Weekly Update: Newfoundland Caribou Project Reveals Habitat Key to Sustainable Management

“For every problem, there is a simple and obvious solution; which is will not work!”

This was an amazing project that I was happy to be involved with. I had friends and associates telling me it was all due to coyotes, or bears, or lynx, or who knows what, but everyone had a theory; that was proven wrong!
Congratulations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador with Shane Mahoney’s overall leadership, Safari Club International Foundation with Matt Eckert’s guideness, and a whole herd of professional individuals, volunteers and Educational institutions.

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For over eight years, SCI Foundation has partnered with the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation to support a major research program on Newfoundland Island’s woodland caribou population. The long-term scientific study has made these caribou one of the best studied wildlife populations in the world. We are pleased to present results from the project’s final report, which lays a foundation for a new comprehensive management plan.

In the 1990s, Newfoundland’s large population of caribou began to crash. The magnitude of the loss, a decline of approximately 62% of the population in one decade, and uncertainty over the causes sparked concern for local stakeholders. Woodland caribou represent an important natural resource for the island’s economy and culture. In 2008, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Sustainable Development and Strategic Science Division established the Caribou Strategy, a 5-year research initiative, to determine the factors driving…

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New Game Birds Of The World, Record Book Launched By SCI

Paul Babaz Ready to Usher in a New Age of Wingshooting at Safari Club International
Safari Club International, long-known for big-game hunting and conservation programs, is making a significant push into wingshooting, which we expect to accelerate next year with the appointment of Paul Babaz as the organization’s next President.

Mr. Babaz is now SCI’s Deputy President Elect. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he’s a big-game hunter foremost but also a wing and clays enthusiast who believes that SCI will benefit from the outreach efforts toward shotgun owners under current president, Larry Higgins. Mr. Babaz’s term as SCI president begins July 1, 2017.

“Wingshooters are a huge demographic of hunters that tend to feel left out of the SCI activities,” said Mr. Babaz.

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Paul Babaz pauses for a photo at Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club before an informal round of sporting clays.

The push by SCI into wingshooting doesn’t diminish its core mission of hunter advocacy. Instead, wingshooting supplements the big-game passions of its members.

Wingshooting grabbed the spotlight at SCI with the recent announcement of Game Birds of the World Grand Slam. Under the auspices of the SCI Record Book Committee and organized by committee member Britt Hosmer, who in turn assumed the position of Game Birds of the World Committee Chairperson, the new wingshooting program supports both bird hunters as well as the conservation and sustainability of global species and their habitats.

Under her guidance and with the support of Mr. Higgins, the Game Birds of the World ad-hoc Committee of PhD biologists and known experts in the bird hunting community have worked diligently to finalize a list of acceptable game birds from each continent. There are strict limitations as to what birds can be accepted into the program.

The initiative played into Ms. Hosmer’s strengths. An avid hunter, she’s also Principal of Rock Environmental – a consulting firm in Fredericksburg, Texas that helps organizations develop high-impact philanthropic action plans for environmental and human-rights projects.

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Britt Hosmer

Game Birds of The World is a recognition by SCI that, although there are 2.6 million bird hunters in the U.S., the organization hasn’t offered programs for them outside of shotguns and bird hunting trips sold at the SCI convention and local chapters. Still, SCI remains steadfast as an advocate for hunters’ rights worldwide.

Of interest is that SCI’s research showed that its primary membership of big-game hunters also enjoy the shotgun sports. For instance, 88 percent of their members participate in upland game bird hunting, 77 percent of members hunt waterfowl and 80 percent shoot shotguns/trap/skeet. SCI has approximately 53,000 members from 106 different countries organized in 206 chapters and also represents millions of other hunters from around the world.

“We looked at the marketing demographics for shotgun shooters,” Ms. Hosmer, explained. “It’s a huge demographic we can utilize, and we have the software to build a truly great database from a scientific standpoint.”

Mr. Babaz is of the same mind – talking about the fact that wingshooters are integral to a diversified marketing push by SCI to recruit younger hunters.

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Paul Babaz keeping score on the sporting clays course of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club.

And sporting clays factors in as well. Mr. Babaz, his business associate Lee Haverstock and friend Duvall Brumby of Yates Insurance Agency in Atlanta recently started an informal monthly sporting clays group that meets at the beautiful Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville, Georgia. It’s a laid-back afternoon of shooting on the leafy 15-station course followed by catered barbecue in the club house. The get-together reflects the inherent sociability of clays that could serve as a model for recruiting new SCI members through the shotgun sports.

