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Cover Photo: Theodore Roosevelt in Search of Elk, oil on panel, 12 x16 inche,s by John Seerey-Lester

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Upcoming Events

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• January 17 – 19, 2014 Capture, The 2014 Houston Safari Club Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

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• February 12, 2014 Monthly Meeting at the Houston Racquet Club Special guests: Tony Makris, host of the hit TV show, “Under Wild Skies” and Johan Calitz, professional hunter and outfitter.

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• March 28 – 30, 2014 Y.O. Ranch Weekend

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19 “Magic" Cole's story by Wyatt McBride 27 Hunting in Tajikistan by Mike Simpson 33 Pakistan...Success snatched from the jaws of defeat by Deb Cunningham 39 Long Range Shooting – Should You Do It? by Kerry O’Day 44 Mongolia – The Gobi to the Altai by Melanie Pepper 54 One Million and Counting… by Deb Cunningham and Gary Rose 58 dan L. Duncan scholarship awards recipients 71 Capture 2014 exhibitors 78 HSC Artist of the Year – John Seerey-Lester by john houseman 86 What’s in a pin? By J. Earle Freeman 93 President’s Rifle by Ivan Carter 96 YWCE by Susan Kalich 100 Capture 2014 live auction preview

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2013-14 Houston Safari Club Officers Melanie Pepper, President Kevin Comiskey, President Elect Gene Human, Immediate Past President J.D. Burrows, Vice President Mark King, Vice President Julianne King, Treasurer Jerry M. Henderson, Secretary Houston Safari Club Directors 2012 – 2014 Cope Bailey Steve Crawford Deb Cunningham Ted Trout   2013 – 2015 Harold Inman Shaun Nelson Kevin Ormston Matt Pyle Scott Scheinin   Headquarters Staff Scarlett Darby, Director of Publications and Marketing Carol Mueller, Accounts Manager Jessica Welch, Office Manager Hunter’s Horn Production Staff Scarlett Darby, Executive Editor Jessica Welch, Associate Editor 2013/2014 Editorial Board Julianne King Deb Cunningham

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C2-Studios Inc., Consulting & Design Alliance Printing and Graphics Hunter’s Horn is published quarterly by Houston Safari Club 4615 S.W. Freeway Suite 805 Houston, Texas 77027 713.623.8844 (p) 713.623.8866 (f) [email protected] www.houstonsafariclub.org Hunter’s Horn welcomes contributing articles, stories, photos and research that would be of benefit and interest to members of Houston Safari Club. Contributed materials will be published at the discretion of Houston Safari Club Editorial Board. Houston Safari Club reserves the right to edit contributed materials for content and/or length. Please submit material with a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish for your materials to be returned. The views expressed in Hunter’s Horn are expressly those of the author and do not automatically represent those of Houston Safari Club, its members, employees, or partners.

president's Message Hunting Season! For Houston Safari Club members, it means just one thing – now is the best time of the year! Hunting season is in full swing, the holidays are quickly approaching and our annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention – Capture the Experience – is just around the corner. The hard work of Kevin Comiskey and his Convention committee is paying off with a sold-out exhibit hall, a superb lineup of auction items and special events that you won’t want to miss, including popular entertainer Bill Engvall’s much anticipated return for the Saturday Night Gala. Several of us saw Bill move mountains and multiple obstacles in order to juggle his schedule to be with us this year. HSC is indeed fortunate to have Bill as a friend. The Friday Night Banquet will include outstanding silent and live auctions and truly special trophies for this year’s Hunting Award recipients. Mitzy McCorvey and Anna Morrison have planned another fun-filled Gazelles Luncheon that will feature a special surprise, so definitely plan to be there to share the fun. I’m especially pleased to announce that the first HSC Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) will be held during the 2014 Convention. On Friday, January 17, 2014, high school students will arrive for a morning of classes, exhibitions and handson workshops involving firearm safety and gunsmithing, wildlife conservation, hunting, volunteerism and law enforcement taught by our very own HSC members and exhibitors. Lunch will be provided and the YWCE will end with each student having the opportunity to tour the Convention exhibit hall. This program is a big step forward for HSC’s Youth Program and further solidifies HSC’s dedication to youth hunting and conservation. This huge step in the HSC youth program is thanks, in large part, to the sponsorship

of Brenda and Larry Potterfield, founders of Midway USA. This generous sponsorship is truly making the HSC YWCE possible. The Potterfields underwrote our first-ever youth endowment of $210,000.00! A very special thanks from HSC and Houston’s youth for their generosity! Also Susan and David Kalich are to be congratulated on taking on this first YWCE event with their expertise, dedication to youth hunting, energy and sincere enthusiasm. Your Club hasn’t only been working to make Capture the Experience a very special event. Our highly successful monthly meetings have also been very special. In August, longtime HSC member and alwayspopular Irvin Barnhart gave an entertaining and informative presentation on his hunting trip in the Sudan. Tim Fallon and Doug Prichard of SAAM/FTW followed up in September with an informative discussion on the ethics and principles of long-range shooting.This is a topic every HSC member, and indeed any hunter, should understand and endorse. If you haven’t taken a long distance shooting course to make your mountain hunting trips a success, believe me, FTW is the place to go. In October, Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, addressed a fully-packed Houston Racquet Club on the many issues currently facing American gun owners. Wayne is a tireless advocate for our Second Amendment rights and HSC is fortunate that Wayne and his senior management team took the time from their busy schedules to address our Club. I presented Wayne a check from HSC for $15,000 for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, and I was excited and proud to learn that HSC members raised an additional $27,000 that evening to further support the NRA and its very important

mission. HSC members are the BEST; we all make a difference together. A special thank you also goes to Texas Wildlife Association and SCI-Houston for joining us for the event. Of course I cannot leave out a very big thank you to HSC Past President and Program Chairman Gene Human for all that he does to make these meetings so efficient and dynamic. Thanks Gene for taking time away again from your law practice for HSC. HSC’s great monthly meeting schedule continued in November with internationally acclaimed big game hunter Ivan Carter. Ivan gave a wonderfully entertaining presentation on hunting the Big Five to a sold-out crowd. I am sure there were many in the audience that went to bed that evening dreaming of elephant and buffalo hunting. Ivan is also the author of a special series of articles in Hunter’s Horn detailing the making of this year’s President’s Rifle – a HEYM Double Barrel .470. Ivan’s knowledge of big bore double rifles and his special affection for HEYM rifles is readily apparent as you read his articles. And to top it off, Ivan showed his support for HSC by becoming a Life Member of HSC. Welcome to HSC Ivan! We look forward to many years of friendship and hunting advice from you.

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Working with so many hard-working and dedicated members these last few months has not only been exciting, but also a humbling experience. It is fabulous to see so many new volunteers stepping up. Never forget that you, the membership, are what make HSC the premier hunting and conservation organization in the world. Thank you and see you at Capture in January! –Melanie Pepper, HSC President Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

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Become an SCI Official Measurer Presented by

Houston Safari Club Join us Friday, January 17, 2014 From 1:00 to 5:00 pm Cost: $150 USD

The seminar fee includes entrance into seminar, official measuring kit and official measuring test. All official measurers are required to maintain a current SCI membership. Registration will be $160 after January 10. Course instructed by Herb Atkinson.

Don’t miss the HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2014 For further details, please call the HSC office at (713) 623-8844.

Big Texas Thanks!

A BIG Texas thanks to Peter Tam of Tam Safaris, the entire Tam family and Henriette for helping to make a long-awaited dream come true. It was a great adventure leaving us with memories to last a lifetime. We love you all! –Kem and Linda Donaho Hunter’s Horn • convention 2014

HSC Life Members Bob Abernathy John Abraham Shannon Alston Michael Ambrose Anne Avara Dannine Avara Jacob Avara Skip Avara Kenneth Bailey Freddie Bailey Jr. Jack Barksdale L. Irvin Barnhart Wendy Barnhart James Bell Lyndel Berry Tony Bessette Craig Boddington Jay Bonano E. Tay Bond Greg Bond Pete Bonora Jeri Booth James Braus J. Downey Bridgwater Jack Brittingham Robert Burke Quint Burris Byron Burris II Prentiss Burt Daniel Yturria Butler Don Byrne C. Jack Cagle Dennis Cain Thomas E. Cain Jr. Rick Callison Alex Campbell Bill Carter Ivan Carter Ben Case Preston Cavner Chris Caywood Tracey Cearley Alan Cegielski James Clark Steve Clark/ 888 Ranch Stephen Coale Randall Coleman Russell Coleman Joe Collett Dwayne Collier Kevin Comiskey Alan Cooke Dian Cooper Rocky Cooper George Councill Steve Crawford Kenneth Crockett Gary Crouch Deb Cunningham Ford Cunningham Ralph S. Cunningham Ralph Daigle Joe Davis

Armando De Leon III Armando De Leon IV Elliot Desautels Jennifer Desautels Randy Donato Barry Donoho Tim Doucet M.D. James H. "Red" Duke Jan E. Duncan Scott Daniel Duncan Bruce C. Edwards Robert N. Elkins Susan Ellerbeck Gary E. Ellison Will Ellison Shaun Essery Travis Findley Charlene Floyd Tommy Fogle Nathan Foyil Bobby Frederick Aaron Freeman Warren Gallant Scott Garrett Tanya Garrett Zachary Garrett Paul Geiger Frank T. Giacalone Gary Glesby William Gouldin Sandra Green Edward Guinn Dodd Hackman James Halley Greg Harvey Charles Head Jr. Mark R. Herfort Robert Hibbert II Steven Hill Edward L. Hoffman William Holder III Bill Honza Gene Human Tanya Hurlburt Terry Hurlburt John J. Jackson III Jack Jensen M.D. W.A. Jentsch Jr. Robert D. Jones III Harris Junell Darrell Kainer David Kalich Kirk Kanady Julianne King Mark King Robert Kneppler Philip Koehne George Kollitides Phil Koonce George Kopecky Wayne La Pierre Keith Lake Joel Pat Latham

Richard Leibman John Lindholm, Jr. Tom Lipar Mark Livesay Ricardo Longoria Ricardo Tomas Longoria Doug Luger Paige Manard James L. Masten Wyatt McBride Mitzy McCorvey Tony W. McCorvey Ed McCrory III Vickie McMillan Travis McWilliams Gerald Meinecke Lewis A. Metzger Brook Minx Howard Monsour Forrest Montealegre Paul Montealegre G.L. Jerry Moore Tommy E. Morrison Ron Mostyn Dustin Mykyte Shannon Nash Bob Neese Scott Nelson William Newlin Rudy Nix Carol O'Day Kerry O'Day Charles Onstead Kevin Ormston Neal Overstreet John Painter Michael Park Michael D. Parr Steve Pate Trevor Penny John Pepper Melanie Pepper Timothy J. Peter Bryce Phillips Carson Phillips Dusty Phillips Wilson H. (Woody) Phillips Jr. Thomas Powell Kevin Poynter Charles Prince Jr. Sharon Propes Carlos Ramirez Lawrence Rearick William Reed Sr. Dr. Gayle M. Rettig John Robberson Larry Robinson Mike Robinson Chuck Rod Robert J. Rod Stephen Rogers William J. Rohrbach William Roosevelt

Gary Rose Jerry Rubenstein Chris Ruhman Gerald Russell Byron G. Sadler Sandra Sadler Michael Sample Scott Scheinin Robert Scherer Wade Schindewolf Richard Shepherd Jason Shrieve William Simmons Jody Simpson Mike Simpson Sam Skipper Jason Smith Steve Smith Dr. Norman Speer Larry Stifflemire Mark Ducros Stouse Randy Strickland H. Allen Stuart David Swan Dr. Lloyd B. Swiedom Sally Swiedom Peter Tam Larry Tatom Terry Taylor Mark Terpstra J.B. Tinney Ted Trout Hal Tryon Don Turner Phillip Veale Thom Venus Amanda Vick William T.Vick Glenn Vincent Pierre Carl Vorster Joshua Walker Greg Walla Rob Walsh Dana Weber Rick Weber Larry L. Weishuhn Brian Welker Robert Wells Lawrence West Bruce Whitmire Bill Wilkinson Ron Willenborg Steve Willenborg Gregory Williamson Alan Winslette Kurt Wiseman John Wood Bill Woodall Patricia Woods J.D. "Des" Woods Jr. Preston Young Brian Zaitz

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Great time at Sanctuary Ranch!

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The Welker family would like to say THANK YOU to the Sanctuary family. To one and all at Sanctuary Ranch – you all make this week something we look forward to all year, and for that, we all thank you!

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Best hunt ever!

Bob Boswell and his Cape buffalo.

Bob Boswell and his lion.

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Duke Walton and his steinbuck.

Jeremy Bailey and his Caracal.

