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Official Magazine of SCI Chapters in Wisconsin
March/April 2015
SCI Members & Chapters
Load Up On Success
Hunt Reports: Grizzly, Scotland Roe Deer & More
You’re Invited to SCI Chapter Events
May 20-21 Youth Expo Expands at MacKenzie
Conservation, Humanitarian and Legislative News
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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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New Advertisers
The number of advertisers allowed in WI
SCI HUNTERS magazine is limited. If you
would like your ad to be considered for
publication, contact Mark at [email protected] New advertisers who are
accepted and prepay for a 6x schedule
receive substantial discounts as listed
below. All amounts are net U.S. dollars.
6x Total
Rate (Prepaid)
1/4 Pg.
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8.25”w x 4.75”h $200 $800/yr.
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plus ¼” for bleeds.
Send ad fees to Treasurer Gary Knaack,
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Appleton, WI 54911. No attempt is made to
verify the accuracy of ballistic information
or hunt reports submitted. Ads in this publication are not considered endorsements or
approval of such advertiser by Safari Club
March/April 2015
On the cover: Whether loading a big buck on a new Can Am four-wheeler in the new Mossy
Oak Break-Up Country pattern, loading up Blue Bags for the needy or adding memories from
hunts across the U.S. and the world, SCI members are loading up on success. (Editor's note:
You can't see it, but the photographer assures us the buck was legally tagged.)
In this issue:
SCI & NRA Legal Update: Elephant Ban
HUNTERS Wins International Award
Wisconsin Chapter Report by President Michael Betters
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Report
by President Calvin Ort
10 Southeast Wisconsin Bowhunters Chapter Report
by President Mike Pjevach
Small’s Big Thanks to SCI by Dan Small
Badgerland Chapter Report by President Tom Fisher
SCI Friends Win Outdoor Channel Awards
Lake Superior Chapter Report
by President-Elect Cyndy Boyce
Quotable Sarah Palin
Member Obituary: Paul Scott Franklund
Unicorn Buck Photo
WiSafariCare: Humanitarian Blue Bags to Brazil
by Scott & Julie Beckel
15 Mentors, Too, Learn and Enjoy
18 Humanitarian Hunt Report: SCI On a Roll
19 Hunt Report: The Rest of the Grizzly Story
by Jeffery Belongia
24 Photo Gallery: NE WI SCI Members
Load Up on Success
26 Hunt Report: Loaner Guns Help Adults Too
28 Call to Action: Bipartisan Sportsmen’s
Act of 2015
29 Hunt Report: Scotland Roe Deer by David Seitz
32 SCI Flu Travel News by Bob Dohnal & Tommy Thompson
33 MOHE Youth Expo Thanks SCI, Lead Donors
34 Hunt Report: Wisconsin Buck by Patrick Barwick
36 Legislative Update by Bob Welch
38 Legislator Profile: Senator Paul Farrow
Wisconsin Chapter Report
by Michael Betters, President
We just completed our second annual
whitetail night celebrating the successful hunters of 2014. It was a fun event
that focused on the youth hunters
who all received successful hunter
medallions and other prizes. Thanks
to all who attend, for those who did
not, you missed a good event; maybe
next year!
Preparations for the 38th Annual Big
Game Hunters Grand Banquet are in
full swing. We have some terrific hunts
and trips lined up as well as several raffles for you to enjoy. By now, you have
received your registration forms for the
annual grand banquet to be held on
March 6 & 7, 2015 at Olympia Resort.
We hope all of you can attend at least
one of the days! We have tried to make
Wins International Award
All members of the five SCI chapters
in Wisconsin can take pride in our
official magazine, HUNTERS, being
honored by SCI Headquarters in the
international publications awards
SCI VP Sherry Maddox wrote, “All
Wisconsin chapters have been
honored with this Maga zine
Award. Congratulations! As in past
years, the awards are given out on
Wednesday night during
SCI Chapter Presidents thanked
Editor & Publisher Mark LaBarbera
and all the members who contributed stories, hunt reports and ads for
helping to showcase
to the world
orld our
good work
k in support of hunters
erss and
Mark Jablonic
holds the
award for
and NE
it even easier to register this year. You
can now go on line to register at www.
On a different note, you may have
heard that on December 19 US District
Court Judge Beryl Howell overturned
the de-listing of the grey wolf in
Wisconsin. I want to let you know that
SCI is already working to get this verdict
over turned. We have people in
Wisconsin and in Washington who are
reviewing the ruling and planning a
response. SCI will do all it can with all
tools at its disposal to restore this hunting season as part of the science based
management of the wolf population. We
will keep you updated on the status as
more information becomes available.
Please watch the website for breaking
news updates.
Now that it is banquet season, I hope
all of you have the chance to go to one
of the statewide chapter events. They
are a fun way to help raise funds to fight
for our hunting rights and a great way
for you to meet other hunters at the
same time.
Take a friend and enjoy the outfitters
and other vendors at all of the statewide
events. Join, like your way of life
depends on it.
SCI & NRA Legal Team Update:
Elephant Ban
SCI and NRA received good and bad
news on our challenge of sport-hunted
e l e p h a nts f ro m Z i m b a bwe a n d
Tanzania. The D.C. federal district court
issued a ruling on several motions that
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had
filed to try to dismiss our claims.
The court ruled in SCI and NRA’s
favor on our ability to proceed with our
challenges to the Zimbabwe bans,
clearing the wayy for SCI’s
o present our
Litigation team to
case on why the FWS acted
illegally in shutting
ting down
importation from Zimbabwe.
The court’s ruling
ing on our
Tanzania claimss was not
favorable. The judge
udge said
that because importaortation from Tanzania
requires a permit,
the only ones
who can sue to
challenge the
ban are those
who apply for
permits, have
their applications
denied and unsucuccessfully participate
pate in
the F WS’s lengthy permit
appeal process. The court rejected
SCI’s and NRA’s arguments that,
instead of disputing the denial of an
individual permit, we challenged the
underlying decision upon which all
importation applications would be measured. We are considering whether we
should appeal the Tanzania ruling.
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Northeast Wisconsin
Chapter Report
by Calvin Ort, President
By the time you receive this issue we
will either be having our fundraiser very
shortly or it will have just finished. It’s
that time of the year again: banquet
season. What a great time it is. It’s time
to get over cabin fever and make the
winter daydreams a reality. It’s the time
to purchase your hunts for this fall or the
next year.
People are working very hard to put
the finishing touches on for a nice banquet, getting guns and merchandise for
raffles, and hunt chairmen putting
together great hunt line ups.
All of the chapters do an outstanding
job at putting on fundraisers and everyone should try to attend as many as
Remember these banquets are fundraisers. Bid often & bid high on these
hunts. Most every hunt goes much
cheaper than full price, so, regardless,
you are getting a great discounted hunt.
the proceeds
fur ther the
chapter’s mission to protect
and promote
hunting in the
state and local
Conservation, education, humanitarian projects and fighting for hunters
rights - this is what SCI does for you!
