As this year’s pandemic has halted and altered our daily routines, some industry sectors were greatly affected on how they would continue doing business as mandatory restrictions were set in place. One of the industries that were greatly affected was the Travel Industry. Bans and prohibited travel had our industry issuing refunds and managing credits at a magnitude that we had not seen in over two decades.

International routes into the United States are becoming more available but are still limited due to the lack of demand on these routes. It is best to secure flights with a carrier that is actively flying to and from your home country, to increase your flexibility of travel for any future cancellations or schedule changes.

For US hunters and travelers, travel is permitted to those countries which are open for international visitors such as, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Turkey, Tajikistan are all open for travel. Most of the countries require a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate which must be issued within a certain period prior to departure or arrival. These vary from within 48 hours prior to departure for Zimbabwe to within 14 days of arrival for Zambia. Please refer to the Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Regulations Map link below for the latest information.

For non-residents traveling to the US, make sure you fully understand the requirements to enter the USA. Check requirements for a visa to enter the USA here. For those countries which are visa exempt make sure you apply for the required ESTA travel authorization. Click here for more details.

Admission and Transit Restrictions to the USA for non-resident visitors (at time of publication):
– Passengers arriving or transiting Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter and transit the USA.

At the time of this publication, there are no current restrictions in the state of Texas for COVID testing or Quarantine. Travel restrictions are being placed or lifted daily, we are constantly having to monitor these changes and communicate this information to our clients. Some of the websites that we utilize daily are listed below to get up to date information.

FAQ’s

Where can I find the latest updates on travel restrictions?
Please refer to Iata’s Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Regulations Map

Is there a policy that airlines must follow regarding flight rebooking or refund for trips canceled due to COVID-19?
Each airline will have its own policies regarding refunds and flight re-bookings, subject to local rules and regulations. Please check with your airline or speak with your travel agent.

What can passengers do to protect themselves from an infection?
The range of simple measures advised by WHO are effective even for passengers on a flight: careful hand-washing on a regular basis, or at least hand sanitize, avoiding touching other people, covering coughs and sneezes (and then hand-washing), avoiding traveling if becoming unwell, and avoiding contact with anyone who appears to be unwell.

How high is the risk of contracting a virus on a plane?
Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol.


US Department of State-
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html

Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Regulations Map
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

Texas Department of State health Services
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/travelers.aspx

(Houston, TX- November 11, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation, as part of its efforts to support the future of hunting, shooting sports, conservation and youth education, recently awarded $78,000 in grants to various organizations. 

Grants were provided to Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, Conservation Force, the Isibaya Leopard Conservation Project, the HSCF’s Veterans Outreach Program, the Texas Wildlife Association, the Spring Branch FFA Clay Crushers shooting team and the Wild Sheep Foundation. HSCF also provided $1,500 in funding to support the outdoor education programs at Hargrave High School and Crosby High School. HSCF has granted over $4 million in grants to protect and promote the future of hunting, shooting sports, education, conservation, habitat, and wildlife. The programs supported are based both domestically and abroad.

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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Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts

More than 45 years after gray wolves were first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt was at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to announce that state and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species.


President Trump Signs S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act

The law will Commission a study by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the pathways and mechanisms of the transmission of CWD in the United States; establish a CWD task force to develop an interstate action plan for state and federal cooperation relating to the disease; establish a program to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to compensate livestock producers for losses due to predation by federally protected species such as wolves or grizzly bears; authorize the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue depredation permits to livestock producers to allow for the taking of black vultures or common ravens under specified circumstances during calving or lambing season; establish a Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize for technological innovation to reduce human-predator conflict using non-lethal means; authorize funds to combat the threat of invasive species; and encourage partnerships among public agencies and other interested parties for promoting fish conservation.

Censorship Of Hunters By Social Media

Houston Safari Club joined forces with America’s Media Watchdog (mrc.org), The Hunting Consortium Ltd. and several other organizations to present a letter of to Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for US Public Policy at Facebook. The purpose of the communication was to communicate discontent and frustration with Facebook and Instagram’s censorship of legal, regulated hunting. In recent years, there has been a marked increase in hunting-related content being removed or censored for breaching “community standards.” It clearly states in the platforms’ community standards that hunting is acceptable. However, Facebook has removed thousands of hunting and non-hunting images ties to The Hunting Consortium Ltd. and has blocked their instant messaging, link sharing and content sharing capabilities.


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.

(Houston, TX) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce its quarterly publication, Hunter’s HornTM, was awarded an honorable mention for design excellence (Ozzie) in Folio’s annual 2020 awards, in the Design Category for Single Magazine Issue/Association/Nonprofit/Charity.

For more than 25 years, the Eddie & Ozzie Awards have recognized excellence in engaging content and gorgeous design across all sectors of the publishing industry—and 2020 is no different! This year’s winners list features the crème de la crème of content creators and designers—a pool of roughly 300 winners narrowed down from thousands of entries.

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) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce its quarterly publication, Hunter’s HornTM, was named a Gold Winner in the 2020 Marcom Awards in the nonprofit print magazine category.

MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. The largest, most prestigious creative firms in the marketing and communication field compete for MarCom recognition.

MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital and web professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the community.

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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is continuing to plan for its 2021 Convention. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and international travel bans, the 2021 Convention has been moved to February 26-28, 2021, in Hall A3, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

“We are very disheartened to see our conservation partners and peer organizations being forced to cancel or modify their annual conventions. When an organization is unable to pair outfitters and manufacturers with the public and raise funds for wildlife, habitat and education programs which promote the future of hunting and conservation, no one wins. HSCF continues to work through the daily and everchanging conditions of planning for our annual convention. Our focus is on the safety and well-being of attendees and exhibitors alike. We greatly look forward to joining together with all of our friends, in a safe manner, to celebrate hunting and the outdoors!” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director.

In coordination with state, local and venue authorities and their respective guidelines, protocols have been established to assist in the safe gathering of HSCF convention attendees and exhibitors. At this time, temperature checks, self-assessments and masks will be required for all Expo attendees. Banquets will be modified to allow for reduced seating at each table and adjusted spacing between tables. Ongoing updates will be posted to the HSCF website at hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/ and hscfdn.org/convention/exhibitor-info/.

The 2021 HSCF Convention, themed as CONNECTIONS! is a three-day experience featuring hunting and fishing outfitters, hunting gear, clothing, firearms, artwork, jewelry and more from around the world! Meet with outfitters! Purchase HSCF gear! Become a member of HSCF! Purchase a chance to win great prizes in our Big Expo Raffle! The banquets and auctions are fun-filled events offering opportunities to meet and greet fellow hunters and take home incredible auction items. The ladies take charge on Friday as they present the Gazelles Luncheon, a lively event for gals and guys alike! Friday evening festivities include a live auction, games and more. The weekend of fun culminates at our Saturday evening gala featuring a grand live auction and much more.

A few booth spaces are still available for Exhibitors. More information and booth applications may be found at hscfdn.org/convention/exhibitor-info/ or by contacting Nancy Oka CMP, CPCE, Director of Events & Membership at 832.804.8959 or nancy@wehuntwegive.org.

