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The ProTECT Act – Another Misguided Effort to Undermine Conservation Efforts Worldwide

The ProTECT Act – Another Misguided Effort to Undermine Conservation Efforts Worldwide

The following is written by Matt Boguslawski. Matt is a licensed Professional Hunter in Tanzania, a former staff attorney with Conservation Force, and a managing partner of a respected law firm.

The full text of H.R. 4804 “Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act of 2019” (the ProTECT Act) has been recently released. This newly introduced legislation intends to stop the hunting of threatened or endangered listed species in the U.S. and cease the importation of hunted threatened and endangered listed species from abroad. It is another ill-informed and false-on-its-face piece of legislation spearheaded by special interest animal rights organizations to undermine proven conservation efforts across the globe.

Our hunting heritage, representing the single greatest conservation tool worldwide, is under siege and the ProTECT Act is another example of that. In addition to this new legislation, we are combatting the CECIL Act and an appropriations bill that seeks to eliminate federal funding for issuing lion, elephant, and other species import permits. Moreover, the UK is also considering legislation to prohibit the import of nearly all hunted specimens.

If passed, this legislation would not only be detrimental to the conservation of species like lion and elephant in Africa but would also tragically impact U.S. conservation efforts and regulate the ability of Texas ranchers to sustainable use Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species. Among numerous other species that are thriving in Texas relative to their native habitats[1] (see table one), this legislation intends to prohibit hunters from “taking” (i.e. hunting—term of art under the ESA) species like the “Three Amigos”: Scimitar Horn Oryx, Addax, and Dama Gazelle. Readers will recall organizations like the Humane Society United States similarly attempted to over-regulate private ownership rights and hunting of the Three Amigos in 2013. The negative impact of the regulation became abundantly clear in short order[2] (see table two):

 

Table one: Populations Information

 

Table two: Three amigos Population Trend

 

 

The U.S. hunting market represents the largest share of the international hunting industry. Our contributions to worldwide conservation efforts are immeasurable. For some reason, this fact escapes fundamentalist animal rights organizations—but it shouldn’t. In the U.S.alone, revenue from American sportsmen and women generated over $1.6 billion towards U.S. conservation efforts last year and historically represents 80% of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies.[3]  The primary difference between domestic and international hunting is that international hunting is immediately associated with the canned killing of iconic, “Disney” species and the media created news of “Cecil.” But, nothing could be farther from the truth. The same “user pays” model utilized in the U.S. is deployed in Africa and highlights the benefits of low impact, high revenue generation in areas not suitable for photographic tourism. According to a new report on lion conservation, “[t]en years ago, it was estimated that across the 11 main big game hunting countries (South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Benin), the surface area occupied by hunting concessions was 110 million hectares, almost 15% of the total land area of these countries, and in several cases greater than the area of protected areas.”[4] (emphasis added) The reason for the decline in hunting areas is a direct result of legislation just like the ProTECT Act that seeks to undermine the financial viability of legal, regulated hunting. In light of vastly expanding human populations across the African continent and the concomitant effects of poaching, livestock encroachment, agriculture, human-wildlife conflict the securement of habitat for wildlife conservation—in whatever form—is critical. Maintaining large, continuous landscapes for wildlife is crucial for their survival. Animal rights organizations grossly underestimate the impact that hunting operators—let alone management authorities—play in conserving wildlife. An industry audit of the Tanzanian hunting operator community done by Conservation Force showed that 27 hunting operators alone contributed over $6.7 million towards anti-poaching and $3.1 million in community development from 2013–2015. Among other successes, this led to the seizure of 6,233 snares and gin traps, 1,557 rounds of ammunition, 171 firearms and the arrest of 1,409 poachers.[5] This represents a snapshot of the Tanzanian hunting industry let alone the efforts of hunting operators across the African continent. However, most ironically and completely overlooked, is the fact that importing an endangered or threatened listed species under the ESA requires meeting special permit requirements necessitating “enhancement” of the species. Meaning, the hunting and the import of the specimen are, in fact, enhancing the survival of the species in the wild, yet some legislators and special interest groups adamantly oppose hunting.

