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SCI-Novi Secretary Jon Gray Receives Awards


SCI-Novi secretary and past president, Jon Gray, was recently presented the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Partners in Conservation Award and the 2018 Michigan United Conservation Clubs Educator of the Year Award.

Since 2010, Gray has raised $90,000 through the SCI-Novi chapter to offer scholarships to educators to attend the DNR’s Academy of Natural Resources where educators learn about Michigan’s natural resources, trends in resource management and experience activities that bring knowledge to the classroom.

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New Hampshire Moose Hunters 77 Percent Successful in 2018


New Hampshire’s 2018 moose season wrapped up with hunters taking a total of 41 moose – 35 bulls and 6 cows – according to preliminary numbers from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Moose Biologist, Kristine Rines. Continue reading New Hampshire Moose Hunters 77 Percent Successful in 2018

Safari Club International Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Dingell


John Dingell, Jr. of Michigan served in the U.S. House of Representatives from his first election in 1955 until 2015—an incredible six decades—making him the longest serving Member of Congress in U.S. history.

Throughout his life and Congressional service, Dingell was an avid sportsman and friend to America’s hunters.

SCI President Paul Babaz observed, “I learned of his passing last night and was reminded of the many accomplishments of this great man and the debt we, as hunters, owe him.  The sportsmen and women of America lost a titan in our community.”

Dingell served as a member and chairman of the powerful Energy & Commerce  committee, where he a championed hunting and defended the Second Amendment, serving on the NRA board of directors for several years.

Known as “The Chairman” by friends and foes alike, Dingell served in the House for 59 years and 22 days, casting 28,551 votes, according to the House historian.

Dingell was at the forefront of supporting legislation that impacted wildlife conservation.  The Dingell-Johnson Act, which provides financial assistance for state fish restoration and management is just one example of Dingell’s dedication to wildlife management.

In recognition of his tireless work on behalf of hunters, SCI awarded Chairman Dingell with both its prestigious Legislator of The Year Award and Heritage award.

“I want to extend the condolences of SCI’s members and my personal condolences to Chairman Dingell’s widow, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and to his family and friends,” said Paul Babaz.  “We have truly lost a great leader in the hunting world.”

Armchair Safari – Giants of the Forest – African Hunting Adventures


Two days with gray giants. It has always been an open question among hunters whether the lion, elephant, rhinoceros or buffalo should be entitled “the King of Beasts.” Each bases his claim on man-killing ability. To me this has always seemed illogical. The mamba and cobra are equally as efficient man-killers but none has ever claimed kingship for either. It would seem that human egotism induces man to seek consolation for defeat by exalting the animals he hunts.  By exalting those which most frequently defeat him. Continue reading Armchair Safari – Giants of the Forest – African Hunting Adventures