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MARCH 2013

Mark Sullivan to speak at HSC’s April Monthly Meeting

Upcoming Events April 3 – Monthly Meeting at The Houston Racquet Club Mark Sullivan of Nitro Express Safaris: Hunting Tanzania April 13 – 3rd Annual HSC Crawfish Boil Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse May 7 – Monthly Meeting at The Houston Safari Club Sporting Shotguns & Shooters May 30 – 4th Annual HSC “Shoot for the Troops” Sporting Clays Competition Greater Houston Gun Club

Mark Sullivan of Nitro Express Safaris will speak at the April’s monthly meeting to be held at the Houston Racquet Club on April 3, 2013. Sullivan will be discussing his experience hunting dangerous game in Africa – Tanzania specifically. A sometimes-controversial dangerous game hunter, Sullivan has been a licensed PH in Tanzania since 1990, and has produced dozens of books and videos. Sullivan is known for facing dangerous game in oncoming charges. According to Sullivan, his first safari documentary, “Africa’s Black Death”, is the largest selling dangerous game hunting video of all time.

Houston Safari Club Officers Gene Human, President Melanie Pepper, President-Elect Julianne King, Immediate Past President Matt Pyle, Vice President Richardo Longoria, Vice President Kevin Ormston, Treasurer Jerry M. Henderson, Secretary Houston Safari Club Directors 2011 – 2013 Kevin Comiskey Mark King Jimmy Moore Greg Rodriguez Dr. Scott Scheinin 2012 – 2014 Cope Bailey Deb Cunningham Steve Crawford Ted Trout   Headquarters Staff Chris Susilovich, Executive Director Travis Martin, Marketing Director Carol Mueller, Office Manager Bush Telegraph Production Staff Travis Martin, Executive Editor 2012/2013 Editorial Board Greg Rodriguez Julianne King Deb Cunningham HSC is a 501-C4 organization. Please consult your tax advisor or the IRS concerning the deductability of any payments.

Sullivan is sure to bring a large audience to the April monthly meeting. Located in Memorial neighborhood, the Houston Racquet Club has become a favorite meeting spot for HSC. Top-notch dining and atmosphere provide the perfect environment for members to mix, mingle, and discuss hunting. The meeting will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at the door or online at Houston Safari Club’s website, Additionally, members can RSVP by calling the HSC office at 713-623-8844. Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77024

HSC’s 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil Draws Near Houston Safari Club will be hosting its third Annual Crawfish Boil at Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse, Saturday, April 13 at 12 pm. One of HSC’s most beloved events, the crawfish boil is sure to be a good time as members welcome in the spring over hot crawfish and cold beer. Floyd’s – the new venue, is located in Sugarland, just south of Houston and has ample parking as well as a Texasweather-friendly, indoor/outdoor facility. Owner, Floyd “Dawg” Landry, is a legend in the Gulf Coast restaurant industry. Landry’s colorful personality and days as a Golden Gloves boxer shine through in the restaurant’s relaxed, undeniably Cajun atmosphere. Once again, Houston Safari Club’s generous sponsors have stepped up to support the boil. Capital Farm Credit and Commissioner Jack Cagle are once again pledging their support of HSC and its mission.

The 2013 boil will combine 2011 and 2012 (pictured above) to offer an indoor/ outdoor experience.

Hungry crawfish peelers will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the famous HSC Shooting Cart, to be raffled at HSC’s 4th Annual Shoot for the Troops Sporting Clays Competition held on May 30th, 2013. Crawfish boil tickets are 35 dollars each, payable at the door. RSVPs are required however, to ensure enough crawfish for everyone! Members can call 713-623-8844 or email to RSVP today.

The first crawfish boil in 2011 set the bar for what has become a beloved event

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SA opposes total ban on Travel Safely to rhino trophy exports Exotic Lands

Cape Town - South Africa announced its opposition to a total ban on rhino trophy exports, saying it has beefed up hunt rules amid a poaching crisis that has killed 96 animals this year. The government backed a recommendation by CITES, the UN wildlife trade regulator, that a proposal halting trade in rhino trophies and products be rejected at an upcoming meeting. “We also welcome CITES’ acknowledgement of the recent

significant steps taken to improve the management of rhino hunting,” said Environment Minister, Edna Molewa, in a statement.

