Safari Club International Lubbock Chapter, has donated $5,000 to Rungwa Game Preserve Tanzania, for use in combating poachers. According to chapter President Tim Gafford, “Many of our members have hunted with Rungwa Safaris, so when they approached us for help with we jumped at the opportunity.” The donation went to pay for 5 new motorcycles for the Rungwa Game Preserve Anti-Poaching patrols to make it easier to patrol the preserve during the rainy season, when traveling in trucks and other vehicles becomes extremely difficult. The patrols cover 3200 square kilometers (1,988 square miles) and must carry all their food and equipment for extended patrols in the bush. “We really enjoy working directly with the folks on the ground that will be relying on the equipment we helped provide.” Gafford said. Lubbock Chapter of SCI is involved with a wide range of projects, from honor flights for WWII vetrans to the Texas Bighorn Society Project, and of course new international projects such as the motorcycle donation and the Zimbabwe Campfire Projects for education and anti-poaching efforts on the ground.”
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) recently announced the issuance of six Special Elk Permits for the upcoming 2014 hunting season. Four of the special permits were issued through the TWRA quota hunt drawing system and one for a youth hunter.
As part of its 3rd annual Gala Dinner, SCI Monterrey Chapter decided to test its members ability to identify 5 trophies by touch alone. The trophies were hung in a dark room and each member entered, touched the trophies and when they emerged filled in a multiple choice questionnaire to try and identify the trophies.
The purpose of the Sensory Safari was to sensitize the club’s members and to bring attention to the club’s fundraising efforts for the humanitarian organization, Destellos de Luz, which assists individuals with vision challenges. Prior to the Sensory Safari, a teacher spoke of her personal experiences of “living in the shadows”.
The Arizona Game & Fish Department video production staff, were the recipients of five “Excellence in Craft” awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The video in the Family Participation/Youth Outdoor Education category titled “2013 Junior Jack Camp” is of special interest as it focuses on the efforts of introducing youngsters to hunting and the science of wildlife management. Safari Club International, AZ Chapter participates in the annual Junior Jack Camp and is proud to help a new generation discover their hunting heritage through this very popular program.