SCI Northern Nevada Chapter Hosts Free Fishing Derby

fishing 112612What a fishing event!  Sparks Marina was the site of Free Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Northern Nevada Chapter of Safari Club International (NNSCI), the Sparks Rotary Group, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU), and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).   On June 9, 2012, a clear, sunny day, 2,020 young anglers registered and participated in the annual Free Fishing Derby.  Many of those youngsters had never been fishing. The young anglers and their parents look forward to this annual event as valuable time to share a wonderful experience as a family. What seemed like thousands of fish were stocked; what seemed like hundreds of fish were caught.  The kids were beaming and so proud, holding up their stringers with their catch of fish.  Everyone had a wonderful time at this morning fishing adventure.

In addition to fishing, there were many other activities in which the youngsters could participate, and educational booths to visit. The highlight of the morning was the gift of hundreds of orange SCI T-shirts, which the NNSCI Chapter gave to participants. What a tremendous sight it was to see a crowd of young, happy kids fishing in their bright orange SCI T-shirts.– Terrance Melby, Chapter Director


Holiday Gift Guide

Whether it’s for the holidays or just because, a gift to show someone that they’re special is always worth the time, effort and expense—even if that someone is yourself. We’ve looked around for quality outdoors and wildlife-inspired gift ideas and came up with this guide to help you find that “just right” item.

Less Than $100

Insert a pad 112612Softer Recoil

Let’s face it, some of the guns SCI Members use kick HARD! You don’t have to take the punishment or risk developing a flinch if you use a Bob Allen Insert-A-Pad. This high-density neoprene shooting pad provides extra protection when you need it and is easily attached to the backside of most shooting garments with a safety pin. It may also be used in conjunction with clothing that features an Insert-A-Pad pocket.



Lightweight Daypackmidwayusa-backpack-112712

The MidwayUSA Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity Backpack features taped and finished seams and heavy-duty zippers. An innovative back-support system utilizes four strategically placed, high-density foam pads that form two channels along the wearer’s back. One channel runs vertically along the spine while the other crosses laterally across the back to improve air flow, reducing perspiration and increasing overall comfort. To further help keep you cool, the entire backside of the pack and underside of the shoulder straps are covered in a nylon mesh to further augment air flow. This backpack is also large enough to carry all of your equipment. With two main compartments, one having a long, thin nylon pocket that is perfect for storing maps, you’ll be able to organize your gear appropriately for the task at hand. Toward the top and front of the pack, there is a small, handily-shaped pocket ideal for your digital game camera. A large bonus pocket is conveniently located at the bottom of the bag to store your rain-gear, safety harness, change of socks or other crushable items that need to be readily accessible.

Favorite Outdoor Television

When you can’t make it into the field, you can always sit back and enjoy watching outdoor television shows. Outdoor Channel is available to cable and satellite customers across the United States and, Outdoor Channel HD is also available to some cable customers. Just type your zip code in the box on Outdoor Channel’s website and find out which providers broadcast Outdoor Channel and Outdoor Channel HD in your area.

Less Than $500boyt large rolling duffel 112612

Quality Luggage

International hunters travel a lot and need quality luggage that can withstand long trips and rough handling. Boyt Harness offers a waxed heavy-duty canvas large rolling suitcase trimmed in premium leather. It features a retractable handle, durable bearing wheels, and expandable gusset for versatility. The largest model measures 28″x20″x8″ and expands to 12 inches.

Personalized Wildlife Sign

personalized log welcome sign 112612Welcome people to your hunting paradise with a personalized log wildlife welcome sign from Cabelas. The logs come unfinished, ready to stain to match your cabin or lodge. The sign is made of durable, maintenance-free polymer and two support stakes are included. Block lettering is offered in all caps and bear, deer, duck, elk, fish, hunting or moose designs are available.

global-rescue-logo-112612Peace of Mind

International travelers can find themselves thousands of miles from their doctor and sometimes more than a day away from medical care. Fortunately, the finest medical services from the world’s top experts and emergency evacuations from around the globe are only a phone call away with a Global Rescue Plan. Global Rescue has critical care certified paramedics and physicians dedicated to your medical emergency, able to deploy to the field or your bedside when you need them most. (Prices vary with plans).

Gaston Glock orange jacket 112612Stylish Hunting Clothing

Gaston Glock Style has a line of stylish hunting and shooting clothing–including women’s. This fleece outdoor jacket with Windpro material from Polartec provides excellent protection against wind, snow and rain. It’s lightweight yet warm, and has under-arm zippers for ventilation.  Cotton shoulder reinforcements have a dry wax finish for increased protection from penetrative moisture. Two fitted flap pockets with side opening and zippers under the flaps provide ample storage space while two-way zipper on the front side provides increased comfort.

 Less Than $1,000

Trijicon-TR20-1-scope-112612Illuminated Reticle Riflescope

If you’re outfitting a friend or family member for hunting, they’re going to need a scope. Trijicon’s AccuPoint is the right scope choice for all light conditions and even the harshest environments. It includes advanced elements such as multi-layer coated lenses for superior light transmission with no distortion, quick-focus eyepiece, long-eye relief, and precise windage and elevation adjustments. The 3-9x40mm is a do-it-all scope, and other more specialized models are available.

