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Hello, fellow members and enthusiasts! We’ve had a pretty busy summer, and enjoying the hunting season, as we hope you are too! If you are receiving our emails, you’ve received the OCTOBER NEWSLETTER earlier this month. If you missed it, well – download a copy today! We’re busy working on our upcoming banquet, and keeping you updated on those details as we process through incoming auction items. Feel free to keep up with us on Facebook, or Twitter for the most up to date information.
We are well into 2016, and hope you all are having a great start to the new year. As you already know, we have been incredibly busy preparing for our 2016 Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, as well as securing some great items for the event. We are excited to see you all there!
Also, don’t forget! Secure your tickets by January 10th, and you’ll be entered to win a Colt A-1 Gold Cup .22rf semi-auto pistol!
Also, our January 2016 Newsletter is out with some updates and a letter from your Chapter President!
Members and friends,
Our November Newsletter has arrived. We have some great updates from our President of the Northern New Mexico chapter, photos from members, and our Auction and Banquet announcement. Take a look to see what’s been going on and what’s coming up!
Members and friends,
Our September Newsletter has arrived. We have some great updates from our President of the Northern New Mexico chapter, along with a great story shared by one of our members. Take a peek at what’s been going on and what’s coming up!
Our hearts are heavy this week due to the situation surrounding the poaching of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, as Safari Club International (SCI) condemns unlawful or unethical hunting practices. Please see the press release below addressing the incident. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our SCI HQ in Tucson.
July 29, 2015
For Immediate Release
SCI Suspends Membership of Hunter and Professional Hunter Involved in Death of Cecil
Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International (SCI) supports a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. SCI has imposed immediate emergency membership suspensions of both the involved hunter and his guide/professional hunter, and they will remain in place pending the outcome of an investigation.
Safari Club International condemns unlawful and unethical hunting practices. SCI supports only legal hunting practices and those who comply with all applicable hunting rules and regulations, and SCI believes that those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Safari Club International is a 501(c)4 corporation, has approximately 47,000 members worldwide, many of whom also hunt worldwide. Safari Club’s missions include the conservation of wildlife, protection of the hunter’s rights, and education of the public concerning hunting and its use as a conservation and management tool.
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, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.safariclub.org or call (520) 620-1220 for more information
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After you get your animal down, it is very important to remove the hide from the body as soon as possible. This is especially important in warm or hot conditions such as our antelope hunts. The heat trapped under the skin can cause the hide to spoil very quickly if left on.
You will need to decide what type of mount you want to have before skinning. For s standard full shoulder mount on a game head, make a cut starting between the ears and cut down the top of the neck along the backbone to well past the shoulders about one foot. Never cut the throat or the front of the neck. From the end of this cut go around the body at the rib cage to leave plenty of hide. Either pull the hide down the legs or cut on the back side of the leg to the body and straight back to the cut around the body. The skin can be cut of above the knees. Next, remove the skull from the neck meat at the back of the skull. Usually you can leave the skull inside and not have to remove it in the field. If you want a half mount or long pedestal pose, remove the hide further back around the flank area. Better to have too much skin rather than being short.
On rug mounts, cut down the under side from the chest to the tail down the belly Cut , from the inside of the paw or hoof up the inside of the leg across the body to meet the first belly cut. Cut through the wrist and ankles bone and meat and pull hide off the body up to back of skull and remove skull and leave head inside.
If your pose is to be a full mount you might talk to your taxidermist to see what method he prefers. You can skin as in the above description for rugs, or make a dorsal cut from the back of the skull down the backbone to the tail. Separate the skin from the body on the sides and push each leg up to turn inside out and peel down to the feet and cut through bone at wrist and ankles. Leave feet in hide and remove hide up to back of skull again. With this method, there are no seams showing on the legs and belly of the mount and the hair on the back is usually long enough to hide the seam.
Keep the hide as cool as possible and if you can, wash any blood off of the hair, especially on white or light colored hair .before it stains. Get the hide to the taxidermist as soon as possible but if will be some time before you can, remove as much meat and fat as you can before salting. Try not to get much salt on the face as it dries it out and makes it very difficult to turn the lips and ears ext. without cutting holes.
For fish and birds, do not gut and keep on ice or frozen under you can deliver them. If you have any questions just call and good luck on your hunts.
D L Gruben
American Wildlife Taxidermy
Albuquerque, New Mexico
In 1954 when I was 16 and a junior at Highland High (Alb., NM) I went bear hunting with my dad (an FBI agent), Delf “Jelly” Bryce (Special Agent in Charge – Alb., NM), Mckinley Co. NM sheriff Kelse Presley and FBI agent Paul Dorris who took the pictures.
We were hunting on the Navajo Res. North of Whiskey Lake (Chuska mtns.) and had seen a great deal of bear sign, including some large ones. While strung out single file walking through a thick patch of oaks with me in the lead I suddenly saw two bear about 10 yds. to my right, took quick aim with my Mannlicher-Schoenauer 30-06, fired and cleanly missed! Both bears took off towards where I knew they would have to cross a clearing so I also took off after them in an attempt to get a shot when they were in the open. As I ran I immediately heard a shot behind me where I knew Delf Bryce to be and assumed he had fired at one of the same bears I had seen.
I quickly reached the clearing but both bears had already crossed and disappeared into the brush. As I walked back the hundred yards or so to where I first saw the bears I heard another shot. Upon returning to where I had shot I saw my empty case and about 8 feet from it lay a fair sized female bear (very dead) with Delf standing over her and the rest of the hunting party arriving at the scene.
What had happened according to Delf, who was walking 20-30 yards behind me, was that I had walked past a mother bear without seeing her and came abreast of her two fully grown cubs. Delf said the cubs were probably 2yrs old and almost as large as their mother (old enough to look after themselves, thankfully). As soon as I fired the mother bear turned and came for me and I never saw her. The shot I heard was Delf shooting the bear about 5 paces behind me and the last shot was a finisher. I don’t remember how much the old she-bear weighed but we had to borrow a horse from Hastein Manuel Nez Tah, Kelse Presley’s local contact, to get her to our truck. I’d guess 250-275 lbs.
I was fortunate to have Delf Bryce behind me or I may have been worked over by a very angry bear. Delf was famous in the FBI for his shooting demonstrations and his having killed several outlaws in his career with the Oklahoma PD as well as the FBI.There are lessons to be learned here but I’ll let you pick them out – I certainly did!
— George Franklin, SCI Member and Treasurer of NNMSCI