Banquet and Expo tickets and attendee information may be found at hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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- October 8, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and ‘Hunting Matters’ welcomes Tim Knesik and Mike Tippit of Capital Farm Credit.

Tim Knesek is the Capital Farm Credit Market President for the Houston Sales Region which is made up of 14 lending offices located within the Southeastern part of Texas.  Tim began his career with the Farm Credit System in 1987 working in the South Texas market area before moving to the La Grange office in 1995 where he focused on lending in the Houston/San Antonio/Austin triangle.  In January 2020, Tim began leading the 14-office sales team which serves the Houston Market footprint.  Tim obtained his undergraduate and his graduate degrees from Texas A&M University. Tim and his wife Susan live on their small farm near La Grange and have two adult daughters, Jordan, and Madison.  Both daughters, and grandson Hudson, have enjoyed many hours with Tim sharing his love for the outdoors.

Dennis M. “Mike” Tippit is a Regional VP of Sales with Capital Farm Credit in the Houston Market Area. Mr. Tippit is a 24 year veteran of the Farm Credit System starting out as a Summer Intern at the Farm Credit Bank of Texas in 1996 and eventually becoming a full-time employee later that year with Capital Farm Credit after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. Mr. Tippit earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004. He has worked in and/or led lending teams in 10 different offices in South and Southeast Texas during his tenure with Capital Farm Credit. Mr. Tippit’s area of expertise is in long term real estate lending, particularly in urban markets. He lives in Katy, Texas with his wife, Stephanie, and their 4-year-old daughter, Sara.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. Also available as a podcast following live airs on the KPRC 950 website, Apple/iTunes, iHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker!

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 600 scholarships totaling $2.7 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences for hundreds of students each 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- October 5, 2020) The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund has awarded a grant to Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) in support of HSCF’s youth outdoor education programs.   

“HSCF is extremely appreciative of the support provided by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris and the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund team,” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director. “These funds are critical in helping HSCF implement our youth outdoor education programs which provide outdoor education, in the classroom and in the field, to hundreds of students each year.”

As the premier outdoor and conservation company, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s supports initiatives inspiring everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. It is creating North America’s largest conservation movement to collectively shape the future of the outdoors and all who love it for generations to come.

About the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund
Under the visionary leadership of founder Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is leading North America’s largest conservation movement. Together with our partners in conservation, we’re positively shaping the future of the outdoors through donations, grant-making and advocacy. The 501c3 Outdoor Fund raises funds to support conservation efforts by activating more than 200 million passionate sportsmen and women rounding up their purchases in Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores.

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- October 1, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and ‘Hunting Matters’ welcomes Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

A native of Central Texas, Smith developed his passion for wildlife and the out-of-doors at a young age while roaming his family’s farm and ranchland interests in Gonzales, Williamson, and Edwards Counties. He has a wildlife management degree from Texas Tech and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University. As a wildlife biologist, he has worked on projects across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

He serves on a number of conservation-related boards and advisory councils, including the Texas Land Trust Council and the Katy Prairie Conservancy. As the past Chairman of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of that association and is the former President of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He also served as Chair of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and is a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club, a lifetime member of the Texas Bighorn Society, the Dallas Safari Club, and the Houston Safari Club. 

Smith was named an outstanding alumnus by both Yale University and Texas Tech, and he was honored by the Audubon Society with their Victor Emmanuel Conservation Award, by the Texas Wildlife Association with the Sam Beasom Conservation Leader Award, by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas with the 2016 International Award of Excellence in Conservation, and with the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist Award. Prior to joining TPWD, Smith worked in conservation for the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy of Texas (TNC), where he served as the Texas State Director. 

At TPWD, he is responsible for overseeing an agency of 3,300 professionals in 13 different divisions, including Wildlife, Law Enforcement, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, and Inland Fisheries.  Smith has been particularly active in the areas of private lands conservation, the acquisition of additional state parkland and wildlife management areas, securing state funding for state parks, children in nature initiatives, conservation and mitigation initiatives stemming from the Deepwater Horizon incident, and the state’s management response to chronic wasting disease.

Carter, his wife, Stacy, and their son, Ryland, reside in Austin. They remain very active in managing family farm and ranch holdings in Central and North Texas.  Smith is also an avid bird and big-game hunter, fisherman, and general all-around outdoors enthusiast. 

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the iHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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- September 23, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) announces its support of ‘The Harvest’ movie.  

The Harvest’ is a film with contemporary characters addressing relevant Christian themes through a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle. The film focuses on faith and the fishing, hunting, and outdoor lifestyle with unique insights into hunting’s positive effect on conservation, economics, and health. ‘The Harvest’ takes viewers along for a journey into America’s hunting heritage and the hunting lifestyle.

If you are interested in learning more about the project and how you can donate, visit theharvestmovie.com or contact the film’s creators at theharvestmovie1@gmail.com. The project seeks to unite our industry and illustrate the power of the outdoors when united, to advance this project and any other pro-industry initiative’s that will arise in the future.

About The Harvest Movie
The Harvest is a film with contemporary characters addressing relevant Christian themes through a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle. Join us as we strive to be stewards of the land and water and respect our resources while enriching lives through our faith. Learn more about The Harvest at www.theharvestmovie.com

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- August 24, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) announced today that it had received a grant $45,239 from The MidwayUSA Foundation in support of HSCF’s youth and shooting sports education and outreach programs.

The MidwayUSA Foundation has been a long-time supporter of HSCF’s youth programs include the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) conducted at HSCF’s Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention. Through this program, HSCF annually hosts hundreds of area high school students for a day of career introductions to outdoor-related professions. HSCF also provides and supports various programs which introduce a new generation of young people to the outdoors. These programs include interactive experiences in the classroom, in the field and on the water. HSCF also provides ongoing support of high school and collegiate competitive shooting teams.

MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director, G. Scott Reynolds stated, “We at MidwayUSA Foundation are proud our grants go to deserving and impactful organizations such as the Houston Safari Club Foundation.  HSCF youth programs are industry best practices which support and educate our country’s young people on hunter safety, conservation, and outdoor activities. They are strong supporters of national R3 initiatives and youth shooting sports, and we are proud to call them a MidwayUSA Foundation partner!”

The MidwayUSA Foundation has continually demonstrated their commitment to the education and support of young people in the arenas of shooting sports and outdoor education,” stated HSCF Executive Director, Joe Betar. “Their support is critically important in sustaining HSCF’s education and R3 efforts and we so appreciate their support of our organization!”

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.

About MidwayUSA Foundation
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain and grow the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Every donation made is tax-deductible and allows the Foundation to assist in expanding and enhancing the leadership skills, confidence, and discipline of today’s youth through shooting sports activities. The Foundation supports all shooting disciplines. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570. Additional Information: dfarris@midwayusafoundation.org

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(Houston, TX- August 20, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Rob Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

Rob Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, currently oversees policy and personnel for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service.

