-the-minute news on all issues affecting the hunter. As the restrictions are lifted, FFH will advise of those changes as well. </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/first-hunters-blog-continues-post-critical-information-americas-outdoor-sportsmen-and-women" data-a2a-title="First For Hunters Blog Continues To Post Critical Information For America’s Outdoor Sportsmen And Women"><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, 01 Apr 2020 14:40:54 +0000 20323822 5942 at https://www.safariclub.org Protecting America’s Small Businesses & Nonprofits https://www.safariclub.org/blog/protecting-americas-small-businesses-nonprofits <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Protecting America’s Small Businesses &amp; Nonprofits</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, 03/31/2020 - 11:37</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/protecting-americas-small-businesses-nonprofits%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/protecting-americas-small-businesses-nonprofits%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"><p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Protecting America’s Small Businesses &amp; Nonprofits</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>March 31, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In responding to the financial pain caused by the pandemic, Congress and President Trump have enacted three laws to stimulate economic activity and counter the economic disruption.  The most recent law, the Phase 3 bill or CARES Act enacted on March 27, contains provisions aimed directly at businesses with fewer than 500 employees to help them cope and retain their workforce.  Included in the $2 trillion CARES Act bill is the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses as well as organizations that file as foundations or nonprofits under 501(c)3 of the tax code.  Many sportsmen’s groups file as 501(c)3’s, including several SCI chapters.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Paycheck Protection Program will be run under the Small Business Administration and will make low-interest loans available through private lenders.  Loans will be up to $10 million, will have a 4% interest rate, and will cover payroll, group health, and many other costs.  They will be processed without SBA review and should process relatively quickly.  The PPP loans will also feature a Loan Forgiveness tool to incentivize employers not to lay off workers.  For many borrowers these loans will work more like a grant.  Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and the self-employed may also be eligible.  For more information, or to apply, here is a link (<span><a href="https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources" target="_blank">https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources</a>) </span>to the Small Business Administration's COVID-19 Small Business Guidance Loan Resources Website.  Under the Content section, click “Paycheck Protection Program.”  The website contains info on several other helpful loans.  Also , check with your preferred bank or credit union.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Other Resources: </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>--Summary on PPP and Loan Forgiveness from the House Small Business Committee. </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Paycheck%20Protection%20and%20Loan%20Forgiveness%203-25-20.pdf" title="Paycheck Protection Document">View The Paycheck Protection Document</a></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>—Practical advice in short videos from Northern Virginia financial expert, Jenn Loges of the firm One Degree Capital. (<span><a href="https://info.onedegreecapital.com/blog" target="_blank">https://info.onedegreecapital.com/blog</a>)</span> She offers daily advice on how much to apply for, the loan terms, and what to expect.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>--Many states are offering COVID business relief, so check your State’s economic development or small business website.</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/protecting-americas-small-businesses-nonprofits" data-a2a-title="Protecting America’s Small Businesses &amp; Nonprofits"><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, 31 Mar 2020 15:37:01 +0000 20323822 5938 at https://www.safariclub.org 5-Star Fishing https://www.safariclub.org/blog/5-star-fishing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5-Star Fishing</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, 03/31/2020 - 11:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/5-star-fishing%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/5-star-fishing%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/54" hreflang="en">Sport Fishing</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="71250463-5f19-4e19-b5b3-6b37550fe052" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Langara_Island-Lodge-exterior.jpg?itok=AcwU5SzZ" width="480" height="361" alt="Langara Island Lodge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>For every passion there is an ultimate destination. A place revered by reputation and immortalized by countless tales. If your passion is salmon fishing, Langara Island is that destination. </p> <p>Located off the north coast of British Columbia, just south of Alaska, Langara Island sits right on the migratory path of Pacific salmon returning to countless rivers and streams from SE Alaska to California. From spring to fall, no other location plays host to a greater continuous abundance of Chinook (king) and Coho (silver) salmon.</p> <p>A trip to Langara Island Lodge offers 5-star access to these remote and rich waters. With trips all-inclusive from Vancouver, B.C., our guests enjoy private charter air travel, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, spa services, private guided boats and fishing just minutes from the lodge docks.</p> <p>To start planning your 5-star fishing adventure, visit Langara online at <a href="http://www.langara.com/5star">www.langara.com/5star</a>, or call 1 (800) 668-7544.</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/5-star-fishing" data-a2a-title="5-Star Fishing"><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, 31 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5929 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Applauds Congress for Including Aid for Non-Profits in Economic Stimulus Package https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-applauds-congress-including-aid-non-profits-economic-stimulus-package <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Applauds Congress for Including Aid for Non-Profits in Economic Stimulus Package</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, 03/30/2020 - 10:17</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-applauds-congress-including-aid-non-profits-economic-stimulus-package%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-applauds-congress-including-aid-non-profits-economic-stimulus-package%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"><h4><span><span><strong><span><span><span>       SCI Applauds Congress for Including Aid for Non-Profits in Economic Stimulus Package</span></span></span></strong></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>March 30, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c98186eb-1022-4f1e-990a-403068d98b40" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/thumbnail_image001_2.jpg?itok=q9DgAwgn" width="480" height="320" alt="Capitol " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>After unanimous approval in the U.S. Senate and passage last Friday in the House of Representatives, SCI applauds Congress for extending financial relief to certain nonprofit groups, potentially helping many conservation and outdoor organizations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sportsmen and women are some of the biggest financial contributors to America’s economic health. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, outdoor recreation accounted for 2.2% of GDP in 2017, resulting in $778 billion in economic activity such as licenses, tags, excise taxes, and charitable donations. Many sportsmen and women are also members of non-profit organizations like SCI, <a href="https://www.ducks.org/">Ducks Unlimited</a>, the <a href="https://www.rmef.org/">Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation</a> or one of many other great groups. These organizations rely on revenue generated by events and fundraisers to drive their conservation efforts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCI’s Government Affairs Director, Ben Cassidy, noted that the worldwide crisis brought on by the pandemic has come at the worst possible time for many organizations. “The spring months are some of the most important months for fundraising for many conservation organizations. The vast majority of this revenue comes directly from events held in local communities across the country. It is encouraging to see Congress take action to provide a needed lifeline.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bill, S. 748, provides more than $350 billion in loans to small businesses, including entities that file under 501(c)3 of the tax code. U.S. Senators, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), included language for non-profits to obtain low-interest loans, called the Paycheck Protection Program, or “PPP” loans. The loans, available through private lenders, are backed by the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including 501(c)3’s, will be eligible. Loans will be available up to $10 million, will have a 4% interest rate, and will cover payroll, group health, and many other costs. They will be processed without SBA review. The PPP loans will also feature a Loan Forgiveness tool to incentivize employers not to lay off workers. For many borrowers these loans will work more like a grant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Many organizations who do outstanding conservation work operate on thin margins, so SCI was strongly supportive of these provisions during Congressional consideration,” said Cassidy. “SCI members stepped up and did their part by reaching out to the Congress through SCI’s Hunter Advocacy Action Center.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The overall $2 trillion economic relief package is the largest in American history. It will provide direct payments to families, support for the unemployed, business tax deferral, and will leverage $4 trillion in liquidity for distressed industries.</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/sci-applauds-congress-including-aid-non-profits-economic-stimulus-package" data-a2a-title="SCI Applauds Congress for Including Aid for Non-Profits in Economic Stimulus Package"><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, 30 Mar 2020 14:17:02 +0000 20323822 5937 at https://www.safariclub.org BENELLI BAWA BASH https://www.safariclub.org/blog/benelli-bawa-bash <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="5920" role="article" about="/blog/benelli-bawa-bash"> <span class="created"> 03/27/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/benelli-bawa-bash%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/benelli-bawa-bash%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-div embedded-entity align-right"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="7338b86a-55d7-4e05-8138-efed750cd74c" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Hampton with eland bull" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Benelli-Bash-Hampton-with-eland-bull.jpg?itok=UznB1alH" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>This big, old eland bull is massive. The Lupo .30-06 handled the task with ease and Hornady’s 180-gr. GMX bullet performed flawlessly.</figcaption> </figure> <p>For once, our plan was working to perfection.  The wind drifted gently in our face and the sun setting behind us.  After sneaking through the bush for some time, we positioned ourselves to intercept a herd of seven eland.  Peeking through the bush, I could see the eland strolling slowly our direction.  If they stay on this course, they should be broadside within 100 yards shortly. </p> <p>There was one very big, old bull in the group.  His face was black and it was easy to spot him in the crowd.  Much to our surprise, suddenly a group of kudu spooked for some reason, running right past the eland.  Now the eland are upset and they take off!  They came hurrying along within range when Kempy told me the big bull was bringing up the rear.  I had a good rest on top of a boulder when the bull trotted into the shooting lane.  The crosshairs moved all over the big bull’s shoulder as I started to squeeze the trigger on the moving target.  My subconscious whispered, “Are you sure you want to do this?”</p> <p>The African hunting experience is one of the greatest opportunities available for hunters to cherish.  This unique safari had all the ingredients to be a real dandy.  Four gun scribes, three Benelli gurus and a sharpshooter slash ballistician from Hornady descended on the Dark Continent with a mission – field test the new <a href="https://www.benelliusa.com/" target="_blank">Benelli</a> bolt-action rifle. </p> <p>I thought surely I misunderstood the message when it came across my desk – Benelli was manufacturing a rifle?  Perhaps just a misprint as Benelli is well-known for premium semi-auto shotguns – surely the message intended to convey a new scattergun in the works.  Well, sure enough, Benelli is manufacturing a bolt-action rifle.  If there is a better place to see how well this creation works than an African safari – I’d like to know. </p> <p>If you’re familiar with Benelli shotguns such as their ever-popular Super Black Eagle or any of the variations in their Performance Shop models, you know the company produces top-shelf firearms.  My curiosity was about to reach full speed just wondering about this new rifle.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0ba8e0b2-535e-4fe9-8937-93cb55e769a4" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Author with impala" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Benelli-Bash-Mark-with-Impala.jpg?itok=sykW24gF" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>This dandy impala was the first game Mark took with the new Lupo.</figcaption> </figure> <p>When the test gun arrived, it appeared a bit utilitarian.  It is a serious hunting gun so the black synthetic stock and blued barrel are most logical and practical.  The new rifle is dubbed Lupo – which means wolf in Italian and is loaded with features.  This firearm has been designed with the best criteria of quality, precision and modularity with a respectful focus of classic Benelli style.  All of the hunters on this safari would be shooting a .30-06 with Hornady’s 180-grain GMX loaded in their Outfitter Ammunition line-up.  The rifle will also be available in .270 Win. and .300 Win. Mag.</p> <p>Many of the features on the Lupo allow the shooter to customize the fit to individual needs.  Take for example the Progressive Comfort recoil system, allowing the length of pull to be adjusted.  By the way, this recoil system is most effective in recoil reduction.  The soft cheek pad can also be adjusted by installing different inserts.  This provides the ideal comb height for a custom fit.  If that’s not enough, there are trigger reach spacers provided so you can custom fit the ideal trigger position for your finger. </p> <p>The Lupo features a sleek profile with well thought-out ergonomics.  While I appreciated all the attributes of custom modularity, I was mainly interested to see how well this rifle performed in the accuracy department.</p> <p>In preparation for this hunt, I took Hornady’s 180-gr. GMX ammo to the range.  The first three shots from 100 yards landed inside of one inch – two of which were touching.  One contributing factor was a great trigger.  The trigger is also adjustable from 2.2 to 4.4 pounds. After speaking with the other writers, I discovered all of them experienced the same level of accuracy with their rifles.  Now I have the confidence needed to pursue African game without reservation.</p> <p>The Lupo was fitted with a Steiner 3-12x56 scope.  This would be my first opportunity to peer through Steiner optics and I sure wasn’t disappointed.  The scope ideally matched the rifle and with its wide field of view and light gathering capability, made for a perfect optic for hunting. </p> <p>During the first couple of hunting days I had the privilege of hunting with Jayden Quinlan, Hornady ballistician and serious hunter.  When a dandy impala ram was spotted the first morning, a long stalk ensued and finally the sticks were set-up.  