 Less Than $2,000

Hornady Ammo Plant 112612Automatic Reloading Machine

Would you rather spend more time shooting or reloading? Hornady’s Lock-N-Load AP press is a professional grade auto indexing five-station progressive press that features the patented Lock-N-Load bushing system as well as a host of other features that make it more intuitive and better-equipped for all your reloading needs. Setup and caliber changeovers with the Lock-N-Load Bullet Feeder are quick and easy and there are no special tools required for adjustments. The easy-feed bullet hopper holds up to 200 pistol bullets and features an adjustable center plate and bullet feed-wipers to ensure smooth feeding. The Case Feeder has the highest torque motor in the industry and an extra large bowl that will hold more than five hundred .223 Remington cases. The Case Feeder makes it possible for the Lock-N-Load AP to load more than 500 rounds of high quality ammunition per hour.

zeiss dialyt-spotting-scopeLightweight Spotting Scope

Hunting in mountains or wide-open countryside requires lightweight equipment. Both situations challenge you and your scope and are why development of the Zeiss Dialyt 18-45×65 “field spotter” concentrated on compact dimensions and lightweight construction as well as reliability and durability. The field-proven reliability of this spotting scope in tough conditions relies on features such as waterproof and condensation-free design. Ease of operation and robust rubber armour further forms the classic Dialyt design. All in all, this is the perfect companion for secure observation at long range. It’s a scope that will offer you detailed images without weighing you down on uphill climbs or long hikes.

Less Than $5,000

Swarovski EL Range 112612Rangefinding Binoculars

You need binoculars and you need a rangefinder.  Why not combine the two into a single, quality unit? Swarovski’s EL Range is just such a single instrument that combines the capability of razor-sharp, top-quality optics with precise measuring. It offers the highest transmission values, low weight and the widest field of view in its class—the EL Range literally set new standards for optics and precise measuring. Offered in either 10×42 or 8×42 magnifications.

Less Than $10,000

Yamaha Grizzly 112612All-Terrain Vehicle

There are many hunting situations where you just can’t do without a reliable four-wheeler. If that’s your type of hunting, you want a machine powerful enough to handle you and your trophy in any terrain. Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4×4 has class-leading performance and standard-setting durability. It is the most powerful Grizzly ever, and has the best power-to-weight ratio of any Yamaha utility ATV. Fuel injection ensures instantaneous cold starts even at elevations to 15,000 feet, and features such as electric power steering, fully automatic transmission and on-command 4WD make the Grizzly easy to drive.

SCI Orange County Major Supporter of Mojave Youth Quail Hunt

For the third year, there was another great turnout for the 2012 Mojave Youth Quail Hunt.  The 46 young participants, ranging from 8 to 14 years old, enjoyed the weekend and bagged a total of 15 birds. Thanks to the parents for bringing their child, or another youth to this outdoors event.

The hard work of all the volunteers and support and donations from several organizations and private individuals made this event possible. Safari Club Orange County Chapter members, Lisa McNamee and Ron Mizrahi, presented each hunter with backpacks and vests.  Attendees toured and enjoyed the SCI Sensory Safari van that Lisa and Ron arranged to be at the hunt.

Safety was the main focus and the 22 volunteer guides did a great job. There have been no accidents during the three events.

Kudos to California Fish & Wildlife for their support and for allowing the season to be opened two weeks early for this youth hunt.

Riverside chapter of Quail Unlimited furnished T-shirts, California Deer Association along with Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation furnished hats for all the young hunters.

Thanks to the Mojave National Preserve and staff, with special mention of Neal – Wildlife Biologist, Dora – Park Ranger and Kirk – Law Enforcement.  Hats off to all the volunteers who made this happen: Rob, Toni, John C., John N., Frank, Jim, BJ, Shell & Sandy, Bob & Teresa, Tom & Debra, Lyle & Marie, Joel & Christine, Alex, Russ & Marilyn, Hamilton, Dave, Doug and Duke.

Donations from organizations and companies: Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation/John Nelson Safari Club Orange County, Hunter Safety Instructors of Southern California, Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife/Water for Wildlife, Alpen Optics, Del Taco, Barstow Vik’s Janitorial Service/Las Vegas Hampton Inn, Barstow Culligan Water, Barstow H2Oasis Mohave Valley, AZ Colorado River Distributors, Needles Southern California Friends of the NRA, California Deer Association, Quail Unlimited/ Craig Riedel, Quail Forever, Predator Callers of Orange County, Channel Island Sport Fishing, Ventura Sport Fishing.– Cliff McDonald

New Winchester Varmint X Loads

Varmint_X_front_view_HRVarmint X combines the legendary excellence for which Winchester is known with today’s latest technology, resulting in a cartridge designed specifically for the demands of predator and varmint hunters.

The super accurate Varmint X lineup will initially feature offerings in four of the most popular centerfire rifle calibers for predator hunting: .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem and .243 Win. The charcoal-colored, polymer-tipped bullets in each caliber are optimized for long-distance accuracy and explosive impact on coyotes, prairie dogs and other varmints.

“Predator hunting is on the rise and our new Varmint X line gives shooters a high performance, accurate cartridge for the challenging shot angles and distances common in predator and varmint hunting,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales.

A recent study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed that hunter participation in predator hunting has doubled over the past ten years.

The Winchester Varmint X line will hit store shelves in January 2013, just in time for prime coyote hunting. Each caliber will be available in 20-round boxes and 200-round cases.
Varmint X ammunition specifications:

Caliber Weight Velocity
204 Ruger 32 grains 4,000 fps
223 Rem 40 grains 3,700 fps
223 Rem 55 grains 3,240 fps
22-250 Rem 55 grains 3,680 fps
243 Win 58 grains 3,850 fps
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