In his previous work in the private sector, Wallace was focused on working with ranchers, energy companies, conservationists, and regulators to balance the needs of conservation and energy development in the West. A native of Evanston, Wyoming and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Wallace’s government experience includes time as both a seasonal ranger and, later in his career, assistant director of Legislative and Congressional Affairs for the National Park Service.  He has been chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Wallop (WY-R), Republican staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and chief of staff to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. In the private sector, he led U.S. government relations for GE Energy where he co-chaired the Government Relations Operating Council. The council coordinated the company’s energy advocacy throughout the world.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the iHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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- August 13, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes New York Times Best Selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Hunter.

Stephen Hunter is a New York Times Best Selling author of 20 novels and the retired chief film critic for the Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. In 1968, Hunter Graduated with a degree in Journalism from Medill School at Northwestern. From there, he went on to Military service, becoming one of the guards honored at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, using his journalism degree, Hunter became a writer at the Baltimore Sun and was the paper’s first film critic by 1982. From there, he assumed a position with the Washington Post in 1997. Having found his true niche, Hunter became highly successful as a film critic, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his movie criticism and a Distinguished Writing Award with ASNE.

Hunter has penned 27 novels, short stories, and novellas. His “Bob Lee Swagger” character has been featured in 11 novels, including “Point of Impact”, which was adapted for film and TV as “Shooter”. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the IHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is announcing new dates for their Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and international travel bans, the 2021 Convention has been moved to February 26-28, 2021, in Hall A3, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Other changes include moving the Gazelles luncheon to Friday, February 26th.

“Like many organizations, we are exploring every contingency to allow the opportunity for our international exhibitors to present their products and services at our annual event. Our focus is on the safety and well-being of attendees and exhibitors alike. Social distancing and other precautions will be in effect, based on the situation at that time. We greatly look forward to joining together with all of our friends, in a safe manner, to celebrate hunting and the outdoors!” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director.

The 2021 HSCF Convention, themed as CONNECTIONS!, is a three-day experience featuring hunting and fishing outfitters, hunting gear, clothing, firearms, artwork, jewelry and more from around the world! Meet with outfitters! Purchase HSCF gear! Become a member of HSCF! Purchase a chance to win great prizes in our Big Expo Raffle!

Our banquets and auctions are fun-filled events offering opportunities to meet and greet fellow hunters and take home incredible auction items. The ladies take charge on Friday as they present the Gazelles Luncheon, a lively event for gals and guys alike! Friday evening festivities include a live auction, games and more. The weekend of fun culminates at our Saturday evening gala featuring a grand live auction and much more.

Hotel reservations are open now. Banquet registration will be open soon. For tickets and information go to hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/ or call 713.623.8844.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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- August 6, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation recently awarded its annual scholarships as part of the Dan L Duncan Scholarship program. 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 currently involved in the study of Wildlife Management, Range Management, or related studies. This year, 24 scholarships were awarded in the total amount of $120,000. Since the program’s inception in 1999, 600 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $2.7 million dollars. HSCF proudly recognizes and encourages students, who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character, through our 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 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- August 6, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Jon LaCorte, Co-Founder of TRACT Optics.

Jon grew up in Queens, NY, just a short train ride from Manhattan, where he attended LaSalle Academy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York Institute of Technology. Most people cannot understand how he could have grown up being a hunter. The fact is that hunting has been a family tradition for many generations in his family. His earliest hunting memories were following his father, grandfather and uncle into the upstate NY woods chasing squirrels. Every weekend was spent scouting or hunting for whatever game was in season. He harvested his first deer at the age of 13 and has hunted in many US states, several Canadian provinces and 3 continents. Jon is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and Certified Range Safety Officer. He enjoys virtually every shooting discipline, but hunting is his passion. Supported by a very loving and supportive wife and 2 children, his faith is what guides he and his family, and it is through the strength in his faith, the support of his family and the love and passion for the outdoors that he was given the opportunity to make TRACT Optics a reality.

Having spent 15+ years working in product development and marketing for the hunting optics division of Nikon Sport Optics, Jon learned a great deal not only about optics, but virtually every aspect of the outdoor industry, from sales to logistics, inventory control to press relations, advertising to customer service. He worked to develop patented reticle systems as well as expanded the product offerings from just a few SKU’s to a plethora of options in not only riflescopes, but binoculars, rangefinders, and spotting scopes. Jon has gone on to co-found TRACT Optics, a company that is laser focused on providing the customer, not only a great product and a great value, but a truly awesome experience. Learn more at tractoptics.com.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the IHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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

(Houston, TX- July 29, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Lloyd Love, Outdoor Education Teacher at Pasadena Memorial High School, Pasadena Independent School District.

Lloyd has been an educator for 36 years, coaching cross country, track, and football. His students won District Team Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  For eight years straight, beginning in 2008, his students were Regional Boys Cross Country Qualifiers. As a NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) archery coach, his students have advanced to state and national qualifiers.  In 2018, they were Texas State Runner Up in 3d IBO (International Bowhunters Organization) competition and advanced to the Eastern National Qualifier of NASP in Louisville, Kentucky.  In 2019, his students won NASP IBO 3D Texas State Championship and qualified again for the NASP National Championship.  These students went on to attend the Western Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT, where they tied for 3rd in 3d IBO and 5th in NASP bullseye.

Lloyd has been twice awarded “Teacher of the Year” recognition, at the campus level and received the Pasadena ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.  He is also a two-time recipient of the “Creating Magic in the Classroom” award. He was also named the Dallas Ecological Foundation Outdoor Adventures Educator of the Year in 2016 and Educator of the Year for Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2018. Lloyd has assisted in developing curriculum for students and teachers to receive their certification at the state level of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Hunter’s Education, Bow Hunter Certifications, and Boater Education.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the iHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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.

(Houston, TX- July 22, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) applauds The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of this historic legislation to promote conservation and increased public land and water access for opportunities for sportsmen and women.
The Great American Outdoors Act will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years to address the decimated infrastructure on America’s public lands and waters. The National Park Service will receive $6.5 billion in funding and $3 billion will be included to repair and maintain public land infrastructure overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

From the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation: The inclusion of funding specifically for BLM, USFWS, and USFS lands and waters will ensure that Americans have the ability to access critically important hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities. Over 246 million acres, or 99%, of BLM lands are open to hunting and fishing while the USFS reports that 99% of the 193 million acres it administers are open to hunting and at least 99% of USFS administered rivers, streams, and lakes are open to fishing.

Collectively, BLM, USFWS, and USFS annually support more than 25 million hunting days and nearly 45 million fishing days, highlighting the importance of these lands for America’s sportsmen and women as well as the outdoor economy. Additionally, funding to address these agencies’ maintenance backlog will create over 100,000 employment opportunities. The Great American Outdoors Act also provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually. LWCF is one of the most successful and influential conservation programs in our nation’s history. GAOA
also ensures $15 million annually is dedicated to increase public access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Great American Outdoors Act now awaits the President’s signature.

Congratulations to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and all of our fellow peer organizations and individuals that have worked so hard, for so many years, to bring this critical piece of legislation to fruition. And our sincere thanks to each of you that contacted your legislators to make this a reality.


