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2020 Arkansas Warrior Hunt

Nominate a military member/veteran for our 2020 hunt!

EUROPEAN PHEASANT SHOOT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
CAVINESS CATTLE AND QUAIL
4906 C T ROAD
HAZEN, AR  72064

200 BIRDS

$250 PER GUN

INCLUDES BIRD CLEANING AND MEAL

LIMITED TO 20 SHOOTERS

REGISTRATION OPENS AT NOON. SHOOT BEGINS AT 1:00 PM

MEAL FOLLOWING SHOOT

ALL SCI MEMBERS SHOOTING WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN AN RTIC COOLER TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE HUNT

2 3/4 INCH SHELLS ONLY

ORANGE HAT OR CAP AND EYE PROTECTION REQUIRED

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JIM LEE
VP@SCI-AR.COM OR 501-472-1376

In early 1991 I began planning our second African Safari. I was looking for a low fence hunt in Zimbabwe. Charlie Craver recommended George Parkin with Matabele Hunters. I contacted George and booked a 14-day hunt. At the 1992 Dallas Safari Show, we met with our friends, David, and Nancy Theis, as they were booking a 14-day safari with Boer Cortzee in South Africa. They were including a trip to Kruger National Park before their hunt. I had just taken early retirement from Southwestern Bell and had plenty of time. I asked if we could join them for the first week of their trip and go to Kruger. They agreed. I booked a 7-day safari with Boer starting May 23, 1992.

The excitement started early. We were to fly TWA from Little Rock to New York JFK via St. Louis arriving at 4:55pm. In New York we were to board South African Air at 6:30pm. The TWA flight was canceled due to mechanical problems. How do we get to New York? We flew United Air to New York via Charlotte arriving at 6:00pm. We nervously waited for our luggage and ran with our cart to the next terminal. Too late. Our South African Air flight had completed its security check and locked up.

We went back to the United desk for help. They said our schedule was not proper, and they could not help us. We went to TWA. They said they did not bring us to New York, and they could not help us. We went back to United and begged. They said if we could get South African Air to release the tickets they would try and help. Nancy and I went back to the South African Air terminal to get their release. To our surprise, our plane was still on the tarmac. They said that they could get us on the plane but not our luggage. We ran back to get Marilynn, David, Jordan, and our luggage. They took our luggage and took us to an upstairs waiting room. After an hour or so, they told us our luggage was on the airplane. Around 9:30pm they took us to the plane. They were out of drinks, and the passengers were out of patience. I loudly thanked them for waiting for us. They were not impressed

Boer met our plane and took us to his home in Vaalwater. The next day we headed to Kruger Park. It was an interesting drive.

NANCY, JORDAN, AND DAVID THEIS

PHALABORWA ENTRANCE TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Boer made reservations for a three-bedroom chalet at the new Mopani Lodge in Kruger Park. There was a large water hole just outside the lodge fence where animals would come to drink. We were free to drive though out the park. We were to stay inside the car and be back to the lodge by night.

CHALET AT MOPANI LODGE

Although you should stay in your vehicle, there was a rest stop with restrooms where you could get out. Next to the rest stop there was a deep ravine maybe 25 feet deep. Standing on the rim of the ravine, we could see a bull elephant, a hippo, and a crock. We thought we were safe until we walked along the rim. That is when we saw elephant tracks coming up. The elephant got tired of us, waved his ears, and made of false charge. Marilynn screamed and ran for the vehicle swinging her camera wildly in the air. I hurried there as well.

FALSE CHARGE ELEPHANT

We had a fantastic time driving though Kruger National Park. It is huge. You can see many animals, some remarkably close. We could not resist feeding the baboons.

BUFFALO COMING TO WATER

BABOON

ELEPHANT

GIRAFFE

IMPALA

Sadly, we left Kruger and drove to Hluhluwe. It was another scenic drive. At a viewing pull out, we met Elvis of South Africa.

ELVIS

There is thick cover and mountains in the area around Hluhluwe. It was in a deep secluded valley near Hluhluwe that South Africa found the last surviving White Rhino. They created the Hluhluwe National Park to protect the survivors. All the White Rhino today, came from this heard. Marilynn, Nancy, and Jordan borrowed a car and toured the park. At one point they were met with a roadblock.

ELEPHANT ROADBLOCK

David and I came to this area for Nyala. David hunted with Boer, and I hunted with his son, Kan. They told us that their last clients had taken Nyala in the 28-29-inch range. Naturally, we raised our expectations to that level. The first day Kan and I walked into the bush about 400 yards from the road to a manmade water hole. As we approach the water hole, we saw a giant lizard. I do not remember what it was called, but it was about four foot long.

As we drove out that evening, we saw a big Common Reedbuck. This was not on my wish list, but it was very impressive. David thought so too. He shot it the next morning. I found a Nyala the same morning. I was not sure of its size. A voice behind me, said “Big Nyala, Shoot”, so I did. It was a nice Nyala, but not as nice as the previous clients had taken. Kan denied telling me to shoot.

