Safari Club International Utah Chapter
 

Humanitarian & Conservation Projects



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2011 SCI Youth Hunt – Hog Hunt

What started out as a weather threatened weekend, Saturday March 26th actually cooperated with our plans for the annual SCI youth hunt. At this year’s 2011 banquet and fundraiser, we selected four lucky youth hunters to participate in our traditional hog hunt. In addition, we invited another youth that we felt was a deserving candidate that had recently lost his father. Adding to this, the family that purchased the same hog hunt on our banquets live auction made this a happy and ambitious group of six young men. Along with the supporting family members, this was definitely our largest group for this particular hunt and event. The group met in Castledale, just south of Price, Utah to hunt the large Feral Hogs in which Garrett Hunting Services specializes. Our main guide, Owen Garrett explained the plan of attack in addition to a short briefing on firearms safety and rifle sighting. Afterwards, our group of youth hunters, SCI Board members, guides, family and friends were excited and anxious to begin our hunt. The day started out a bit chilly, however by the time we started hiking and with the excitement of spotting our first duo of hogs, the chill immediately wore off. We started by hiking up on top of the cliffs and mountain ranges to get a better angle and viewing range in our efforts to spot-and-stalk the animals. The hunt started out rather quickly with two downed hogs within the hour. However, there were some concerns later since the animals seemed to be bedding down and difficult to locate. Through the dedicated efforts of the group, all six hunters had their 300+ pound trophies within a few hours.

Mason Coombs – Age 10

Mason Coombs – Age 10

 
Jake Jenn – Age 12

Jake Jenn – Age 12

 
ack VanGerwen – Age 15

ack VanGerwen – Age 15

 
Jace VanGerwen – Age 13

Jace VanGerwen – Age 13

 
Markus Rawlings – Age 12

Markus Rawlings – Age 12

 
Isaac Anthony – Age 13

Isaac Anthony – Age 13

 

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Thank you to our SCI Utah supporters and Owen Garrett for making this project, a success. This marks another successful program that certainly substantiates the Safari Club International charter and mission to help preserve our hunting privileges, as well ensure our future by hunting with our youth and keeping them interested in the outdoors.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2011 YOUTH HUNTERS!

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Youth Project – Wild Hog Hunt 2010

April 24th was a perfect sunny day to take a group of young hunters on a wild hog hunt. Most of us did forget the sunscreen and it did show the next day. But, that did not seem to bother anyone considering what was in store for us, in the next few hours. We selected four lucky youth hunters at our 2010 Banquet just a few weeks earlier. The group met in Castledale, Utah just south of Price, Utah to hunt the large Feral Hogs in which Garret Hunting Services specializes. Our main guide, Owen Garret explained the plan of attack in addition to a short briefing on firearms safety and rifle sighting. Afterwards, our group of youth hunters, SCI Board members, guides, family and friends were excited and anxious to begin our hunt. scipost1 What a nice warm day which, got even warmer as the day and hunt progressed. And what a walk, we ended up on top of the cliffs and mountain ranges to get a better angle and viewing range in our efforts to spot-and-stalk the animals. By 1:00PM, all four hunters had their trophies on the ground, including three large hogs in the 300+ pound range and one spectacular Spanish Goat.       Congratulations to our 2010 Youth Hunters, Kelsey Kunkel, Jon Johnson, Spencer Cartwright and Cody Mastronardi. Thank you to our SCI Utah supporters and Owen Garret for making this project possible.  

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2010 SCI Utah Chapter Disabled-Wounded Warrior Elk Hunt

