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New Mexico Hunters and Trappers – Director to Hear Comments

Director to hear public comments on trapping rule

ALBUQUERQUE – The Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will hold a listening session to hear public comments on proposed changes to the furbearer rule. Proposed changes include mandatory trapper education, increasing set-back requirements, allowance for closure of areas to trapping, signage and further clarifying the definition of a trail.

The listening session will be conducted 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the department’s Northwest Regional Office, 7816 Alamo Road NW in Albuquerque.

Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Furbearer Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, ispa@state.nm.us, or in person at the meeting.


States Working to Gain Control of Wolf Management

Thank you for your hard work in contacting your legislators aboutH.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act. It has passed the House. It is now time to contact your Senators!

Wolf De-Listing Bill A Win For Hunters

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill that returns wolf management to states and is a step toward fixing flaws in the Endangered Species Act – something Safari Club International, on behalf of all hunters, has championed for years.

H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act, was introduced in September by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).  The bill was approved 196-180 and secured bipartisan support from nine Democrats and 187 Republicans.

Passage of the Manage Our Wolves Act will return management of the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population to the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The bill will also ensure that Wyoming’s gray wolf management remains under state authority and will direct the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to delist the remaining gray wolves of the lower 48 states, with the exception of Mexican wolves.

SCI President Paul Babaz was quick to praise the win on the House floor.

“First, thanks to Rep. Sean Duffy and so many other supportive Members of Congress for highlighting the critical need to recognize that recovery must lead to de-listing,” SCI President Babaz said.  “Second, this is a tremendous victory for hunters, wildlife conservation in general, and State wildlife managers.  All of them have played significant roles recovering gray wolf populations.”

While wolf recovery successes have been continually thwarted or ignored by courts acting on the many ambiguities or flaws in the wording of the ESA, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service states on its website: “the gray wolf has rebounded from the brink of extinction to exceed population targets by as much as 300 percent.  Today, there are estimated to be 5,691 gray wolves in the contiguous United States.  Wolf numbers continue to be robust, stable and self-sustaining.”

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success story and H.R. 6784 will help correctly transfer their management to the professionals at the state wildlife management agencies—the primary managers of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources.

“I’m very proud SCI has been a leader in ESA litigation efforts over so many years to help support wolf delisting,” SCI President Babaz added.  “Today’s win in Congress is an opportunity for federal legislators to clear away ESA’s roadblocks and enact laws to recognize easily documentable recovery efforts and restore State wildlife management authority.”

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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Scholarship Availability for Colorado and New Mexico Students

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship by Four Corners SCI

The Four Corners Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) would like to remind the community of its scholarship availability.

The Chapter is proud to offer funding to students who are pursuing and continuing education by way of college, university or trade school.

The applicants must be registered students in their senior year at a Four Corners Area high school or a student from the Four Corners Area who is enrolled and attending a college, university, or trade school (not necessarily in the Four Corners Area). Applicants must display a record of service to the community and must display a record of commitment to the points of the Four Corners SCI Mission Statement.

Four Corners SCI Mission:

  • To promote good fellowship among all who love the outdoors and hunting.
  • To promote conservation of the world’s renewable wildlife resources, recognizing hunting as one of the many management tools.
  • To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forest, which is our natural heritage.
  • To share our knowledge and hunting experiences among all our membership.\
  • To operate the association as a non-profit organization, consistent with its charitable purposes, while providing enjoyment for our members. Always with the goal of helping to conserve the animals that we love to hunt today, for those who will come to love the sport tomorrow.

Tim Cooper Memorial

Tim Cooper loved life. He built homes, had a passion for motorcycles, and for hunting. He enjoyed nature, wildlife, and the pursuit of wild game. He displayed a jovial spirit as he recounted stories of pack strings, bighorn sheep, odds and results, his hunts, and his wife Paula’s hunts. He quarried others with a genuine interest in their pursuits. He respected other hunters and their success or lack of. He’s what more hunters need to emulate. A tragic car accident cut Tim’s life short. To honor him and because of his positive display toward wildlife, conservation, sharing it with others, and supporting his community, Four Corners SCI is proud to honor his legacy with the Tim Cooper Memorial scholarship, which will be awarded to students who also display these admirable qualities.

 

 

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship

At our recent banquet fundraiser event, we proudly announced scholarship availability in the name of Tim Cooper, a former member and longtime supporter of our Mission. The Chapter is proud to offer funding to students who are pursuing and continuing education by way of college, university or trade school.

Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship
Tim Cooper loved life. He enjoyed nature, wildlife, and the pursuit of wild game. He displayed a jovial spirit as he recounted stories of pack strings, bighorn sheep, odds and results, his hunts, and his wife Paula’s hunts. He quarried others with a genuine interest in their pursuits. He respected other hunters and their success or lack of. He’s what more hunters need to emulate. A tragic car accident cut Tim’s life short. To honor him and because of his positive display toward wildlife, conservation, sharing it with others, and supporting his community, Four Corners SCI is proud to honor his legacy with the Tim Cooper Memorial scholarship, which will be awarded to students who also display these admirable qualities.

