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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

 


Hornady Reloading Seminars At 2018 Convention

Hunt Forever

Once again Hornady will be sharing their wealth of knowledge on reloading in two seminars designed to take the mystery out of reloading your own ammuntion, at the 2018 SCI Annual Convention.

Introduction To Reloading gives you a solid foundation to begin creating your own custom ammo. The Introduction to Reloading Seminar conducted by Hornady breaks down the fundamentals of single stage cartridge reloading in a brief two hour block of instruction. This includes the basic use of a Hornady Classic reloading kit, descriptions of how to utilize the tools included as well as tips to look for when getting started in hand loading.

In Reloading For Accuracy covers the principles of accuracy with regards to reloading. Topics include the fundamentals, processes, the tools used and tips for improving accuracy at the bench.

Both of these seminars are very popular and will fill up fast. Register now and make sure…

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Position On Elephant Import Issue Calrified by SCI President

SCI President Clarifies Position On Elephant Import Issue

The Press has been full of conjecture about SCI’s reaction to President Trump’s request that Secretary Ryan Zinke place a hold on the issuance of import permits for elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia.  SCI President Paul Babaz put an end to that conjecture with the following statement:

“SCI was very pleased when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made findings that the importation of legally-hunted elephants enhances the survival of the species.  While SCI was disappointed to learn that the President requested a hold on importation permits issued under authority of the two enhancement findings, we understand that the President and Secretary Zinke wish to make certain that the facts and law support the positive enhancement findings.  We respect the President for taking the initiative to delve into the science behind those findings.  SCI remains confident that, given the opportunity, we can help the President reach the same conclusions that the Department of the Interior and, in particular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have reached – that hunting and importation of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia not only cause no harm to the species, but that these activities enhance species survival.  SCI will continue to work with the President, the Secretary, the FWS and the entire Administration to find ways to acknowledge and facilitate the beneficial role that hunting plays for wildlife, including, and especially, species like the African elephant.  SCI stands ready to respond to the President’s questions and concerns.  We will continue to work with this Administration and to help it to support, protect and defend hunting and sustainable use conservation.”

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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SCI Statement Regarding MyOutdoorTV

WASHINGTON, DC – In the past few days, there has been significant public attention to a small portion of programming on MyOutdoorTV (a paid subscription program) within the UK that contains content associated with hunting certain big game animals. Stan Kroenke, owner of Outdoor Sportsman Group and their subsidiary, MyOutdoorTV, has directed them to, “remove all content related to those animals in light of public interest.” Safari Club International (SCI) is concerned about these actions to move away from the true outdoor sport of hunting. We find it very disappointing that an anti-hunting, biased news release and criticisms can have such an impact with an outdoor publications owner.

We understand that Outdoor Sportsman Group is dedicated to serving audiences around the world interested in the outdoors and hope they will continue to do so with a full slate of ethically conducted adventures. Hunting is a legal activity that is highly regulated and is designed to support the conservation of all wildlife, whether lions and elephants or deer and antelope.

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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 http://www.safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733 for more information.


A Sheep On Every Mountain

WOW! You all have to read this courageous story of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s work to restore Desert Big Horn Sheep to their native habitats.

Hunt Forever

AZ Game & Fish Commission Chairman, Edward “Pat” Madden (center), AZ Game & Fish Commissioner Eric Sparks (right) and Special Assistant to the Director, Kent Komadina (left)

It’s before dawn and four of us are in a truck bouncing along a potholed road headed out to a remote location for a hunt. The atmosphere is friendly, good-natured ribbing and talk of past successes and failures in the field. It’s deer season in Arizona and scenes very much like this are being played out all over the state, this one however is decidedly different. For one thing, the other three in the truck are AZ Game and Fish Department Commission Chairman Edward “Pat” Madden, Game and Fish Commissioner Eric Sparks and Special Assistant to the Director, Kent Komadina. We are not on our way to fill a deer tag but to fill the capture crates following us with desert bighorn sheep…

