The Share the Harvest Program, sponsored by the Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International, donated 28,300 pounds of venison during the 2011/2012 seasons. “We really appreciate the venison donations by deer hunters in this area for they come at a time when there is a great need for food by charities in central Missouri,” said Earl Cannon, Chapter program coordinator.
The Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Central Missouri Chapter of SCI paid the processing cost for 460 whole deer. “Our chapter thanks the deer hunters, meat processors, charities, Missouri Department of Conservation, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Safari Club International Foundation, Missouri Food Bank Association, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Governor Jay Nixon, news media, chapter members and all others who helped make the program so successful,” said Jim Lightsey, Chapter president.
The term “safari” usually congers a notion of big game hunting in Africa or some far-flung destination in the primitive outback. But that isn’t always the case.
This definition is all too limited, according to Don Giottonini, owner of Valley Lumber in Stockton and president of the nonprofit Sacramento Safari Club, which has donated more than $1.53 million to improve natural habitat and preserve wildlife.
From funding deer and wild pig studies to restoring populations of native bighorn sheep to historic ranges in Yosemite and herds of tule elk throughout the Central Valley, the Safari Club has accomplished so much for wildlife in California.
It’s the perspective of being purely a hunting group that needs to be changed, said Giottonini, who is trying to get his message to the public.
Safari Club programs attempt to educate the public about the important role sport hunting plays in managing wildlife in our state. Others support on-the-ground projects and studies to rebuild species that are in decline, or balance wildlife abundance with the amount of available habitat.
Preconceived ideas, especially among urban dwellers, and blatant false claims by narrow environmental groups make Giottonini’s challenge difficult.
“It’s tough to get the truth out there,” he said. “Our citizens are more removed from the land than ever and bombarded by mistruths on social media.”
Here’s a question: Did you know that legal sport hunting never has caused the extinction of any animal in California, or anyplace else in the United States?
“Don’t take my word for it,” Giottonini said. “That’s a claim made by the state Department of Fish and Game.”
Since its inception in 1978, the Sacramento Safari Club not only has given direct support to wildlife projects in the state, but also supported critters nationally and internationally, such as the re-propagation of the black rhinoceros in Zimbabwe and wood bison in Alaska.
In Sacramento, the group helped the Effe Yeaw Nature Center build an animal and riparian habitat display area, funded Scholastic Youth Shooting Programs at Stockton’s Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club and paid for films on mountain lions, bighorn sheep and disappearing wetlands that aired on PBS.
Get the idea? This outfit really cares about wildlife.
Safari Club International has more than two million members and affiliates. Giottonini said the group’s emphasis continues to focus squarely on habitat and conservation programs, and proper game management through hunting and legislation.
“Recently, we sponsored field studies of wild pig and deer herds at Angel Island State Park, Railroad Flat, Round Valley and the eastern Sierra,” he said. “At the same time, we’re underwriting youth scholarships, public school teacher trainings and research in biological conservation through the Cal State University system.”
As a passionate conservationist who believes in ecosystem management and the principles of sustainable use, Giottonini understands that hunting is not just part of his heritage.
“It is not just a pathway to connect with the land and the natural resources surrounding us,” he said. “And hunting is not just a sport or recreation. It is part of my identify and personal desire to conserve wildlife for generations to come.”
Now, if he could only get the Safari Club message out.–Peter Ottesen
This article is reprinted with the permission of Recordnet.com where it originally appeared. It was written by Recordnet.com Outdoor Correspondent Peter Ottesen.
The first international Chapter of SCI was chartered in Barcelona, Catalunya 28 years ago during a personal visit of C. J. McElroy to Spain. Today the SCI Catalunya Chapter works successfully on the foundations laid in 1984 by the original founders. Many monthly activities are offered by the Chapter, with one of the two social highlights of the events schedule being the late Spring Fundraiser Dinner. More than 130 persons attended this year’s event and all auctioned hunts were sold. Shown from right are, among Jose Maria Losa Reverte, President of the SCI Catalunya Chapter; and, seated, third from right, SCI Regional Representative Europe Norbert Ullmann surrounded by SCI, political authorities and members of the Press Corps from Catalunya, Levante, Madrid and the Balearean Islands.
During an internal quality review, Carl Walther GmbH has identified a condition that may exist in certain PK380 pistols that may permit a round to be discharged if the trigger is pulled, despite engagement of the manual safety. Walther has found that engagement of the manual safety may not prevent firing of a chambered round when the trigger is pulled.
This recall applies to Walther PK380, .380 ACP pistols manufactured by Carl Walther GmbH from May through September 2012, which have a serial number range from PK101201 to PK112155.
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Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol until we have an opportunity to inspect it to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the pistol to discharge with the safety engaged.
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