The ram was feeding with several others and never knew we were in the same time zone. </p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-right"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="b0634d8f-192e-4e5a-a849-d034a9861385" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Mark Hampton with sable" class="image-style-large" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Benelli-Bash-Mark-with-Sable.jpg?itok=Hj6hHsO5" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>This elegant sable was taken with one shot, thanks to Hornady’s 180-gr. GMX load. A big sable is highly sought and makes the African experience rewarding and memorable.</figcaption> </figure> <p>One well-placed shot and Jayden had his first African antelope.  There is nothing like your first safari.  Jayden had a taste of Africa and it was only the beginning.  Later on, as luck would have it, an old warthog was caught out in the open, feeding with two other pigs.  Our PH and Jayden crept up a slight incline just enough to get a clean shot.  It became obvious Jayden and the new Lupo were getting along fine.  The warthog was headed for the skinning shed.</p> <p>Later in the afternoon I got on the board with a nice impala.  One shot from 95 yards sealed the deal.  As we continued hunting, I told Jayden it was his turn regardless what we encountered.  I guess all that clean living paid off for Jayden as the next animal spotted was a mature roan.  We didn’t have time to set-up the sticks so Jayden dropped down in kneeling position and took a rest from his knees.  When the 180-gr. GMX struck the big bull directly behind the shoulder, you couldn’t surgically remove the smile from Jayden’s face.  Who wouldn’t be smiling with a roan? </p> <p>When we arrived back at the skinning shed that evening, it was obvious this group was serious about hunting.  Everyone had enjoyed a great day in Africa – thanks to Wolma Kemp and his crew at Africa Anyways Safari.  Not only was the hunting great, but the camaraderie was superb.  Sharing stories around the campfire lingered after a few adult beverages.  It’s Africa – what else would you expect?</p> <p>To be honest, the days go by all too quickly.  I probably got as much enjoyment observing Jayden in action as I did pulling the trigger.  It was especially euphoric when I watched him make a 517-yard shot on a monster springbok.  You see, Jayden is a serious, long-range competition shooter and his success on this safari was inextricably linked to his skills on the range.</p> <p>As the days passed, I, too, enjoyed some quality, rewarding time afield.  A roan taken from 200 yards with one shot confirmed a cartridge over 100 years old still works.  It may not be the sexiest, fastest, biggest or most popular, but the .30-06 with the right bullet harvests game today as well as it did a century ago. </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="53b80df3-47cc-48dc-aae8-b67f3a1cc294" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Benelli-Lupo-and-warthog.jpg?itok=DlLkt_69" width="480" height="325" alt="benelli lupo and warthog" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>With advancements in modern bullet technology, many cartridges, including the .30-06, are better today than ever.  A few days later Lady Luck really shined when I found myself within 100 yards or so of a big sable.  A sable bull over 40 inches has a tendency to accelerate one’s heart rate.  He was feeding along with a group of juveniles and it was easy to spot him.  Those long horns curving way over his back stood out distinctly.  Unable to calm my nerves, the sticks did help steady the rifle for another one-shot affair.</p> <p>Apparently the previous one-shot kills from this hunt gave me confidence and influenced my decision to shoot the huge eland trotting along.  The crosshairs followed the moving bull as I tugged the trigger.  When the shot broke, the rest of the herd kicked it in high gear.  Quickly I bolted another round in the chamber.  It was apparent the bull was hit but I placed another 180-gr. GMX monolithic constructed bullet through the vitals as he hit the ground abruptly.  We all were ecstatic!  Walking up to the bull revealed no ground shrinkage whatsoever.  He was not only old, but huge.  It was a great way to end another memorable African adventure.</p> <p>When the smoke cleared on this hunt, some interesting facts surfaced.  There were eight prototype rifles involved, all chambered in .30-06.  A total of 52 head of game was taken over the course of the safari, some culls included.  The area we hunted was suffering from a drought so the PH requested several springbok be taken from an over-populated herd.  The group took a wide variety of game throughout the duration of our safari, including springbok, impala, warthog, zebra, wildebeest, roan, sable and eland.  Not one malfunction was encountered even though the Lupo experienced a lot of dust and some abuse.  Several GMX bullets were recovered from some of the larger game, with most appearing as if they had been shot in gelatin, mushrooming perfectly.  The field testing of guns was just as successful and rewarding as the overall safari experience.  Africa is truly a hunter’s paradise.  I’m ready to return. --Mark Hampton</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/benelli-bawa-bash" data-a2a-title="BENELLI BAWA BASH"><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> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5920 at https://www.safariclub.org The SCI Social Distancing Guide to Getting Outside https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-social-distancing-guide-getting-outside <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The SCI Social Distancing Guide to Getting Outside</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, 03/27/2020 - 10:49</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-social-distancing-guide-getting-outside%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-social-distancing-guide-getting-outside%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"><p><strong>                              </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><u><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"> THE SCI SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDE TO GETTING OUTSIDE</span></span></span></u></b></span></span></p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="94f6247c-e874-42b5-9963-518b4b8af48f" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/thumbnail_image001-2.png?itok=a2LOfK2C" width="480" height="403" alt="turkey hunter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With our nation in the midst of unprecedented circumstances, people are feeling stressed out and anxious. Clinical research has proven that time spent in nature can improve mental and physical health in a variety of ways. If you’ve ever been hunting or fishing, you likely know the mentally restorative and relaxing benefits of isolating yourself in the woods, on a mountain, in a stream, or on a lake. If you find yourself with cabin fever or feel like you’re going stir crazy, maybe a trip off the grid is just what you need.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In an effort to keep the public safe while also offering opportunities to recreate outside, The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm">National Park Service</a>, <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates">National Forest Service</a>, <a href="https://www.blm.gov/alert/coronavirus-advisory">Bureau of Land Management</a>, and the <a href="https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=u.s.-fish-and-wildlife-service-temporarily-suspends-entrance-fees-at--&amp;_ID=36534">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a> have all released official statements regarding operational adjustments they’ve undertaken, like closing visitor centers, lodges, boat ramps, and campgrounds. Although in an effort to make sure public land remains accessible even for those currently under financial duress, many of these agencies have waived entrance fees for the time being. Please check each agency’s respective website for more information on what federal public lands and parks are still open and accessible.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>State Parks have also been heavily affected by the national emergency. Many State Parks have closed facilities, blocked off access, and in some cases shut down entirely due to safety concerns. Other states have waived entrance fees to their parks in order to ease financial barriers for those looking to find solitude in nature during this stressful time. <a href="https://www.stateparks.org/">America’s State Parks</a> has been maintaining an updated list on the status of park systems in all 50 states. It’s a tremendous resource if you’re looking for reliable information on state parks near you.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>State Fish and Wildlife Agencies have also been affected by the current pandemic, and many agencies have made operational changes like canceling events and seminars, closing target shooting ranges, boat ramps, and other facilities, and prohibiting access in certain areas. However, there has been a tremendous amount of fake news and misinformation circulating online with claims that hunting and fishing seasons have been cancelled, or that harvest limits and seasons have been waived due to food shortages. These claims are, in most cases, unequivocally false but some of the rumors gained so much traction that state agencies were forced to respond.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.full" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="915d9c3b-16ec-45f0-8523-f3d38abdabfa" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/thumbnail_image001-1_0.png"><img src="/sites/default/files/2020-03/thumbnail_image001-1_0.png" width="860" height="565" alt="texas and tenneessee alert" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In an effort to provide clarifications regarding regulations and information related to hunting and fishing access and opportunities across the country during this period of social distancing, many state fish and wildlife agencies have begun providing frequent news updates or created websites specifically designed to address their operational plans during the pandemic. You can find verified, reliable information on the current status of hunting and fishing seasons and regulations in your state by following the links below:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.outdooralabama.com/articles/conservation-department-updates-operations-during-covid-19-pandemic">Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=newsreleases.main">Alaska Department of Fish and Game</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.azgfd.com/category/news/">Arizona Game and Fish Department</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.agfc.com/en/news/">Arkansas Game and Fish Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://wildlife.ca.gov/News">California Department of Fish and Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/COVID-19-Response.aspx?utm_source=CPW-Web&amp;utm_medium=Slider1&amp;utm_campaign=2020_COVID-19_Coronavirus_Info">Colorado Parks &amp; Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/About/News--Releases">Connecticut Department of Environment &amp; Environmental Protection</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/newsroom/">Delaware Department of Natural Resources &amp; Environmental Control</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://myfwc.com/recreation/notices/covid-19/">Florida Fish and Game Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://georgiawildlife.com/closures">Georgia Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/main/covid-19-leads-to-parks-and-facilities-closures/">Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://idfg.idaho.gov/covid19">Idaho Department of Fish and Game</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Pages/default.aspx">Illinois Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.in.gov/dnr/10342.htm?utm_source=agency-website&amp;utm_medium=&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_content=">Indiana Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.iowadnr.gov/events">Iowa Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News">Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks &amp; Tourism</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx">Kentucky Department of Fish &amp; Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/category/covid19-state-feed">Louisiana Department of Wildlife &amp; Fisheries</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-fish-and-game">Massachusetts Department of Fish &amp; Game</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79770_98458---,00.html">Michigan Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/covid-19.html">Minnesota Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.mdwfp.com/media/news/administration/mdwfp-s-response-to-covid-19/">Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, &amp; Parks</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/mdc-covid-19-response">Missouri Department of Conservation</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/covid19/nr_0009.html">Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife &amp; Parks</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/">Nebraska Game and Parks Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://www.ndow.org/">Nevada Department of Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/">New Hampshire Fish and Game Department</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2020/20_0010.htm">New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/home/news/">New Mexico Department of Game and Fish</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html">New York Department of Environmental Conservation</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.ncwildlife.org/News/NCWRC-Coronavirus-related-Closings-and-Alerts">North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://gf.nd.gov/covid-19">North Dakota Game and Fish Department</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://ohiodnr.gov/odnr-operations-during-coronavirus-outbreak">Ohio Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/outdoor-news/">Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://myodfw.com/COVID-19">Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.fishandboat.com/Pages/covid-19.aspx">Pennsylvania Game Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.fishandboat.com/Pages/covid-19.aspx">Pennsylvania Fish &amp; Boat Commission</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/media/">Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://www.dnr.sc.gov/covid19.html">South Carolina Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://gfp.sd.gov/userdocs/docs/COVID-19_FAQs_March_20.pdf">South Dakota Game, Fish &amp; Parks</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.tn.gov/twra/news.html">Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://tpwd.texas.gov/">Texas Parks &amp; Wildlife Department</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://wildlife.utah.gov/news/utah-wildlife-news/882-dwr-cancels-public-events-closes-facilities-prevent-spread-covid-19.html">Utah Division of Wildlife Resources</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://vtfishandwildlife.com/">Vermont Fish &amp; Wildlife Department</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/covid-19/">Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm">Virginia Marine Resources Commission</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://wdfw.wa.gov/">Washington Department of Fish &amp; Wildlife</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="http://www.wvdnr.gov/">West Virginia Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/">Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span> -<a href="https://wgfd.wyo.gov/About-Us/COVID-19-Response">Wyoming Game &amp; Fish Department</a></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/sci-social-distancing-guide-getting-outside" data-a2a-title="The SCI Social Distancing Guide to Getting Outside"><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, 27 Mar 2020 14:49:45 +0000 20323822 5933 at https://www.safariclub.org Dick’s Sporting Goods Shoots Company In Foot – Again https://www.safariclub.org/blog/dicks-sporting-goods-shoots-company-foot-again <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dick’s Sporting Goods Shoots Company In Foot – Again</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, 03/26/2020 - 11:49</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/dicks-sporting-goods-shoots-company-foot-again%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/dicks-sporting-goods-shoots-company-foot-again%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="313d56cc-1a20-4589-be5a-43196b830b3c" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/download-2.jpg?itok=VblB5Fm-" width="276" height="183" alt="Dicks signage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>In another move some may call “bone-headed”, the sporting goods giant announced plans to remove the hunting department from another 440 stores. As a result, hunting departments will exist in a mere 12 percent of Dick’s locations. Most of these locations are located in rural areas, according to an article in </span><a href="https://retailwire.com/discussion/does-dicks-sporting-goods-need-to-hunt-for-customers/"><span>Retail Wire</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The recent move follows a series of anti-gun decisions including:</span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span>-banning the sale of guns to people under the age of 21</span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span>-banning the sale of AR-15s</span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span>-banning the sale of high-capacity magazines</span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The decision, along with gun-control lobbying by Dick’s CEO Ed Stack and the destruction of $5 million in inventory as a message that such weapons should be outlawed, drew the ire of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and boycott threats from the hunting community, “ said the Retail Wire article.