Special Guest Jim Shockey To Speak At Inaugural Hunter Defense Fund Luncheon

Jim-Shockey-head-shot-100912Award winning outdoor writer, wildlife photographer/videographer, wilderness guide, and outfitter Jim Shockey will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Hunter Defense Fund Luncheon on Saturday, January 26 at the 41st Annual Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada.

The inaugural Hunter Defense Fund Luncheon will set the stage for the unveiling of a brand new political action committee (PAC).  The Hunter Defense Fund will supplement SCI’s existing political action committee, SCI-PAC, by allowing unlimited contributions to advocate for every hunter worldwide.

“The Hunter Defense Fund allows SCI to equip pro-hunting policymakers with the advertising and grassroots support they need to succeed,” said SCI President John Whipple. “We are honored to have hunting legend Jim Shockey speaking at the inception of our new PAC.”

“SCI is the only organization to take continual steps forward to protect every hunter through all forms of direct advocacy,” stated 2012 SCI International Hunter of the Year Jim Shockey.  “We really need everyone in the hunting community, both individuals and companies, small and large to step up and support the Hunter Defense Fund. If we want to continue to enjoy our rights as hunters, all of us need to take active steps to ensure our future and supporting the Hunter Defense Fund is a great step in that direction.”

The inaugural Hunter Defense Fund luncheon will open its doors at 11a.m. and run until 1:30p.m., with silent auctions, raffle tickets, and a live auction. Any hunter or company concerned about the future of hunting, management of our public lands, or fighting back on anti-hunting agendas, can purchase a table.

Learn more about the performers and about the 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention events by visiting www.ShowSCI.org. Register now to take advantage of any advance ticket/registration early bird special rates!   Tickets for the 2013 evening entertainment are being sold faster than any show in SCI history.



Northern Alberta Horn Scoring Event

Alberta Record whitetail deer
The current No.1 ranked Northwestern White-tailed Deer (non-typical) was taken by Helgie Eymundson in Alberta. Eymundson self-guided the hunt in 2009, and the impressive buck scores 287 4/8.

The 1st Annual Northern Alberta Horn Scoring event is hosting an Official SCI Measuring Seminar being held in Edmonton, AB, on Friday January 4th, at 5:00pm, in Nisku Inn Hotel.  There will be three SCI Measuring Instructors teaching the course and will be available to answer all of your measuring questions. This is a seminar that is geared for everyone who wants to learn how to score their own animals or become a certified measurer to score animals for clients and other SCI members. Upon completing the training seminar, you will walk away with all of the knowledge and tools required to become certified as an SCI Official Measurer. The course is $200 and you must be an SCI Member to take the course. To register, please contact Chris Emery at (520)620-1220 ext. 265 or cemery@safariclub.org.  You may also sign up online.


SCI Badgerland Helps the Heding Memorial Youth Shoot

The 11th Annual Don Heding Memorial Youth Trap Shoot was held on July 21, 2012, at the Fall River Rod & Gun Club. Approximately 45 boys and girls ages 11 to 17 shot trap and those 10 years old and older shot on the BB gun range.

This event has grown every year and the kids have a great time. Everything is donated–shells, birds, door prizes, food, and many more items. Volunteers help on the day of the event by supervising and teaching our participating young sportsmen and sportswomen.

Jim Tank, organizer, thanked the SCI Badgerland Chapter for its support and donations over the past several years. It is organizations like SCI Badgerland Chapter that make a difference in the lives of kids and young adults. The Don Heding Memorial Youth Shoot is held annually on the third Saturday of July.

If you are interested in donating to this event, please contact SCI Badgerland Chapter and ask how to contact Jim Tank. Jim, thanks for your generosity to our future hunters.– Alan Heth


2012 Utah Chapter SCI Hunts For Warriors and Disabled Hunters

The annual SCI Utah Chapter “Hunts for Warriors” and disabled hunters project was a big success for 2012. Thanks go to the combined efforts of Chairbound Hunters-Utah Chapter (non-profit organization), Safari Club International-Utah Chapter, Garrett Hunting Services, and all the wonderful volunteers who made this an amazing hunt for one wounded war veteran and four chairbound hunters. This year’s project and hunt on included a day-long event for the indigenous and often aggressive hogs in Castle Dale, Utah. It was one of those days when you have to question the weather, and if the unusual sunny and warm day wasn’t for a reason. Being around these brave and dedicated disabled hunters really makes one appreciate what we often take for granted.

The group consisted of approximately 25 people including:

  • Ryan Johnson who is quadriplegic from a sports injury 13 years ago. Johnson lives in Orem, UT, is a life-long hunter and a single dad with a 16-year old son.
  • Lance Hunt who became quadriplegic two years ago. Hunt is from St George, UT, and was already an expert archer before his accident of rolling a big rig and fracturing his neck and back. He loves all kinds of hunting and is married with children.
  • Vance Anderson is paraplegic for more than 40 years is from Ogden, UT. Anderson is an active wheelchair racer, wheelchair basketball player, retired family counselor and now a counselor to younger wheelchair candidates. He is married and has two grown daughters and grandchildren.
  • Justin Fuller is paraplegic from truck accident 11 years ago. Fuller is a life-long hunter with the help of family, friends and the Safari Clubs. Fuller is recently married.
  • David Gardner is a wounded veteran from Springville, UT. His right leg was amputated in accident in Iraq five years ago. Gardner loves archery hunting and is married with three young children.

Our day began with everyone meeting in the town of Castle Dale, UT, and we were soon off to the hunting location. It was quite the sight to see such a caravan and gathering of 4×4 trucks, 4-wheelers, side-by-sides and a Jeep. Once set up and a general plan devised, the group headed out to scout and locate some hogs. That process did not take long, but considering the nice weather and time of morning, we had to move fast before the hogs were off to bed down.

It took no more than 30-minutes before we located the first two hogs. We sighted them from a higher bluff while scoping the lower terrains. Shortly afterward, our first two hunters were successful in harvesting both animals. During the spot-and-stalk process, the group also managed to spot two more hogs in an upper field. As the two first hunters progressed with their supporting group to get their hands on their downed trophies, we heard the shots of success echo through the valley. Two more hogs were successfully taken.

Next, it was time for David Gardner to make it happen on a spot-and-stalk with his bow. After locating a lone dominant hog in the North field and willows, David was off for the sneak attack. David is very dedicated and convinced it was the hog he wanted. After several methodical and careful stalking maneuvers, David was able to loose his first arrow perfectly broadside. However, it soon became clear the big hog wasn’t going down without a fight. It was not until a few more missed shots, and one more hit that David decided he would have to resort to his rifle, but even the rifle was having a difficult time bringing down the hog. With great enthusiasm and commitment from David, he managed to finally knock the hog down for good. We had five hogs on the ground, and all before noon. When we got back to base camp, Safari Club International provided a great lunch for everyone, stories were exchanged, pictures were taken and then the hogs were transported to the butcher for final processing.

Thank you to our SCI Utah supporters and members, the Chairbound Hunters organization and Owen Garrett for making this project a success. This, along with future projects, clearly displays and renforces the commitment of Safari Club International’s charter and mission; Wildlife Conservation, Camaraderie, and Community Service – Promoting a positive image of hunters and impact to our local community.

Congratulations to our 2012 disabled hunters!

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