Tate Hinger – Scholarship Award Recipient

After reviewing scholarship applications, the Board of Directors is proud to announce that Tate Hinger, of Pagosa Springs Colorado, is the Chapter’s first recipient of the Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship.

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“I plan to do everything in my power to preserve the wildlife, wilderness, and wonder I experienced as a kid. I hope to attend college and explore various professions where I could apply the leadership skills I’ve gained in life. As a hard-working, dedicated young man I know the value of the outdoors. It’s a gift that is too beautiful to hide and yet too precious to neglect.” Tate Hinger

In his scholarship application, Hinger shared many scholastic accomplishments, an extensive list of extracurricular activities, community service and remarkable essays. These items show his determination, drive and his support of our Mission.


This content originally appeared in the Summer, 2018 issue of the Four Corners SCI News. If you would like to be added to our mail or e-mail list, please CLICK HERE to send us your information.


House To Consider Bipartisan Wolf De-Listing Bill

Floor Vote This Week: Call Your Member Of Congress

U.S. House To Consider Bipartisan Wolf De-Listing Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled later this week to vote on H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act, introduced in September by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and supported by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

Passage of the bill will return management of the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population to the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The bill will also ensure that Wyoming’s gray wolf management remains under state authority and will direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the remaining gray wolves of the lower 48 states, with the exception of Mexican wolves.

SCI Members are urged to call their Representatives to ask that they support this important legislation.

The Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. Find Capitol Hill office numbers listed by name and by district here.

Tell your Representative you support Rep. Duffy’s effort to reward the effort of States and the hunting community—all of whom contributed to the recovery of the gray wolf.

Tell them Congress should send a clear message that recovered species should not remain on the federal endangered or threatened species lists after Endangered Species Act protections are no longer necessary.

Approval of H.R. 6784 and return to state management of the gray wolf would represent a tremendous victory for the hunting community.

SCI has led or assisted ESA litigation efforts over many years to help support the delisting of several recovered species. Hunters, wildlife conservationists and State wildlife managers all have played significant roles in recovery efforts, but those efforts have been thwarted by the many ambiguities or flaws in the wording of the ESA.

This week’s vote in Congress provides a rare opportunity for federal legislators to clear away these roadblocks and enact laws to recognize well-documented recovery efforts and affirm State wildlife management authority.

Call today! Make sure your Member of Congress knows how very important this bill is to the future of hunting and to every American sportsman and sportswoman.


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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Snowy Mountain Rifles at 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention

SNOWY MOUNTAIN RIFLES

First Year Exhibitor at the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention

Snowy Mountain Rifles was born in the mountains of Western Montana on the idea that accuracy, reliability and customer service stand before all else. They have been in business for over 9 years and working on year 10. Their two master gunsmiths have over 60 years of combined experience in building rifles. Using advanced machining processes to hold the tightest tolerances available, they create custom long-range hunting and tactical rifles you can depend on. They ensure precision and accuracy from start to finish by building one handcrafted custom rifle at a time. Whether your game is hunting elk in the high country or shooting steel at over 1,000 yards, Snowy Mountain has a rifle for you. They are extremely passionate about hunting and shooting; in turn that passion is translated into each rifle they create.

Snowy Mountain Rifles is looking forward to being an exhibitor for the first time at the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 9-12, 2019. After attending the convention many years in a row personally and for the business, they are excited to showcase a large display of custom rifles ranging from sub 6 lbs. backcountry rifles to 15+ lbs. rifles for extreme distance shooting. They will also have a great display of gunsmithing work they offer, as well as custom Cerakote work and fluting work. You can also check out their long-range store which features a wide variety of products for
long-range shooting at www.snowymountainrifles.com.
Snowy Mountain Rifles is donating one of their Full Curl model rifles for the convention auction. It will be built exclusively for SCI with some special additions to their regular offering. It is being designed for the backcountry hunter who needs both lightweight and great accuracy. This rifle will be just over 6.0 lbs. and still have a 1/2 MOA guarantee. The SCI rifle is being built on a medium action to accommodate greater bullet seating latitude. The rifle will be chambered in 6.5 PRC. Designed for the hard-core, backcountry hunter, this rifle has it all: light weight, accuracy, and reliability.

For an opportunity to bid on this rifle, check out the auction link on the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention web page.
As a thank you to their customers, Snowy Mountain Rifles is giving away a 2020 trophy mule deer hunt in a general unit in Montana on a private ranch. For every $1,000 spent at one time on one invoice, you get a ticket for the hunt giveaway. On this hunt, you can expect to have the chance to kill a buck over 170 inches and see a lot of deer. The hunt is valued at $5,000.


