Travel Warning from the US State Department. SCI Members with plans to travel to this area should check the State Department website for additional updates:
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, activities of armed groups, and violent crime. The State Department urges U.S. citizens who are currently in CAR to consider departing. U.S. citizens in CAR who require consular assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 14, 2016.
The potential for sectarian violence remains high. Indiscriminate violence and looting has occurred in CAR since the overthrow of the government in March 2013. Despite the peaceful election of a new president in 2016 and the continued presence of a United Nations stabilization force, the security situation remains fragile. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in the CAR despite this Travel Warning are urged to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through STEP.
U.S. citizens in CAR in need of emergency assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon; E-mail: YaoundeACS@state.gov. Telephone: From a mobile phone dial 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023; from a landline dial 00-237-2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. local time). Emergencies: From a mobile phone dial 00-237-22220-1500, ext. 4531; from a landline dial 00-237-2220-1500, ext. 4531. Please note that due to local connectivity issues, not all mobile providers may work at all times. If you cannot get through, please try another service provider. Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Complex in Southern California hosted the 18th Annual Youth Safari day with more than 4,000 youngsters and adults attending. It was a wonderful way for families to spend a day experiencing the great outdoors and enjoying a wide variety of outdoor skills and events.
Part of the excitement of the annual SCI Convention are the diverse items that will be auctioned to help fund the continuing fight to preserve and protect our hunting heritage. The auction catalog is starting to fill up and the 45th Annual Safari Club International Convention is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever! Here’s a look at some of the items available for bids.
5-day Argentina Free-Ranging Red Deer, Blackbuck and Sheep Hunt for Four Hunters. El Pampa Hunting Ranch has donated this excellent free-range 5-day/6-night, 1×1 guided free-range red stag, blackbuck and hybrid sheep (dorset) hunt for each of the four hunters. Schedule this rifle hunt with outfitter for open dates March 15-April 15, 2017 or 2018. El Pampa Hunting Ranch is a private ranch in the heart of La Pampa run by its owners, father and son. They are hunters and nature lovers who know every detail hunters are looking for, from their own personal hunting experience. Included are accommodations, meals, guide service, trophy fee for one of each species for four hunters and field prep. Additional hunters cost $375/day; observers $250/day. Not included are any before/after hunt expenses, licenses ($600/hunter), export permit ($120/trophy), ground charter (approx. $500) and gratuities. Arrival/departure point is Santa Rosa, Argentina. For more information contact Martin Rodriguez Palacios at Int. 54 911 5334 0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Company’s website: http://www.elpampahunting.com Donation No.: 35667
6-day/7-night Panama Blue Water Fishing Trip for Two Anglers Tropic Star Lodge has donated six days of action-packed fishing with seven nights’ lodging for two anglers. Schedule this Central American black, blue and striped marlin, roosterfish and Pacific sailfish trip for open dates April-September 2017 or 2018. Tropic Star was rated the number one fishing resort by Robb Report Magazine and they boast over 350 world records. Fish aboard a 31 foot Bertram boat for the available species of black/blue/striped marlin, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, Pacific sailfish and many more. Included are double-occupancy lodge accommodations, all meals, complimentary wine is offered during dinner service, Sodas, ice-tea and afternoon snacks are complimentary, fishing tackle, guide service and air transfers between Tropic Star Lodge and Panama City. See outfitter for availability and cost of additional anglers or trip extension. Arrival/departure point is Panama City, Panama. For more information about this great fishing excursion, contact Bonnie Karp by phone at 800-682-3424 or by email at email@example.com. Company’s website: http://www.tropicstar.com Donation No.: 36155
Blaser S2 Safari Double Rifle Elevate your standards and enjoy the refined German engraving by Josefine Grobel on a Blaser S2 Safari Double Rifle in .470 N.E. Imperial Grade donated by Mad Dog Guns. The rifle is a display of profuse gold inlay, depicting Roman Gods; on the bottom of the receiver is Mercury. It has a butt stock magazine with a gold inlaid Caduceus. The stock is Grade 11 wood with Roman themed carving. The grip cap has a gold inlay of Caesar, the triggers are gold in a gold trigger case along with a gold locking lug. The left side receiver displays an image of Zues and his chariot; the right side receiver has an engraving of the God Jupiter; the barrel release is a Roman eagle. For more information, contact Mark at 480-585-5966. Donation No.: 35766
7-day British Columbia Shiras Moose Hunt for One Hunter. Hunt the Cascade Mountains of southern British Columbia on this fully guided 7-day Shiras moose hunt for one hunter, donated by Ashnola Guide Outfitters. Method of take is rifle. Schedule hunt with outfitter for open dates October 1-November 30, 2017 only. No alternate dates are available. Ashnola’s area has an abundance of moose with 90 percent success rate over the last 15 years. You can expect to harvest a moose with a spread from anywhere from 35 to 50 inches. Included are fully equipped lodge accommodations, meals, guide service, trophy fee for moose and field prep. Hunt can be upgraded to include mule deer, lynx and cougar; see outfitter for details. Not included are any before/after hunt expenses, license ($189), tag ($263), dipping/packing and shipping, NRHPF ($200), GST, or 2.5% government tax. Arrival/departure point is Penticton, BC where you will be met and transported to the lodge. For more information, contact Darrell at 250-292-8779 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Company’s website: http://www.ashnolaguideoutfitter.com Donation No.: 35645