Likewise, with Game Birds of The World, SCI furthers its commitment to attracting new members who are often introduced to hunting through wingshooting. Game Birds of The World also provides additional incentive for existing members to seek out SCI Record Book entries.

In that vein Ms. Hosmer explained that Game Birds of The World is an entrée into the SCI record books for female hunters who are not as inclined to pursue big game as their male counterparts.

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Also a clays enthusiast, Britt Hosmer shoot Krieghoff Sporting Clays Event in Las Vegas.

“The women liked the idea of documenting a hunting legacy,” she said. “We’re adding something that they could strive for and check off.”

For veteran SCI members with declining physical abilities, Game Birds of the Worlds presents an easier way to express their passion about collecting species.

Mr. Babaz elaborated that a growing number of SCI members are slowing down on the mountain hunts as they get older. “We want to take them back to their roots of wingshooting and bird dogs that’s a little less rigorous.”

Since Game Birds of the World only requires photo documentation, acknowledgement by the SCI Record Books is easy.

Members are invited to submit entries by sending a photo entry form and verified field photograph to the Committee. Each entry is only $20.00. SCI’s Record Book Software will be utilized for all processing of entries, which will be reviewed by the committee before being accepted. All approved photo entries will be added to a member’s species summary and apply to the Game Birds of the World Awards competition. The Game Birds of the World platform is stand alone and will not mix with the Big Game platform. Still, participants are considered for Diana Award and Young Hunter Award that recognize women and youth.

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Joe Hosmer

Mr. Babaz served as a catalyst for Game Birds of the World. Friends with former president of the SCI International Foundation, Joe Hosmer, both men had discussed starting their own American quail slam that would entail logging different species of the game bird. However, the idea soon expanded into all game birds. Ms. Hosmer stepped in, acted as the liaison with the appropriate committees, collected the experts and actually formalized and integrated Game Birds of the World into SCI.

“Paul and I have been kidding her all along to do a quail slam and that’s been escalating,” said Mr. Hosmer. “Britt put legs under it.”

“Paul understood why Game Birds of the World is important and got very excited about it,” said Ms. Hosmer.

The announcement of Game Birds of the World took place as Mr. Hosmer was preparing to step down as President of the SCI International Foundation after holding that position for six years. His replacement, Warren A. Sackman, III, is serving a two-year term.

The difference between SCI and the SCI International Foundation is that SCI, whose motto is “First for Hunters,” is an advocacy group for hunters’ rights. By comparison, the mission of the SCI International Foundation is to fund and direct wildlife programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education.

During his final days as President of the SCI International Foundation, Mr. Hosmer explained, “As we speak right now we have 60 wildlife projects going on around the world. Its width and breadth is huge. And more in line with shotgunning, we’re looking into more studies relative to upland birds.”

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Joe Hosmer and Paul Babaz enjoy upland hunting together.

Mr. Hosmer’s departure from the SCI International Foundation poses a harmonic convergence of sorts for SCI’s wingshooting expansion. As of July 8, 2016, he was appointed to the National Board of Directors of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever – the largest wildlife habitat conservation organizations for upland hunters.

The move by Mr. Hosmer presents a new-found synergy for SCI in the wingshooting arena. With 2016 more than half over, the remainder of year lets SCI move closer to those upland conservation groups. Beginning mid-2017, however, Mr. Babaz has plans for closer ties.

“I want to work with other like-minded groups for a more unified front to protect our freedom to hunt,” said Mr. Babaz, citing groups such as Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the National Rifle Association and the Boone & Crockett Club.

As the current SCI administration solidifies a multi-organizational front for hunter advocacy, the SCI International Foundation will cross-pollinate those relationships for more robust conservation programs that will touch the upland community.

Mr. Hosmer expects that a tighter bond with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, for example, would result “in studies that involve quail and wetlands from a conservation point of view. It could take the form of grants with universities and state agencies as we partner with more habitat groups.”

In discussing SCI’s newfound commitment to wingshooters, one point becomes glaringly obvious. The SCI International Convention has a large number of shotgun manufacturers and dealers exhibiting at the show. Ticking off their names builds a premium list including Krieghoff, Griffin & Howe, Holland & Holland, Purdey, Fausti, Beretta, Westley Richards and Peter Hofer.

The exhibitor roster also features wingshooting destinations and outfitters from around the world.

And for the past four years, the Safari Club International Foundation and Krieghoff International have hosted a sporting clays tournament in conjunction with the convention. Held at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, the proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Boy Scouts of America.

