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SCI Northern Nevada Chapter 18th Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction

DSC_0038Nevada leads the nation in unemployment, yet the members and friends of NNSCI and SCI came out in record numbers to participate in our 18th Annual Banquet on March 15, 2013. More than 600 people attended, up 20 percent from last year. The past two years of hard work and spreading the word about why SCI and the Northern Nevada Chapter are important to Nevada sportsmen are paying off.

Though the Northern Nevada Chapter is small, it has accomplished many big things. We won SCI’s “Top Gun Award” in 2011, and recently were recognized with SCI’s “Diamond Conservation Award” and 2012 “Chapter of the Year” in our size category. These are huge accomplishments for a small chapter. We are proud of our work following in the footsteps of SCI’s larger chapters. I hope our accomplishments will inspire chapters of all sizes.L1060599

This year’s banquet was a reflection of our efforts to tell sportsmen and their friends what we are doing for them. It was also in recognition of this past year’s efforts, and the attendees’ support of work yet to be accomplished. The following projects will continue to be NNSCI Chapter priorities.

  • Endangered Species Act–preventative listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Education/Scholarships for our youth
  • Conservation efforts
  • Humanitarian efforts
  • Protecting Hunters Rights, on federal and state level

Sean Shea, SCI National Life Member and local County Advisory Board Member, noted that NNSCI had a successful banquet. From the moment he walked in, the atmosphere was great. The volunteers were cheerful and having a great time. The food was excellent, thanks to the Silvery Legacy, and the mood for the entire evening was really upbeat. Thanks to everyone who helped with the dinner for doing an outstanding job.

DSC_0028Jeremy Drew, past NNSCI Scholarship recipient and current Nevada State Wildlife Commissioner said, “It was only fitting that a record crowd was on hand to help celebrate the Chapter’s recent accomplishments–Top Gun, Diamond Conservation and Chapter of the Year Award–and help push the scholarship fund over the $100,000 mark.  The Northern Nevada Chapter’s leadership and membership should be proud of their accomplishments.  It was an honor to be part of this year’s banquet.”

The banquet was a great success and a good time was had by all. Enjoy the photographs and visit our web page, http://www.NNSCI.com.–Terrence Melby, NNSCI Director

SCI Northern Nevada Chapter Hosts 15th Annual Sportsmen Against Hunger Dinner

SCISAHDinner#20329131The opening event for the annual SCI Convention, the dinner was held at the Reno Events Center on January 22, 2013. The annual Feed The Hungry Feast is a cooperative effort with the Salvation Army of Washoe County and scores of local volunteers and SCI Chapter members attending the Convention. The dinner opened with a warm welcome from Jim Noteman, Humanitarian Services Chairman, SCI Foundation.   More than 150 volunteers served more than 1800 meals to homeless and needy families in the Reno and Sparks communities. Sue Hankner, Director of Education and Humanitarian Services, presented a $1,000 check to the Salvation Army of Washoe County.  Sheila and Larry McCloud, SCI Redding Chapter members, provided tours of their Sensory Safari.

The SCI Northern Nevada Chapter thanks the following SCI Chapter members who volunteered their time to help make the dinner a huge success.

    • Steve Rilenge – North American Handgun Hunters
    • Tim Reiger – Lehigh
    • Connie and Wayne Graham – National Capital
    • Robert Valcoe – SCI National Director, Canada

Volunteers also working with NNVSCI were Eldorado and Harrah’s casinos, High Sierra Chefs Association and culinary students, McQueen High School football team and Wells Fargo Bank.

Sponsors included The Salvation Army of Washoe County, Safari Club International Foundation, SCI North American Handgun Hunters Chapter, SCI Northern NV Chapter, Blue Ribbon Meat Company of Sparks, C & M Foods, Reno Sparks Convention & Visitor’s Authority, Eldorado Hotel, Harrah’s Reno, Model Dairy, US Food Service, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

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SCI Northern Nevada Chapter Sponsors Maison T. Ortiz Youth Camp

The Youth Outdoor Camp was established in 2011 to help children who have not had opportunities to experience the outdoors and related activities.  Thirty-two boys and girls ages 11 to 16, who had not yet taken their Hunter Education Class with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, participated in the second annual camp.