A recent article[6] called into question the legitimacy of a letter supported by 133 leading scientists on the positive impact hunting plays in Africa and the devastating effects that short-sighted import bans can have on African conservation efforts.[7] The article called into question conflicts of interest by certain researchers who received any funding by hunter supported conservation organizations. Any such claims on impropriety are dwarfed by “NGO row” in Nairobi, IFAW’s recent memorandum of understanding and funding to Zim Parks, and the fact that the Congressmen and women that submitted the ProTECT Act rank amongst the highest with the Humane Society and are members of the Humane Society Legislative Fund[8].

The proposed findings of the ProTECT Act are riddled with unsubstantiated claims that legal, regulated hunting facilitates poaching, is a conduit for illegal trade in wildlife, and undermines conservation efforts by “target[ting] the biggest, strongest males[.]”

Read the full text of the ProTECT Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4804/text?r=51&s=1

 

[1] https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/69/11/928/5580750

[2] https://carter.house.gov/press-releases/new-three-amigos-legislation-to-ensure-breeding-and-growth-of-african-antelopes/

[3] http://congressionalsportsmen.org/uploads/page/CSF_Year_in_Review_2018_.pdf

[4] https://assets.takeshape.io/eec0d9cd-dc81-4ba8-ac20-50da147f43d2/dev/f5cbc108-9039-4f4e-9ce7-90eea0ec63c3/New%20Lion%20Economy.pdf

[5] https://www.conservationforce.org/tanzania-hunting-operator-report

[6] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/funding-secret-of-scientists-against-trophy-hunt-ban-k9sgqhpnf

[7]https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6456/874?hwoasp=authn%3A1567156827%3A141%3A2226757753%3A0%3A0%3AzW43Cxc5qgpxWt9zMmD3ww%3D%3D

[8] http://www.hslf.org/assets/pdfs/humane-scorecard/humane_scorecard_2018_final.pdf

 

DSC Auction Spotlight #8

DSC Auction Spotlight #8

DSC AUCTION SPOTLIGHT #8

8 weeks to go until the show!  But TODAY, you can show your support of wildlife and wild lands by bidding on a conservation project, and common passion, shared by our neighbors south of the Texas state-side border.  So, you may ponder, how can one bid on an item 8 weeks before convention…and, by the way, what in the heck is this project?!  Well, through DSC ONLINE Live Auctions, of course!  Which, coincidentally opens today at this link: LIVE AUCTIONS  But enough suspense (and don’t even begin to pretend you haven’t already read and re-read all the fine print below before returning to this lame intro), DSC is pleased to present Spotlight #8 for Heritage 2020 and DSC’s 40th Annual Convention & Sporting Expo – A 10-Day Sonora Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt for One Hunter and One Non-Hunter in Mexico!

Don’t miss your opportunity to help launch a legacy for wild sheep and the people of Sonora, Mexico! Alcampo Hunting Adventures and the Artee family are pleased to partner with Dallas Safari Club in this effort to restore free-ranging desert bighorn sheep in NW Sonora by donating a 10-day free-range Sonora Desert bighorn sheep hunt for one hunter and one non-hunter with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting Sonora Wildlife Conservation’s on-the-ground projects in the historic Sierra El Alamo Mountain Range.

This range, with an area of 80,000 acres, has been home to desert sheep for many years and, after not been hunted for 12 years, the first sheep was taken in 2017 by Richard L ‘Esperance and in 2018, two more were taken by Jerry Brenner and Tim Harrison, with all three rams in the 170 class range. The Artee family is dedicated to repopulating the area to carrying capacity by transplanting desert sheep from their successful breeding program further south. Over the last two years, 100 individuals were successfully transplanted and, within the next 2-3 years, they plan to transplant another 100 sheep. With such an aggressive re-population, this area is expected to become the premier hunting destination for sheep hunters in coming years. But for the lucky winner, this location is available to hunt next season (December 2020-March 2021). This package includes professional guide/translator, backpackers, staff with chef at camp, field prep of trophy, ground transportation between Hermosillo Airport and hunt concession, ranch house accommodations and meals. Not included are dip & pack service, transportation to shipper/taxidermist, CITES permit, hunting license and gratuities. Additional hunters and non-hunters are welcome at current rates. Please stop by their booth for more details on this one-of-a-kind hunt. 50% PERCENTAGE OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT SIERRA El ÁLAMO – SONORA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. El ÁLAMO – SONORA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. Jacobo Artee, 011 52 622 212 5510, Hidalgo 39-Bis, Hermosillo 83260, MEXICO, hunting@alcampo.com.mx, www.Alcampo.Com.Mx.  BOOTH #1154. Valued at $70,000+.