We would like to thank Louis Loots of Ka Maoto Safaris in South Africa for the best hunt ever. He, his family and his staff did everything possible to make our hunt memorable. Not only did Louis make sure we got our trophies, he made sure they were really great animals! Happy Trails, Duke Walton • Bob Boswell • Jeremy Bailey

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Save the Date:

HSC Y.O. Ranch Weekend March 28-30, 2014

Make your reservations now for one of the most anticipated weekends of the year! Join fellow HSC members for a memorable weekend of relaxation and recreation at the Y.O. Ranch. All activities, food, drink and accommodations are included for only $275 per person! Space is limited, so make your reservations early! Please RSVP by calling Jessica Welch at the HSC office, (713) 623-8844, or e-mail her at [email protected]

Fun and Memorable!

Kayla Ormston and her father Kevin would like to thank Gary Ploch and the Patio Ranch for making Kayla’s first harvest a very fun and memorable experience. Thanks Gary! Hunter’s Horn • convention 2014

Board of Directors officers

Melanie Pepper, President

Gene Human, Immediate Past President Kevin Comiskey, President-Elect

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Mark King, Vice President

J.D. Burrows, Vice President

Jerry Henderson, Secretary

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Top row from left: Cope Bailey, Kevin Ormston, Ted Trout, Steve Crawford Bottom row from left: Harold Inman, Scott Scheinin, Deb Cunningham, Shaun Nelson, Matt Pyle Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

Julianne King, Treasurer

Wonderful Experience!

I would like to thank Andrew Pringle with Crusader Safaris for the wonderful free range experience for my nephews and myself. You have a wonderful camp, professional hunters and it was a total success. Thank you for everything, Mike Ambrose

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Cole’s Story

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n 1999, a lifelong dream was realized! My father and I started a premier hunting ranch in New Zealand, Spey Creek Trophy Hunting. Over the years, Spey Creek has become one of the top hunting destinations in the South Pacific. More than the business success, the best part for me is I get to work side by side with my dad. My dad has always been someone that I have looked up to and who has taught me how to be a good businessman. The number one thing he says to me is to “live by the 10 commandments, practice the golden rule and you will be a good man.” My fondest memories in life are of hunting with my dad. We have hunted all over the world, first with rifles, and now primarily with bows. Before I could even walk, he would load me up in my car seat, and off we’d go dove hunting. It is a passion that we have always both shared, and now we have the sheer joy and pleasure to work together doing what we mutually love. I could go on forever telling you endless stories about the fun and excitement of our many hunting adventures, but this story is about Cole, a young man who changed my life! First, a little about me. I am 35 years old, never married and never had the pleasure of having my own children. Someday I hope I will have the pleasure, as I love being around kids. Many people say I am still a kid at heart, so maybe that’s why I enjoy them so much! Their energy and desire to learn makes guiding young kids the highlight of my season.

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Spey Creek Trophy Hunting, with its luxurious lodge and abundance of record breaking animals, attracts clients from all over the United States. Spey Creek hunters hold the record for the largest stag in the world for the past several years both with rifle and bow. Several others are also in the top ten of the record book in the rifle, muzzleloader, bow and crossbow categories.The old adage, “Records are meant to be broken,” has become the norm at Spey Creek, year after year. Outfitting is so enjoyable, as you meet great people and develop long lasting friendships with many of them. Our guests arrive as strangers and leave as family. When you think about it, how much better could it get, than go to a beautiful country, meet great people, stay in a first class facility, see an abundance of wildlife right out your bedroom window, eat delicious food and hunt in a hunter’s paradise! It just doesn’t get any better than that! I’m getting a little off track here. Back to the Cole story.

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Cole and David Dutton with Cole’s Arapawa ram.

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This year, we had a very special guest visit Spey Creek Trophy Hunting. In June of 2013 my life was irrevocably changed for the better. A boy from Boerne,Texas, rocked my world in a way that will bless me for the rest of my days. David Dutton, a true cowboy and well-known horse veterinarian in the Texas Hill Country brought his son, Cole, to hunt with us. Cole is 11 years old and is different from most kids; he was born with muscular dystrophy. At the age of 10, Cole lost the feeling in his legs and is now in a wheelchair full time. He can still use his arms and he is making the most of the time he has left with that mobility.

“...he will hunt until he can’t pull the trigger.”

Cole’s passion is hunting and he says he will hunt until he can’t pull the trigger. Cole is smart, kind and polite, not something you always see in an 11 year old these days. The first words out Cole’s mouth are “yes sir” or “yes ma’am.” He is very wise and mature beyond his age. Adversity becomes his challenge. Cole is a strong-hearted young man who knows God has a plan for all of us, and the best we can do is live the time we have to the fullest. He is blessed with parents who make sure he gets to do just that! The first night out hunting at Spey Creek, Cole, his father David and I spotted the biggest Arapawa Ram I had ever seen. The Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

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only problem was we knew Cole's 308 single shot wasn't going to be able to get the job done. If Cole had the ability to walk, we could have closed the distance to 100 yards without any problem, but that wasn't an option. I asked Cole, “We have our Best of The West Rifle with Huskama scope in the truck but it's a 7mm; can you handle that?” He replied, “Wyatt if you can get me prone I will give it a try!” We were pushing dark with only 10 minutes of light left. Time was of the essence, so I called for backup. Getting Cole an animal was the top priority in camp, and to get this huge Arapawa Ram would be the best thing ever.Two of us carried Cole to a small knob about 50 yards up the hill by making a seat out of our hands, with him griping onto our shoulders for dear life. The trust Cole put in us to get him safely up the rugged terrain humbled me. We laid him on his stomach, loaded the Best of the West 7mm, secured the gun and dialed the scope to 500 yards. I asked, “Cole, you see him?” He answered “Yes sir.” I cranked the scope to 20 power. “Can you still see him?” Once again he said he could. “Cole, when you’re comfortable, take the shot.” He took a breath to steady himself and then BANG! Every breath was held. We watched with intensity, all hoping that the animal fell. Only a mere second passed but that second lasted an eternity.

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Cole, his Dad David and Wyatt McBride.

Let me tell you, no animal taken at Spey Creek was as special to me as this ram. It stood for so much more than another trophy on someone’s wall. It was symbolic of a little boy who had been dealt a tough hand and was making the best of every moment that he was given, who wasn’t willing to let life beat him. It was about a father’s love, to travel thousands of miles and countless hours with a child in a wheelchair, just to make one of his son’s dreams a reality. It was so much more than an Arapawa Ram. It was life altering for every person on that hillside that day. It was priceless to see a young man who couldn’t walk shoot the biggest ram ever taken at Spey Creek, and at 505 yards! Tears of happiness were flowing from us all.

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Wyatt McBride, Cole Dutton and Jake Franklin with Cole’s Spey Creek elk.

The hunt continues! At day break the second day, we loaded Cole in the front seat of the Polaris ranger with his seat belt on and his feet wedged into the dash to keep him upright. In Cole’s own words: “The second day we didn’t get anything but we spotted a stag that I really wanted…” The next morning we located the stag. We took the Ranger until it would go no farther, then loaded Cole into his wheelchair and off we went. Cole said he was comfortable shooting his .308 Marlin 300 yards.We were able to close the gap with his wheelchair, and then set Cole up for the shot. Slowly, he squeezed the trigger and down went the stag! Two shots, two animals! All celebrations started again! We were out hunting the next morning when we spotted a huge 8x8 elk. By this time, Cole had gained my total respect, and at the same time stolen my heart. I told

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him that if he thought he could take it with one shot, it would be my gift to him. After a discussion with his dad, he received the green light to give it a try. With the same confidence he displayed with his two previous animals, Cole squeezed the trigger one more time, and down went the elk! “He’s the biggest animal I’ve ever shot and by far the widest rack I’ve ever seen! Thank you Wyatt!” Priceless! We were all sad when Cole and his dad had to leave early the next morning after breakfast. They were returning home to Texas after a successful trip, meeting new friends and taking home some well-earned trophies that would remind them of memories that would last forever. I personally was left with a much greater gift. The gift of knowing that with a positive attitude and the refusal to give up, anything is possible! Cole proved that!

Since then, I returned to Texas after our season ended in July, and Cole and I have gone on several hunts together. He continues to amaze and impress me. His dream is to hunt and guide, so today Cole’s dad and I are trying to help him live his dream by taking people to the Dutton’s private ranch in the Hill Country for exotic hunts. Cole has impacted my life so much and has shown me why God has put me where I am to do what I love…so I can share amazing stories like his with others. Cole never complains and knows the time he has on earth is shorter than most, so he makes a point to enjoy the time he has. The lesson I learned from Cole is we should stop for a minute and look at our life. Make sure we are living our dreams, and be thankful for what we have.We only get one shot at life, so live it to the fullest! I thank God for bringing Cole into my life. God bless Cole! ★

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Best Alaska Experience!

I would like to thank my professional hunter Keith and Capt. Phil Byrd of Arctic North Guides for the best Alaskan experience of my life. Coming back for the Brownie next year! Thank you for everything, Mike Ambrose

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ridges from 13,000 to 16,000 feet. The never-ending wind keeps the snow blown off of the sparse grass and is ideal grazing for sheep. The Great Pamir’s area borders to the north of the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, where early sheep hunters traveled for Marco Polo in the late 1960s. In those early years, the hunters told of Tajikistan is home to some of the highest traveling north into Tajikistan to get their mountains in the Himalayas, including sheep. the Pamir and Alay Ranges and, most importantly to us, home to the great The Pamir Mountains have been famous Marco Polo sheep. Most of Tajikistan is since the early travels of Marco Polo to the mountainous with altitudes ranging from silken courts of Kublai Khan 800 years ago, 984 feet to 24,589 feet, with nearly half of traveling thru Tajikistan and seeing these great sheep alive before any other European Tajikistan above 10,000 feet. had even heard of them. We were hunting in the Great Pamir Mountains of the Himalayas, in the Our hunt was arranged by Bob Kern and southern area of the Gorno-Badakhshan his son Rob, of The Hunting Consortium, region of Tajikistan, for the greatest sheep and was perfect in every detail, including trophy in the world, the famous Marco Polo applying for U.S. trophy import permits, (Ovis Ammon Poli). In mid-November, with Tajikistan gun permits and visas. temperatures averaging 10 to 20 degrees below zero, the rams join the ewes for the After easily clearing customs, we had plenty rut in great numbers, as I had the great of help loading three 4x4 cruisers for our opportunity to witness. 16-hour drive south to the city of Khorog. The major highway, M4, which runs north The name “Pamir” reflects the description and south, was a single gravel road in some of the fertile high mountain pastures and places and only pavement through a few semi desert areas of windswept valleys and villages. Khorog, a city with a population of e journeyed from the skyscrapers and roaring highways of Houston to the deep valleys and soaring mountainsides of picturesque Tajikistan in search of the regal Marco Polo sheep.

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We were each provided with a driver, assistant guide and main guide. Moreover, on all of Bob’s Asian hunts he has an employee in camp, looking after all of the logistics, even meeting us at the airport and traveling with us all the way to camp. Our logistics representative was Oleg Stupar, Barret Simpson and his Mid-Asian Ibex.

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whom I had previously hunted with in the far east of Russia. My exceptionally skilled guides were Zafar and Karim, brothers with 20 years of sheep hunting experience who spoke excellent English. Bob’s hunters have always enjoyed total and complete success in taking a trophy sheep and our hunt proved to be no exception. I personally saw over a thousand sheep each day on my hunt. The camp was well stocked with plenty of water, fruit juices and sodas for everyone. There was a doctor in camp monitoring everyone’s blood pressure twice a day and always pressing us to drink more liquids. Our camp was located at 13,300 feet and was very comfortable, with heat and showers supplied by hot springs out of the ground. A generator and small wind turbine furnished plenty of electricity to charge satellite phones, computers and camera batteries. Camp food was very good with plenty of meat, rice and fresh vegetables. All of the hunting was from 4x4 warm cruisers or jeeps with final approaches by stalking in white camouflage. All of the guides were experienced using spotting scopes and range finders, calling out the distances for the hunters. Carol and Kerry O’Day of MG Arms, had built

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Barret and myself each a 7mm-STW caliber rifle with a 3x18 power Z6(1)Swarovski scope for 300 yards out to 600 yards. With a twist of the dials to the appropriate color dots, these proved to be very accurate as we practiced shooting at long distances. With MG Arms Precision Rifles and handloaded ammo for all five of us, we were well equipped for the long range shooting that we all experienced. After circling around the ridge during the morning, we located a group of rams and began judging their size and age. What a wonderful sunny day we had looking at sheep and enjoying lunch within ten feet of the Afghanistan border. Looking into the Asku Valley (of the Wakhan Corridor) in Afghanistan with the “Little Pamirs” in the background, we saw only two uninhabited yurts. Every direction was snow and ice, no army and no human tracks, only tracks of sheep and ibex. After lunch we spotted a group of 35 rams and were able to get within 1,000 yards of them at 15,000 feet. They started drifting off the top to feed, with us following till about 3:00 pm. With their sharp eyes we were spotted even in our white suits. Zafar and his brother’s knowledge of the sheep and their habits contributed to our success in heading the sheep off. As the Marco Polo started up the next high ridge, we were able to close the distance to approximately 400 yards. Luckily, my ram was slower and bringing up the rear of the herd and Zafar started calling out the distances. My first shot was at 425 yards

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in camp and back in Dushanbe at the new Hyatt Regency Hotel. Gratefully, we did not experience any problems importing our trophies as checked baggage back to Houston, thanks to the help of John Rulon and Lynette Lilly of WELL Logistics Custom Brokers.

