SCI Counters Anti-Hunter’s Lies at Federal Conservation Council

SCI Counters Antis’ Lies About Federal Commission

Safari Club International isn’t about to sit by idly as anti-hunters attack a federal conservation council and its members.


Anti-hunters never let facts get in the way of an emotionally-based false argument, as is evidenced in their attacks in the media on tomorrow’s meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Council in Atlanta, GA.
“The shameful criticisms of the IWCC from the anti-hunting community are not surprising but are characteristically unfounded and disappointing,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has assembled an advisory group of individuals with scientific expertise and hands-on experience with the conservation strategies that are succeeding in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
“Not only is the hunting carried out by the members of the IWCC and their constituencies sustainable, but it has been recognized by scientific authorities around the world, including by the IUCN and CITES, as having a significant role in the conservation of many species.  It is time for the anti-hunters to grow-up and recognize that hunting has historically played and will continue to play an important part in international wildlife management and conservation,” Babaz stated.
Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
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Our Journeys and Yours | FOUR CORNERS SCI

Our Journeys and Yours was previously published as a Four Corners SCI Chapter newsletter. If you are not receiving the newsletters and would like to be added to the list, please let us know.

Headed to DC

Meet archery hunter, mentor, writer, husband, father and grandfather, Lew Webb. He is one of your Four Corners SCI Chapter Board Members and is an elected Director at Large for Safari Club International.

This month Lew is headed to Washington DC for the SCI Board of Director’s meeting. While he’s there, Lew will be visiting our legislators on Capitol Hill, as well as having many committee meetings and participating in Board elections.

What travels do you have this summer? Tag us on social media or email us pictures from your hunts, fishing trips, and other adventures. We’d enjoy featuring them in the future.

Send us an email at fourcornerssci@gmail.com.


Hunt Highlights 

2018 Banquet/Fundraiser item – Youth Turkey Hunt, presented by Dancing Pines Ranch. 

Hello Jon and Siri,

I want to thank you for supporting the Four Corners SCI Chapter by donating a youth turkey hunt for the Spring of 2018. We were very fortunate to get the winning bid for the Dancing Pines Ranch Youth Turkey Hunt. I could not be any more pleased with our overall experience. They were very accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in the success of my son Tyler (14-years-old) and my daughter Maci (11-years-old).

We were able to hunt a total of four days. With the high number of turkeys and excellent habitat, we had shooting opportunities each day. On the first evening, we got to the ranch, and we counted over thirty turkeys in one group.

The first day of our hunt we saw tons of turkeys and probably heard over 100 gobbles. Maci got a shot at a nice tom at around 10 yards from the blind but missed. She was very excited, and this was her first hunt ever with a shotgun. Her prior hunting experience consisted of shooting prairie dogs with a .22 Long-Rifle.

The second day of our hunt, Tyler and I set up under a large pine tree, and early that morning we had a tom with a few hens come in, but they stayed just out of range. He ended up shooting a nice tom at about 35 yards later that morning.

The third day Maci and I set up in one blind and Tyler went across the field to another blind. He could see turkeys coming toward us before we could, and we had a good time signaling back and forth. “Three turkeys coming in at 11’oclock.” I said to Maci. We had a strutting tom at about 25 yards late that afternoon but decided not to take the shot. She was not comfortable shooting through the fence. Meanwhile, at the blind Tyler was in, there were over 10 toms and jakes right next to his blind, and they stayed there for over an hour. Of course, luck would have it that these birds would stick next to the blind where the tag was already filled.

On the fourth and final morning of our hunt, Maci and I set up under a tree in a meadow and put out a hen decoy, and began calling. A single tom came right to us. He stopped at 30 yards, and I told Maci to wait until he was just a little closer. He got about 20 yards from us but never stopped. He had come in so quickly that we never got completely set up and ready to shoot. I tried to stop him, but he just walked a little faster.

That afternoon, we rode around with Jon, the ranch owner, in the ranger looking for turkeys. We saw turkeys everywhere we went, but they were always one step ahead of us. We never got an opportunity to set up for a shot. I think Maci enjoyed riding with Jon about as much as any part of the hunt.

Thanks again for providing an opportunity to hunt turkey on Dancing Pines Ranch. I really enjoyed the time spent with both of my kids, and the number of turkeys we saw was incredible. We had a great time. THANK YOU!!!!

Jeff Barnes

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. NEXT YEAR’S BANQUET DATE – SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

 


Honoring Lady Anglers and Hunters #InternationalWomensDay

It’s no secret that Four Corners SCI honors women. Today we salute you, lady anglers and hunters. We’d like to see and share your fishing and hunting pictures on our Facebook Page. Tag us or share them!

Check out these ladies who have already been on some of the trips we’ll auction in 9 days!!!

International Women's Day

#InternationalWomensDay

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Plains Game Hunt – Limpopo, South Africa

Big Game Hunt Africa – This is a 10-day plains game safari for 2 hunters. The hunt includes trophy fees for your choice of 2 species per hunter. Each hunter has their choice of 2 species from the following: 1 Zebra or Blue Wildebeest and 1 Impala, Blesbuck, or Warthog.

This exclusive safari is available for scheduling during the open dates of March through November 2018.

Additional Plains Game and Dangerous Game species may be added as per current price list prepared at a reduced rate exclusively for the Four Corners SCI Banquet.

Additional hunters are welcome and encouraged at the reduced rate of $400 USD per day and additional observers at the reduced rate of $250 USD per day.

Includes:

Licensed professional hunter, tracker, skinner, camp staff, and daily laundry service. Guests will enjoy delectable cuisine prepared in traditional South African fashion, wild game dishes, and beverages including fine South African wines, local beers, and liquor. Accommodations include luxurious native thatched five-star chalets with ensuite baths.

