Monthly Archives: March 2017

Entering the bear den: CPW concludes study on human-bear interaction

To our members, followers and supporters. Here is a conclusion and update to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife bear study, here in Durango. This is just one organization who has received support from Four Corners SCI via grant money.

Colorado Outdoors Online

CPW-durango-bear-research-37 CPW Researcher Heather Johnson. Photo by Nora Logue/CPW.

On a sunny March day, a group of eight crouch silently outside a bear den dug into a ridge near Durango as Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Heather Johnson literally pokes the sleeping mama bear inside.

This expedition is part of the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study conducted over six years in southwest Colorado. It is one of the most comprehensive studies to date on human-bear interactions and the impact of urbanization on bear populations.

“This study was motivated by the increase that’s happened in human-bear conflicts in Colorado. As the state wildlife agency that manages those conflicts, we wanted to better understand what was causing those conflicts to increase, and ultimately what we should do about it,” said Johnson, a wildlife researcher.

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You Need to Attend SCI’s Congressional Lobby Day

On May 11, 2017, SCI will host the largest annual lobbying event in Washington, D.C. that focuses solely on hunting and conservation.  SCI’s Washington D.C. Hunter Advocacy team will organize more than 200 face-to-face meetings for SCI members with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their legislative staffs, so that you, as a hunter-conservationist can speak with your elected officials about the issues that are important to you!

Lobby Day is not for other people to get involved with SCI’s advocacy.  It is for YOU!  Don’t leave your hunting opportunities to others to protect.  Be part of an opportunity to educate Congress and the new administration about the changes needed to protect hunters, provide access, and promote conservation.  Now is our time and you need to be part of it.

If you are interested in participating in SCI’s Congressional Lobby Day to protect your freedom to hunt, please register by clicking here.  SCI’s Hunter Advocacy Team will help you through the process, including alerting you to important issues and proposed legislation, and by providing you with talking points and the messages we are trying to convey.

SCI has always been a leader in advocating on behalf of the hunting community and the 15.5 million hunters in the United States.  As an SCI member, you have an invaluable opportunity to be part of that advocacy effort and to make certain that Congress hears what is important to hunters, hunting, and conservation.  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to take an active role on May 11 in the changes taking place in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

Want to become part of SCI’s advocacy team?  Please use the form attached here to register today!  Now, more than ever, it is important that hunters speak with a strong, unified voice.  This is your chance to be part of that effort.  Don’t miss it!

Resolution to Overturn Federal Rule on Wildlife Management Passes Senate

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved House Joint Resolution 69 with a vote of 52 to 47. This legislation previously passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 225 to 193.

If signed by the President, H.J. Res 69 would nullify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule, “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.” Please contact President Trump today and urge him to sign H.J. Res. 69 into law immediately!

The FWS rule prohibited forms of hunting on all National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska and interfered with Alaska’s ability to manage wildlife within its borders.

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SCI has led the hunting community in challenging the FWS rule and in fighting for state authority over the management of fish and wildlife and the regulation of hunting, including by filing a lawsuit to challenge the FWS rule and similar regulations adopted by the National Park Service for National Preserves in Alaska.

SCI celebrates the Senate approval of H.J. Res. 69, together with Alaska’s legislative leaders, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska Board of Game and the numerous sportsmen’s organizations who aggressively pursued this Congressional nullification of the FWS rule.

While a final victory is close, our work is not yet done.  H.J. Res. 69 now heads to the President’s desk. Please contact President Trump and urge him to sign H.J. Res. 69 into law.

Arizona Coues Deer Hunt to be Auctioned at Four Corners SCI Banquet

Coues Outfitters invites you to Southern Arizona to hunt the illusive Coues Deer. This is for 1 hunter for 7 days. The trip can be taken October thru December 2017 or 2018. Th accommodations are tent camping. The method of take is the hunter’s choice. Extra hunters may be added for a fee of $3,500 each. Non-hunters may be added for $100 per day. Mountain lion and varmints may be added. Field prep, caping, skinning and salting of game taken is included. Fees not included are license/permit fees estimated at $160 and $315. The application deadline is June 6, 2017. The winning bidder for this event will retrieve their hunt packet and certificate with the outfitter’s contact information. The buyer will then contact and register their hunt with Coues Outfitters.

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The 17th annual Four Corners Safari Club banquet/fundraiser will be Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Sky Ute Casino. Doors open at 4:30pm.


Tickets $75/person $125/couple

Corporate tables $800 (seats 10)

Two for one raffle tickets prior to February 15th, 2017.
If you’re a National member, ticket price includes a chapter membership. National memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

The clock’s ticking. Make sure you get your tickets!


Mexican Getaway Vacation to be Auctioned at the Four Corners SCI Banquet

Hacienda Cerritos, Cabo San Lucas valued at $2,094.

Hacienda Cerritos invites you on a Cabo San Lucas Beach Vacation. Stay one week (6 nights, 7 days) in a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite at Hacienda Cerritos. The winning bidder must pick up their certificate and contact the Hacienda to book their vacation. The trip is good for any available time with no black-out dates.

Hacienda Cerritos is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel. Located on a private bluff, the peaceful and private destination is sure to make your visit magical. They are just 40 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and just down the road from the historic artist colony of Todos Santos. Cerritos Beach is the best beach in Cabo, world renown for exceptional surfing, and voted first runner up in Los Cabos Magazine. Come enjoy a perfect family vacation or solo hiatus paradise. This is the ultimate Mexican getaway.

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Just steps away from the Hacienda is the world famous Cerritos Beach Club. Enjoy great food and drinks on the beach while listening to live music. Singing jazz, the beautiful Dalene Jones performs every Sunday. Keep your eyes out for celebrities such as Rob Lowe, Adam Sandler, Tommy Lee, Keith Jardine, Kelly Slater and of course Sammy Hagar, all have been spotted at the beach club.