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The removal of the hunting departments will also include archery equipment, hunting apparel and accessories.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Calling the move a business decision, Dick’s CEO Ed Stack told analysts on his company’s fourth-quarter conference call that hunting was “probably the lowest turning, lowest margin category we have.”  Stack also claimed that the category also “declined significantly over the last couple of years,” although that’s because the arrival of a Republican presidential administration reduced panic-driven purchases as gun legislation became less of a concern. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The real question is, has the category [hunting] declined so much over the last couple of years to warrant closing the department, or has Dick’s lost market share because of its anti-gun moves resulting in consumers turning to other outfitters?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As analysts expressed concern that Dick’s will look too much like a department store, the CEO saw opportunities to better reach the “female athlete” and expand golf and team sports such as soccer. </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/dicks-sporting-goods-shoots-company-foot-again" data-a2a-title="Dick’s Sporting Goods Shoots Company In Foot – Again"><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, 26 Mar 2020 15:49:18 +0000 20323822 5928 at https://www.safariclub.org Tell Congress to Support COVID-19 Relief for Conservation Non-Profits https://www.safariclub.org/blog/tell-congress-support-covid-19-relief-conservation-non-profits <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tell Congress to Support COVID-19 Relief for Conservation Non-Profits</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, 03/25/2020 - 11:56</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/tell-congress-support-covid-19-relief-conservation-non-profits%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/tell-congress-support-covid-19-relief-conservation-non-profits%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.full" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="7a7afc3a-58d6-45e4-96b8-6ded8b4bb8d9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-center"><article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/safe_image.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/2020-03/safe_image.jpg" width="540" height="281" alt="landscape" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Tell Congress to include economic relief for non-profit conservation organizations in any relief package they send to the President Trump’s desk!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Sportsmen and women are some of the biggest financial contributors to wildlife conservation worldwide, especially in the United States, where they contribute more than 2.2% to the overall economy.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>From buying licenses and tags, to the excise taxes placed on firearms and ammunition, to the money that is generously donated through many of the conservation organizations around the world, it’s safe to say conservation would be in peril without sportsmen and women.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The worldwide crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has come at the worst possible time for many of these organizations. The spring months are some of the most important months for fundraising for many conservation organizations. The vast majority of this revenue comes directly from events held in local communities across the country.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Despite the critical importance of these gatherings, many organizations have made the tough but necessary decision to postpone these events but fear that much of the revenue lost will not be recovered.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Many non-profit organizations operate on thin margins and this loss of revenue is a major threat to not only the viability of our organizations, but the great conservation work they do as well.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Click <a href="https://p2a.co/xE2qhy8?fbclid=IwAR2Mk_tKhMBg5SXrb5e6ofobD3AvRebxvsMc_IsI_7Vb9p1eHaBaW8CDmSE">here</a> to make your voice heard!</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/tell-congress-support-covid-19-relief-conservation-non-profits" data-a2a-title="Tell Congress to Support COVID-19 Relief for Conservation Non-Profits"><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, 25 Mar 2020 15:56:54 +0000 20323822 5927 at https://www.safariclub.org 2020 NIGHT OF THE HUNTER https://www.safariclub.org/blog/2020-night-hunter <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="5914" role="article" about="/blog/2020-night-hunter"> <span class="created"> 03/25/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/2020-night-hunter%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/2020-night-hunter%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="2b56c582-14c0-4179-8f4d-63bb2429a9f0" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/shockey-and-smith-night-of-the-hunter-2020.jpg?itok=_FR9QDMa" width="480" height="320" alt="Jim Shockey and Alain Smith host the 2020 Night of the Hunter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>I am reflecting on what a great SCI convention we had and in particular, Thursday’s Night of the Hunter. <br /> We had two true professionals entertain us. My personal thanks to Jim Shockey and J. Alain Smith for an excellent awards ceremony. Congratulations to all who have participated in our World Hunting Awards Program. <br /> A great evening to celebrate 20 4th Pinnacle of Achievement award winners, 11 Zenith Award winners and 7 Crowning Achievement award winners. </span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span>Seven of our members received the Ring. Congratulations again to Armen Avedissian, Wayne Farnsworth Jr, Werner Letti, Jose Marti, Bill Ney, Justin Ragazzine and Kenneth Sardenga. <br /> The World Hunting and Conservation Award was presented to Jose “Pepe “Marti and Matt Ward. <br /> Thanks Matt and Pepe for an awesome video presentation. <br /> It takes a lifetime of supporting hunting and conservation to achieve the International Hunting Award. This year’s well-deserved winner is Alan Sackman.  Congratulations Alan!<br /> <br /> A special thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event successful. <br /> Brian and Denise Welker  World Hunting Award Ring Sponsor<br /> Algar Safaris - South America Estate Sponsor<br /> Rann  Safaris - Africa Sponsor<br /> 777 Ranch - North America Introduced Sponsor<br /> Freedom Arms - Handgun Sponsor<br /> Big 5 Lodge - North America Estate Sponsor<br /> Glen Dene NZ - South Pacific Sponsor<br /> Kingham Safaris - South Pacific Estate Sponsor<br /> Barnett Outdoors - Crossbow Sponsor <br /> <br /> The after party was very well received and lasted well past midnight. Thanks to Gabe Paz and the Record Book staff for a planning a great conclusion to a remarkable evening. <br /> <br /> Thanks to all of our members support, we will reach a milestone of 200,000 entries in 2020. We currently stand at 197,000! By far the largest and most utilized system worldwide. Please participate by entering all of your animals to increase our data base and provide a historical record for generations to come.--Jeff Meyerl </span></span></span><br /> <br />  </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/2020-night-hunter" data-a2a-title="2020 NIGHT OF THE HUNTER "><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> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5914 at https://www.safariclub.org Hunter Safety Classes Cancelled In Iowa Due To Covid-19 https://www.safariclub.org/blog/hunter-safety-classes-cancelled-iowa-due-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hunter Safety Classes Cancelled In Iowa Due To Covid-19</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, 03/24/2020 - 11:35</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/hunter-safety-classes-cancelled-iowa-due-covid-19%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/hunter-safety-classes-cancelled-iowa-due-covid-19%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8c587f3c-e33b-4995-89cb-c576975c64bc" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/download_3.jpg?itok=cFN5Xf2q" width="275" height="183" alt="hunter education photo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>Due to the rapidly expanding Covid-19 virus and in accordance with the CDC guidelines, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops and advanced hunter education classes through the end of April.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The events are usually held within facilities that are currently closed or prohibiting gatherings, according to an article in the <a href="http://www.enterprisepub.com/public/shooting-sports-and-hunter-safety-classes-cancelled/article_27dc24dc-6af4-11ea-9baf-9b4c67794261.html">Pilot-Tribune &amp; Enterprise</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Due to the cancellation of in-person hunter education courses, the Iowa DNR recommends the following for hunting this spring:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Anyone ages 16-17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online. </span></span></em></strong></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/hunter-safety-classes-cancelled-iowa-due-covid-19" data-a2a-title="Hunter Safety Classes Cancelled In Iowa Due To Covid-19"><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, 24 Mar 2020 15:35:29 +0000 20323822 5926 at https://www.safariclub.org “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” – PETA Uses COVID 19 Pandemic To Slam Carnivores https://www.safariclub.org/blog/never-let-crisis-go-waste-peta-uses-covid-19-pandemic-slam-carnivores <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">“Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” – PETA Uses COVID 19 Pandemic To Slam Carnivores </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, 03/23/2020 - 11:15</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/never-let-crisis-go-waste-peta-uses-covid-19-pandemic-slam-carnivores%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/never-let-crisis-go-waste-peta-uses-covid-19-pandemic-slam-carnivores%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.full" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="398729e4-f252-4432-8d13-3f0cdc41349b" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"><article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/download_2.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/2020-03/download_2.jpg" width="167" height="122" alt="steak dinner" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <p><span><span><span>Even during a time of national crisis, the media-hungry animal rights group PETA can’t help but use the situation to peddle fear.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>PETA has devoted a “facts versus fiction” blog on its </span><a href="https://www.peta.org/blog/links-between-meat-and-coronavirus-facts-myths/"><span>website</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Answering the question on the blog, “Is the meat industry responsible for the coronavirus,” (COVID 19) the animal rights group chose to answer with the following “facts.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-We can’t ignore the link between meat and outbreaks of diseases like COVID-19. Humans’ insatiable demand for meat, eggs, and dairy means that huge numbers of animals are reared in intensive confinement in giant, filthy warehouses.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals are crammed together in small cages or feces-ridden sheds. They’re transported in filthy trucks and slaughtered on killing floors soaked with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Pathogens flourish in such conditions. Crowded farms are a breeding ground for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The real fact is – no. The meat industry is not responsible for the coronavirus.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>When asked if it is “safe to eat meat during the coronavirus outbreak,” PETA advises consumers “stay away from animal-derived food at all times for many reasons!”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The reasons include:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-Cruelty to animals</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-The meat, egg and dairy industries’ damage to the planet</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-The risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>-The significant risk of contracting foodborne pathogens such as coli and salmonella</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>It is unfortunate that alarmist groups such as PETA feed into a national fear by pushing their own agenda with half-truths and outright lies.</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/never-let-crisis-go-waste-peta-uses-covid-19-pandemic-slam-carnivores" data-a2a-title="“Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” – PETA Uses COVID 19 Pandemic To Slam Carnivores "><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, 23 Mar 2020 15:15:52 +0000 20323822 5924 at https://www.safariclub.org 60 inches for 60 years https://www.safariclub.org/blog/60-inches-60-years <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">60 inches for 60 years</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, 03/20/2020 - 10:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/60-inches-60-years%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/60-inches-60-years%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><img alt="Author and sable" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ee7dd336-a619-4693-81d9-f9bb4858d601" height="531" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/60-for-60-sable.jpg" width="708" class="align-right" />We had been glassing the thickly covered terrain all morning looking for a big kudu bull and had not spotted any yet, when my eye caught a glimpse of black in the shade of a large camel thorn tree. I pulled the binoculars back to the dark shape. When the animal turned its head in our direction, my breath sucked in sharply and my heart started to pound. I made a small ‘pssst’ sound to Gerrie Vorster, my professional hunter, and he quickly trained his own binoculars in the same direction. We both stared silently at the bull. After a short time, I heard him moving closer to me so we could talk.</p> <p>“Chris, that’s a monster sable. I’ve never taken a larger one.”</p> <p>I stared at him incredulously, he had been guiding for over ten years in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. We were after a nice kudu bull but having hunted in Africa several times before, I learned to take advantage of rare opportunities whenever they come, regardless whether the animal was “on the menu.”</p> <p>I nodded to Gerrie and he immediately glanced down at his foot as he kicked the soft dirt, looking for the wind’s direction.  “We must drop back and come around from the other side of this old bull or he will wind us and disappear,” he explained, shot me a quick grin and started off, moving very quietly through the bush.</p> <p>After forty-five minutes of creeping through the dry leaves and thorny branches, I had no idea where I had first seen the sable sleeping under the tree but Gerrie certainly did. Twice, we had to stop and wait for curious sable cows to move on without scaring them. On the last stop, we had a Grey Lourie fly over and land on a tall tree nearby. The “Go Away” bird started in with his obnoxious ‘whaaaaa-whaaaa’ sound.   