SCI’s Director of Publications, Steve Comus, recently sat down with Weatherby‘s Mike Schwiebert to discuss Weatherby’s new accuracy guarantee. Mike hinted at a new gun intended for younger hunters, but wasn’t ready to tell all.
The issue of darting rhinos in any form continues to swirl in South Africa. Since my article in the Safari Times last month, more clarified information has surfaced on the matter. Here is the latest information available.
Full-fledged “green” darting of a rhino by a hunting client is still illegal. This is where the hunter fires the tranquilizing dart himself. But, vita-darting of a rhino is legal if it is done under the banner of “medical purposes.” The tranquilizing dart must still be fired by a licensed veterinarian, then a dart full of vitamins is immediately fired by the client. Note that the rhino must need to be tranquilized for some sort of medical purpose. This could entail blood testing, microchip implanting, the need to move the rhino to another property, or another part of the owner’s property, or doctoring for an injury, etc.
Legal permits will be issued for this type of hunt by the government, once justification is determined. I have just spoken with an SCI member who participated in such a hunt with Irvin Tam within the past couple of weeks. The rhino was tranquilized, and then moved to another property. This member has the legal permits in hand.
If you have booked such a hunt, do not cancel it! It is up to the landowner and the veterinarian to determine the medical reason needed to dart the rhino.
On another note, the Safari Club International Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee has voted to accept vita-darted rhinos into the SCI Record Book of Big Game Animals under the “Darted Rhino” category. This is an effort by them to sustain the economic value of the rhino during these difficult times. As always, a rhino may be hunted with a rifle and the trophy shipped home. You will no doubt see vita-darted rhino hunts available at some of the hunting conventions within the next few months, both on auction and at outfitter booths. You do not need to be afraid to purchase one.
I sincerely hope this adds some clarification to the “what you can, and what you cannot do” concerning rhinos in South Africa.–Herb Atkinson, Chairman, SCI Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee
During the past 19 years the Badgerland Chapter of Safari Club International has funded a scholarship program with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, providing awards to more than thirty eight students. SCI Badgerland is pleased to announce that it has again awarded annual scholarships to two students attending the College of Natural Resources. This year’s scholarships were awarded to Nathaniel Huck and Michael Nooker.
Nathaniel Huck, a junior from Stevens point, Wisconsin, has a GPA of 3.59/4.00 while pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology – Research and Management. Someday, he hopes to be involved in setting national harvest regulations for waterfowl working with the USFWS or managing large wetlands for waterfowl production.
For these scholarships, SCI Badgerland, a 501 (C)(3) corporation, has created an endowment that needs to grow to be self-funding. Besides providing the annual scholarships, Badgerland continues to add funds to the endowment. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to this fund, please contact SCI Badgerland.–Alan Heth
Our Director of Publications recently sat down with Bob Kaleta from Zeiss to discuss the new Conquest HD binoculars they were using on an antelope hunt.