What started out in 2003 as a modest donation of 400 pounds (about 1,600 meals) of ground buffalo for the Iowa Chapter has now grown to almost 60,000 meals in a short 15 years.
With the assistance of fellow board members and their spouses, the Jack Hagens Great Buffalo Giveaway is donated the day before Thanksgiving to three homeless shelters in the Greater Des Moines area and southeast and southwest Iowa, as well.. This is a project we are very proud of.
For the buffalo giveaway this past November, we can’t thank SCI President-Elect Steve Skold and wife Sue enough for participating in this long-running effort. Steve shot a huge bison and donated all the meat.–Nels Spevak
SCI’s Tennessee Valley Chapter holds its annual “Night of the Hunter” fundraiser on March 23, 2019 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
This year the featured auction item is a unique choice of hunts in Scotland. Package includes airport transfers, exclusive lodging and meals and the chance to harvest two roe bucks.
The alternative choice is a hunt for red stag in the high heather hills of Scotland. This package also includes airport transfers, meals, luxury accommodations and the option to upgrade to a monster stag from one of the best private red deer herds in all of Scotland.
More details are available on the Chapter’s web page.
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.
The Gateway Area Chapter recently partnered with the National Rifle Association and Winchester to hold a sporting clays event, “Shoot For The Vets” that raised funds to support veterans activities. On Oct. 13, more than 125 shooters participated at the NILO hunting and shooting preserve. Teams of four shot in two flights, morning and afternoon, and enjoyed a buffet lunch. Thanks to Winchester’s generosity, veterans shot for free. A $50 gift certificate was awarded to the highest score from each branch of the service and a non-veteran. Former NRA president, Pete Brownell and Steve Skold, SCI President-Elect, were guest speakers.
Event proceeds will be donated to an organization that promotes hunting for veterans.–Dave Stokes, Gateway Area Chapter President