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Official Magazine of SCI Chapters in Wisconsin
November/December 2014
DNR Leader’s Message to SCI
New World’s Record Pronghorn
Legislative News & Profile
Hunting Works for Wisconsin
SCI Education Engages Youth
News, Events & Presidential Messages
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SCI Chapters
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Lake Superior
President Dale Bruder
Northeast Wisconsin
President Calvin Ort
Southeast Wisconsin Bowhunters
President Mike Pjevach
President MIchael Betters
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Official Magazine of SCI Chapters in Wisconsin
Editor/Publishers: Mark & Coni LaBarbera
HUNTERS is a bimonthly publication for
members of SCI chapters in Wisconsin,
plus bonus electronic circulation, which
includes some of the world’s most avid
and affluent conservationists who enjoy
hunting here and around the world. They
have earned a reputation of leadership on
natural resources issues and giving to protect and support the future of hunting and
conservation here and abroad. To share
your message with them, send ads and
editorial submissions to Mark LaBarbera at
[email protected]
Submission of story and photos means that
you are giving SCI permission to use them
free in SCI printed or electronic form.
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November/December 2014
On the cover: SCI friend and TV host Vicki Cianciarulo loves
bowhunting Midwestern whitetails. See pg 33 for “The
Choice” of Ralph and Vicki for an Ultimate Stand Pack.
In this issue:
Legislative Update:
LaBarbera Earns International Honors
by Bob Welch
10 Legislator Profile: Rep. Rob Swearingen
12 Gundy Helps Hunting Works for Wisconsin
12 Voluntary Lead Ammo Program Insights
14 Hunt Report: Payback Bull by John Kubichek
16 SCI Helps Mentors Expand Loaner Gun Program
18 Hunt Report: Tom’s Safari by Tom Fisher
20 Farewell Tribute to Derron Wahlen by Dale Bruder
21 Deer Rules Change, Tradition Remains by Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary
21 SE WI Bowhunters Chapter Report by Mike Pjevach, President
22 New World Record Pronghorn
24 Lake Superior Chapter Report by Dale Bruder, President
25 Wern Valley Hosts Deer Hunt Wisconsin TV
26 Badgerland Chapter Report by Tom Fisher, President
28 Wisconsin Chapter Report by Michael Betters, President
28 Members & Dan Small Get Fishing Bug
28 NE WI Chapter Report by Calvin Ort, President
30 Hunt Report: Bruder’s Bear by Dale Bruder
33 Cover: Host Stands by Choice: Tenzing
Legislative Update:
Potential Changes To Wolf Population Goal
by Bob Welch
As fall sets in and we all dig out our
warmer hunting gear, it’s a good time to
look at some news regarding the wolf
and deer hunting seasons.
The current wolf population goal of
350 wolves was set in 1999. That goal
is currently being revisited and the Wolf
Advisory Committee met in September
to discuss it. They ended up recommending four different potential population goals for the DNR to consider. The
recommendations covered quite a large
range of possibilities: a goal of 350 total
wolves, a goal of 650 total wolves, a
goal range of 300-650 wolves, or set a
minimum number of wolves with no
upper limit.
A number of hunting groups like ours
are working hard to keep the state goal
of 350 wolves in the wolf management
plan, a goal created with sound science. The Wolf Advisory Committee will
continue to meet on this issue and
members are planning to release a draft
plan in October with public hearings as
early as October and November. It is
vitally important that hunters like you
show up to these hearings to defend
the goal of 350 wolves and stand up to
groups like HSUS, who seem as though
they would prefer we have more wolves
than people.
New this season, the DNR is planning to ask hunters to allow a federal
wildlife specialist observe them when
they skin their harvested wolves. They
want to do this to further investigate
whether there is any wolf/dog fighting
going on.
The program will be entirely voluntary, but it’s worth remembering that
the DNR examined 27 of the 35 wolves
killed with the aid of dogs and found
absolutely no evidence of wolf/dog
All license holders will be sent a letter
asking them to participate. If the hunters agree to do so, a USDA Wildlife
Services Specialist will be sent out to
observe the skinning process, either by
the hunter/trapper, or their taxidermist.
With the Deer Trustee Report now
being enacted, new this year are County
Deer Advisory Councils. All 72 counties
have a council tasked with collecting
public opinion on deer population goals
and quotas, as well as reviewing deer
herd trends etc.
Probably the most important role the
councils will play is in helping to determine their county’s population goal.
Rather than a numerical goal, goals will
now be one of three options: increase,
decrease or stabilize. This is a direct
result of the implementation of the Dr.
Kroll Deer Trustee Report.
This season’s population goals have
already been set but the CDACs will
give their recommendations to the DNR
for the 2015 season.
Each CDAC is made up of county
residents, led by chairman selected by
Conservation Congress from their local
delegates. The DNR then names the
rest of the council from nominations
they receive. Each council should have
representatives from a hunting/sporting
group, agriculture, forestry, local government, transportation, tourism, and
the Deer Management Assistance
By the time you read this, your CDAC
will have already met once or twice, but
there are still openings in many counties. If you are at all interested in joining
your county’s CDAC please give your
county’s CDAC chairman a call. You
can view the CDAC Membership list
online at the link below to check for
openings and see your chairman’s
contact information.
Even if you aren’t able to be a
member of your CDAC, all meetings
are open to the public! Visit these
sites for CDAC Membership: http://dnr.
w i . g o v / t o p i c / h u n t /d o c u m e n t s /
cdac c ontact.pd f a nd for CDAC
Meetings Schedule:
In politics, the most important thing
you can do is show up.
LaBarbera Earns International
SCI life member volunte er Mark
LaBarbera received the J. Hammond
Brown Award for service recently from
the Outdoor Writers Association of
America, the international media organization representing hunting, shooting,
fishing and other professional writers,
editors, broadcasters, bloggers and photographers. Presenting the award, a former Field & Stream editor Glenn Sapir
touted LaBarbera’s 30 years of service to
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Legislator Profile:
Rep. Rob Swearingen
operated The Al-Gen Dinner Club in
Rhinelander since 1993 and have just
started their 21st year at the restaurant.
The 34th Assembly District includes
portions of Vilas, Oneida, Florence, and
Forest counties. Representative Rob Swearingen
(R-Rhinelander) was elected to the
Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012 and
is currently serving his first term. A lifelong resident of Rhinelander, he and his
wife Amy will be celebrating 22 years of
marriage this year and have two daughters. Rob & Amy have owned and
Rob remains committed and active
on outdoorsman issues
The Northwoods beauty attracts
sportsmen from across the state and
nation, this promoted economic development for local communities
As a restaurant owner Rob understands that hunters provide local communities with a significant economic
Hunting in Northern Wisconsin provides small businesses with a shot in
the arm during the slower months
Author of AB 359 – Authorizing the
DNR to lease state forest land to the
Boulder Junction Shooting Range for
term not exceeding 30 years
AB 368 – Purchase or transfer of rifle
and shotguns in other states
AB 194 – Cros sbow Hunting
AB 633 – Fishing Licenses for
Disabled Individuals
SB 162 - Operation of Existing Sport
Shooting Ranges
SB 527 – Liability & Immunity of
Sport Shooting Ranges
2013-2015 Budget Bill
Walleye Initiative/ Fish Hatchery
Funding (AB40) State Biennial Budget
Deer Management Initiatives (AB40)
State Biennial Budget
Veteran Hunting and Fishing Licenses
(AB 40) State Biennial Budget
Stewardship Program Funding (AB
40) State Biennial Budget
Rob drafted a letter with Rep. Czaja
and Senator Tiffany regarding the cancellation of the December Antlerless
During his first term Rob voted to
pass meaningful and positive legislation
to benefit sportsmen as a member of
the Assembly Committee on Tourism
and the Assembly Committee on
Natural Resources and Spor ting
Committee on Natural Resources
and Sporting Heritage
Committee on Tourism
Committee on Small Business
Committee on Public Safety and
Homeland Security
Committee on State Affairs and
Government Operations
Joint Survey Committee on Tax
Speaker’s Task force on Rural
Committee on Housing and Real
Our local economies rely on hunters
and anglers.
