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SCIF promotes science–based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society.


Pathfinder Grants available to Chapters

Pathfinderfundshnt4evr121213Pathfinder Co-Chairs Bill & Vicki Swan are pleased to announce that nearly $23,000 dollars has been reimbursed to SCI Chapters that have held warrior or pathfinder events this year. SCIF, through Humanitarian Services, has set aside $50,000 to promote Chapter functions for disabled hunters, terminally ill children or soldiers returning from battle.

In order for a chapter to qualify for these funds, it must sponsor and/or host an event for one of those mentioned above. The chapter has to furnish a profit/loss statement, a write-up about the event, and show where it was publicized in the media. These funds are reimbursements and not matching funds. Reimbursement cannot exceed the actual expense to the Chapter.

We strongly suggest that your Chapter submit a write up with photos of the event to Safari Times and for posting on the Hunt Forever blog and the Hunt Now newsletter. For more information contact Stephanie Gray in the Humanitarian Services Department.


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Safari Club International Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Foundation (BSAF) will host their second annual sporting clays shoot on Feb. 4, 2014 at the Clark County Shooting Facility in Las Vegas, NV.  This event precedes the opening of the 2014 SCI Annual Convention in Las Vegas with all proceeds from the shoot benefiting the programs of both SCI Foundation and BSAF.

 As the Title Sponsor of the 2014 shoot, Kreighoff International has donated a new Kreighoff K-80 Pro Sporter over/under 12-gauge shotgun with 32-inch barrels.  A sweepstakes drawing for the gun will be one of the highlights of the Second Annual SCI Foundation and BSAF Sporting Clays fundraiser.  Every shooter who registers for the competition will receive one ticket for the drawing, with additional tickets available at $100 each with a maximum of 300 tickets to be sold.  The K-80 Pro Sporter gun drawing will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the SCI Foundation booth at the SCI Convention.

Register now to secure your spot for the Shoot!   You may register as an individual shooter or form your own four-person shooting team.  Your $350 registration per shooter includes targets, ammunition, lunch, one K-80 sweepstakes ticket and round trip shuttle service to the event from the Mandalay Bay Resort.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet Olympic shooters, outdoor TV personalities, enjoy a delicious lunch and the presentation of shooting awards.

Students with Hands On Wildlife Kit

Learning About Wildlife & Conservation


Students with Hands On Wildlife Kit
Students with Hands On Wildlife Kit

SCI Foundation Education Sables are focused on conservation education with the Hands On Wildlife Kit, American Wilderness Leadership School teacher education programs, college scholarships, financial support for the National Archery in the Schools, 4-H National Shooting Sports, Boy Scouts of America Venturing Program, The Salvation Army Outdoors, Outdoor Writers of America Youth Writing Contest and grants to SCI Chapters to support community youth programs.

For many years, I have been recruiting educators to attend the American Wilderness Leadership School. Several years ago I became more involved with the promotion, gifting and sales of the Hands On Wildlife (HOW) Kit.   The Kit has evolved into ‘Conservation Education’ using North American Model of Conservation instructional materials, animal pelts, and replicas of skulls, tracks and scat. The Kit size is easily hand-carried by educators using its contents to teach about wildlife management and the positive role of hunting.

Have you or your chapter invested in a HOW Kit or in distributing HOW Kits to educators?   In my opinion, the best bang for the buck is for a chapter or individual to have a loaner Kit.  I try to keep a Kit at home to loan to Boy/Girl Scout leaders, teachers, Park and Rec departments and other interested parties.

If you give a Kit to a teacher how much use does it get?  A single teacher can use the Kit to teach thousands of youth each year.   I use HOW as a recruiting tool for AWLS prospective applicants.  If you can hook an educator on the Kit the party line is “Go to AWLS to learn how to use the Kit to its fullest potential.”  Another carrot to use with potential AWLS applicants is “Go to AWLS and complete a gifting application with the possibility to have your own Kit.”   These strategies worked for me this past year in recruiting 10 educators to the AWLS program.

A Chapter can gift a HOW Kit to educators it sponsors to AWLS.   When an AWLS alumnus is given instructional tools, he/she is more likely to pass on to his/her students what was learned about conservation at AWLS.   Chapters can purchase the AWLS Kit for $550 plus $30 shipping from the SCI Foundation Education Department.

Contact Stephanie Gary at or (520) 620-1220 — John Floyd Foundation Hands On Wildlife Committee

Brodey Pemberton (left) poses with his stag

Dream Hunt of a Lifetime

The light was fading on the end of the second day of a two day hunt at Laurentian Wildlife Estate in Quebec and Brodey Pemberton had not been in the position to get a shot on camera for Expedition Safari camera

Brodey Pemberton (left) poses with his stag
Brodey Pemberton (left) poses with his stag

crew. The hunt, courtesy of Charles Bish and Mike McGinnis was something Brodey had been keenly looking forward to.

Brodey, who hails from Tennessee, was one of two youths selected by the SCI Pathfinder Committee to hunt at the Laruentian Estate two hours north of Montreal. Jax Doward from Alberta, Canada was the second.

At age 13, Brodey had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. We can only imagine the horror a 13 year old must have experienced, knowing his cancer would require 26 week long sessions of chemo in the hospital lasting a full year. He would stay at the hospital a week and then go home for a week. This lasted for a year. Then it was discovered that the massive doses of chemo had damaged his heart. To make matters worse, Brodey’s mother Tabatha was diagnosed with breast cancer two months after Brodey’s diagnosis. Things did work out for Brodey in the end, and he was able to harvest a massive red stag in the last 30 minutes of his hunt. This was the end of his hunt, but it was not the end of his hunting dreams. His outlook remains positive and Brodey hopes to enroll in college and become a wildlife biologist.

Jax Dorward and his stag
Jax Dorward and his stag

Jax Dorward, the second youth, traveled from Alberta to Laurentian Estate for his dream hunt. Jax suffers from spastic paraplegia, which keeps him wheel chair bound full time. Jax is also awaiting a kidney transplant slated for mid November and had just undergone surgery to clean the infection out his feeding tube two days prior to the hunt. Despite the difficulties leading up to his hunt, Jax was able to anchor his tremendous red stag at 57 yards with a crossbow.

The Pathfinder Committee, along with SCIF, would like to offer its sincere thanks to Mike Rogers for filming, Charles Bish owner of Laurentian and Mike McGinnis who was the hunt donor. Because of the assistance of these three gentlemen, these two young men will always have this Dream Hunt of a Lifetime etched in their hearts and minds!– Bill & Vicki Swan Co-Chairmen Pathfinder Committee