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.

California’s legislation, SB 1175, would ban both the importation and possession of eight commonly hunted African species, including taxidermy received after 2020. These species include: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, giraffe, hippo, hyena, and zebra. 

HSCF opposes this bill in that it is an attempt by the CA state government to supersede the permitting authority of the USFWS, as it relates to the possession or importation of legally harvested game animals. 

This bill would enact the Iconic African Species Protection Act and would prohibit the possession of specified African species and any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, including, but not limited to, the African elephant or the black rhinoceros, by any individual, firm, corporation, association, or partnership within the State of California, except as specified for, among other things, use for educational or scientific purposes by a bona fide educational or scientific institution, as defined.This is an attempt to pass legislation and gain bill support, hidden behind the veil of an ongoing public health crisis, stating that its intent is to prevent the spread of zoonotic disease and prohibit wet markets.

The obvious goal is an attempt to place a ban on the import of legally harvested game animals from Africa.  In no way would this bill benefit wildlife species.

This legislation is not enforceable and would be preempted by federal law under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 6(f), 16 USC Sec. 1535(f). States cannot permit what is prohibited by the ESA or prohibit what is authorized by an ESA exemption or permit. 

Voice Your Opposition to the California State Committee Today!
https://awpw.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff

(Houston, TX- July 22, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Kristi Heuring, Chief Marketing Officer, Everest.com

Kristi Heuring, a Tennessee native and now Texan, is a 26-year marketing veteran, 16-year industry veteran and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Everest, the first-of-its-kind online community and marketplace specifically for the outdoors world. 

Kristi’s prior experience includes leading the marketing efforts for Aguila Ammunition where she launched their first U.S. branding campaign as well as producing the inaugural Aguila Cup. Kristi’s industry experience also includes Aimpoint Red Dot Sights, International Hunter Education Association, National Bowhunter Education Association and Blaser/Sauer/Mauser. 

Kristi’s exposure to hunting and shooting began as a child growing up with a father that hunted and owned a hunting and fishing store for some time.  Today, she enjoys hunting with her father, husband and industry friends.  Kristi lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and teenage children.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the IHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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 15, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Jeff is the President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF). Jeff joined CSF in 2002 and brings nearly 40 years of experience in on-the-ground natural resource management and policy expertise at the federal, state, and international levels.

A life-long outdoorsman, Jeff spent five years working in the U.S. Congress and was instrumental in establishing the Maryland legislative sportsmen’s caucus prior to joining CSF. In addition, he has experience developing wildlife habitat management plans in the United States and South Africa. During his eight years in Africa, Jeff obtained his professional hunter’s license and guided hunts for big game animals.

Jeff serves as the Chairman of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC), a federal advisory council that reports to the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior. He is a past Chairman of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), the largest coalition of hunting conservation organizations. He is a Boone and Crockett member, a member of the Government Affairs Committee for Safari Club International (SCI) and served as Vice-Chairman of Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee for the National Rifle Association (NRA). Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, on most major podcast platforms including iTunes, the Apple Podcasts, the IHeartMedia, Google, Overcast, and Spreaker.

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 10, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), as a member of  The American Wildlife Conservation Partners, is proud to have participated with other conservation partners, in the development of  Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI.

The document contains recommendations for the next White House Administration and the next two Congresses, as they relate to wildlife, habitat, access, and recreation. Adoption of these recommendations will improve federal agencies’ stewardship of our nation’s fish, wildlife, and habitats and enhance access to federal lands and waters for outdoor and wildlife-associated recreation, which contribute significantly to the quality of life and economic well-being of our citizens and future generations.

The Outdoor Recreation Economy was estimated at 2.2 percent of our nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2017, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and is growing. Conserving native fish and wildlife populations and the landscapes that they depend on is essential to sustaining this important part of our economy and national identity. The document may be viewed and downloaded in its entirety here.

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 15, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) announces the launch of a
summer online auction to help raise funds to support HSCF’s outreach efforts in youth education,
scholarship and conservation grants.

Firearms enthusiasts should absolutely check out this auction! The online fundraising auction features 10 select firearms, in various calibers, from Blaser, Sauer and Mauser. Items up for bid include the following: Blaser R8 Professional 300 WinMag; Blaser F16 Game Standard; 12-gauge (3″); Sauer 100 Ceratech .243 Win; Mauser 18 .30-06; Mauser 18 .308 Win.; Sauer 100 Pantera .300 Win. Mag.; Sauer 100 Pantera 6.5 PRC; Sauer 100 Cherokee 6.5 Creedmoor; Sauer 100 Ceratech .270 Win; Sauer 100 Cherokee 7mm Rem. Mag.

The online auction will begin at 12:01 am on July 15th and ends at midnight on July 30th, 2020. Interested bidders may participate in the HSCF “10 FOR CONSERVATION”  auction here!

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 9, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) proudly announces its continued partnership with WildLife Partners, LLC.   

WildLife Partners, LLC has renewed its sponsorship agreement with HSCF. With this agreement, the two parties have once again partnered to support HSCF’s mission to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage.

Chris Gilroy​, WildLife Partners Co‑Founder and CCO, stated, “For the fourth year in a row, we are pleased to continue our partnership with Houston Safari Club Foundation.  The relationships we’ve built with the organization and its members has been amazing for our business. We believe our mission of preserving wildlife from all over the world by giving it an economic value through a capitalistic approach is a great compliment to HSCF’s mission. And it’s all being done right here in the great state of Texas.”

“WildLife Partners has been a long-time supporter of our organization. HSCF is deeply grateful for their advocacy of our outreach programs in education, scholarship and conservation in promoting the future of hunting,” stated Joe Betar, Executive Director, Houston Safari Club Foundation.

About WildLife Partners, LLC
WildLife Partners has developed the most innovative conservation program to have ever been implemented. By marrying conservation with a capitalistic approach, we have attracted millions of dollars of investment capital. The investment is directed specifically towards breeding sustainable populations of threatened and endangered wildlife from all over the world. Because these animals have value as living creatures and can easily be sold to other conservation minded people, there is a seeming unending market for them. Breeding these animals can be highly profitable while simultaneously giving participants an emotional gratification that they are protecting wildlife that likely won’t exist in the future without programs like ours. 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 8, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Luke Hilgemann, President/CEO of Hunter Nation and HN Foundation.

As President and CEO of Hunter Nation and HN Foundation, Luke helped build and execute a strategic plan to help this new organization grow its membership to nearly 30,000 in one year while simultaneously building a world class team focused on protecting God, Family, Country and our Hunting Heritage. Hunter Nation Foundation was also formed with a vision of activating hunters to vote their values on a more consistent basis. HN Foundation launched the “Hunt the Vote” initiative in early May with the goal of identifying, persuading, and activating 500,000 hunters in priority states who have not voted in the last two election cycles to vote their values and protect our hunting lifestyle in 2020 and beyond. 