Remember 70% of the money earned
stays with the local chapter! The more
money we raise the more we can do!
Please help all the chapters in this
fundraising season, to keep SCI strong
in the State of Wisconsin!
Congratulations to Mark Snyder and
ever yone who helped the NE WI
Chapter win the website international
award that Mark Jablonic and I brought
back from Las Vegas (see page 8).
Southeast Wisconsin
Bowhunters Report
by Mike Pjevach, President
The Bow Chapter board and
member volunteers continue to
advance the SCI mission for hunters and conservation, working for
the cause on behalf of all of us.
Whitetail Night is a recent example, and we’re committed to
building the event each year in
partnership with the Wisconsin
Chapter and others. You’ll see
coverage of that event elsewhere
in this issue.
The board also renewed its support
for the huge youth event we helped
launch last year as the first donor to
the Midwe st O utdoor He ritage
Education Center at MacKenzie
Center, Poynette. This year, on May
21-22, thousands of kids will learn outdoor skills and discover ongoing mentoring, Learn to Hunt and conservation
education programs opportunities.
I urge you to consider volunteering
or, in some way, supporting the chapter and these worthwhile events.
I hope you’ll also increase your participation at our fundraisers and other
member get-togethers. It helps the
chapter advance the SCI mission
mentioned at the start of this column.
And to everyone who pitches in, I
thank you.
Thanks for Helping
Those Who Help SCI
Badgerland Chapter Report
by Dan Small
By the time you read this, most of the
hunting seasons are over and the fundraiser banquet season is well under
way. It is now time to start the planning
for the next hunting and fishing seasons, with the anticipation and enthusiasm that we all share.
Hopefully everyone had a great hunting season, sharing good memories
with family and friends. My wife, Barb,
and I have just returned from a great trip
to Belize, which I purchased at last
year’s Hunters Expo, spending time on
an island in the Caribbean with fishing
and diving/snorkeling, and then three
nights in a cabana in the jungle and
exploring Mayan ruins. Great adventure,
like most of the auction items that we
As an SCI member, I see the articles in
HUNTERS magazine about “Deer Hunt
Wisconsin” TV reaching larger audiences and more stations across five
Midwestern states, and how it shows
the positive image of hunters, but I
wanted to add my personal thanks for
your support.
When Mark and I wore the SCI
Badgerland cap during the show, our
larger sponsors took note.
I’ve enjoyed working closely throughout the years with many fellow members and all SCI chapters while producing Dan Small Outdoors Radio,
“Outdoor Wisconsin” on public TV stations reaching every county, and countless articles for MN and WI Outdoor
News, WI Sportsman, other publications and social media.
I’m an active member of Badgerland
Chapter, and I want to thank its board
members for chipping in $2,000 for
“Deer Hunt Wisconsin” and DSO Radio.
I enjoyed dedicating airtime for interviews with Tom Fisher and Steve Cripps
about the SCI mission and the success
shared by all chapters. I appreciate
SCI’s willingness to pitch in financially
toward fulfilling our mission while so
many media outlets choose not to help
tell the positive story of the hunter’s role
in conservation.
And I’ve worked closely with the
Wisconsin Chapter also, as you have
read in these pages, as we showcase
SCI’s great work in the areas of youth
education, humanitarian services,
hunters’ rights and conservation. For
example, “Outdoor Wisconsin” recently
produced the story of a wheelchair
hunt that included chapter funding to
Pheasant Crest Hunting Preserve. It
airs 9 p.m. March 26, 9 a.m. March 28
on Milwaukee Public TV, and March 28
at 11:30 a.m. on the Digital WI Channel
of WI Public TV.
Getting our pro-hunting message
through mass media to the wider audience and voting public is not getting
easier. Airtime is so easily diverted to
other issues and non-hunting stories.
Yet, it’s reassuring to know that you
and SCI are willing to step up and lead
the way. For that and so much more, I
thank you.
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by Tom Fisher, President
can find at the various chapters’
While doing your reminiscing and
planning for next year, don’t forget to
patronize the supporters and advertisers who support our favorite
Badgerland has added some new
friends and adventures to our banquet this year, and their enthusiasm
to join the chapter has been
great to see. Talk to your hunting friends, and to the business folks
in your community and ask them to
join SCI.
Also, don’t forget Mark and the
HUNTERS magazine, and share your
adventures with the rest of us across
See ya down the trail, and have a
great trip!
Outdoor Channel Announces
Golden Moose Winners
Outdoor Channel announced the
winners of its 15th Annual Golden
Moose Awards among shows aired on
that network. SCI-funded “Expedition
Safari” and its host and production
team once again did not receive recognition, but many SCI friends and allies,
like Jim Shockey, were honored.
Emcee was Michael Waddell of
Outdoor Channel’s “Realtree Road
Trips” and “Bone Collector.” The
ceremony at the SHOT Show included
performances by Ted Nugent, Nate
Hosie and Kari & Billy. Nearly 2,000 outdoor industry leaders, TV stars and
lucky fans attended.
Special presenters included: Gerald
McRaney, star of “House of Cards” and
“Ram Outdoorsman;” Sarah Palin,
former Governor of Alaska and star of
Spor tsman Channel’s “A ma zing
America with Sarah Palin;” Theresa Vail,
a 2013 Miss Kansas winner, avid
bowhunter and host of the upcoming
network series “Limitless with Theresa
Vail;” country music star and host of
“Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,”
Craig Morgan; huntress Eva Shockey of
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“Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures;”
Mossy Oak founder and CEO Toxey
Haas; and Realtree President and CEO
Bill Jordan.
Fan Favorite Award for Best Host/s
was awarded to Nugent and was chosen by more than 18,000 loyal viewers
of the network. Awards went to the following winners:
Honorary Lifetime Achievement
Harold Knight and David Hale,
“Ultimate Hunting”
Best Fishing:
“The Bassmasters”
Best Conservation, Education &
“Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks”
Best Comedy:
“Craig Morgan All Access”
Best General Interest Show:
“The Gunfather”
Best New Series:
“Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED”
Best Overall Production:
“Drury’s THIRTEEN”
Best Series Open:
“Driven with Pat and Nicole”
Best Deer Hunting:
“Crush with Lee and Tiffany”
Best Videography / Camera Work:
“Raised Hunting”
Best Big Game Hunting:
“Driven with Pat and Nicole”
Best Sound Design:
“MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories”
Best Bird Hunting:
“Crush with Lee & Tiffany”
Best Graphic Design / Animation:
“Drury’s THIRTEEN”
Best Shooting Sports:
“The Best Defense”
Best Commercial:
26 Nosler, “Flat Out, Lights Out”
Lake Superior
Chapter Report
by Cyndy Boyce, President-Elect
Hello Members. I trust that this edition
of Hunters’ finds everyone well during
this banquet season. My name is
Cyndy Boyce, and I am the PresidentElect for the Lake Superior Chapter, an
honor and a privilege I do not take
lightly. Safari Club International has
been a part of my life for over 15 years
and in that short time I have had an
opportunity to see the many great
things that our Chapter and many other
Chapters have contributed to Safari
Club International as a whole. Like
many of you, I have built lifelong relationships with members and outfitters
from around the world, all because of
Safari Club International.
