About one month to go until Ruff Grouse and Woodcock season opens in the northern states, Quail in the southern regions and Pheasants on the plains.

Make sure both you and your canine partners are in physical condition to take on the rigors. It is very easy to overdo early and miss your entire season.

On behalf of so many more polite friends – TRAIN YOUR FRIGGING DOG! Basic manners at a minimum. Please. It should be able to at least come when it is called, walk at heal, stay or whoa, and do so without you yelling and hollering!

Regardless of what feathered creature you hunt, be safe and be a conservationist in the process. Mentor someone who shows an interest and share your bounty.

Game Birds Of The World program, or…  Got Quail?  

Article from SCI:

With more than 45,000 international members, SCI is a global leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. Since its formation 45 years ago, SCI has traditionally focused on big game management and hunters’ rights. SCI has now added advocacy for game bird and waterfowl conservation and the right to hunt managed species across the globe.

SCI is excited to announce the Game Birds of the World

program in order to bring greater awareness to the many and varied upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The SCI Record Book is now accepting entries for more than 350 acceptable bird species as well as offering a variety of different game bird awards. SCI has released these new awards for North America, South America and Africa bird hunting. Participation in this new program allows duck and upland game hunters to record their hunting heritage while contributing to waterfowl and upland game bird conservation and advocacy.

Ryglen There Goes Amos helping collect a Ruff Grouse for me in the north Maine woods

Steve Robillard adding a Scaled Quail to his slam

Professor Ryan O’Shaughnessy of West Texas Quail Outfitters

Me explaining why I missed the shot. Ricardo Longoria not daring to contradict me…

Richard Huntley demonstrates what is required for a photo entry of a Scaled or Blue Quail

The gorgeous Yucatán Black Throated Bobwhite Quail

Britt Hosmer and I on a Yucatán Jungle Bird hunt

“The Donald” Richard, me, Steve Robillard – Much of bird hunting is about the social aspect.

South Dakota has some of the best destinations for Pheasants

Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

A win for everyone. This is a good illustration of two major points I have tried to make over the years. 1.). SCI Foundation does more than support lion research in the wilds of Africa, and 2.) This goes to the Marta of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever that it is all about habitat!

First For Wildlife

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Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction of wildlife and livestock in sagebrush steppe is an important relationship. New conservation grazing programs, supported by the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), aim to benefit both the wild species and domestic livestock of the region. However, more research is needed to assess how well the initiative’s recommended grazing practices help the habitats of migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse.

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Safari Club International Foundation is one of multiple partners supporting research on SGI’s rest-rotation grazing practices. Rest-rotation is simply the practice of giving a pasture rest from grazing pressure the year after its summer use.

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Hosmer Inducted Into Safari Club International Hall Of Fame 


Joseph Hosmer, Safari Club International Foundation Immediate Past President, was awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame Award by Safari club International at the 2017 SCI Convention in Las Vegas, NV based on his history of service to the world hunting community, dedication to Safari Club International’s goals of conservation, protecting the freedom to hunt, and educating of the people.
Hosmer received his award and custom bronze at the Saturday night awards banquet on February 4th, 2017, attended by almost 2,000 SCI members and guests. Hosmer delivered a stirring acceptance speech punctuated by a challenge to the audience to “…find their passion.” Hosmer continued by saying, “… that while SCI Foundation would provide the best science in the hunting world; and SCI would provide awesome legal talent; it was up to the individual members to provide the passion in delivering the message, because that was where the anti-hunting groups were eating our lunch!”

The SCI Hall of Fame Award, introduced in 1984, is one of the most prestigious honors which can be bestowed upon an SCI member. Potential inductees are nominated by fellow SCI members and the winner is determined by the Hall of Fame Award Selection Committee based upon ranking determined by a list of set criteria.
SCI Hall Of Fame Members include Roy Weatherby, William Ruger, Fred Bear, Bert Klineburger, and numerous other notable outdoorsmen and women. 

