Co-op Program Between Northern New Mexico Chapter And New Mexico Dept. Of Game & Fish Focuses On New Shooters


By Jack McCormick, President, SCI Northern New Mexico Chapter and Herb Atkinson, Region 10 Representative

Like other wildlife agencies across the country, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is concerned about the numbers of new hunters and shooters being recruited to those activities.  One study showed that nationally only 67 young hunters and shooters are replacing every 100 hunters and shooters who stop being active.

The NM Game Department’s shooting program is one response to help reverse that trend.

This year, department officer, Mark Gruber, took the job as the full time Shooting Program Coordinator.  Mark is an avid hunter and shotgun shooter, and has previously been active in the program.

In the early stages of the program, the Department concentrated on training youth shotgun coaches, providing ammunition to the shooting teams, and sponsoring an annual youth fun shoot.  Now that the program has a full time manager, the agency wants to recruit more youth shooters by conducting several “First Shot” events.  “First Shot” is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation designed to introduce as many interested youth as possible to the shooting sports.

Always in a need for funding, the Department approached Jack McCormick, President of the Northern New Mexico Chapter of SCI, about the possibility of financial help for the program.  The plan is to assemble an enclosed trailer that can be taken all over the State of New Mexico to conduct “First Shot” events.  The Game and Fish Department is going to purchase the trailer and the Northern New Mexico Chapter is donating the money to purchase a very colorful wrap for the trailer.  In addition, the chapter is purchasing ten shotguns and a ProMatic clay target trap.  Ron Peterson Firearms of Albuquerque has also generously donated $1000.00 to the program.

The total chapter financial contribution to the program is $6,790.00!

Other state Game Departments have similar shooting trailers and find them a great way to attract new shooters.  The NM Game Department has had great success using seven archery trailers across the state.  The trailers have the same bows, arrows and targets used in the National Archery in the Schools Program.  Summer camps and schools that have trained archery instructors, but no equipment, use the trailers until they are able to purchase the supplies and equipment they need.

With the help of Pittman-Robertson Act funds, the department also has plans to help communities build shooting ranges in areas that currently do not have formal places for shooters to sight in their rifles or practice their wing-shooting.

Working with the two Safari Club Chapters in New Mexico, the Department will be investigating new avenues to attract more shooters and hunters to the sport.  We cannot think of a better goal than introducing new shooters to the sport that we all love!

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Zeiss Announces 2012 FIELD DAYS Promotion


Carl Zeiss Sports Optics recently announced its largest “Field Days” promotion ever.    From August 1 through December 31, 2012, Zeiss is offering consumers deep savings on many of its most popular optics.

Consumer mail-in-rebates are as follows:

  • $500 rebate on the award-winning 65mm and 85mm VICTORY DiaScope.  Customers who purchase a DiaScope will also receive a free, portable tripod.
  • $300 rebate on the multiple-award-winning VICTORY RF rangefinding binoculars.
  • $50 rebate on the award-winning VICTORY 8×26 PRF laser rangefinding monocular
  • $100 rebate on the new model Conquest HD 42mm binoculars
  • $100 rebate on the new model Conquest 30mm Duralyt Riflescopes
  • $100 rebate on all riflescopes that have any Rapid-Z reticle

“It’s always exciting to ‘gear up’ for hunting season, especially when there are great deals to be had, and it doesn’t get any better than the 2012 Zeiss Field Days event,” said Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.  “Zeiss offers the best value for superior optics.  Period.  Times are tough and consumers are looking for ways to save money while still investing in their outdoor passion. Field Days is our way of supporting this industry”

All purchases must be made from a Carl Zeiss Authorized Dealer in the United States and rebate request forms must be completed and postmarked within 30 days of purchase.  Payment will be made by a ZEISS Prepaid Reward Card from American Express.  For full promotion details, visit the Field Days area of the Zeiss website.

Guns of SCI Members GySgt Louis K. and Harry D.


The .22 Long Rifle is one of the cartridges gunnery sergeant Louis K. uses for small game and varmints.

SCI Life Member and retired Marine Crops Gunnery Sergeant Louis K. has 60 plus years of using some type of rifle for hunting or in the Marine Corps. His personal favorites are the more traditional calibers.

For small game and varmints, the Gunnery Sergeant uses a .22 Long Rifle, .22 Magnum or a .243 Win. When the game is deer, elk or smaller bears he ups the caliber to the classic .30-’06, and for big bear or dangerous game, it’s a .375 H&H or a .458 Lott.

.30-’06

“All of my rifles have synthetic stocks and relatively low power scopes.  Although I have used the 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 calibers extensively in the Marine Corps (and since we are talking hunting), I am more in favor of the availability of ammunition in rural areas, bullet types plus terminal ballistics on game.”

As for his shots, the gunnery sergeant generally tries to avoid long-range shots beyond 150 yards.

SCI Member Harry D. started out with an Interarms 7mm Rem. Mag. with a Weaver scope that served him well for many years. When the scope went bad, he tried buying cheap glass until it cost him a shot at a large buck–then he upgraded to a Nikon Monarch scope that he still uses today.  As for the rifle, the barrel needed replacing, so he bought a new Remington Model 700, also in 7mm Rem. Mag. That is his main rifle and he’s used it in Canada on black bear, Spain on red stag, mouflon sheep and fallow deer, Africa on everything from Sharpe grysbok to Livingston eland, though he would not recommend it for eland.

Remington 700

Today, the Interarms is rebarrelled in .338 Win. Mag. Harry’s other rifles he uses regularly are: Remington Model 700 in 7mm-08 with a Ziess Conquest scope; Ruger M77 in .458 Win. Mag. with a Trijicon scope; Remington pump in .30-‘06 with a Burris scope; and a Ruger M77 Target rifle in .25-‘06 with a Simmons scope.

This fall he’s planning on getting an AR-15 chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, but is not sure of the scope yet.

SCI Defends Olympic Shooter After Personal Threats by Anti-Hunting Radicals


Washington, D.C. – “As President of Safari Club International (SCI) I would like to express SCI’s support for Olympic Trap Shooter and SCI Member, Corey Cogdell, who will represent the U.S. Shooting team tomorrow in London. While the anti-hunting community has recently scrutinized, and even threatened, Ms. Cogdell over images from an African hunt that she posted to a social media account, the images are a true depiction of how she continues to represent hunters across the globe, promoting species conservation in local communities, such as Africa. Ms. Cogdell is a positive role model for all American hunters and, again, SCI wishes her all the best in bringing home an Olympic medal.”

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