We cut a trail to the road, carried out our animal and waited for Boer to pick us up. On the way back to camp, Boer spotted a Nyala for David. They slipped out of the vehicle and made a stalk. When we heard the shot, we went to see David’s Nyala. Like mine, David’s Nyala was not as nice as the previous clients either. I came to

NYALA

believe that Bore did not hunt big trophy animals. He hunted big trophy fees.

While David and I were hunting animals, Marilynn and Nancy were doing their own hunting for souvenirs.

NANCY AND MARILYNN

MARILYNN AND ZULU DANCERS

Bore took us to the Zulu Safari lodge one night. We walked through the entrance into the courtyard beyond. The young Zulu girl dancers were huddled around a campfire. As we approached they stood up and removed their sweaters. Nancy’s nine-year-old son got an education. The Zulu dancers at the Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe may have been the high light of the trip for Jordan

The next day we drove into the Orange Free State. This Province is mostly open plains where you find Springbok, Blesbok and Black Wildebeest. We stayed in Ermelo and hunted a ranch nearby. At the time, I was the only shooter, and I was after the Black Wildebeest. When we drove onto the ranch, the Wildebeest knew the drill and ran. Running is natural with them. That is what they do. Long shots at a moving target are not what I do best. It was ugly, but I got my Wildebeest.

BRYAN & BOER WITH BLACK WILDEBEEST

David proved it was not my rifle’s fault. Springbuck and Blesbok were on his wish list, and they were on this ranch as well. He used my 7mm to shoot both with one shot each.

The next day we left our old and new friends. Boer and Kan took David and Nancy to his Baltimore Camp to continue their hunt. Boer’s daughter drove Marilynn and me to Joberg to catch our plane to Zimbabwe. On the way she took Marilynn to an African specialty shop. BIG PROBLEM! Either Marilynn stayed too long, or Boer’s daughter drove too slowly. We missed our plane.

We checked into the Airport Holiday Inn for the night. I called George Parkin to tell him we would arrive the next day. I went to the bar. Surprise! I found Rick Russel and Larry Dyer, friends from our SCI Chapter, in the bar. I told them about missing our flight to Zimbabwe. After a couple of drinks, I was feeling better.

The next day we caught a flight to Bulawayo to hunt with George Parkin. Nancy, Jordan, and David Theis continued their hunt in South Africa with Bore Coetzee. Nancy and David have been one of our favorite travelling partners for the past 28 years.

We left David & Nancy in South Africa and flew to Zimbabwe. George Parkin met us at the airport in Bulawayo and drove us 80 km to his ranch in Nyamandhlovu. We would stay in his home and hunt his and neighboring ranches. We shared his home and ate with his lovely family. The first night I asked for scotch and soda. He had the scotch but not the soda, but what he did have was a pump the converted plain water into something very similar to soda. For our first meal we had a delicious roast. We asked what we were eating, and they told us Zebra.

VERANDA AT RANCH

We went for Eland the first day. We drove off the black top road onto very sandy soil. Any animal that crossed this road would leave fresh tracks for us to follow. We soon found fresh tracks of two bull Eland. We tracked the animals for a couple of hours. The Eland circled before bedding down so they could watch their tracks. They saw us and ran.

On the way back to the ranch, we found an Impala that George judged to have 23-inch horn. I took this gold medal Impala which measured 23 ½ inches. George was the best judge of animals that I had ever hunted with.

The next day went to the same place looking for Eland tracks. We found fresh tracks and followed. After a few hours the tracks left our hunting area and entered government land.

We had to stop. On our way back to the ranch, George spotted a Reedbuck laying in a grassy field. All you could see was his neck and head. It was a fine trophy.

COMMON REEDBUCK

Day three we tried again for Eland, but again we tracked the Eland until they left our hunting area. We found a Sable on the way back to the ranch, but it was not in our hunting area either.

LESLEY AND MARILYNN

EATING AT TENT CAMP

I wanted a Leopard, and West Nicholson was the best area for Leopard.  George had a tented camp there. George and his family, a couple of their friends and Marilynn and I loaded up and drove 2 ½ hours to his tented camp. We wanted to shoot Impala for bait. Impala were plentiful, and I shot a couple. We cut them up and hung several baits. He had someone who would check the baits each day and call in a report. The hunting turned out to be very good. While we were there, we shot a beautiful Sable. It was nearly dark when George spotted the Sable. I had trouble finding it in my scope. The Sable went down, but it was not a well-placed shot. We had to follow up to finish the kill.

GEORGE & BRYAN AND SABLE

With the Leopard bait hung, we returned to the ranch. I wanted a warthog. George’s friend Martin lived a short distance down the road from George and had lots of Warthogs on his property. We drove through his gate, and before we got to his house, we saw a nice Warthog. That was easy. Martin invited us to dinner that night.

George had a bad scar on his right thigh. George’s family and Martin’s family had gone on an overnight fishing trip on the Zambezi River.

