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2013 Convention Seminar–South American Opportunities


Munyan-South-America113012What: Exciting Hunting Opportunities in South America
Speaker: Leon Munyan
Where: 2013 SCI Convention, Reno
The Record Book Committee has made significant changes in the South America Record Book. Now, we would like to promote the variety of hunt types and locations in South America. We start the presentation with the regulations, airlines, shipping, and rules, etc. We have three of the best outfitters in South America lined up with a PowerPoint presentation on the options available in South America. (These are generic, not outfitter-specific promotions.)

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SCI Badgerland Supports Pheasant Hunt for Hunter Safety Grads


The Wisconsin DNR’s Learn to Hunt program and SCI Badgerland provided financial support for Wayne and Robin Smith, owners of Smith’s Pheasant Crest in Oxford, WI, to host a pheasant hunt for recent graduates of DNR Hunter Safety classes. The twenty hunters who took to the fields on Sunday, November 4, had attended safety classes taught by members of SCI Badgerland. Volunteer instructors from the participating groups were on hand to mentor the hunters in the field, to ensure the graduates remembered the four rules of firearm safety, and the correct methods of carrying their shotguns so that the muzzle would be pointed in a safe direction at all times. All the students performed admirably, and everyone enjoyed a safe hunt.

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Prior to heading to the fields, the new hunters tried their shotgun skills behind a trap thrower. Instructors gave tips on how to bring up the gun to the correct shooting position, how to lead the targets, and how to follow through for a successful shot. Once everyone had a chance to break some clay birds, they were ready and eager to go after the real birds.

Volunteer guides brought various breeds of dogs, all of them highly trained and great hunters, and the grads were treated to the thrill of watching the dogs work the scent. The excitement built when the dogs got “birdy.” When they locked up on a pheasant, the mentor helped the first-time hunters get ready for the flush.  The Wisconsin State Game Farm at Poynette provided two pheasants per hunter through the Learn to Hunt program. An extra surprise was provided by the Smiths who donated additional birds. All the hunters experienced the thrill of birds flushing in front of them, but they also discovered the excitement generated by the pounding wings and how the cackle of a rooster bent on escaping could affect their marksmanship.

While not all hunters harvested a pheasant, everyone came back from the fields with a priceless grin. All agreed that the experience was great, and they were eager to go hunting again. For those skilled enough to bring back a bird or two, 14-year-old Cheyenne Smith was on hand to teach them how to quickly clean a pheasant.  Stand on the wings and pull on the legs, and soon you can bag those delicious pheasant breasts for the ride home.  After the hunt, the Smiths provided a delicious lunch of turkey sandwiches, barbecue sandwiches, chili and desserts.

Conservation Safety Warden, Judi Nigbor, came to observe the hunt. She spoke with several of the students and congratulated them for not only completing hunter safety class, but also for participating in the Learn to Hunt event. She expressed her thanks to the Smiths and to SCI Badgerland for the opportunity they provided the grads. Judi noted, “It is this kind of effort that is needed to keep our great hunting heritage alive and well.”

This is SCI Badgerland’s second year sponsoring this new event. It certainly seems to be a great success. Without the help of groups like this, our hunting heritage could be lost. My hat is off to SCI.

Alan Heth, SCI Badgerland Chapter’s President commented, “Thank you to the volunteer DNR Hunter Safety Instructors / SCI Badgerland Chapter members, Ray Anderson, Bill Hilgers, Ken Hei, and Scott Young. They spent a whole day of their time doing what is one of SCI’s pillars–education. They are also part of an elite instructor group that just received this award from the DNR. On August 4, 2012, their Madison Area Safe Hunters Group was presented the 2011 DNR Hunter Education Administrator’s Award for their willingness to change, and their desire to improve themselves.

“Special thanks to Chapter member Wayne Smith and his wife, Robin for working on this event and the Disabled Hunter Event, as not-for-profit, the first November weekend each year.”– Ken Heim

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A Shock Collar For Your Broadhead


Rage Broadheads has a new blade-retention accessory for mechanical broadheads. The new Legacy Shock Collars are designed to be used in conjunction with the O-ring on the original Rage 100-grain Broadheads and simply slip onto the back of the ferrule over the O-ring for an additional level of blade-retention security. These Legacy Shock Collars are specifically intended for hunters who stalk their prey or tend to move around a lot in the stand with a nocked arrow.

Based on the proven blade-retention design of the newly introduced Rage Xtreme Broadheads, the Legacy Shock Collars help prevent premature deployment of the original Rage blades during accidental contact with branches, twigs or weeds. The Legacy Shock Collars were designed with breakaway petals that, in conjunction with the O-ring, securely hold the blades down until the moment of impact with the target.

“Rage Broadheads work exceptionally well as they were originally designed, but we’ve received a fair amount of feedback—primarily from those hunters who spot and stalk—saying that they have snagged their broadheads on something that caused their Rage Broadhead to deploy prematurely,” said Jon Syverson, Vice President of Rage Broadheads. “We designed the Legacy Shock Collar explicitly for those hunters who need an added level of security and confidence before the shot. These Legacy Shock Collars provide significantly more holding power, while requiring very little energy to break the petals upon contact with your game.”

The new Rage Legacy Shock Collars will work with any 2- or 3-blade 100-grain Rage Broadhead that has the original O-ring design. The Legacy Shock Collars come in a pack of 15 and retail for $7.99.

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Balearean Big Game Commission


After two years the Government of the Balearean Islands re-established a Big Game Commission that deals with all political, technical and scientific issues that affect the big game hunting on the island of Mallorca. Shown after the founding meeting are the Commission’s members. Front row, from left: Dr. Bartomeu Segui, Head of Hunting of the Government of Mallorca; Pedro Bestard, Director of Programmes of the Government of Mallorca; Norbert Ullmann, Commission Member and SCI Reg Rep Europe; and Juan Escalas, Director for Hunting of the Government of Mallorca.