A Wisconsin native, Hilgemann has spent his life fighting for limited government and personal freedom. Before joining AFP, he did that work through a number of roles in the Wisconsin legislature, working his way to Chief of Staff for the State Assembly’s Majority Leader. Luke currently resides in Wisconsin with his wife Jayme and their three children. In his spare time, Luke enjoys hunting, fishing, and passing on the outdoor heritage on to his kids.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, here by downloading the SPREAKER app to any of your devices! Or, listen via the Spreaker app online, at spreaker.com/show/hunting-matters

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, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce its quarterly publication, Hunter’s HornTM, has received an award from Graphic Design USA for the second year in a row.

Hunter’s HornTM was recognized as part of Graphic Design USA’s 2020 American Inhouse Design Awards™ in the “Publication In The Design Annual In Print & Online” category. For 57 years, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions that spotlight areas of growth and opportunity. These awards are the original and premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers, recognizing their talent, the special challenges they face and, most important, the value they bring to their businesses and institutions. In 2020, more than 6,000 entries were submitted with only the top 10% being recognized as winners.

“Congratulations to Carla Nielsen, HSCF’s Marketing & Publications Manager, Madavor Media, HSCF’s publishing partner, and Alliance Graphics & Printing, for receiving this well-deserved award.”

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, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce its approval as one of the newest member organizations of the International Council For Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC).

The Houston Safari Club Foundation is now a member of the international family of the CIC. The approval follows the ratification of new members, which took place electronically in May (given the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic). “We are extremely proud and pleased to join the international membership ranks of CIC as a member, joining forces to preserve wild game and hunting.” stated Joe Betar, Executive Director of Houston Safari Club Foundation.

The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) is a politically independent advisory body which aims to preserve wild game and hunting. To achieve this goal, the CIC promotes the sustainable use of wildlife resources. The mission of the CIC is to promote and support the conservation of wildlife and related landscapes, local communities, and traditions through sustainable use including hunting.

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- Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.3742) as an amendment to the Moving Forward Act.

With passage out of the House of the Moving Forward Act, which includes the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.3742), legislation has now moved forward to help create over 33,000 new jobs annually, supporting future economic growth in the outdoor recreation sector through infrastructure improvements, and help fund improvements for imperiled species and their habitats. The $1.4 billion annual investment from the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would lead to an additional $3.36 billion of economic output, a net positive gain of $1.96 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and direct much needed funding towards restoring habitats and species and rebuilding both natural and recreational infrastructure in urban and rural communities.

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 1, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Rob Neilson, Co-Founder and President of The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation.

Rob Neilson grew up in Mississippi and moved to Texas in 1987. Rob has been bowhunting over forty years throughout North America covering seventeen states along with four Canadian Provinces. Rob has also hunting Africa and New Zealand. Rob is a Life Member of Houston Safari Club, Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International and other conservation organizations. Rob is an understudy of Dr. Ed Ashby and is a Co-Founder and President of the Ashby Bowhunting Foundation, a 501c3 science-based non-profit organization with over forty-five years of combined outcome driven research and data gathered worldwide validating the studies making it the leading global authority on arrow and broadhead lethality.

The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation has partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife to assist with Bowhunter Education and currently holds arrow lethality seminars for hunter ed instructors and bowhunters. The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation works with multiple conservation organizations and has also entered into a collaborative partnership with the Houston Safari Club Foundation to be a source of information for HSCF members.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, by downloading the SPREAKER app to any of your devices! Or, listen online, at spreaker.com/show/hunting-matters

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 1, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has announced the launch of its July Membership Campaign!
 
Sign up for a one (1) year , three (3) year, five (5) year, corporate or life membership, during the month of July, and HSCF will provide you a free one (1) year digital membership for you to gift to someone else! And, both you and your gifted member will be entered into a random drawing to win a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card!
 
Join Houston Safari Club Foundation today at  https://hscfdn.org/membership/join/
 

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- June 23, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation is pleased  to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation.

The MOU signifies a collaborative partnership between the organizations to advance conservation goals and benefit sportsmen and women. The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation’s goal is to provide the bowhunter with the information to achieve highest possible success rate and reduce the wound/non-recovery rate of big game to the lowest level possible.

“Ashby Bowhunting Foundation is excited and honored to enter into a MOU with HSCF, a leading conservation organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. We are glad HSCF has embraced the science based outcome driven research to assist bowhunters,” states Rob Neilson, ABF Co-Founder and President. 

“HSCF is pleased to join forces with the Ashby Bowhunting Foundation and bring the years of experience, knowledge and technology accumulated by Dr. Ed Ashby, to our membership, and helping to provide techniques for optimal bowhunting success,” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director.

The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation
The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation’s goal is to provide the bowhunter with the information to achieve highest possible success rate and reduce the wound/non-recovery rate of big game to the lowest level possible. Through a program of continuing research, the Foundation seeks to find the most lethal arrow setups, considering all possible hits under real hunting conditions, and to make the results of this testing available to the global bowhunting community free of any cost, utilizing multi-media outlets for information and test results.

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- June 19, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation fully supports the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

The U.S. Senate has passed the landmark conservation legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and 51 other Senate members. The Great American Outdoors Act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and addresses the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands.

This critical legislation will help rebuild our national park infrastructure and address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects throughout the U.S. park system while supporting more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years.

Companion legislation (H.R.7092) was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Cunningham (D-SC). The President has signaled his support of the bill. Contact your U.S. Representative here to voice your support for the Great American Outdoors Act.

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- June 24, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Chester Moore, award-winning wildlife journalist and conservationist

 

Chester is Editor-In-Chief of Texas Fish & Game magazine and contributes to Sports Afield, Hunter’s Horn, Deer & Deer Hunting, Tide, The Lakecaster and many others. He is host of “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and of The Higher Calling podcast. Chester has authored 15 books including Hog Wild: Hog Hunting Facts, Tips & Strategies, Texas Waterfowl and Flounder Fever. He is a lifelong hunter and angler who enjoys everything from bowhunting wild turkeys to surf fishing for sharks to fly fishing for rainbow trout.

His heart is for conservation and youth. He was awarded the Advocatus Magni award in 2020 from the National Wild Turkey Federation for his work with wild turkeys, the Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy award in 2017 for his work with children and wildlife and was named a “Hero Of Conservation” by Field & Stream magazine. Altogether he has won more than 150 awards for conservation, writing, radio and photography. He and his wife Lisa operate the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® and Wild Wishes® programs which give wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness, in the foster system or who have lost a parent or sibling. Their latest project is Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions which takes teens from those programs into the forest and mountains to mentor them in using photography and video to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation.

His favorite animals are wild sheep and his most amazing wildlife encounter was cage diving with great white sharks in the Pacific. His most important roles however are as a follower of Christ, husband, father, and mentor.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, by downloading the SPREAKER app to any of your devices! Or, listen online, at spreaker.com/show/hunting-matters

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- June 10, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and other conservation partners in encouraging individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors while practicing #ResponsibleRecreation.