I forgot about this older article and it should be here…

Hunters Value WildlifeBY JOE HOSMER
+Joe Hosmer is the president of Safari Club International Foundation, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation through sustainable use.
Hunting is vital to the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations. Both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species recognize the importance of hunting in conservation and have special provisions in their regulations to ensure hunting continues. Animal rights and welfare activist groups fail to recognize the value of hunting in conservation and even claim hunting is a leading threat to wildlife. In fact, hunting remains a timeless tradition, a livelihood, and a necessity for conservation.
Hunters pioneered sustainable wildlife management through the creation of North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. After early settlers diminished wildlife populations through unregulated harvesting, hunters and anglers assumed responsibility for the management of wildlife and worked to conserve species through harvest limits and the establishment of conservation organizations. Since its implementation in the 1860s, the North American Model has been responsible for the revival of multiple species, including white-tailed deer, elk, and black bears among others. Deer populations have grown to 32 million since the mid-1900s thanks to the North American Model, where science and sustainability are central. Research is conducted yearly to ensure that harvest is sustainable and adapted to meet the management goals set for the population size. Further, state conservation programs provide groundbreaking research into the most pressing issues facing wildlife management and rely heavily on revenue generated by hunters to remain at the forefront of those issues.
Through legislation such as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, better-known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, excise taxes and fees paid by hunters are directed to restoration programs to be used exclusively by state fish and wildlife agencies. The revenue from an 11 percent tax on long guns, for example, is distributed nationwide and assists with conservation research and project funding. Last year, the US Department of the Interior announced that $1.1 billion of excise tax revenue paid by sportsmen and sportswomen would go toward funding state conservation and recreation projects. Programs like Pittman-Robertson and personal donations to conservation organizations allow sportsmen and sportswomen to contribute billions to conservation annually. In 2011, North American hunters spent $38.3 billion with $3 billion directed exclusively to conservation initiatives. These efforts are the foundation of the conservation funding system.
The practice of funding conservation programs through hunting revenue is not only applicable to North America, but has been shown to be effective internationally. As in the US, hunting revenue from the sale of licenses and tags in Africa and Asia also goes directly to funding wildlife management and other conservation efforts. Many African countries rely on tourism for economic stability; one of the highest grossing forms of tourism in Africa is hunting. Hunting tourism means jobs to local peoples of Africa. According to a 2004 study, in Tanzania hunting tourism employed approximately 3,700 people annually. In turn, those workers supported 88,240 family members.
Many wildlife organizations recognize the benefits hunting tourism brings to African communities. A recent World Wildlife Fund community-based natural resources management report states that the economic benefits of hunting “quickly reinforce the value of a conservancy’s wildlife resource and such community awareness is a powerful anti-poaching stimulus, creating effective internal social pressures against the illegal harvesting of game.”
Creating value for wildlife is a key aspect in ensuring wildlife survival and that is exactly what the presence of hunting accomplishes. Habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are growing threats to wildlife populations. This is due to land-use change for various human purposes, such as agriculture. As long as wildlife attack livestock and eat or trample crops, local people will continue to indiscriminately kill intruders that they perceive as a threat to their livelihood. Scientifically based, regulated hunting provides value to wildlife for these local communities by showing the profits that can be generated by the legal harvest of a single animal. It is also conducive in creating socially acceptable population numbers, which ultimately decreases the possibility of wildlife conflict and therefore decreases the number of retaliatory killings, further conserving species.
Many opponents of the hunting industry ask: “If hunters love wildlife, why not donate the money instead of using it for hunting?” But no one asks a marathon runner to only write a check instead of actually running in a breast cancer awareness race. It is commonly understood that providing an opportunity for a person to contribute to a cause, while participating in something they love, increases the likelihood that a person will continue to contribute in the future.
Hunters respect wildlife and seek to conserve the wildlife that they hunt to ensure sustainable populations for the future. It is a lucrative form of tourism that not only creates value for wildlife, but also supports conservation programs, feeds local communities, provides jobs, and funds anti-poaching efforts. And, hunters also write checks for conservation, in addition to hunting.
Hunting is indisputably an effective form of conservation recognized by governments and wildlife organizations throughout the world. It generates revenue and provides tremendous opportunities for communities reliant on wildlife. Science dictates harvest numbers and research showcases its positive effects. Year after year, sportsmen and sportswomen demonstrate their impactful role in conservation and their efforts should not be stifled by the futile emotional arguments of those who harbor a moral grudge against the hunting industry.

Improving Your Wingshooting

I have never gone to a seminar of this sort when I haven’t learned some little trick that helped me. I just can’t understand why I am not a great shot by now? Hope to see you there.

Hunt Forever

gila-ndvickiash 111412Gil and Vicki Ash have been coaching world class shooters and providing tips on shotgunning in Safari Magazine, now you can join them in person at this important seminar.

Vicki and Gil will be showing new ShotKam video footage of kill shots on four different species: ducks, pigeons, quail and doves. They will also discuss innovative ways of getting back on track when you lose your bird in the field.

Join your shotgunning editors for a fun-filled session where you will actually learn something that will make you a better shooter in the field and on the clays range. Short Q&A session to follow.

45thanniversary

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Wild Harvest Initiative Makes Progress Acquiring Big Data

Very interesting project which effects sportsmen and women, of all interests and levels, all across North America. I will be following it with interest so stay tuned.

First For Wildlife

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In a recent update from Conservation Visions Inc., the Wild Harvest Initiative has made significant progress acquiring data from public online sources and jurisdictional representatives. The initiative, funded by SCI Foundation and a coalition of hunting organizations, is working to estimate the value of recreational wild protein harvest from the 15.5 million hunters and 37 million anglers across 69 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and associated territories.

A harvest database is currently being developed into a custom graphical user interface. Once completed, wildlife agencies, researchers, and conservationist can use this information to identify existing gaps and address weaknesses across North American study areas.

Objectives for the next quarter include continuing database development, calculating harvest biomass for select species, collecting more angling harvest data and building additional support for the initiative.

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The Wild Harvest Initiative is the first attempt to systematically quantify wild protein harvest on such a large scale and seeks to…

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