Monthly Archives: September 2018

Wildlife Conservation or Eco-Imperialism

Pick A Side: Eco-Imperialism Or Wildlife Conservation

SCI first for hunters logoHunters conserve and save wildlife when no one else will or can.

Want to save wildlife in wild places? Convince misguided would-be “saviors” that they need to throttle back, cease making death threats and doing other terrorist things.

In just the past few days there has been a spate of Internet and social media attacks on hunters for their choices to participate in legal hunting at various places around the globe.

The attacks come in two basic forms: Ridicule and death threats. Differences of opinion are healthy. Death threats are both sick and illegal.

Late last week, SCI Member Brittany Longoria was attacked over a photo of her holding a leopard she hunted legally in Africa. Those who attacked her made no note that through her hunting and conservation-related activities, she has been personally responsible for saving more wildlife than all of the anti-hunters combined. Antis never let the truth get in the way of the lies they like to spew out to an unassuming public.

“This is not about me hunting an individual leopard,” Brittany said. “This is about hunting and the methods of international wildlife conservation. If they come for me as a hunter, they’re going to come for you as a hunter, so we all need to stand together and united and speak from our place of truth and heart on why we hunt.”

Then over the weekend, Fox News reported that former professional hockey player Tim Brent was ridiculed and received death threats after he posted pictures of himself posing with a bear he hunted in the Yukon, Canada.

“Some of the threats of violence were so extreme, Brent posted that he contacted Twitter,” Fox reported. “However, the social media platform said the threats did not violate their abuse policy.”

“Though, there have been a few that have defended Brent, and his wife Eva Shockey-Brent, who is a well known hunter and first woman in three decades to make the cover of Field & Stream,” the report continued.

“Ultimately, this is not about whether someone approves of hunting or opposes hunting. It is about freedom of both activity and speech,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “These anti-hunters, some of whom also are terrorists, want to silence anything they don’t like and they want to deny hunters both the freedom of choice and the freedom of speech.”

SCI President Babaz noted that it seems as though when the anti-hunters are not successful in having the various governmental agencies halt hunting, that they take to the social media and try to shout so loudly that their drivel drowns out civil discourse.

“The sick ones who go over the line and make death threats need to be identified and dealt with appropriately by the legal systems of the world,” Babaz continued. “The sad part about the whole thing is that hunters are responsible for assuring healthy populations of wildlife worldwide forever. When others get in the way of these noble acts, they actually are writing death warrants for the wildlife, which will cease to exist absent the protection of hunters.”

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First Annual 4-Corners 3-D Archery Shoot

On Saturday, August 4 Four Corners SCI and Goods For the Woods held the first annual 4-Corners 3-D Archery shoot in Cortez, Colo. at Goods for the Woods’ new location. There was a high turnout of competitors from near and far. The event included categories for men, women, and children to enjoy shooting their compound or traditional bows.

The course, provided by Goods for the Woods, had 23 different 3-D targets of varying yardages and shot angles. This made for an enjoyable course that presented a good challenge for archers of all ages and abilities.

There was a good turnout of youth, and thanks to the SCI board members, who brought youth gear, they did not even need a bow of their own to go through the course. In addition to the 12 and under youth category, we also had several teens that were competing in the adult division and holding their own quite well.

After the 3-D shoot was completed, we had a $5 long range-shoot fundraiser, which consisted of two rounds. Shooters attempt to hit a ram target at 96 yards. This was a lot of fun for shooters and for the spectators. The biggest cheers went to Muz Pinnecoose for hitting the ram target with a longbow, a very incredible shot. The winner of the contest won the ram target, which Rinehart generously donated for the event.

After all of the shooting was completed, prizes were awarded to the top three shooters in each division. First place prizes were 3-D targets, the second received a dozen arrows, and third place was a $75 gift certificate to Goods for the Woods. In addition, we had a raffle with enough prizes that everyone ended up going home with awesome goodies.

Keep an eye out for our second annual shoot next year! Come to enjoy the fun, comradery, and help us raise money for conservation, habitat and humanitarian purposes in the area. Mark the date on your calendar and come to support the Four Corners SCI and Good for the Woods.

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