The next time someone questions how hunters can be conservationists, this infographic from the National Shooting Sports Foundation should help make it easier for them to understand!
Len Dickinson, President of the Ottawa Valley SCI Chapter and President of SCIF Canada, was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to sit on the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Heritage Commission.
The Commission is comprised of 11 members from the hunting and fishing community to provide advice to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources on fish and wildlife revenue, and expenditures related to the fisheries and wildlife programs. It also provides advice on policy and program direction as requested by the Minister on the promotion of practices that will contribute to recreational and youth participation in hunting and fishing.
Key initiatives are geared toward new opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife activities.
“Safari Club International is all about leadership,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “I want to thank Len Dickinson for his hard work and for this great honor that has been bestowed upon him, which helps further the significant and growing influence SCI enjoys in Canada. Around the world, SCI members like Len Dickinson truly are the leaders.”
“I am tremendously honored to accept this position and look forward to working with many of the leaders in the hunting and fishing community of Ontario,” Dickinson said.
Len was born and raised the small village of Ferguson’s Falls, Ontario and as a writer, photographer, and a passionate sportsman, has dedicated most of his life in promoting his hunting heritage and inspiring people to appreciate the beauty that is all around them.
He has received recognition for his volunteer work in promoting hunting, hunter education and the hunting heritage, including the Conservationist of the Year Award, Ontario Hunting Heritage Award, SCI Chapter of the Year Award and the SCI International Chapter of the Year Award as President of his local chapter.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter President Tom Mattusch organized a special presentation by Mark J Hainds in Half Moon Bay, California, that focused on wild pig hunting around the United States.
Hainds is a lifelong hunter who grew up as the sixth generation on the Hainds family farm in north Missouri. He received a BS in Forestry Management from the University of Missouri, and a MS in Forest Biology from Auburn University.
Feral hogs are a recurring management challenge in the southeast and throughout the U.S. They are becoming a problem in California. In 2007 – the Chinese Calendar Year of the Pig – Mark set himself the goal of killing at least one feral pig in 10 different states. This challenge is documented in his book Year of the Pig, which was published in 2011 by the University of Alabama Press.
Mark is touring his book across the country, discussing the hunts, the weapons, and the characters he encountered while pursuing pigs in: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Georgia and Missouri.
There was a lot of discussion about calibers, which ranged from black powder .50 caliber to .17 HMR.
Washington, D.C. – “As President of Safari Club International (SCI) I would like to express SCI’s support for Olympic Trap Shooter and SCI Member, Corey Cogdell, who will represent the U.S. Shooting team tomorrow in London. While the anti-hunting community has recently scrutinized, and even threatened, Ms. Cogdell over images from an African hunt that she posted to a social media account, the images are a true depiction of how she continues to represent hunters across the globe, promoting species conservation in local communities, such as Africa. Ms. Cogdell is a positive role model for all American hunters and, again, SCI wishes her all the best in bringing home an Olympic medal.”
Contact: Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org
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SCI has a U.S. based-membership of approximately 38,000 but through our Affiliate Member program we represent 930,414 sportsmen and women. Worldwide SCI has 51,000 members and 8,613,742 represented through our Affiliate Membership.
Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.safariclub.org or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.