With that groundwork already in place, the upcoming convention on February 1-4, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will focus more attention on SCI’s wingshooting members.

“There will be an area within the convention that’s going to be catering to the wingshooter,” said Mr. Hosmer.

In effect, the current SCI President, Mr. Higgins, has started the upward trajectory for wingshooters that Mr. Babaz wants to fast-track.

“I would say that Paul is very much a bird hunter,” said Ms. Hosmer. “I’ve hunted with him all over the world. It’s nice that someone with that perspective is coming into SCI. It’s a collective sport and very inclusive.”

As a son of the South, Mr. Babaz started hunting ducks and doves as a boy with his older brother and father in New Iberia, Louisiana. Big game hunting entered his life during his teens.

After serving in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner from 1986 to 1996, he enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in finance. In 1993 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he became Senior Vice President-Investments with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management – a job he still holds.

By 2000, he’d become involved with SCI’s Greater Atlanta Chapter. In the ensuing years he assumed more responsibility within SCI both domestically and internationally, including his involvement with government affairs and on the committee of the Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award presented at the convention’s annual gala. He currently serves on the boards of SCI and the SCI Foundation.

Mr. Babaz is a dedicated conservationist whose energy reaches beyond SCI. He belongs to the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Dallas Safari Club, Delta Waterfowl and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“There’s a lot of legislative work that we need to do,” Mr. Babaz said.

Irwin Greenstein is the Publisher of Shotgun Life. You can reach him at contact@shotgunlife.com.

Useful resources:

Web site for the Safari Club International Foundation

The Safari Club International web site

The 2017 Safari Club International Convention web site

 

SCI Babaz SHOTGUNLIFE 6-page story

 

Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever Nominate Two New National Directors


JOE HOSMER AND BRETT REBER NOMINATED TO PHEASANTS FOREVER’S NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever announce Joe Hosmer and Brett Reber as newly elected members of the organization’s National Board of Directors. Sharing a lifelong passion for wildlife habitat conservation and upland hunting, Hosmer and Reber now serve on Pheasants Forever’s 18-member board, which meets quarterly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever.

“Joe Hosmer and Brett Reber come to the National Board of Directors with a long list of accolades and accomplishments in the conservation community to help move ‘The Habitat Organization’ in new and exciting directions,” stated Howard K. Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever. “With both individuals possessing dynamic character and diverse business experience, we’re thrilled to have them contributing to the overall mission of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.”

Joe Hosmer – Hunt, Texas
As a dedicated outdoorsman, Joe Hosmer has spent his adult life fighting for wildlife habitat conservation on state, national, and international stages in various positions with other non-profit organizations and state boards. Of particular note, his leadership has been evidenced as a serving member on the Safari Club International Board of Directors in different capacities since 1994, a member of the Board of Directors for Maine’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council in 2004, and the serving president for the Safari Club International Foundation since 2010.
“I’m honored to be selected as a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors,” stated Hosmer. “I look forward to contributing my many years of knowledge in the conservation realm for the betterment of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, as wildlife habitat is currently facing unprecedented challenges in our country. With this in mind, I’m ready to go to work for the nation’s leading wildlife habitat conservation organization, as members and chapters, craft a bright future for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.”

Highlighting a successful career in business, Hosmer was the founding president and CEO of MOUNTAIN, LTD. – a telecommunications, staffing, and direct hire firm – founded in 1979 and sold in January of 2007 before becoming an independent consultant and president of Durham-Hunt, LTD., a real property corporation which he owns with his wife, Sandy. They now reside in Hunt, Texas, spending their summers along the coast of Maine where they resided for more than forty years prior to 2006. When not fighting for wildlife, Hosmer can usually be found motorcycling, as he is an avid motorcyclist, sidecarist, and adventure traveler.

Rounding out an impressive list of life achievements, Hosmer is one of a select few candidates who has received three Presidential Awards from Safari Club International, was recognized in 2004 with the Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal for his support of conservative initiatives within the business community, and won the 2005 “Business Man of the Year” award in the state of Maine. Hosmer is a current member of both Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever.

Brett Reber – McPherson, Kansas

No stranger to the local model of “The Habitat Organization,” Brett Reber is a life member of Pheasants Forever and an active participant for the McPherson Area Pheasants Forever Chapter in Kansas. Reber grew up in a hunting family from Ellsworth, Kansas, before receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Tulsa College Of Law in 1986. Working as an attorney at Wise & Reber, L.C.in McPherson, Kansas, his primary practice is providing advice to clients with emphasis in contracts, business acquisitions, and litigation matters.