Cerritos Beach is well known for it’s exceptional surfing. It is also the only swimmable beach on the Pacific for hundreds of miles. We have 2 surf shops, you can rent a board or take a private or group lesson, or just go for a swim- the water is great!

Fish off the beach or on the rocks off the point. Rent a pole, spear fishing gear or panga boat. The boats from Cabo rarely go up this far, so you can enjoy the uncrowded ocean for exceptional fishing. When the whales come through the waters are thick with these giant mammals. Watching whales from the Hacienda or Cerritos beach is absolutely fascinating and thrilling to see.

Horseback riding, ATV or mountain bike rentals, endless dessert or beach hiking with breathtaking destinations are just some of the few things to do while at Hacienda Cerritos. The Sierra De Laguna nature preserve is right in our back yard. The nearby waterfalls is a refreshing destination point for an ATV ride. Just over the hill from us is the beautiful freshwater lagoon of Palm Beach.

Explore the artist colony and historic town of Todos Santos, it’s just a few miles north of us. First class restaurants, art galleries, shops, book store, local crafts, coffee shops and bars are just some of the reasons you will fall in love with this adorable and quaint town. Here you will find the friendliest people on the Baja.

You can get a massage in your room, on the beach, or perhaps in our cliffside palapa. The massage therapists are excellent, offering numerous types of therapeutic massage or skin treatments. The most popular form of relaxation (of course) is lying in the sun; with 4 pools, shady hammocks, an endless beach and plenty of ice cold drinks, it doesn’t get much better than that.

  • surfing
  • surf lessons
  • boogie boarding
  • swimming
  • Cerritos Beach Club
  • live music
  • ATV rentals
  • fishing
  • spear fishing
  • guided tours
  • water falls
  • Sierra de Laguna nature preserve
  • massage
  • horseback riding
  • golf
  • tennis
  • historic Todos Santos
  • art galleries
  • world class restaurants and bars

Just eight miles from Hacienda Cerritos lies the charming coastal town of Todos Santos.  At the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, Todos Santos is about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 and an hour’s drive southwest from La Paz. Todos Santos is located very near the Tropic of Cancer in the municipality of La Paz.


The 17th annual Four Corners Safari Club banquet/fundraiser will be Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Sky Ute Casino. Doors open at 4:30pm.


Tickets $75/person $125/couple

Corporate tables $800 (seats 10)

Two for one raffle tickets prior to February 15th, 2017.
If you’re a National member, ticket price includes a chapter membership. National memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

The clock’s ticking. Make sure you get your tickets!


Canada Black Bear Hunt to be Auctioned at Four Corners SCI Banquet

BEAR HUNTING with Silver Fox Outfitters in High Level, Alberta, Canada. Two hunters may hunt for three days. This event includes one bear each (license fees not included) and the hunter may add a bear tag and upgrade to a five day hunt. Also available is a WOLF hunt addition. Meals and outfitter tent accommodations are included. This hunt is for spring of 2015.

The Silver Fox Outfitters “two tag” hunters have averaged more then a150% shooting rate for close to a decade. This is one of the highest success rates in the province. We manage this by: regulating the number of hunters we take, using fresh quality bait hauled to the hunting area in our own reefer trailer, setting strategically located baits, and by insuring that our guides know the area we hunt. Our past success rate speak for itself and when compared to the possibly less than 50% hunter success in other provinces/states, it’s easy to see that Alberta is the place to be for fantastic bear hunting. Eric Rauhanen and the Silver Fox Outfitters “team” are the right choice for you.


Our area has one of the highest trophy bear populations in North America with about 10 to 15% being color phased. Light hunting pressure allows us to produce a higher percentage of larger, older boars for our hunters. This is representative of a mature population. Bears are so plentiful here that each hunter is allowed two tags.

LG_and_Mia_Anstine_wearing_Lady_Hunter_Safety_System_saety_harness_and_Prois_lady_hunting_apparellBAIT HUNTING

We use beavers, butcher scraps, bakery scraps, restaurant grease, oats, molasses and specialty bear lures for bait and it’s hauled to site and stored in a 28 ft reefer trailer. Our baits are set when there’s still snow on the ground, several weeks before your arrival. Maintained regularly they become the bear’s primary food source. Baits are accessible by four-wheel drive trucks, all-terrain vehicles or jet boat. As nocturnal animals, bears are hunted primarily in the evening. Hunters are taken to active bait sites in the late afternoon. Portable tree stands are the preferred method in our area. They are 12 to 15 feet up and 15 to 20 yards from the bait. We are quite far north and the sunsets late. We are normally finished hunting by 10:30 p.m. and out of the bush by midnight.


Few things can compare to the excitement of stalking trophy bears. We offer both five day as well as the recommended ten day hunt. They are normally restricted to one hunter per guide to ensure a maximum number of opportunities at quality bears. Highly mobile spike camps are utilized, allowing the hunter to instantly move to where the game is and to cover more ground. Hunters that have spot and stalk hunted know that nothing compares to taking a trophy bruin from the ground.

Silver-Fox-Outfitters-trophy-black-bear-Canada-photo-by-Mia-AnstineBAG LIMIT

We hunt a two-bear area; each tag can be purchased individually. Your second tag can be purchased optionally at any time during your hunt. We have crippled bear policy re: it cost you a tag.


Hunters are responsible for their own personal equipment. A complete and detailed list is sent several weeks before your arrival, or I can e-mail you now if you’d like. It will include such items as: a camera with lots of memory, warm quiet clothing, rain gear, rubber boots, sleeping bag and personal effects. For entry into Canada you need a passport.

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