2020 Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award Winner Announced

2020 Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award Winner Announced

2020 OHAA Winner, Dr. Mark Wayne, with his desert bighorn

The Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award (OHAA) committee has selected Dr. Mark Wayne as the 2020 award recipient. Dr. Wayne will be presented the prestigious award at the DSC Convention and Expo, Heritage, during the Saturday evening banquet on Jan. 11, 2020.

The OHAA is given solely for outstanding achievements in the finite area of big game hunting.

OHAA Chair Tom Montgomery said, “We are proud to recognize Dr. Mark Wayne with the 2020 Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award. For 40 years, the OHAA has acknowledged extraordinary hunting accomplishments across the world. We look forward to celebrating Dr. Wayne and welcoming him to the OHAA Committee.”

There are several criteria acceptable for this award, such as the collection of the North American 29, the DSC African Grand Slam and the completion of any 12 of the sheep of the world.

This year’s award winner, Dr. Mark Wayne, is a two-way qualifier with the North American 29 and the Wild Goats of the World. Both of these were completed in 2017. The North American Slam took 28 years and the Wild Goats of the World spanned 18 years. Dr. Wayne has been a DSC Life Member since 1999.

DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “Dr. Wayne’s 28-year pursuit of the North American Big Game Animals is a testament to his lifelong dedication to our hunting heritage. This feat alone recognizes the role Dr. Wayne has played in the conservation of many species across the United States.”

Dr. Wayne took his first big-game animal, a small South Texas whitetail, at the age of 13. His first non-whitetail big-game animal was a pronghorn antelope that he took in 1989 on a hunt with the late OHAA recipient Greg Bond.

After the completion of his pediatric residency, Dr. Wayne was able to hunt more extensively with trips across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. The completion of the North American 29 was a slow and steady process with one to three hunts per year while the Wild Goats of the World animals came at a more rapid pace. The final animal of the 29 was a desert sheep taken on Carmen Island.

“The highlight of that hunt was to be able to share it with my wife of 30 years, Angie, and my mother, Sara,” Dr. Wayne said.

Mark’s children, Rachel and Colton, have each been awarded the DSC Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award.

To watch Mark receive this prestigious award during the Saturday evening banquet, register here.

DSC Auction Spotlight #9

DSC Auction Spotlight #9

DSC AUCTION SPOTLIGHT #9

Just 9 short weeks until Heritage 2020 and DSC’s 40th Annual Convention and Sporting Expo!

Umm…40th, did you say? YES! 2020 will mark DSC’s 40th anniversary of proudly hosting The Greatest Hunter’s Convention on the Planet™!  What a journey and only 9 weeks to go until we meet again to celebrate!  In honor of this special milestone, we are pleased to present a very fine offering donated by our friends at Baranof Jewelers and Spotlight #9 – A natural 31.25 carat pigeon-blood ruby neck centerpiece!

The extraordinary ruby isn’t for the “faint of heart” or the “fly-by-night.” This precious gemstone represents an eternal flame so passionate and strong today, as it was in its early days, much like your own love for HUNTING!  What?  Excuse us, of course we meant for your own, lovely spouse!

But back to this beauty, which isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill, magnificent stunner.  Oh no…we’re talking very rare, pigeon-blood rubies sourced from Mozambique and here are some of the exquisite details.

This one-of-a-kind necklace set in 14K white gold, features 31.25 carats of natural pigeon-blood rubies sourced from Mozambique and 4.5 CTW of round brilliant-cut diamonds, G in color and Vs1 in clarity.  There’s simply nothing more to say other than…when/where/how?  At the Saturday night auction, January 11.  Banquet tickets are now available online at BANQUETS through 12/13/19 (cannot be purchased onsite):  And remote bidding for Live Auction opens next week at LIVE AUCTIONS. Valued at $89,600.  Baranof Jewelers, Tony Hernandez, 435-658-3877, 537 Main Street, PO Box 152, Park City, UT 84060, www.baranofjewelry.com, Booth #3337.