Having just returned from the
Ultimate Hunter’s Market, aka Safari
Club International’s Annual Convention
in Las Vegas, I am once again inspired
to be a part of this phenomenal organization. There is no other opportunity in
the world to spend four days talking to
individuals from every corner of the
world. It takes almost all four days to
see and do everything that convention
has to offer and comfortable shoes are
a must! Being the President-Elect, I
spent my time visiting with past, existing
and future donors. Solidifying these
relationships is the foundation of our
chapter’s continued success and a task
that I enjoy. So many of our donors
have been with our chapter for many
years and many of our members have
had great hunts with those
donations purchased at our
events. I love the opportunity to sit and visit with an
outfitter I met on my first trip
to Convention. I am even
more impressed that we
can pick up where we left
Our chapter and many
chapters around the country work hard to maintain
and grow our memberships. I am
excited about an announcement
straight from the Board Meeting in
Vegas regarding a new membership
offering that was announced in Las
Vegas. Our chapter will announce a
Membership Challenge, and kick off will
start at this year’s banquet.
I am a firm believer that our chapter
was built on relationships and it is those
relationships that I hope to continue
with all of our members, donors and
exhibitors. As such, please consider
this a personal invitation to attend our
17th Annual Banquet on April 10-11,
2015 at Grand Casino Hinckley. This
year’s theme is the “Year of the Woman
Hunter”, featuring Ron Schara and
Raven on Friday Night and Sarah Palin
on Saturday evening, an awesome live
auction Friday and Saturday with over
50 items each night, a great silent auction both nights, unbelievable raffles
with over 100 fabulous rifle prizes and
the spectacular HERS Raffle, once
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who will speak at
the SCI Lake Superior Chapter banquet, is called
“the master of the quotable quote.” At the SHOT
Show just after the NFL playoffs to promote
“Amazing America with Sarah Palin” on
Sportsman Channel (Thursdays, 9p.m. ET), she
was asked how the GOP is doing now that
they’re in the majority. “They’ve got to get their
stuff together,” she told The Blaze, adding, “It’s
not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
SCI Lake Superior
Mourns Scott Franklund
again this year’s event has something
I am a huge fan of technology and
am looking forward to moving the chapter to a more online presence, utilizing
social media outlets, an update to our
website, using available online registration applications and easing the paper
trail that comes along with every banquet. Keeping our members and outfitters connected using these platforms
is essential in today’s world! Developing
these applications takes time and will
not happen overnight, but in an attempt
to provide the need for information we
have all become so accustom to having
at our fingertips we will go through
some growing pains – but in the end we
will be able to better build the chapter
relationship. Great things will happen!
Lastly, I encourage you to register to
attend our banquet – April 10 & 11,
2015. This year’s event will sell out! For
more details regarding the Banquet or
to Register, find our Chapter Facebook
page here:
LakeSuperiorChapterSCI; Chapter
To Register Online: By the time each of you are
reading this, it is likely our event will be
nearly sold out! Don’t delay!
I look forward to building relationships with all of you and being your
future president, I am only too aware of
the huge shoes I have to fill, not only
from Dale but from the many past presidents our chapter has had over the
years and I am hopeful that i will be able
to live up to your expectations and my
own expectations! April will be here
before we know it; so until then, travel
safe and I will see you all soon!
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Chapter member Paul Scott Franklund,
56, passed away of natural causes at
his home January 9, 2015.
Scott was an avid sportsman and
SCI member who loved traveling the
world in search of big game adventures
that took him to the Aleutian Islands,
Yukon Territory, Zambia and, his favorite, South Africa on multiple
Scott was born in Boulder on August
9, 1958 to Dr. Paul and Jeanette (Tatge)
Franklund. In 1976 he graduated from
Fairview High School and continued his
education at Colorado Mesa University,
Colorado Mountain College where he
obtained his Associates degree, and
went on to Arizona State University
where he received his MBA.
Scott will be remembered as an
expert real estate broker who specialized in luxury homes and ranches,
proudly selling many of Boulder’s most
iconic properties during his vast career.
His greatest achievement was bringing
the iconic Sotheby’s real estate brand
to Colorado’s Front Range as the
founder of Legendar y Proper ties
Unicorn Roe
SCI members in Wisconsin have
hunted corn rows for deer, but not unicorn roe deer.
Here’s photographic evidence from
a roe deer buck shot in Slovenia.
We’re assuming it is not a hoax and
that the antlers
grew like this.
Yo u c a n s e e
more on YouTube
in a video from
Sotheby’s International Realty, which
later merged with Fuller.
The most significant part of Scott’s
life was being an amazing, devoted
father to his precious daughters,
Savannah (15) and Skye (9). He cherished his girls above all else. His dedication to his wife, Jill, was infinite. A
doting father and dedicated husband,
Scott always made time for and appreciated his wife and beautiful daughters.
He will be missed by them and by his
fellow SCI members.
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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WiSafariCare Blue Bags
SCI LSC members deliver humanitarian aid to
grateful people in Brazil’s Amazon on the Rio Negro River
by Scott and Julie Beckel
helpful with information and
As we started accumulating
items and talking about it to other
people the idea began to grow. It
went from bringing a
few items, to three
and a half blue bags
full. The willingness
Above, the Mayo Facilities team
and enthusiasm from
paused for a photo.
others was amazing.
Help-ing with
Below, Julie and I enjoyed giving as much as
funds, obtaining
villagers enjoyed receiving.
items, several of
my Mayo Clinic
colleagues helped
pack 25 one-galJeri handed out Blue Bag contents.
lon Zip-Lok bags
with 32 family items in each.
only was the fishing fantastic, accomEverything from toothbrushes,
modations and food first class, but the
combs, manicure sets, rope,
guides and equipment were top notch.
thermometers, Band-aids,
The experience of spending 7 days on
ointment, flashlights,
sewing kits, fish line,
treble hooks, lighters,
involved in the planning and packing, to
electrical tape, small knives,
recruiting and involving new friends that
washcloths and a small tablet
you just met on your trip. The smiles on
filled Blue Bag #1
the faces of the people in the villages
Then we started collecting
young and old were heartwarming. But
things for the kids in Blue Bags
the smiles and overwhelming emotions
#2 and #3, including backpacks,
shown by our new friends who helped
rubber balls, soccer balls, foothand out the items at villages was just
balls, pumps, jump ropes,
as touching. They all thanked us several
Frisbees, Matchbox cars, bracetimes for including them in this very
lets, beads, necklaces, hair ties,
humbling experience. The whole expeheadbands, color crayons,
rience was more rewarding than words
Above, left to right are Rodger, Scott, Julie,
can explain. I’m sure we will do it again.
knives, multi-tools and more.