At dark, a wind blew in and started moving their boats. George waded into the water about knee deep to secure the boats. He was attacked by a giant crocodile. It had grabbed his right thigh and was dragging him to deep water. Martin went into the water and tried to pull George away from the crocodile. The crocodile reached out with his paw and brushed Martin away. He then pulled George under the water.

When they surfaced again, Martin dove onto the back of the crocodile. The surprised crocodile released George. Martin said that it was like diving onto a dining room table. They both got out of the river safely. George needed skin grafts to close the wound on his leg.

George had been a policeman in Victoria Falls before the communist revolution. He and Martin both fought for Rhodesian government. Martin was a famous sniper during the fighting. A few years after we left the Zimbabwe government assassinated Martin. They attacked his home. A firefight broke out. Then, they set his house on fire. When he came out, they hacked him to death with machetes. A couple of years later, they shot his mother as she went to the mailbox in front of her home.

One day as we were riding in the hunting vehicle, we came upon two Jackals attacking a young Steenbock. We ran the Jackals off and saved the Steenbock. We released the animal a long distance from the Jackals.

MARILYNN AND THE YOUNG STEENBOCK

I shot twelve animals on this safari. The two most remember were the Eland and the Kudu. We had tracked Eland for five days and had not got a shot. On the sixth try, our luck changed. Like the five times before, we drove down the sandy road looking for tracks. We found the tracks of a large heard. We started following. Everything went our way. We encountered a small heard of female Kudu. We stopped, and they passed with out spooking. We almost walked into the heard that was bedded down in tall grass.

I do not remember what stopped us. We were standing still and looking, when a female Eland raised her head out of the tall grass. She was 20 yards away and trying to get our scent. George whispered: “I know you do not want a female, but if she spooks the whole heard will run.” So, I put my rifle on the shooting sticks and took a careful aim at her neck. She was dead. At the shot, the whole heard stood up. The heard bull trotted toward us and stopped no more than ten yards from us and looked. I was still on the shooting sticks. I slowly moved the cross hairs to just below his chin and squeezed the trigger. I had two Eland on the ground.

My thoughts were what do we do now? We have two huge animals on the ground. How do we get then into the safari vehicle? George had a plan. He had a large rubber mat in the back of the safari vehicle. We placed the rubber mat next to the female and rolled her onto to mat, hooked a chain to the vehicle and drug her to a tree with a large limb about eight feet off the ground. He hung a pulley on the limb and used his winch to lift the animal into the vehicle. This was repeated with the bull. We had quite a load.

The Kudu hunt was near the end of our hunt. In the evening we drove out in his back yard. There were a lot of green shrubs. We immediately started seeing Kudo. Very good Kudo. I had asked for 55-inch Kudu. We saw a couple that he knew were over 50-inch that we passed on. I had asked for a widespread on the horns. He saw one that he thought would go 60-inch, but it had a narrow spread. I said no. Then we found my Kuku.

MY 55 ½-INCH KUDU

George received updates from his man in West Nicholas about the Leopard baits. No luck.

In addition to the animals already mentioned, I took the following animals: Tsessebe, Southern Duiker, Steenbock, Blue Wildebeest and a Zebra. The cost of the 14-day hunt was around $12,000.00.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

The first night we visited the tree house bar to watch animals.

TREE HOUSE BAR

We were enjoying adult beverages and watching Elephants drink from a water hole just the other side of a molt. There were two young bulls who got into a shoving match to see who was boss. We felt safe with the molt separating the park from the resort. We watch until it got dark. As it turned out we were not as safe as we thought. A couple who had been watching the Elephants decided to climb down the steps and return to their room. They found that they were trapped inside the tree house. An elephant had walked down the driveway to feed on the Marula fruit that had fallen from the trees. The bartender called security, and they came with a jeep to drive the Elephants away. We took this opportunity to return to our room.

ELEPHANTS AT THE BOTTOM OF STAIRS

The next morning, I went to the restaurant in the hotel to get coffee and Danish

rolls. Marilynn heard a knock at the door. She went to the door and there was no one there. It happened again, and again when she opened the door there was no one there. She listened. The knock was coming from the balcony door. See looked out window to see monkey knocking on the door. The monkey was looking for a handout. When I returned to our room, Marilynn told me about the monkey knocking on the balcony door. When we checked into the Hwange Safari Lodge, they warned us not to leave any doors or window open. The monkeys will come in a make a mess. We could not resist the temptation.  We very carefully fed the monkey.

BEGGER MONKEY

We had a great time game viewing from the lawn of the Hwange Safari Lodge. There were lawn chairs near the molt separating the lodge from the animals. A few weeks after we returned to Little Rock Bryan Gamble and Katie Curk were setting the same chairs hosting the Today Show.

