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San Juan County 4-H Air Rifle Team 2018 Season

Four Corners SCI provided the San Juan County 4-H Air Rifle Team with a grant to assist in their trip to the National 4-H Shooting Competition this 2018 Season.

San Juan County 4-H Air Rifle Team 2018

The San Juan County 4-H Air Rifle Team had an outstanding season this year. The air rifle team placed first at the state competition and qualified for nationals held in Grand Island, Nebraska. At nationals, they competed in three different air rifle events. The air rifle team placed first in the nation for silhouettes and they were runner-up champions overall.

One of the individuals on the team, Amoret McCartney, will be receiving a Junior Distinguished Badge from the Civilian Marksmanship Program after gaining excellence in competition points at the national competition.

The San Juan County 4-H Air Rifle Team didn’t just shoot remarkably but they also had outstanding sportsmanship. The team met a young lady from Florida shooting by herself and the San Juan team took her under their wing and made her a part of their team. They encouraged her just as they would any of their other teammates.

We are so proud of these young shooters and can’t wait to see their great strides in the future.

Thank you

We always appreciate the support of our donors, buyers and volunteers. Your contributions make this happen. If you would like information on grants offered by Four Corners SCI CLICK HERE.

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Recipient of Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship Announced

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.


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.

International Headquarters Tucson, Arizona • Washington, District of Columbia • Ottawa, Canada
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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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