HOW Box Wows Cub Scouts

By Ann Maki, Sables Life Member and SCI Member

Cub Scout troop #773 from Afton, Wyoming, sat in rapt attention during their recent field trip to our home in Alpine, Wyoming. Their eyes were wide at the sight of the amazing collection of animal mounts and artifacts in our extensive trophy room and their hands on experience with the contents of the Education Sables Hands On Wildlife (HOW) box enhanced their many questions.

They had observations and stories to share while wanting to learn more about animal behavior, predator-prey relationships and habitat issues.

I was gifted a HOW Box three years ago by the SCI Jackson Hole Chapter and have taught more than 500 students in area schools, combining this with tours of my husband Alan’s trophy room, which provides an ideal classroom setting.

The Box allows you to teach at various age levels, beginning with simple concepts such as predator/prey relationships and progressing to how we can, as future hunters, be true conservationists.

Student interest is immediately sparked by the interactive format of being able to touch an animal, the hide, skull, track and scat replicas.  The HOW Box is an amazing hands-on teaching tool and I’m not sure who enjoys it more, the teacher or the students! For information about the HOW Box, contact the SCIF Education Department at 520-620-1220, extension 231.   You, too, can WOW students with the HOW Box!



With Zoli At The Grand American

SCI Publications Director, Steve Comus, visits with Zoli’s Steve Lamboy at the 2012 Grand American. Lamboy shows the new Zoli Z Trap shotgun and hints at a new crossover sporting clays gun.

Do You Have The No. 1 Baja Black-tail?

SCI Records Book Department recently opened the category for the Baja Black-Tail deer as a distinct specie in the SCI Record Book of Big Game Animals and the new Number 1 may already be in your collection. The distribution of the Baja Black-tailed Deer is found on the Baja Peninsula from the southern boarder of California to Caba San Lucas (southern tip of the Baja Peninsula). If you have taken a deer from this area, please make sure you get it turned in. Only SCI Members can enter an animal in the SCI Record Books.  If you are not already an SCI Member, your first Record Book entry is free with your one-year membership.  Join for three years and enjoy three free entries. It’s a great way to document your hunting heritage and help with the scientific and taxonomic information that the Record Book Department keeps.

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SCI Member Favors Weatherby

SCI Member Collins K. is 79 years old, has hunted extensively in North America and has taken a number of hunting trips to Africa. He writes:

“I shoot various rifles for North American hunting, but two of my favorites are the .257 Wby. Mag. in a Weatherby Mark V Ultralight and a .340 Wby. Mag. by Ultra Light Arms.

“I handload all of my ammo. In the .257 I use 100-grain Nosler Partitions, IMR 4831 and Federal 215 GM Match primers for a muzzle velocity of 3,740 fps.

“The .340 I load with 185-grain Barnes X-Bullets ahead of IMR 4350 powder with Federal 215 GM Match primers. It clocks 3,330 fps at the muzzle. Both loads are safe in my rifles, do not show any signs of pressure and both rifles shoot 1/2 inch three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench and sometimes better.

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“With my African rifles, when hunting dangerous game, I have taken a number of Cape buffalo with .460 Wby. Mag., .458 Win. Mag., .378 Wby. Mag and .375 H&H, but my favorite is a Winchester Pre-’64 Model 70 Super Grade in .375 H&H. In fact, on one occasion I took a very nice bull at a touch under 200 yards with one shot.  He went only 50 yards after he was hit.

“My .375 H&H load uses a 260-grain Nosler Partition ahead of Win. 760 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. The rifle clocks 2,750 fps at the muzzle and shoots one-inch or better three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench.

“My African plains game rifle is a Weatherby Mark V Accumark in .30-378 Wby. Mag.  I have taken lion, leopard, eland, kudu and a pile of plains game with this rifle.  My load is a 180-grain Barnes X-Bullet ahead of IMR 7828 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. Muzzle velocity is 3,320 fps and it prints 3/4 inch three-shot groups or better at 100 yards.

“Mounted on the two North American rifles mentioned above I have a Swarovski 4-12X on the .257 and a Leupold 3.5-10X on the .340.  On the .375 H&H I put a 1.5-5X Leupold in QD mounts, and on the .30-378 I use a Swarovski 3-12X scope.

“All of the Weatherby calibers are fitted with synthetic stocks, which are great for their lack of warping and their lighter weight.  However, the Pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 has its original fine wood stock that over the years has never failed in changing point of impact.”


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