GAME VIEWING AT HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

After two nights at Hwange we moved to Victoria Falls for one night at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel. There were newer hotels in Vic Falls, like were we stayed on our first trip, but we wanted the historic value. We visited Victoria Falls in 1990 with Martha and Larry Rider after our hunt in Namibia.

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

The falls were just as magnificent as before, but park along the falls had deteriorated some. It is still one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

VICTORIA FALLS

            This story began when I measured a B.C. Moose for Darin Hoover, a friend and SCI member.  He had guided for Mike Hammett who ran a hunting company, Sikanni River Outfitters about 120 miles north of Fort St. John, British Columbia.  He said he had a 60 inches Moose.  It was a beautiful animal.  Unfortunately, it measured 48 inches.  I was still impressed with his story.  I contacted Mike and booked a ten-day moose hunt beginning September 15, 1999. This was to be prime mating season for moose.  As I recall the hunt was $5,900.00 with the trophy fee for a moose.

            In early January, when I returned from the Dallas Safari Show, I got a call at my office from Rick Gore.  He said, “I’m going to British Columbia and hunt with you.”  You said WHAT?  He said he had gone to the Elk Foundation Banquet in Little Rock and booked a Mountain Goat hunt with Sikanni River Outfitters for the same time, and by the way, I bought your airline ticket with my air miles.  I asked what I owed for the airline ticket.  He said how about $300.00.  I said I’ll be at your office in 15 minutes.  This trip started one of the best friendships of my life.

            I added the Mountain Goat to my trophy list for $1,000.00.

            Sometime during the summer, a family of four hunters had to cancel their hunt due to a serious illness in the family.  The outfitter offered discounts to anyone who could come on short notice.  Our friends Henry Ketcher and Don Hill joined our hunt.   Henry wanted an elk and Don wanted a moose.  We all met in Vancouver and flew to Fort St. Johns together. 

The next morning, we boarded a charter flight into the base camp.  Henry and Don would hunt out of the base camp.  Rick and I were flown individually to a remote camp vie a Supper Cub by Mike. 

 

ARRIVING BASE CAMP

            Our “remote camp” was about 30 miles from the base camp.  The setting was beautiful with log cabins beside a clear stream.  Towering mountains surrounded our camp.  The bunk house was a log cabin with a sod roof.  When we moved in, we learned the hard way that the entry door was only five feet high.  You would think hitting you head on the top of the door opening once would be enough.  Nope.  It happened several times.  Inside were three bunk beds and a wood burning stove.  We were able to put our duffel bag on top and sleep on the bottom.

BUNK HOUSE

            Since Rick and I both wanted Mountain Goat, this was the object of our hunt the first day.  A young guide named, Clint Collins, and a wrangler named, Trapper Walsey, led the way as we rode out of camp by horse in the early morning.  Clint said his grandfather owned the ranch until Mike bought it a couple of years ago.  He knew the area very well.  He had spotted several goats on the mountain where we would hunt.  It was a beautiful ride up the mountain.  At the top was a large open meadow that stretched for about a half mile.  At the end of the meadow was a towering peak with a sheer cliff about 2000 feet high at the top. That was the home of the Rocky Mountain Goat.

            At the end of the meadow we dismounted.  Clint set up a spotting scope to see if the goats were home.  Sure enough, in the middle of the cliff face was a tiny white dot, a goat!  Our plan was to climb this very steep peak and get within 400 to 500 yards from the bottom of the cliff.  We would wait until afternoon when the goats came down to feed.

THIS IS NOT THE 2000 FOOT CLIFF

            We found a shelter cave along a ravine where we would wait.  We ate lunch during a lite snow and watched a Wolverine scamper up the ravine.  Around 5:00pm, Clint slipped between boulders to see if any goats had come down.  They had!  Two billy goats were feeding 380 yards from us.  I asked if we could get any closer.  At 350 yards, he said that the goats had seen us.  They put their day packs on a square boulder.  I was on the left, and Rick was on the right.  I was to take the goat on the left, and Rick was to take the goat on the right.  He said on the count of three, you both shoot.  I laid the cross hair across the back of my goat.  This was Rick only trophy, so I waited until Rick shot before I pulled my trigger.

Rick’s goat ran to the left.  My goat humped and walked to the right.  I shot again.  He humped again.  I shot again.  As I was reloading, I noticed Rick was having trouble with his rifle.  We were both shooting rifles chambered for the 7mm Remington magnum.  I reloaded my rifle and handed it to Rick.  His goat was crossing a shale slide to our left.  When he shot his goat started rolling down the shale slide.

Rick had jammed a .30 caliber bullet into his 7 Mag. and could not close his bolt or open his bolt to discharge the bullet.  He said that his teenage boys had helped him clean up his workshop.  They must have mixed the shells.  I had a problem while sighting in my rifle with some shells being hard to chamber.  The ones that were hard to chamber were not accurate.  I chamber all the ammunition I brought.

It was only 350 yards up the mountain to my goat, but I had to stop and catch my breath three times before I got to him.  Rick was lucky.  No broken horns after his goat rolled down the shale slide.

