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Sea Ducks in Sitka, Alaska |Four Corners Chapter SCI Auction Items

Sea Ducks – Sitka, Alaska

This trip is for 2 hunters who will spend 3-days hunting sea ducks. Whether you are a species collector that needs a particular bird or a hardcore duck killer who wants to take a crack at some sea ducks Sitka is a great place to make it happen. Archipelago has a variety of birds that you probably don’t see at the local duck club with good numbers of Harlequin, Oldsquaw, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Whitewing and Surf Scoters, Common and Red-Breasted Mergansers. The birds in this area experience very little hunting pressure which means that they decoy easily, usually coming in low and fast making for challenging shooting.    

This trip will be scheduled by the bid-winner to be taken between October and December of 2019. Additional hunters may be added at $2,100 USD per hunter, with a maximum of six hunters. Non-hunters may be added at $900 USD per day per non-hunter. The trip may be extended for $700 USD per day.

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Included:

Boat accommodations, meals, drinks, guide, transport to and from the Sitka, Alaska airport.

Not Included:

Charter to Sitka estimated at $1400 USD. Required $60 USD license fee and $35 USD hunting stamp. Any accommodations needed before and after the hunt dates. Taxidermy, shipping fees. Any excursions.


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MISSION STATEMENT

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.

We support our mission through our fundraising efforts and providing grant donations. Our annual banquet/fundraiser is the primary source of funds. All monies collected go toward our efforts. The good news is 70% of all funds raised stay here. That’s right the majority of our efforts stay local. If you or someone you know have a group which would like to apply for a grant, please submit your application to the address below.

Submit all inquiries to:

Four Corners SCI
PO Box 1401
Bayfield, CO 81122


Mountain Lion Attack – Colorado

We’ve been following Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s reports regarding a mountain lion who attacked trail-runner. In the report, we’ve learned that the mountain lion attacked the runner from behind and that the runner made it to the hospital for care for his injuries. CPW indicates that they’re doing a necropsy on the lion. What we do not know is what the runner used in self-defense, if the cat is deceased due to the hiker’s defense or if CPW put it down. We’ll share additional reports if we see them.

CPW and Larimer County investigating mountain lion attack at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, working with Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, are investigating a mountain lion attack on a trail runner using the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Monday, Feb. 4. The victim was able to defend himself from the attack, resulting in the death of the juvenile mountain lion. The runner was then able to leave the open space property and get himself to a local hospital.

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“Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado and it is unfortunate that the lion’s hunting instincts were triggered by the runner,” Ty Petersburg, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. “This could have had a very different outcome.”

The victim of the attack described hearing something behind him on the trail and was attacked by a mountain lion as he turned around to investigate. The lion lunged at the runner, biting his face and wrist. He was able to fight and break free from the lion, killing the lion in self-defense. The runner sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries as a result of the attack.

As wildlife officers searched the trail area provided by the runner, the body of a juvenile mountain lion was found within feet of several possessions that the victim asked the officers to look for on the trail. The lion has been taken to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife animal health lab for a necropsy.

“The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did,” said Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region manager.

Mountain lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than 20 fatalities in North America in more than 100 years. Since 1990, Colorado has had 16 injuries as a result of mountain lion attacks, and three fatalities. Lion populations are doing very well in Colorado, but they are elusive animals and tend to avoid humans. Most people will never see a lion in the wild, but they are there. If you live, work, or play in mountain lion country, it is important to be alert.

What to do if you encounter a mountain lion:

  • Do not approach a lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
  • Stay calm when you come upon a lion. Talk calmly and firmly to it. Move slowly and never turn your back on it.
  • Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.
  • Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and run.
  • If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion.
  • Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools andtheir bare hands successfully. We recommend targeting the eyes and nose as these are sensitive areas. Remain standing or try to get back up!

Respecting wildlife includes being informed on how to avoid or manage wildlife encounters. To learn more about living with wildlife in Colorado, visit cpw.state.co.us.


Bag Program Moves Forward in Africa

We had a chance to chat with Larry Bell about his family’s foundation and the Blue Bag Program while we were at SCI, Reno. The family’s story, of the loss of their daughter, is a tragic one, however, what they’ve created is an inspiration.

New Partnership with International Wildlife Fellowship Foundation Moves Bell Family Blue Bag Program Forward in Africa

SCI-foundation SCIFSCI Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership between our Foundation, the Ellen and Larry Bell Family, and the International Wildlife Fellowship Foundation (IWFF) aimed at helping those in need in Africa through an expansion of the successful Safari-Care Bell Family Blue Bag program. This new partnership provides Blue Bags and funding for IWFF to purchase and distribute items that will aid in the humanitarian relief and social responsibility efforts for needy individuals in Africa. The funds were provided by SCI Foundation from a special grant provided by the Bell Family.

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“Working with like-minded groups like IWFF greatly expands our ability to reach those in need around the world,” said SCI Foundation president Bob Benson. “By supporting local communities and helping to meet their humanitarian needs, we hope to further our conservation mission by helping to alleviate some of the pressures facing wildlife in some of the poorest areas of Africa. If wildlife is to survive, the people living in these areas must see a benefit. We’re hoping, with IWFF’s help, to provide that benefit.”

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IWFF’s efforts distributing their Bell Family Blue Bags have been impressive. Since December, Blue Bags containing items like food, clothing, toys and other supplies have been delivered to many places including a Macacasa Village where 120 very poor people live; a foster home where 7 children from terrible conditions now live in a safe and happy home; and to Grace House Shelter for the Homeless in Krugersdorp where 55 adults and 10 small children live.image

Through their program, numerous Blue Bag deliveries have also been made to local schools including the Booysens Beertjies Nursery School in Pretoria where 100 small children from a very poor community attend school as well as to the Mangalana Community Schools in Mozambique where many of these children only eat at school, as there is no food in their homes. IWFF supports schools like these through the delivery of Blue Bags containing food, clothing and supplies, so that the children can learn English and get a good education, so that they can find jobs and do not have to turn to poaching to make a living.