The CITES secretariat said that South Africa had taken “significant steps to improve its management of rhino hunting.”

Kenya has proposed that a zero export quota be put in place in Swaziland and South Africa, which has the world’s largest white rhino population and allows legal hunts.

Rather than trophy hunting having a negative impact on white rhino population, it said, “Available information suggests the contrary.”

It is one of dozens of proposals on the global wildlife trade that will be voted on at next month’s meeting of the 176-member country body in Bangkok.

South Africa overhauled its rhino hunt rules amid a scandal over abuse of permit system that saw poachers organized to pose as marksmen to smuggle horns to the international market.

No firearms on domestic & regional Comair flights

Effective March 1, 2013, Comair will no longer be accepting firearms for carriage on any domestic or regional flight operated by both the British Airways and Kulula brands. This includes all hunting rifles, or any weapon requiring special handling, that may not be carried as either hand luggage or checked baggage. Passengers who hold bookings on any BA/Comair or Kulula flight after this date will need to make alternative flight bookings. Please note, this information only applies to southern African flights and does not apply to British Airways international flights between London and South Africa.

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TPWD Scoping Potential Special White-Winged Dove Area Regulations

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be gathering input on possible dove hunting changes in conjunction with upcoming public hearings in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. The department will be scoping the expansion of the Special Whitewinged Dove Area (SWWDA) and the associated reduction of mourning doves in the daily bag limit to two during this early four-day season. The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m., to be followed by scoping sessions, and are set for: • March 7 – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, NRC Rm. 1003, 6300 Ocean Dr. • March 12 – San Antonio, Lions Field Community Center, 2809 Broadway

Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which regulates hunting seasons on migratory game birds, including doves, approved an expansion of the current SWWDA boundary in South Texas. The boundary would be expanded east to Interstate Highway 37 (see map). This change would approximately double the size of the SWWDA.

“This regulation change would allow more hunter opportunity on an expanding and increasing population of white-winged doves in South Texas,” said Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD Dove Program Leader. The USFWS has expressed concern about potential increased harvest of mourning dove in the SWWDA as a result of the proposed expansion. If Texas accepts the expansion, the USFWS is mandating a two bird daily bag limit reduction for mourning dove during the early season in the SWWDA.

Currently, the daily bag limit during the early season is 15 doves with no more than 4 mourning doves and 2 white-tipped doves. The regulation change would modify the daily bag limit to 15 doves with no more than 2 mourning doves and 2 white-tipped doves. The public is reminded that a number of other fishing and hunting related issues will be covered at these meetings and not limited to this possible regulation change. Additionally, public input on the dove zone scoping items can also be submitted electronically at http:// feedback/public_comment/scoping/ by email to Shaun Oldenburger at shaun.oldenburger@tpwd., or in writing to Shaun Oldenburger, PO BOX 788, San Marcos, TX 78667.

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Proposed Boundary Change for the Special White-Winged Dove Area

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Field your team of four… HoustonPBS annual sporting clays fundraiser

Break for 8 – HoustonPBS Sporting Clays Challenge Friday, April 19, 2013 Greater Houston Gun Club Mark your calendars and don your Tattersall, tweeds and breeks for Break for 8, Channel 8’s annual sporting clays challenge. Great for client entertaining and team building. Featuring an exceptional lunch by Brennan’s of Houston and the craftsmanship of London’s Holland & Holland. The event benefits HoustonPBS’s beloved children and educational programs. Secure your team of four today. Call Stephanie Carroll, 713-743-8458, for more information.