CSF, along with other conservation organizations, recently launched the ResponsibleRecreation campaign as an effort to encourage Americans to responsibly enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to COVID-19 public health practices and natural resource stewardship principles.

Whether participating in hunting, fishing, recreational shooting or other outdoor opportunities, these activities support mental and physical well-being while social distancing and are a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Our nation offers abundant public lands and waters for Americans to enjoy while participating in a variety of activities in a safe and constructive manner.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSF and other partners have been working with governors and other state leaders to keep these viable opportunities open and accessible to the public.

“HSCF has been a long-time partner of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and applauds this vital initiative to promote outdoor activities during this specific time and beyond.” states Joe Betar, Executive Director, HSCF.

#ResponsibleRecreation seeks to engage all outdoor enthusiasts by encouraging safe and responsible recreation. Maintaining opportunities for these activities also supports critical conservation funding during this time of economic uncertainty, while also supporting the businesses that drive the outdoor recreation economy.

To take the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge and learn more about the campaign, please visit www.responsible-recreation.org.

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 Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Carr.

Jack has published three political thrillers, The Terminal List, True Believer, and now his third, Savage Son, which came out in April of this year. Chris Pratt is set to star in and executive produce The Terminal List, along with Antoine Fuqua, for an upcoming Amazon series.

During his time as a US Navy SEAL, Jack led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, Task Unit Commander, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the drawdown of U.S. Forces.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am CST on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station, and Houston’s longest running radio station. Listen live online here. You may also listen to each episode as a podcast, following live airing, by downloading the SPREAKER app to any of your devices! Or, listen online, at spreaker.com/show/hunting-matters

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- June 8, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation as part of its effort to support the future of hunting, shooting sports and conservation, recently awarded $26,500 in grants. 

Grants were provided to support Children’s Kingdom Ministries/Wild Wishes, an organization that grants wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness or loss of a parent or sibling. This program hosts teens on expeditions to teach wildlife conservation through mentorship in wildlife photography, social media awareness raising and fundraising skills. Another grant was provided to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to help restore desert grasslands for the benefit of mule deer and other wildlife species. HSCF also funded the Zambeze Delta Safaris Conservation group of Mozambique by purchasing much needed motorcycles for their anti-poaching/conservation unit patrols. In addition, HSCF funded the award-winning collegiate shooting teams from Liberty University. 

HSCF has granted over $4 million in grants to protect and promote the future of hunting, shooting sports, education, conservation, habitat, and wildlife. The programs supported are based both domestically and abroad. 

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- Houston Safari Club Foundation has been honored with a 2020 Communicator Award of Distinction in the category of Magazine-Association for Marketing/Promotion, for its quarterly hunting publication, Hunter’s Horn® Magazine.

The 26th annual Communicator Awards winners were recently announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded by passionate communications professionals over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, mobile, audio, video, and social content the industry has to offer

“We are very honored to be recognized by the AIVA,” says Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director. ” Congratulations to Carla Nielsen, HSCF’s Marketing & Publications Manager and the team at Madavor Media, HSCF’s publishing partner, for achieving excellence in communication.”

HSCF finds itself in good company as other Award of Distinction winners in the Design and Print-Marketing/Promotion category included Bank of America, Dell Technologies, American Airlines, PepsiCo, and others.

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.

(Houston, TX- June 2, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting 

Matters” welcomes outdoor personality Razor Dobbs. To say Razor is a passionate hunter is an understatement.

A survivor of a wild boar attack and a nearly fatal elephant charge, he lives the highs and perils of hunting that he dreamed about when he was a kid. Razor is recognized for being one of the most talented pistol hunters on the planet. The book, The Custom 1911, published by Gun Digest, states that Razor is a “Handgun Hunting Sensation” due to his 20 years of successfully taking a huge number of game including being the first person to kill an African Cape Buffalo with a 10mm auto pistol (Razor has killed two Cape buffalo with the 10mm auto pistol). Razor has taken more big game with the 10mm auto pistol than anyone. Over the past 25 years of hunting with the 10mm auto, Razor has successfully hunted desert mule deer, elk, whitetail, Cape buffalo, nilgai antelope, zebra, hogs, turkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, red lechwe, gemsbok, springbok, and many other species.

“Hunting Matters” airs each Saturday from 6am-7am on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station and Houston’s longest running radio station. It is also downloadable in podcast format. For more information, sign up for the free HSCF newsletter here or visit wehuntwegive.org/huntingmatters.

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- May 18, 2020) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has announced the launch of its new Guardians of Hunting Program!

The Guardians of Hunting Program provides an opportunity for donors to support the mission of HSCF. 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. Quite simply, we work on behalf of hunters to promote the future of hunting, wildlife, and habitat. HSCF has provided over $2.5 million in scholarships, over $4 million in conservation grants, and annually provides hunting immersion and education programs to hundreds of young adults.

Proceeds from this program go towards HSCF’s youth education, scholarship and grants programs which support wildlife, habitat, and anti-poaching initiatives. Will you be a GUARDIAN OF HUNTING?

To learn more about the HSCF Guardians of Hunting Program: https://hscfdn.org/guardians-of-hunting/.

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 Safari Club Foundation is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation. The MOU signifies a collaborative partnership between the organizations to advance conservation goals and benefit sportsmen and women. The Ashby Bowhunting Foundation’s goal is to provide the bowhunter with the information to achieve highest possible success rate and reduce the wound/non-recovery rate of big game to the lowest level possible. Learn more at ashbybowhunting.org

As the world struggles with the pandemic known as COVID-19, the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® is inspired to take action for kids.

“We know many kids are being impacted by the coronavirus and we want to give them some inspiration,” said co-founder and Houston Safari Club Foundation member Chester Moore.

“Our program Wild Wishes® grants wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness or loss of a parent or sibling. And if there is anything critical out there now it is this virus. Unfortunately we can’t go visit kids or have them come to us now, but we can go to them-through Facebook’s Facetime and other applications.”

Any animal-loving child up to 18 years of age who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is quarantined due to someone living in their home having it now qualifies for a special outreach.

“We will work with their families to schedule live video encounters with our animals. We will let them even interact with us and some of our animals and have a special look at the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center’s amazing creatures. We will send them a few cool items as part of a special care package as well,” Moore said.

To connect you can text 409-920-2063 or email chester@chestermoore.com.

“COVID-19 might stop us from getting to see kids face to face for now  but it can’t stop us from giving them amazing encounters and bringing love to them in a dark time.”

For more information on the Wild Wishes program go to www.wildwishes.org

 

Every day our sponsor Global Rescue will supply an update on the current Covid-19 outbreak. Checkback every day, we are doing our best to help keep you informed.

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One of our Outfitter friends asked us to post this message:

Today sees the jubilation of anti-hunters and so called conservationists in the fact that Botswana’s elephant hunting season has been put on hold because of Covid-19, this in itself may be a small victory for the masses but a huge calamity for communities, hunting operators and all associated operations that rely on a regular income generated from the hunters dollar in Africa.

With the continued spread of the global pandemic that is effectively shutting down the entire world very little thought is given to the people that are the true custodians of the African wilderness, the hunting safari operator and professional hunter.