What a great ram he was, with magnificent horns measuring 59”x 62” scoring 225 7/8 for SCI record book. Barret collected a heavy knobbed 41” Mid-Asian Ibex and a giant Himalayan Yak. Beau and the others collected trophy rams in the 56” to 57” class and a trophy ibex. They also collected trophy yaks with Beau’s possibly the new No. 2. All of the yaks were guided by Oleg, Bob Kern’s employee, and all were scoring in the top ten. We celebrated our great hunt

Another member of Houston Safari Club, Ted Trout, arrived in camp one week behind us and was guided and hunted exactly as I had described to him. He also collected a trophy sheep and ibex. Behind Ted, Ken Bailey, also a member of Houston Safari Club, and his son and son-in-law hunted and were also 100% successful in collecting trophy Marco Polo sheep and ibex. Many thanks go out to all that helped our hunt be such a success. ★

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alph and I are in the air somewhere between Iran and Pakistan. This is probably wishful thinking but I believe a cup of hot coffee is in my near future. We left Houston on Monday, December 26, 2011, headed to Pakistan to hunt six sheep and two ibex. Our goal is to be successful with Blanford Urial, Punjab Urial, Afghan Urial and Sindh Ibex for both of us. We booked this hunt with Kaan Karakaya of Shikar Safaris at SCI in Reno last January and it will end an amazing year of hunting for us. We have managed to take all booked hunts except for Iran, which was cancelled due to permitting problems in the Iranian Wildlife Department. We are both a bit travel weary at the moment but we are also excited about this new adventure. We were met at the airport in Islamabad by Farhad, who works for Kaan in Pakistan. After all entry requirements were met, we were taken to a nearby hotel where we enjoyed coffee and were given details of our

upcoming hunt. After coffee and discussion we went back to the airport (domestic) where we were met by Ejaz. The three of us flew together to Karachi. On arrival in Karachi, we were met by Prince Julkifer Bhutani and were to be driven to the hunting area in Dureji where we would be staying in his home and hunting Blanford Urial and Sindh Ibex. I am a very confident and accurate shot…. normally. I have been quite successful, especially with my 7mm STW custom built for me by MG Arms; however, my mettle was to be tested in Pakistan. We shot our rifles after arriving in Dureji, which is 2 ½ hours NE of Karachi. We were “camped” quite comfortably in the Prince’s home and were treated beautifully, with much respect and kindness by all. My rifle shot dead-on at 100 yards and Ralph shot well also. Ralph was first up for the Blanford Urial. We set out with high hopes around 6:30 am on Thursday to drive to the base of the mountain where we began what turned

out to be 9 ½ hours of climbing, walking, hunting and then descending back to the desert floor. We spotted a good group of rams around 9:00 am; Ralph was able to set up a great shot on his ram once he was able to pick him up in his sights…. these sheep blend very well into the rocky hillsides, which became even more apparent when it was my turn. The trackers located another large group of Urial and with high excitement had me set up. All was going well until I tried to pick up the best ram in my scope. Sadly, I simply could not find it… argh, I have rarely been more frustrated. I was ultimately unable to shoot and with some disappointment we began the search for another ram. I could go into nauseating detail about the multiple times we repeated this, but I would rather go straight to the happy outcome instead. I finally was able to adjust my scope to get it clear and made a great shot on a lone ram. He obviously had my name on him at 378 yards. When he dropped, the team Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

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of nine patient and long-suffering Pakistanis cheered, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. My pride was shaken but not crushed and I was sure that my rifle was now ready for peak performance.

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On Friday morning, we drove about an hour to begin another day of 9 ½ hours of climbing, walking and hunting for the Sindh ibex.The ibex were plentiful and my faithful trackers and guides team had grown to 12 determined, exuberant, shall I say frenzied males who wanted nothing more than for me to shoot first this day. To be fair, they really liked me and wanted my success…can you sense the pressure building?

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The only excuse I can give for missing the first Ibex I set up on is that I was frustrated and had a severe lack of confidence after a couple of misses, language barriers, 12 men talking at once and on and on. In short, I did not feel that I could hit the broad side of a barn, but the reality was that the shots were long…450 to 500 yards and the ibex were constantly moving. But hey, I have mastered these shots before…somehow my mojo had been left at the base of the mountain. This story has a good ending, however, for three reasons. First, Ralph was able to jump in and take his Sindh Ibex after one of my frustrating misses. Second, my Pakistani posse never gave up on me or even looked upset. And, third, we kept persevering until after a seeming eternity, I was able to set up Deb and Ralph with her Punjab Urial.

flat on my belly on a harsh bed of jagged rocks and take aim across a deep and wide canyon at an ibex moving along a narrow trail on the mountain side 278 yards away. The ibex paused a second too long on the steep trail, and he was mine….amid whoops and hollers and admittedly a “girlie” tear or two, the recent misses were forgotten. “Sucaria” (thank you) all around and four hours later, in the pitch black of night at the base of the mountain, we took some of my hardest earned photos ever. (I must confess that I have not sugar coated this because Ralph threatened to write the story if I even remotely thought about leaving out the gruesome details.) In addition to these successful hunts, we had a lovely morning with Prince Bhutani hunting Chinkara Gazelle for Ralph. The weather was beautiful and from our Land Rover it felt like Africa as we watched the gazelle run across the desert floor. We spotted a good one right away and

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Ralph dropped him. It is not possible to import this gazelle to the U.S. currently, but they will hold it for us for the possibility of future importation. Tomorrow we will leave this beautiful area and travel back to Karachi where we will take a flight back to Islamabad and our next camp. There I am hopeful my reputation will have preceded me and they will have a sheep tied up for me.

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To very briefly summarize the rest of the hunt, Ralph and I took our Punjab Urial within an hour or so of each other in another area several days later.We had travelled to the Punjab area on busy congested highways out of Islamabad with vehicles in every shape, age, condition and make maneuvering for position and dodging pedestrians, making our traffic in Houston seem sleepy by comparison. In the midst of this “orderly chaos” we spotted farm tractors rolling along with whole families on board, as well as the occasional horse drawn cart. All of this after leaving one of the most impressive marble hotel lobbies I have ever seen, by way of an exit equipped with x-ray security machines. On the way to this new area where we will stay in the Malik family’s private home, we stopped at a roadside fuel/food station for a delicious “tea” with chicken curry, rice, fish, barbequed chicken and of course sweet hot chai (tea). The restroom had an attendant who kept it spotless and who even came in to turn the water on for me and put soap on my hands to wash. After this lovely respite, we were back on the super highway with a three hour drive to our destination. We arrived at dark and after a lovely meal with our host, we fell into bed for a welldeserved night’s rest. On our second day of hunting, after enduring a cold, heavy rain and an unsuccessful hunt on the first day, Ralph was able to take his Urial first and then my trackers, while scouting for me, radioed to tell us that they had spotted a good group of rams. Ejaz, Ralph’s trackers and I literally ran about ¼ mile to get up the mountain where we could spot the herd from which he had taken his Punjab at around 3:30 pm. We ran over huge rocks and wait-a-bits, and climbed straight up over large boulders to get in place. There were at least two good rams left in the group, and miraculously, breathing heavily, I was able to get on the best ram and make a fabulous shot to take him. Happy day! Ralph was also successful in taking the Indian Gazelle here and after completing our hunt, we made our way back to Islamabad where we spent a lovely day with Farhad driving

Deb with her Blanford Urial.

around the city. Islamabad is beautifully laid out with some lovely hotels including the Serena (where we stayed) and the Marriott (where we had a delicious lunch in their Chinese restaurant). We truly enjoyed this hunt in Pakistan, which was beyond our expectations due in great part to the people. It is a beautiful, exotic, diverse country with countless surprises and layers in the society. We were treated with respect and consideration wherever we went. Our guides and trackers were excellent, strong and committed to our success. They were also courteous and kind, and their pleasure in the simple process of preparing their chai over an open fire on the mountaintop, and the savoring of fresh backstrap roasted there as well, was magical. The contrast in their lifestyles and the luxuries we take for granted on a daily basis was highlighted by the fact that our head trackers carried AK-47 rifles wherever they went in the field…and in spite of significant challenges, they worked hard to provide a fabulous hunt.

memories of this mysterious, exotic country and its people. In fact, due to some strife in the area in northern Pakistan where we were to be hunting for the Afghan Urial, we had to forego that part of the trip…so we are looking forward to a return in the future.

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And as a conclusion to my journal entry… On board Turkish Air headed to Istanbul. We were up at 1:15 am at the Serena Hotel. Now 5:15 am…took over an hour to clear rifles for departure. Otherwise smooth thanks to Ejaz and Farhad’s competent care of us through the maze of check in, security, immigration, etc. Whew…sleepy little Houston will be heavenly. ★

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Long Range Shooting Should You Do It? By Kerry O’Day, MG Arms

Shooting long range when hunting is more than a challenge, it is a judgment call.

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ack in my younger days, I had the unique opportunity to shoot at the 50 Caliber Shooters Association-1000 yard Benchrest Competition, as well as Long Range Handgun Silhouette competition, and performed with notable success. As a hunter, I have tried to shoot game at a distance that I felt comfortable with. In all of my hunting years, there have only been a handful of times that I have had to shoot a trophy animal beyond 200 yards. I once shot a Blue Sheep in China at over 550 yards, Pronghorn in Montana at 475 yards, elk in Colorado at just over 400 yards, and several other long shots that had perfect weather conditions for the shot to be made. A shot like that takes practice, acquired skill and, to be honest, a great deal of luck! There is a significant difference between shooting at a known distance from a solid bench versus shooting off a bipod or rock at a range in which you are guessing. The difference that 50 yards makes in the drop of a flat shooting rifle is incredible. A 7mm STW drops 30 inches at 500 yards, and at just 50 yards more you need to add 11 more inches. For example, you see a whitetail at 890 yards. He is still and there is a light wind blowing from your right.You set your scope to the highest power, hold steady, with the cross hairs about three feet above his back.

You squeeze the trigger and miss him by a mile; your bullet hit 11 feet low and 1/2 ft. to the right. Sound familiar? Well, this is why your perfect shot went awry. The total drop at that range is 170 inches and that’s only if you guessed the correct range. That little wind pushed the bullet off 19 inches, as long as it stayed constant and didn’t change direction (like it so often does). The perfect long-range shot is mystifying at best, as there are many factors that must be accounted for and aligned. The good news is that there are some products and practices that will help when you must make that long shot.

Second, determine the drop and hold over on your target. Ballistic reticle and ballistic turret scopes are a big help. Scope companies have taken some of the “guess work” out of adjusting for hold over. Leupold, Swarovski, Nikon and many other scope manufacturers have bullet drop compensating lines built into the reticle of the scope for estimating hold over on an animal. The way this works is to sight in your rifle at 200 yards using the normal cross hair, and then applying the drop compensating cross-hairs or dots for longer ranges. If you know that your target is at 300 yards, you simply hold the next line down from the cross hairs and squeeze the First, be able to range the distance of your trigger. shot. A good range finder is worth its weight in gold. Most of the major optic companies This method and tool is not perfect. There like Bushnell, Leica and Swarovski is still a small amount of guesswork using make laser range finders. Range finding the lines or dots, therefore room for human binoculars are the latest new technology error. If you have a flat shooting rifle like and to find a pair that really works can be a 300 Ultra Mag as compared to a 45-70 pricey, but well worth the purchase. A select which drops like a rock, then your lines will few manufacturers are making scopes with not be perfect for either caliber.They shrink built in range finders as well, but be careful your margin for error though, and with a when adding too many options and gadgets little practice you can figure out the right to your scope. If you are on a hunt and don’t lines to use at any given range. have a range finder, try to figure the yardage by thinking about the length of a football You also have the option to add a custom field or the 100-yard range you shoot on. If ballistic turret built for your scopes that will it is too far to decide how many 100-yard take all the guesswork out of shooting long ranges it is, then it’s best to make the call range.You have a custom dial on top of your that it is too far for you to shoot. scope that has yardage lines cut into a ring

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Lastly, and I feel the most importantly, practice at a long range is a must. A loyal customer just sent a photo of a Marco Polo sheep which he shot at 988 yards. He was using a MGA Ultra-Light custom rifle chambered in .300 Ultra Mag, shooting a 180 grain Barnes Triple Shock bullet at 14,000 feet elevation with a temperature of minus ten degrees. My customer had practiced so much with his rifle that he shot out the first barrel and had to have it re-barreled just before his hunt. Most shooters will find that shooting a 300yard course is too far, but when you try shooting a 600-yard course, it will make a believer out of you. If you can’t shoot an 8-inch group at 300 yards off a bench, then you better re-think shooting game at that distance. Moreover, simply being able to shoot a good group off a bench doesn’t mean you can do it in the field. All good hunters and shooters should practice in various scenarios. You should practice shooting from a bipod, shooting prone or even off-hand. I prefer sitting while using a bipod and standing while using shooting sticks with three legs. The more support you can have the better. To conclude, always steer clear of blaming the rifle. It is up to you to shoot accurately, not the rifle or options which you use. ★

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Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation by Dennis Cain HSC Washington DC Liaison

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he Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is made up of bipartisan U.S. Senators and Congressmen, state legislatures and a unique, collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus (CSC), Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC). All working closely with CSF, they serve as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the agenda of America's hunters and anglers. Houston Safari Club has been a member of CSF since it was founded in 1989. ThenCongressman Jack Fields, HSC member, suggested that HSC become involved. Ray Petty, HSC’s first representative, with the support of then-President Irvin Barnhart and Immediate Past President, Mike Simpson, along with Jerry Henderson, shared the vision of what became a respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. Since those early meetings, CSF has earned that early vision with a mission to work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, recreational angling, shooting and trapping. After 23 years, not only has the mission been accomplished, but we are stronger than ever. CSF is the only organization represented on four federally chartered advisory councils dealing with hunting and recreational fishing. The 24th Annual Banquet and Auction was held in Washington DC on September 11, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. HSC President Melanie Pepper and I were the HSC representatives that attended this year.