Luckily, none of the nearby animals started or ran as a result of the sentry bird’s loud calls. Still, the thought of shooting the bird with a .300 Winchester magnum discretely floated through my mind.</p> <p>Gerrie stopped suddenly and pointed at the bull that was standing motionless and looking back at us. Without taking his eyes off the sable, he slowly put the sticks up. As I started to slide my rifle onto them, however, the bull moved off. We moved again through the branches and brush, trying desperately to get another chance at a shot.</p> <p>Gerrie whispered to me, “Chris, you will not have much time to shoot. This old bull is cagy and won’t give you much of an opportunity. You must get on it quickly and shoot fast.”</p> <p>We set up six or seven more times, but every time the bull would move, keeping around 150 yards of distance between us. He was also adept at moving out of our line of sight and eliminating a clear shooting lane. After almost a dozen stalks, he paused long enough for me to get on the sticks and put my crosshairs on his shoulder. Remembering Gerrie’s advice, I quickly squeezed without taking time to really focus on the point where I wanted to shoot.</p> <p>This safari had started when Christo Gomes and his lovely wife, Stella, came over to our house for dinner before the 2018 SCI Convention in our hometown of Reno, Nevada. I had gotten to know them well on two previous hunts with Mabula Pro Safaris and really enjoyed their company. Their lodge and ranch were beautiful with first rate meals and magnificent animals. The minute Christo came inside our home he started looking around carefully at each trophy and guessing quite accurately at the various horn sizes. When he got to my kudu—the first African animal I’d ever shot—he commented, “Chris, you have a s****y kudu” and flashed a quick grin at me. I laughed, but his comment stuck with me.</p> <p>After the Reno and Dallas shows were over, he called me and told me he would like my wife and me to come back and visit so we could fix “my kudu problem.” He offered me a deal I could not refuse, so I booked a ten-day trip to Mabula Pro Safaris once again and waited for August to come, looking forward to seeing old friends and another safari.</p> <p>I will never get accustomed to the 15-hour flight from New York to Johannesburg, but like a woman in labor, all is forgotten when I land and find that my rifle has also safely arrived.  Gerrie Vorster, my spectacular P.H. from previous safaris, was waiting for us and took us for the two-hour drive to the town of Bela Bela.  Mabula Pro Safaris is about a half-hour drive from there, and I couldn’t wait to arrive so I could shower, shave and sight-in my gun. I had been daydreaming about huge kudu bulls for a long time, and the moment had finally come.</p> <p>I was intent on taking a really nice kudu bull, but the wonderful sable opportunity unfolded on our first day. I had to pull the trigger on that big, black bull. Once the bullet left my gun, I felt all the pent-up emotion and adrenaline release and started to relax. “Do you think I hit him?”</p> <p>“I saw the bull bunch up and jump at the shot before he disappeared into the bush,” he said without looking over at me, so we started slowly towards the animal’s original position, ready to shoot again at a moment’s notice. We covered 160 yards and found blood on the ground, so Gerrie let loose his Jagdterrier, an intense little German hunting dog named Bruno.</p> <p><img alt="Author and blesbok" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a30bf270-8967-4ba5-9d0b-bdbb5b8e7a2e" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/60-for-60-blesbok.jpg" width="623" class="align-left" />Inwardly, I breathed a sigh of relief. I have always dreaded the thought of missing in front of a professional hunter and was grateful that I had hit the big bull after having to shoot so quickly. We tracked slowly and finally heard Bruno bark. Gerrie and his tracker Simone went ahead of me and got to the animal before I did. When I arrived, both of them were staring down at the animal. The bull was enormous, and the horns seemed to arc over his back like scythes. Simone lifted the head up, and we all got a better look at what ended up being a 48 ½-inch bull. I was stunned. I had never been able to harvest such an awesome trophy before. All my daydreaming on past hunts had always been simply fantasies, but now I was actually living the dream. I reached out and ran a finger along the bumpy surface of the bull’s horn as if to make sure it was all real.</p> <p>After the pictures were taken and the sable loaded into Gerrie’s Land Cruiser, my emotions started to overtake me and I became filled with gratitude for this opportunity. Much of the pressure I had been unwittingly carrying around with me lifted. Heck, it wouldn’t matter much if I didn’t find a good kudu bull now; I had killed a sable for the ages!</p> <p>That evening at dinner, Christo caught me and told me we would still fix “my kudu problem.” If only he had known the spectacular manner in which it would be put right—fixed indeed! He mentioned that his trackers had spotted a very nice kudu bull on a neighboring ranch. He had contacted the owner of the property and been given permission to hunt on this ranch. He told me not to worry about missing out on a big kudu since we were going to leave in two days to hunt that bull his trackers had spotted.</p> <p>Gerrie and I had a couple days to kill, so we started looking for a blesbok since I had never taken one on any previous safari. They hang together in fairly large groups and are not as tricky as kudu to hunt. We were able to sneak into several different herds without spooking them off and got ample opportunities to look all the bulls over. He finally selected one and spent quite a bit of time describing which one he wanted me to shoot since there were dozens of animals all standing very close to each other.</p> <p>When I was confident that I had the crosshairs of my scope on the right shoulder, I slowly squeezed off the shot. The rifle recoiled and I lost visual contact for a brief moment. When I had jacked another round in and found my original aiming point, all I saw was dust and running animals. Gerrie slapped my shoulder and pointed to where the ram had piled up. We hiked over and I got the chance to see my first blesbok up-close. He was a very nice one that Gerrie said would quite easily make the SCI gold medal standard. I was thrilled.</p> <p>Sunday finally came, which incidentally, was my 60th birthday. Christo came along with us to direct us to the neighbor’s ranch where the trackers had spotted the big kudu bull. During his previous visit, Christo’s trackers had shown him where a game trail had cut through the dense brush. There was a lot of spoor on the trail, so we set up in a small blind that Christo had made from hay bales. After an hour or so passed and I had started to fidget, several small kudu and sable bulls strolled out into the open. They were accompanied by a dozen warthogs and the usual guinea fowl that I like less than Grey Louries since they also serve as sentries for the larger game animals.</p> <p>We watched the group intently. After several minutes, a huge kudu bull stepped into sight.</p> <p>My heart, which has served me so faithfully for the last 60 years, felt like it had stopped. I have never seen such a large kudu except in pictures or SCI displays. When my heart decided to start up again, it was pounding like I had just finished a bunch of jumping jacks. The bull’s horns were so much taller than the other bulls and looped around in large, open curls.</p> <p>I managed to get my rifle up on the bull, but the crosshairs were bouncing around like the pulse line on a heart monitor. Christo was whispering urgently for me to take him. This was the monster bull I had come for, but he was milling around in the crowd of smaller animals. I had to wait for a clear line on him.</p> <p>Finally, he walked into an open area. I squeezed the trigger and saw the magnificent bull spring up, then leap into the thick brush on the game trail. A huge cloud of red dust boiled up as the crowd of animals scattered. Wart hogs squealed as they bolted with their little radio antenna tails sticking straight up.</p> <p><img alt="author and kudu bull" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="68b24001-796a-48af-bd11-579b09afeffb" height="427" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/60-for-60-kudu.jpg" width="569" class="align-right" />Christo told us to stay still until the frenzy had died down. “Chris, I feel like that was a good shot. I saw it hit the left front shoulder at a good angle right into his heart and lungs.”  Gerrie nodded his assent. After several minutes, we started out towards him. The shot had been 152 yards and felt good to me, unlike the rushed shot I had to take with the sable.</p> <p>We got to the place where the kudu had bounded into the bush, so we lowered our heads and followed him into the impenetrable overgrowth. It was slow going, and the spines from the camel thorn trees tore at my clothes.</p> <p>Christo saw the bull first and came back to me smiling. He grabbed my hand and shook it hard. “We fixed that s****y kudu problem you had back home.”</p> <p>My first impression was how heavy the animal’s horns seemed to be at the bases, and my eyes slowly traveled up the long spiraling horns. The deep looping curls reminded me of a very big bottle opener. It started to sink into me that I had taken not one, but two extreme trophies on the same safari. I was just absorbing this when Christo smiled at me; “I am very sure that this bull will go over 60 inches.  It is the bull of a lifetime.”  I certainly agreed with him as I thought about the first Kudu I had taken years ago. Not surprisingly, he was correct; the bull measured 62 ½inches, with bases being almost 13inches around.</p> <p>In all my years of hunting, I have never been really lucky like the people I’ve read about in magazines. I have managed to take some wonderful trophies but nothing like what happened to me on this hunt. Now I have experienced some spectacular good fortune and ended up with a 60-inch kudu bull on my 60th birthday!--Chris Chimits</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/60-inches-60-years" data-a2a-title="60 inches for 60 years"><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, 20 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5907 at https://www.safariclub.org Sportsmen and Women Generate Almost $1 Billion in Annual Conservation Funding https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sportsmen-and-women-generate-almost-1-billion-annual-conservation-funding <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sportsmen and Women Generate Almost $1 Billion in Annual Conservation Funding </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, 03/19/2020 - 16:23</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sportsmen-and-women-generate-almost-1-billion-annual-conservation-funding%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sportsmen-and-women-generate-almost-1-billion-annual-conservation-funding%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><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Sportsmen and Women Generate Almost $1 Billion in Annual Conservation Funding </span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="568a6ca8-9355-48af-b5b0-1a9375e35626" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/thumbnail_IMG_0151%5B2%5D_0.jpg?itok=HQQFPkS1" width="480" height="357" alt="hunting in snow" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Earlier today, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt </span></span></span><a href="https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/sportsmen-and-sportswomen-generate-nearly-1-billion-conservation-funding"><span><span>announced</span></span></a><span><span><span> the disbursement of nearly $1 billion dollars to state fish and wildlife agencies to aid in their conservation efforts. The funds, generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, and fishing equipment as well as boat fuel and distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are a crucial component of the </span></span></span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/public-needs-understand-north-american-conservation-model-works"><span><span>North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.</span></span></a></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Hunters and anglers remain the primary drivers of conservation funding in America. To date, more than $22.9 billion dollars has been distributed by the FWS for state-based conservation and recreation projects thanks to the </span></span></span><a href="https://www.fws.gov/wsfrprograms/"><span><span>Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program.</span></span></a><span><span><span> The recipients of these funds, state wildlife agencies, have matched these funds to the tune of roughly $7.6 billion throughout the years, with the bulk of that funding coming from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. That means that sportsmen and women have generated over $30 billion for fish and wildlife conservation efforts in recent decades.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“Our conservation model is funded and supported by America’s hunters, shooters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts. These stewards of conservation generated nearly a billion dollars last year alone and make our country's conservation legacy the envy of the world,” <strong>said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt</strong>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“When people pay taxes and fees, they want to know that their money is going to good use,” <strong>said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor</strong>. “These grants are a great example of fees paid by sportsmen and women being reinvested in opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities. We are proud to work with the states and appreciate their efforts to keep public lands open for dispersed recreation where appropriate for those who need to get outside.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“These grants are the epitome of the great things that can happen when industry, hunters and anglers, and state and federal governments work together,” said Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “As the administrator of these grants, the Fish and Wildlife Service is the linchpin in the circle of funding that arcs from the hunters and anglers generating these dollars as consumers, through the states as conservation managers, and back to hunters, anglers, and recreational users as beneficiaries, for improved hunting, fishing and conservation opportunities. It is a role we are honored to play.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“American Sportsmen are the engine of conservation. Not only do they enjoy our public lands, but they pay to maintain and improve them and the wildlife populations inhabiting them,” <strong>said SCI’s Director of Government Affairs Ben Cassidy.</strong> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>SCI will continue to advocate for the freedom to hunt and celebrate the important role that hunting has played in wildlife conservation throughout history.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </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/sportsmen-and-women-generate-almost-1-billion-annual-conservation-funding" data-a2a-title="Sportsmen and Women Generate Almost $1 Billion in Annual Conservation Funding "><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, 19 Mar 2020 20:23:00 +0000 20323822 5919 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI ESTABLISHES COVID-19 CHAPTER SUPPORT TASK FORCE https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-establishes-covid-19-chapter-support-task-force <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> SCI ESTABLISHES COVID-19 CHAPTER SUPPORT TASK FORCE</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, 03/19/2020 - 14:05</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-establishes-covid-19-chapter-support-task-force%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-establishes-covid-19-chapter-support-task-force%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"><p><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.full" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3cb96be9-1387-4a0f-9853-5a4b0f881e68" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-center"><article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/TASKFORCE_1010472_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/2020-03/TASKFORCE_1010472_0.jpg" width="600" height="200" alt="taskforce" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>SCI ESTABLISHES COVID-19 CHAPTER SUPPORT TASK FORCE</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As we settle in to the new reality brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, we want to let you know what we are doing at the national level to assist chapters and the hunting community through what is anticipated to be a brief but difficult period.