Welcome New Members

Our chapter dinner meetings are a great way to get together with people that like to talk about hunting, without having to worry that you are going to offend someone. It is a real breath of fresh air to just be able to have a pleasant talk about hunting. You don’t have to be a world traveler to join SCI. I am primarily a pheasant hunter, but I joined just to get together with other hunters. If you know someone that hunts, but is not a member yet, invite them to one of the dinners. You may be doing them a favor and helping the chapter at the same time.

One way to go hunting is to join us at the Golden Gate Chapter annual chucker shoot at Birds Landing on Saturday, November 5th. There will be plenty of members with bird dogs, so come on out even if you don’t have a bird dog. We separate the people with flushing dogs from those with pointing dogs so everyone gets to hunt in their own style.

Our chapter raises money at our annual Fundraiser so that we can donate the money to conservation, education, and humanitarian purposes. This Fundraiser auctions off about 40 hunts every year. These hunts have been vetted by other Chapter members, so you know that you are getting a reputable outfitter. Our Fundraiser is one event that you don’t want to miss.

One of the benefactors of our fundraising covers both conservation and education. We have made another substantial grant to the University of California specifically to study big game in California. It is gratifying to support a group that really believes in scientific game management. We had a fascinating presentation of some of their research at one of our meetings this year. It showed how ranchers can have a significant and stable source of income by managing their property for hunting. This is especially remarkable at such a left leaning university. This is truly conservation in action.

Most of our donations are going to youth shooting activities. We are sponsoring three high school trap teams in our area. It is fantastic that we have three high school trap teams in our area with this political climate. We are also sponsoring a Boy Scout shooting sport weekend and the Bird’s Landing Clays for Kids sporting clays event. We know that our youth are the future of our sport, so we are doing what we can to support them.

One of the things that makes California great is that people of all different walks of life can live together. Not everyone hunts, but we respect the right of our fellow Californians to do so. Hunting and fishing license fees help protect and provide access to the land that Californians use for hiking and other outdoor activities and help keep animal populations healthy. Trophy hunting (without harvesting the meat) is illegal and violators are subject to heavy fines and criminal charges. Hunting contributes $3 billion to the California economy each year and supports 27,000 jobs. Further restrictions would have dire consequences for small-business owners, the tourism industry and regular taxpayers. Even if you don’t hunt, hunting is important to our public lands, our wildlife and our California way of life.

2018 Q1 Presidents letter

President’s letter April, 2018

Our annual Fundraiser is behind us and it was good to have it at Blackhawk Country Club instead of across the bay. Our chapter had the biggest attendance that we have ever had at a Fundraiser, verifying our belief that more of our members would attend if it were closer. We sold out the dinner, and even oversold a bit by accident. Nonetheless, everyone got a seat, we had a nice dinner, and we made some money for our conservation and education programs.

The venue was very scenic and a good time was had by all. There were a few things that we could have done better, but for the first time in a new location, I think that we did very well. Our chapter members indicated that they would be happy to come back this location again.

I would also like to talk a bit about participation in our chapter operations. We have the annual board of directors election coming up and I would like to encourage people to think about running for the board. That is how I started.

I hadn’t hunted all over the world. I was primarily a pheasant hunter and I still am. However, I did want to give something back to the club because I enjoy coming to the dinners and talking to people about hunting without any worries that people will get upset. I don’t have a ton of money to spend on hunting, but I have the same 24 hours in the day that everyone else has. I felt that I could contribute my time as well as anyone else.

Being a board member is a good way to see the big picture of protecting our right to hunt in our modern society. It also allows you to mingle with some people that have hunted some amazing species in some amazing places. It has been a great learning experience for me.

If you are ready to step up and help out, please see me or any one of our other board members and let them know. It is good to have new board members to give a fresh perspective every once in a while, so we welcome new board members.

One final note is a reminder that we will soon be raffling off our SCI Gun of The Year. There are a maximum of 100 tickets, so the odds of winning are better than most other raffles. This gun is a .300 Winchester Magnum with a synthetic stock and a camo dip pattern. It is a real hunter’s rifle, so please come to the April dinner and buy some raffle tickets.

President’s Letter Summer 2018 Q2

President’s Letter Summer 2018

I would like to thank everyone that made the Fundraiser a success this year. Many people put in a lot of hours to put on the Fundraiser and many people bought entire tables for friends and family to help fill up the room. I would especially like to thank Bob Keagy for his work on the live auction donations and his personal donations of silent auction items. Bob was able to get mostly 100% donations for the live auction, which really improves our bottom line.

This is the time of year when we send out most of our donations to sponsor youth activities, conservation, and humanitarian activities. Now that we have had the best Fundraiser in this decade, it is time to give back to the world.