Located on a Nevada ranch 30 miles north of the Reno/Sparks area, the camp is nestled in a valley between the Dogskin Mountains and Tule Peak. The commonly seen animals are deer, antelope, wild horses, chukar, quail and sage grouse.

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A key component of the camp is developing a youth mentor program with qualified adults who lead the attendees through the camp and follow up with them on future hunting and fishing experiences.  Activities include: familiarization, handling and shooting of shotguns, 22 caliber rifles and bows; fishing and fishing education; survival skills and first aid; orienteering, map reading; laser safe shot station and fly tying instruction.

The camp was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July 2012.  The children enjoyed their experiences as evident in the following camper’s testimonial.

Camper Luke: “I really enjoyed attending the camp because hunting and outdoor activities are things that I enjoy and love learning more about. I have not had a lot of opportunities to hunt and fish, primarily as my father is not an ‘outdoorsman’ and I have limited opportunities with my grandfather.

“I have to thank the people at the Maison T. Ortiz camp for allowing young kids to come to a camp and get hands-on experience in so many outdoor activities. We were able to sleep in tents, sit around the campfire, learn about the many career opportunities with wildlife, and sharpen our outdoor skills. The time went by very quickly and each day presented a new opportunity to learn a number of outdoor and survival skills. The instructors were great, very helpful and were terrific mentors and guided the activities ranging from fishing, orienteering, shotgun shooting and archery. The activity I enjoyed the most was fishing, which is surprising because I enjoy shooting and archery so much, and because I usually don’t have a good time when I fish, but this time was different – I caught a good size fish. A few days later, when my father and I barbecued it, the fish was delicious.”

The Maison T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp is a unique partnership with the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Safari Club International, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU), and the Sparks Rotary. Volunteers worked more than 2,500 hours.

The Youth Outdoor Skills Camp is named in honor and memory of Maison T. Ortiz, a 15-year-old Galena High School student who died in a tragic snowboarding accident in January 2011.  Maison was a fifth generation Nevadan.  From his early years, he had an uncanny ability to connect with nature and all of its creatures.– Terrance Melby, Chapter Director

Northern Nevada Chapter Offers Three Heritage Tags

Mark your calendar for March 15, 2013 as your opportunity to obtain a Heritage Tag!

Northern Nevada Chapter of SCI is honored and privileged to announce that it is auctioning one Nevada “Wildlife Heritage” elk tag and two Nevada “Wildlife Heritage” turkey tags during its 18th Annual Fundraising Banquet on March 15, 2013 at the Reno Ballroom for Nevada’s Wildlife.

In 1994, the Department of Wildlife’s Director, along with the Idea Team, put together the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account concept. The intent was to gather funds from various sources and create a grant program for projects not covered by license dollars and that would benefit wildlife in Nevada. The idea was blessed by the County Game Boards and then-Governor Bob Miller. It was formalized and submitted to the Nevada Legislature.

In 1996, NRS 501.3575 made it official. The amount allowed for granting that year was $16,539. Due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to more than $6 million. In fiscal year 2012, the Heritage Account funded 16 projects with total grant awards totaling $403,078, and for fiscal year 2013, funding has reached $525,796. The grant money is used for the protection, propagation, restoration, transplantation, introduction, and management of any game fish, game mammal, game bird or fur-bearing mammal and the management and control of predatory wildlife in this state. To date, more than $3.9 million dollars have been distributed.

Examples of some of the various projects that have been funded include:

  • Big Game Capture, Transplant and Monitoring
  • Wildlife Restoration
  • Development and Maintenance of Water Guzzlers
  • Scientific Data Analysis
  • Habitat Enhancement
  • Fencing
  • Game Thief Educational Materials
  • Riparian Protection
  • Game Bird Population Studies

A major funding source for the program is the Heritage Tag program. Special tags offering a “unique hunting opportunity” are issued to Commission-approved vendors for auction during fundraising events. Tags include game animals such as mule deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, and wild turkey. NRS 502.250 authorizes the Wildlife Commission to designate the number of Wildlife Heritage game tags auctioned each year. Tags fetched auction prices as high as $113,588 in 2010 for a Nelson bighorn sheep, and $93,000 in 2008 for elk. Since 1995, Heritage Tag auctions have brought in around $5,300,000 with an average auction price for a big game tag at around $50,000.

Join us on March 15, 2013 for your opportunity to participate in ful­lling your Heritage Tag opportunity–Terrence Melby, NNSCI Director