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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.


Hunting Right vs. Wrong with Antis

Anti-hunters will jump at any chance to attack even if they don’t know what is right or wrong. It’s our goal to keep you informed so you’re able to share facts and protect hunting rights.

Anti-Hunters Get It Wrong Because They Are Wrong 

The recent media flap over a former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner’s photos and accounts of his safari in Africa predictably brought outcries and lies from anti-hunters to shut down all hunting. Overreaction is the hallmark of the antis.

In their zeal to vilify all hunters, the antis insist on spreading lies this time, as they do whenever they comment on anything.

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“Trophy hunting organizations like Safari Club International are under increasing pressure to restrain the excesses of their members in the United States and abroad,” Kitty Block, acting President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and President of Humane Society International, the international affiliate of The HSUS, stated in her recent blog about Blake Fischer, the former commissioner. “Fischer is just the latest to shoot his way into this particular hall of shame.”

“Let’s set the record straight,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “First, Fischer is not and was not a member of SCI. So, to suggest that anything he did reflects what SCI or its members do is false, right from the start. It’s just a flat-out lie.”

SCI has a code of ethics that its members are not only required to follow, but which reflect why SCI members are proud hunters.

SCI HUNTERS CODE OF ETHICS

  • Recognizing my responsibilities to wildlife, habitat and future generations, I pledge:
    To conduct myself in the field so as to make a positive contribution to wildlife and ecosystems.
  • To improve my skills as a woodsmen and marksman to ensure humane harvesting of wildlife.
  • To comply with all game laws, or the sport of fair chase, and to influence my companions accordingly.
  • To accept my responsibility to provide all possible assistance to game law enforcement officers.
  • To waste no opportunity to teach young people the full meaning of this code of ethics.
  • To reflect in word and behavior only credit upon the fraternity of sportsmen, and to demonstrate abiding respect for game, habitat and property where I am privileged to hunt.

“Ethical hunters provide a benefit to all wildlife through sustainable use conservation,” Babaz explained. “Ethical hunters strive to harvest mature males that are beyond their breeding prime to enhance the health of the overall population, much like a gardener may prune a rose bush, tree, to allow it to grow and flourish, etc.

“This, of course, is in addition to the enormous economic benefit provided by hunters who are the world’s greatest conservationists,” Babaz continued. “This can be seen in the thriving wildlife populations in countries where hunting is legal versus the diminishing wildlife populations in countries where hunting has been banned.”
SCI President Babaz then contrasted the reality of the anti-hunters.

“HSUS and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will never publish these simple conservation facts, as they prefer to use their propaganda machines to line their own pockets, instead of using their funds to join the hunting community to combat wildlife’s most serious threat… Criminal Poaching!” Babaz said.


Note to members and Chapters:

If chapters or members are approached by the media to comment on this item, please do NOT

respond. Please refer any media requests to: Rachel Harris at rharris@theheraldgroup.com.
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.
International Headquarters · Washington, DC
www.SafariClub.org

 


British Royalty Praises Trophy Hunting as Conservation

Botswana President Welcomes Duke Of Cambridge Recognition Of Hunting As Conservation 

British royalty is lending its voice to the choir singing the praises of trophy hunting as a conservation solution in Africa where anti-hunting eco-imperialists have dismissed the knowledge and ability of Africans to manage wildlife in their countries.
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi met privately with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, last week during an international conference on illegal trafficking in wildlife.
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One topic of discussion during the private meeting was the problem of Botswana having too many elephants. Current research estimates that one third of the elephants on the continent of Africa reside in Botswana – more than 200,000.
Following the meeting, President Masisi said the Duke of Cambridge indicated that he accepted there could be a conservation case for hunting in Botswana because it could help conserve threatened species, according to a report in The Times.
The call to reestablish hunting in Botswana is being sounded across the continent of Africa. At a recent meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Committee held in Northern Virginia, representatives of several African countries made the case for lifting the hunting bans imposed on their communities.
One speaker was Joseph Mbaiwa, Professor, Tourism Studies, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, who spoke about the consequences of Botswana’s ban on hunting instituted in 2014.
Mbaiwa authored a 2017 study entitled “Effects of the safari hunting tourism ban on rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation in Northern Botswana.”
In the study, Mbaiwa states that the hunting ban was devastating to the local communities on several levels and that, “the hunting ban is reportedly contributing to increasing incidents of poaching in Northern Botswana.”
Mbaiwa explains the situation in more detail during an exclusive interview with SCI’s Marc Watts.
President Masisi addressed the same concerns regarding the overpopulation of elephants in Botswana.
“We do not want to come across as loving to kill animals,” he said. “We are loving to protect our people. We are loving our property. We are just being rational in the same way any Brit would if you had 100,000 elephants marauding over the UK. If you want to test it out we can give you only 500. I bet you’d be screaming,” he told The Times.

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.

International Headquarters Washington, District of Columbia · Tucson, Arizona · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

SCI More Than the Convention 2019 Reno


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.”


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.
International Headquarters · Washington, DC
www.SafariClub.org

Griz Hunts On Hold – Wyoming

Judge Puts ID, WY Griz Hunts On Hold

SCI first for hunters logoJust hours after the end of the hearing held on challenges to the delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population, a Montana federal district court judge issued a 14-day temporary restraining order against the hunts planned by Wyoming and Idaho.

The court issued the order, based on motions filed immediately after the hearing by some of the plaintiffs in the grizzly bear delisting case.  The court did not wait to allow briefs from the defendants U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and non-governmental organizations such as SCI and NRA, before issuing the order to temporarily restrain the start of the hunts.

The court’s order will at least postpone the grizzly bear hunts that were to begin on Sept. 1.

All parties are waiting for the court to issue his ruling on the validity of the delisting.  That ruling is expected on or before the end of the 14-day period.

SCI is considering its options to address the court’s ruling.

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.

International Headquarters Washington, District of Columbia · Tucson, Arizona · Ottawa, Canada
www.SafariClub.org

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