The yearly CSF banquet and auction provides an opportunity for the outdoor sporting community to recognize the work of CSF in keeping sportsmen in the field. Members of Congress typically walk across the street from the Capitol building offices to attend this annual event and meet with leaders of the hunting, fishing and shooting sports communities, to acknowledge their efforts on legislation directly impacting sportsmen. Traditionally, each HSC President attends the annual event and participates in the banquet and auction, and makes select visits to Capitol Hill for meetings. HSC donates to the silent auction each year and is represented in the official event program magazine. Last year, HSC President Gene Human attended along with the largest attendance ever, over 1,000 in the grand ballroom of the hotel. Being a top Houston attorney, he fit in and represented our club well. HSC President Melanie Pepper attended many congressional meetings that enhanced HSC on a national level. President Pepper and I wish to give thanks to Doug Centilli and Jack Fields for their help in logistical support of introductions and arranging meetings. In addition to the CSF meeting, we visited the NRA headquarters and also toured the new NRA museum.

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Regional CSF banquet held in Houston on September 26, 2013. HSC was represented by me, President Elect Kevin Comiskey, Immediate Past President Gene Human and HSC Office Manager Jessica Welch. Funds raised by grants and banquets help retain the necessary staff to provide support and guidance for three distinct caucuses operating at both the federal and state level. The history page provides a brief 20-year history in support of the sportsman. For additional detailed information about CSF, please visit www.sportsmenslink.org. ★

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attulga silently motioned for me to join him across the large boulders that loomed between us. As I crawled over the topmost boulder I could see Zorigt intently glassing the flat area in front of him. As Battulga offered his hand to me, I realized why he was being so chivalrous – to get to Zorigt, I had to cross a narrow rock bridge over what looked to be a bottomless ravine. As I grasped my rifle sling tightly, grabbed Battulaga’s hand and started across the “bridge,” all I could do is wonder, “What in the world am I doing here in the middle of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert?” Hunting Mongolia has always been a destination that I have looked forward to, especially as we heard of the great Melanie and her Gobi Argali.

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Argali and Ibex hunts that so many of our Houston Safari Club friends had taken. A serious sheep hunter friend of ours, David Combs, had made two successful hunting trips to Mongolia with Hunt Mongolia, LLC, owned and personally managed by Battulga Tumurdash. When we contacted Battulga in early 2011 about possibly booking a hunt, he mentioned that he actually had permits for all three argali and both ibex in 2012. John and I discussed it for all of a minute and quickly moved to seal the deal – I was going to Mongolia! And here it was, July 2012, and I’m crawling across a narrow rock bridge in the mountains of the Gobi Desert! “Hurry Melanie!” hissed Zorigt as he motioned me towards a large boulder directly in front of him. With a final supporting hand from Battulga, I had crossed the narrowest bridge across one of the deepest gorges I’d ever seen. Zorigt took my rifle, quietly placing it into position on the boulder above us. As I slowly slid into position on my rifle, I saw why he was so animated. There before us, grazing less than 200 yards away, were six Gobi Argali with a very nice ram leading the way. Zorigt pointed to the lead ram, which I was already sighting in

on. I quickly dialed down my scope for the 150 yards to the ram, slid off the safety and I was ready. “Take him,” whispered Zorigt and I squeezed off the shot. As I worked another round into the chamber, I watched the ram running almost directly across the front of us. I had the ram in my scope and was squeezing off a second shot just as Zorigt said to shoot again. This time I heard those wonderful words, “He’s down!” The Gobi Argali was a magnificent, mature ram that Zorigt, Battulga and the entire hunting party were very excited about, which just increased the excitement and relief that I felt. And best of all, (not including the two days it had taken to get to the Gobi camp) it was just our first full day of hunting. I had six animals on my license and now one was safely in the salt. We could now focus on a White Tailed Gazelle, indigenous to and numerous in this area. My good luck continued and I was fortunate to take a mature White Tailed Gazelle late that very same afternoon. The mood in camp that evening was upbeat and optimistic as we all looked forward to hunting our next trophy – the Gobi Ibex! We broke camp at daylight and were on the road again – or at least what is called a road in Mongolia. Road is a relative term there, even within Ulaanbaatar,

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with vehicles driving pretty much wherever they see the least traffic and in whatever direction it is that they want to go! Eight hours later we finally reached camp. Unlike the Gobi Argali where we hunted in at least some semblance of a mountain, this terrain was endless rolling steppe cut into deep, steep cliffs by the swift flowing rivers. It was here on these steep cliff faces that we’d see our Gobi Ibex. Camp was three gers on an otherwise flat, barren steppe – if you didn’t know about the rivers and cliff faces they had cut into these bare plains, this would be about the last place you’d look for an ibex! Our ger was sparse but comfortable and spacious. After the long, hot drive, dinner was quickly over and the camp was very quickly, very quiet – it had been a long day. We were up well before daylight and soon out on the edge of the steep cliffs that fell away from the flat steppes almost straight down in to the small river below. I was amazed

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wait we did – for nearly two hours. I probably sighted in on the younger ibex at least 100 times, just as John constantly ranged the distance for me. It was a straight, no windage correction, 350 yard shot from a good rest – if the big ram ever showed up. Finally, Zorigt nudged me, “Him coming.” I settled in on my Blaser and as I focused on what had been the now very familiar young ibex, I immediately realized why we’d been waiting. The mature ram filled my 18x scope and I almost forgot why I was there as I admired him. “Shoot,” said Zorigt impatiently. As I squeezed off the shot, all I remember is how stunning the ibex was silhouted against the darkness of the cave behind him. And then those wonderful words, “Good shot – he’s down.” Sure enough, as I looked over the top of my scope I could see the ibex tumbling off of the cave ledge and the young ibex scurrying up the cliff. Although it took a while to navigate the

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steep valley between the ibex and us, it was well worth it. The big, mature Gobi Ibex was magnificent. The only problem was that the cliff face was so steep, that getting the ibex into a position to take the perfunctory pictures was almost impossible. But we persevered, took our pictures and made the long, cautious climb down the cliff and back to camp. Since it was just early afternoon and the drive to the Hangai area was relatively short, Battulga decided to break camp, load up and head out for our next trophy – a Hangai Argali. As we approached the Hangai hunting area the terrain became noticeably more steep and mountainous. The Hangai camp was located in a very picturesque location - in a deep valley situated next to a large, broad river. But to call Hangai camp a “camp” is a stretch. Basically an old Soviet Area Headquarters building, it was a square concrete block building with three rooms and few windows. A steel bed frame lay on the concrete floor with a board across the springs, a sheet and some blankets rounded out the facilities – home for the next few days! But at least the entire hunting party had a roof over their heads and the camp was well situated close to the main hunting area. Hunting this area was much more like true mountain hunting – walk, spot, stalk and judge. And judge we did for the next two days. The sheep were there but none that were accessible or large enough to excite Battulga and Zorigt. Finally on the third day Zorigt saw what he’d been looking for – a heavy, mature ram with a good size harem. Although the stalk was long, fortunately it wasn’t too arduous. As usual, Zorigt and Battulga got me in an almost perfect setup – a good, flat rock for a solid

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rest and a 300-yard shot straight across the valley. I easily found the big ram in my scope and at the shot, the ram took off uphill almost directly towards us for 100 yards and piled up. The guys whooped with excitement and immediately took off down into the valley towards the ram. This was truly a great Hangai Argali – big, heavy and with very large bases. He was definitely the “head sheep” of this small herd, a fact that was validated by the other eight or so sheep silently watching us from the top of the mountain. It was now only day eight and I had four of my six trophies! As much as I would have preferred to move out of Hangai camp right away and on to the Altai, Battulga had other ideas. We were ahead of schedule and since the Altai camp was not to be fully operational for a couple of days, he decided we would spend at least a day here at Hangai camp working on vehicles, cleaning equipment and yes – cleaning ourselves! So clean we did – clothes in the river and ourselves in a makeshift shower on the side of one of the vehicles. Feeling clean and wearing clean clothes almost cancelled out spending the additional two days in the Hangai camp. I was now really ready for my

next trophy – an Altai Ibex. The drive to the Altai was another full driving day – partially on roads and mainly driving across the barren steppes. How Battulga and his guys actually end up where they want to be is beyond me – John and I agreed that it had to be a Mongolian thing! Of all the camps, this was our favorite. We were given one of the local herdsman’s gers complete with all of their personal belongings, fermenting bowls of goat cheese and a goatskin full of yogurt. Now this is why we love to travel to destinations such as this on our hunting adventures. In fact, I could have spent a couple of days not even hunting and just enjoyed the herdsmen, the hundreds of goats and sheep surrounding our ger and of course, the children. The children are precious and I could write an entire article on them! The loving way the children interacted not only with their parents but also with all of their beloved animals, especially the lambs and goat kids, was precious. These Altai Mongolians know what duty, honor to parents and respect are. They know hard work and the benefits that come with all of these values. I will always treasure what I experienced there, what is important in life and what transcends politics. God bless them as well as the many other cultures John and I have been able to experience in our many hunting adventures throughout the world.

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But of course, I was here to hunt and hunt we did. We were now in real mountains, rugged and complete with long mountain slides of slick, slippery scree. Okay, enough already! Two steps up and one step back down was the mantra for this area. The next two days were tough – period. Up and down the scree-covered slopes was tough on both the body and clothing as I tore the seat out of two pairs of pants. Fortunately on the third day, Zorigt spotted three rams well off on the next mountainside. After a long, tiring stalk, the last hour with just Zorigt, John and me, Zorigt motioned for me to settle down and get on them. “Get on what?” I whispered. “The brown one – right there in front of you,” he responded. John confirmed there were indeed ibex there, ranging them at only 180 yards. I desperately looked for them, but just couldn’t see. (Later I understood that I was in a different and lower position than Zorigt.) After a minute or so of frantic pointing by Zorigt there they were – yes, right there in front of me! But now, more confusion – which one? They all looked big and they were all brown. The language issues without Battulga there were evident. Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

Finally, as one of the ibex moved in front, Zorigt excitedly hissed to shoot. I dialed back my 300-yard zero and squeezed the trigger. “Way over!” said Zorigt dejectedly as we watched the ibex streak out of sight. I had missed, cleanly shooting over – way over according to Zorigt and John. But then Zorigt whispered quickly, “They coming back – ready!” As I swung my gun around towards the area that Zorigt was pointing at, a brown ibex suddenly appeared less than 100 yards away. I shot and the ibex dropped in its tracks. But instead of the usual, “Good shot,” all I heard from Zorigt was “Shoot wrong ibex!” If I’d felt badly about missing my first shot, it was nothing compared to how I felt now. There’s a saying, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” So I did my best to make lemonade out of the situation. I apologized to the guys, telling them that although the ibex wasn’t as big as the one I should have shot (bottom-line, I pulled that trigger), he was still magnificent, he was my ibex, my hard hunt, and I thanked them for the experience of a lifetime! We got the “great” ibex into position, the best we could on the steep cliff face for pictures and then slowly made our way down the

scree-covered cliff face. Right ibex or not, this had been a tough hunt and one that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And my ibex still had magnificent classic sweeping horns and a good full beard. As we broke camp the next morning, we said good-bye to Zorigt. The Altai Argali hunting area has its own, local PHs and Zorigt wasn’t licensed in that area. He is a truly a hard-working, expert mountain hunting PH and one that I’d gladly hunt with anytime. It was also time to say goodbye to the two young girls that lived in the ger we had been assigned. These precious children had been a delight and I knew that I’d miss them. And to make saying goodbye even harder, their mother gave us a large bowl of homemade cheese and curds. How special that was! As we drove away, the sight of the three gers, the two little girls waving and the mountainside full of grazing sheep and goats will be a memory that I’ll always treasure! Our drive to the Altai Argali area was another full day’s drive over even fewer marked roads than before. When we arrived

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in the Altai, our first stop was at the local Governor’s ger. And what a stop it was. We were met by Governor Shinarbek and welcomed into his large ger by his wife who was busily setting the “table” for lunch. The “table” was actually the rug and pillow covered floor and a truly wonderful spread of local foods were laid out in front of us. However, before starting to eat Governor Shinarbek poured each of us a glass of vodka and proposed a toast in celebration of our arrival. Not one to insult a host, I happily accepted and the stage was set for a great, memorable lunch. The Governor and his family are some of the friendliest, engaging people we’ve ever met and lunch that afternoon one of the highlights of our trip. This was the Mongolia that John and I had looked forward to experiencing.

