SCI is hosting its Measuring Seminars this year at the 2013 SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, NV. There will be three different measuring seminars offered this year during convention. If you’re looking to become an Official SCI Measurer and have never attended a measuring course you will want to attend the Official Measuring Course on Saturday January 26th at 9:00am.
The Master Measuring Seminar will be hosted on Tuesday January 22nd at 9:00 am, which is the day before convention officially starts. The Master Measuring Course is for anyone who has been an Official Measurer for at least one year and wants to achieve the highest level of measuring status. The Master Measuring class requires the completion of scoring 25 various antlers, horns, and skulls within 3% accuracy. Time will be allotted throughout the course of the SCI Convention to allow time to complete the scoring test. The Master Measuring course is $125 and you must be an active SCI member to take either course.
The Complex Measuring Seminar will be held on January 25th at 12:00pm and is open to all SCI measurers. This is a free seminar that is being offered to provide additional training on how to measure large Non-Typical white-tail deer and Complex red stags. So if you’re up for the challenge of measuring some of the toughest animals around or just want to learn some tricks to making it easier, be sure to come to the Complex Measuring Seminar on Friday January 25th at SCI’s Convention.
There’s a knifemaker in North Carolina called Spartan Blades where the company’s co-founders, Curtis Iovito and Mark Carey, combined their military experience with their shared love of knife making to manufacture finely crafted tactical and field knives. With 40-plus combined years of military experience, including retirement from US Army Special Forces, the two know what “tough” means and designs it into Spartan Blades products.
According to their website, “Our intent is not to provide a cool knife or the next great pry bar, but rather produce a knife that is highly functional, made from only premium materials and techniques that looks great, too.” That intent includes collaborating with world renowned knife maker, William “Bill” Harsey. One of those collaborative efforts is the Spartan Harsey Hunter, designed to serve double duty as a combat or hunting knife. This is a full tang knife with bevels hand-ground by Bill Harsey. Handle scales are 3D machined to ultra tight tolerance from 3/8-inch Micarta to provide a comfortable and sure grip.
The 5 3/16-inch blade is made from CPM S35VN steel with a hardness of 50-60 HRC. It has a drop point, making it ideal for gutting or skinning big game and at more than half-pound weight, the 3/16-inch thick blade has the heft needed for jobs such as splitting a sternum.
Model: Spartan Harsey Hunter
Designer: William Harsey
Overall Length: 10 1/2″
Blade Length: 5 3/16″
Blade Thickness: 3/16″
Blade Steel: CPM S35VN
Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC
Blade Style: Drop Point
Coating: SpartaCoat – PVD in ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: 3D Contoured CE Canvas Micarta Black or Green
Weight: 0.64 LBS
Price: Starting from $495
DESCRIPTION: The largest whitetail in body size. The antlers are usually heavy.
DISTRIBUTION: Canada–Southern Ontario, southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. United States–Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and the New England states.
REMARKS: The northeastern whitetail is the most popular big game animal in North America–most numerous, most heavily hunted, and most deer taken. In many states, it is the only big game animal available on the license. Many hunters believe the northeastern whitetail can produce the best antlers of all.
TAXONOMIC NOTES: The SCI northeastern whitetail deer category includes all or part of the following subspecies: all of the northern woodland whitetail (borealis); and the Minnesota population of the Dakota whitetail (dacotensis).