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Benefiting HSC and the HSC Hunting with Heroes Program

thursday, May 30


Greater Houston Gun Club

Houston Safari Club is pleased to announce that our 2013 HSC Shoot for the Troops Sporting Clays Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 30th 2013. Over the years, this event has proven to be extremely popular with the great fellowship, fabulous raffle items and good times had by all. This year’s proceeds will continue to fund HSC and the HSC Hunting with Heroes Program. The focus of this program is to provide hunting opportunities to those who have been wounded while serving our country. The 2012 shoot raised over $150,000. Our goal in 2013 is to raise over $200,000. We believe this goal is obtainable as we are already off to a great start. Please see the attached Sponsor Commitment page. Each year Shoot for the Troops hosts 30 to 40 wounded warriors, most of which are from this area, including some that are still recuperating at the V.A. Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. This not only gives them an opportunity to enjoy a day of shooting, but gives us an opportunity to say THANKS! We appreciate your consideration of this program and any level of sponsorship you would be willing to participate in helps tremendously.   Experienced and novice shooters alike are encouraged to attend. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends out for a fun filled day of shooting and help raise money for a truly rewarding cause.


Trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams in each of three (3) Lewis Classes, as well as individual awards (raw score only) for Men’s HOA, HOA Runner-UP, Ladies HOA, and HSC Club Champion. 1st and 2nd place teams will win awards for the Team Flurry.


raffle, silent & live auctions, games & More

There will also be a fantastic selection of raffle items, silent & live auction items and a SPECIAL PRIZE for the winners of the ever popular Blaser Long Bird Challenge. Auction and raffle drawings will take place after the awards ceremony.

Food & Fun

Food and drinks will be provided to shooters and paid attendees. Alcoholic beverages will be available to non-shooters and shooters once they are finished shooting for the day.

Tournament Schedule: Thursday May 30, 2013 8-9:00 am 8:00 am Open 9-9:15 am 9:15 am 12-2:00 pm 1-2:15 pm 1:15 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm

Morning flight registration 4-man flurry, Blaser Long Bird, silent auction and raffle – Safety riefing and instructions Shooting begins for morning flight Afternoon flight registration Safety briefing and instructions Shooting begins for afternoon flight Dinner Calcutta & Super Final Awards ceremony, live auction, raffle & door prize drawing

Registration Information

Registered shooters will receive 76 targets, ammunition, cart use, commemorative hat, registration bag, food and drinks Team Entry Fee: Individual Entry Fee: Team Sponsor Levels: Dinner Only: Mulligans: shooter 4-Man Flurry: Raffle Tickets: Shooting Cart Raffle Ticket:

$600 per 4-man team $150 per person $1,000 to $10,000 (see below) $40.00 per person $10 each – limit of five (5) per $25 per person/$100 per team $20 each or 6 for $100 $50 each

How to Register Fax: Fax completed registration forms to 713-623-8866 Mail: Mail completed registration form with payment to: Houston Safari Club, 4615 S.W. Freeway Ste. 805. Houston, Texas 77027 Phone: Call in your registration and payment information to 713-623-8844 Notes: • •

Please reference the team name and/or the team captain name when registering as an individual shooter or when making an individual payment

HSC is a 501-C4 organization. Please consult your tax advisor or the IRS concerning the deductability of any payments.

Official Tournament Rules • • • • • • •

No alcohol is allowed before or during shooting activities – no exceptions. Safety Glasses and Hearing Protection are required in all shooting areas.

Ammo is PROVIDED. 12 and 20 gauge only. If you plan to shoot 28 gauge or .410, you must bring your own or purchase ammo from Greater Houston Gun Club. Gun actions must be kept open and unloaded except when in the shooting stations.

Team scoring will use the Lewis Class system and allow for the use of purchased mulligans. In the event of tie, awards will be determined by a scorecard shoot-off. Individual HOA awards will be determined by RAW SCORE ONLY and will be determined by scorecard shoot-off in the event of a tie. You must be present to win door prizes.

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Bush Telegraph March 3  

The March 3rd 2013 Issue of The Bush Telegraph Newsletter

Bush Telegraph March 3  

The March 3rd 2013 Issue of The Bush Telegraph Newsletter