West Texas Chapter of SCI Makes Major Donation

September 11, 2013

 West Texas Chapter of SCI Makes Major Donation

Tucson, AZ: At the August 2013 Safari Club International (SCI) annual board meeting in Tucson, AZ, the club’s West Texas chapter presented a check for $80,000 – the largest donation of its kind in SCI/SCIF history.

Every local SCI Chapter annually donates 30 percent of the net proceeds from its largest annual fundraiser to SCI or the Safari Club International Foundation. The remaining 70 percent of those proceeds are used by the local chapter to fund local projects as they see fit. This 30/70 split is unique in the conservation group world; some groups even require 100 percent of the proceeds from local fundraisers be turned in to the parent group.

“The West Texas Chapter has a strong Board and dedicated volunteers, and everyone works hard to make our fundraiser a success,” said West Texas chapter president Matthew Bell. “Through the dedicated efforts of everyone, we have been successful in putting on a fantastic show that has grown each year.  The people in West Texas are generous to a fault, and we are proud to have broken the record as the highest grossing and netting Chapter in the history of SCI/SCIF.”

Local projects being funded by the West Texas Chapter this year include:

  • The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI): Formed in 2007 and headed by Dr. Louis Harveson, the goal of the BRI is to provide land managers with the most current scientific information on the management of the natural resources of the area.  To meet that goal, BRI plans and conducts research investigations on various aspects of our natural world.  Ultimately, it hopes to provide science-based management alternatives to land owners and managers to enhance their ability to serve as land stewards.   The BRI serves as the “sister institution” to the Dept. of Natural Resource Management within the School of Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences at Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX.
  • Dale Rollins Quail Study: Following a successful quail hunt in 2005, several quail hunters hatched the idea of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch – a laboratory designed to help evaluate land management schemes aimed at enhancing bobwhite abundance. Through the generosity of The Conservation Fund, a 4,700-acre ranch in Fisher County was purchased in October 2006. The mission is to provide land managers, and other stakeholders, with timely, relevant technology and management schemes for enhancing quail populations in the Rolling Plains of Texas and to sustain Texas’ wild quail hunting heritage for this and future generations. More information is available at http://quailcoalition.org/.
  • Special Forces Wounded Warrior 501c3:  The Army’s Green Berets have likely taken a lot of casualties since the beginning of the wars.  The West Texas Chapter will support this group of guys this year and the U.S. Navy SEAL foundation next year.  This way we can spread it around to various groups that really do need support. More information is available at www.greenberetfoundation.org.
  • Anti-Poaching efforts: There is a consortium of both public and private entities currently conducting anti-poaching operations in a large block of concessions in NW Zimbabwe.  They have expanded their program and now have authorization for the use of “lethal” force if necessary to mitigate illegal poaching activities. The West Texas Chapter hopes to offer assistance to the consortium.
  • Black Rhino Conservancy: Working alongside John Sharp and the Bubye Valley Conservancy to help save and protect the endangered black rhino.
  • Legends filming legends: On-camera interviews of local hunting legends to preserve the history of their accomplishments. Ed McGruder, Dick Saulsbury and Dr. Dan Womochel lived incredible lives and hunted during the Golden Era in Africa, India and the world, and to preserve their history, the West Texas Chapter has hired Safari Classics to interview each hunter. We can then share it with the world and transport people back to those days.
  • Kyle/Littlefield donations: Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a U.S. Navy SEAL known as the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills.  He was from Odessa, TX, serving four tours in the second Iraqi conflict and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals multiple times. Iraqi insurgents dubbed him the “Devil of Ramadi,” and offered a bounty for his head. He was shot twice, and was involved in six IED attacks.  Kyle decided to spend time with his family and was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2009, writing the wildly popular book, American Sniper. Tragically, Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran on February 2, 2013, near Chalk Mountain, Texas. The West Texas Chapter of SCI raised over $60,000 at the fundraiser to help Kyle’s wife and kids as well as his friend who was also killed, Chad Littlefield.
  • West Texas Hunting and Fishing Heritage Museum: The West Texas Chapter intends to create a Museum of Natural History to showcase some of the unique trophies accumulated by local hunting legends.  The Chapter has bought land and intends to start construction on the museum soon.
  • Scholarships for Future Wildlife Biologists: Working to provide yearly or endowed scholarships at local universities like Sul Ross, Texas Tech, and Angelo State for students and graduate students studying to become wildlife biologists.   

More information on the West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International can be had by emailing chapter president Matthews Bell, kalpowar@yahoo.com.

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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI

Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empower sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page    http://www.safariclub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

 

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