Grandad’s Savage 99

Savage-Model-99-092412I enjoyed your article on “Favorite Old Deer Rifles” in the Sept./Oct. issue of Safari magazine.  You can go around the world many times but coming home always feels good, so it is with guns.

This is a picture of my Grandfather, Gus McClintock, with his one and only rifle.  He loved deer hunting more than life itself.  When I was five years old, he took me on my first deer hunt. We didn’t get one that day but it instilled a love for hunting, the importance of family tradition and a kinship with this old .300.  The action is smooth as silk, the butt pad is hard as a rock, the cartridge counter is still visible and it shoots as good as I can see with open sights.  Four generations have hunted with this rifle and the fifth is on its way.  Hopefully it will instill the love of hunting in my Grandsons as it did in me over 50 years ago.

By the way, this buck was taken about 1940 in Orange County, CA.  I have always been impressed with the mass, and so was he!–Ross M.



Central Missouri Chapter Wish Hunts

In Dec. 2011, the Central Missouri Chapter hosted hunts for Tyler Huffmann, Riley Tade and Clay Miller at Halls Creek Outfitters a few miles southeast of Fulton. There were about 50 attendees, including families of the hunters and members of the Central Missouri Chapter.  Tyler Huffman, a wounded veteran who took an elk, commented that he had wanted to hunt elk since he was a child.  Riley Tade and Clay Miller, the two youths, both tagged whitetail bucks.  Several chapter board members helped fellow board member Walter Coleman who coordinated the event.

L to R: Clay Miller, Walter Coleman (representative from our Chapter), Tyler Huffman,Bill Moore (our Chapter’s Safari Wish coordinator), and Riley Tade.
Riley Tade with his 8 point, 110-120 class deer.

Mark Tade, Riley’s grandfather, commented: “Just wanted to take a moment to thank you and everyone associated with the Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International for the hunt that my grandson Riley was able to enjoy.  He will never forget it nor will Steve and myself.  It was very special to me to be included and be a part of a three-generation experience.  The hospitality, the accommodations, the food, and everything was over the top on your part.  Thanks for partnering with Halls Creek Outfitters to make this possible for these three guys, who will be ever thankful.  Please pass my thanks on to all involved. I know it was a big effort on everyone’s part.”

Clay Miller with his 11 point, 120-130 class deer.

Ruth Woodson said, “Got home fine on Monday, stopped in Rolla and got pictures made to take to scouts with us. The scouts were really impressed with Clay’s big deer. Clay went to school and showed the teachers and kids and they really liked the deer too.  Don’t know how to say thanks to all your members for giving Clay a chance to be a real boy.  This really put him a cut above some of the boys in school.  The best to all of you this blessed season of the Lord’s birth. See you when we come and pick up the deer.”

Tyler Huffman with his 6×6, 320 score elk.

Tyler Huffman grew up in Millersburg and went to Fulton High School.  The 24-year-old spent 3 1/2 years as a Marine, and was deployed to Afghanistan the beginning of October 2010.   On December 3, 2010, while on patrol, he was shot in the right side of his chest.  He was flown to a medical hospital in Germany and finally ended up in Richmond, Virginia, for two months.  Tyler got home to Fulton with his wife and their 1 1/2-year-old son, Matthew, on March 5, 2011.  The shooting left him unable to move his legs, but Tyler said he still wants to be active and he “loves to be outside”.  He has been very surprised by the number of people who don’t know him personally, but still want to show their support.  Tyler said the hunt was something he probably would not have been able to do without SCI.  He said it was the best time he’s had and then he said thank you the best way possible–with the big smile on his face!


Top 10 Reasons to Go to Reno–No.9

Mike Huckabee at SCI

Reason No.9World Class Entertainment Served at Every Dinner

During each evening event at the SCI Convention, members enjoy a great dinner camaraderie and world-class entertainment. It’s an SCI tradition that continues with a line-up of music and comedy that represents an incredible value.

Wednesday night’s grand opening dinner features a keynote address from Mike Huckabee and a performance by country musician Travis Tritt. Huckabee will also speak at our grand opening ceremonies and host his radio show The Mike Huckabee Show, live from the show floor Wednesday morning.  Tritt has several country hits that include “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On” and “Foolish Pride.”

Travis Tritt at SCIThursday night we celebrate the Night of The Hunter. This new reception replaces the Thursday night dinner and will be an array of hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and cocktails set in a festive atmosphere.  An exciting lineup of evening auction hunts and items will lead into the SCI Major Awards program.  This program honors hunters, our hunting heritage and top species taken in the past 24 months as well as recognizes 2012’s hunting accomplishments. The evening closes with a splash of country and comedy from the Bar J Wranglers. Purchase a ticket to this event for $25.00. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with other SCI members and share your hunting adventures.

Friday evening you will get to hear country music from Montgomery Gentry. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry both have a commanding stage presence that will make for a fun-filled evening. The duo has a long list of hits that includes: “Something to be Proud of,” “Lucky Man,” “Roll with Me” and “Back When I Knew it All.”

Saturday evening hear a keynote address from The Honorable Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney. Dick Cheney is the former Vice President and has many years’ experience running corporations in the private sector. Liz Cheney is a contributor to FOX News and the former founder and chairman of


Gaston J. Glock Style

Safari Club International (SCI) is proud to welcome Gaston J. Glock Style, purveyors of some of the finest eco-friendly hunting clothes, as a sponsor for the 41st Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention in Reno, NV, January 23-26, 2013.

“We are excited about SCI’s new partnership with Gaston J. Glock Style,” said SCI President John Whipple. “Gaston J. Glock Style is a pioneer in the field of high quality and eco-minded hunting apparel. We are extremely proud to have such an innovative company join us for the 41st Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention.”

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“Becoming a corporate sponsor to SCI was essential to our company’s long term business model, to join the largest, most well respected organizations in the hunting community,” said Beate Arnold, CEO of Gaston J. Glock Style. “The SCI Hunters’ Convention embodies the highest echelon of hunting, which we believe our hunting gear and clothing complements perfectly.”

Since 2009, SCI’s convention attendees and vendors from around the world have made SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention one of the top 25 fastest growing trade shows by attendance, according to Trade Show News Network. TSNN will be honoring SCI’s amazing accomplishment during the awards ceremony at the 3rd Annual TSNN Awards, “Celebrating Trade Show Excellence” on November 3, 2012 in Louisville, KY.

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