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Voluntary Non-Lead Ammo Program
More Effective Than Regulated Ban
Smart legislators and DNR leaders here
and elsewhere are learning from the
experiences of others when it comes to
non-lead ammo. As anti-hunters and
others try to increase the cost of hunting and reduce opportunities and
access, they use wolves, condors, bald
eagles and other species in fund-raising
appeals and regulatory or judicial
actions. Hunters, legislators and agency
leaders try to focus on the science and
the facts.
The most recent examples from
other states are good lessons for
wothers. When it comes to non-lead
ammo, voluntary programs are more
effective than mandatory or regulated
T h e A r izo n a G a m e a n d F i s h
Department disagrees with a recent
appeal filed by environmental litigants to
regulate lead ammunition on the Kaibab
National Forest as the solution to lead
poisoning in endangered California
Three groups that want the U.S.
Forest Service to place a mandatory
ban on hunting with lead ammunition
in northern Arizona lost their original
lawsuit against the Kaibab National
Forest filed in 2012. AZGFD intervened
in the original lawsuit by the Sierra
Club, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
and Center for Biological Diversity. The
new appeal challenges the Kaibab
National Forest Land and Resource
Management Plan that was recently
finalized and its associated
Environmental Impact Statement.
“A rizona Game and Fish has
purposefully chosen wildlife conservation through partnerships, and edu-
DNR’s Scott Gunderson helped explain
during one of many interviews with media covering the initiative’s launch
this summer at the Mills Fleet Farm East Green Bay store.
cation of its hunting constituents, not
regulations,” says Assistant Director
of Wildlife Management Jim deVos.
“The appellants falsely argue that
California’s mandatory ban is the
answer, but we’ve had tremendous
success with a voluntary lead reduction
approach that consistently garners 80
to 90 percent volunteer participation
from hunters in the condor’s core
California banned lead ammunition in
condor range in 2008, but a recent
study by the University of California/
Davis concluded that condor lead poisoning has not been significantly
Utah began a more aggressive voluntary non-lead program in 2011.
Arizona Game and Fish began its voluntar y, hunter-suppor ted non-lead
program in 2003 to reduce the amount
of lead available to condors. Before
the department’s program began,
estimates showed that less than four
percent of successful Kaibab deer
hunters used non-lead ammunition.
For the past two years, 88 percent
of the state’s hunters in condor range
have taken voluntary lead-reduction
measures even despite a nationwide
shortage in non-lead ammunition in
In fact, this year’s annual trapping
and testing of condors from the ArizonaUtah population revealed a substantial
decrease in the percentage of birds
with toxic blood-lead levels, the lowest
in nearly a decade.
One of the testimonies on the effectiveness of the Arizona-Utah voluntary
programs is the fact that condors have
had successful reproduction in Arizona
and the first nesting attempt this year in
Currently 75 condors fly free in the
Arizona-Utah population, a tremendous
increase given that no condors existed
in the state prior to reintroduction in
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Hunt Report:
Payback Bull
by John Kubichek
The beginning of this story actually
started in April of 2012. Sue and I
had purchased a farm in western
Wisconsin. Our friend, Jim Frey and
his son, Travis, had hunted the farm
with us for a couple of years before that.
When it came time to build a cabin
on the farm, Jim dug in with both
hands and his efforts and ability
helped us create a hunting retreat that
we are proud of. Efforts like Jim’s outweighed the hunting rights so Sue
and I thought of a way to repay (or
get even with) him – torture him with an
elk hunt!
I called Jared Taylor, owner of Red
Top Outfitters in La Jara, New Mexico
and booked a hunt for Jim with yours
truly as “the guide.”
Jim and I arrived at a remote trailhead in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness
at 6am on October 12. The one-mile
hike to the upper ridges where the elk
congregate took us 40 minutes and we
gasped the 10,000 foot air while we
waited for adequate light.
Two, then three bulls bugled in the
timber to our east. A quick stalk
brought us to within 150 yards of the
largest bull, a 280-class 6x6. The bull
initially descended toward us, but a hot
cow grabbed his attention and dragged
him into the brush. The bull crested the
ridge top and disappeared. We trailed
elk over the top of the ridge and in the
next two hours saw no less than eight
different bulls and at least 30 to 40
cows. We never got a clear shot at
what we wanted.
We made our way to the head of the
drainage. At 10:15 a cow and calf
called and got a guttural response from
two bulls on a plateau to our south.
We crossed the drainage and began
a stalk on the two bulls. We found
elk immediately. At first we were
stopped by two bedded cows and were
forced to back out. Then we ran into
a spike bull that slowly rose from
his bed. A few minutes later it was
three more cows, then a 5x5 that
blocked our way. Then it was eight
cows, a raghorn, a broken up 3x5, on
and on. Whether Jim or I chose a path,
whichever way we tried to close the
distance on the phantom bulls, other elk
got in our way. If only the Green Bay
Packer of fensive line blocked as
The main herd was approaching the
western edge of the plateau, and
I hoped to finally catch sight of the
bulls over the rim. I told Jim that we
needed to divide and conquer. He
chose to angle right. I angled left. As
I approached the rim, the deepest
bugles seemed almost below me.
Although I wanted Jim to score first,
I knew that there are only so many
opportunities, and with him 400 yards
to my right, I needed to make things
happen. I dropped almost 300 feet off
the rim and spotted a 340-class bull
through thick brush at 100 yards. Then
his buddy, a 300-class 6x6 gave me a
clear shot. I passed in hopes of anchoring the big guy. I snaked my way
through the pines, crags and underbrush and watched as the two bulls
pushed one another around. Finally
the 300 broke to my right and the
340 spun to the left following yet
another cow. He cleared the brush
around 100 yards away and at least
100 feet below me. I unleashed a
175-grain Nosler. He lunged forward
John Kubichek
and crashed only 25 yards into the
timber. It was 1 pm. We had been
into elk continuously for almost three
After hearing the shot, Jim made his
way down and, after a round of high
fives and back slapping, we caped and
quartered the bull.
Jared knows that something is up
when Kubi gets back to camp early and
both he and everyone in camp were in
awe of the pictures and the story. The
bull was a 7x7 with two devil points and
would eventually tape 342.
The next morning, Jim and I drove
back up the mountain to the head of a
logging road below the quartered bull.
We began a climb to the top of the plateau, and by 7, elk were bugling in front
of us. We played cat and mouse with
them and the ever-changing wind until
7:45. It was then that Jim spotted the
bull with the deepest bugle. He was
trailing some cows from our left. He
emerged into a small opening for a
nanosecond and Jim’s 300 roared. A
fighting bull with several broken tines,
he went about 60 yards and lunged into
a deadfall, breaking off his unique,
dropping brow tine that we found and
Well, the second verse was the same
as the first and we quickly quartered the
bull. It took us only 37 minutes to cut
him up. We were to meet Tim, Jared’s
nephew, at 10:30 to pack my bull out.