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feeding in and among themselves and my Mongolian was only slightly worse than Khardval’s English. Fortunately, Battulga was summoned up to us and the sheep both Battulga and Khardval determined to be the largest was clearly evident. At the shot I saw the ram jump and all four sheep were gone in a flash. As we made our way to the where the sheep had been, the consensus was that it had been a solid shot. However, there was no blood trail. The guys took off down the side of the mountain as John and I struggled to catch

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Ulaanbaatar with the vehicles. I was taught that if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all. So I’ll just say that when it was time to finally leave Khovd, neither John nor I were in the least sad. Boarding the Mongolian Airways flight to Ulaanbaatar gave us both a wonderful feeling of relief after our two day “experience” in Khovd. Arriving in Ulaanbaatar it was time to say good-bye to our wonderful outfitter and good friend Battulga. He’d been with us the entire trip and the success of our trip was almost entirely due to his hard work, planning and organizational ability. I’d

All too soon it was time to bid good-bye to our new Altai friends and head to our last camp – Altai Argali camp! Because of our late start and some issues with bridges (they weren’t there) we made it to camp well after dark. This camp was also a very nice set-up. Three gers were nestled in a broad valley alongside a small creek. And the best news of all – there was a string of horses grazing peacefully among the gers. Looking up at the tall mountains surrounding our camp, I knew that the horses would be a very welcomed addition to our hunting party. Hunting Altai Argali in these mountains is worthy of an article itself. The rocks covering these mountains are huge, with large areas covered hundreds of feet deep with boulders as large as (or larger than) a house. Even with the horses, climbing to the top of these mountains was a several hour affair. I shudder to think of trekking up them on foot! For two days we worked the heights usually in a steady, cold rain without seeing a single sheep. But during lunch on the third day, Khardval – our very expert Altai PH – spotted four rams on what appeared to me to be three mountains away. The stalk was on; we could only use the horses so far and the rest of the approach was on foot. We crawled the last several 100 yards as Khardval and Battulga once again got me into great shooting position, almost exactly 300 yards from the grazing sheep. The problem again was, “Which sheep?” The four rams were

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up. Half way down, we came on a flat rock with a fresh pool of blood – surely he’s piled up around here somewhere, I thought. Unfortunately, that thought was not to be. As darkness put an end to our search that awful realization – “I’d pulled my shot” – began to sink in. Suffice to say that we searched that mountain for the next several days with no success. Did he fold up in one of those million large crevices, falling way down and out of sight? Or did I just make a non-lethal shot and he’s still out there happily grazing away? It’s a story that unfortunately, I’ll never know the end of. In any event, with my license punched out it was time to head back to Ulaanbaatar. A full day’s drive got us to Khovd, the provincial capital of the Altai. We checked into one of the few hotels for our two-day wait for the next flight, and the guys headed for

taken five of the six trophies on my license and it was no one’s fault but my own that I wasn’t six for six. John and I had spent three weeks enjoying Mongolia from the Gobi to the Altai, experiencing all of the wonderful people, sights and culture of this great country. It’s easy to understand why so many serious international big game hunters consider Mongolia a “must” on their hunting schedule. It was certainly a trip that I consider one of my most important and enjoyable hunting experiences – and you should, too! I will return to the Altai next year with more experience and determination then ever before. And I look forward to seeing our very good friends Battulga, Khardval and Governor Shinarbek once again. ★

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he legendary Dan L. Duncan was the impetus behind Houston Safari Club’s outstanding scholarship program. Dan’s vision and personal commitment to this program has inspired our members and aspiring college students since 1999. After Dan’s sudden passing in 2010, the HSC Board was presented with a proposal to rename our existing scholarship program to the “Houston Safari Club Dan L. Duncan Scholarship” in his honor. This proposal received enthusiastic and unanimous approval by the Board. Dan’s vision for a scholarship for Texas students who were studying Range and Wildlife Management is recognized as one of the best programs not only in Texas, but in the entire country. The program began with five $2,500 scholarships the first year and has grown to twenty-four $5,000 scholarships presented in 2013, bringing the total scholarships given to the million dollar mark. This is an important and very proud achievement for all involved.

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By: Scholarship Sponsors Committee Chairman Deb Cunningham and Dan L. Duncan Scholarship Selection Committee Chairman Gary Rose

The following outstanding recipients of the Houston Safari Club Dan L. Duncan Scholarship should also be recognized for the following notable achievements: • Bart Ballard: Director of Waterfowl Research at Caesar Kleberg Center, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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Ryan Luna: Borderlands Institute, Director of Desert Quail Research, Sul Ross University.



Matt Butler: In charge of Biometry (wildlife statistics), Texas Tech University.



Jeff Breeden: In charge of the Wildlife Department, Tarleton State University.



Jena Moon: Professor/researcher specializing in Mottle Duck ecology. Wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.



Dean Wiemers: Professor/researcher dealing with native plants and animals in South Texas, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Also notable are the following Houston Safari Club scholarship winners employed as game wardens and state, federal and private biologists scattered across the country, such as: • David Long: Team Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture Lab – in charge of identifying disease and parasite problems in South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas. •

Able Ruiz: Manages land for the Bureau of Land Management in Montana – in charge of enhancement of native plants and animals.



Shawn Locke: TPWD, mule deer and pronghorn program leader – in charge of management and harvest regulations for mule deer and pronghorn.



Shawn Grey: TPWD, Reeves County Biologist – responsible for management of state wildlife for Reeves County.



Justin Foster: TPWD, Director of Research – leads all research projects for TPWD in the Texas Hill Country.



Chase Curry: Biologist, San Pedro Ranch, Carrizo Springs, Texas – biologist for very large private ranch in South Texas.



Bill Adams: TPWD, Director of Piney Woods Wildlife Management Areas of Texas – responsible for all personnel and land on all East Texas Wildlife Management Areas.



Brandon Meinkowski: TPWD, Conroe area Game Warden, Shikar Safari Club – voted Texas Game Warden of the Year for the state of Texas.



Beau Robertson: Lieutenant Game Warden – Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Game Warden supervisor.



Keith Lake: Biologist, Flying A Ranch, Bandera, Texas – biologist for large ranch in Texas Hill Country.

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It is with great appreciation not only for Dan’s vision, but for the wonderful support this outstanding program has received from HSC, scholarship donors and live auction hunt donors, that we celebrate 306 scholarship recipients for a total of $1,038,250 to date….one million and counting! Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

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Amanda Winn

Andrea Bruno (M.S.)

Andrew Olsen

Seasonal food habits of sable antelope at Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area using DNA analysis.

Survey for Trichomonas gallinae and assessment of helminth parasites in bobwhites from the Rolling Plains Ecoregion.

Survey for Quail Parasites in South Texas.

My research involves determining the seasonal food habits of approximately 15 sable antelope at Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) using a technique of DNA analysis. I have collected fecal samples from the two herds of free-ranging sable antelope on the property, collected numerous plants for reference material and conducted vegetation surveys on the property. This will allow me to compare my reference plant material to the plants found in the fecal material using both methods. The vegetation surveys will allow me to test for diet selectivity by comparing the plant species found in the feces to that species availability on the property. After determining the diet and assessing dietary selection, this basic ecological information can be used to address competition between sable and other native/ non-native ungulates, compare the sable diet in Texas to the diet in their native range, assist those ranching exotic game in determining the feasibility of maintaining sable on their property and assess the use of DNA analysis of fecal material as a technique for determing diets of large herbivores.

Factors regulating bobwhite populations are under intense analysis. Seldom do researchers consider parasitic diseases as a potential cause of decline; however, an intensive study began in 2011 to examine the possible link between parasites and bobwhite population decline in the Rolling Plains ecoregion, an economically and ecologically significant quail region in Texas. We examined 199 bobwhites from 2011 to 2013 using trapping and hunter donations. In trapped birds, eye and cecal tissue were taken to assess potential damage from parasitic infections. Live-trapped bobwhites were also surveyed for Trichomonas gallinae, a potentially fatal protozoan found in doves. Preliminary results show high prevalences and intensities of cecal worms, followed by eyeworms, and proventricular worms. No birds tested positive for T. gallinae. Findings from eye and cecal tissue histological are currently being analyzed. Our final sample of birds will be analyzed in the spring of 2014. (Funding provided by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation.)

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Graduate Assistant Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Quail conservation efforts have primarily focused on habitat restoration, preservation and creation in Texas. However, with the continual long-term decline in quail populations, there is renewed interest in parasitic diseases of quail. Several species of helminths are known to cause disease in quail and it is essential to determine if these species occur in South Texas. Unfortunately, the last northern bobwhite parasite study conducted in South Texas occurred 30 years ago and no parasite-related information is available on scaled quail within the region. Using hunter-shot birds, necropsies are conducted to identify helminth parasites of these quails and to characterize their infections. The findings from this study will provide a better picture of helminth infections occurring in quail within South Texas and provide insight into the possible negative effects of parasitic infections.

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Graduate Student/ Research Assistant Texas Tech University Department of Natural Resources Management Impacts of transmitters on avian flight and survival. My research investigates the impacts of global positioning systems (GPS) and radio transmitters on the flight agility of birds of prey (hawks, falcons, etc.) and survival of avian prey species (quail, sparrows, etc.). Transmitters are common tools in wildlife research; however, we do not completely understand their impacts on the studied individuals. My worry is that wildlife researchers have biased our studies, or even worse, impacted populations of animals with our use of transmitters. As part of this project I have become a falconer and am flying a trained Harris’s Hawk to test her agility when fitted with transmitters. I am incredibly grateful to Houston Safari Club for the scholarship money – it has helped me immensely with the costs of being a falconer!

Blaise Korzekwa

Bobby Allcorn

White-tailed deer behavior patterns.

Small mammals, birds and fire.

My objectives are to determine the effect of deer density and supplemental feed on deer sexual segregation and their activity patterns, and the effect of deer and feeder density on fawn visitation rates at supplemental feed sites. Global positioning system (GPS) collars were placed on does and bucks in enclosures of varying density. The collars recorded both head movements and GPS locations for an entire year to determine the degree of sexual segregation. The distance between each buck and each doe in the same enclosure will be calculated for each GPS fix. I will use the distance moved between GPS fixes and the head movement value to determine activity patterns. Camera surveys will be conducted to determine fawn visitation rates to supplemental feed sites. GPS collars and ear tags will be placed on fawns to keep track of individuals. This study will help landowners determine what effect their deer management program has on deer behavior.

We are evaluating the response of small mammals and grassland birds to fire in a semi-arid grassland of west Texas. I am implementing a trapping regimen using metal box traps to evaluate small mammal populations and conducting summer and winter surveys to assess the grassland bird populations. While it might not seem that small mammals and grassland birds would have much to do with hunting, they indirectly affect populations of game species. Their presence helps to relieve predation pressure from game such as pronghorn, mule deer and quail, while providing greater food availability to predators. With this research we will be able monitor the rate at which these populations bounce back from a fire and use that information when setting up management plans for game species.

Graduate Research Assistant Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Graduate Research Assistant Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Dixon Water Foundation

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Carlos “Lalo” Gonzalez

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Corey Lange

Effects of supplemental feeding and watering on scaled quail density, recruitment and survival.

Effects of coastal Bermuda grass on grassland birds.

Impacts of wind energy on wintering redheads along the lower Texas coast.

For my M.S. project, I am studying the effects of brush management on vegetation and arthropod communities, and determining how these relate to Northern bobwhite. Starting in January 2014, I will be continuing my education with a Ph.D. project at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. For my Ph.D. project, I will be investigating the effects of coastal Bermuda grass pastures on bobwhite and other grassland birds, and the effects of converting these pastures to native vegetation. These “improved” pastures planted for cattle lack the heterogeneity of a landscape dominated by native plants and likely provide lower quality habitat for bobwhite and other grassland birds. I would like to thank Houston Safari Club for their support through scholarship.

The redhead (Aythya americana) is a common breeding duck across much of North America. During the winter, the Laguna Madre along the lower Texas coast is home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s redheads. Redheads feed almost exclusively on shoalgrass (Halodule wrightii) in the Laguna Madre but need to fly to coastal freshwater wetlands and ponds in order to maintain their osmotic equilibrium. A large-scale wind farm has been developed along the coast of the Laguna Madre; however, the impact these wind farms have on redheads is unknown. Using Arc GIS, I am creating a development favorability model of the Laguna Madre, highlighting the most frequently used areas of the Laguna Madre by redhead. I will also use survey data and satellite transmitter data to follow redhead movement around the wind farm.