BRYAN AND HIS ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT

RICK AND HIS ROCKY MOUNTIAN GOAT

            It was getting late and there was much to do before we could come down off our mountain.  We had to field dress our goats and skin the animals.  We brought out the cape and heads.  The guides would come back in the morning and bring out the meat.  The mountain was very steep.  I had to butt scoot down part of it.  By the time we got back to our horses, it was dark.  After we left the meadow and entered the trees, it was very dark.  I could barely see the horse in front of me.  They told us to let the horse go, just hang on.  To hang on, I was standing in the stirps and leaning over the back of the horse.  We got back to camp safely.

            After breakfast the next morning, the guides saddled their horses and rigged the pack horses to go back up the mountain to retrieve the meat.  They were concerned about the Wolverine we saw.  If he had found the meat, and was guarding it, it was going to be a BIG problem.

PACK TRAIN RETURNIING

            The pack train returns safely.  No Wolverine.  Now that Rick was through hunting, he becomes our cook.  When we came through base camp, one of the guides had a falling out with the cook and went to Mike to complain.  Guess who won?  Mike told the guide to pack his gear and leave.  When Mike flew Rick and I into our camp, he took our cook to replace the guide he ran off.  Rick turned out to be a good cook.  This ended a few days later when Mike flew a new goat hunter into camp.  He took Rick to his ranch to hunt wolf.

MOOSE VALLEY

            The name of my moose guide was Tony Glass.  He had a secret hunting spot he called Moose Valley.  It was about an hour horseback ride from camp.  We rode in on top of a bluff overlooking the valley.  We could see the whole valley from our vantage point. On the mountain on the far side of Moose Valley we saw Mountain Goats. We stayed the whole day and did not see a moose.  We went back the next day.  No moose that day or the next.  The fourth day we hunted a different area.  We saw an immature bull and a cow moose.  We were told, we would be hunting prime mating season.  Mating season was a little late.  I had been told by a friend that you will not see a moose if it is not mating season.

            We went back to Moose Valley the fourth time.  This was the sixth day of the hunt. The mating season must have started.  There were three big mature bulls in Moose Valley.  Tony asked which bull I wanted to stalk.  I said the bull in the upper end of the valley has cows with him.  I think that one would probably be our best chance.

            We mounted our horses and rode to the valley floor.  At the bottom we dismounted and continued our stalk on foot.  That nice green meadow where the bull was standing, turned out to be a wet marsh with about ten inches of water.  I had on 9-inch boots, and the water was cold.  I followed single file behind Tony.  There was a very narrow line of trees crossing the marsh between us and the bull.

            Suddenly, the bull looked directly at us.  I asked Tony if I could use his shoulder as a rest, and he said yes.  I placed my rifle on his shoulder.  The bull was facing us.  I aimed just below his chin and squeezed the trigger.  The moose collapsed!  Tony asked if I always shot that good.  I said sometimes.

            We moved about 50 feet to our right to get out of the water and approached the moose.  We were within 30 yards when he stood up broadside to us.  I shot just behind the shoulder, and he went down for good.

BRYAN AND HIS B. C. MOOSE

            This is a huge animal standing six- and one-half feet at the shoulder laying in a wet marsh.  We must field dress it, skin it, quarter it and get it to dry ground before dark.  Tony started at the front, and I started at the back.  Together we could barely drag a hind quarter to high ground.  We loaded the head and cape onto his horse and rode back to camp.

            The next morning Tony and the wrangler prepared the pack train to go retrieve my moose.

 

TRAPPER WALSEY, TONY GLASS AND CLINT COLLINS

            Now that the hunt is over, it was time to clean up.  The toilet was not in the bunk house and neither was the shower.  The shower was located next to the creek.  It was about the same size as the toilet.  With the attached propane tank, it had instant hot water.  Not bad, but there was still cold with ice on the steps going into the shower.

            When I flew out I learned that Don had taken his moose, but due to some foul-up Henry did not get an elk.  Rick did a lot better.  A bear had killed a colt one half mile from the ranch and wolfes were feeding on the carcass.  Rick got his wolf.

RICK AND HIS WOLF

            Then he shot a beaver.

RICK AND HIS BEAVER

            After the foul-up on the elk, Henry decided to hunt a goat.  He, his wrangler, Tim, and guide, Betty, took a ten-hour horseback ride to a tent camp.  Unfortunately, there were no tents when he got there.  They had been moved.  They had to sleep on the ground wrapped in a tarp that had been used to wrap an elk.  With the snow that night, they woke in a mess.

            There was a Mountain Goat high above them.  Betty wanted to ride the horses to find another goat.  Henry said I am going to shoot this goat.  They climbed almost straight up a shale slide for two hours to get within 300 yards of the goat.  They were in a very awkward situation.  Tim told Henry to stand on his shoulders to get a better balance.  The shot was straight up.  The goat was hit but not dead.  Henry took a second shot and the goat fell past them and stopped rolling 500 yards below.  When they tried to field dress the animal, it broke loose and rolled farther down the rockslide. They had to tie the goat to a boulder to complete the field dressing.  The ride back to base camp took six hours.

