Category Archives: Chapter Spotlight

See what the various SCI Local Chapters are doing around the world to help support hunting.

Iowa Chapter Provides 60,000 Meals To Needy

SCI President Steve Skold, left, and Nels Spevak are shown with the huge bison Skold took on a hunt. He donated all of the meat to help feed the needy.

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.

The Iowa Chapter has the Jack Hagens Great Buffalo Giveaway each year, in which game meat is given to the needy. Here, members of the Chapter are shown with packaged bison meat donated by SCI President Steve Skold. From left are Iowa Chapter Past President Ajay Winter and wife Ann, Sue and Steve Skold, Michelle Fox, Iowa Chapter President Dan Folkman and Iowa Chapter Past President Nels Spevak.

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


Tennessee Valley Chapter Offers Unique Hunt In Scotland!

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 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.

SCI Gateway Area Chapter Hosted Shoot to Benefit Vets

Left to right: Neal Feazel Board Member Gateway Area Chapter and Committee Member for the “Shoot For The Vets,” Bret Flaugher President of Winchester, Pete Brownell former NRA president and Steve Skold, SCI President-Elect.

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