Does the general public or “key board warrior” truly think that the “stay home – stay safe” slogan is absorbed by the poacher in the village or the ivory trader in the town? They can both now take advantage of and hoard the benefits of the distracted authorities to their advantage and the inevitable illegal smuggling of the goods once shipping and cargo routes resume operations in full.

Cancelling a hunt in Africa is like sticking a knife into an already open wound, we as operators and Ph’s try our best to utilize every dollar paid to the betterment of a wild population of game no matter where our concessions are, from Cameroon to Mozambique, Senegal to South Africa, conservation of our heritage and our wildlife is at the forefront of any hunting operation. In cancelling a hunt, we lose those vital dollars that can still be utilized for anti-poaching operations, Covid-19 is hopefully not out in the wide-open spaces of Africa. We rely on that income and those dollars to allow us to continue our operations even though the rest of the world is closing down. We want to be there when the poacher crosses the boundary line, we want to be there to find the poachers snare or confiscate the poachers stollen rifle or home-made musket.

With you as the hunting client postponing your hunt to a later date rather than cancelling outright you are helping us to help preserve what we all love, the African wilderness, the wild animals that freely roam it and the continued effort of all of us to maintain a presence in those wilderness areas to stop poaching.

This presence however requires money and salaries must continue to be paid, with your postponement rather than cancellation we can continue to do that.
I thank you for your time and your continued support in a time of great concern for everyone.

Postpone rather than cancel and save Africa and her wildlife.

Not Your Average Girls Trip

By Meagan McElya

When most women plan a getaway with their girlfriends, the first destinations that come to mind are usually associated with tropical drinks or poker chips. But this group…this group of eight ladies from Texas could never come close to being like “most women.”

Let’s start with the fact that we hardly knew each other when this whole thing started. We were a diverse group consisting of childhood friends, professional colleagues, and in my case, a mother/daughter pair. Having never visited South Africa, I was so excited when I received an invite from Monica and eager to experience such a new and exciting destination not only with my mom, Michelle, but with some of the coolest chicks I had just met that same day over our first glasses of wine at the Houston airport.

Monica, by far the most seasoned traveler to South Africa, kindly leveraged her personal relationships to coordinate travel itinerary, lodging, professional hunting services, photo safari locations, shopping sprees, you name it. She did a wonderful job creating an enjoyable trip for both groups: The ladies who were hunting, and the ladies who were strictly wanting to enjoy some R&R while capturing photos on safari. You see, not all of us are hunters. And that wasn’t a bad thing! It actually provided a great opportunity for sharing knowledge and having an open dialogue about conservation efforts and how the hunting experience was so much more than just the harvest of an animal. I just so happened to be on the trip for both reasons and had absolutely no idea at the time how fulfilling and exciting that would be.

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With swollen ankles and a hankering for a large glass of wine, we stepped off of the final flight into the Port Elizabeth airport. Walking through the arrival gate, we met up with our professional hunters, Juan, Ashley and Rudolph (Rudy), whose South African accents (and toned, tanned legs) were about the warmest welcome a group of ladies could ask for. We loaded our things into the back of each of their vehicles, and our caravan headed to the first destination: Africano Country Estate in Addo.

To break up the commute, Juan had made plans to drive through Addo Elephant National Park, the third-largest national park in South Africa. I was in awe of how beautiful and unique they were. I’d have to say that my favorite was the surprisingly photogenic male warthog who decided to stop mid-stroll for a drink just as we pulled past him, almost posing for the camera.

I’m sure Rudy will tell you how I asked him about the agriculture industry as we traveled from one area to the next. I was fascinated by how similar some of the growing environments were to those that I had experienced back in Texas. Citrus fields were present up to the driveway of the Africano Country Estate, where we arrived just before sunset to settle in for a relaxing night of enjoying dinner and the company of new friends. The suites at the estate were breathtaking, featuring a large outdoor shower and a twinkling, starlight ceiling right above the bed.

That evening we mingled and exchanged stories over a gourmet meal of various sushi dishes and, of course, a few bottles of wine. And when I say a few, I mean we kept them coming to the table until we lost count. This created the perfect environment for loads of laughter and almost instant new-found friendships. After ordering a nightcap to enjoy by the fire, we all returned to our suites for the evening, excited about the plans Juan had shared with us for the days ahead.

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) named its annual award winners at its 2020 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention, which was held January 24-26, 2020 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The annual event is HSCF’s largest fundraiser.

HSCF presented their 2020 Photo and Hunting Awards at its annual banquets. Of note, Pierre C. Vorster of Pierre Vorster Safaris was presented the 2020 HSCF Outstanding Professional Hunter of the Year. Gary Glesby and Jerry Rubenstein were named as HSCF’s Outstanding Hunters of the Year. Tim Richardson was presented the first annual HSCF Conservationist of the Year award. Julianne King was presented as the 2020 Frank Green Award winner and Kevin Ormston received the 2020 HSCF President’s Award for outstanding service and commitment to the organization. Tommy Kolwes and Dixon Ashorn, of Capital Farm Credit, were recognized for their long-term commitment to hunting, farming, ranching and conservation.

HSCF sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Capital Farm Credit, Wildlife Partners, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Enterprise Products, Shoppa’s John Deere, Conroe Taxidermy, Global Rescue, B&B Taxidermy, TWG Travel, Pro Cargo USA, NRA Hunters Leadership Forum, Texas Hunt Lodge, Alliance Graphics & Printing and Let it Fly.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has concluded its 2020 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention, which was held January 24-26, 2020 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The annual event is HSCF’s largest fundraiser.

The Expo featured almost 300 exhibitors from North America and around the world, with attendance reflecting a sizeable increase over 2019. All three fundraising banquets were at capacity. Funds raised at Convention support HSCF’s scholarship, youth education and grants programs. Entertainment included high-energy performances from Don Felder, renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles and comedian Tom Papa. Aurelia Skipwith, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was the keynote speaker, providing an inspirational message of her and the agency’s commitment to hunting, habitat and wildlife.

Trey White, 2020 HSCF Convention Chairman stated, “The Houston Safari Club Foundation’s 2020 Convention and Worldwide Hunting Expo was a great success. The event was highlighted by US Fish & Wildlife Director Aurelia Skipwith’s rousing defense of sport hunting as key to conservation, at our Saturday night gala. We would like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers for all that they do for HSCF.”

Exhibitor registration is now open for the 2021 Convention here, which will take place January 22-24, in downtown Houston, at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.

HSCF sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Capital Farm Credit, Wildlife Partners, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Enterprise Products, Shoppa’s John Deere, Conroe Taxidermy, Global Rescue, B&B Taxidermy, TWG Travel, Pro Cargo USA, NRA Hunters Leadership Forum, Texas Hunt Lodge, Alliance Graphics & Printing and Let it Fly.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce Texas Best Ranches as its newest Foundation Partner. Texas Best Ranches specializes in helping people realize their dreams of becoming landowners and so much more.