HENREY KETCHER AND GUIDE BETTY

 

 

 

Auction ItemsGun Raffle

MONA’S COOKIES


MC OUTDOORS ADVENTURES
TEXAS CRAPPIE FISHING
www.mcoutdooradventures.com

This fishing trip is for 2 fishermen for 2 days and 2 nights on Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas. The trip is to be scheduled between April 15 and June 30, 2021. 1 or 2 extra fishermen may join for $50 ea. See Mike and Cathy at our Banquet.

This is 100% donation by Mike Wheatley valued at $1,200.


MC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
TEXAS HOG HUNT
www.mcoutdooradventures.com

The hunt is for 2 Hunters, 2 days and 2 nights to share 3 hogs or 1 Axis Doe in Crockett, Texas. Extra hunter can be added for $600. The hunt is to be taken July to September 2020. Daniel Richards (see picture) bought the hunt last year. Not included: Texas Exotic hunting license.

This is a 100% donation by Mike Wheatley valued at $1,200.


LONE WOLF KNIVES
ARKANSAS CHAPTER SCI

This knife was crafted and donated 100% by Willie Heible.


CAVINESS CATTLE & QUAIL
4906 CT Road, Hazen AR
501-516-5687

Fully guided Quail hunt for 2 hunters in Hazen, Arkansas including 12 birds each plus cleaning. This hunt is a 100% Donation by Harlon & Jason Caviness is valued at $500.


EXTERNAL EFFY
TANZANITE EARRING, DYE .24 CUTE 1.05
Retail Value is $800.00


Safari Club International Foundation Wildlife Tribute Rifle
HENRY H009WSCIF .30-30 Steel Wildlife Edition


ARKANSAS DUCK HUNT
Dr. Rick Gore

Donation includes 1-day/1-night for 2 hunters at his duck club between Hazen and Stuttgart. Included: lodging the night before, individual bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dinner the night before and breakfast after the hunt. Not Included: Shotguns, ammo, camo clothing, license and duck stamp. It is a short 150 yards to the boat and a 250-yard ride to an elevated dry duck blind. Contact me at 501-831-1779 for a mutually agreeable date. This is a 100% donation valued at $700.


SCI PAINTING OF THE YEAR

In Clint Eagar’s words: “I was awestruck by how beautifully this bighorn ram was captured in this magnificent shot. This ram is a new world record and scored at 216 3/8″. The image was taken by photographer David Irwin just over a year before this large male died of natural causes. It was a long and rigorous trip where the photographer almost lost his life on the journey. I reached out to him regarding the image and got rights to do the painting. I am currently working on several new works of art using David’s photography of some North American wildlife.”


LE VIAN
AMETHYST
14 KR (rose gold)
CTW 4.5
DTW .28

RETAIL VALUE IS $2,700.00.


4 DAY ARGENTINA DOVE HUNT FOR 4
www.handhoutfitters.com

Zeke Hayes and H and H Outfitters for the 8th year in a row, have invited us to take a flight to Cordoba, Argentina where you will see hundreds of thousands of dove. Included in the winning bid are all meals, transportation from Cordoba airport and the estate, laundry, open bar, lodging, trips to the fields and meals in the field. Not included are shells. Bryan Fitzgerald, Dr. Rick Gore and Dr. Jim Penny have hunted with H and H Outfitters several times and highly recommend this hunt.

Value of this hunt is $8,800.


EXTERNAL EFFY
TANZANITE NECKLACE 14 KW
DTW .07 CTW .48 TANZANITE

RETAIL VALUE IS $1,075.


PARKER GUIDE SERVICE, INC.
www.alaskaboathunt.com

Bruce Parker has donated a 6-day black bear hunt for 1 hunter. The hunt will be from his 80’ luxury yacht, THE ALASKAN HARVEST with 4 separate staterooms. Each stateroom has either a double or queen and a single bunk and includes a shower, head and sink. The trip arrival and departure point are Petersburg, AK. Spring bear hunt opening May 31 – June 5, 2020. Bear Hunt may be booked in 2021 with agreed dates, High bidder is encouraged to bring 1 to 3 more hunters with them. They can have the boat to themselves with 3-4 hunters.

Not included: Air charter to and from Petersburg ($300.00 PP each way), and freight for trophy shipping ($200-$300). Hunting license is $160.00, and the tag is $450.00.