Tim just sighed when we told him that
there were now two bulls to pack out.
With racks over our shoulders and meat
in the panniers, the mission went
quickly, and by 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, we were back in camp with cold
beer in our hands and no tags left in our
In seven hours of hunting we saw
more than 120 head of elk with a minimum of 20 branch antlered bulls. Our
aggressive hunting technique was both
productive and exhilarating.
The rest of Jared’s camp did well too.
Sue and I appreciated the work that
Jim did at the farm and we think he
appreciated the workout we gave him
for elk.
Jim Frey
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Loaner Guns Work
There was a time when mentors, hunter
education instructors and others relied
on confiscated guns or the teacher’s
adult-size firearms, but those guns
rarely fit young students.
Then SCI and local clubs started
buying youth model guns. That helped,
but some people noticed that those
guns could sit in the gun safe or cabinet
while classes and events elsewhere
needed guns.
Enter the concept of loaner guns.
The same modern youth firearms are
moved from event to classroom to
event, helping many more students,
mentors, instructors and programs.
Now, demand is greater than supply
for youth guns as SCI, Outdoor Heritage
Education Center
and our par tners
promote the shooting sports and safe
The SCI Wisconsin
Chapter grant that
started it all has paid
off as boys, girls and
smaller framed adult
female participants
finally have reliable
shotguns that f it
them and absorb
most of the recoil on the range and in
the field.
The OHEC Loaner Gun Program has
supplied dependable Tri-Star Viper
shotguns for rabbit and turkey Learn to
Hunt programs, as well as hunter education classes, thanks to the SCI
Wisconsin Chapter and a discount from
Central Range & Hardware in Dubuque.
In recent months, those guns have
been in the hands of students and
instructors at OHEC in Hazel Green,
Milford Hills and Wern Valley in
Waukesha and Camp Anokijig serving
Milwaukee urban youth and others.
Demand continues to grow, with more
requests and some on conflicting dates.
Instructors have identified an immediate
need for certain additional youth model
firearms they can share through the
OHEC Loaner Gun Program that
launched with SCI Wisconsin Chapter’s
initial donation. There is a need for
three more youth semi-auto 20 gauges,
six bolt action .22s and six 20 gauge
single shot, break actions but not with
exposed hammers.
If you have youth model firearms to
donate or would like to fund purchase
of additional OHEC loaner guns or contribute any amount toward more youth
guns to meet the demand, email
[email protected]
SCI/OHEC loaner guns helped teach youth at Camp
Anokijig. The same guns are used on many Learn to Hunt
outings in Wisconsin where they add to the safe, comfortable fun for smaller framed shooters.
We are extremely excited about this
ear s Expo. We have teamed up with the
at Shopko Hall in Green Bay, WI.
Our Hunt Chairman Cal Ort is hard
at work procuring donations for
our Saturday Night Live Auction.
We will now have all of our outfitters
and vendors located at Shopko Hall.
Cal has acquired hunts and
outdoor adventures from around
the world including some right
here in our own backyard.
Our Annual Hunters’ Banquet and
Live Auction will still be held at
Stadium View in Green Bay, WI.
If you are looking for a certain type
of hunt or adventure please
contact Cal at 920-250-2484 and he
will see if he can find it.
We will have shuttle service
on Saturday afternoon for your
comfort and convenience.
With the purchase of a banquet
dinner ticket you will also receive
your free pass to the
Our Chapter Trophy Competition
will still be held at Stadium View.
We will have Official SCI
Measurers at Shopko Hall to
measure your trophies.
For more information call 920-427-3976 or visit
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Hunt Report:
Tom’s Safari
SCI members from Wisconsin, including the Badgerland President, enjoy a great South African hunt
by Tom Fisher
I’ve been fortunate to hunt great venues, from the United States, Canada
and Mexico to New Zealand. One great
hunting area which had always intrigued
me, and which I had not been able to
work into my schedule, was Africa. I
had heard the stories and seen the pictures of many friends who had been
there, frequently more than once. I was
visiting an old friend, Dan Trawicki, and,
of course, the conversation turned to
Africa and hunting. Dan was planning
to lead a group to the East Cape of
South Africa in June of this year, right
during a time period when I had no
other commitments. Dan didn’t have to
do a hard sell as there was still available
space in the group. I grabbed this
opportunity and started planning for the
12-day trip. I scheduled seven days of
hunting and playing tourist for three.
Fast forward to the trip. The group
flew from Dulles International to
Johannesburg, and then on to East
London, South Africa. The flights were
uneventful, although long. We overnighted at the Afton Guest House in
“Jo’burg,” wrapping up the longest leg
of the trip with good companionship, a
great steak and a soft bed. Later the
next morning, we were picked up at the
East London airport by our hosts from
Stormberg Elangeni Safaris. My PH,
Harry Sparks, introduced himself,
me with
my luggage
and firearm and
we were on our
way to camp
which was a litw
e over an hour
It took about
one minute to
e very welcome in camp
and only a few
m o re to g e t
ssettled into my
bungalow that
equipped with
sshower and a
very soft bed. I
was informed
that any launndr y which I
might have
would be
done daily,,
and if I had
any other
needs, askk
and receive..
We to o k a
brief drive
before dark
and were
treated to an
Supper wass
salad, game
meat and superb South African wine.
Af ter some acquaintance making
around a massive fire pit (that never
went out), it was a welcome sack time.
The next morning, like all ensuing
mornings, was brisk and sunny. After a
hearty breakfast, which always included
great tasting, hand-squeezed OJ and
usually bacon and eggs, it was time to
meet my other help. My main tracker,
Sharpee, and two other assistants
introduced themselves. Then we all
boarded Harry’s Toyota Cruiser and left
for the hunt. The first day was kind of
an introduction to the area, although we
were hunting for kudu. Details left out,
we saw an abundance of all sorts of
game. While visiting a waterhole later in
the morning, we did a successful stalk
on an excellent steenbok, my first
African trophy. I was told that, while
they are small, this animal is a great trophy. We drove to the “skinning shed”
where all of the animals are cared for
and kept in a cooler. Back to camp for
a very relaxed evening.
The next morning, shortly after daybreak, we were again on the trail looking for the kudu, or any of the other
me o
n my bucket
kett list.
st. The
T he terrain
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i ffrom
rom roll
lllliing hills
hillllllss and
d sh
hallllow valvallleys to rock outcropping. The various
game animals prefer certain types of
terrain and, although you might find any
of them anywhere, the PH pretty well
knew where to look for a particular species. While stalking some high oak like
brush on some hillsides, while listening
to baboons chatter, we came across a
cow kudu. The bull was nearby, lying is
some heavy brush, at about 200 yards.
After having my Browning .300 WM on
the sticks for about 15 minutes, with the
scope on the horns, my kudu got up,
took four steps, and went down. Back
to the skinning shed, then to camp and
the end of the second day, and great
food and the campfire!
The third day was the same, with a
focus on gemsbok and impala. Most of
the day was spent glassing both of
these species, and chasing them
around. We found some great impala
and I was fortunate to harvest an excellent buck. What a great place to hunt,
beautiful country and a lot of game to
look at and play with. Back to the skinning shack, then camp, and you know
the rest. I do not believe that anyone
ever loses weight on this safari. The
fourth day focused on one of my favorite animals, the gemsbok. We did a lot
of driving and even more glassing. Saw
a lot of game and many gemsboks, but
we were being fussy as we had the time
and there was no hurry. Eventually we
saw a small group of them about four
miles away and decided to go after
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we sstarted
terr d
riiviing closer
ing and finally approached to within 80
yards of a beautiful old bull, harvesting
him with one shot as he walked below
us, totally unaware of our presence.