Also supported through deliveries of meat, groceries, cleaning materials and clothing via Blue Bags have been the Kungwini Centre where 200 physically and mentally challenged adults and 30 children live and the Elandspoort Child Welfare Centre, where 65 kids from a very poor community come to do their homework after school and to enjoy to what most of them is their only meal of the day. To many of these children, which come from the poorest of families, going to an orphanage where they would receive three meals a day and sleep in a warm bed sounds like going on holiday.image

IWFF’s Little Feet Project works to help meet the medical and other needs of children born with club feet like two little boys from a very poor area of Booysens taken away from their parents because of neglect and abuse, which now live in a foster house with five other children that IWFF also supports. IWFF organized for their feet to be fixed by a doctor and Blue Bags were delivered to help with food, clothing and medication for the two boys during their recovery.

“We are very grateful for the partnership between ourselves, SCI Foundation, the Bell Family and Amy Bell Charities,” said IWFF CEO Retha van der Merwe. “This partnership has made a huge difference towards the life changing projects that we aim to do, thereby showing that hunters do care.”

In addition to its humanitarian work, IWFF also directly supports several African-based conservation efforts including the VULPRO Vulture Sanctuary, a rescue center where Vultures poisoned or shocked by electric fencing or wires are rescued, healed and released into nature, and LET IT SWIM at the Josini Dam, an anti-poaching project that looks to stop southern/common reedbuck from being poached and tiger fish from being illegally netted greatly affecting angling-based tourism and the economics of the area, which is the largest and one of a very few places in South Africa where the iconic tiger fish species breed and occur naturally.

Together, we are working to make a real, tangible difference on the ground in Africa. Partnerships like this one greatly expand the reach of much-needed humanitarian programs like the Safari-Care Bell Family Blue Bag program, providing relief and alternatives to poaching and illegal hunting and trapping, supporting wildlife conservation efforts where it matters most. We thank the Bell Family for their generous support and IWFF for their ongoing commitment to helping those in need across Africa.

To learn more about this and other SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services projects, visit SafariClubFoundation.org. To learn more about IWFF, feel free to contact Retha van der Merwe at ceo@iwff.co.za.

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Four Corners Chapter President and Treasurer Attend Young Guns Event at SCI

You and the Four Corners Chapter of SCI are fortunate to have a vibrant Board of Directors (BOD) who strive to make a difference in our world. The entire Board descended upon the Safari Club International (SCI) Convention in Reno, NV this year with a mission to learn more about how to run the Chapter, raise money, give it back to the community and make a difference in a more broad aspect. Each BOD attended education and networking events to help fulfill this goal. Our Chapter President, Matt Howell, and Treasurer, Jason DeWeese, attended an event that no doubt will produce your future leadership for SCI and SCIF.

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Young Guns – The Future of SCI/SCIF and the Future of Hunting

Bringing in the next generation of leaders is important if SCI and SCI Foundation are to continue growing their impact into the future. On Wednesday afternoon, January 9 SCI Foundation held its second annual Young Guns event at the Peppermill Resort. The event was hosted by C.J. and Jami Sibert, and was attended by an energetic group of up and comers, many of whom will eventually take on leadership rolesIn SCI and SCI Foundation, ensuring the continued viability of these groups well into the future.

“The future of hunting relies on young people getting more involved,” said SCI Foundation Executive Director Bob Benson. “Our new Young Guns group is a great way for young hunters to meet and build relationships and learn more about SCI and SCI Foundation. We look forward to seeing this new initiative grow.”

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Big Game Hunting Sportsmen’s Input Needed | Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public input on Big Game Season Structure for 2020-2024

CPW_SiteLogoDENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public input on the structure of the state’s big game hunting seasons for 2020 through 2024. A public comment form is now available online (By clicking this link you will be taken away from Four Corners SCI), and several public meetings will be held in early 2019 for interested parties to share information and comments.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets big game season structures in five-year increments, providing consistency for sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners and communities. Colorado’s big game hunting seasons are used to manage the state’s big game species like – deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, and black bear.

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“It’s important to get public input and hear ideas from hunters and the communities that have an interest in our hunting seasons,” says Andy Holland, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Big Game Manager. “Big game season structure is about designing hunting seasons that provide a broad range of hunting experiences and manage big game populations to Herd Management Plan objectives.”

The public comment form specifically asks for input on issues including season length and timing, overlap among different seasons and breaks between seasons and the start and ending dates of seasons. The survey also asks for feedback on youth hunting, safety concerns and archery hunting strategies. Public comment will be accepted through Feb. 4, 2019.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife carefully considers the public’s comments when making changes to the season structure. A summary of the public’s input will be presented to the Commission in March for final recommendations and adoption by the Commission in July or September 2019.​​

Colorado’s 2017 big game hunting seasons generated over $840 million, according to the 2017 Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado report. To learn more about Colorado’s big game season structure process and timeline, visit cpw.state.co.us​.


CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


Elections to be Held at Game Commission Meeting | New Mexico

Game Commission to meet Jan. 10 in Santa Fe

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Santa Fe to elect 2019 chair and vice chair positions and to hear a presentation on the department’s 2018 accomplishments.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community College Board Room, located at 6401 Richards Avenue.

Other agenda items include:

  • Results from the Fiscal Year 2018 audit from Moss Adams
  • Presentation on the department’s education efforts
  • Update on the development of shooting ranges

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The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are chairman Paul Kienzle, vice chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs, Craig Peterson and Chance Chase.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Tristanna Bickford, (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.


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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