This hunt is valued at $9,500.00 and is a 100% Donation



SCI
FIRST FOR HUNTERS
2020 SHOTGUN OF THE YEAR
THE FAUSTI PROGRESS GLX

12 Gauge, 5 Interchangeable Chokes, Coin Finish Frame with Gold Inlays, Black Nylon Ventilated But pad, SAE4140 Steel Barrel With Blue Finish and Chrome Lining Select Wood A+ Walnut with Oil Finish, Engraved With SCI Logo in Gold Inlay. Only 25 Available in 12 Gauge


TEXAS 3 DAY EXOTIC HUNT
JACK MATTHEWS RANCH
www.matthewshunts.com
575-513-2710

Jack Matthews with Jack Matthews Hunting Ranch offers a 3 day/night hunt for 1 hunter and 1 observer at his ranch near Bakersfield, TX. The hunt is for the hunter’s choice of either a Sika Deer or an Axis Deer on his ranch. The choice of weapon is up to the hunter. This hunt includes trophy fees for the hunter’s chosen animal, all meals and lodging, a guide and trophy prep. Additional species are available per price list. Not included is Texas exotic hunting license ($49), transportation to and from the ranch and taxidermy. This hunt is valued at $4,500 and is a 100% donation.


CARTWRIGHT SOUND CHARTERS
888-355-4554
www.northcoastfishing.com

Fish the remote, uncrowded fishing grounds of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Islands in our fully guided, covered, spacious boats. All guides have years of experience and can ensure that everyone has a safe, exciting, successful and fun filled experience. With the Japanese Current bringing nutrients over the Continental Shelf, and all the schools of bait fish surrounding the Islands, it’s no wonder we have such an abundance of resident fish.

As a result, we offer much more than amazing Salmon Fishing. There are also Bottom Fish to be caught! When the water is flat and calm in the morning, fishing for Bottom Fish brings a lot of fun and excitement. Our targeted Bottom Fish are Halibut, Ling Cod and the numerous varieties of Rock Cod. Fishing for these species is a lot of fun – you just never know what will bite your hook next! INCLUDED: All meals, lodging, all tackle, gear and bait, Airport greeting, and transportation to lodge. NOT INCLUDED: Air fare, sports fishing license, alcoholic beverage, taxes, on site fish processing ($400), and tips.

This donation is for 2 fishermen for 3 days fishing in June 2020. 2 full pay fishermen must join at $3,250 each (fish processing included). Check with outfitter for other 2020 dates that might available.


LIMCROMA SAFARIS
www.limcroma.com

From Hannes Els of Limcroma Safaris. The donation provides a 10-day Plains Game safari for 2 hunters in the Limpopo Province of South Africa that includes trophy fees for 2 species per hunter. Each hunter has the choice of the following 2 species: 1 Zebra or Blue Wildebeest and 1 Impala, Blesbuck or Warthog.

With nearly 200,000 acres of privately owned and closely managed hunting concessions, Limcroma Safaris operates first class safari adventures in the Limpopo Province–the premier hunting destination in South Africa. This exclusive 10-day plains game safari also includes daily rates for 2 hunters, trophy fees for each hunter’s choice of two species, licensed professional hunter, tracker, skinner, camp staff, and daily laundry service. Guests will enjoy delectable cuisine prepared in traditional South African fashion, wild game dishes, and beverages including fine South African wines, local beers, and liquor. Accommodations include luxurious native thatched five-star chalets with ensuite baths.

This is a 100% donation to our chapter, and the value of this donation is $14,000.00.


KANSAS WHITETAIL HUNT
www.dirtnapoutdoorsllc.com
870-243-9491

This is a 5-day/5-night Kansas whitetail hunt for 1 hunter. The hunt can be either an archery hunt or a gun hunt. You must bring a full paying hunter with you. The archery hunt is $3,000 and the gun hunt is $4,000. This is a permit hunts. Applications are accepted during the month of April. The hunt is in Unit 14 Kansas. The hunt can be taker from October to December 2020 or 2021.

This is a 100% donation by Paul Davis valued at $4,000.


Stevens 19487 320 security with Ghost Ring Sights 12 gauge 18.50” 5+13” Matte Black right Hand


SCI
FIRST FOR HUNTERS
2020 SHOTGUN OF THE YEAR
THE FAUSTI PROGRESS GLX

12 Gauge, 5 Interchangeable Chokes, Coin Finish Frame with Gold Inlays, Black Nylon Ventilated But pad, SAE4140 Steel Barrel With Blue Finish and Chrome Lining Select Wood A+ Walnut With Oil Finish, Engraved With SCI Logo In Gold Inlay

Only 25 Available in 12 Gauge


Rock Island 51280 Revolver M206 Spurless Single/Double 38 Special 2” 6 Rd. Wood Black Parkerized


Beretta USA JMP8D55 Pico 380 ACP 2.70” 6+1 Flat Dark Earth Stainless Steel Flat Dark Earth Polymer Grip/Frame Grip


Heritage Mfg. RR22B4 Rough Rider Small Bore 22 LR 4.75” 6 Rounds Cocobolo Grip Blued


Savage 40207 64 Takedown 22 LR 10+1 16.50” Matte Black Blued Right Hand


Rock Island 51283 Revolver M206 *CA compliant* Single/Double 38 Special 2” 6 Rounds Wood Grip Black Parkerized