Danielle Wilson of NewZealandHunting.com Named DSC’s 2020 Outfitter of the Year

Danielle Wilson of NewZealandHunting.com Named DSC’s 2020 Outfitter of the Year

Please join DSC in congratulating Danielle Wilson, owner of NewZealandHunting.com, as the 2020 Outfitter of the Year. DSC is proud to announce the winner in advance of the DSC Convention, Heritage. The convention will run from Jan. 9-12 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Downtown Dallas.

This year, DSC will present Danielle with the award at the Friday night banquet, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “We are thrilled to celebrate this quality outfitter who has poured so much into DSC. We offer sincere congratulations to the NewZealandHunting.com team.”

The Wilson Family has been in the outfitting business for over 35 years.

DSC Convention Chair Mark Little said, “DSC thanks the Wilson family for their continued support and all they do for the future of hunting. The NewZealandHunting.com team embodies all that this award represents.”

The middle of four sisters, Danielle began working with her father in 2010 promoting his outfitting business NZHunt at trade shows, running sight-seeing tours for non-hunters back home and hostessing at the lodge. In 2015, she took over running the family hunting business and renamed it NewZealandHunting.com.

The outfit prides itself on offering a variety of hunting opportunities, including remote backpack hunting and free-range spot and stalk hunts from lush rainforests and rugged mountains of the west coast to the rolling hills and open country of the central Otago, and everything in-between.

“Our aim is to provide visitors with the whole New Zealand experience,” Danielle said. “Alongside the hunting, we run a sight-seeing program with trips that are customized to suit

each person or group. My personal and company goals are to continue to provide traditional hunting in the South Island aiming to encourage women and youth, families and individuals from all walks of life. Being able to be a part of someone’s memories of their first hunt, moments of wonder whilst exploring New Zealand’s abundant flora and fauna, is truly my passion.”

Selected for her excellence in providing an unforgettable experience for all who hunt with her, Danielle exhibits an ambition, tenacity and drive, as well as a heart for conservation, that has earned her the respect and admiration of those in the hunting and conservation world.

A Life Member of DSC, Danielle has volunteered her time at the annual DSC convention for the past five years. She consistently attends and donates to the DSC Ladies’ Luncheon auctions and hosts a number of DSC members at NewZealandHunting.com each year as well.

“I guess you could say I’m very lucky to have parents who have a passion for the outdoors and hunting and passed that along to me,” Danielle said. “Now at age 30, I can only hope to continue and hopefully enrich the lives of those whom choose to spend their hunting experience in New Zealand with us.”

DSC Auction Spotlight #10

DSC Auction Spotlight #10

DSC AUCTION SPOTLIGHT #10

10 weeks to go until the show!

Week #10’s Spotlight features a very special hunt donated by DZOMBO Hunting Safaris with all proceeds benefitting a cause near and dear to the donor’s heart (and ours as well) – DSC FRONTLINE – a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization whose mission is to provide financial relief to professional hunters, their assistants (and/or their families) who are injured while providing professional hunting services.

Now, the cause alone might be enough to persuade you to open your wallet and start bidding, but what makes this package even more attractive are all the extra inclusions donated by the other generous contributors, making this hunt package virtually all-inclusive!  And now for all the amazing details…

Central Namibia is home to a high density of quality leopard and no one knows them better than Japsie Blauuw of DZOMBO Hunting Safaris – an experienced professional hunter with numerous leopards and dangerous game “under his belt” and your guide on this donated dangerous game hunt with 100% proceeds benefiting DSC FRONTLINE, a cause that lies very close to his heart. The lucky winner will enjoy 14 adventure-filled days with 1×1 professional guiding for a mature, male leopard deep in the heart of beautiful Namibia. Hunt includes field prep, trophy fee for leopard, assistance with procuring proper permits, pick up/return from Windhoek Airport, well-appointed lodge accommodations and meals. Package also includes full-mount taxidermy services by added taxidermy work by Kings Taxidermy, shipping and paperwork courtesy of Yellow Shark Logistics, import handling and delivery donated by Trophy Shippers USA, emergency evacuation-only insurance through Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance and $1,500 gift certificate courtesy of Kryptek Outdoor Group. Method of take is rifle only. Hunt is available in 2020 or 2021 and may be upgraded by adding plains game at the appropriate trophy fees; non-hunter may be added at current rate. Transportation during the hunt is mostly by vehicle. Additional costs include dipping/packing/crating and gratuities. Valued at $50,150.  DZOMBO Hunting Safaris, Japsie Blaauw, 011 264 81 146 4959, Holtzhauzen 240, Aroab, 9000 Namibia, japsie@dzombo.com.

