SAFARI Magazine’s annual Awards Issue is hot off the presses, its 114 pages filled with photographs and articles celebrating some of the most exceptional achievements in hunting from the past year.
The official publication of Safari Club International, one of the main focuses of this year’s Awards Issue is the celebration of the use of “alternative methods” like the use of archery tackle and crossbows, handguns and muzzleloaders. Also featured in this issue are articles about the 2013 C. J. McElroy Award recipient, Sam Fejes; 2013 Diana Award recipient, Melanie Pepper; 2013 International Hunting Award recipient, J. Alain Smith; and 2013 Hall of Fame Award recipient, Barbara Strawberry, as well as articles on International Professional Hunter of the Year, Antonio Reguera of Spain and North American Professional Hunter of the Year, Devlin Oestreich of British Columbia. There’s much more, including products and services reviews, plus well over 100 photographs of some of the most spectacular hunting trophies taken globally in 2013.
Copies of the publication are available from Safari Club International’s Tucson headquarters by calling 520-620-1220.
Michael Roqueni and Chris Emery from SCI’s Record Book and World Hunting Awards Department recently conducted an informative measuring seminar for all SCI headquarters staff. The purpose of the seminar was to familiarize fellow staffers with the various SCI measuring methods for different animal species, and of the important role SCI Record Books play in documenting our hunting heritage.
SCI’s Record Books differ from many others in that SCI uses a gross scoring system intended to give full value to all measurable growth an animal achieves. The significance of that scoring method is how it documents animals in a way that professional wildlife managers can refer to when identifying trends in antler, horn, tusk and skull growth, even at the local level. Because of its value as a wildlife management tool, SCI Record Books have a lower entry level score than other record books, and SCI encourages all members to enter all of their trophies.
Also pointed out during the seminar was the importance of SCI’s multiple classifications of some single species as well as the importance of maintaining a record book specifically for Estate animals. SCI’s Estate Record Book entries may be all that separates some animals from extinction. Simitar horned oryx, for example, are extinct in their native wild with breeding populations generally found primarily on hunting estates where their value as an estate-hunted species keeps populations alive. Only the hunting community has stepped up to keep abundant breeding populations of such animals.
As one staffer remarked, “Today’s measuring seminar was incredibly informative and eye-opening regarding the importance of documenting our hunting heritage and compiling usable scientific data.”
SCI is hosting its Measuring Seminars this year at the 2013 SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, NV. There will be three different measuring seminars offered this year during convention. If you’re looking to become an Official SCI Measurer and have never attended a measuring course you will want to attend the Official Measuring Course on Saturday January 26th at 9:00am.
The Master Measuring Seminar will be hosted on Tuesday January 22nd at 9:00 am, which is the day before convention officially starts. The Master Measuring Course is for anyone who has been an Official Measurer for at least one year and wants to achieve the highest level of measuring status. The Master Measuring class requires the completion of scoring 25 various antlers, horns, and skulls within 3% accuracy. Time will be allotted throughout the course of the SCI Convention to allow time to complete the scoring test. The Master Measuring course is $125 and you must be an active SCI member to take either course.
The Complex Measuring Seminar will be held on January 25th at 12:00pm and is open to all SCI measurers. This is a free seminar that is being offered to provide additional training on how to measure large Non-Typical white-tail deer and Complex red stags. So if you’re up for the challenge of measuring some of the toughest animals around or just want to learn some tricks to making it easier, be sure to come to the Complex Measuring Seminar on Friday January 25th at SCI’s Convention.
SCI will be hosting measuring seminars at the GSCO Convention this year in Reno, NV on Jan 9th at 2:00pm. There will be three SCI instructors present to cover all big game animals measured using the SCI scoring system and will place a heavy emphasis on scoring various types of mountain game animals from around the world. Upon completion of the SCI Measuring Seminar each attendee will come away with wealth of knowledge about the SCI scoring system. If you’re taking the course for the first time you will need to sign up for the Official Measuring course, which is $150 and includes your SCI Official Measuring Kit and the Written Exam to be taken after the course. If you have already been an Official Measurer for at least one year, you will be eligible for the Master Measuring Course, which will take place at the same time as the Official Measuring Seminar, but will require the completion of scoring 25 various antlers, horns and skulls within 3% accuracy. Time will be allotted throughout the course of the GSCO show to allow participants to complete the scoring test. The Master Measuring course is $125 and you must be an active SCI Member to take either course. To register or for more information contact Chris Emery at (520)620-1220 ext 265 or email@example.com; you may also sign up online.