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In an emergency session on March 16, the Executive Committee established the CV19 Chapter Support Task Force led by Scott Chapman, President Elect; Michael Leonard, Vice President; Jason St. Michael, Chapter Services; Tyler Daniels, Don Detwiler, and Chip Hunnicutt, Director of Marketing &amp; Communications.</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The mission is to assist chapters through this crisis. Above all, we ask that chapters comply with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), federal, state and local officials. The CDC guidelines to limit group gatherings has led many chapters to postpone or cancel their fundraising events. The Task Force is advising:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>-<strong>Postponement in favor of cancelling events. If a future date is difficult to determine, consider conducting an online auction.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>-The Task Force is working with Online Hunting Auctions to provide chapters with crisis pricing for those chapters not wishing to postpone.</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>-Chapters should submit a link and auction date(s) to chip@safariclub.org for inclusion in the weekly SCI News e-newsletter.</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The May board meeting is being moved to a virtual experience. Business must go on and SCI staff will be providing instructions to the board for remote participation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Barbara Crown operates SCI's Hunter Information Service, providing members information on hunting-related activities and travel. With 20 years' experience reporting on hunting news worldwide, she is following the effects of COVID-19 developments on the hunting industry. The member-exclusive service has made its advisories related to the disease <a href="http://www.mmsend35.com/link.cfm?r=oId7sNMP7_5ao_KGUfC4Jw~~&amp;pe=Z9o44lF9R5pmE-ox2JsfpGpVU6KocK360UhMmkM6KWHApaRvXsVJB7d4ehdATgYTUZvK4HS8hDAK-7MMyvxoGg~~&amp;t=KIpiZf1gL2Ih6gSpTDSCVA~~" target="_blank"><span>available to the public on the SCI website</span></a>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Convention Committee will be meeting in a few weeks to discuss plans for 2021. The CV19 Chapter Support Task Force will be offering input, including ideas to assist the outfitters that support our chapters and events.</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Lastly, we invite you to <a href="http://www.mmsend35.com/link.cfm?r=oId7sNMP7_5ao_KGUfC4Jw~~&amp;pe=K4F1QW-ZCdpfF7hWDheXealHzCpDbXmcAxVbFJHaYc9y0_GmA2M94-uy2WRRCTz0ySu1qSicvaM-mfQ8ea-MOg~~&amp;t=KIpiZf1gL2Ih6gSpTDSCVA~~" target="_blank"><span>watch a special message from W. Laird Hamberlin, CEO of Safari Club International</span></a>. We urge you and the hunting community to remain vigilant during the COVID-19 crisis and by sticking together and supporting one another, we will emerge stronger for it.</span></span><br />  </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/sci-establishes-covid-19-chapter-support-task-force" data-a2a-title=" SCI ESTABLISHES COVID-19 CHAPTER SUPPORT TASK FORCE"><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, 19 Mar 2020 18:05:17 +0000 20323822 5917 at https://www.safariclub.org Public Needs To Understand That North American Conservation Model Works https://www.safariclub.org/blog/public-needs-understand-north-american-conservation-model-works-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Needs To Understand That North American Conservation Model Works</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, 03/19/2020 - 11:20</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/public-needs-understand-north-american-conservation-model-works-0%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/public-needs-understand-north-american-conservation-model-works-0%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/36" hreflang="en">Conservation</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-div embedded-entity align-right"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1b530552-485d-456c-b2f9-0976053da90c" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Congressman Jeff Duncan" class="image-style-large" height="480" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Congressman-Jeff-Duncan.jpg?itok=vxSXGb7n" typeof="foaf:Image" width="248" /> </div> <figcaption>Representative Jeff Duncan</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As an avid outdoorsman and lifelong sportsman, I believe we can’t do enough to educate the public and the next generation on the importance of the North American model of conservation. This model is a proven success, and it’s vital we continue upon its path and improve where necessary. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sportsmen and women are the foundation of the conservation movement in North America. Hunters and anglers tend to be the best conservationists on the planet by putting billions back into conservation through habitat management and protection programs. They are responsible for balancing the ecosystem, protecting a wide range of species, and encouraging hunting and fishing traditions that further these efforts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, many nations haven’t followed suit in implementing smart, regulated, and honorable hunting and fishing practices, resulting in imbalances in the ecosystem, species overpopulation, and disease outbreaks that oftentimes hit entire populations of wild game. If the North American model of conservation didn’t exist, we would also experience these impacts that have severe consequences on our environment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The successes of our model are undeniable. Take wild turkeys, for instance, which were an early protein resource and an American tradition from the early years of our Republic. Turkeys were subjected to over hunting which caused eradication from 18 of their native states. By the mid-1900s, turkey numbers rose to a healthy level due to proper hunting restrictions and habitat protections. We can also look to the white-tailed deer, which became scarce during colonial times and continued to see a decline through the 1800s. Sportsmen recognized the issue and began implementing best practices, leading to healthy sized populations in modern times.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>There are countless other success stories out there. But there’s work left to be done. Many radical organizations seek to spread misinformation on hunters and anglers and the honorable practices we adhere to. They aim to limit access to our pastimes by restricting Second Amendment rights of Americans and locking up public lands and resources from citizens. These actions would put us on a conservation decline.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Instead of listening to these radical organizations, we should continue education efforts that expose the truth behind responsible hunting and fishing traditions. The next generation needs to know the North American model is the best in the world. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We need more sportsmen and women, not less. I stand with our tried and true model and the next generation of hunters and anglers who will learn to enjoy the rich traditions of our sport and God’s amazing creation. --Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina)</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/public-needs-understand-north-american-conservation-model-works-0" data-a2a-title="Public Needs To Understand That North American Conservation Model Works"><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, 19 Mar 2020 15:20:19 +0000 20323822 5916 at https://www.safariclub.org European Straight Pull Rifles https://www.safariclub.org/blog/european-straight-pull-rifles-0 <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="5904" role="article" about="/blog/european-straight-pull-rifles-0"> <span class="created"> 03/19/2020 </span> <div class="node__content"> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/european-straight-pull-rifles-0%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/european-straight-pull-rifles-0%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><img alt="Author with boar in Poland" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1d965962-2046-40c5-8dd3-d20f0c0bdcf0" height="272" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sundra-polish-boar.jpg" width="305" class="align-right" />It’s ironic that while most of the tri-lug rifles available here come from overseas manufacturers, European hunters -- at least those who can afford them -- prefer straight-pulls like the Merkel, Blaser and Heym. What’s really interesting is the fact that the only feature these three guns share is that they function with a simple pull-push of the bolt handle. In other words, half the movement required to load/reload a conventional bolt action, tri-lug or Mauser type. What’s amazing to me is that, unlike the 15 tri-lug rifles just discussed that share the same locking system, the actions around which these three guns are based are totally different from one another. Consider: the Blaser’s locking system consists of a thin-walled steel tube at one end of which are 13 splines or fingers if you will, each with a small bulge at the front end. Inside this tube is a tapered cone that, when pushed forward on the closing motion of the bolt, forces these splines outward so that they engage an annular groove inside the barrel extension to lock the action. Blaser refers to it as radial locking.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.merkel-die-jagd.de/en/" target="_blank">Merkel</a> RX Helix uses a multi-lug rotary lock up similar to ARs, so there’s little to expand on there. The initial rocking motion of the bolt handle rotates the bolt head out of battery, and on closing the bolt is rotated back into battery.</p> <p>The Heym HR30 is yet again different from the Blaser and Merkel in that the locking “lugs” are actually 6 ball bearings seated in sockets on 60-degree centers at the head of the bolt. These sockets are slightly more than a hemisphere in depth than the diameter of the ball bearings, making them captive. Lock-up is achieved similar to the Blaser in that a cone or wedge within the bolt forces the ball bearing outward to engage an annular slot within the receiver ring. It’s hard to imagine that six ball bearings engaging an annular groove with less than a hemisphere of their bearing surface can withstand the pressures generated by high intensity cartridges, but it does.</p> <p>There is no question that straight-pull actions are intrinsically more complicated, hence more expensive to manufacture. That, however, is less of a problem over there because the typical European hunter is more affluent and price just isn’t as important as it is here. Then too, we Americans are reluctant to stray from the conventional 4-stroke bolt action, because even though the ascendance of the tri-lug rifle here represents a quantum leap, there’s no difference in the way they function.</p> <p><img alt="Merkel rifles" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8a255b54-3086-42f1-a0e1-93b40b5552a5" height="179" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sundra-Merkel-RX-Helix.jpg" width="787" class="align-left" />Reducing the four movements required to cycle a conventional bolt action to just a simple pull/push motion makes sense. The cocking action (uplift of the bolt handle) on a shouldered rifle is not only awkward, but the specific muscles involved are rarely used. If a fired case is even slightly sticky -- and that’s more times than not, especially where handloads are involved – cycling a shouldered rifle can range from difficult to impossible. That’s why so many hunters lower the gun to the port arms position to reload; it’s the only way they can get enough leverage to initiate primary extraction. But with a straight pull action, even young shooters have plenty of muscle power when simply pulling straight back on the bolt handle and pushing straight forward. So, not only is it twice as fast, but with the much stronger biceps being the only muscles involved, the reloading sequence is so much easier to accomplish.</p> <p>If there’s a disadvantage to the straight-pull action it’s that it doesn’t have the camming force of a traditional bolt action, tri-lug or Mauser, to chamber and extract sticky rounds. That shouldn’t affect factory ammo users, and handloaders just have to be sure to fully resize their brass or use undersized dies specifically designed for semi-auto rifles.</p> <p>Bottom line: Why hasn’t an American firearms manufacturer given the straight pull a shot? The only example we have is Browning’s T-Bolt, one of my all-time favorite rifles, but it can only handle rimfire chamber pressures. To come up with a manually operated rotary bolt action shouldn’t be that complicated or expensive to manufacture. Consider Remington’s Model 7600 slide action rifle; it’s simply a manually-operated version of the semi-auto Model 7400. The straight-pull rifle just makes too much sense for someone not to test the waters, sooner I hope than later. 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/european-straight-pull-rifles-0" data-a2a-title="European Straight Pull Rifles"><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> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 randyg 5904 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI STATEMENT ON COVID-19 https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-statement-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI STATEMENT ON COVID-19</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, 03/18/2020 - 17:24</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-statement-covid-19%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-statement-covid-19%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"><p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI STATEMENT ON COVID-19</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Washington, DC - (MARCH 18, 2019) - While the U.S. and the rest of the world navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Safari Club International (SCI) is actively monitoring the disruptions the pandemic is wreaking on the global hunting community. Our global membership at SCI includes hunters, outfitters, guides, and operators who will all likely face unforeseen restrictions that will have a negative impact on many businesses in the industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>In order to help all of our members mitigate the economic impact from the coronavirus, we encourage everyone to check in with relevant authorities regarding rapidly changing travel restrictions, border closings, and business closures. In addition, we encourage all hunters to communicate problems concerning scheduled hunts with all relevant stakeholders as soon as possible so that contingency planning can be done as smoothly as possible. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>While the length of this crisis is unknown, SCI is aware of the plight of members in places currently at the peak of their hunting season like New Zealand and Argentina, which are currently under quarantine or quarantining foreigners, respectively. West, Central, and Southern African countries are all currently hosting early hunting seasons while facing an unknown future, with additional seasons scheduled to start over the next several months. Due to the extensive planning many hunting trips require, a number of additional hunting seasons in the summer and fall may also be at risk of low participation if severe travel restrictions continue. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Though times are uncertain for hunters and the hunting industry, it is important that every member and stakeholder in our community come together to support one another. The global spread of the coronavirus will not deter anti-hunters from their attacks on our way of life, so it is important that hunters use this time to maintain our reputation of leadership in social responsibility. In the meantime, SCI will continue to fight in every available avenue for the protection of our right to hunt, so that when this crisis is over we can all freely return to pursuing our passions in the outdoors.