Shiloh Rifle Model 1874 Montana Roughrider Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Company has donated a Shiloh Model 1874 Montana Roughrider rifle in .45-70 caliber. Shiloh Rifle is the recognized leader for the quality and craftsmanship of its incomparable Sharps Rifle. 100 percent American made in their own Big Timber, Montana manufacturing plant, the Sharps 1874 Montana Roughrider comes with a 30-in. heavy full-octagon barrel, semi-fancy American black walnut stock, brass escutcheons, pewter forearm tip, and traditional steel shotgun butt plate. Shiloh is the only company in the world whose parts interchange with the originals. For more information, contact Lucinda at 406-932-4266 and visit http://www.shilohrifle.com. Donation No.: 36081
7-day Alaska Brown/Grizzly Bear Hunt for One Hunter and One Observer. One hunter and one observer will travel to Southwestern Alaska on this 7-day, 1X1 guided Alaska Trophy Brown/Grizzly Bearhunt donated by Mike Odin’s Alaska Adventures, LLC, Method of take is rifle. Schedule hunt with outfitter for open dates from April 15 to May 31, 2017. Arrival and departure point is Anchorage, Alaska. Included are 1 X 1 guide service, heated tent accommodations, home cooked meals, in-field transportation, trophy fee for one Brown/Grizzly bear, field preparation, transport hide and skull for official sealing, transport trophy to taxidermy services in Anchorage, and land use permit fee. Brown/Grizzly Bears in this area have average 8 ft. to 9 ft. plus squared with few over 10 ft. We provide a safe, comfortable, and highly successful world-class trophy hunts. Second hunter may come on same hunt for $16,000; observer/videographer are welcome for $6,000. Wolf may be taken as incidental trophy at no charge. Not included are before and after hunt expenses, air charter flight to and from base camp, Alaska hunting license (U.S. non-resident $85, foreign non-resident alien $300), Brown/Grizzly tag (U.S. non-resident $500, foreign non-resident alien $650), Wolf tag (no fee), and gratuities. Mike assists hunters with every detail of their Alaska adventure. Don’t miss this world-class Alaska Trophy Brown/Grizzly Bear hunt! For more information, contact Mike at Mike Odin’s Alaska Adventures, LLC at 1-907-644-HUNT (4868) or e-mail: email@example.com. Company’s website: http://www.mikeodin.com Donation No.: 36316
Original Oil Painting by Linda Besse An Original Oil Painting by Linda Besse titled ‘Alert’ donated by Besse Art. This piece painted by artist Linda Besse, SCIF 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year, was inspired by Linda’s encounters in the wild. The first time Besse spotted this cheetah she was approximately 100 feet above him in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara. Before she knew it, this cat was running for an impala and successfully landing his dinner. The oil painting measures 36-in. X 30-in. and is complemented with custom framing. Linda’s award-winning paintings are collected by SCI members on four continents For more info about Linda’s work, see http://www.BesseArt.com or call her at (509) 238-9129 Donation No.: 36252
James Corwin Fine Art has donated an Original Oil Painting by James Corwin, titled ‘The White Walkers.’ a group of bison fight through a snowstorm in Yellowstone. The early snowfall is thick and wet and instantly clings to their fur. Bison consistently challenge the brutal winters of the west often huddling in a mass to break the screaming winds of the plains. This painting depicts their strength and austere attitude as they nearly tear through the canvas into your warm living room. James Corwin designs distinct oil paintings through a unique balance of gestural paint techniques and precise detail. Primarily focused on wildlife he creates a finely detailed subject often emerging through obscure and atmospheric landscapes. Corwin aims to engage the viewer through his dynamic compositions that stir emotion. By providing utmost quality and innovation in his painting, Corwin creates a sustaining legacy of integrity and loyalty in his art and conservation projects. The painting measures 40-in. by 30-in. For more information, contact James Corwin at 406-471-7518 and visit http://www.jamescorwin.com. Donation No.: 36149
Model CA-2000 palm-size revolver w/SCI logo Model CA-2000, palm-size revolver designed by Dick Casull donated originally by SCIF Sables. Member Herb Hazen had graciously contributed this donation to the Sables, only to have it stolen in 2003 before it could be presented to the new owner. It has since been recovered. The revolver is engraved with the SCI logo. The Model CA-2000 is the culmination of years of design and innovation and is a tribute to Dick’s ability as the ‘premier firearms designer of our times.’ For more information about this collector piece, please contact Rob Holliday at 520-620-9313 Donation No.: 35873
7-day South Africa Hippo, Crocodile and Sable Hunt for One Hunter and One Observer. Travel to the Limpopo Province in South Africa on this 10-day, 1×1 hippo, crocodile and sable hunt for one hunter and one observer donated by Hunting Legends International. Method of take is rifle. Schedule hunt with outfitter for open dates in March-October 2017 or 2018. This trip has some great upgrade opportunities and you will enjoy complimentary elephant-back photo safaris and a day trip to Kruger National Park. Included are luxury accommodations in lodge or tented camp, meals, guide service, trophy fee for donated species and field prep. Hunt can be upgraded to include additional species; see outfitter for details. Not included are any before/after hunt expenses, flight to South Africa, taxidermy, dip/pack/ship and gratuities. Arrival/departure point is OR Tambo Johannesburg. For more information, contact Ronnie Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org Company website: http://www.huntinglegends.com Donation No.: 36048