SCI Badgerland Donates Guns for Hunter Safety Classes

The Badgerland Chapter Board voted unanimously to purchase and donate ten guns to the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education program.

In July 2012, the Badgerland Chapter Board voted unanimously to purchase and donate ten guns to the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Education Program.

Chapter Director Dennis Smithback of Smitty’s Guns, found six Marlin .22-cal. bolt actions and four Mossberg .22cal semi autos that the Chapter purchased at cost. DNR will use them with other guns, including other actions, to make four kits with shotguns and rifles. The four kits will all be placed in black plastic rolling guns cases like the ones in the photo. We selected .22-cal. rifles because the instructors have to pay for the ammo. Instructors can sign out the kits from the DNR Fitchburg office for use in Wisconsin classes.

In 2011, we donated several other long guns and plan to continue working with DNR. We encourage others to participate with us. You can also donate guns to the DNR or Badgerland for this program. Either way, you can get a tax deduction for your donation.

In addition to these rifles, the Chapter also donated $2,100 that was presented to seven different Hunter Safety Education groups to cover non-reimbursed expenses

In addition to these rifles, the Chapter also donated $2,100 that was presented to seven different Hunter Safety Education groups to cover non-reimbursed expenses. The funds will be used to purchase two new projector screens for class instruction.

SCI Badgerland is proud to have given the Fall 2012 Wisconsin Hunter Safety classes a great boost. Many of the youngsters taking these classes will be the future hunters traveling the world on safaris. Thanks to all the volunteers.– Alan Heth, Chapter President



New Air Times Set For Swarovski Optik Quests

Swarovski Optik Quests will be in search of trophies that are on every hunter’s bucket list, whether it be an Alaskan grizzly bear, Argentinean red stag, Mexican Coues deer, or even an Austrian chamois. In each of these thrilling adventures the hunter’s equipment and determination will be put to the test in the planet’s most extreme environments with the most challenging animals.

Swarovski Optik Quest

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Fellow chapter board member Drew Gavlik and I had the privilege of meeting with Congressman Mike Kelly (R-3rd Pa.) in his district recently. The Congressman’s district covers most of our chapter’s area in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

We were pleased to present him with a check from the Safari Club International Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) for his reelection campaign.

SCI’s Mike Drewnowski, center, and Andrew Gavlick join Congressman Mike Kelly during a meeting in the Representative’s district.

We have met with him in Washington, D.C. on numerous occasions during our day on Capitol Hill at the May board meetings.  It was good to have some one-on-one time with him in his district to thank him for supporting the goals of SCI.  We also appreciated the fact that after our first meeting in D.C., he joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

We all need to show our appreciation to our congressional leaders who support SCI and the things that we believe in. The future of hunting rests in our hands and we must do all we can to support those rights.– By Mike Drewnowski, SCI Director at Large and Past Chapter President  East Ohio – Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter


Convention: World Class Exhibitors

SCI’s 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention attracts the best hunting and outdoor-related companies, year in and year out.  When walking the show floor and meeting with the exhibitors who comprise the Ultimate Hunters’ Market®, Jan. 23 – 26, 2013, you will soon learn why this annual gathering with family and friends is an experience like no other.  The stories swapped are legends in their own right, and they are one of the reasons you’ve circled dates on your calendars for this four-day spectacular.  Join us as we delve deeper into some of the longstanding exhibitors who will be a part of the Most Dangerous Game In Town.

Our exhibitors have come from the farthest reaches of the Earth, and represent every huntable continent in the world.  You will meet exhibitors like Hunt Australia, where you can hunt Asiatic buffalo, rusa deer and many other trophy species. Dakota Outfitters offers some of the best whitetail deer hunting you will ever experience. Hunt Trip Spain offers great European expeditions for Spanish ibex, fallow deer, red stag and many other sought-after species. When you visit them, wonderful conversations will spark that go way beyond hunting and the great outdoors.   The one thing that separates SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention from the rest is the fact that over half of our exhibitors are guides and outfitters. Visit the online auction preview to see the hunts that these and other outfitters have donated to SCI’s auction program for 2013.

In addition, many exhibitors create some of the finest artwork and bronzes that would be great additions to your home. Be sure to visit exhibitors such as wildlife artist Kobus Moller, rifle maker Beretta and renowned bronze maker Fred Boyer, to name a few. Their pieces have garnered critical acclaim and they have been longtime supporters of SCI. The show floor also offers some of the best jewelry, furs and handcrafted items from around the world.

While online previewing the show floor, take a moment to view How To Get To Reno. We have included a link that shows direct flights to Reno, or helps find the best one-stop routes to make your travel quick and painless. There are also tools to help book flights, using an interactive map and a list of preferred airlines.

The non-stop fun and adventures of the Ultimate Hunters’ Market® along with the finest exhibitors on the planet make SCI’s convention a must-see event that cannot be missed. To register and receive discounted rates, visit or call 1-888-746-9724. Check the website regularly for a comprehensive list of exhibitors and don’t forget to use our interactive show floor to plan your four-day journey.  Enjoy your fall hunting. We look forward to seeing you in Reno Jan. 23 – 26.—Craig Kauffman


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