Vic, Jeri, Jacque, Dan, and John.
The work it takes
Julie and I with the Chief
to put the Blue Bags
the Rio Negro River on a boat in the
together is paid back to you
Amazon was one of the our most
tenfold. From the excitememorable.
ment of getting others
I think this is our seventh once-in-alifetime trip we have taken
with the help of an SCI
banquet auction. We have
taken things on other trips.
This time I wanted to do it
more organized. I sent an
email to SCI HQ and back
came an email from Karen
C re h a n. S h e wa s s o
On a recent peacock bass fishing trip to
the Amazon, bought at the SCI Lake
Superior banquet, with Captain
Peacock Yachts and Expeditions, not
Mentors, Too, Learn and Enjoy
SCI members and partners bring joy,
fulfillment and new skills to students
young and old at various events. But it
is not entirely selfless. Volunteers from
SCI chapters, Friends of Poynette
Game Farm, OHEC and other groups
have learned that mentoring brings its
own rewards. DNR instructors often
give up their free time or go out of their
way to help us teach and recruit
new hunters. Thanks to all mentors and donors for making it fun
and rewarding for everyone.
Here are a few images from
Learn to Hunt and other events
where SCI loaner guns, volunteers or funding helped make a
Mayo Facilities team
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March 27, 2015
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March 27/28
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The Rest of the
Humanitarian Services:
SCI On a Roll
The humanitarian services work of SCI
chapter members in Wisconsin warms
the hearts of those who give as well as
those who receive.
SCI’s generosity delivers the healing
power of nature along with life-long
memories, but we
are reminded
at humanitarian
events that
There’s more to the exciting story from last
issue about all the grizzlies Jeff Belongia
passed up while hunting with Gary Gray of
Alsek River Lodge in Alaska. The big black
boar that you saw in the photos was not the
female that came within nine feet of him during
that memorable hunt. Gary and his guides are
diligent about identifying and not shooting sow
grizzlies. Here’s the story about how Jeff shot
his boar.
a “lifetime” means different things to different people.
Here’s another photo from the SCIsponsored pheasant hunt at Pheasant
Crest Hunting Preserve in Oxford. Mark
LaBarbera’s Outdoor Heritage Education
Center group coordinated with Dan
Small for his “Outdoor Wisconsin” TV
crew to cover the outing for 11 physically
challenged hunters underwritten by the
Wisconsin Chapter of Safari Club
International. Funding in previous years
by the Badgerland Chapter helped
guests enjoy the powerfully therapeutic
value of this day afield.
That’s Terrence Green of Bayview, an
African-American Vietnam veteran,
shooting from the loaner Action
TrackChair provided by Access Ability
by Jeffery Belongia
Though my 10-day hunt for coastal
grizzly bear lasted four days, those days
were exciting and eventful.
As I reported last issue, I shot the
33rd different bear I saw. Guide Dan
Kann and I had five close encounters
with bears along the salmon-studded
rivers we hunted. I mentioned the large
female that approached our position to
within 9 to 10 feet of me and about 15
feet from Don. While I felt more than a
bit nervous with that encounter I could
see that Don had his rifle trained on the
bear as she got to within spitting distance. Well at least I think he had his
rifle pointed at the bear! Maybe he just
intended to shoot me if she decided to
On day three of the hunt a gentleman
from Texas hunting with us took a beautiful boar that taped 9 ft. 2 in. around
2 o’clock in the afternoon. Don and I
heard the single shot, and when we
returned to the lodge about 10 p.m. we
were treated to the story. It seems that
while packing the bear hide out, the
hunter, hunter’s wife and guide Gary
Gray bumped a large bear who stood
tall enough on all fours to look Gary
in the eyes, while Gary sat on the quad.
Since Gary is a veteran outfitter and
hunter and has operated the lodge
since the middle 1980’s I was sure he
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Alaska Bear
was not prone to exaggeration. This
was a huge bear. It was decided that
Don and I would hunt that area of the
river the following day.
Our third day involved visuals of four
adult wolves fishing salmon and other
close encounters with bear. I had a wolf
tag in my pocket and could have shot
any of the four Canids, but Don felt we
should hold-off as it was also prime
time for big bruins. It was very difficult
pulling my rifle from the shooting sticks
and the crosshairs off the jet black wolf
with golden guard hairs. Since we did
not shoot a bear that evening I still
regret not squeezing the trigger of the
Sako and sending a 225-Grain Swift
A-Frame his way.
Earlier that morning while perched on
a grassy bank with the heels of my
boots nearly touching the flowing current of the river a young bear about 6½
feet jumped out of the bush and onto a
sockeye not 15 feet from my toes.
Startled does not describe the feeling.
A few hours later, while sitting along
an alder choked river bank watching a
run of sockeye salmon and tucked
against and under a mast of densely
grouped trees, I felt an uneasiness as if
something were there watching me. As
water from the morning rain was still
dropping from the canopy of alder
leaves it was difficult to hear distinctly. I
turned my eyes slowly from the river to
my right and over my shoulder to search
behind me. Expecting nothing out of
the ordinary, I was surprised to see a
brown bear standing and staring
directly at me from a distance of maybe
20 short feet. It was almost like peeling
back the shower curtain and seeing
Freddy Kruger standing there.
As I reached to the rifle I had propped
against a nearby alder, the bear whirled
180 degrees while making a hell of a lot
more noise departing that it had upon
arrival. Looking over, I could see under
the hood of Don’s rubber rain jacket a
wide grin and I chuckled a bit to myself
thinking about how easy it was to get
close to these bears.
We sat out the remainder of day
three listening to the wolves serenade
the spawning salmon and usher in the
darkness. Dinner would be late as we
retraced our path down the river to the
waiting 4-wheeler.
The ride back to the lodge was at
least another hour and we had a halfmile of slippery river stones to traverse
before we would reach the path to the
quad. With head lamps on we could
see through the gin clear water and pick
our way over and between the rocks.
Take your time I said under my breath.
No need to take a bath just yet.
I remember 4:30 a.m. of day 4 came
quickly. I was startled by the “firm” wrap
on the door of my cabin. It was time to
head to the drying room to retrieve the
now dry cloths I had hung near the
stove the night before. I made a sandwich or two and packed a couple granola bars and two apples into my dry
sack along with two bottles of water.
“I felt an
as if something
was there
watching me.”
We were on our way at 5 a.m. in
hopes of finding the big boar Gary had
seen the day before. Don decided we
would avoid some of the slippery river
rocks by taking a compass heading and
squeezing our way through the heavy
alder tangle and spruce trees to a position just down river from our
intended vantage point.