 

Chapter’s Action Trackchair Provides Access for Youth

Chapter’s Action Trackchair Provides Access for Youth

Do you get excited when you see a cottontail, a whitetail, a swallowtail, a scissortail? For most outdoor lovers, all it takes is to pack up the car and head out down the trail, out to the lake, or up a mountain to experience all that nature has to offer. For hunters and anglers, the excitement comes from a tight line, a buck in the crosshairs, a day spent with family and friends.

But there are outdoors lovers who have challenges that prevent them from these simple pleasures. Access for all has been made easier in recent years, but

DSC Heartland is eager to share this Action Trackchair with any interested cause.

what about going into the field? Access can be a huge challenge and one that often can’t be overcome without specialized equipment.

Enter DSC Heartland, a chapter of DSC based in Nebraska and Iowa. Through active fundraising and hard work, the chapter raised enough money to buy an Action Trackchair to fulfill their mission of “Getting Youth Outdoors.” Better still, they are willing to loan it to any organization who has a demonstrated need.

But this is not just a wheelchair! Where traditional wheels might get mired getting to the deer blind or lakeside, or stuck in slats of a boardwalk or dock, the Action Track has 6-1/2 inch-wide treads like a tank, and can tackle almost any terrain. It is motorized, running on a rechargeable battery with 10 miles of range, and has hand controls that can be adapted for just about any person of any level of ability. There are leg and waist straps, a five-point safety harness, and an override control for a guardian to operate the chair as needed. There is a tilting system for easy access and transfer of the rider. The chair even has supports that assist the rider to a standing position.

The gear that this chair accommodates is impressive. Gun holder and articulated gun rest, fishing rod holder, tool holder, cup holder, and a rear platform for a guardian/guide to ride on, or stand behind a shooter/angler.

The design of the chair was discussed at length by the DSC Heartland board. One of the board members, Pat Moore, has experience and knowledge of the Trackchair, being an owner himself, and was very instrumental in designing the perfect chair.

11-year-old Cade test drives the Action Trackchair before his big hunt.

How much does the chapter charge to use the Action Trackchair? The chapter is loaning it out FREE OF CHARGE, and will provide instructions, a safety operation manual, and coordination with transport. The chair has a rear-hitch carrier that can be transported by any vehicle with a hitch receiver, and of course, a cover to keep the chair clean and dry.

Recently, DSC Heartland sponsored a young hunter’s trip to New Mexico to hunt elk. Cade, age 11, test-drove the chair so he could get familiar with the hand controls. He went fishing and also sighted in his rifle. When it was time to hunt, Pony Express Chevrolet of Gothenburg, Nebraska, provided a truck to transport the chair, and then it was off to the West! Josh and Vivian Vallejos of Northern Extreme Adventures of Taos, New Mexico, were ready for Cade, and gave him the opportunity to shoot a wonderful bull elk from 197 yards. Way to go, Cade!

Thanks to DSC Heartland, Cade took his bull elk from 197 yards in New Mexico. Way to go, Cade!

Heartland Chapter President Corey Goss said, “We want this chair to do plenty of work. Our main goal is to get youth outdoors, and that means all youth, no matter what their needs. We will work with any group that wants to borrow the chair, even if we drive it halfway and meet in the middle.”

DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “This is a prime example of the great people that we are fortunate to work with in the DSC Chapter system. The Heartland Chapter has a passion to get youth outdoors. They raised the money and made the dream come true for many young people who want to be outside. They are serving their community and working to expand their reach all around the Midwest. We commend DSC Heartland for their hard work and commitment!”

The chapter wants to hear from any organization who has a need for this spectacular chair. Contact Corey Goss at gossfishing1@gmail.com.

 

Media Pre-Registration Open for 2020 DSC Convention

Media Pre-Registration Open for 2020 DSC Convention

Media members excited to start the new year right by attending the 2020 DSC Convention, HeritageJanuary 9-12, can pre-register for the show now.

One of the world’s fastest-growing outdoor conventions and expos, the 2020 DSC Convention will return to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas in Downtown Dallas.