Again, the skinning shack, etc.! W i t h
my bucket list completed, we spent the
next day cruising, glassing and enjoying. I had decided that I would take
another gemsbok if the right one came
by. We again spotted a small group
with one beautiful female with horns
approaching 41 inches. We set up a
stalk, checking the wind and terrain,
dropping into a steep valley and
approaching the other hill side
After about two hours, we were right
in the middle
of the five
with one,
but not the
r i g h t o n e,,
about 30
yards away..
Suddenly a
breeze shiftt
and she
almost felll
over back-wards get-ting out off
D o d g e .
And, the
right one
bolted by
from our
right at about 20 yards, with Sharpee
between us. It was great fun, but no
trip to the skinning shed. Another great
day and evening.
Along with harvesting some warthogs for camp meat, we spent my second last hunting day looking for a trophy
of interest. I found a great blesbuk and
harvested him to round out my African
hunt. We kept looking around, glassing
and passing up some great animals.
Again, a great, relaxed hunt, and as
usual a great, relaxed evening.
While playing tourist, I went to a huge
game preserve that resembled Jurassic
Park, with a very high, electrified fence.
All of the African wildlife, with the exception of crocs, were here. After seeing
hippos, rhinos, zebras and all of the
rest, we went looking for lions. We
found two females and approached
within 20 (in an open safari vehicle).
After about 20 minutes of photos,
we went looking for elephants – and
found them. We drove past a herd of
about 25 cows and calves, and then
came face to face with Mr. Bull, eventually at about ten yards. When he
seemed to sour on our wonderful company, we left and he followed at about
20 yards, until he was satisfied that we
were not going to mess with his family.
What a great experience to wrap up my
The return trip was long, but the
experience was worth the trip. Many
thanks to Dan for setting up a great
African Safari experience. And many
thanks to Stormberg Elangeni Safaris
for the hunt of a lifetime.
Wahlen SCI Era Ends
by Dale Bruder
In the past year or so, the National
Board Members of SCI (mostly chapter
presidents) were asked to complete a
survey in regards to the importance of
the SCI Field Staff (Field Coordinators).
The survey came back with a resounding 89% of the respondents saying
“VERY IMPORTANT”. At that time we
had five Field Coordinators that covered
North America. David Watson from the
Southern and Eastern area was discharged for being too political and voicing his opinions to the chapters in his
area. Gary Swingle was moved from
the Field Staff to a glorified assistant
position in the Membership Department.
Jason St. Michael from Canada was
told to work in Canada and that he
wouldn’t be needed to help out in the
lower 48 states. The latest victim was
our own Derron Wahlen. He was a
15-year veteran and very dedicated
member of SCI’s quest to protect our
hunting rights.
I first met Derron at the Lake Superior
Chapter’s second annual banquet. I
took an immediate liking to him because
of his laid back, yet helpful manner. He
would give his opinion of a situation
when asked but never tried to push his
opinion on anyone. He volunteered
many times to help out at an event and
no task was too trivial for him. He has
been an emcee and announcer (when
the hired one didn’t show up). He has
managed the membership booth at
banquets many times, always gleaning
new members with his knowledge and
enthusiasm. He has sold raffle tickets or
explained the way that the raffles work
to inquiring attendees. An avid hunter
himself, he always supported the chapters, both new and old, in his every
endeavor. Derron has been a mentor,
trusted advisor and probably his most
important attribute is that he is a very
dear friend. His loss will be truly felt and
the remaining two Field Coordinators
cannot possibly cover the needs of the
over 100 U.S. chapters. In my opinion,
the powers-that-be think little of the
89% positive feedback from the
National Board Members pertaining to
the importance and need of Field
When I became a member of SCI in
2000 there was in the neighborhood of
52,000 members. The most recent
count of members is less than 44,000.
Our very important Organization is in a
people for pretty flimsy reasons. Derron
is still a relatively young man and some
other organization will hire him and
wonder how they got such a good
employee. SCI’s short-sightedness will
be someone else’s long-term gain. He
will be sorely missed and all of the North
Gun Deer Season
The rules have changed, but the tradition remains!
by Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary
You talked, and we listened. Our goal in
the months leading up to deer season
was to bring hunters and landowners to
the table, and we’ve done just that. As
a result of these collaborative efforts,
the rules have changed as we work to
improve the experience for everyone
who takes part in Wisconsin’s great
hunting tradition!
With these changes, we hope to
continue to grow our relationships with
SCI members and Wisconsin’s hunters
and landowners. Below, you’ll find a few
examples of how changes to deer management in Wisconsin reinforce our
commitment to deer management and
reflect the desire to get each of you
County Deer Advisory Committees:
To give each hunter a
chance to participate
in the management of
Wisconsin’s deer herd,
we created committees on a county-bycounty basis to create
plans for deer management based on
your feedback. We
think this change will
provide a bet ter
opportunity for our
hunters to play a larger
role in key decisions
made throughout the
state. We’re through
the first round of meetings and we’ve already
he ard some gre at
Deer Management
Assistance Program:
DMAP is a great tool that provides landowners with the resources they need to
improve both their land and local deer
herd through a great partnership with
our forestry and wildlife staff.
Simplified Deer Management Units:
The old DMU system is out, and new
this year is a county-based system. See
the new map in the regulations booklet
or on our website keyword
First Time Hunters: We want to
encourage everyone to get out and
enjoy the outdoors and the excitement
of the hunt. This year, first time hunters
can purchase a license for just five dollars. First time hunters should also
check out the first deer certificate; a
great way to commemorate a hunter’s
first successful hunt, complete with picture and details of the outing. Search
“first deer” on the DNR website.
Public Access Lands Atlas: The PAL
Atlas is a great way to find public hunting land around the state. At the PAL
Atlas website, you can either download
the full version or individual maps for
With new changes come new opportunities. I look forward to continuing our
partnerships with you and Wisconsin’s
other hunters and landowners, ensuring
a great experience for all.
SE WI Bowhunters
Chapter Report
by Mike Pjevach, President
tailspin and losing more members on a
weekly basis. I think it is important for
me to mention that no one in the membership department has been discharged for non-performance, yet we
continue to lose members. In any other
business, heads would have rolled for
this dismal lack of achievement. Instead
SCI discharges good, hard-working
America chapters will feel the sting of
the reduction of field staff participation.
If you would like to send Derron a word
of encouragement or thanks for his help
in the past, e-mail him at [email protected]
The Lake Superior Chapter wishes
Derron all the best for him and his family. Thanks for all that you did!
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SCI Bow chapter members are feeling
much better now that archery season
is open and the pre-rut and rut activity
is making big bucks less wary. As
board and committee members sit in
their blinds and tree stands, sometimes they make mental notes about
work that needs to be done...later.
Forgive me for keeping this short,
but it's that time of year. However, I did
want to remind everyone that work is
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under way for the chapter's fundraiser,
so please check the website for
updates. And while you're online,
send us photos and details of your
recent adventures.
One other thing I would like to note,
as you'll read in Dale's story about
Derron's departure, is that I hope you'll
join me in saying thanks and in wishing
Derron best of luck and success in his
next endeavor.