In retrospect, it may have
been better to battle the
current and river bottom
than the stubborn yielding bush. As we made
our way east through
the woods I recall
thinking that it
was hell
in the
and it would be much worse in the dark.
That thought proved to be more than
accurate later that evening.
Don was optimistic as it was the first
day he took a pack frame along. I smiled
as he lashed it to the front of the quad
along with my dry sack and rifle.
We hit the river within yards of where
Don had intended and made our way
up current to a grass bank.
Sitting on a little wet but unsubmerged muddy bank I tried to make
myself comfortable. We had sun for the
first time and I took out my camera to
record some scenery. It wasn’t long
before we heard the unmistakable
sounds of a bear maneuvering for
salmon in the currents. I watched a
beautiful sow with golden head and
chest feed her way down the river along
the opposite bank and directly across
from our position. I captured her in a
few photos and asked Don to confirm
my guess of 7 feet? He did.
The next two hours were
unproductive as far as
bears, but we
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with the ducks, mergansers, eagles,
and fish.
The sound of a large, heavy bear in
the river current is distinct from that of
young clumsy bears when they fish.
The sploosh, sploosh, sploosh, of a
young bear is like a person quickly running through a puddle on their toes,
compared to the long heavy wading
movements of a large experienced bear
pushing volumes of water ahead of his
massive legs and shoulders.
I will always remember that sound as
it rolled down the river to our position on
the bank. I could not see the bear as
the alders immediately to my right
blocked my view but Don raised his binoculars and stepped out into the water
for a better look up the river.
Without taking the Swarovski from
his eyes he whispered to me, “You
should seriously think about shooting
this bear.”
Earlier he had given me the distances
to two small islands up river from our
position. The first was 113 yards and the
second 125. This bear was heading
directly between the two islands.
I eased to the edge of the bank placing my shooting stick into the water in
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front of me and placed the 338 in the V
of the sticks. My left leg was actually in
the river and I felt the sandy bottom as
my foot searched for purchase. Even
without the magnification of the scope I
had set on 6X I easily realized that this
bear was different from the previous 32
we had encountered. There was no
need for Don to repeat his suggestion.
The bear was big, black and wet. I
told Don to get ready as I was going to
shoot. I knew that his client from the
previous week had lost a bear in the
heavy alders after making what Don
had thought was a killing shot. I could
tell that the loss of that bear still bothered Don. It would be dark in an hour
and neither of us wanted this bear to
make it out of the river and into the
heavy alder morass of S.E. Alaska.
I was sure this bear was mine as I
squeezed the trigger. Seeing the bullet
impact directly behind his left front
shoulder and hearing the solid slap of
the bullet on the heavy wet hide told me
all I needed. I instantly worked the bolt
for a second shot. He dropped his hind
quarters into the river and bit at the irritation behind his shoulder and over his
heart. As his body rotated to his right
my second shot hit him in the center of
the neck dropping him to his back and
into the water. His flailing legs sent
splashes high into the air above him. I
heard Don say, “You killed him.” as he
sent a shot down range and into the
bruin’s shoulder.
A few smiles were exchanged along
with a congratulatory handshake. As I
repacked my dry bag with camera and
jacket, Don grabbed the shooting sticks
and waded up stream to the trophy.
When I arrived, I was impressed, not
only with the size of this animal but with
the deep black color of the hair. He
looked like a black bear on steroids.
There was no Albinism in his gene pool!
I looked at Don and cussed a bit. The
surprise look on Don’s face and his
inquisition as to my problem let me
know that I had achieved the desired
result. “What is wrong?” was the retort.
“I did not want to shoot one this nice,
now I have to pay for a full mount.”
If you want to hunt with Gary Gray
at Alsek River Lodge, visit www.
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Member Success
You don’t have to own a Can Am
Outlander ATV or UTV in the new Mossy
Oak Break-Up Country camo to haul
your trophy, but it sure helps. SCI
members from Wisconsin loaded up on
Who's Who and where they were
- Counter clockwise from top right
A - John Prothero, South Africa
B - Mark Snyder, South Africa
C - John Pearson, Florida
D - John “Walt" Janke, New Mexico
E - Greg Jansen, New Mexico
F - Cal Ort’s hog, Florida
G - Anita Daggett, Wisconsin
H - Mike and Joyce Christianson,
South Africa
I - Mark Jablonic, Wisconsin
J - Jim and Colleen Skwor, Spain
K - Paul Janke, Wisconsin
L - Jeff Borree, South Africa
M - John Pearson, Florida
N - John “Walt“ Janke, South Africa
O - Jeff Borree, South Africa
P - John “Walt“ Janke, South Africa
Q - Cal Ort, Florida
success during 2014, as you can see
here. Please share your photos and/or
stories with us for future issues by
emailing them to [email protected]
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Loaner Gun Gets Gobbler
Brad has hunted deer for decades and
taken many bucks throughout the years,
but he had never discovered the joys of
outsmarting a wild turkey. Call it “adult
onset turkey syndrome” or whatever you
want, but something moved him to begin
turkey hunting now that he is
He had heard his friend SCI member
Dan Small talk enthusiastically about the
excitement of calling the big birds and
having them respond. Any time of the
year, Dan told him, there’s something special about turkey hunting.
So Brad bought a turkey hunting
license and then realized that he did not
have a turkey gun, and his deer rifle was
not legal for turkeys. Dan told him about
the loaner guns with interchangeable
choke tubes that SCI Wisconsin Chapter
helped Outdoor Heritage Education
Center purchase.
They contacted OHEC. A loaner gun
was available during their season, which
fell between scheduled Learn to Hunt
events that otherwise tied up the guns.
Brad took it as a good sign.
He was right. He shot a nice gobbler
that week, and Dan Small shared this
photo he took of Brad with the loaner gun.
If you would like to use loaner shotguns
or rifles for your Learn
to Hunt programs or
needs for
new hunters of any
age, please
contact Mark
at [email protected]
As you and other SCI members
prepare for your turkey hunts in
Wisconsin and wherever you
travel, here’s a tip we picked up
recently during lunch with Randy
Christensen from Cabela’s in
Prairie du Chien, who has an
amazing 211 birds under his belt
as hunter and/or caller. He enjoys
mentoring as much or more than
filling his own tag.
Randy noted that some gobbler decoys come with red paint
on their heads, but that’s the color
of a bird that’s ready to fight. Buy
one, instead, with a blue/white
head or repaint it yourself with a
matte finish that is blue/white.
Use it with hen decoys. Let the
live gobbler think he can steal a
hen or two from an unsuspecting
gobbler not in the fighting mood.
For the full story, stop in at
Cabela’s and chat with Randy
during one of his turkey seminars
this spring.
Randy shares turkey hunting
p with Cabela’s customers.