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San Juan County 4-H Team Receives Four Corners SCI Support

At Four Corners SCI we are proud to host one of the largest fundraisers in the area and to give back to the community. A piece of our Mission Statement is “To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forest, which is our natural heritage.” We’re putting forth more than one effort in this avenue and will be sharing additional works throughout the year. Please find a recap from the San Juan County 4-H Shooting Team. They recently participated in the 4-H National event, a trip for which our Chapter provided support.
The 2017 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships were held in Grand Island, Nebraska and it was a blast!! 22 teams across the country competed in .22 rifle and 26 team competed in air rifle. The competition was fierce!

The Air Rifle Team (Gabe Doherty, Racine Eavenson, Camron Martinez, and Bethany Parks) didn’t make it to the podium but there was some personal best scores shot!


The .22 team (Rashel Korte, Michaela Langlitz, Amoret McCartney, and Jeana Dolan) came in 4th in the Silhouette event with Michaela Langlitz coming 10th as an individual.
In the CMP Rimfire event the team came in 4th and Michaela Langlitz came in 7th as an individual.
In the 3P event the team placed 3rd with Amoret McCartney placing 9th with her individual score.
For the overall team award the San Juan County .22 team ranked 4th in the Nation with Rashel Korte ranking 9th overall

Wow, what a week! Very proud of our teams and very blessed to be part of the event and experience it with the families that we were with. Great Memories, Thanks! Thank you again for all donations and support  to make it possible for these 4-H families to go experience an event like this.
Many thanks to our members and all supporters who contribute and support our Mission. We are very proud of these youngsters and their hard work.

Olivia Opre on the Anti-Hunting Movement and What We Can Do

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Olivia Opre on the Anti-Hunting Movement and What We Can Do…

As hunters, we face many challenges in the field: weather, migrations, moon phases, terrain and sometimes plain old bad luck. But, with the onset of social media, our challenges in protecting our hunting traditions have moved into our living rooms and increased exponentially. Social media has allowed anti-hunters to claim an identity otherwise too daunting to embrace, while hiding in the safety of their home behind a computer. As their confidence is gained and their true character is revealed, they become more brazen in making ignorant accusations and spewing vitriol that hurts us as individuals and as hunters.

Many of us fear jeopardizing the safety of ourselves, family and our careers; subsequently, we retract by becoming extremely private and oftentimes avoid engaging in any sort of communication on a social media platform. Where this is completely understandable, there are some of us willing and capable of taking on the fight. To those of you free to embrace this battle, there are things we all need to be on the same page about… starting with a similar message based in good science and facts. Hunting is conservation, and we need to be constantly driving this point home to ensure that it is heard.

As hunters, we also need to be cognizant on how we portray ourselves and the use of trigger words like ‘trophy’, ‘record’, etc., so as not to end the argument before it starts. Additionally, the tastefulness of photos we post often sets the stage for reaction. Finding common ground can be a huge help; for instance, most people appreciate the locally sourced food movement and everyone hates poachers.

The future of our traditions depends upon reaching those on the fence about hunting and in educating our youth… the same people who actively engage on social media. Together, we can share all of the facts and create a more positive public image of hunters and hunting.

I support SCI Foundation and you should too. Stand with us to support science-based conservation and education.

Yours in Conservation,

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Olivia Opre

Hunter, 2014 SCI Diana Award Recipient, Conservationist, and co-host of “Eye of the Hunter”

SCI FOUNDATION is stepping up its fight against “False News” and “Alternative Facts,” and we need your support to make a difference.

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DONATE TODAY AND DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

A generous SCI member and Foundation donor has challenged us to raise more funds for the mission by offering to match the first $25,000 raised. In turn… we are now challenging you to “Double the Impact” of your gift to support wildlife conservation by participating in this limited time charitable giving opportunity.

To learn about more giving options, contact Kimberly Byers at 520-620-1220 ext. 322 or kbyers@safariclub.org


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