Be safe and have fun.
New World’s Record
by Boone and Crockett Club
The largest pronghorn ever recorded
has been certified by Boone and
Crockett Club as a new World's Record.
The huge 2013 buck taken by Mike
Gallo in Socorro County, N.M. scores
96-4/8 B&C points.
The new record breaks a tie between
two specimens from Arizona. One was
taken in Coconino County in 2000, the
other in Mohave County in 2002. Both
scored 95 B&C points. The difference
between the old and new records--a full
inch-and-a-half--is the largest in B&C
pronghorn records, which contain more
than 3,400 entries.
The outstanding trophy also marks a
notable achievement for conservation
professionals. B&C records are a
gauge of exceptional habitat, strong
recruitment of game animals into older
age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting. "Records reflect success in
big-game conservation," said Richard
Hale, chairman of the Club's Records of
North American Big Game Committee.
"Remember, the pronghorn was once
nearly lost, much like the bison, until
sportsmen led an era of wildlife recovery. Now the species is flourishing. And
the fact that such incredible specimens
One Corner Of
exist today says a lot about how far we
have come, and how bright the future
might be."
Hale added, "Congratulations to Mr.
Gallo on a tremendous animal and a tip
of the cap to the New Mexico
Department of Fish and Game and to
the sportsmen and sportswomen of
that state for their stewardship of this
iconic North American species."
When North America's early explorers first described pronghorns, their
journal entries referred to the animal as
a goat. A second misnomer - antelope
- appeared later when an observer
noticed the similarities between pronghorns and African antelopes. By the
time biologists discovered this species
actually is neither goat nor antelope,
both misnomers were in common use.
Today, the pronghorn is known as a
unique species whose entire evolutionary path and distribution are exclusive
to North America.
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WI SCI HUNTERS - November/December 2014
On Location:
Lake Superior Chapter
Elections Make History
by Dale Bruder, President
The LSC of SCI held their semi-annual
officer and board members election on
September 25.
The following results were the
President, Dale Bruder;
President-Elect, Cyndy Boyce;
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Board Members are Bob Anderson,
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Wettlaufer, Jim Dohm, John Schmit,
Karin Benson, Kirby Van Tassel, Lisa
Olson, Mark Jacobson, Scott Olson,
Stephen Gillhouse, Steve Kaner, Terry
Pittman, Tom Kantos.
This election is somewhat of a historic event for the chapter. For the first
time in nine years we have a PresidentElect. This will allow Dale to step down
and join the attendees of future banquets as a participant in two years.
The really significant thing that happened was the election of our first future
female President. I have known and
worked on and off with Cyndy for over
25 years. She will be a very good
“breath of fresh air” for the Lake
Superior Chapter.
We are in need of a real jolt of youthful ideas and general youthful input.
Our theme this year for the banquet
is about “Women That Hunt.” The exact
title wording has not been chosen. To
go along with this theme we have
engaged Sarah Palin to address our
attendees on Saturday night. We are
very excited about her attendance.
Please purchase your tickets early as it
will be a sold out event. The fall hunting
season has begun in Wisconsin. Please
hunt safe, mentor a youth and enjoy this
wonderful time of year.
Remember to support our youth;
they are the future of hunting.
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SCI m e m b e r s m i g ht th in k th at
Hollywood has come to Wern Valley
Sportsmen’s Club in Waukesha. They
saw high definition video cameras,
professional photographers, wireless
microphones, and the iconic filmmaker’s clapboard. But instead of
Hollywood stars, it was a couple of
hunters from Wisconsin in front of the
camera, introducing expert guests like
Rob Bohmann, chair of the Wisconsin
Conservation Congress and sharing
important news.
SCI members Dan Small and Mark
LaBarbera produce and co-host an
award-winning TV special that you can
see in early November on public TV and
FOX Sports.
Some of the scenes were filmed at
Steve and Patti Williams’ Wern Valley
location, the official host sponsor for
“Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014.”
If you miss the original airings, you
can catch it online year-round on various websites, including,, YouTube and
SCI Badgerland Chapter contributed
to the show.
Dan and Mark spend hundreds of
hours researching, planning and producing the show each year, which has
won “Best of Show” honors from the
prestigious international Outdoor
Writers Association of America, along
with many other awards.
“The biggest reward,” said Small, on
location at Wern Valley, “comes from
knowing that we have condensed all the
information Wisconsin hunters need to
know about the new rules into a simplified, easy-to-understand and entertaining show that people enjoy and
He said this year’s show includes a
bonus segment that circles back to the
man behind a lot of the changes, the
Deer Trustee, Dr. James Kroll.
Small said, “Mark caught up with Dr.
Kroll and asked him the questions SCI
members and others would want him to
answer face-to-face. When you tune in
to the show, you’ll see there was no
hemming or hawing as Dr. Kroll answers
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candidly about how he thinks the DNR
is doing at implementing his
The show covers the new zones,
hunting regulations, crossbows, DMAP
(Deer Management Assistance
Program) and a lot more.
Whether at Wern Valley or other locations, the show’s producers put DNR
decision-makers on camera so SCI
members and other viewers can hear
straight from each source. It’s interesting and educational.
Sponsors make it all possible.
The Wisconsin DNR, more than ever,
is reaching out to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, entering into a dialogue, listening, and working to enhance
communications using modern technology and traditional face-to-face interaction all across the state. They support
the show as part of their effective outreach. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp
personally appears again on this year’s
“Deer Hunt Wisconsin” to share her
thoughts and feelings about the importance of hunting. She and her leadership team delegated Kevin Wallenfang
to spearhead the effort, and he did a
great job of simplifying and describing
the new regs, just as the DNR team did
in reducing from eight pages to one
page the space needed for new rules in
the 2014 deer hunting regulations
The production is made possible with
additional funding or product support
from Badgerland SCI, Bad Boy Buggies,
Benelli, DogBone, Easton, Henr y
Repeating Arms, Hunting Works for
Wisconsin, Mayville Engineering Corp.
(MEC), Midwestern Shooter’s Supply,
Real Avid, The Range of Richfield, Valley
Snowmobile & Powersports, Steiner
Optics, Whitetails Unlimited, Wildlife
Research Center, Wisconsin Buck &
Bear Club, Wisconsin Outdoor News
and Wisconsin Tourism.
As one SCI Badgerland Chapter
Board Member said, “We know it’s not
easy or cheap to produce an hour of TV,
and it’s not easy to get a hunting message on some channels watched by
non-hunters. We see real value in this
opportunity. That’s why we’re pitching
in again to help educate the public and
help all hunters in Wisconsin.”
Watch Deer Hunt Wisconsin TV Special!
Wisc. Public TV
Milwaukee Public TV
(Wisc. Digital Channel, e.g. 21.2)
(MPTV 10.1)
Thu., Nov. 6th 9p.m.
Thu., Nov. 6th 9p.m.
& Sat., Nov. 8th 9a.m.
Fox Sports North
Tues., Nov. 11th 9p.m. (after Wild)
Wed., Nov. 12th 2a.m. & 3p.m.
Sat., Nov. 15th 11a.m. & Mon., Nov. 17th 9p.m.
Fox Sports Wisc.
Tues., Nov. 11th 10p.m. (after Bucks)
Wed., Nov. 12th 2a.m., 11a.m., 2p.m. & 7p.m.
Mon., Nov. 17th 9p.m.