Snowy Mountain Rifles is offering a Show Special of 5% off of custom rifle builds when given a 50% deposit at the convention.
Come by Booth #5315 to participate in fun games and giveaways such as hats and t-shirts.
Snowy Mountain Rifles takes great pride in being a full-service shop for their customers, offering high-end gear and performing quality work. When you need a rifle with extreme power, extreme range and extreme accuracy, experience the extreme … Snowy Mountain Rifles.
To register to attend, click here – www.showsci.org

Rifle Number Five of Five World Heritage Guns to be Auctioned at the 47th SCI Hunters’ Convention

The fifth and last of five rifles in the World Heritage Rifle Series – representing the Americas – is a .338 Winchester Magnum, donated by John Bolliger’s Mountain Riflery Inc. The rifle will be auctioned at the 47th SCI Hunters’ Convention to be held in Reno, Nevada, January 9-12, 2019.

The World Heritage Rifle Series consists of five spectacular rifles, each representing the best of the gunmaker’s art and one of the world’s five hunting continents, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas, and featuring materials representing its continent.

The Americas rifle is built on a highly-refined Pre 64 Winchester Model 70 action, full coverage engraving and complemented by an exquisite stock of highly-figured exhibition grade Turkish walnut in the Bolliger Custom style. It is equipped with a Swarovski Z8i 1.7-13.3X42 scope.

It comes with a custom credenza for display, donated by Tom Julian and Sons, built from hand-selected figured walnut, with accessories including custom tools, cleaning rod and accessories along with scope storage.

The .338 Winchester Magnum is the classic American caliber for this top of the line exhibition rifle that would be the pride of any gunroom.

“It has been an honor being a part of the World Heritage Rifle Series. This rifle will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s hard to explain the joy working side by side with my father once again creating this stunning rifle dedicated to the country we both love and treasure so much,” says Bolliger.

For more information, contact John R. Bolliger at 208-241-6417 and visit www.mountainriflery.com.

Can’t attend the Convention this year? Follow the auctions and bid online. Get approved to bid at https://auction.safariclub.org/auctionlist.aspx.

To register to attend, click here – www.showsci.org

About the SCI Hunters’ Convention:

Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 worldwide hunters to visit

Reno, Nevada, January 9-12, 2019.  The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2019 Hunters’ Convention will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center with over 452,000 square feet of exhibits and almost 1,100 exhibiting companies.

Register and book rooms at www.showsci.org

Becoming an SCI Member:

Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education and humanitarian services.

JOIN NOW: www.joinsci.org

Safari Club International – First for Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members 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 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.


Dirty Tactics Toward Hunters by North Dakota Democrat Party

Dirty Tricks In North Dakota Demand A Response From America’s Hunters 

Dear SCI Member:

In a close race that could determine control of Congress, the North Dakota Democrat party, working to reelect Senator Heidi Heitkamp, has resorted to deliberately deceiving hunters and tricking them to forego voting in next week’s elections.

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The dirty tricksters have targeted North Dakota’s hunters with a paid Facebook post threatening their out-of-state hunting licenses if they vote next week in North Dakota.  Friends, this is a scurrilous attack on all hunters in America, not just in North Dakota.  These disgusting tactics are completely unacceptable.

But sadly, they are a sign of the times.  Last month I alerted you about legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) designed to shutdown trophy imports.  These kinds of attacks are only going to escalate unless YOU GET INVOLVED, get to the polls next week, and support candidates who will defend our hunting heritage.

If you want to respond to the dirty tricks we are seeing aimed directly at our fellow sportsmen in North Dakota, then I want you to immediately click HERE to make an Emergency Contribution to SCI-PAC of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500.  Next, GET TO THE POLLS next Tuesday and defend your fellow hunters.

You need to know that the outcome of the 2018 midterm Congressional elections, which are NEXT TUESDAY, November 6, will directly impact the future of hunting in America – and not in a good way if those who defend hunting do not triumph.

The pro-hunting majority in Congress is in serious danger of being wiped out by a tidal wave of “progressive” candidates who embrace the animal rights movement and gun bans.

SCI-PAC is THE voice of hunting in Washington, D.C., and we directly support candidates who fight to protect our heritage and our beloved sport.  The need for SCI-PAC’s work has never been greater than it is today.

That’s why I am reaching out to ask you to send SCI-PAC an Emergency Contribution of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500.  ACT NOW!

Click HERE now and fight the extremists who are making their anti-hunting intentions clear for all to see.  DO NOT DELAY.

Sincerely,

Paul Babaz
SCI President

P.S. SCI-PAC needs your immediate support to help elect pro-hunting political candidates all across the country or expose dirty tricksters.  Click HERE to donate $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500 right away.  The future of our pro-hunting majority in Congress is on the line.  With your help today, we will elect enough pro-hunting candidates to protect hunting and our rights for years to come.

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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