Active in state and local community affairs, he is a trustee of the Julia J. Mingenback Foundation, past president and director of the McPherson Industrial Development Company, and past chairman and director of the Kansas Development Finance Authority, as well as the Kansas Housing Resources Council in Topeka. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Peoples Bank & Trust, McPherson Industrial Development Company, Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Company, and the Bradbury Company.

“I am honored to join the National Board of Directors for Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, and pleased to help them fulfill their mission as the premier conservation and habitat organization in the country,” stated Reber. “As a key state in the pheasant and quail range, I will work to represent Kansas members for the improvement of wildlife habitat and youth involvement in conservation initiatives.”

Reber also serves as president and director of McPherson Valley Uplands – a 46-acre Outdoor Education Center near Conway, Kansas, designed for youth to learn and develop outdoor skills and an appreciation for wildlife and conservation. A cooperative effort between McPherson Area Pheasants Forever and CHS Refinery-McPherson, Reber believes the area serves as a testament to the power of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s local model. The area has served as a conservation learning center to countless youth participants since its creation in 2008.

Reber was recently elected to the Pheasants Forever Hall of Fame in Kansas, and still spends as much time as possible pursuing upland birds throughout the state. He currently resides in McPherson with his wife, Kathryn, and has four grown children, John, Callie, Joe, and Luke.

About Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 149,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $634 million on 502,000 habitat projects benefiting 14.1 million acres nationwide.
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The CAMPFIRE Program in Zimbabwe

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By Charles Jonga and George Pangeti

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Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) is highly regarded in the conservation community. From CAMPFIRE’s inception in the 1980’s, the program has encouraged rural communities on communal lands to conserve local wildlife populations. Prior to the program, Zimbabwe did not have a system where landowners and rural residents could manage the wildlife for their own benefit. Like other African countries, upon independence Zimbabwe inherited a system of State ownership of wildlife. But, in 1975, the Parks and Wildlife Act was passed that gave private landholders the right to manage wildlife for their own benefit. This change in policy facilitated the recovery of wildlife on private lands. In 1982, the legal provisions of the Act were extended to Rural District Councils (RDCs), which was the beginning of the CAMPFIRE program.

The RDCs administer communal areas in Zimbabwe, and have become a mechanism…

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SCI Foundation Attends 2014 AWCF

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SCIF President Joe Hosmer and SCIF Conservation Committee Chair Al Maki have arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to represent SCI Foundation at the 2014 African Wildlife Consultative Forum.  After a warm welcome from Mr. Dauwd Meme, Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, the conference began in earnest discussing lions, community based resource management, and the economics of hunting. We will provide updates on this important forum as they become available.

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MOUNTAIN, LTD.™ Founder, Joe Hosmer, Receives Distinguished NAPS Hall of Fame Award

MOUNTAIN, LTD | November 5, 2014
If you’ve ever worked with Joe Hosmer, CTS., founder and former Chairman, CEO and President of MOUNTAIN, LTD., current President of Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF), adventurist, entrepreneur and corporate leader with a list of accolades, awards and credentials that reach around the world, then you’ll be pleased, and not too surprised, to learn he was recently inducted into the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) Hall of Fame.

On September 17th in Dawsonville, Georgia, at the annual NAPS Convention, Joe Hosmer was recognized for making a significant, positive and lasting impact on the staffing industry – fitting for someone who is known for making such an impact everywhere he goes.

From the start of MOUNTAIN, when a twist of fate in a far off land put him in the right place at the right time, where quick thinking and resourcefulness allowed him to seize an opportunity and organize a team of contract engineers to build a telephone network across remote land in a third world country, to building that small company into a leading telecom staffing solutions provider across this country and beyond, Joe’s aptitude for finding and retaining quality personnel and building a solid company to support its client’s staffing needs is unequaled. Though Joe and his wife, Sandy, sold MOUNTAIN in 2007, as current SCIF President, Joe oversees the organization’s recruiting efforts and about one hundred employees. Joe is also an independent consultant who is sought after and hired by various businesses and professional organizations to assist in their recruiting process.

Everyone at MOUNTAIN knows that the key principals of dedication to excellence, quality and professionalism that serve as the cornerstones of our business philosophy today, started with Joe Hosmer. Joe nurtured our company, and he encouraged and expected his team to take leadership positions in organizations, to promote industry education and to uphold the highest level of ethics. These values are still very much a part of MOUNTAIN’s culture today. No one is more deserving of a place in the N.A.P.S. Hall of Fame than Joe Hosmer!

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