Award-Winning Hos
t Dan Small
Badgerland Chapter Report
by Tom Fisher, President
A person has to wonder where the
summer has gone, and by the time you
read this, the fall is also almost in the
history book. I hope that everyone has
had an enjoyable and safe fall, and the
hunting seasons. It is kind of funny how
you look forward to the hunting seasons, with great anticipation, and they
pass so quickly. Fall is my favorite time
of year, with the color changes, the
brisk air and renewing friendships
around a campfire or a barbie with
some wild game steaks on it. It is an
exciting time of year and, hopefully, you
have made the best of it. There is, however, some quality time left this fall and
into the winter months to share various
adventures with family and friends. I
recently lost an old hunting buddy and
he will be missed, so make the best of
the current time. When you are having
those good times with your hunting and
fishing buddies, suggest that they join
SCI and become part of what we are. Talk to your friends and share their
adventures, both with them and with
the rest of us. Please do not forget your
hunting stories and pics and share
them with Mark and with the HUNTERS
magazine readers, and in that way we
keep the spirit of SCI alive. Badgerland,
as do most chapters, has monthly
membership meetings and they provide
a great opportunity to share adventures
with your chapter friends. Speaking of
sharing, the holiday season is just
around the bend, and I would like to
wish all a very happy one. Also, it is that
time of year to start moving the planning
for the annual fundraisers into high gear. Next year’s Badgerland “Hunters Expo”
is again going to he held at the Kalahari
Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on March
27 and 28. More on that event in the
And, as for old friends, Badgerland
has lost (almost, as he just moved away)
a very longtime friend and active member. Alan Heth, who basically started
the SCI Badgerland Chapter almost 30
years ago, remaining active with the
chapter, has moved to sunny California
to be closer to family. As many of you
know, Alan was the heartbeat of
Badgerland, supported over the years
by an excellent cadre of chapter and
board members. He is personally
responsible for thousands of dollars
which went into the Badgerland coffers
for our various and sundry activities
over the years. While Alan is still a
Badgerland member, and stays
involved, albeit from a long way away,
Alan needs to be applauded and recognized for his SCI efforts and support. Thanks Alan (and Rhonda for putting up
with him and his SCI commitment.) Have a good rest of the hunting seasons here at home.
If you believe hunting and the shooting sports play a vital role in Wisconsin’s economy,
we’d love to have you as a partner. Becoming a partner is easy and absolutely free.
Please visit our website for more information, a complete list of partners and to learn how you can help tell the
story of hunting’s positive effects on jobs, the economy and conservation in Wisconsin.
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Dick Feller with 40” gemsbok.
This was my 8th trip to
africa...what a great hunt!”
Dick Feller
Our 2014 South Africa Eastern Cape hunt
is in the books! Pat Kennedy returned
after a great hunt last year, Dick Feller
and Chuck Dearth from Monroe, Tom
Fisher President of Badgerland Chapter
SCI, and Matt Riesen and his son Kyle
rounded out our group. Also with us was
Jake Yunk who purchased the “Youth apprentice experience” at the
Wisconsin Chapter banquet. Some great trophies were taken, and a
wonderful experience was had by all. Camps, Staff, foods were all first
class (as usual).
I have another group going in the summer of 2015 that I will be
completely escorting from Milwaukee. All travel, firearms permits and
logistics are handled for you. I will be in the camps and assisting every
step of the way. Its a small group and we have approx. 180,000 acres to
hunt. We will be in three separate camps with very personal service. Give
me a call for more information. Couples welcome!
Dan Trawicki
For more information contact Dan Trawicki Ph 262-408-7632
email [email protected] or 27
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Come to Northeast
Wisconsin Chapter Expo
by Calvin Ort, President
Fall is here and hunting seasons are in
full swing. This is the time of year when
our hunter instinct kicks in and other
small tasks and jobs become secondary. Whether you bow hunt, duck hunt,
small game hunt or you are preparing
for the deer gun season, or even a
hunt in the western states, everyone is
focused a little more on the great outdoors and spending every possible
moment out there they can. Bottom
line is that’s who we are and all that’s
important is that we get out there,
enjoy it and possibly share it with
someone new to the sport to help preserve what we so love!
We are preparing diligently for Expo
2015 which will be Feb. 27-28, 2015
at Stadium View in Green Bay. This
year we are teamed up with the
Wisconsin State Hunting Expo that is
the same weekend, Feb. 27, 28 &
March 1 at Shopko Hall. We are moving our exhibitors to there in an attempt
to make a bigger banquet and receive
better hunt donations in exchange for
more foot traffic which will enable the
outfitters to have more chances at
booking clients. With your paid banquet ticket and registering at Stadium
View, you will be given a free ticket to
attend the Wisconsin State Hunter
Expo. We will provide shuttle service
back and forth from noon to 6 p.m. on
We are picking up some very nice
hunts that will be on our web site: If you are
looking for a certain type of hunt
please contact me at 920-250-2484
and I will see if I can find a donation.
Wisconsin Chapter Report
by Michael Betters, President
I was recently at the SCI National board
meeting in Tucson Arizona. Part of the
program at each board meeting is
a Safari Club International update on
current events and issues affecting all
of us.
I wanted to share some of the news
with you.
There are many legal battles that are
being waged at all times by the legal
team in Washington. One of the most
recent victories came from our very own
state. This was the issue over wolf hunting with dogs in Wisconsin. SCI was a
vital player in the victory for our wolf
Many states are in other battles over
wolf hunts, coyote and mountain lion
hunts. For more details please see the
legislative updates link on our website .
SCI is the NUMBER ONE source of
support for hunters and hunter’s rights.
We all need to work as one to fight
these battles and the more members we
have the stronger we will be. Please
help recruit your fellow hunters to SCI.
SCI is for everyone, not just big game
and international hunters.
The national team is well aware of the
image problem with SCI and is launching
a new promotional campaign to better
communicate who SCI is and what it
On another note for our local chapter
we are proud to tell you we have
launched a new website. It is up and
running so please check it out at www. We welcome comments and
content if you have items of interest to
We plan to make the new site much
more interactive. Check out the pictures
and videos from the people who took
part in our annual sporting clays event!
We will have a member photo section
shortly where you can proudly share the
hunts you have been on recently.
Lastly, fall hunting seasons are here,
so please take this chance to get out
Safari Club International
Wisconsin Chapter
n to
Safari Club International
Southeast Wisconsin Bow-Hunters Chapter
Saturday, January 10, 2015
at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Adults $10
when registered by
December 30, 2014
and enjoy the opportunities you can.
While you are at it, take your son or
daughter along. The time together is
Save the date of January 10, 2015 for
our 2nd annual Whitetail Night so you
can share you and your child’s trophy
whitetail with all of us!
Join like your way of life depends on
$15 at the door
Youth - Free
ages 15 and under
Bring your rack from the 2014 season
and get it officially scored (FREE!),
plus get in the free gun drawing.
Youth hunters (15 & under)
can also get in the drawing
with a photo of a doe taken by them.
Awards for:
Youth Hunters & Top Bucks taken
in many categories: in state/out of state.
(no membership requirement)
Free membership awarded to adult winners
Tom Bentley, left,
was high bidder
for the Fishing
Bug Charter
trip with Dan
Small on Lake
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for more information, contact:
(262) 437-0097
[email protected]
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Bruder’s Bear
My adventure with Jack Cassidy began at our SCI chapter event and
ended with a color-phased bear scoring 20 9/16
by Dale Bruder
We have all heard the old clichés:
Dream Hunt - Hunt of a Lifetime
Legendary Experience. I have for the
most part blown off many stories that
start out that way. I just experienced
such a hunt and will no longer rush to
The hunt that I experienced had all of
the elements to make it a great and
unforgettable experience.