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Call to Action:
Sportsmen’s Act of 2015
SCI President Craig Kauffman is urging
members in Wisconsin to contact your
two U.S. Senators and share your views
on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of
2015, which was introduced recently by
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). This
important compendium of pro-hunting
provisions has been passed by the
House but blocked in the Senate for
years. Now, with the election of several
new pro-hunting Senators in 2014 and
the resulting change in chamber
leadership, the bill has its best chance
ever to be passed through both
chambers of the Congress. SCI in conjunction with other pro-sportsmen’s
groups such as the National Rifle
Association, National Shooting Sports
Foundation, the Boone and Crockett
Club and the Congres-sional
Spor tsmen’s Foundation worked
tirelessly from the very first day of the
114th Congress on the introduction of
the act.
Kauffman said, “America’s hunters
and anglers trust that the U.S. Senate
will take action on this landmark piece
of legislation quickly to preserve our
hunting heritage for future generations
of sportsmen.”
S e n. M u r kow s k i s a i d, “ T h e
Bipartisan Sportsman¹s Act is not only
an access bill, but also a way to promote economic growth in our country.
Sportsmen and women across the
country spend billions of dollars each
year on outdoor activities. This economic activity not only helps local communities but aids conservation efforts
as well. This common sense, bipartisan
legislation supports conservation efforts
while also improving access to
recreational hunting and fishing on federal lands.”
According to SCI Re gional
Representative Committee Chairman
Dale Bruder, SCI is very appreciative of
the work of Senator Lisa Murkowski
(R-Alaska) and her Democratic colleague Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in
compiling the bill and serving as the
principal original co-sponsors.
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter high bidder makes lifelong hunting, travel and golfing
memories with International Adventures Unlimited at the Queen’s Balmoral Estate.
by David Seitz
My wife, Jeanne, and I were the successful bidders on a Roe Deer Hunt in
beautiful Scotland at our first SCI Dinner
in Green Bay Wisconsin in 2013. Steve
and Sue Taylor had invited Jeanne and
me to attend the dinner and what a time
we had! A vast array of exciting hunts
were offered at the “live auction” and a
large number of booths prepared by
outdoor vendors and guides, provided
a grand array of options for any outdoor
area and it is complete with a magnificent castle, beautiful rolling green hills,
an abundance of game, a golf course,
and wonderful gardens.
Each of our four hunters had his own
guide who was also a professional
gamesman for the queen. Their position has often been handed down from
their fathers and these guys know what
they are doing! They dressed very professionally with Scottish hats and
sometimes a tie. We used their rifles
with scopes and silencers. I was so
I was so glad I didn’t wear my Green Bay
Packers cheese-head and my fluorescent orange
hunting jacket, as I often do on my Wisconsin
deer hunts. It wouldn’t have fit in at all!
Steve and Sue had been on the
Scotland Roe Deer Hunt previously and
they explained that the staf f of
“International Adventures Unlimited” led
by Michael and Danielle Grosse provided a great time for guests.
Our trip began with an eight-hour
flight from Chicago to Edinburgh and a
couple days of exploring the history and
culture (including Scottish whiskey tasting) of the area. Then, it was on to the
Glen Lui Hotel in Ballater, Scotland. We
met our four fellow hunters and enjoyed
the quaint atmosphere of this hotel
where we would enjoy our meals and
the fine Scottish hospitality including, of
course, the Scottish Whiskey.
Next morning it was up at 3 a.m. and
time for a quick breakfast before we
headed for the Queen’s summer residence in Balmoral. This 20x30 square
mile area is the Royal Family’s vacation
Hunting Report:
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glad I didn’t wear my Green Bay Packer
cheese-head and my fluorescent
orange hunting jacket, as I often do on
my Wisconsin deer hunts. It wouldn’t
have fit in at all!
The guide to hunter ratio was 1:1 and
we took off in our Jeep-like vehicle,
beginning to search the hills for our trophies. At last we saw a 6-pointer about
800 yards up a green and spongy hillside. We ran up about 600 yards and it
was then my time to shoot. Breathing
heavily from the run, I steadied my shot
as best I could and dropped the animal
in its tracks. Having aimed right at his
chest, I hit him right in the head. I tried
to explain to the gamesman that I aimed
at the head to preserve the meat, but
he gave me a knowing smile.
The animal was then taken to the
queen’s castle for pictures, and immediately on to the “Royal Butchering
SCI member David Seitz used the
gamekeeper’s rifle with its silencer
to shoot a roe deer, and wants to
return to Balmoral for red stag.
Area” where some of the 250 full-time
employees of Balmoral skin and butcher
the meat for use by the staff and the
Royal family. Each hunter was allowed
to shoot two bucks and arrangements
were made for mounting, either in full
body or head mounts. Other hunts are
also available in Scotland for the beautiful red stag. Those hunts are fall hunts
and allow for harvesting a much larger
and colorful animal.
Jeanne and I felt so privileged to be
in Scotland on the queen’s private land,
participating in a hunt like this. In addition to hunting, we also toured the area
and even played golf on the queen’s
course. Scotland is a beautiful country
with friendly people and wonderful
food. Inte r national Ad ve nture s
Unlimited does an excellent job of
arranging everything and making their
guests comfortable. And the price is
reasonable. Be sure to hunt and travel
in Scotland if you ever get the chance.
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Michael Thompson
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We will personally import your trophies
and have them at your taxidermist
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Nobody does that!
Harry Fischer 16 Point Stag
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Michael, Danielle,
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Are your personal hosts
on this exciting adventure!
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You owe it to yourself to call or email and
have us send you all the details on this
Incredible Opportunity!
Featured here are some Wisconsin SCI Chapter members who hunted with us this past fall.
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You’ve Heard About Us - Now Come Hunt With Us!!!
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Flu, Ebola and You
Flu season brings many interesting
problems for SCI members and others.
A re ce nt me ssage from former
Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of
Health and Human Services Tommy G
Thompson is a reminder to all of us.
See excerpts below.
I have given thousands of flu shots,
supervised them in nursing homes for
40 years, and studied continuously the
ramifications of flu and its vaccine.
The Ebola epidemic in Africa has
brought this knowledge and concern to
the fore about how to combat these
Flu kills anywhere from hundreds of
thousands to millions, depending on
the year, the numbers of people vaccinated and the strain of the flu. It hits
seniors and children the worst. My
Grandfather, Emil Dohnal, from Maribel,
WI, got the flu and three days later was
dead. He was a healthy farmer in his
30’s with wife and four kids.
I have watched flu hit in nursing
homes; it is really rough. We do not
have any good treatments yet. Flu vaccine is not perfect. Tamiflu, advertised
on TV, is okay if you take it a day before
you get the flu.
My fellow SCI members should know
as they travel around the world that bird
flu keeps popping up, as does swine flu,
under another name. Both of these are
covered by the flu shot.
In the USA, we have big problems.
People without any knowledge, medical
degrees or experience are spreading
rumors about flu. I will not go into them
all here. It is easy to debunk them.
