North American Guides, Outfitters Associations Hold Workshop

By Gary Tennison, SCI Vice President and Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman

Representatives of 14 guides and outfitters associations from across North America gathered in Quebec City recently for Safari Club International’s annual association workshop, hosted in part by the Quebec Outfitters Federation, the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and the Quebec Ministry of Tourism.

Since 2001, SCI has sponsored opportunities for guides and outfitters associations to come together and examine issues critical to the professional hunting industry in North America.

This year, nine Canadian and five US associations, after offering local updates from their own states and provinces, delved into predator/prey management issues. SCI Foundation Conservation Manager Matt Eckert facilitated this.

Robert Fithian, Executive Director of the Alaskan Professional Hunters Association, highlighted Alaska’s on-the-ground experience with predator management.

SCI Canada’s Bob Valcov, left, and SCI Vice President Gary Tennison join Nathalie Camden, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife in Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife during a recent guides and outfitters meeting in Canada.

Scott Ellis of the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia opened what promises to be an on going and important examination of “The Traveling Hunter, An Endangered Species?” Bob Valcov, SCI Director for Canada, provided an update on SCI’s expansion and activities across Canada.

A lot was accomplished. However, it was not all work, all the time. Dominic Dugres from the Quebec Outfitters Federation and President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitters Associations (CFOA) arranged several opportunities for participants to enjoy his native city.

Dominic arranged for the group to tour Quebec, from the old fort to the historic Plains of Abraham, the Victorian Era Boardwalk and lower Old Town, the original Quebec City.

Honored guests included Nathalie Camden, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife in Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife; and Georges Vacher, Associate Deputy Minister for Marketing in the Province’s Ministry of Tourism.

Other guests included Marc Plourde, President and Director General of the Quebec Outfitters Association; and Andre Martin, President and Director General of the Quebec Wildlife Foundation.

SCI was represented by Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman and Vice President Gary Tennison, and by SCI Director for Canada Bob Valcov.

The evening and the Workshop, was topped off by a sound and light show projected on the Image Mill, viewed from the top of the Hilton Hotel.

During the day, the Image Mill is actually the grain silos of Quebec Harbor, but at night the silos transform into the world’s largest architectural projection screen, making an awe-inspiring presentation and giving an incredible end to another successful workshop.



Chattanooga Chapter Sponsors Teacher To AWLS

The Chattanooga Chapter recently sponsored teacher Kevin L. to AWLS who writes:

archery-090412“I want to thank you and SCI so much for sponsoring me to AWLS in June.  It was a great experience.  That one week has sparked me to get more students involved in outdoor activities.  I had students from school out to my farm almost every week of the summer shooting.  My daughter and I did two additional camps, besides the summer camp we conducted for BBS.  We touched the lives of over 120 students this summer with archery.  As you know, last year was the first year for archery at Boyd-Buchanan.  We had about 22 students participate in the program.  This fall so far I have 50 students who have signed up for the archery club.  We now have archery twice a week and have already out grown our equipment capacity.  What a great problem to have.  We are also hosting an archery instructors course at the school on September 28th.  I have been in touch with schools in our local area and I am working to get archery started in other schools in Chattanooga, TN.  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to experience the AWLS program.  You now have one very motivated teacher. Thank You.”–Kevin L.


SCI Member Steve D. Likes Light, Fast Loads

Per your request on the final page of the July/August issue of Safari Magazine, I’m dropping this brief note to give you data on the rifles/ammo and scopes that have been serving my varied needs best over the past 10 years or so. I’m keen to see the compilation and learn what others are doing and how things have changed over the past 30+ years.

My “favorite” rifle for the past six years has been a custom .257 Wby. built on a left-hand Remington Model 700 stainless action. The action is mated to a 26-inch Douglas barrel, all set in a McMillan black synthetic stock and packed around with an Uncle Mike’s neoprene sling. I’ve topped it with a Leupold VX-3 CDS 3.5-10X40mm scope and run handloads through it. I’ve used it on everything from elk, mule deer, caribou, Coues whitetails and coyotes stateside, to the varied bags in Africa stretching from jackals up to kudu, gemsbok and wildebeest. It will be with me on my first Stone’s sheep hunt in the Yukon in three weeks.

Winchester Model-70-Sporter
Though Steve D. likes light, fast chamberings, his “Plane-Jane” Winchester Model 70 in .30-’06 has accounted for most of his big game animals.

It has become my favorite for the following reasons: reduced recoil from a fast, flat-shooting cartridge, coupled with light weight (7.5 lbs.) and stainless/synthetic hardiness in a wide variety of environmental conditions. With handloads, it will consistently throw ragged one-hole groups at 100 yds. if I’m “on my game,” and I don’t own another rifle that can do that.

Second favorite in the arsenal is a Remington Mountain rifle chambered in .25-’06. It is the CDL model with beautiful wood (though showing some wear because I hunt in hard places and figure a rifle is to use, not just admire), and has a blued action and barrel. It is lightweight (6.75 lbs), and offers little recoil, but is a flat-shooter and has plenty of knock-down power for everything I chase in the Lower 48. I run handloads through this as well, and it, too, is topped with a Leupold VX-3, though standard issue with a duplex reticle, not the CDS dial.

You may have surmised that I have a preference for lighter cartridges with reduced recoil, fast velocities, flat trajectories and high hydrostatic-shock delivery. I am a firm believer in good marksmanship, and actually hunting an animal within reasonable range to make a good, sure shot. I place high value on one-shot kills. In my experience, bigger is definitely not better, but you have to know your capabilities when using lighter fare. It’s not for everyone, but works very well for me.

Lest I be labeled an “ultra light rifle snob,” my trusty Winchester Model 70 in .30-’06 still serves me well and has probably accounted for more big game animals than all my other rifles combined over my career. It’s a “Plain-Jane” walnut stock with blued action and barrel and still carries an old 3X9 Tasco scope that my father put on it 30 years ago. And yes, it still holds its zero quite nicely—just ask the Colorado bull I took with it last fall!


Progress Continues On AWLS Cabin

Sue Hankner, Director of Education and Humanitarian Services, describes the progress being made on the Caretaker’s Cabin at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, Wyoming.

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