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Barbara Crown operates SCI's Hunter Information Service, providing members information on hunting-related activities and travel. With 20 years' experience reporting on hunting news worldwide, she is following the effects of COVID-19 developments on the hunting industry. She can be reached at HunterHotline@safariclub.org, at 800-997-0179 or 520-798-4859.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Additionally, SCI's member-exclusive Hunter Information Service has made its COVID-19 advisories available to the public at safariclub.org.</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/sci-statement-covid-19" data-a2a-title="SCI STATEMENT ON COVID-19"><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, 18 Mar 2020 21:24:33 +0000 20323822 5915 at https://www.safariclub.org Joe Biden Voices Support for Banning the Import of Hunting Trophies https://www.safariclub.org/blog/joe-biden-voices-support-banning-import-hunting-trophies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Joe Biden Voices Support for Banning the Import of Hunting Trophies</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, 03/17/2020 - 17:47</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/joe-biden-voices-support-banning-import-hunting-trophies%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/joe-biden-voices-support-banning-import-hunting-trophies%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 style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Joe Biden Voices Support for Banning the Import of Hunting Trophies</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>This past weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden hosted a virtual town hall in Illinois while campaigning for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. During the event he went on record as being opposed to the importation of animals hunted legally outside the United States. Such a ban is intended solely to stop outdoorsmen and women from hunting abroad, a longtime goal of the uninformed anti-hunting groups to whom Joe Biden is politically pandering.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Similar to legislation like the federal <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/house-committee-hearing-cecil-act-attacks-hunters-and-undermines-conservation-efforts">CECIL Act</a> or the Iconic <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/several-anti-hunting-bills-introduced-california-legislature">African Species Protection Act</a> in California that threaten hunters ’rights, an import ban would not only fail to increase protections on wildlife species in Africa and elsewhere, it would actively impede scientifically-backed conservation strategies managed by range states and funded primarily by hunting dollars spent in range countries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Someone like <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/cbs-news-originals-covers-truth-about-hunting-0">Pete Fick</a>, who is a wildlife guide in Zimbabwe’s Bubye Wildlife Conservancy, would have a lot to teach the former Vice President. Fick and conservationists like him are adamant that “killing some animals so the rest of them can live is an absolute necessity out here.” By allowing hunting inside the conservancy, Bubye has been able to increase their resources on hand to push back against efforts by those looking to develop wildlife habitat into agricultural spaces, as well as hire more full-time anti-poaching patrols inside the area. In fact, the park management authorities cover 80% of the Conservancy’s $2.5 million annual maintenance costs with hunting dollars.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Safari Club International (SCI) CEO W. Laird Hamberlin responded to Joe Biden’s statement, saying “If Joe Biden truly cared about international wildlife, he would spend less time <a href="https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/joe-biden-falsely-says-he-sponsored-the-endangered-species-act/">falsely claiming</a> he was a sponsor of the Endangered Species Act and more time studying the abundance of evidence from the scientific community that shows hunting is a critical component of many countries’ successful wildlife conservation programs. Many of the people who oppose our mission at SCI are quick to accost others for not believing in science when it comes to climate change, yet seem to forget that same talking point when confronted with science that supports conservation through sustainable use.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maybe Joe thinks no one is paying attention because of our national crisis…” Hamberlin continued “but rest assured that SCI is watching and ready as ever to fight for our people’s right to hunt. While we may be practicing social distancing, I’d still like to invite the former Vice President’s campaign to engage with us here at Safari Club International so that we can work together to make the world a better place for humans and wildlife to healthily coexist.</span></span></span></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/joe-biden-voices-support-banning-import-hunting-trophies" data-a2a-title="Joe Biden Voices Support for Banning the Import of Hunting Trophies"><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, 17 Mar 2020 21:47:52 +0000 20323822 5906 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Has A Long History Of Supporting America’s Veterans https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-has-long-history-supporting-americas-veterans <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Has A Long History Of Supporting America’s Veterans</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, 03/17/2020 - 13:34</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-has-long-history-supporting-americas-veterans%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-has-long-history-supporting-americas-veterans%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"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCI/SCIF has a long history of supporting the men and women serving in our country’s armed services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The first SCI-sponsored event was called "</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2014/09/04/hunters-and-humanitarians-threads-in-the-social-fabric/#more-8520"><span>Operation Freedom Safari</span></a><span>”. It began with a discussion between Eric Sparks – now a commissioner with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, outdoor television personality Jim Zumbo and SCI’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Comus.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sparks commented that hunters needed to do something to help and honor the veterans and that he would donate an African safari on his ranch in Botswana. SCI auctioned off two spots on the hunt. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It was the first official African hunt contributed to American combat veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hosted on the successful Operation Freedom Safari was former U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Tormala of Michigan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The hunt was filmed and shown on The Outdoor Channel, resulting in other organizations and interests following suit by offering hunting adventures to veterans.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCI support for America’s heros has come in many forms since Operation Freedom Safari in 2006. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c65f1d7e-c0eb-4bc9-8ea7-7859779e46b3" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Honoring-the-Fallen-Arlington.jpg?itok=Nm4XdcBd" width="480" height="320" alt="honoring the fallen" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Two SCIF Veterans Committee Members </span></span></span><span><span><span>and two honored guests participated in a </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/honoring-fallen-arlington-national-cemetery">wreath ceremony</a><span> at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery May 8, 2019. 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. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI was a title </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-sponsors-rivers-recovery-event-0">cosponsor</a><span> of the </span><a href="http://www.riversofrecovery.org/" target="_blank"><span>Rivers of Recovery</span></a><span> annual BBQ and Fish Fry fundraiser in Washington DC on November 13th, 2019. The event was well attended by partner organizations and several members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, including Senators John Boozman and Joe Manchin and Representative Jeff Duncan. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="6171edfb-09b5-485b-926f-d39f077330d9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Rivers%20of%20Recovery%20logo.jpg?itok=ewjhAq9m" width="225" height="225" alt="rivers of recovery" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rivers of Recovery is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), minor Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), stress, anxiety, and depression. Rivers of Recovery is an industry leader providing rehabilitation to physically and psychologically injured U.S. combat veterans using innovative, outdoor-based therapies, most notably fly-fishing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many SCI chapters have established initiatives to support America’s veterans. The following are just some of the chapters who have sent a wounded veteran on the hunt of a lifetime.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In 2012, </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>The annual </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2012/11/02/2012-utah-chapter-sci-hunts-for-warriors-and-disabled-hunters/">SCI Utah Chapter’s </a><span><span>“Hunts for Warriors” and disabled hunters project was a big success.</span></span><span> That year also saw the </span><a href="http://sci-lakesuperior.com/" target="_blank" title="Lake Superior Chapter homepage"><span><span>Lake Superior Chapter</span></span></a><span><span>, </span></span><a href="http://delvalsci.com/" target="_blank" title="Delaware Valley Chapter mainpage"><span><span>Delaware Valley Chapter</span></span></a><span><span> and the </span></span><a href="http://sciaustin.org/" target="_blank" title="Austin Chapter mainpage"><span><span>Austin Chapter</span></span></a><span><span> join together to provide an </span></span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2012/10/29/hunts-for-warriors-project-at-dakota-hunting-farms/"><span>unforgettable experience</span></a><span><span> at the </span></span><a href="http://dakotahuntingfarms.com/" target="_blank" title="Dakota Hunting Farms mainpage"><span><span>Dakota Hunting Farms</span></span></a><span><span> in South Dakota. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Finally, in 2012 the Central Missouri Chapter provided a hunt for a wounded veteran. The chapter refers to the hunts as “</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2012/09/26/central-missouri-chapter-wish-hunts/"><span>Wish Hunts.”</span></a></span></span></span></span></p> <p>In 2013 The <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/detroit-sci-members-and-honored-veterans-enjoy-september-pheasant-shoot"><span>Detroit Chapter</span></a><span> </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span> of SCI provided veterans with a morning pheasant hunt and the SCI <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2016/12/13/sci-tn-valley-chapter-hosts-purple-heart-hunts-for-warriors/"><span>Tennessee Valley Chapter</span></a><span> </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span>hosted "Purple Heart Hunts for Warriors."</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2015/01/28/georgia-sci-chapter-hosts-veterans-hunts/">SCI Georgia</a></span></span></span><span><span><span> hosted the first hunt honoring 12 wounded veterans in December 2014. The veterans were sent to hunting clubs via a random drawing. Many of the hunting club members gave up their own hunting time to make sure the veterans had a successful hunt and a memorable experience.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The newly formed </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://huntforever.org/2016/01/21/new-chapter-hosts-successful-veterans-hunt/">SCI Music City Chapter</a></span></span></span><span><span><span> hosted the  “Jim Hall Hunts for Warriors,” in December 2015. Fifteen combat wounded soldiers were treated to three days of hunting with a personal guide, prize drawings, food, lodging and just plain ol’ fun and camaraderie. This was the first event held by the new chapter. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to Steve Jackson, then-President of the newly formed Music City SCI Chapter, “This was one of the most fun-filled and gratifying three days I have had the honor of being a part of.” According to Steve, this in part, was a small way to show appreciation for the warriors’ service to our country. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9989ce93-3111-401d-b287-3c26bb2334f1" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Tyler-Hall-from-Wasilla-on-safari-in-Namibia.jpg?itok=4rI0RX21" width="392" height="480" alt="Alaska Chapter Veteran hunt" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2018, the SCI Alaska Chapter sent disabled veteran Tyler Hall on a safari to Namibia.  The chapter newsletter gave several humanitarian reasons for supporting SCI. “</span></span></span><span><span>When you support SCI, you are giving to a great conservation organization that also gives back to the world community in many ways. Below are a few more examples of AK SCI’s commitment to communities:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>-Sportsmen Against Hunger paid for the processing and shipment of over 3500 pounds of game meat to remote villages who had a poor subsistence season, and an additional amount to the Enlisted Man’s Food Pantry on JBER.</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>-Provides hunting and fishing opportunities every year for hundreds of disabled veterans and members of the armed forces.</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-gateway-area-chapter-hosted-shoot-benefit-vets">Gateway Area Chapter</a></span></span></span><span><span><span> partnered </span></span></span><span><span><span>the National Rifle Association and Winchester in October of 2019 to hold a sporting clays event, “Shoot For The Vets” that raised funds to support veterans activities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>More than 125 shooters participated at the NILO hunting and shooting preserve.  Former NRA president, Pete Brownell and Steve Skold, SCI President were guest speakers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Most of these events, such as the Music City Chapter’s “</span></span></span><span><span><span>Jim Hall Hunts for Warriors” have become annual events, as has the annual</span></span></span><span><span><span> Veteran’s Breakfast at the 2020 SCI Convention. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each year <span>SCIF sponsors a hunt that is auctioned off at the annual Veteran’s Breakfast. The auction winner will be the sponsor of the combat veteran chosen from all applications sent in from members across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The 2020 premiere hunt was a </span></span></span><span><span><span>Montana Bull Elk Hunt for one Combat Veteran as chosen by the Veterans Committee. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>SCI/SCIF and SCI Chapters will continue supporting America’s heros by organizing and donating special once-in-a-lifetime hunts, direct contributions and a host of other activities. Honoring those who have served our country is a priority of Safari Club International.</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-has-long-history-supporting-americas-veterans" data-a2a-title="SCI Has A Long History Of Supporting America’s Veterans"><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, 17 Mar 2020 17:34:09 +0000 20323822 5905 at https://www.safariclub.org Redding Reloading Equipment Introduces Ergonomic Slant Bed Concentricity Gauge https://www.safariclub.org/blog/redding-reloading-equipment-introduces-ergonomic-slant-bed-concentricity-gauge <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Redding Reloading Equipment Introduces Ergonomic Slant Bed Concentricity Gauge</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, 03/17/2020 - 11:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/redding-reloading-equipment-introduces-ergonomic-slant-bed-concentricity-gauge%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/redding-reloading-equipment-introduces-ergonomic-slant-bed-concentricity-gauge%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>Redding Reloading Equipment for 2020 has added a “New Slant on Concentricity” by introducing, The Redding Slant Bed Concentricity Gauge.