First, you do not get sick from a flu
shot. It is a dead virus. That is why the
vaccine only works for a short time. If
millions get shots, some people will get
sick from colds, etc. that day or the
If you do not like a shot and are worried about preservatives, like mercury,
get preservative-free or the attenuated
virus in the nasal spray. All of the shots
that you have ever gotten, antibiotics,
etc. have had preservatives.
You can get side effects from all
meds, like it hurts a little, or there’s redness, etc. Some people can be allergic.
If you are allergic to eggs, be careful.
Finally, if you are healthy, in good
shape and in your 30’s, you can probably skate by, but you might still get the
flu and give it to children, Granny and
neighbors, with bad results.
As parents , we have a responsibility
to properly take care of our kids. The
govt. does not require you to get this
shot and some private schools do
require it. In NY, 98% of the kids in public schools are vaccinated for the childhood diseases, but only 47% in private
Latest news says that only 47 % of
women are getting vaccinated for flu
and they are the key caregivers. I would
hate to see lots of mothers not get
shots, get sick and then infect their
Finally a mutant form of H3N2 has
arrived in Wisconsin. The present vaccine is not as effective on it, but it still is
somewhat effective. Doctors are recommending getting the shots anyway
cause there are other flu viruses out
there. Doctors believe that the shot will
help somewhat anyhow.
Finally, I beg people to put Facebook
articles, Internet fables, uneducated
peoples opinions and anecdotes, and
other false rumors aside to contact your
pediatricians, your doctors and nurses
that you trust, and get the truth.
Here is an excerpt from an editorial
letter by former Wisconsin Governor
and Secretary of Health and Human
Services, Tommy G Thompson:
The simple fact, reaffirmed by countless studies, is that the flu vaccine
reduces the number of occurrences.
Perhaps even more important, the vaccine seems to reduce the chance of
severe illnesses, as detailed in a study
released by Duke University earlier this
year. division of infectious disease.
Why get a flu shot? The flu kills an
average of 35,000 people a year, with
about 200,000 annually ending up in
the hospital.
Flu is a highly contagious viral illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, recommends immunizations for everyone age 6 months and
older, which coupled with a strong educational effort has increased vaccination rates over a ten-year period to just
over 51% by 2011, a near-ten point
increase over a decade. Unfortunately,
progress has stalled over the past two
years among a demographic most
impacted by the flu.
Despite the average age of flu patient
hospitalization skewing higher at just
shy of 29 last year, according to a study
published earlier this year in the
American Journal of Respiratory and
Critical Care, flu vaccination rates have
remained virtually unchanged at just
under 40% among adults over the past
ten years.
This year, the flu is dominated by the
very damaging H3N2 strain, which
according to the Center for Diseases
Control, already accounts for more than
90% of the cases. The CDC sounded
an early alarm pointing to the previous
H3N2 strains as being responsible for
greater hospitalization rates and deaths
than recent and more-common strains
that have circulated in recent years.
Together, for not only our own personal health but also the health of those
most vulnerable that we care about, as
SCI members let’s make sure the flu
vaccine remains an annual tradition.
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With spending cuts and tight budgets,
more schools are finding it difficult to
deliver educational field trips for students. Even with low gas prices that
reduce bus transportation costs, teachers and administrators struggle to afford
the total expense. Students lose opportunities as schools cut back to stay
within their budgets. So you can imagine the reaction of educators when they
learn that students can attend the
b i g M i d we s t O u td o o r H e r i t a g e
Education Expo free, and that transportation grants are available for
schools in need.
NEW DATES, MAY 20-21, 2015
Thanks to DNR in-kind support and
major funding from Founding Sponsors
like the Wisconsin Chapter of SCI,
Wisconsin Friends of NRA and SCI
Badgerland Chapter, and from the first
donor, the Southeast Wisconsin
Bowhunters Chapter of SCI, MOHE
Expo founder and organizer Mark
LaBarbera is able to help schools
deliver education-packed outdoor skills
experiences to thousands of students.
Founding Sponsor Dane County
Conservation League this year doubled
its donation and moved up among
major funders to help more schools
attend the May 20-21, 2015 MOHE
Expo at the DNR’s MacKenzie Center,
Poy n e t te. R o c k y M o u n t a i n E l k
Foundation and Friends of Wisconsin
Conservation Congress donated significant funding and WCC offered more
transpor tation grants. Whitetails
Unlimited, Wisconsin Bowhunters,
Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited,
Pheasants Forever, Wings Over
Wisconsin and others contributed to
the event’s success.
Students from Milwaukee, Madison,
Ho-Chunk Nation and schools from as
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far away as Scales
Mound, Illinois,
last year enjoyed
archery, airguns,
dog handling,
m u z z l e l o a d i n g,
birding, conservation, forestry, fur
trapping, plus
ATV/snowmobile and firearms safety,
natural heritage, elk, turkey and waterfowl calling and other activities run by
volunteers from various partner groups
and DNR staff. Bison, wolves, eagles
and more than a dozen other live animals will be on-site again this year, plus
the SCI Sensor y Safari from the
Badgerland Chapter.
Dan Small’s Outdoor Radio and
“Outdoor Wisconsin” TV featured the
MOHE Expo and sponsors. The show
originally aired on public TV stations
throughout A me rica’s Dair yland
February 26 & 28, and now is available
free year-round on,
showcasing the good works, generosity
and volunteer spirit of hunters to a mass
audience of non-hunters. Other media
already covered the event positively and
it looks like even more newspapers,
magazines, websites and radio stations
will help spread the word to a wider
audience after the May 20-21, 2015
Overall, SCI leaders see the MOHE
Expo generates positive publicity and
is a great way to give students an
opportunity that many would not otherwise have, plus deliver information
about the sportsman’s role in conservation, the economic impact of hunting,
and where they and their parents can
go for ongoing outdoor education
pro gra ms, Le a r n to Hunts a nd
mentored opportunities throughout the
If you, your company or your group
would like to volunteer or donate funds
in any amount to help grow this event
and reach more schools and students,
see or contact organizer Mark
LaBarbera, OHEC MOHEE, 2955
Kennedy Rd., Hazel Green, WI 53811,
at 608-854-2196, [email protected]
com or mobile 520-730-9252.
Photo by Chico LaBarbera
by Bob Dohnal
Lead Donors for Youth Expo
Hunt Report:
by Patrick Barwick
Here’s another photo and the story
behind my 2014 Buffalo County buck.
We got to the cabin Friday, October
17, and I only hunted the evening. It
was really windy and I did not see any
deer. Saturday, I went out early, and it
was again windy, so I thought I was
going to have another uneventful
morning sit. At 8 a.m. I heard something walking
behind me and knew it was not a
squirrel. I looked down and to my left,
and the buck was almost under my
tree. I saw the spread and counted the
nine points, then drew on him as he
was walking away from me. In my
mind I was saying, “Turn, turn, turn!” I
wasn’t going to take a straight away
shot on the south end of a northbound
buck. I needed an angle. And, as if
on cue, he turned. I released the string.