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For the last several years, scaled quail population have been declining. Because of this, research to understand the basic demographics of scaled quail has become essential. Supplemental feed and watering are common practices used in west Texas and are thought to better distribute and increase populations size and survival of scaled quail (Callipepla squamata). But most studies on quail have focused on the more popular game bird, the northern bobwhite, with little management information available on scaled quail and other western quail species. To address the needs of landowners, managers and western quail hunters, the goal of my study has been to develop management implications for scaled quail in the Trans-Pecos, focusing in nesting ecology, survival and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to determine seasonal home range, movements, distance from feed and water as well as habitat selection. Over our 2 year study, we have trapped and banded over 2, 000 scaled quail and radio marked with mortality sensitive radio-transmitters over 80 females. It is our objective that management plans for land owners will be developed to improve habitat for scaled quail after completing this research.

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Graduate Research Assistant Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Use of vaginal implant transmitters to evaluate pronghorn fawn mortality in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. I have conducted two years of undergraduate research on pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas as part of a cooperative effort for pronghorn restoration in region. This past summer I collared 40 pronghorn fawns to measure survival and movements. We have seen a successful translocation from the Texas Panhandle and fawn survival has dramatically increased due to outstanding range conditions. Picture caption: Daniel Tidwell (left) and Justin Hoffman (right, fellow Graduate Student at Sul Ross State University) holding the 40th fawn captured of the year and 100th fawn captured for the 3-year study.

Daniel M. Wolcott Texas State University Department of Biology

Understanding body development of ungulates in variable environments. Variation in body growth in ungulates has been shown to have dramatic consequences on fitness throughout life. In order to increase fitness, individuals may compensate for periods of reduced development by increasing or extending growth rates. While compensatory growth has been noted in many species, it has largely been found lacking in ungulates. At low latitudes, longer growing seasons and reduced winter severity may allow for longer annual periods of body development. This extension of annual body development may allow ungulates at low latitudes to compensate for periods of reduced body growth. In light of these potential differences, the goal of my dissertation is to understand ungulate body development in variable environments across a latitudinal gradient. This dissertation will fill key gaps in understanding body development of ungulates at low latitudes, and by extension, allow researchers and managers to better understand the impact that climate change will have on high latitude ungulate populations.

Hank Birdsall

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Management of white-tailed deer within the cattle fever tick permanent quarantine area of Zapata county. Our project focuses on white-tailed deer management in the cattle fever tick permanent quarantine area of Zapata County, Texas, along the United States/Mexico border. White-tailed deer are intermediate hosts for cattle fever ticks. High deer densities and skewed sex ratios in certain areas of the quarantine zone have made USDA tick eradication efforts difficult. The goal of our project is to improve the quality of deer herds in the region by promoting deer management techniques, such as harvesting does and allowing young bucks to age, to private landowners. We are also working on developing deer management cooperatives in the region.

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Justin French

Krista Mougey

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population dynamics.

Assessing the diets, nutrition and habitat of Trans-Pecos Pronghorn.

Ecology of the repatriated stout iguana population of Guana Island, British Virgin Islands.

I will be working to create population models of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) using trail cameras, photographs and capture data. I will use the collected data to determine the extent to which recruitment rates, body sizes and buck antler sizes are affected by population density and the presence or absence of feeder sites along with an analysis of social interactions at feed and water sites. My project is part of a long-term study taking place on the Comanche and Faith ranches, each of which have six 200-acre enclosures in which we have manipulated deer density and supplemental food availability. Using the data discussed above in conjunction with population reconstruction techniques, I will be able to create population models for each density and feed strategy, to determine how deer density and feed availability affects the development of antlers over the life of a buck, and the probability of producing trophy deer.

I am conducting a pronghorn diet and nutrition study as a part of the ongoing Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration project with Borderlands Research Institute and Texas Parks & Wildlife. My project has three major components: determining pronghorn diets in the Marfa Plateau and Marathon Basin, determining the nutritional intake of pronghorn in these areas, and developing a model of pronghorn carrying capacity of a given land area within the Trans-Pecos. The effect of the Rockhouse fire on vegetation communities within pronghorn habitat is also being investigated as a part of the model to give insight into the applicability of fire as a management practice for pronghorn in far west Texas. Trans-Pecos pronghorn diets are only understood at anecdotal levels and little is known about pronghorn nutrient needs in general. This project aims to elucidate this information to better guide the assessment of habitat for pronghorn translocation sites as well as land management practices to improve pronghorn habitat.

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Student/Graduate Research Assistant Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute

Graduate Research Assistant Texas Tech University Department of Natural Resources Management

My dissertation is focused on the ecology and conservation of the West Indian stout iguana population of Guana Island. The stout iguana (Cyclura pinguis) is recognized as one of the single most endangered lizards in the world. In the 1980s, the last remaining population of stout iguanas was in precipitous decline, and a decision was made to establish an insurance population within the historic range of the species. Eight individuals were successfully translocated from Anegada to Guana Island. The Guana stout iguana population has grown markedly in the last several decades; however, there has been very little research conducted on this population-especially in light of the differences in the geologic formation, elevational gradient and vegetative structure between the two islands. For this reason, I have been conducting a mark-recapture study, tracking population trends and recording the demographic, morphometric, physiological and life history characteristics of this artificially re-established insurance population.

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Matthew T. Milholland

Evaluation of selective-harvest practices and molecular and demographic information of male-mating success and strategies in white-tailed deer.

Ecological correlates of hantavirus prevalence in rodent assemblages.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Selective-harvest (or “culling”) is widely practiced, yet the effects of culling on deer population are not known. Intensive management for deer population, such as heavily repetitive culling selective bucks, may have potential results to influence antler size, age distribution of mating success and genetic variation. Objectives of this research are to evaluate influences of the culling in successful mating strategies in white-tailed deer. We use 10 years of deer tissue samples from 2 harvesting treatments and an unharvested control. Genetic parentage, such as DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing in white-tailed deer will be performed to analyze genetic-based paternity assignments in order to evaluate individual male reproductive successes and demographic characteristics. The resulting information from this study of the influence of harvest intensity on male mating success and selective harvesting practices could have important management implications for landowners and wildlife biologists.

Ph.D. Student Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Biology

Zoonotic pathogens are the dominant cause of novel and reemerging infectious diseases. Hantaviruses and their associated human diseases, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), are acute viral febrile diseases and can be responsible for human mortality rates as high as 50-70%. People at highest risk for these diseases are often hunters and individuals working near possible rodent populations. The 1993 HPS outbreak in the Four Corners area and 2012 outbreak in Yosemite National Park are important reminders that surveillance and ecological understanding of rodent reservoirs of these viruses is critical to human health. Alterations and disturbances in natural habitats often bring humans in close proximity with infected rodents. My research involves looking at the ecological correlates associated with hantavirus prevalence in rodent assemblages and analyzing these assemblages to predict disease risk.

Nate Huck

Graduate Research Assistant Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Nutritional ecology of female northern pintails along the Texas coast. My research focuses on understanding the food habitats of female pintails along the Texas coast. Pintail populations are currently struggling and well below goals set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We hope that by getting a better understanding of pintails diets we can have a more complete understanding of nutritional needs of wintering pintails. To do this, we are collecting pintails along the Texas coast and removing the food items. We then sort and identify all of the diet items. From there we establish an average diet of female pintails. After this is complete, we plan on looking at the body condition of the pintails. We hope that by obtaining a better understanding of pintail diets and body conditions we can provide wildlife managers with a more complete idea of what habitats to provide and conserve to best help conserve populations.

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Graduate Research Assistant, (M.S.) Texas Tech University Natural Resources Management Demographics, habitat use and movement patterns of elk at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat and food for waterfowl and sandhill cranes that overwinter at the Refuge or use it during their migration. To provide an adequate amount of nutrition for the birds, corn is planted on the Refuge. The resident, growing elk herd is depredating the corn, thereby interrupting Refuge objectives. We are investigating the growth rate and size of the elk herd, determining elk habitat use and movement patterns, and evaluating their response to hunting and aversion techniques. To examine these factors, we marked adult elk with radio or global positioning system (GPS) collars. We will use our results to determine management changes the Refuge can implement to mitigate crop damage. We will also set elk harvest quotas to decrease the herd size and allow limited public hunting opportunities.

Stacy Hines

Ph.D Student/Graduate Research Assistant Texas A&M University-Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Grazing studies on East Wildlife Foundation Ranches: cattle, deer and nilgai interactions. Few studies have been completed on the impacts of cattle grazing on preferred forbs for white-tailed deer and dietary niche overlap of cattle, deer and nilgai. I am currently completing one of the largest vegetation projects in the United States to determine how grazing intensity affects the growth of forbs preferred by white-tailed deer. We have 600 vegetation plots, paired plots (1 inside and outside an enclosure), spread over 6 study sites on the East Wildlife Foundation ranches in south Texas. In addition, I am collecting seasonal fecal samples from cattle, deer and nilgai to determine dietary overlap during peak growing seasons, autumn and spring, and a non-growing season, winter. If the stable isotope signatures overlap, the animals are competing with one another for the same forages. Our results will assist landowners in adjusting cattle stocking rates and/or wildlife densities to optimize standing crop of preferred forbs for deer and to minimize diet overlap among ungulate species.

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Chairman’s Message Convention season is almost here and Capture the Experience is coming together nicely. The Convention Chairmen and their committees have been working diligently to make this year’s event a success, and the Houston Safari Club office continues to be the glue that keeps us all moving forward. I have a few updates to share on various facets of the Convention. A heartfelt thanks to our returning HSC Convention sponsors, Capital Farm Credit, S&B Engineering, Enterprise Products and Carter’s Country, all of whom have stepped up to the plate once again! Dr. Scott Scheinin, this year’s Convention Sponsorship Chairman, has also been instrumental in the addition of Sonic Automotive as a Platinum Convention Sponsor. The Hunting Grounds was recently added to our list of valued sponsors. Many thanks to Serca Wines and Igloo who have also agreed to partner with HSC by providing their products for the 2014 Convention. As always, we have a full house of quality exhibitors this year. We look forward to seeing long-time friends and professional hunters, but we are excited to welcome a number of new faces to the exhibit hall as well. Many thanks go to Jerry Henderson for his continued commitment to HSC and working with our valued exhibitors. Raj Paul recently delivered the Hunting Award bronzes and they look great! Get those Hunting Award applications turned in as soon as possible if you want one of these beautiful bronzes presented to you at the Friday Night Banquet by Hunting Awards Chairman, Scott Garrett. Friday night’s silent auction item list is gaining plenty of momentum as Co-Chairmen Angie and J.D. Burrows continue to methodically and strategically add to their list of engaging items. The Gazelles Luncheon promises to be a big hit this year as CoChairmen Mitzy McCorvey and Anna Morrison have plenty of surprises in store for us. If you have never attended the Gazelles Luncheon on Saturday, please make your reservations to do so this year.

Raffles have always been a hit inside the exhibit hall and this year will be no exception. Raffle Co-Chairmen Darrell Kainer and Kevin Ormston have joined forces to compile a number of desirable prizes with the highlights being a Merkel .416 rifle and a pair of Rizzini 20 gauge and 12 gauge shotguns. Other notable raffle prizes will include a wingshooting hunt, a beautiful fur and some incredible artwork.