</p> <p>Redding engineers have developed a new concentricity gauge, which uses the science of ergonomic design to improve overall precision and ease of use.</p> <p>For years case and projectile concentricity have been a widely accepted measure for potential accuracy.  Many tools and techniques have been manufactured to measure run out of the neck of a case and the bullet.  For years Redding has produced a variety of specialty dies and tools to improve concentricity and now they have added a new and unique method for measurement as well.</p> <p><img alt="Redding slant bed" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e3b70484-4e08-4879-8824-d5c55f6a35c5" height="278" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Redding-Slat-Bed-26100.jpg" width="278" class="align-right" />The single point contact bearing surfaces are placed at an angle, and made of hardened stainless steel creating an ergonomic positioning of the case improving the ease of motion turning the case by making the action far more natural.  Pushing down with the index finger is a natural movement as opposed to rolling on a flat which requires the movement of the entire arm. It improves both the ease of case rotation and the maintenance of proper alignment for reading.  It follows in the great Redding tradition of making precision easier to use. Ergonomics eases use of many products.  Redding has now brought this science to the concentricity gauge. </p> <p>The new Slant Bed Concentricity Gauge features a large and easy to read, dial indicator which quickly mounts in a factory aligned base dead-on the centerline of the case. This assures the highest level of precision as no additional indicator alignment is needed.  Moreover, the uniquely angled design of the slant bed also better positions the dial indicator for easier reading as opposed to older designs. Additionally, the Gauge can be transitioned from right-handed use to left-handed by using a provided set of mounting holes on the base.  Simply remove the mount screws and transfer the working sections from one end to the other and left-handed users no longer need to struggle to get accurate readings.</p> <p>Redding Reloading Equipment has focused on building the finest quality, American Made products for the precision handloading market since 1946. To learn more about our ongoing commitment to the precision handloading enthusiast and to request a copy of the new 2020 Redding catalog visit: <a href="http://www.redding-reloading.com">www.redding-reloading.com</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/redding-reloading-equipment-introduces-ergonomic-slant-bed-concentricity-gauge" data-a2a-title="Redding Reloading Equipment Introduces Ergonomic Slant Bed Concentricity Gauge"><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, 17 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5891 at https://www.safariclub.org SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL NAMES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER https://www.safariclub.org/blog/safari-club-international-names-new-business-development-manager <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL NAMES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER</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, 03/16/2020 - 12:50</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/safari-club-international-names-new-business-development-manager%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/safari-club-international-names-new-business-development-manager%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"><div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8252bcce-0b50-40bf-b1d5-195e345dbd89" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/thumbnail_Lauren2.jpg?itok=UN5p28z5" width="479" height="480" alt="Lauren Hill" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Safari Club International (SCI) is pleased to announce that Lauren Hill, of Poway, Calif., is the new Business Development Manager for SCI national.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are happy to welcome Lauren to the marketing team,” said W. Laird Hamberlin, SCI CEO.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In her new position as SCI’s Business Development Manager, Lauren will be responsible for new business development, including corporate sponsors and strategic partnerships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hill has been involved with SCI on the national level where she previously served as Chapter Services Specialist and has also served as a board member with the San Diego SCI Chapter.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I am excited to start in this new position with SCI,” said Hill. “My passion for the organization comes from my love of what SCI stands for. SCI is poised for greatness with our new CEO, Laird Hamberlin, at the helm and several new faces in the ranks.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As an outdoor enthusiast Hill has pursed hunting, fishing and other conservation efforts through ReelCamo Girl, her online global community of sportswomen that she founded in 2015.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“As a hunter myself, I realize that protecting the right to hunt and promote wildlife conservation worldwide is critical to sustaining populations,” said Hill. “There is no other organization out there that tops SCI in support of these goals.”</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>With Hill’s past work with the Better Business Bureau, International Sports Council and the MLB and NFL, working in multiple aspects of sales and marketing, branding, organizing and creating revenue, it is clear that she is well qualified for the work ahead.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“She was unstoppable as the Chapter Services Specialist, and I know having her as SCI’s Business Development Manager will only mean great things for the organization,” said Hamberlin.</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/safari-club-international-names-new-business-development-manager" data-a2a-title="SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL NAMES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER"><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, 16 Mar 2020 16:50:51 +0000 20323822 5902 at https://www.safariclub.org SCI Supports Historic Conservation Legislation https://www.safariclub.org/blog/sci-supports-historic-conservation-legislation <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SCI Supports Historic Conservation Legislation</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, 03/16/2020 - 11:05</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/sci-supports-historic-conservation-legislation%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/sci-supports-historic-conservation-legislation%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>With a single tweet, President Trump positively changed the future of land protection and wildlife conservation in America for generations to come. In urging Congress to pass legislation that fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provides critical funding to address the National Park Services severe maintenance backlog, the President opened the door for the passage of truly historic legislation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3702d99e-63b5-436b-8a98-69e9f0f43811" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-center"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/thumbnail_image001_0.png?itok=lz5-WCB8" width="480" height="254" alt="Trump tweet" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In response to President Trump’s call to action, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), along with 50 other Senator’s sponsored the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which would address the two issues outlined by the President. SCI applauds the leadership of the Senator’s responsible for driving this legislation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>This is just the latest example of the commitment that Senator Gardner, Senator Daines (the 2017 SCI Federal Legislator of the Year award winner), Senator Manchin, and Senator Heinrich have to protecting wild places and wild things while promoting access for outdoor recreation opportunities like hunting and fishing.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3422/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s.+3422%22%5D%7D&amp;r=1&amp;s=1"><span><span>The Great American Outdoors Act</span></span></a><span><span><span> is a combination of two bills that had been previously been separately introduced. The legislation would provide full and permanent funding of the LWCF to the tune of $900 million dollars. It’s important to note that those funds would come directly from oil and gas revenues and not tax dollars. The legislation would also invest $1.9 billion annually for the next five years to address critical infrastructure needs and maintenance backlogs in National Parks across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Safari Club International joined more than 43 other hunting and conservation organizations through the </span></span></span><a href="http://www.wildlife-partners.org/"><span><span>American Wildlife Conservation Partners</span></span></a><span><span><span> to voice support for the Great American Outdoors Act through a </span></span></span><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zp8igGATNr9CEDFGlc3_Jh285vtNwRDf/view"><span><span>formal letter</span></span></a><span><span><span> submitted to Senate leadership. The letter urges the Senate to pass this legislation, as proposed without amendments, as expeditiously as possible, stating that enacting the Great American Outdoors Act will be among the greatest conservation victories in our lifetime. It will expand outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of hunters and anglers, while spurring local economic development in communities across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“The LWCF supports projects in Colorado and all across our country at no cost to the taxpayer and fighting every year to figure out how much money the program will receive doesn’t provide the long-term planning certainty that our outdoor and conservation community deserves,” Sen. Gardner said.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“I am excited to see there is such broad bipartisan support to secure full, permanent funding for LWCF and address the maintenance backlog across all of our national parks and treasured public lands. Every state and territory and nearly every county in our country has benefited from LWCF funding. I am proud to be the lead Democrat introducing the Great American Outdoors Act. This is an historic achievement for conservation and a testament to the strong, bipartisan work that is still possible when we put politics aside to do what is best for our country,” said Senator Manchin.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“I thank President Trump for his support in getting this done and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this historic conservation win signed into law,” said Sen. Daines, referencing a meeting he and Sen. Gardner had last week with the president and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at which Trump agreed to support and sign the bipartisan, bicameral Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act.”</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/sci-supports-historic-conservation-legislation" data-a2a-title="SCI Supports Historic Conservation Legislation"><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, 16 Mar 2020 15:05:41 +0000 20323822 5901 at https://www.safariclub.org .30-06 IN AFRICA https://www.safariclub.org/blog/30-06-africa <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">.30-06 IN AFRICA</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, 03/13/2020 - 11:00</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/30-06-africa%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/30-06-africa%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><em>Still one of the most versatile choices...</em></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fdeeb50b-0795-4cba-81b3-2ed571796458" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Boddington-30-06-waterbuck.jpg?itok=U88LkPGT" width="480" height="320" alt="Craig with waterbuck" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>I crawled onto a low termite mound, rested the rifle over my daypack and snuggled in behind it. A gorgeous waterbuck bull stood with his harem at about 225 yards. Perfect, except he was facing straight away, so I waited for him to turn. Eventually he swung to the right, broadside. The crosshairs were steady and about half the slack was out of the trigger when the whole group took off, running straight away across the open floodplain.</p> <p>They stopped near the next palm tree. Over my shoulder, PH Julian Moller called, “275 yards.” The bull was still facing away, but in a few more seconds he turned, quartering slightly away. A stiff crosswind blew across the open floodplain so I held a few inches into the wind and just above an imaginary horizontal halfway line. The bullet smacked hard and the bull bucked with the impact, then ran straight away. After a few yards he slowed, visibly wobbling, and went down to stay.</p> <p>Forty-two years earlier I’d had a similar scenario with my first waterbuck, one of my first African animals. Distance and shot presentation were the same. The rifle and cartridge were also familiar. Back then, on the lower terraces of Mount Kenya, I was using a “bicentennial year” Ruger Model 77. Just now, on the floodplains of Coutada 11 in coastal Mozambique, I was using a Ruger M77 MkII made a quarter-century later. Both rifles were chambered to .30-06.</p> <p>There were differences. My 1976 Ruger wore a right-handed bolt. Years would pass before Ruger offered a mirror-image bolt-action and, although always left-handed, I hadn’t yet made the switch to southpaw actions and was perfectly happy reaching over the top to work the bolt. The newer rifle was left-handed and had the control-round-feed and cocking-piece safety of the MkII.</p> <p>The loads also weren’t the same. Back then I was shooting handloaded 180-grain Nosler Partitions. This year in Mozambique, I was shooting Hornady Custom with 180-grain Interlock bullets. The waterbuck is a tall, deep-chested antelope with long, thick, heavily ringed horns. One of Africa’s most majestic antelopes. The waterbuck is large and powerful, with mature bulls weighing up to 600 pounds. This is not a problem for the .30-06. In both situations the result was the same, quickly final.</p> <p>A LONG LINEAGE</p> <p>Although it became a worldwide standard, our “Ball Cartridge, Caliber .30, Model of 1906” is very much an American cartridge, our standard military cartridge for 50 years. Its similar predecessor was introduced with the Springfield bolt-action in 1903, using a long-for-caliber 220-grain round-nosed bullet. By this time European powers were switching to aerodynamic sharp-pointed (spitzer) bullets at higher velocity. The 1906 shift to a lighter spitzer included a slight case dimension change, with the neck shortened by .07-inch. There were thus two versions: The original “.30-03” and the “.30-06.”</p> <p>For some years, factory ammo was available for both, but this hasn’t been a big deal for a century. The later and current .30-06 cartridge (with shorter neck) will chamber and safely fire in all rifles from 1903 onwards, but the older .30-03 cartridge (with longer neck) will not chamber in post-1906 rifles. This has historical significance because the .30-06 was introduced to Africa by Theodore and Kermit Roosevelt on their epic 1909 safari.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div embedded-entity align-left"> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="538e22d1-5217-4c42-887d-18c0632195af" data-langcode="en"> <img alt="Hemingway and Percival" class="image-style-large" height="459" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Boddington-30-06-1933-Percival-and-Hemingway.jpg?itok=oL3fx6Wa" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /> </div> <figcaption>In 1933, Philip Percival and Ernest Hemingway at the end of the Green Hills of Africa safari.</figcaption> </figure> <p>The 1903 Springfield with sporter stock and “civilian” sights that President Roosevelt used in Africa remains at the Springfield Armory Museum. I have held that rifle in my (gloved) hands, a real goose-bump moment! Here’s what is interesting: Roosevelt’s Springfield was (and still is) a .30-03, never actually a .30-06!