STAG & DOVE SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: KYLE FRITZ

How long have you been a member of HSCF?

I have been a member for nearly a year and half

Why did you become involved in SDS?

I saw an opportunity to connect with like-minded young professionals who had a passion for the outdoors and conservation that could help further my own knowledge and make a long-term impact on the rights of hunters and conservationists. 

What is your favorite part about being an HSCF and/or SDS member?

I love getting to connect with older, more experienced, members who can give insight and advice about all things, not just hunting. I believe there Is so much the older generation can teach us about conservation and life in general and are a resource for the next generation. 

What is your goal as an SDS leader?

I hope to continue to bridge the gap between the older generation of HSCF and SDS. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience that we as the younger generation need to be looking to for guidance.  

What is your career field?

Finance

Preferred hunting weapon-rifle, shotgun, or bow?

Rifle 

What is the one item you would have if you were shipwrecked on an island?

Satellite phone

What was your most challenging hunting experience?

Growing up we would hunt deer in 16-24 inches of snow. It made it extremely difficult to get to and from our spots as well as not to make too much noise.

What has been your favorite hunt trip so far and why?

I recently returned from a 7-day hunt in Patagonia Argentina for Red Stag during the rut (or the roar as they call it). It was an amazing and primal experience to hear and see these animals during their mating season and is something I will always recommend someone to do. 

Do you have a bucket list hunt you are working towards?

I’ve always dreamed of hunting Red Stag in New Zealand, specifically the South Island. Also, on my bucket list is Northern Arizona elk!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Gotta be to fly!

Why should young professionals join the Stag and Dove Society?

Joining SDS will allow young professionals to expand their network with individuals who share like-minded values and initiatives while also working towards a common goal of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage.


ABOUT THE STAG & DOVE SOCIETY

Stag & Dove Society (SDS) is a leadership group made up of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 39 years old, who are rising leaders across a range of industries. Members, through their time, talent and resources, help expand the capacity and advance the mission of HSCF. Stag & Dove Society helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and supporters of HSCF.

Stag & Dove Society is a gateway to engage talented volunteers, connect with other young professionals and other HSCF members, and raise awareness among a younger generation to ensure the longevity and support of our organization.

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(Houston, TX- August 2, 2022): Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) recently awarded its annual Dan L Duncan scholarships. Houston Safari Club Foundation is committed to furthering the education of students pursuing careers in the outdoors, supporting the future of tomorrow’s conservation leaders and protecting the future of hunting.

HSCF’s Dan L Duncan Scholarship Program annually awards scholarships to students involved in the study of Wildlife Management, Range Management, Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Science. This year, twenty-one scholarships were awarded. Since the program’s inception in 1999, 646 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $2.92 million dollars. Most of this year’s recipients were at the PhD and Graduate level of study.

HSCF proudly recognizes and encourages students, who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character, through its prestigious scholarship program. HSCF understands the future of conservation depends on the education of bright and gifted scholars who will work to protect hunter’s rights and wildlife conservation for decades to come. Many past HSCF scholarship recipients have become some of the top thought leaders, decision makers, educators, and research scientists in the conservation world.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 646 scholarships totaling $2.92 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at wehuntwegive.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.

HSC Opposes H. R. 8262 Sec. 439: Permit Prohibition For Trophies

This bill is focused on appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, and for other purposes. HSC opposes section 439 related to Permit Prohibition which states the following: None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to issue a permit for the import of a sport-hunted trophy of an elephant or lion taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, or Zambia. The limitation described in this section shall not apply in the case of the administration of a tax or tariff. This division may be cited as the ‘‘Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023’’.


