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SCI Thanks Government of Quebec


Deputy Minister of Natural Resources & Wildlife for the Province of Quebec, Nathalie Camden, was presented with an SCI plaque recognizing the valuable contribution of the Government of Quebec to the staging of SCI’s annual North American Guides & Outfitters Associations Workshop held in Quebec City. SCI Vice President Gary Tennison hosted the event while Bob Valcov made a presentation to the plenary on SCI’s work in Canada.

Pictured here (left to right) are Bob Valcov, Director of SCI-Canada; Nathalie Camden, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources & Wildlife for the Province of Quebec; and Gary Tennison, Vice President of SCI and Chair of the Guides & Outfitters Committee.

 

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HOW Box Wows Cub Scouts


By Ann Maki, Sables Life Member and SCI Member

Cub Scout troop #773 from Afton, Wyoming, sat in rapt attention during their recent field trip to our home in Alpine, Wyoming. Their eyes were wide at the sight of the amazing collection of animal mounts and artifacts in our extensive trophy room and their hands on experience with the contents of the Education Sables Hands On Wildlife (HOW) box enhanced their many questions.

They had observations and stories to share while wanting to learn more about animal behavior, predator-prey relationships and habitat issues.

I was gifted a HOW Box three years ago by the SCI Jackson Hole Chapter and have taught more than 500 students in area schools, combining this with tours of my husband Alan’s trophy room, which provides an ideal classroom setting.

The Box allows you to teach at various age levels, beginning with simple concepts such as predator/prey relationships and progressing to how we can, as future hunters, be true conservationists.

Student interest is immediately sparked by the interactive format of being able to touch an animal, the hide, skull, track and scat replicas.  The HOW Box is an amazing hands-on teaching tool and I’m not sure who enjoys it more, the teacher or the students! For information about the HOW Box, contact the SCIF Education Department at 520-620-1220, extension 231.   You, too, can WOW students with the HOW Box!

 

SCI’s Eye In The Sky


SCI’s Record Book and World Hunting Awards are a great way to document your hunting heritage and help fight poaching at the same time. Conservation and anti-poaching funds from the Record Book and World Hunting Awards Department support successful anti-poaching projects. One project that the SCI Foundation Conservation Committee and the SCI Record Book Committee helps to underwrite is a Microlight operating in Maswa. The Microlight provides an “eye in the sky” to help locate poaching and direct ground crews. From the air, pilots have observed poacher camps, snare lines and wildlife concentrations.

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SCI, U.S. FWS Confer About Hunting Matters


As part of the organization’s hunter advocacy mission, Safari Club International officials met recently with the head of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to discuss critical hunting and wildlife policies that affect hunters around the world.

SCI works tirelessly to provide hunters the best opportunities to improve policies that affect hunting, both domestically and internationally. To be an effective hunter advocate requires specific lobbying efforts with high-level government officials.

When SCI President John Whipple, President-Elect Craig Kauffman, Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chairman Paul Babaz, and GAC Vice-Chair Al Maki visited the Washington, D.C. office in July, they sat down with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe to discuss a variety of important issues and policies that affect hunters and hunting.

Al Maki, who also chairs the SCI Foundation Conservation Committee, asked the FWS to work collaboratively with SCI and SCI Foundation biologists to develop coordinated positions as the CITES Conference of the Parties 16 approaches next year in Bangkok, Thailand. SCI and FWS policies may differ, but developing relationships where there is common ground can help lead to better policies, such as an improved definition of a “Hunting Trophy.”

Director Ashe was invited to the SCI Foundation’s African Wildlife Consultative Forum, which is the largest annual meeting of African government delegations, professional hunter associations, and NGOs.

President Whipple and Director Ashe focused on the need for youth engagement with the outdoors, and building SCI chapter relations with regional National Wildlife Refuge managers nationwide (there are more than 500 Refuges in the U.S.). Each spoke passionately about reducing impediments to hunting and increasing hunting opportunities on the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The discussion also addressed problems with the importation of trophies. Babaz and Kauffman each shared views of how international hunters provide a vital link to conservation funding in economically struggling countries and how international hunters help to place a greater value on wildlife, thus ultimately reducing poaching. Director Ashe embraced this opportunity to discuss his vision to improve working relations with international hunters through education and concentrated outreach directly to SCI, which advocates directly to its members.

Without SCI working actively to protect hunting and advocate for changes in policy, there is little hope for the next generation. President John Whipple is committed to working directly at the highest level of government to ensure SCI remains first for hunters to protect our heritage.