</p> <p>For better accuracy, most military .30-03 rifles were modified to .30-06 by turning the barrel back two threads and re-cutting the chamber—but Theodore Roosevelt’s Springfield was not modified. Since either version would have chambered and fired, it isn’t clear whether the Roosevelts used .30-03 or .30-06 ammunition.</p> <p>Either way, the Springfield rifles performed well and left a lasting impression. A few years later, one of Roosevelt’s Kenya hosts, pioneer PH Leslie Tarlton, described the “American .30” as “the best of the small-bores.” There were, of course, many choices. Some African hunters gravitated to early 6.5 and 7mms, and many of British origin clung to the .303.</p> <p>Americans were most likely to use a .30-06. On the 1933 safari that gave us Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway used a .30-06 Springfield by Griffin &amp; Howe. He also had a Mannlicher in 6.5x54 and a double .470, but preferred the Springfield and used it for most of his game. In 1952, on his Horn of the Hunter safari, Robert Ruark had a .375 H&amp;H and a Westley Richards .470—but most of his plains game was taken with a Remington .30-06, presumably a Model 721.</p> <p>A quarter-century later when I prepared for my first safari, I bought that 1976 Ruger M77 at the Camp Pendleton PX. However, at that stage I was not yet a .30-06 fan. My first centerfire rifle was a surplus Springfield, lovingly (and very roughly) sporterized, but I didn’t hunt with it.</p> <p>Child of the first magnum craze that I was, in the early 1970s I had a .270 and a .300 Winchester Magnum and an “Africa-ready” .375, but I’d done most of my hunting with a .264 Winchester Magnum. So, my choice of the .30-06 was a departure. Based on its long history in Africa, and already a hopeful journalist, a .30-06 seemed the obvious choice.</p> <p>And wow, what a great choice it was! The .375 was used to hunt buffalo, eland and the lion I didn’t get. Everything else fell to the .30-06, from duiker and dik dik on up to oryx, hartebeest, zebra and, of course, waterbuck. On the Tsavo plains some shots were long, but it didn’t matter. That .30-06, topped with a Redfield 3-9X (my first variable scope) handled everything, as did a single 180-grain Partition.</p> <p>That Ruger .30-06 served me well on more safaris, then was lost in a burglary. Over the next 20 years I used a number of different rifles and cartridges: .270s, 7mms, .300s, .33s and, in the mix, a Remington .30-06, usually stoked with plain old Core-Lokt bullets that it shot very well. With its variety and abundance of game, Africa is a great proving ground for rifles, cartridges and bullets. Always given good shot placement, I learned that many combinations worked well, but nothing stands out as working better than the great old .30-06.</p> <p>I got the left-hand Ruger .30-06 in the early 2000s. With Donna also hunting, also left-handed but six inches shorter than me, I shortened the stock a wee bit so we could both use it. For most of a decade this was our “go to” rifle for African plains game and also used for leopard. It saw service in several countries and accounted for a lot of African game. It would be incorrect to say it never missed, but if we did our job the .30-06 always came through.</p> <p>Over the last few years, and for no particular reason, we got out of the “.30-06 habit.” Donna started using the .270 more (also a great choice) and we both started using the Blaser system. We have .270, .308, .300, and .375 barrels but, also for no particular reason, we never added a .30-06 barrel.</p> <p>In 2019, I took the left-hand Ruger .30-06 out of retirement for our annual hunt in coastal Mozambique’s Coutada 11 with Zambeze Delta Safaris. We were in camp with a group of friends and didn’t take a lot of game, but I was struck once again by how versatile and effective the .30-06 really is, especially in Africa.             </p> <p>STILL A GREAT CHOICE</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="d7ef2768-fd2b-45e4-a822-5b9456dab8af" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Boddington-30-06-Donna-with-sable.jpg?itok=_1f0aiBV" width="480" height="319" alt="Donna with sable" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>Using 220-grain solids, both Roosevelt and Hemingway used the .30-06 for thick-skinned dangerous game and Ruark wrote about taking buffalo with his .30-06. Jack O’Connor’s wife, Eleanor, an accomplished hunter in her own right, didn’t care for recoil. She considered the .30-06 a “big gun,” often choosing it for extra-large game. She took her only elephant with a .30-06 and a 220-grain solid. Veteran Zimbabwe PH Peter Johnstone frequently had to deal with problem lions on his farm in northwestern Zimbabwe. He once wrote to me that the .30-06 was his customary and preferred choice.</p> <p>On dangerous game safaris, I don’t suggest the .30-06 as a “one-rifle” battery and despite its proven effectiveness with extra-heavy bullets, I certainly don’t recommend it for thick-skinned game. I also don’t recommend it for lion, although I think it’s just about perfect for leopard. However, a majority of modern safaris are for plains game only and a “plains game safari” is the most common choice for a first African hunt.</p> <p>On such a safari most hunters encounter an unfamiliar and unprecedented variety of game, from pygmy antelopes up through warthogs, reedbuck and impala, large antelopes such as kudu, sable, waterbuck and wildebeest, and on up to zebra. The variety encountered and versatility required are daunting and I’m often asked about the “perfect plains game rifle.”</p> <p>Honest, there are many great choices, and few bad ones. Most of us have a favorite deer rifle that might also be used for elk, this is the range for an ideal plains game rifle. Always and forever, a familiar and trusted rifle is the best choice. It could be a 7mm Remington Magnum, or a .300 magnum, or a .270 or .30-06.</p> <p>These days, because of its popularity, I’m often asked about the 6.5mm Creedmoor. Sure, you could. I haven’t used the Creedmoor in Africa, but I’ve used the ballistically identical .260 Remington and, in camp with me just now, fellow writer Joseph Von Benedikt used a 6.5x55, also ballistically identical to the Creedmoor. I’ve also used with perfect satisfaction the 7x57 and its ballistic twin, the 7mm-08 Remington. All of these mild cartridges have in common light recoil, which is important.</p> <p>Unlike a one-animal North American hunt, in Africa the “plains game rifle” will be used daily. The African plains game rifle must be fully adequate for the largest game you intend to hunt and accurate enough and shootable enough to allow shot placement on the smallest game out to a couple hundred yards.</p> <p>Despite its current popularity, long range shooting is uncommon in Africa. In many areas the vegetation precludes it and most African PHs have seen so much poor shooting by the likes of you and me that they are terrified of it and always remember that in Africa, one drop of blood equals a license filled and fees payable. Your hunting team will get you as close as possible. It’s your job to make the shot and it’s best to make it with a cartridge and bullet of unquestionable adequacy.</p> <p>Over the years I’ve done very good work on African plains game with various 7mm and .300 magnums, even the 8mm Remington Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum and .340 Weatherby Magnum. Again, you can. However, I am convinced that magnum power, range and recoil are not needed. I am also convinced that, despite current popularity, the minimalist approach of the 6.5mm Creedmoor and even my beloved 7x57, are not ideal for the larger plains game. Yes, as with magnums, you can, but should you?</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="dce5d5b4-8c55-41ee-9c15-70f7f4be239d" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-left"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Boddington-30-06-warthog-mozam.jpg?itok=4KF-hiIC" width="480" height="319" alt="Craig with warthog" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>This brings us to a small group of standard, non-magnum and fairly powerful cartridges that include .270 Winchester, .280 Remington, .308 Winchester and .30-06. All are extremely effective for the full range of Africa’s non-dangerous game with one exception, Eland. A big eland bull can weigh a ton, thus more than twice the size of anything else. I saw Donna flatten an eland with Federal’s 180-grain Trophy Tip from a .30-06, something else you can do, but it’s questionable if you should. If eland is on the menu, more is needed, but my little group of four standard cartridges will handle the rest. All shoot flat enough for normal African distances, where 300 yards is considered a very long shot and none will kick you into next week. We all have our favorites, but I respectfully submit that the grand old .30-06 remains near-perfect for African plains game.   </p> <p>POWER AND PERFORMANCE</p> <p>In bullet weight, frontal area and effect on game the all-American .30-caliber beats all smaller calibers and short of the really big stuff, there’s little in our hunting world that a 180-grain .30-caliber bullet can’t handle. Thanks to the tremendous popularity of the .308 Winchester, we tend to think of the .308 and .30-06 as sort of interchangeable in performance. They are close but case capacity wins. The .30-06 runs about 150 fps faster than the .308, more with heavier bullets, translating to flatter trajectory and higher energy yield. The .308 is awesome, but it is not a .30-06.</p> <p>I don’t necessarily agree with Eleanor O’Connor that the .30-06 is a big gun. From her first hunt onward, Donna has had no trouble with .30-06 recoil, but the .30-06 is not a small gun. Remember that the .30-06 is the most powerful cartridge ever adopted by a major military. Standard today and faster than the loads Roosevelt or Hemingway might have used, is a 180-grain bullet at 2,700 feet per second. This is not slow and, yielding nearly 3,000 foot-pounds of energy, is powerful. Zeroed at 200 yards, drop at 300 yards is a bit less than nine inches. So, on large antelopes at 300 yards, a hold a bit above the horizontal centerline is fine. On smaller antelopes, a backline hold will work. Longer shots are rare in Africa, but, so long as you know the trajectory, are certainly possible with the .30-06.</p> <p>The best part of the .30-06 is routinely excellent bullet performance. Since 1906 virtually all .30-caliber hunting bullets have been made to perform at .30-06 velocities and they do. Again, I prefer 180-grain bullets. You can go lighter and faster, or you can go slower and heavier. But, as with calibers and cartridges, the bullet you choose for Africa must be able to handle all game from smallest to largest. A 180-grain .30-caliber will do it all.</p> <p>Over the years I’ve used a full gamut of 180-grain hunting bullets. If you like homogenous alloy, bullets like Barnes X-series, Hornady DGX and Norma Eco-Strike will perform, penetrate and usually exit. If you like to recover pretty bullets (against the hide on the far side), bonded cores such as; Federal Trophy Bonded Tip, Hornady InterBond, Nosler AccuBond and Swift A-Frame and Scirocco will make you proud.</p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="entity_reference:media_thumbnail" data-entity-embed-display-settings="large" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="06b167f3-5751-46cf-9ea4-532e78e0ef23" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-03/Boddington-30-06-Donna-on-sticks.jpg?itok=qs3JQuXr" width="480" height="319" alt="Donna on shooting sticks" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <p>But, at the .30-06’s moderate velocity, lead-core bullets also strut their stuff. The last 20 years I’ve used mostly Hornady Interlock, but the Nosler Partition is still awesome and I’ve been perfectly happy with Sierra GameKing, Remington Core-Lokt and Winchester Power Point.</p> <p>Confidence in your bullet is as essential as confidence in your rifle and cartridge, but honest, in the .30-06 you don’t have to get fancy and there are few bad choices. Planning a safari and in a cartridge quandary? Don’t overlook old Grand-dad, the .30-06!--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/30-06-africa" data-a2a-title=".30-06 IN AFRICA"><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, 13 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 randyg 5892 at https://www.safariclub.org Dingell Act Anniversary Highlights Increasing Access for America’s Sportsmen https://www.safariclub.org/blog/dingell-act-anniversary-highlights-increasing-access-americas-sportsmen <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> Dingell Act Anniversary Highlights Increasing Access for America’s Sportsmen</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, 03/12/2020 - 14:27</span> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/blog/dingell-act-anniversary-highlights-increasing-access-americas-sportsmen%23comment-form">Log in</a> or <a href="/user/register?destination=/blog/dingell-act-anniversary-highlights-increasing-access-americas-sportsmen%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><span><span>March 12, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Dingell Act Anniversary Highlights Increasing Access for America’s Sportsmen</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Today marks the one-year anniversary of the enactment by President Donald Trump of the S. 47, now known as the Dingell Act and named after the legendary Michigan lawmaker and sportsman, Rep. John Dingell.  In an interior Department release Secretary David Bernhardt celebrated the one-year anniversary of the signing of the formally named John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.  At the time of its passage, SCI supported several provisions in the Act, including the use of qualified volunteer hunters in wildlife control programs on Park System land, and increasing access to hunting and fishing on Forest Service and BLM land. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.full" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="94564ec5-2a28-44a7-b5bc-38b9c60d6b9b" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-right"><article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <a href="https://www.safariclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/images.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/2020-03/images.jpg" width="312" height="162" alt="landscape" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> </article> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Secretary Bernhardt noted that when President Donald Trump signed the bill into law “he furthered his indelible legacy of balancing natural resources conservation and responsibly expanding recreation opportunities on our public lands.”  Dingell Act provisions expressly call for increasing access to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting.  SCI has worked with the Secretary and DOI officials to follow through on the use of skilled volunteers at national parks and recently submitted public comment opening access in the State of Utah on BLM land.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Interior Department called that the new law “is the single most important public lands management law to be passed in over a decade…” and touted the creation of new authorities to managing endangered and invasive species and advance a number of conservation and recreation initiatives for the American people.  After the enactment of the law, Bernhardt created a secretarial task force to prioritize the law’s implementation.  The Department also touted the following wins for hunters, recreational shooters, and other sportsmen:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>--BLM working to establish a shooting range near Deadwood, South Dakota;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>--Fish &amp; Wildlife Service opening access to more than 1.4 million acres to hunting and fishing opportunities at 77 National Wildlife Refuges and 15 National Fish Hatcheries;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>--BLM clearing the way for the construction and operation of five recreational shooting sites near the Phoenix, Arizona;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>--As noted above, NPS establishing policies for using volunteers to assist in wildlife management activities;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>--BLM working on improvements to wildlife corridors in partnership with local communities and the State of Wyoming.</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/dingell-act-anniversary-highlights-increasing-access-americas-sportsmen" data-a2a-title=" Dingell Act Anniversary Highlights Increasing Access for America’s Sportsmen"><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, 12 Mar 2020 18:27:47 +0000 20323822 5898 at https://www.safariclub.org