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If you haven’t already heard, Bill Engvall is returning to HSC for an encore performance that will undoubtedly bring lots of laughs on Saturday night. Bill will be followed by HSC’s favorite auctioneer, Ed Phillips, who will be presenting plenty of coveted items at the auction block. Auction Chairman Ralph Cunningham has once again brought us some phenomenal opportunities. If you have an interest in art, fishing, wingshooting, big game hunting at home or abroad, custom rifles and shotguns, or one of a kind vacations, then there is something for you at our Friday and Saturday night live auctions! We look forward to seeing you all at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on January 17-19, 2014, in order to truly Capture the Experience! –Kevin Comiskey HSC Convention Chairman

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Gold Schläger Robert Ohlenschläger Rosemount, MN, USA [email protected]

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Estate Trophy Hunts David Blankman Round Rock, TX, USA www.estatetrophyhunts.com

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Fouchè Studio Leon Fouchè Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa www.fouchestudios.co.za

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Detail Company Adventures Jeri Booth Houston, TX, USA www.detailcompany.com

Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand Shane Johnston Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand www.fourseasons.co.nz

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Garry Kelly Safaris Garry Kelly Dargle, KZN, RSA www.gksafaris.co.za

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Lost Horizons Outfitters James Jeffrey Barker, TX, USA www.losthorizonsoutfitters.com

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Madubula Safaris Lauri Abraham Cascades, KZN, South Africa www.madubula.com

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Namibian Safari Hunts Kevin McAdams Conroe, TX, USA www.orpahunt.com

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Otjandaue Hunting Safaris Roy Van Der Merwe Omaruru, Namibia www.otjandauehuntingsafaris.com

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Tracy Vrem’s Blue Mountain Lodge Linda and Tracy Vrem Chugiak, AK, USA www.bluemountainlodge.com

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ith his paintings hanging in the White House, John Seerey-Lester has become one of the most renowned wildlife and historic artists in the world today. “When it comes to reliving in both words and paint, the world’s greatest explorers and hunters, no artist does it better than John SeereyLester,” says Sporting Classics Magazine. His passion for painting the great outdoors from life has enabled him to gain a unique understanding and vision drawn from years of study in the wilds of every continent except Australia. Seerey-Lester’s featured painting, “TR In Search of Elk,” depicts a scene from over a century ago. It was September 1891, in Wyoming, and the youthful hunter, Theodore Roosevelt, was embarking on what he would remember later as one of his favorite hunts. TR’s hunting party, which was comprised of his ranch partner Bob Ferguson, longtime friend Tazewell Woody, and Edward Hofer, who doubled as cook and packer, were heading for Two-Ocean Pass to hunt elk. The party had 20 horses, 6 to ride and 14 for packs. This was a large outfit, even for TR. Although many of the ponies had seen better days, they were hardy animals who, despite the usual problem of occasionally straying, the horses, served them well on the long hunting trip. They carried three tepee-style tents, two for sleeping and the other for storing the hunter’s gear and to serve as a dining tent during adverse weather. Before producing the painting, John and his wife Suzie travelled the exact route taken by TR over a century ago, from Heart Lake in Yellowstone through Two-Ocean Pass and the Shoshone

National Forest to the badlands. “I chose to paint the scene from the elk’s point of view with TR’s hunting party and 20 horses winding their way through the background,” says John. This painting appears on page 53 of Seerey-Lester’s new book, Legends of the Hunt – Campfire Tales, copies of which he will be signing and personalizing at the Sporting Classics booth during the Houston Safari Club 2014 Convention. Paintings by the artist will be offered for sale at Call of Africa’s booth. Ross Parker and Call of Africa were instrumental in offering Seerey-Lesters original historic wildlife paintings and giclee prints since the conception of this art theme in 2007 and his first book, Legends of the Hunt, in 2009. Over 250 paintings have appeared in the 2 books, and Call of Africa exhibited and sold most of them at their 2 galleries in Ft. Lauderdale and Naples, Florida. There are very few paintings left from the two books and Call of Africa will be offering these and Seerey-Lester’s new collection of work at their booth during the convention. When asked, Seerey-Lester said; “Being chosen as the Artist of the Year for HSC was an honor indeed. The very best traditions of hunting and conservation are represented by this organization and I am most proud to be part of it this year.” Last year John Seerey-Lester was knighted in Houston by his Imperial and Royal Highness, the Archduke Andreas of Austria on behalf of St. Hubertus.★

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Africa's King of the Beasts, oil on canvas, 30 x 46 inches, by Cory Carlson

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Malachite Kingfisher, framed original pastel, by Leon Fouche

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Royal Family, oil on canvas, 22 x 10.5 inches, by Kobus Möller

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Early Moon, oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 18 inches, by John Banovich

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Passage to Gold, bronze sculpture by Lorenzo Ghiglieri. Limited edition, piece 24 of 1897.

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Pool of Opportunity, oil on canvas, 15 x 22 inches, by Peter Blackwell

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Morning Flight, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches, by Suzie Seerey-Lester

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What’s in a pin? By J. Earle Freeman, Convention Volunteer Chairman

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1. used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration. 2. a phrase condensed from “that a boy,” that is said when one has done a good job on something.

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joined Houston Safari Club in 1983 when Ronnie Boyd was President, and by 1987 I was a volunteer at the HSC Convention on the unloading and loading lock. Soon I saw the effort that the Club members put into the Convention, which is the “life blood” for the Club. By the time Dennis Cain became President in 1993, I had received a large number of Sunday Evening “Atta Boy” awards for my help, as had a large number of other volunteers. Not long after President Dennis Cain arrived on the floor, I went to him with the idea of replacing the “Atta Boy” awards with a pin that the volunteers would be proud of. President Dennis Cain and I set out the master plan for the Houston Safari Club Convention volunteer award pins. The would be set out in a series, starting with the Big Five, then the sheep collection, followed by the Alaska series. As of this date, the big five pins have been awarded: the Cape buffalo, the rhino, lion, leopard and elephant. After the big five, the sheep series of four pins were awarded: the Dall sheep, the Desert bighorn sheep, the Stone sheep and the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The Alaska series was started in 2004 and the following pins have been presented to the Convention volunteers for their help with the yearly convention: the brown bear, the mountain goat, the wolverine, the sockeye salmon, muskox, polar bear, walrus and arctic wolf. To receive a 2014 Alaska series volunteer pin, sign up now to be a volunteer! The pins make a great collection for your office or trophy room. They are one-of-a-kind and as the saying goes, “Use them, just don’t lose them.” They cannot be replaced, as only 95 are made every year. If you have never worked on a committee and would like to, there are always spots available for the long, short, tall, young or old to volunteer. So volunteer! Pick where you would like to fit in and come join the ranks of the chosen few. You will not only have a great time, but you will become the owner of a “HSC volunteer/thank you for your help” pin. So what’s in a pin? Join us and start your collecting at the 2014 HSC Convention. You will be glad you did. ★

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convention volunteers Convention Chairman Kevin Comiskey

Art Donation Co-Chairmen Melanie and John Pepper

Convention Sponsor Co-Chairmen Scott Scheinin and Matt Pyle

Auctioneer Ed Phillips

Convention Volunteer Chairman J. Earle Freeman Exhibit Hall Coordinator Jerry Henderson Exhibits Chairman Jerry Henderson Security Coordinator Jerry Henderson Convention Activities Coordinator Barret Simpson Decorations and Banquet Activities Chairman Julianne King Live Auction Co-Chairmen Deb and Ralph Cunningham

Firearms Coordinators Carol and Kerry O’Day of MG Arms Silent Auction Co-Chairmen Angie and J.D. Burrows Raffle Co-Chairmen Darrell Kainer and Kevin Ormston Gazelles Co-Chairmen Anna Morrison and Mitzy McCorvey Gazelles Sponsor Co-Chairmen Anna Morrison and Mitzy McCorvey Attendee Registration Coordinator Carol Mueller

Hunting Award Sponsor Chairman Kevin Ormston Hunting Awards Co-Chairmen Irvin Barnhart and Scott Garrett Hunter of the Year Chairman Mike Simpson Outstanding Huntress of the Year Chairman Chrissie Jackson Youth Hunter of the Year Award Chairman Deb Cunningham Photo Awards Chairman Cope Bailey YWCE Co-Chairmen Susan and David Kalich Membership Booth Chairman Cody Tinney Gala Activities Chairman Gene Human

Merchandise Chairman Sue Lehrer

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action, a separate compartment held the barrels, and smaller nooks and crannies neatly secured the various accoutrements. The interior was lined with the finest 100% worsted wool, and although the case had no padding to speak of, the precise and snug fit of the various components ensured that they would not move inside the case. Not only is the oak and leather case functional in protecting the rifle from life’s bumps and bruises of travel, but it is befitting a fine gun. The 2014 President’s Rifle built by HEYM has exactly such a case. Like the rifle, this case speaks to an era of quality and craftsmanship rarely seen today.With the exception of one or two electrically-powered tools, Jim Wear hand-crafted this case in his shop the same way it would have been in 1880. Starting with the best oak, the corners of the case are all finger-jointed for exceptional strength. The interior is perfectly fitted to the rifle and lined in wool. Brass fittings are cut by hand from solid sheets and shaped with a

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file and polished to a mirror luster.The lock is the traditional keyed nozzle lock of the period and is precisely mortised into the rugged oak frame, while the dust shields and all interior wooden surfaces are polished to perfection. Oak and leather cases were traditionally covered in cowhide. That would have been sufficient for most any other case, but this rifle needed something special…. something to set it apart… something more “African.” One quick call to Ben Cromeens of TriState Taxidermy solved that challenge, and Ben graciously donated the hippo skin to cover the case. The unique texture of hippo, punctuated with their natural scars, adds a Hunter’s Horn • Convention 2014

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IVAN CARTER “A hippo bull had just toppled our canoe and dumped us into the Zambezi River. All I can think is, ‘Where is my double?’” It took three days of diving and wading with ropes around my waist, and my client on the riverbank standing watch with a loaded rifl e. At dusk on the third day, my foot hooked something familiar. That was over 15 years and hundreds of big game kills ago. The rifl e still works fl awlessly.

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ouston Safari Club’s annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention continuously surprises, entertains and informs attendees. The up-and-coming 2014 event Capture the Experience is no exception. With the idea of growing the experience, and in partnership with the Convention Planning Committee, a new effort on the part of HSC and the Youth Activities Committee will launch. On Friday, January 17, HSC will have its first annual Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) as part of the Convention, to introduce 120 Houston area high school students to the many possibilities their love of the outdoors can hold, whether participating in our honorable sport, as a career or in community service.

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Our young attendees will arrive, checking in the same as all other Convention attendees, and receive their badges and bags. A welcome will be offered by Congressman Steve Stockman, HSC President Melanie Pepper, and the HSC YWCE Co-Chairs (me and David). There are six workshops offered and each student will register for the three that they would like to attend. Topics include volunteerism, conservation, law enforcement, science, gunsmithing and hunting. Excellent presenters in each of these respective fields have graciously volunteered their time, and will discuss how their personal love of the outdoors brought them to their respective fields. They will educate these youth in the safe and sportsmanlike use of firearms, hunting ethics, and conservation of the wildlife and its habitat. In addition to the sessions, attendees will have an opportunity to not only visit with wildlife artist Vickie McMillan, who will demonstrate her remarkable artistic talents, but the students will also participate in the painting of a canvas that will be auctioned off during the live auction at the Friday Night Banquet. Laser Shot has generously donated their time and equipment for the first HSC Convention youth program, allowing our student guests to also enjoy competing with one of Laser Shot’s many outstanding shooting simulations. Our young guests will finish off their well-rounded experience with a visit to the HSC exhibit hall.

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Watch for a soon-to-be-released e-blast regarding spots that are available for HSC members’ children and grandchildren! HSC sincerely thanks our YWCE sponsors, Brenda and Larry Potterfield and Midway U.S.A. Foundation, for their generosity to HSC with their $210,000 education endowment to benefit our Texas youth. We are most appreciative of their interest in our endeavor and grateful for their support. It is through the collaboration of the hunting and wildlife businesses, organizations and community that will assure that this program will continue to gain momentum and achieve success. As HSC members, we’re sure to agree that hunting and fishing has given us a passion for the sport that extends into wildlife and habitat conservation, hunter education and the desire to pass on our hunting and fishing heritage to the future.YWCE allows us to extend our reach into our young community, have a presence and an influence. We celebrate this opportunity and invite them to Capture – the knowledge! ★ –Susan Kalich Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience Co-Chair

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gazelles luncheon If you haven’t bought your tickets for the Gazelles Luncheon, Capture–The Spirit of Texas, please do so soon! You don’t want to miss it. We made some fun changes for this upcoming luncheon and we hope everyone will come and enjoy themselves.