To accommodate the increasing media interest in the event, DSC is catering to the sporting press with a convenient pressroom outfitted with charging stations, plenty of quiet space to conduct interviews and a beverage service, plus an easy pre-registration process.

To pre-register, please provide the information requested on this form and send to Mallory Communications Owner Stephanie Mallory. Upon arrival at the convention center, qualified registrants can simply follow the signs to the new pressroom to pick up their badge.

Pressroom hours will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9-11 and from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Jan. 12.

The family friendly 2020 DSC Expo is open to the public and will fill a record 800,000 square feet with 965 exhibitors and 1,835 booths featuring outfitted hunts, guns, gear and much more.

The DSC Convention and Expo is one of the biggest fundraising events in Texas. Over the past five years, the event has generated more than $5 million for conservation, education and hunter advocacy initiatives around the world.

A special thank you to our current corporate sponsors for their generosity and support of our mission. Sponsors of the 2020 DSC Convention (at press time) include: Sports Afield, Hornady, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, Global Rescue, MidwayUSA, Trijicon, Inc., Trophy Shippers, WildLife Partners LLC, Boyt Harness Company, Scheels, Alford Media, Lone Star Outdoor News, Capital Farm Credit, Michel Mantheakis Safaris Ltd., Ox Ranch, RAD Rides, Rock Island Auction Company, Shikar Safaris, Lochow Ranch Pond & Lake Management, Blaser USA, Inc., Swift Bullet Company, Veritex Community Bank, Arctic North Guides, Branded Rock Canyon Ranch, EuroOptic, Ltd., GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, Gsell’s Whitetails, Hayden Outdoors, Legendary Consortium, Trophy West Guide Outfitters, Tolmay – Bronze Art, Wild Hunting in Turkey, Adam Clements Safari Trackers, Adams Alaskan Safaris, Big Time Hunts, Charlton McCallum Safaris, Core-Vens Insurance, Double Nickle Taxidermy, LLC, HartzView Hunting Safaris, McCallum Safaris, Tanzania, Nicholas Air, North Island Guide Outfitters, ProHunt Concierge Ltd., Rungwa Game Safaris, Uganda Wildlife Safaris Ltd., Champlin Firearms, Inc., Dirk de Bod Safaris Namibia, J/B Adventures & Safaris, Beasley’s Fine Jewelry, Patrick Mavros Art, Esplanade Travel, Baranof Wilderness Alaska Lodge, Daggaboy Hunting Safaris, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Edward Jones – Abe Nayfa.

Time is running out to take advantage of corporate sponsor benefits. To inquire about becoming a DSC corporate sponsor, contact Kamille Martin, Corporate Sponsor Coordinator, at kamille@biggame.org or 972-980-9644.

For more information, please visit www.biggame.org.

DSC 2020 Capstick Award Winners Announced

DSC 2020 Capstick Award Winners Announced

The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award Committee has selected Robin and Pauline Hurt as the 2020 award recipients. The Hurts will be presented with the prestigious award at the DSC Convention and Sporting Expo, Heritage, at the Saturday evening banquet on Jan. 11, 2020.

The Capstick Award honors the memory of a great man whose love of hunting and respect for wildlife fueled his desire to promote a hunting legacy that ensured the conservation of our wildlife resources. To pay tribute to Peter H. Capstick, award recipients have shown long-term support and commitment to our hunting heritage through various avenues such as education, humanitarian causes, hunting involvement, and giving.

This year’s award winners, Robin and Pauline Hurt, embody these values and set a fine example as stewards of our hunting heritage. In 1990, Robin founded the Robin Hurt Wildlife Foundation (RHWF), with the assistance and contributions of Joseph F. Cullman III, with the goal of developing linkages between Tanzania’s sustainable utilization of wildlife, poverty alleviation and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems. RHWF is committed to supporting local communities to become better stewards of the natural environment upon which they depend. This project, which has turned poachers into anti-poachers, has international recognition and is considered to be one of Tanzania’s greatest conservation successes.

In addition to supporting the conservation of Tanzania’s indigenous flora and fauna and the wilderness areas they inhabit, the RHWF supports the education of Tanzanian citizens regarding the value of conservation of natural resources and the sustainable utilizations of wildlife. In fact, the foundation has built 37 schools in the last 12 years, accompanied by 74 houses for teaching staff and 34 health dispensaries. This life-changing engagement is fueled by hunter/conservationist money and ideals.