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa.
  • Round-trip transportation from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport to Limcroma Safaris private game lodge at the rate of $600 USD per group.
  • Any pre or post safari accommodations.
  • Tips and gratuities for the Professional Hunter, tracker/skinner, and camp staff are appreciated.
  • Assistance with arranging day excursions, sightseeing, shopping, and exclusive tours for non-hunting guests and companions. Exclusive private tours can be arranged to Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Sun City Resort, Winelands tours, Garden Route tours, excursions to cultural villages and townships, Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and countless other extraordinary destinations during your stay at an additional cost.

Plains Game Price List

Blesbuck (Common) $    625 USD
Blue Wildebeest $  1425 USD
Bushbuck (Limpopo) $  1525 USD
Bushpig $  1425 USD
Duiker (Common) $    495 USD
Eland $  3725 USD
Gemsbuck $  1750 USD
Giraffe $  4000 USD
Impala $    550 USD
Kudu (Greater Southern) — Up to 49” $  2750 USD
Kudu (Greater Southern) — 
50” – 53” $  3750 USD
Kudu (Greater Southern) — 
54”+ $  4750 USD
Nyala $  3700 USD
Red Hartebeest $  1525 USD
Reedbuck (Common) $  1525 USD
Sable — Up to 39” $  7000 USD
Sable — 
40”+ $  8500 USD
Steenbuck $    495 USD
Tsessebe $  3500 USD
Waterbuck $  2650 USD
Warthog $    450 USD
Zebra (Burchell’s) $  1800 USD

DANGEROUS GAME

Cape Buffalo (Bull) $13000 – $22500 USD
Crocodile $  8500 USD
Hippopotamus $  9000 USD
Lion $18000 – $50000 USD
Lioness $  9500 USD

 


Youth Hog Hunt – Wimberley, Texas

Hog Hunt – This hunt will be taken by 4-6 youth hunters who will be semi-guided on the adventure. The trip includes one adult per 2 kids on this 1-day, 2-night hunting trip.

The trip will be scheduled by the bid-winner to be taken during June or July 2018. Additional youth hunters may be added at $500 USD per hunter. Additional adults may be added at $300 USD per adult.

Includes:

Guide fees. Hunting at the 150-year-old Historic Calhoun Working Cattle Ranch. 2 days professionally guided hunting. 2 nights lodging in luxurious teepees and a 100-year-old fully restored cabin. Meals prepared with exotics and whitetail.

Excludes:

Any accommodations needed before and after the hunting dates. Travel to and from Wimberly, Texas. Taxidermy, and any shipping fees.


Wild Pig Hunt

This is a hunt is for three hunters to use their method of choice in pursuit of free-ranging wild pigs. They’ll be accompanied by one guide per hunter on a three-day hunt.

The trip dates are to be scheduled by the bid-winner to be taken between December of 2018 and January of 2019.

Included:
Guide fees, all meals, and lodging are included.

Not Included:
Travel to and from Cloverdale, California. License fees of $164.16 per hunter and tags at $74.60 per hunter. Field preparation, caping, skinning, salting, taxidermy, packing, and shipping.

 


Roe Deer – Serbia

Roebuck Hunt – This hunt is typical for this part of Europe. It will be taken by 2 hunters or 1 hunter and 1 observer. Hunt is in cultivated fields, searching by offroad vehicles and shooting on foot. Normally you can see 50-100 animals by exit depending on the height of vegetation and weather conditions.

INCLUDED:

6 nights, 3 hunting days, 2 tourism days, 1 representative roe deer up to 350 gr., assistance for settlement of customs formalities at Belgrade airport in arrival and departure, use of 4×4 vehicle during the stay (2 hunters with one vehicle), lodging and full board in 3-4*** hotels or hunting lodges, assistance of professional hunter and local gamekeepers, field preparation of trophies.

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare tickets, rent a rifle with ammo $150 USD for hunt, VAT 20% (be added on donation value and total bill), Serbian hunting licence $140 USD, official measurement $35 USD per trophy, cape $100 USD, single 4×4 vehicle for hunt $200 USD per day, packing, export documentation and sending of trophies, tips, drinks and gratuities.

ADDITIONAL:

Extra hunter for this hunt $4100 USD, extra observer for this hunt $2500 USD. Extra hunting day $550 USD, extra observer day $350 USD.

Trophy fees for additional animals:

Roe deer up to gold medal $1500 USD, package of 5 roe deers up to gold medal is $4500 USD, Russian wild boar without size limit $1500 USD, Mouflon sheep without size limit $3550 USD, Racka sheep $3450 USD, Feral goat $2450 USD, Jackal $1100 USD, Wild cat $1850 USD, Badger $950 USD, Wild turkey $800 USD.

Season: April 15 – September 30, best period April 15 – May 31 and July 25 – August 10 (breeding season)

  • Day 1: Reception at the airport Belgrade, transfer to hotel, dinner, and overnight.
  • Day 2-4: Hunting days (morning hunt from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM, evening hunt from 4:00 PM – 21:00 PM, return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
  • Day 5: After breakfast transfer to Novi Sad (if previously not accommodated in Novi Sad), arrival at the hotel and departure for a tour of several Orthodox monasteries on Fruska Gora, lunch on the way. Arrival to Novi Sad in the afternoon and visit of the city and Petrovaradin fortress. Diner in some local restaurant or in a hotel, overnight.
  • Day 6. After breakfast transfer to Belgrade, visit Kalemegdan fortress with a military museum, orthodox Temple of Saint Sava and tour of the city, lunch in one of the famous restaurants in Belgrade, return in Novi Sad in the afternoon and free time, dinner and overnight.
  • Day 7. Transfer to the airport for departure.

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