On October 11, 2010 Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Paul Fritzsche realized a dream, to take a trophy bull elk. It took place on the Royal Rut Ranch in central Utah. . Royal Rut Ranch is a beautiful mountainous property with steep, heavily timbered Canyons and open ridge tops located in Indian Canyon northeast of Price, Utah. Paul Fritzsche served on active duty with the US Army 275 2nd Ranger Battalion out of Ft. Lewis, Washington, from January 2004 to January 2008. This included two deployments to Bagram, Afghanistan and one to Ramadi, Iraq. Serving his country, Paul was injured in Afghanistan by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) which resulted in traumatic head and brain injuries. The hunt started months earlier at the SCI Utah Chapter 2010 Banquet on April 10, with two very generous Chapter members. Kip Slaugh purchased an elk hunt donated by Kelly Hymas of Royal Rut Ranch and donated the hunt back to the Utah Chapter for the Utah Wounded Warrior program and efforts. Dave McDonald then purchased a shoulder mount taxidermy donation from Sam Raby of Animals in Motion Taxidermy and, also donated it to the Chapter for the Wounded Warrior program. The Utah Chapter board members worked with the Salt Lake V.A. hospital to find a good candidate for the hunt, which eventually led us to Paul Fritzsche. Paul was accompanied by his nine year old son, Jayden and SCI Utah Chapter Board members Don Isgar and Jack Sheffey. The four departed early morning, for the two hour drive from Salt Lake City to the ranch. After orientation and rifle sighting they fired up the ATVs and started out for their hunt Things happened very quickly and it was not long before they started seeing Elk. Only a quarter mile from camp, they stopped to glass a small canyon. After ten minutes a nice bull was spotted by their guide, James. The bull stood up on the opposite slope and after careful evaluation James and Paul decided this would be Paul’s bull. Paul’s aim was true and at 185 yards the bull went down immediately with one shot. Everyone was delighted, especially Paul since his dream Elk Hunt had come to a wonderful closure and experience. This Humanitarian Project resulted in hundreds of pounds of prime elk meat that will be processed and donated to a qualified organization in efforts to feed the homeless. The Utah SCI chapter has been successfully organizing and promoting these Humanitarian projects each year, for the past several years and will continue to do so. Many THANKS to Paul for participating and to Kelly Hymas, Sam Raby, Kip Slaugh, and Dave McDonald for making this hunt possible, and a memorable success!

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SCI Humanitarian Project 2009 – Buffalo Hunt

Braxton McCoy, born July 23, 1985, in Murray, Utah. Moved to Scipio, Utah when he was 14. Mother & Step father: Todd & Lauri Mathews, he has 1 brother & 3 sisters. He is also a father to a 16 month old little girl Aiden. He is recently divorced. Braxton joined the National Guard when he was a senior at Millard High School. From the time he was a young boy, he always wanted to be a soldier. Braxton planned on going into 31 Uniform Special Forces & make a career out of the military. This all changed January 4, 2006. He was at the Glass Factory in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide bomber changed his life. Braxton suffered bi-lateral femur fractures, a mangled hand, a broken arm & had approx. 58 holes in him where the ball bearings entered his body. He also suffered hearing loss & a brain injury.We were not sure if Braxton would ever walk unassisted again. He spent 3.5 months in Walter Reed Medical Center, before returning home to Scipio. He is a tough kid, in high school he wrestled all 4 years, making it to the state championship. He played baseball & enjoyed riding horses, riding his motorcycle, hunting & fishing. A lot of these things he can no longer do. On December 7th (coincidental with Pearl Harbor Day) the SCI Utah Chapter held our 5th Annual Buffalo Hunt on a ranch near Grantsville, Utah with the assistance of Mark May (private residence). Also referred to as the “Wounded Warrior” program, this year’s recipient was Sgt. Braxton McCoy.

Sgt. Braxton McCoy and his trophy buffalo

Sgt. Braxton McCoy and his trophy buffalo

SCI Utah Chapter Board members, Braxton McCoy and family members along with Mike Rogers of SCI’s Award Winning TV series Expedition Safari at our 2009 Buffalo Hunt. The hunt was extremely successful and two large mature bulls were harvested. groupshot Many thanks to our partners, including Clay Meier for their fantastic meat processing services. Along with this, includes the continued SCI contributions and donations throughout the year, to make this and all other efforts toward the Humanitarian Projects, a successful and charitable event. group Our 2009 Humanitarian Project resulted in more than 1,200 pounds of prime Buffalo Burger, donated to the Salt Lake City Salvation Army and Utah Food Bank through the SCI Sportsmen Against Hunger Program.

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