Pauline was i nvited to address CIC in Madrid in 2018 on this very project. She is a veteran when it comes to anti-poaching patrols, care of staff members and their families and the endless work behind the scenes that constitutes a first-class operation synonymous with the Hurt name. The rhino project provides steady employment and community stability, especially now when prolonged drought is ravaging Namibia and feed has to be trucked in from South Africa to sustain the rhino and other species on the Hurt property. In 2014, Robin and Pauline also started Habitat for Rhino, a rhino conservation and breeding program on their ranch in Namibia. The main purpose of this project is to provide safe habitat for rhinos on private land. Pauline believed that one way ahead for rhino conservation could be to “spread the risk,” which means moving rhinos from areas with large rhino numbers and higher risk to new locations with smaller numbers and hopefully less risk. They currently have nine rhinos in their care. They have also hired a full-time, two-man anti-poaching team to patrol the bush daily looking for signs of unwanted human intrusion and to protect the rhinos’ well-being.

Robin was born in London in April 1945 and grew up on his family ranch on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. At age 18 he became a licensed professional hunter in both Kenya and Tanzania. In 1984 he started Robin Hurt Safaris Ltd. in Tanzania. Robin has been a licensed professional hunter in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Central African Republic, Zaire, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

Robin and Pauline now live in the foothills of Gamsberg Mountain in Namibia. Robin has five children, Derek, Tania, Sasha, Hilary, and Roger, and two step children, Dan and Jessica Mousley. His sons, Derek and Roger, currently operate Robin Hurt Safaris Ltd. Robin continues to pursue his passion for hunting kudu, desert leopard and other game with old and new clientele.

DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “Robin and Pauline have left a significant conservation footprint across Africa, from Kenya and Namibia down to Tanzania. We are proud to honor their legacy with this year’s Capstick Award.”

DSC President Scott Tobermann said, “The Hurts’ dedication to wildlife conservation has extended over millions of protected acres and is best exhibited in the Habitat for Rhino initiative.”

For more information, visit www.biggame.org.

DSC Auction Spotlight #11

DSC Auction Spotlight #11

DSC AUCTION SPOTLIGHT #11

The countdown is on!  There are just 11 weeks leading up to DSC’s 2020 Heritage Convention & Sporting Expo and we’re teeming with excitement as we present week #11’s Spotlight…Which takes us on a journey to the far reaches of Canada’s north where one lucky winner will experience first-hand the thrill and ultimate reward of hunting mountain goat in British Columbia’s pristine outback with long-time DSC exhibitors and donors, Mike & Dixie Hammett of Sikanni River Outfitting. Valued at $15,000.

This exceptional offering will be available at the 2020 show through DSC’s Special Raffles, but pre-convention tickets are available now for online purchase at this link: ONLINE RAFFLES.  Now, for more of the juicy details…

The average goat taken here is 8-1/2 to 9″ with great hides. The hunt will be a physically demanding, so it’s recommended hunters be in good physical shape and ready to take on any mountain terrain This free-range hunt is available 2020 only and may be upgraded to include moose or elk at $4,000/species. Additional hunters, as well as non-hunters, are welcome at current rates. Transportation during the hunt is mostly by spot & stalk. This package includes trophy fee, field prep, transportation to shipper, cabin or spike camp accommodations and meals. Not included are trophy fees for additional animals taken, hunting license/goat tag at approx. $630, WCF at $250, 5% goods/services tax, gratuities and transportation costs to/from Fort St. John and charter flight(s). DSC references include Eric Fletcher, Ed Fletcher, John Mowrey, Greg Oliver and Pete Wittmann. DALLAS SAFARI CLUB THANKS SIKANNI RIVER OUTFITTERS FOR THIS 100% DONATION. Dixie Hammett, 250-412-5209, sro@sikanniriver.com, PO Box 11, Pink Mountain, BC, V0C-2B0, www.sikanniriver.com, Booth #2607.

 

Drawing held 2 p.m. on Sunday 1/12/20 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Need not be present to win. Winners will be contacted by email or cell phone by end of day 1/13/20.

 

"Dallas Safari Club, through its Foundation, funds conservation grants annually: elephant and lion projects in Africa, desert bighorn sheep restoration in North America, anti-poaching projects and more"

 

 

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