Most of our donations are going to youth shooting activities. We are sponsoring three high school trap teams in our area. It is fantastic that we have three high school trap teams in our area with this political climate. We are also sponsoring a Boy Scout shooting sport weekend and the Bird’s Landing Clays for Kids sporting clays event. We know that our youth are the future of our sport, so we are doing what we can to support them.

I am writing this on Memorial Day, so it is appropriate to note that we are also sponsoring the Purple Heart Outdoor Tour again this year. This event brings wounded active duty servicemen out for a blacktail hunt on local ranches. It is a great way to say thanks to those who give so much to our freedom.

 

Presidents column – Fall 2018 Q3

Presidents column – Fall 2018

It is the middle of summer, but the fall hunting season is right around the corner. I hope that you all have the opportunity to take advantage of our great hunting privilege here in the US and abroad.

Right now, it is time for planning and preparation. Time to get details finalized, or maybe work on the dog training for bird hunting (I am reinforcing the STAY command). It may also be time to start thinking of getting in shape physically if you don’t keep that up year round.

We will not have member dinners in September and October, as usual, because people are out hunting. We had great speakers at our July dinner, some members and coaches of the De La Salle Trap Team. They had an impressive table full of trophies, all from the last couple of months. It was great to see young people engaged in the shooting sports.

Speaking of the dinner meetings, try to bring some friends and family members to the dinner meetings. It is a great chance to talk to other hunters and talk about hunting without having anyone get upset. The social time before, and after, the meetings is enough to make it worthwhile, regardless of who the speaker. Come on out and relive old memories, or get some advice about some future memories.

Bringing new people to the meetings might also help bring some new members into the chapter. We have not had a lot of new members lately and we are losing some members to relocations. One of the benefits of having a prospective new member coming to the dinner meeting is that the SCI national membership is only $35 the first year for someone who signs up after attending and SCI event, like our dinner meetings. Combined with our $25 chapter membership, this becomes a great deal, so lets get some new faces at the dinner meetings.

2019 Q2 President’s Letter

I would like expand on a theme that Bob Keagy started in his presentation at our last dinner meeting. Do what you want, while you can.

Some of us will put off the hunt of a lifetime until it is too late. You never know what the future will bring. We only have a limited number of years of good health, and hunting can be a strenuous sport. Bob was presenting some of his sheep and goat hunts, which are some of the most taxing hunts, but even less strenuous hunts will be a problem as joint problems make themselves known.

The other thing to consider is that the anti-hunters are becoming increasingly effective, especially in California. It doesn’t matter that the animals are in no way endangered. If they were, we would stop hunting them and try to help increase the population as we have done so many times. The antis will do nothing to help preserve the animals, they just want to make their opinions about hunting into law.

So, if you are a hunter, get out there and hunt. It doesn’t have to be a trip to the far corners of the world. We still have some interesting hunting opportunities right here in California.

One of the hunts available that most of didn’t know about until recently is the deer hunts at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center west of Clear Lake. They have deer hunts available on their over 5,300-acre property. They only let a limited number of hunters on the property at one time, so the hunts are by lottery. They had fewer applicants than permits last year and the price went up this year, so I am sure that opportunities will be available again this year. We will send out more details by email when they become available, but you may want to start practicing with your deer rifle or bow.

President’s Letter – Fall 2019 Q3

President’s Letter – Fall 2019

How to Talk to non-Hunters

The Colorado Wildlife Council, which recently ran a successful pro-hunting campaign, has published a study on how to effectively communicate to non-hunters. Talking to anti-hunters may be a waste of time and energy, but about 70% of the country has no strong opinion about hunting either way.

The group worked with about 1,000 non-hunters and tried several different approaches to see what got our message across the best. The biggest negative for many non-hunters is “trophy hunting.”

Here is one example of how to talk about hunting (from the report referenced below):

“One of the things that makes Colorado great is that people of all different walks of life can live together. Not everyone hunts, but we respect the right of our fellow Coloradans to do so. Hunting and fishing license fees help protect and provide access to the land that Coloradans use for hiking and other outdoor activities and help keep animal populations healthy. Trophy hunting (without harvesting the meat [my addition]) is illegal and violators are subject to heavy fines and criminal charges. Hunting contributes $3 billion to the Colorado economy each year and supports 27,000 jobs. Further restrictions would have dire consequences for small-business owners, the tourism industry and regular taxpayers. Even if you don’t hunt, hunting is important to our public lands, our wildlife and our Colorado way of life.”

We can easily modify this for California. As part of the fact that hunters support wildlife, I also tell people that I am a member of Ducks Unlimited (DU) because I like seeing ducks and geese, even though I am not a duck hunter. I know that over 90% of the DU funds go towards wildlife habitat preservation. That is a great bargin.

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/WildlifeCouncil/2019/February/WC_ExploratoryResearchReport_02-2019.pdf