Youth crossbows were a big hit at the Vets picnic at St. Johns, MI June 14, 2014. The SCI S.E. Michigan Bow Hunters Chapter had a steady stream of shooters from 10am to 4pm. Paul Racine and his son, Nate, brought their reverse Horton crossbow for Continue reading Crossbows A Big Hit With Vets And Kids
I am a senior at Warren Woods Tower High School and I am living with a debilitating disease. My family enjoys the outdoors, fishing and hunting, but with my limitations it has become harder for me to participate in these activities. My dad takes me fishing and I have gone to the shooting range, but I have never been able to hunt. All that changed with the wonderful experience I was given by the Safari Club Southeast Michigan Bowhunters Chapter and Doug Roberts at ConQuest. They arranged for my dad and me to share a deer hunt. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me. My dad and I had a great day thanks to everyone who supported this hunt. I got a 13-point buck. No one else in my family has ever been so lucky. All of the meat is now in our freezer. Now, the debate is where to hang the deer mount. Thank you again for the generosity shown by everyone who supports this wonderful organization that made it possible for my dad and me to spend one day not focused on my illness, but enjoying our time in the woods instead. May everyone be blessed with a great and safe deer season.– Michaela Hilliard
Commentary by Richard De Lisle, Chapter President
I first met Michaela when she and Amir Safiedine went on our annual wish fishing trip donated by one of our longtime donors and chapter friend, Myron Gilbert of M & M Charters (517-592-3376). After fishing–Michaela caught a four-pound walleye–we went to a local restaurant for lunch. Michaela said that one of her dreams was to shoot a deer, but because of her limitations it would probably never happen. I told her not to put any dreams on hold and I would take her request to our board. We usually do not grant two wish hunts or fishing trips to the same young person because there are so many to do on our limited budget. I asked the board to make an exception for Michaela and they readily agreed. I asked Mike Wills (Pathfinder Chair and past president) if he could put it together and he said he would be proud to do it. Mike contacted Doug Roberts, owner of ConQuest Scent Sticks in Davison, Michigan, knowing that Doug had many contacts in the deer hunting world. On September 23,2012, we met at Doug Roberts Deer Ranch in Davidson, where his stepson, Taylor Hudgeson, guided Michaela and her dad, Ronald, into a blind he had set up. The day was warm and sunny. About three hours later the shot rang out and Michaela had her deer, a nice 13-point buck that dressed 175 pounds. All that was accomplished because of the caring people who support our great chapter.
Thanks to all who were involved. This shows that all limitations can be overcome when you have people who care. Special thanks to Gary Radtkle, Great Lakes Custom Meats And More, for donating meat processing so Michaela and her family could enjoy many fine meals of her venison.
Southeast Michigan Bowhunters Chapter helps secure hunting’s future.
By Ralph Cagle, SCI- SHAP Coordinator
Our 18th year doing the State Hunter Apprentice Program (SHAP) was one of the wettest I can remember. The temperatures were in the low 80’s and, except for the rain, was perfect. This was our 5th year at the Echo Grove Camp run by our friends at the Salvation Army. As usual, the staff at Echo Grove did everything they could to make our camp run smoothly for us and the kids. Brandi and Jr. were our assigned hosts and did a terrific job for us.
On Saturday evening, we enjoyed the fantastic Birds of Prey program presented by Joe Rogers and Joann Williams from the Wildlife Recovery Association. The kids and staff were treated to actually seeing, and in some cases touching, the birds of prey as they were carried around the room by Joann and Joe. Joann and Joe’s Birds of Prey program is a fast-paced, extremely entertaining, first rate educational experience that can be brought into your kids’ school at a very reasonable rate. Contact them anytime to schedule their conservation friendly program for your school.
If you look at the faces of the students who attended our SHAP course this year, you will see our next generation of sportsmen and women–new hunters who will carry the word of conservation and our hunting heritage into the future. The small game season opens September 15th statewide and is the perfect time and activity to start a new hunter on their lifelong hunting journey. The Michigan DNR has set aside the weekend of Sept. 29-30 for special youth deer hunts. Take advantage of the opportunity. You won’t regret it!
The members of our Bowhunter Chapter and the Detroit Chapter who gave the extra effort to help ensure hunting’s future are: Mark Austin, Rich DeLisle, Mike Clemence, Bob Easterbrook Sr., Bob Easterbrook Jr., John Gornyecz, Jim Martin, Paul McCann, Alex McLean, Bob McLean, Kelly McLean, Kevin Mulkeran, Chet Muraszewski, Valarie Murphy, Troy Sanborn, Bethany Swartz. These SCI members donated a few days of their lives so that 39 youngsters could receive their MDNR Hunter and Bowhunter Education certificates. Some people talk about how much they care about hunting, these guys and gals showed how much they care by giving of their time. On behalf of the kids and our chapter members I say THANK YOU to all of them!