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We have the Keen Country Band, featuring country music singer Nathan Young, as the entertainment during the cocktail hour before the luncheon. They will be playing great Texas music before the live auction begins.They have recently released their first single, “Texas Women,” which has moved up to number 26 on the charts. For the first time we will be featuring the “Wine and Fifth Pull” where you will have an opportunity to win a great bottle of wine or liquor. In addition, some lucky winners will also receive a special surprise to go along with it! The Gazelles Committee members have been working hard to make this luncheon the best ever. Our silent auction chairman, Carol O’Day, has been busy accumulating an array of different items. There will be wonderful jewelry items donated by Arlette and Fred Lamas, Deborah Vaughn, Rex Foster Artist and Leota’s Indian Art; awesome items for the home to accent your home decorating; some great reading and coffee table books; great clothing items; Post 4 Optics shooting glasses; and much, much more. During the luncheon, we will also have the raffle drawing for our 38 special, generously donated by Bill Carter. Deb Cunningham has lined up some amazing live auction items this year. Becky Simpson has agreed to make her delicious pies for us once again and she is also donating a weekend at the Simpson ranch for six lucky ladies. Mitzy McCorvey is once

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again donating the ever-popular weekend at the McCorvey ranch, Rancho de Sueños, for 12 to 14 ladies. Deb has also a great collection of artwork and hunts for our live auction.Wendy Barnhart has secured a special addition of “Texas Bluebonnets,” donated by John Banovich. Vickie McMillian has once again donated a wonderful piece of art. This customizable piece features an outdoor scene, allowing the winner to choose the animal that is painted into the landscape! We have a plains game hunt in South Africa donated by East Cape Hunters and Sporting International; a 159” whitetail deer hunt donated by Gsell’s Whitetail Refuge, including the shoulder mount taxidermy, donated by B&B Taxidermy; a hunt in Argentina donated by Puelo Expeditions; and Southern Cross Safaris has donated a plains game hunt in South Africa. –Mitzy McCorvey and Anna Morrison HSC Gazelles Luncheon Co-Chairmen

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Algar Safaris 5-day/6-night Argentina big game hunt for 1 hunter and 1 observer. Includes trophy fee for 1 Patagonian Ram. Value: $5,250 www.algar-safaris.com

Canadian Guide Outfitters, Ltd. 7-day mountain lion hunt on Vancouver Island, for 1 hunter. $7,500 www.canadianguideoutfitters.com

Argentina Puelo Expeditions 3-day dove hunt in the hills of north Cordoba, Argentina, for 2 hunters. Value: $4,200 www.pueloexpeditions.com

Canada North Outfitting 4-day Greenland Muskox hunt for 1 hunter on Victoria Island. Includes trophy fee for 1 Greenland Muskox. Value: $8,250 www.canadanorthoutfitting.com Cape to Cairo Safari

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Argentina Puelo Expeditions 3-day mixed bird bag hunt for ducks, perdiz and doves near Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 2 hunters. Value: $5,400 www.pueloexpeditions.com Australian Outfitters 6-day Australian safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 Sambar Stag. Value: $8,900 www.australianoutfitters.net Banovich Art “Early Moon,” oil on Belgian linen, 24” x 18”. By: John Banovich Value: $26,000 www.johnbanovich.com Baranof Jewelers Tanzanite Pendant 9 carat tanzanite oval surrounded by 2 carats of diamonds set in 14 carat white gold. Value: $25,900 www.baranofjewelry.com

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$8,450 towards a 7-day, fully catered plains game safari for 4 hunters in Namibia with professional filming of the hunt. Includes $800 trophy fee credit per hunter. Value: $8,450 www.huntinafrica.com Cavner & Julian, Inc. 6-day fishing trip for northern pike, grayling, trout and salmon for 2 anglers at Stonewood Lodge on Lake Clark in Alaska. Value: $10,500 www.adventureinalaska.com Caza Pampa 7-day Argentina big game hunt for 2 free range Red Stags, 2 management Red Stags, 2 water buffalo up to 75 SCI and 2 hybrid sheep for 2 hunters. Value: $21,800 www.cazapampa.com Cazatur – Spain and Europe 4-day hunt for 1 hunter that includes trophy fees for either a Spanish Red Deer, fallow deer or Iberian Mouflon Sheep. Value: $4,550 www.cazatur.com

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Collectors Firearms Land Warfare Research Corp: Mod-MG-G .223 caliber, gas piston action with Trijicon ACOG Mod-Marine Corps ACOG. Value: $4,200 Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company A-10 Platinum, 12 gauge with 30” barrels. Tubes, beautifully engraved with highly detailed pheasant scenes. Value: $19,750 www.connecticutshotgun.com

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Echo Lake Hunts 3-day hunt for 1 hunter in Saskatchewan, Canada. Includes 1 elk up to 350 inches. Value: $4,000 www.echolakehunts.com Eduardo Araoz, Cazatur – Spain 3-day driven Red-legged Partridge hunt at Ventosilla Castle and 1 day of sightseeing in the imperial city of Toledo, Spain. Value: $5,850 www.cazatur.com/eu Ekland Safaris

Cotton Mesa Trophy Whitetail 3-day whitetail hunt up to 170 B&C for 1 hunter in Corsicana, Texas. Value: $7,000 www.cottonmesawhitetail.com Crusader Safaris 7-day South Africa plains game safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 bushbuck, 1 Vaal Rhebuck and 1 mountain reedbuck. Value: $7,500 www.crusadersafaris.com Deborah Vaughn Jewelry Designs Vintage multi-colored enamel belt buckle converted to a hand-tied 2 strand carved lapis and gold leaf bead necklace with a matching pair of earrings. Value: $725 www.deborahvaughndesigns.com EAI Outdoors 9-day South Africa plains game safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 impala, 1 blesbok, 1 springbuck and 1 warthog. Value: $3,500 www.eaioutdoors.com

7-day South African safari for 1 hunter and 1 observer in 5-star deluxe accommodations. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 red hartebeest, 1 wildebeest, 1 duiker, 1 warthog and 1 impala. Value: $17,900 www.eklandsafaris.com Flying A Ranch 3-day hunt for a Gold Medal Red Deer bull scoring 300 to 340 inches for 1 hunter in Texas. Value: $5,750 www.flyingaranch.net Fouchè Studios “Malachite Kingfisher,” framed original pastel. By: Leon Fouchè Value: $1,750 www.fouchestudios.co.za Fouchè Studios Framed original pastel drawing of a leopard. By: Leon Fouchè Value: $7,500 www.fouchestudios.co.za

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Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand 4-day New Zealand safari for 2 hunters. Includes $1,000 trophy fee credit for each hunter to put towards either a Tahr, Chamois or a trophy Red Stag. Value: $5,000 www.fourseasons.co.nz

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Frontera Wingshooting 3-day Argentina dove hunt for 4 hunters. Value: $7,140 www.fronterawingshooting.com Gsell’s Whitetail Refuge and B&B Taxidermy 3-day hunt for 2 whitetail bucks scoring 150 to 159 B&C for 2 hunters in Pennsylvania. Includes a shoulder mount from B&B Taxidermy. Value: $7,570 www.gsellswhitetailrefuge.com www.bbtaxidermy.com Giuseppe Carrizosa – Spain 4-day Spain hunt for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 Beceite Ibex scoring up to 180 points. Value: $8,060 www.giuseppecarrizosa.com Giuseppe Carrizosa – Spain 5-day hunt for a minimum of 2 trophies in Spain. Includes $1,500 towards trophy fees to harvest a minimum of 2 trophies. Value: $5,450 www.giuseppecarrizosa.com

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John Seerey-Lester "TR in Search of Elk," oil on panel, 12” x 16”. By: John Seerey-Lester Value: $8,900 www.seerey-lester.com Julian & Sons Solid Curly Maple wood pyramid shaped pedestal base for either taxidermy or artwork. Value: $3,500 www.julianandsons.com KD Sporting Consultants 3-day hunt for 1 hunter and 1 observer in England. Includes trophy fee for either 1 roe deer, Muntjac or water deer. Value: $4,500 Kingham Safaris Australia 3-day Australia hunt for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 Javan Rusa stag scoring up to 145 SCI. Value: $3,800 www.kinghamsafaris.com Kobus Möller Studios, LLC “Royal Family,” oil on canvas, 22” x 10.5”. By: Kobus Möller Value: $5,960 www.kobusmoller.com Lategan Safaris 10-day South Africa plains game safari at Bushman River Lodge for 2 hunters and 2 observers. Includes $1,000 trophy fee credit for each hunter. Value: $16,000 www.lategansafaris.co.za Laurentian Wildlife Estate 3-day hunt for 1 hunter in Canada. Includes trophy fee for 1 Red Stag scoring 300 to 350 SCI. Value: $6,900 www.laurentianwildlife.com

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Matlabas Game Hunters 10-day South African hunt for 1 hunter and 1 observer. Includes 3 species and daily rates for 5 days. Value: $4,700 www.matlabas.co.za/hunting McMillan Fine Art Gallery & Studio Collaborative acrylic painting on canvas. Value: $10,000 www.vickiemcmillan.com

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McMillan Fine Art Gallery & Studio “Back Away,” giclee painting, 60” x 40”. By:Vickie McMillan Value: $3,000 www.vickiemcmillan.com McMillan Fine Art Gallery & Studio “Texas Ranch,” acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20”. By:Vickie McMillan Value: $2,500 www.vickiemcmillan.com MG Arms, Inc. MG Arms ultra-light rifle in .300 win-mag caliber. Value: $3,795 www.mgarmsinc.com Northern Giants Trophy Ranch 5-day whitetail hunt scoring 170 to 220 SCI for 1 hunter in Canada. Value: $7,000 www.northerngiantsranch.com Northern Zululand Safaris 10-day bow or rifle hunt in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fees for 1 Impala, 1 nyala, 1 blue wildebeest, 1 kudu, 1 zebra and 1 warthog. Value: $17,185 www.northernzululand.com

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OC Outfitters 4-day bird hunt for 3 hunters in Argentina. Value: $6,500 www.ocoutfitters.net Peter Blackwell Wildlife Art “Pool of Opportunity,” oil on canvas, 15” x 22”. By: Peter Blackwell Value: $3,800 www.peterblackwellwildlifeartist.com Quagga Safaris 7-day safari in South Africa for 2 hunters and 2 observers. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 wildebeest, 1 zebra, 1 impala, 1 blesbok and 2 warthogs. Value: $17,500 www.quagga.co.za Rancho de Sueños Weekend retreat for 14 women or 6 couples at Rancho de Sueños. Value: Priceless RecordBuck Ranch 4-day whitetail hunt up to 170 inches for 1 hunter and 1 observer in Utopia, Texas. Value: $10,200 www.recordbuck.com Ricca Boot Shop 1 pair of custom boots, full quill ostrich or leather of equal or lesser value. Hand sewn or inlaid tops with design, toe style and heel style of choice. Value: $3,000 www.riccabootshop.com

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Sadaka Safaris 5-day South Africa safari for 2 hunters. Includes trophy fees for 1 springbuck, 1 blesbok and 1 duiker or steenbuck per hunter. Value: $7,850 www.sadakasafaris.com

Spiral Horn Safaris 5-day South African plains game safari for 2 hunters. Includes trophy fees for 1 gemsbok, 1 impala and 1 warthog. Value: $5,450 www.spiralhorn.co.za

Scandinavian Prohunters 4-day Sweden hunt for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fees for 2 Roebucks. Value: $8,000 www.scandinavianprohunters.com

Sporting International and East Cape Hunters 7-day South Africa plains game safari for 1 hunter and 1 observer. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 mountain reedbuck, 1 springbok and 1 impala. Value: $6,630 www.eastcapehunters.com

Simpson Ranch A weekend of fun and relaxation at the Simpson Ranch in Bedias, Texas for 6 ladies or 3 couples, hosted by Becky Simpson and Carol O’Day. There will be a shooting competition with a trophy award, a wine and cheese tasting by Carla with Cork This and a painting party with wildlife artist Vickie McMillan. Value: Priceless Southern Cross Safaris 10-day South African safari for 2 hunters. Includes trophy fees for 1 black or blue wildebeest, 1 mountain reedbuck or fallow deer, 1 impala and 1 springbuck. Value: $13,394 www.southern-cross-safaris.co.za Spey Creek Trophy Hunting 5-day New Zealand hunt for 2 hunters. Includes trophy fees for 2 Red Stags scoring up to 380 SCI. Value: $24,000 www.sctrophyhunting.com

Sporting International and Kanana Safaris 4-day Botswana plains game safari for 1 rifle or bow hunter. Includes trophy fees for 1 kudu, 1 gemsbok, 1 zebra and 1 blue wildebeest. Value: $4,195 www.sportinginternational.com Sporting International and Matupula Hunters 14-day leopard safari for 1 hunter in Zimbabwe. Value: $27,000 Sporting International, Warwick Evans of Mapassa Big Game Hounds and Pete Stewart of Good Manners Dog Obedience School Jack Russell Terrier puppy from Mapassa Big Game Hounds of South Africa. Value: Priceless Suzie Seerey-Lester “Morning Flight,” oil on panel, 12” x 16”. By: Suzie Seerey-Lester Value: $4,200 www.seerey-lester.com Tam Safaris 7-day South Africa safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 Sable. Value: $12,000 www.tamsafaris.com

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Tam Safaris 7-day South Africa safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 male lion. Value: $30,000 www.tamsafaris.com Thandeka Safaris 7-day Cape buffalo hunt in South Africa for 1 hunter and 1 observer. Value: $18,000 www.thandekasafaris.co.za

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Trophy Hunting Spain 4-day Beceite Ibex hunt for 2 hunters and 2 observers in Spain. Value: $8,960 www.trophyhuntingspain.com Tropic Star Lodge 3-day Panama fishing trip for 2 anglers for black marlin, blue marlin, Sailfish and roosterfish. Value: $9,140 www.tropicstar.com

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Wanganui Safaris 5-day Red Stag hunt scoring up to 380 SCI for 1 hunter and 1 observer in New Zealand. Value: $11,000 www.wsafaris.com Wilderness Quest New Zealand 5-day New Zealand hunt for 2 hunters. Includes trophy fees for 1 Red Stag scoring up to 330 SCI and 1 fallow buck. Value: $11,950 www.wildernessquestnz.com Wildman Lake Lodge 7-day wingshooting and sport fishing adventure for Arctic char, rainbow trout and Pacific salmon for 1 angler in Alaska. Value: $6,950 www.wildmanlodge.com Wollaston Lake Lodge 4-day trophy fishing for northern pike, walleye and lake trout in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for 1 angler. Value: $5,000 www.wollastonlakelodge.com WOW Africa 8-day Zimbabwe safari for 1 hunter. Includes trophy fee for 1 Cape buffalo. Value: $12,000 www.wowafrica.com

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