First For Wildlife


This week SCI Foundation is proud to present a Q & A session with one of our research partners in the field. Raul Valdez of the New Mexico State University Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology took time out of his busy schedule in Tajikistan where he is currently conducting an Argali Sheep survey. Below are his answers and his professional opinion of the future of sustainable management of the Marco Polo (argali) sheep.

What was the status of Argali Sheep and wildlife in Tajikistan prior to beginning your research?

Past Marco Polo sheep (MPS) surveys in and near our study area, prior to the initiation of the SCI Foundation-sponsored surveys in 2010, indicate that wild sheep had undergone a population decline, perhaps beginning in the 1940s. Sheep densities were significantly lower than present in our study area based on surveys conducted in 1995, 2003, and 2005. Sheep in…

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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


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.

Sagegrouse trapping-1_Heather_Nenninger.jpg Sage-grouse trapping

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.