It was 1965 when I saw my first color-phase black bear. Prior to that I had
no idea they were even in existence.
My brother and I were on a fishing trip
to Northern Ontario. We were at a little
camp called Halley’s Camp. It was
located on the chain of lakes created by
damming the English River. One of the
Halley boys came to our campsite each
night to drink a few beers and hear us
talk about the lower 48. We were
talking about both moose and black
bear hunting. He asked us if we wanted
to see something kind of crazy. He
took us back to the family dump, and
there were six color-phase bears there.
Two blondes, two cinnamons and two
chocolate-colored bears rooting around
for food. I was in awe and absolutely fell
in love with the idea of getting one. He
told us that they were booked out for
bear season for the next four years. I
was disappointed, but had to accept
the truth. The bright embers of hope
started to fade.
Fast forward to 2002. A group of 10
of us were booked into a camp in
Saskatchewan for bear hunting. The
outfitter claimed that they had about a
50/50 color-phase population. The
somewhat dying embers of my memory
started to get new life. We arrived and
were all put into our own raised stands
over bait. We each had a walkie-talkie.
If we shot a bear and it was down, the
message was to be “come and get me”
in stand number (whatever the number
was). If we shot and wounded one, and
it got away, the message was to be “I
need help.” Then the four-wheelers
would come around and pick up several of us to track a wounded bear.
There was a lone shot and the message “I need help” came across the
radios. The hunter explained that a
blonde had come to the feeder, and he,
in all of the excitement, had shot high,
hitting the bear in the right shoulder.
We tracked it for about two hours. I
always thought that a wounded animal
would try to find the easiest trail out of
the woods to escape. WRONG. The
bear went through every thicket-every
thorn patch and every marsh it could
find. We ran out of daylight and tied a
ribbon around a tree and went back to
the lodge until daylight. The next morning we started out again. We went to
the tree that we had marked and followed the dried blood trail.
Several times the bear tried to climb
a tree. There would be a blood smear
on the right side of the tree and claw
marks where it slid back down on the
left side.
We kept on the trail and pretty soon
came across some warm, wet blood.
We had jumped it again. The trail led to
a river, and the bear had simply jumped
into it. We don’t know if he escaped or
drowned but that was the end of that
hunt. When we got back to the lodge a
bow hunter with us said that he had
stuck a chocolate bear, but it had
rubbed the arrow off on a rough-barked
tree. Two wounded colored bears, and
I had seen nothing!
I asked to be put into a different
stand and the outfitter accommodated
me. I was there about an hour when a
black bear with a 12” to 16” red stripe
down his back (like a skunk) came to
the feeder. It stood on its hind legs and
was rubbing his back on a tree.
I thought that it was pretty unique. I
aimed for the center of his chest, and
my hunt was completed. This was
rather a long introduction to arrive at my
current hunt story.
Once again fast forward to April,
2013 at the Lake Superior banquet. I
was talking to longtime friend and supporter Jack Cassidy, the outfitter. He
told me that he had about a 75% colorphase kill ratio and was pretty sure he
could put me on a nice colored bear.
I purchased the hunt from Jack for
September of 2014 at his “Packrat
Camp” in Southwest Colorado. It is
located on the rim of the Black Canyon
of the Gunnison. Jack has owned it for
35 years and made improvements to it
each year. I have had some recent
health setbacks and told Jack that my
hunting capabilities were far from good.
He told me that he would personally
guide me and it would be a leisurely
I arrived in camp on Saturday night,
September 6. Jack had arrived ahead
of me by only an hour or so. He
explained that he had left Wyoming that
morning at 6:30 a.m. and driven all day.
We had supper and talked about the
general wildlife population in the area.
The camp workers and the other guide
said that they had been seeing bears on
a regular basis the past few weeks, and
that the chokecherries were ripe in the
canyons. Jack only allows two bear
hunters a year and that way he keeps
the supply way ahead of the demand.
He told me a story about the previous
year when he had a kill tag and was sitting on the rim of a side canyon. Across
the way a large blonde sow came
ambling out across a rock ledge. He
put the crosshairs on her shoulder and
was about to pull the trigger, when he
saw movement behind her. She had
two cubs about one year old following
her. He was disappointed, but that is
one of the bad breaks of hunting. The
cubs needed to stay with their mother
for at least another year to survive.
Jack took me to the spot in case
there might be a repeat of the event.
We sat and glassed the other side for
about 10 minutes, and my arms were
getting tired. I set down my bino’s and
whispered to Jack that there didn’t
appear to be anything moving.
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He agreed and, about that time, out
of the corner of my right eye, I saw
movement in the brush. Jack saw it
also, and out stepped what appeared
to be a real good black bear. In the
shadows it looked totally black. Jack
asked me if I was going to take it
because it was a pretty big bear. I
whispered back that I only wanted to
shoot a colored bear. We picked up our
bino’s to look closer at the bear, and a
ray of sunshine cleared the clouds,
lighting up the entire other side of the
canyon. The bear was indeed colored
and big. It had a large head and Jack
told me to shoot before it entered the
woods that it was headed towards. His
bino’s are equipped with a range finder
and he told me the bear was at 296
yards. I whispered back that I had
sighted the gun in for 100 yards. He
said to aim at the shoulder and put the
cross hairs on the top of his back. The
bear walked behind some oak shrubs
and gave me a few seconds to aim and
steady my breathing somewhat. We
were at an altitude of approximately
8,800 feet and my breathing was quite
It came walking out, and Jack whispered that he thought I would only get
one shot. I was shooting a bolt-action
Remington .270 caliber and was using
Nosler shells. They were 130-grain, and
the bullets had a red plastic tip. I took a
good breath and pulled the trigger.
The bear took off like a firecracker
had gone off in his butt.
He went from an amble to full stride
instantly. He entered the woods, and
the trail led downward. About 150 feet
in front of him there was an opening
about 20 yards long and five yards
wide. I jacked another shell into play
and aimed the scope at the opening.
There was a brown flash and before my
brain could think to pull the trigger it
passed through the opening in
I got instantly sick to my stomach. I
turned to Jack and said “I must have
missed the damn thing.” He replied, “I
don’t think so. I had the glasses on him
the entire time and there was no sign of
the bullet hitting the ground around him
anywhere. He asked me how I felt
about the shot. I said that I thought I
had hit it and it made a very distinct
“phoomp” sound. He agreed He told
me to sit there and keep glassing the
hillside in case the bear was wounded
and decided to vacate the area. The
wooded area was about 80 yards wide
there, and on both sides there was a
very sheer rock wall. He went back to
the cabin to get the camp guys to help
find the bear. I looked at my watch and
it was 7:20 a.m. Deducting about 5
minutes of talking, the hunt had taken
15 total minutes.
