The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will be hosting its annual fundraiser March 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center. Eva Shockey, daughter of hunting legend and outdoor personality Jim Shockey is the featured guest. Adult tickets are $75. There are limited youth tickets available for $35. Tickets can be had by contacting Bill Swan, III (423) 240-0719. For additional information, contact Keith Watson, Chapter President, at email@example.com or (423) 994-4263.
This past June, the Arizona Chapter of Safari Club International auctioned off three special hunting tags provided by the state, with all funds raised passed back to the AZ Game & Fish Department (AGFD) for the betterment of each specific species. These tags included one Coues deer and one javelina tag, plus a special tag for wild turkey passed along from the Arizona chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. At this auction, the Coues whitetail tag sold to a gentleman from Alaska for $25,000 and the javelina tag sold to a gentleman from Florida for $950. The turkey tag sold to a local person for $5,600.
Every year the Arizona Game & Fish Department has an application process for three each Commissioners Tags for mule deer, Coues whitetail, black bear, bighorn sheep, bison, elk, pronghorn, javelina and mountain lion. The tags are good for a one year period and virtually anywhere in the state of Arizona. The only exception is the sheep tag, as the three tags are split between the three different sub-species that are found in the state. These tags are applied for by the various conservation groups in the state to be sold at their fundraisers or other venues, and the method must be spelled out (i.e., raffle, live auction, etc.) in the application letter. All funds for these tags go back to the AGFD for projects like research or water catchments. The Conservation group that sells the tag is also allowed to provide input as to the how the money will be spent by AGFD. These issues are discussed at monthly Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee Meetings (HPC).
Approximately 400 people attended the Chapter fundraiser, which has been held at Tucson’s Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for the past 6 years. The good news is that SCI’s application for the same tags were approved for the Chapter’s May 31, 2014 fundraiser, and the NWTF has agreed to let the chapter once again auction their tag as well.
The Arizona Chapter of SCI is very active in conservation, committing $5,000 for the next three years to aid in the various processes of transplanting pronghorn to supplement an existing herd in southern Arizona. The chapter has also pledged $5,000 for reintroducing desert bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains. The bighorns inexplicably disappeared from the Catalina Mountains within the past 20 years, and the Game and Fish Department has committed to bringing them back starting this fall.
More information on the AZ Chapter of SCI can be had by e-mailing chapter president Tod Molesworth at firstname.lastname@example.org, or from SCI’s headquarters office in Tucson, 520-620-1220.
The Washington Metro Chapter of Safari Club International held its annual banquet earlier this week. Like most SCI chapter fundraisers, this event had a wide variety of hunts, guns and gear available in raffles and auctions. Attendees had a good meal enjoyed with a roomful of like-minded people supporting the mission of protecting the freedom to hunt.
Oh, and they also took batting practice pitched by major league coaches.
The Washington Metro Chapter held its annual fundraiser in the unique setting of National’s Park in Washington, DC. In addition to taking batting practice where the pro’s do, attendees had the opportunity to mingle in the dugout and take a look at memorabilia commemorating years of United States Presidents who have enjoyed the national pastime. Several members of Congress were on hand as well as leaders from the National Rifle Association and other wildlife conservation organizations. NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch was there to help promote an auction package that also helped support the Armed Forces Foundation. SCI Chapter banquets are a fun way to support SCI’s mission. Click for a complete list of upcoming fundraisers.
The Italian Chapter, currently SCI’s largest international chapter, held its 27th Annual Convention, AGM and Gala Dinners on a long weekend in early June in the ancient Roman town of Gubbio in Central Italy. Marred by very bad weather and the relative isolation of the venue, the attendance this year was not as strong as in previous years. Nevertheless, SCI President Craig Kauffman welcomed a very full gala dinner event and thanked all for their support of SCI. Regional Representative Norbert Ullmann emphasized the importance of the Chapter’s President, Lodovico Caldesi, and his ever present Secretary Elena Fileppo, in organizing these events to generate funds for the Chapter’s conservation projects.