Cottonwood Fix

Houston Safari Club requested the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources favorably report the Bipartisan Manchin/Daines Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to S. 2561, the “Cottonwood Fix”. Since the Ninth Circuit Court issued the 2015 Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. United States Forest Service (Cottonwood) decision, the Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have been required to reinitiate consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Land Management and Forest Management Plans at the programmatic level when new Endangered Species Act (ESA) information came to light. This continues to block and slow many essential USFS forest management, wildlife habitat enhancement and wildfire fuel reduction projects. On October 21, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) testified before the Committee that unless action is taken to resolve challenges stemming from the 2015 Cottonwood decision, the agency will have to go through re-consultation, regardless of the merit, on over one-hundred forest plans that “will take years and cost millions of dollars,” threatening to undermine the Administration’s 10 Year Wildfire Crisis Strategy.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Exclusion Regulations; Significant Implications of Anticipated ESA Regulatory Revisions

The proposed rescission or revision of recent final rules creates regulatory uncertainty for all stakeholders. The Services’ rationale for pursuing rescission or revision have been summary and without effective substantive explanations. While there are various interpretations of what qualifies as or constitutes habitat for a particular species, a regulatory definition is needed for effective implementation of the ESA. The need for a consistent and workable definition of habitat is underscored by the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in a previous case that identifying habitat is a necessary precondition by which to assess whether an area can qualify for designation as critical habitat. Similarly, given the availability of judicial review of decisions not to exclude an area from critical habitat, the public and stakeholders need greater transparency and certainty regarding the critical habitat exclusion process. The planned rescissions, reversals, and regulatory changes may create confusion and obstacles for ESA implementation. Also, the Services run the risk of inviting more litigation to the process, scope, and substance of their actions. For more information: https://www.fws.gov/press-release/2022-07/service-rescinds-endangered-species-act-critical-habitat-exclusion


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols, and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy, and legislation. Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.

An Outdoor Writer Tells the Never-Before -Told Story of Returning a Vast African Wasteland to its Former Glory as One of the World’s Premier Wildlands in Bringing Back the Lions!


Come see and hear the author, Mike Arnold, September 7 at our monthly meeting! ‘Conservation Through Hunting’ 

September 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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WATKINSVILLE, GA (July 12, 2022) — For generations, conservationists around the world have spent billions of dollars and countless hours trying to restore wildlife and wildlife habitat in areas of sub-Sahara Africa decimated by many factors, including poachers, corrupt governments, hungry local populations, and a lack of education and experience in how to balance current needs and wants with long-term, sustainable goals that benefit both wildlife and local people. And while these efforts often produce short-term results, long-term successes have been few and far between. In Bringing Back the Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed Ecosystem in Mozambique, world-traveling outdoor writer Mike Arnold details how a small group of professional hunters and their partners turn a decimated and near-barren backcountry into one of the world’s premier African wildlands.

 

By the early 1990s, the once magnificent natural area known as Coutada 11 in Mozambique’s Zambeze Delta is poached-out and in ruins, a tragic but common situation in today’s wilderness areas. The arrival of hunting safari outfitter Mark Haldane and his many and varied partners began a decades-long, difficult – and often hilarious – journey to take the defiled and uninhabitable place and make it whole again. The result is both a modern conservation miracle and a blueprint for others to follow across Africa and around the world.

 

“With the earth’s population approaching 8 billion, working with local people to conserve wildlife is an urgent necessity, not an option, especially in Africa,” said Ludo Wurfbain, Director, Rowland Ward Foundation. “To be successful, conservation projects need to benefit local people, increase wildlife and habitat, and sustain fair-chase hunting opportunities. Bringing Back the Lions tells the story of how the restoration of the ecosystem and the social and economic advances of a local community in the Zambeze Delta have gone hand-in-hand. Mixing his personal experiences as a hunter in the region with an in-depth look at the challenges and hard work that have gone into this initiative, Arnold brings this fascinating conservation success story to life.”

 

“Professor Arnold’s work is a wonderful mix of travelogue, adventure yarn, historical novel, and environmental odyssey — an uplifting tale of ecological and social restoration,” said Ian Sherman of Oxford University Press.

