GSCO Measuring Seminars

California Big Horn sheep 110512SCI will be hosting measuring seminars at the GSCO Convention this year in Reno, NV on Jan 9th at 2:00pm. There will be three SCI instructors present to cover all big game animals measured using the SCI scoring system and will place a heavy emphasis on scoring various types of mountain game animals from around the world. Upon completion of the SCI Measuring Seminar each attendee will come away with wealth of knowledge about the SCI scoring system. If you’re taking the course for the first time you will need to sign up for the Official Measuring course, which is $150 and includes your SCI Official Measuring Kit and the Written Exam to be taken after the course. If you have already been an Official Measurer for at least one year, you will be eligible for the Master Measuring Course, which will take place at the same time as the Official Measuring Seminar, but will require the completion of scoring 25 various antlers, horns and skulls within 3% accuracy. Time will be allotted throughout the course of the GSCO show to allow participants to complete the scoring test. The Master Measuring course is $125 and you must be an active SCI Member to take either course. To register or for more information contact Chris Emery at (520)620-1220 ext 265 or; you may also sign up online.



Top 10 Reasons to Go to Reno–No. 5

brown bear 092512Reason No. 5 – Find the hunt of a lifetime for the price of a lifetime.

There is no better place to book your next trophy hunt than the SCI Hunters’ Convention. In Reno, the exhibit hall will be filled with the top guides, outfitters and professional hunters from around the world. Whether you want to plan your first African safari, chase trophy game in North America or investigate exotic hunts in other parts the of world, you can find the hunt of a lifetime for the price of a lifetime.

Experienced hunters will tell you that talking face-to-face with your guide or outfitter is the best way to judge the quality of a hunt. On the exhibit floor, attendees can see hundreds of outfitters and learn firsthand about their services, game populations, hunting methods, lodging, fees and other key information. Many exhibitors also offer show specials that save you money and time.

Once your hunts are planned, be sure to check out all the latest guns, gear and accessories. With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, all the top brands will be represented. Guns, ammo, optics, archery equipment, knives, clothing and taxidermy − all these products and much more can be found among the 2,000 exhibit booths.


New Match Grade Blackpowder From Goex

Olde-Eynsford-blackpowder-110612Goex Powder Inc., the only American-made authentic blackpowder manufacturer for more than 200 years, is setting a new standard of precision with the introduction of its new Olde Eynsford gunpowder.

This new gunpowder is painstakingly crafted with only select grade materials and precision refined processes.  Its uniformly tight grain size ensures consistent shot-to-shot performance.  In response to competitive demand, higher velocities are attained with Olde Eynsford.

“ Olde Eynsford is ideal for cartridge and roundball competitors who demand precise shot placement at long distances,” said Tim Vaitekunas, Chief Operating Officer of GOEX Powder, Inc. “We believe this is the finest powder we’ve ever made in consistency and increased velocity.”

Look for Olde Eynsford in the plastic 1lb. cans at GOEX dealers everywhere in early 2013.  For a complete listing of distributors visit Goex Powder.


Interesting Horn Treatment

The other day, an interesting treatment for animal horns showed up on a popular forum.  The owner had polished them, and they looked like marble.

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Before polishing (left), after polishing (right).

To achieve the effect, he started by sanding down all of the surface cracks using an 80 grit belt on a belt sander and an 80 grit drum on a spindle sander.  It took a bit of force and patience and he cautioned to take steady strokes to keep the surfaces of the horns “flat” or free from dents. It took about 90 minutes per horn to get them sanded down.

After the electric sander, he used a rigid sponge block and 150 grit sandpaper to sand out the scratches left by the coarser grit paper. That took about 20 minutes per horn. The 150 grit was followed by 220 and 320, respectively. To check progress, he took the horns out into bright sunlight where he could see any missed areas.

Following the sanding, the horns were buffed on a buffing arbor with coarse buffing compound for 20 minutes per horn before calling them done.

Clearly, not everyone is going to like this treatment for their horns, but it is an interesting option for collectors with multiples of the same species who are looking for something different to put in their trophy room.


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