Rossi RS22L 1811TN RS22 22 LR 10+1 18” Flat Dark Earth Monte Carlo Stock Matte Black Right Hand


Ruger 3314 SR9C Compact 9mm Luger DA 3.40” 17+1 Black Polymer Grip Black Nitride Slide


Ruger 3470 SR40 Standard 40 S&W SA/DA 4.14” 15+1 & 10+1 Black Polymer Grip Stainless Steel Slide


Ruger 3763 LCP 380 DAO 2.75” 6+1 Moon Shine Harvest Camo Polymer Grip Blued Steel Slide


Springfield Armory XDG9445BHC XD Mod. 2 Service 45 ACP Double 4” 13+1 Black polymer Grip/Frame Black Melonite Slide


Winchester Guns 512290292 SXP Waterfowl Hunter 12 Gauge 28” 4+1 3.5” Realtree Max-5 Right hand


Safari Club International Foundation Wildlife Tribute Rifle
HENRY H009WSCIF 30-30 Steel Wildlife Edition

The Arkansas Chapter of Safari Club International is accepting applications for the 2020 Arkansas Warrior Hunt (AWH). The chapter consists of outdoorsmen/women who actively support hunting, fishing and conservation of our natural resources. We help fund a number of charitable and educational causes in the state of Arkansas, one of which is AWH. Our chapter members expressed a strong desire to honor a military member/veteran for their service and sacrifice to our great country. This is but one small token of our appreciation.

This year’s hunt will be for one hunter somewhere in the United States for Fall 2020. The winner will be accompanied by chapter members and the package will include: transportation, lodging, food, guide fees, trophy shipment, taxidermy and banquet fee for the awardee at our annual fundraiser on March 14, 2020. To be eligible, you must be:

  1. A veteran, honorably discharged and residing in the state of Arkansas; or
  2. An active duty member of the Armed Forces, stationed in the state of Arkansas or;
  3. A Guard or Reservist assigned to a unit within the state of Arkansas.
  4. Eligible to possess a firearm.
  5. Attend the chapter’s fund raising event on March 14, 2020 in Little Rock, AR to be recognized by the members.
  6. Agree to participate in outreach activities (i.e. photos, video, written articles, etc.)

Applications are due NO-LATER-THAN February 17, 2020. They may be mailed to: Arkansas Chapter of SCI, 11 Office Park Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211 or email to: vp@sci-ar.com. Please place in email subject block: ARKANSAS WARRIOR HUNT APPLICATION. The board of directors will review all applications and select the winner. Upon selection, the winner will be notified and arrangements made to provide specific details as to the hunt and banquet.

Or just fill out the application below


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EUROPEAN PHEASANT SHOOT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019
CAVINESS CATTLE AND QUAIL
4906 C T ROAD
HAZEN, AR  72064

200 BIRDS
$250 PER GUN
INCLUDES BIRD CLEANING AND MEAL

I wanted to take time to thank you and Safari Club International for sponsoring our Faulkner County junior team “Young Guns” at the West Regional YHEC competition later this month. These 5 kids have put in a lot of time and effort practicing and studying and they are looking forward to showing what they can do at regionals. I think YHEC is a great program for teaching our youth about gun safety, sportsmanship, and general outdoor skills. Without support from sponsors like SFI this great program wouldn’t be possible.

Thanks again,

Rodney Harrell
Faulkner County Youth Shooting Sports

ARKANSAS CHAPTER SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BANQUET

 COME JOIN US AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER HUNTERS

Auction, Raffles, Door Prizes, Cash Bar & Lots of Fun
Not to mention a fine buffet dinner

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020

Doors Open at 4:00 pm
Free Gun Drawing for Those Present
1st Gun Drawing at 5:30 pm
2nd Gun Drawing at 6:30 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL
11301 Financial Centre Parkway
Little Rock, AR 72211

Early Registration – by February 25, 2020

Tickets $85.00 per person *

Get your tickets here!Children’s Ticket (12 and under)Tickets for a table of 8Tickets for a table of 10

Special rates available for a 2 room suite
Contact Embassy Suites Hotel – 501 312 9000
RATE CODE IS “AR SAFARI CLUB”

MEMBERSHIP/NEW MEMBERSHIP EVENT

European Pheasant Shoot – March 16, 2019

Please join us for a FANTASTIC outing.  A European Pheasant Shoot with Caviness Cattle & Quail, 4906 CT Road, Hazen, AR 72064, 501-516-5687

Limited to 20 shooters with 10 birds released for each shooter. Registrations will begin at noon.  Then we will travel a short distance to the shooting area. The shoot begins at 1:00PM. After the shoot, lunch will be served while the birds are cleaned and packaged equally for each shooter. Lunch will be served after the shoot. For more information call Jim Lee at 501-472-1376

$250 – Per Shooter (Member and family members)

2¾ inch shells only. Blaze orange hat/cap and eye protection are required. Bring an ice chest for your birds.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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