 

Bringing Back the Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed Ecosystem in Mozambique, is due out on July 12, 2022, and will be available at booksellers everywhere and at www.mikearnoldoutdoors.com or by CLICKING HERE.

 

About Mike Arnold

The Hunter’s Horn blew very early for Mike. Since the age of five he has spent months each year pursuing game animals – from quail and rabbits behind his parents’ house, to kudu and leopard in Africa, and Brocket deer in Mexico. Combined with his love of the outdoors and hunting is Mike’s passion for conservation and science which he pursues as a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia.

 

Mike has more than 150 published articles, including outdoor feature pieces in Sports Afield, Hunter’s Horn, Safari Magazine, and African Hunting Gazette. Mike also produced two TEDx presentations on the topic of conservation-through-trophy-hunting. Media outlets such as Science Magazine, The New York Times, and National Public Radio continue to contact Mike for interviews covering his research. He has published hundreds of science articles and four books on topics including conservation biology.

 

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Karen Lutto
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(Houston, TX- July 7, 2022) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce their continued partnership with WildLife Partners.

Since 2016, WildLife Partners has supported HSCF’s mission to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. The continued support of Wildlife Partners demonstrates their commitment to conservation and education.

Chris Gilroy​, WildLife Partners Co‑Founder and CCO, stated, “For the sixth straight year, we are very excited to renew our partnership with the Houston Safari Club Foundation. The relationship with the club and its members has been an incredibly positive aspect of our company’s business. It only gets better each and every year. Not only does the financial commitment provide a great ROI, but we have also developed friendships that will last a lifetime.”

“The support provided by WildLife Partners makes it possible for HSCF to continue its efforts to promote conservation at home and abroad, implement youth outdoor education programs and experiences, and helps to secure hunting opportunities for future generations,” states Joe Betar, Executive Director, Houston Safari Club Foundation.

About WildLife Partners
Wildlife Partners is an innovative wildlife conservation company. Our model marries the desire to do good for the world with economic incentives. It has been proven that wildlife conservation does not have to be centered around an altruistic approach funded by donations. When it is accentuated by for profit motives, outsiders that would otherwise not participate, join the fight to save species from extinction. The benefits are gratification from doing a great thing for our planet, active participation in wildlife breeding/ranching, cash flow distributions and up to 100% tax deductions.

We currently serve more than 400 private landowners in Texas and more than 150 conservation minded investors throughout the United States. Through our approach, landowners in Texas and beyond have learned how to convert their private ranches into cash flow producing wildlife sanctuaries. Additionally, we have a vehicle that provides non-landowners the ability to own wildlife, participate as a breeder, get hands on experience, generate revenue and convert tax dollars into usable assets. We have produced results and our partners love what we do! For more information, visit our website at wildlifepartners.com or call 1-866-377-3000.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 550 scholarships totaling $2.5 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at wehuntwegive.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.

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(Houston, TX- July 7, 2022) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce registration is now open for their annual sporting clays tournament, to be held Thursday, October 6, 2022.

“Clay Crushing For Youth” is an annual fundraising event hosted by Houston Safari Club Foundation. Funds raised are dedicated to HSCF’s ​youth outdoor education programs, outdoor experiences, and outdoor career awareness programs. The event provides for an enjoyable day of shooting, fellowship, and fun. Experienced and novice shooters alike are welcome and participants do not have to be a member of HSCF. The event will be hosted at Greater Houston Sports Club. The tournament registration will begin at 9:00 am, with a 10:00 am start time.

All adult & youth shooters are invited to participate. The tournament uses a four-person team format. Teams may be comprised of male, female, youth, adult, professionals or beginners. Individual shooters will be squadded with other shooters to complete a four-person team. Lunch, beverages, raffles, flurries, and mulligans will be available. Sponsorships are also still available. To learn more: https://hscfdn.org/events/sporting-clays-tournament/.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 625 scholarships totaling $2.8 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at wehuntwegive.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.

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