I sat and glassed the canyon side for
a long time and I noticed two light tan
bodies go scooting through the opening where the bear had run. I watched
and at the top of the wooded area out
stepped two magnificent bull elk. They
were in no hurry. They would stop and
look at their surroundings; they sniffed
the air, and finally just walked very
slowly toward the trail leading to the
Black Canyon. One was a 7 x7 and the
other was a 6 x 7. Both of them had
bodies about the size of Jack’s
I looked at my watch and it was 9:00
a.m. I started worrying that Jack might
have had an accident with the fourwheeler, or maybe a health problem of
some kind. He is 78 years young and in
phenomenal shape for that age. It was
only about a mile to camp. About that
time I heard Jack yelling for me and I
answered back. He explained that he
had to round up all three of the young
men for the job ahead. I asked him if he
wanted me to go along. He smiled and
said, “Dale that is a very steep drop. It
is a 1,000 feet to the bottom where we
have to cross a creek. If you came
along we would have to quarter you to
get you out.” We all laughed and he told
me to keep watching in the event that
they jumped the wounded bear. The
four of them disappeared about 30
yards from my sight as the hillside
dropped rapidly.
I sat there watching and listening for
two hours. My butt, back, and legs
were aching like crazy. I stood up and
looked around. Off to my left a little
ways there were two old gray logs lying
there. I walked over and sat on one and
rested my back against the other one.
A thousand thoughts were racing
through my mind. I hadn’t heard a finishing shot or a yell that someone had
found it, so I figured I missed it. What
kind of reason could I come up with for
being a lousy shot?
I heard a twig snap behind me, and
a voice said, “So there you are.” I
almost wet my pants. It was the tall kid
from camp with a beard. “I missed it,
huh.” I asked him. He held up his
bloody hands and said, “No, you
smoked him, and he is a big one.” He
went on to tell me that he found a big
blood patch on a log, and the bear was
beside it, dead. What a relief I felt. He
started back down the canyon and told
me that they each needed to make two
trips because the bear was big and
heavy. Two of them would make two
trips and bring a quarter each time, and
the other guy was bringing the head
and hide. It took another two hours
before we were all back to the fourwheeler. Jack took a lot of pictures. My
camera had dead batteries in it, and I
was pretty upset about that. We finally
got the bear and everyone back to
camp about 2 p.m. We put the meat in
one of my coolers with a bunch of ice
bags and the hide and head into
another. It was in the 80’s for a high
temperature and I didn’t want any of it
to spoil. Then it was time to break out
some beer and celebrate. The other
hunter hadn’t seen a bear but had
heard Elk bugling. The bear was over
500# and Jack and the taxidermist will
be doing the measuring of the skull.
They are both master measurers. They
both estimate that the skull will score
20” in B&C. The next day Jack helped
me get to the main highway and I went
into Montrose, Colorado to the ranger
station to register my bear. They were
ver y impressed, and when they
checked the teeth, they estimated the
bear to be between 12 years old and 20
years old according to the wear on the
teeth and its size. The final age will be
available in about three months.
The wardens told me that this was
the biggest bear they have registered
there in more than three years.
I cannot say enough about Jack
Cassidy’s professionalism, his outfitting
and guiding skills and his conservation
efforts. He only allows a certain number of hunters for each species. He told
me that way he could keep the supply
well ahead of the demand. The food
was excellent and the accommodations
were great. Thank you Jack Cassidy for
helping me to fulfill my dream of harvesting a color-phase black bear.
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Ralph & Vicki Pick This Pack
TV hosts recommend Tenzing to SCI members in Wisconsin.
SCI members haul a changing variety of
gear into the field in Wisconsin and
around the world. It’s that variety that
drives Tenzing™ Outdoors to lean on
the expertise of its engineers and the
experience of its pro staff to design purpose-specific hunting packs that consistently perform in every field.
SCI friends and hosts of the toprated Archer’s Choice and The Choice
television programs, Illinois-based
Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo know the
value of equipment that works as advertised. So SCI HUNTERS magazine
asked them recently to share what
they’ve learned. On the subject of
packs, “America’s Favorite Hunting
Couple” has been using Tenzing packs
and lending the company their expertise since the brand launched.
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“Tenzing is a company of hunters
that listens to other hunters,” says
Ralph, who along with Vicki, has collaborated with chief Tenzing designer, Jay
Robert, to design a specialized line of
packs ideally suited for Midwest whitetail hunting.
Tenzing’s “The Choice” series consists of the TC 1500 Day Pack, TC 1260
Light Day Pack, and the TC SP14
Shooter Pack. All three packs come
standard in Realtree Xtra.
The Tenzing TC 1500 Day Pack that
you see on this issue’s cover has been
designed by Ralph and Vicki to be the
ultimate stand pack, while adding cleverly conceived features that also make
it a great choice for an all-around hunting pack. Equally at home on a hook in
a Waukesha County tree stand or on
the back of a hunter trying to sneak up
on northern Wisconsin whitetails, the
workhorse TC 1500 carries a pile of
gear in its cavernous 1500 cubic inches
of interior space, then adds extra pockets and additional compression straps
for maximum utility.
“The extra compression straps make
it easy to attach a heavy coat or additional gear,” Ralph says, “and gadgeteers like Vicki will love the extra
Like some SE WI Bowhunters
Chapter members, Vicki opts to hunt
with her quiver detached. Like-minded
archers will appreciate the TC 1500’s
well-engineered side pouches, either
one of which will secure a quiver full of
arrows. “Slide it in, strap it down with
the built in side compression straps and
you’re good to go,” says Vicki, “whether
stand hunting or spotting and stalking.”
“The front compartment has smaller
pockets inside for knives, snacks, hunting tags, rangefinders, phones and
other necessities,” adds Vicki, who
points out such items can quickly disappear when placed inside of larger,
main compartments. The TC 1500 will
easily carry a gun or bow in its smart,
foldout, carrying boot.
Most couples don’t care for the silent
treatment, but Vicki and Ralph do. They
cringe at the thought of unexpected
and unnatural noises emanating from
their gear. That’s why they added soft
and silent TRICO® fabric over the
DYNEEMA® strength panels of the TC
1500 – as they did with every pack in
the TC Series -- to deaden any noise
that might otherwise result from taking
items in or out of the pack.
First introduced at the Archery Trade
Association (ATA) Show in January
2012, the Tenzing™ line of innovative,
high-tech, high performance packs are
engineered and built to help hunters go
farther, stay longer, and comfortably
carry incredible loads in and even bigger ones back out.
Tenzing packs are constructed from
the finest materials available, including
the world’s strongest fiber, Dyneema®,
and designed to be the lightest, most
rugged, best organized and most versatile packs on the market. Tenzing
packs are fully adjustable to result in a
perfect fit for any hunter.
The ever-expanding Tenzing product
lineup includes carbon fiber frame
packs, full-sized backpacks, lightweight
day packs, lumbar packs, archer’s
packs, women’s-fitted packs, turkey
packs, upland bird packs, waterfowl
blind bags, high-performance bow
cases, gun cases and related accessories. Tenzing products have received
numerous recognitions for innovation
and quality, including a prestigious Field
& Stream Best of the Best 2012 Award
for the Tenzing TZ 2220. SCI members
can learn more at
• Rain Cover
• Breathable Mesh Back Pad
• Padded Hip Panels
• H2O Compatible (2-Liter)
• 12 Compartments and Pockets
• Internal Aluminum Frame Stay
• Foldout Bow/Gun Carrying Boot
• Foldout Rain Cover
• Six Specialized Zip Pockets
• Compression Strap Each Side
• Comfort Stretch Belt (24”-42”)
• Horizontal Compression Straps
• Lower Vertical Compression Straps
• 1500 Total Cubic Inches
• 3lb.-4oz. Total Weight
• Main Compartment: 20” x 12” x 5”
• Face Compartment: 17” x 9” x 2”
• Side Mesh Pockets (x2): 6” x 6” x 1”
MSRP $189.99
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