The shot was good, but I was a little
worried that I only had two-thirds of
the arrow sticking out. This is the first
time using Rage expandables, and
Dan Trawicki had said they are awesome. I saw the buck make a small
circle and start heading down a small
hill. Then I heard the crash. I waited
five minutes and got down slowly,
walking to where I heard him go down.
There he was. I saw he was a bigbodied deer but didn’ t know how big
until I weighed him at 223 pounds
dressed weight. He had 10- to 11-inch
tines, 19-inch spread and rough score
of about 156 gross. Obviously, Dan
was right about the Rage
Kyle Riesen with 40"
Gemsbok. Kyle and his
dad Matt booked the
hunt at the Wisconsin
Chapter banquet in
March. It was a great
father-son hunt that
will long be remembered.
“Thanks for a great trip
from start to finish”
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
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For more information contact Dan Trawicki Ph 262-408-7632
email [email protected] or 35
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Legislative Update
by Bob Welch
For years we have fought for our state’s
right to manage its own wolf population.
In 2011, the Obama administration agreed, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS) released a decision leading to the January 2012
removal of gray wolves from the federal
endangered species list. In April of 2012
Governor Walker signed into law
Wisconsin’s Wolf Management Act
and three successful wolf seasons
On December 19, 2014, a federal
judge who has likely never set foot in
Wisconsin, overturned the 2011 FWS
decision, putting gray wolves back on
the endangered species. By overturning the decision the judge has blocked
Wisconsin’s wolf hunt and our ability to
manage our own wolf population, at
least for the time being.
This is yet another lawsuit in the constant stream of anti-hunting lawsuits
from the Humane Society of the United
States. In this case they came upon a
sympathetic judge and got the decision
they were looking for.
Even more concerning than the
effect of immediately putting wolves
back on the list is what the judge used
for her rationale. She stated that until
wolves are fully restored in their entire
original habitat, they can never be delisted. This means until wolves are walking down Wisconsin Avenue in central
Milwaukee, they are still endangered.
As ludicrous as that sounds, until this
decision is appealed, it is the law of the
That said, hopefully this is a temporary problem. From the moment this
decision came down, we have been
hard at work to find a solution.
Naturally there are many ongoing
discussions about appealing this awful
decision. SCI will no doubt be involved
in this effort. But no matter how
ridiculous the decision being appealed
is, appeals can take a very long time.
A potential solution with perhaps a
better time frame is federal legislation to
reinstate the FWS’s order to remove the
gray wolf from the Endangered Species
list. In January the Wisconsin Chapters
of SCI signed onto a letter to the
Wisconsin delegation in DC, asking for
such legislation (see the attached letter).
This effort is being led by Wisconsin
Cattlemen’s Association, with pretty
much every farm group and every
sportsmen’s’ group being involved.
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble has stepped
up to be the lead author of a proposal
to fix this problem. His bill is similar to a
2011 bill that fixed a similar problem in
Idaho and Montana. Already he has
secured bipartisan support for the measure. The bill would affect wolves in
Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and
Wyoming. The specifics of the Wyoming
situation are a bit different, but with the
same result - the FWS delisted wolves
and a court decision relisted them.
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The way that legislation gets done in
Washington is, of course, complicated
and difficult. With the ready example of
Idaho and Montana, it should be easier
to get this proposed solution the support it needs to pass.
Whatever the eventual strategy
becomes, SCI will be involved, as this
threat from HSUS is really the “tip of the
spear”. The anti’s war against hunting
and wildlife management really starts
(and hopefully stops) with the war
against wolf management.
As always, we are here in Madison
every day making sure Wisconsin’s
hunters are well-represented. If you
have any question or ideas, please feel
free to contact us at 608.819.0150.
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Senator Paul Farrow
Senator Paul Farrow, the former owner
of a home inspection business, has
been an avid angler for most of his life,
utilizing the many lakes Waukesha
County has to offer. Born in Milwaukee
in 1964, he just recently took an interest
in hunting, specifically taking part in the
great Wisconsin tradition of deer hunting. He is married and has two
Senator Farrow joined Representative
Mary Czaja by authoring Senate Bill
185, which provided the opportunity for
hunters to use crossbows during a season concurrent with the archery deer
hunting season. As some SCI members know, there was heated debate,
deal-making, and communication
issues surrounding 2013 Wisconsin Act
61, which allows people of all ages and
abilities to hunt deer with a crossbow.
Senator Farrow is proud of the
Crossbow Bill. He and SCI members
look forward to working together for the
good of hunting, fishing, trapping and
Elected to the Assembly in 2010 and
the Senate in the 2012 December
Special Election, Senator Farrow was
re-elected in 2014, and is the Assistant
Majority Leader beginning in 2015. The
1987 Waukesha County Technical
College and 1991 Carroll University
graduate now has the following Biennial
Senate committee assignments: Chair,
Education Reform and Government
Operations; Vice-Chair of Elections and
Local Government; Vice-Chair of
Revenue, Financial Institutions, and
Rural Issues; and member of the Senate
Organization; Workforce Development,
Public Works, and Military Affairs committees; and Joint Committee on
Legislative Organization.
In the past, he has been Chair, ViceChair or member of these committees:
Government Operations, Public Works
and Telecommunications; Review of the
Common Core Standards Initiative;
Education; Judiciary and Labor; Joint
Legislative Council; Joint Sur vey
Committee on Retirement Systems;
State Fair Board. Before that, in the
Assembly he was Vice-Chairman of the
Transportation committee and served
on the Colleges and Universities;
Housing, Governor’s Council on College
a nd Wor k forc e Re adine s s; a nd
Transportation Projects Commission
Self-employed as a partner in a
radon mitigation company, Senator
Farrow is also a member of the
Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce,
Presidential Advisory Council-Carroll
University, Waukesha Co. Business
Alliance, Waukesha Co. Republican
Party and Past Member: of the National
Association of Home Inspectors. He is
also Past President of the World Muskie
During the 2015-2016 Legislative
Session, Senator Farrow is currently
researching and discussing ways to
improve and simplify the manner in
which the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) issues licenses and
permits to hunters, anglers, and anyone
who takes advantage of Wisconsin’s
natural resources. Senator Farrow welcomes any thoughts or suggestions on
how the DNR can improve and streamline its process.
More students and adults now can enjoy healthy time outdoors discovering the DNR’s MacKenzie Center, according
to Director JD Smith, Ruth Ann Lee and Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, thanks to a 2015 donation of snowshoes from SCI
ally Outdoor Heritage Education Center and additional partial funding from Friends of MacKenzie. Cabela’s in Prairie
du Chien gave a generous discount on 40 pairs of high-quality aluminum snowshoes in youth and other sizes.
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