Texas Best Ranches provides their clients the opportunity to own Texas’ best properties, providing a comprehensive approach to land ownership and management. Jeff Soele and his team at Texas Best Ranches continue the client partnership long after the sale, offering consultation in ranching as a business, tax guidance, ranch development and exotic game and livestock management. Jeff brings 30 years of experience in buying and selling ranches, as a licensed Realtor and real estate Broker, to every relationship. Texas Best Ranches specializes in live water ranches, hunting and exotic ranches, and creating dreams & “changing lifestyles”.

Jeff Soele, owner of Texas Best Ranches states, “Running a ranch as a business center creates many tax advantages that improve your asset and increases value.”

“Houston Safari Club Foundation is greatly appreciative of Jeff and Texas Best Ranches for supporting our continuing mission to promote the future of hunting and welcome them as a valued HSCF partner.” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director. 

 

About Texas Best Ranches

Texas Best Ranches has been buying and selling Texas quality live water and hunting ranches for 30 years. We need inventory and have buyers! We have unlimited proven resources, a proven marketing plan and a team of experts including CPA’s and Attorneys on staff, specializing in water development, accounting, property management, fence-building, brush control, land clearing, wildlife biology, whitetail and exotic species and more!

 

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 $2.4 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 hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce it has been honored with a 2019 American Graphic Design Award.

The Fall 2019 issue of Hunter’s Horn has been awarded a 2019 American Graphic Design Award for Publication Design!

For 56 years, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Awards is the original and the flagship, open to everyone in the community and honoring outstanding work of all kinds and across all media. These awards honor the best designs of the year.

Roughly 10,000 entries were submitted; a highly selective 10% were chosen as winners.

“We are honored to be recognized by GDUSA,” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director. “Congratulations to Carla Nielsen, HSCF’s Marketing & Publications Manager and Madavor Media, HSCF’s publishing partner, for receiving this well-deserved award.”

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 $2.4 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat and 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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), as part of its effort to support the future of hunting and conservation, has awarded $62,500 in grants this year.  

These grants were provided in support of research, wildlife conservation, habitat preservation, high school and college sporting clays teams, anti-poaching Ranger patrols in Africa, and advocacy for issues affecting America’s sportsmen and women on both federal and state level, following a comprehensive review process.

HSCF has granted over $3.7 million to protect species and habitats the world over. These projects include research, sustainability, species promulgation, wildlife management, water projects, urban sprawl, anti-poaching and other efforts. HSCF is a leading advocate for hunter funded conservation initiatives, which currently make up 99% of the wilderness conservation programs in existence today. Without these programs in place, and the billions of dollars generated in the hunting industry annually, wildlife would quickly become endangered by an imbalance of nature, species overpopulation, habitat destruction, urban encroachment and other threats.

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 $2.4 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat and 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 –Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), is proud to announce the award of twenty-five (25) scholarships as part of its Dan L. Duncan Scholarship Program. The winners were chosen from hundreds of extremely qualified applicants.

Recipients must have a desire to protect and promote the sport of hunting and the principles of conservation. Applicants for these scholarships are undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Wildlife Management and/or Range Management. Recipients also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and complete a thorough application process including recommendations, transcript reviews, and in some cases, providing thesis information.  

The HSCF/DLD Scholarship Selection Committee awarded twenty-five (25), $6,000 scholarships, totaling $150,000. To date, HSCF has awarded 550 scholarships totaling $2.4 million dollars.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), a worldwide leader in hunting, conservation and education, 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 $2.4 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided almost $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat and 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 –Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce its Platinum status as determined by GuideStar.

The 2019 GuideStar Ratings for HSCF and HSCF are now Platinum. Platinum is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar. The Platinum badges are displayed on the HSCF website at wehuntwegive.org.

About GuideStar

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Each year, millions of people use GuideStar information to make decisions about nonprofits and the work they do. Donors explore charities and issues they want to support. Nonprofit leaders benchmark their organizations against their peers. Funders research grantees. GuideStar gathers, organizes, and distributes information about U.S nonprofits. GuideStar USA’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

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 $2.4 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 –Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce the launch of its HSCF Membership mobile App complete with the digital HSCF membership card.  

HSCF members will now be able to proudly present their HSCF Membership Card from their smart phones, tablets and computers. The HSCF App provides quick access to updated information, making it simple for members to stay informed about HSCF activities, outdoor industry news and legislative information. Through the App, HSCF members will be able to obtain information on HSCF events, special member offers, HSCF event registration, HSCF publications, HSCF merchandise and more! The HSCF digital membership card allows members to proudly carry their card anywhere they go! As a benefit of membership, HSCF members can show their digital membership card at the annual HSCF Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention (January 24-26, 2020) and receive free entry to the Expo. HSCF members will have exclusive access to download the App from the Apple Appstore, Google Play and via the internet.

HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar states, “HSCF is committed to identifying new ways to improve the delivery of information and the overall user experience for our members. The implementation of the new HSCF App and digital membership card is designed to meet these initiatives.”

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 –Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Republic Country Club to present “The Huntin’ & Outdoor Show” event on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 12pm-6pm.

The Huntin’ & Outdoor Show” is presented as a kickoff party for hunting season in Texas! Live music, delicious BBQ, vendors and more! Exhibitors from the Houston area and beyond will be on hand to present hunting and fishing gear and trips, outdoor gear and more for the outdoor enthusiast. Live music will be provided by the Josh Fuller Band.  

Businesses interested in exhibiting should sign up for a booth today at www.RepublicCountryClub.com. Exhibitors will receive an 8’x8’ booth space and table, BBQ lunches for 4, PLUS 100 tickets to give to customers or clients which includes admission to the show ($25 value), free parking and a free barbeque meal.

Don’t miss this great event! Everyone is invited! Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.RepublicCountryClub.com .

RCC owner and radio personality Michael Berry said, “We’ve wanted to do this event since we opened six years ago. It’s finally happening. We knew we wanted to partner with Houston Safari Club Foundation, because they are the advocates for conservation and the love of outdoors. We want to encourage the father-son and father-daughter experiences that were passed down for generations to continue. This is first of what we hope will be many of these events.”

About Republic Country Club

Republic Country Club & BBQ is a barbeque restaurant, concert venue, and event space. The club is a membership organization, but also opens to the public for convention-type events.  Learn more at www.RepublicCountryClub.com

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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.

Houston, TX –Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce their annual Sporting Clays Tournament.

The 2019 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at Greater Houston Sports Club. Join us for a great day of shooting & fellowship. Experienced and novice shooters alike are encouraged to attend. The shoot is open to the general public and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising event. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends out for a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a truly worthy cause.

HSCF will proudly host and recognize Veterans that have participated in HSCF outdoor excursions over the past year as well as area youth shooting teams. Come out and cheer them on! Food trucks will be present for breakfast and BBQ from Red River BBQ will be served for lunch. There will be games and great prizes including a chance to win an all expense paid  Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour complete with distillery tours and tastings at Stitzel-Weller, Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam, with a private tour leader, a 3-night stay in Louisville, KY plus airfare for 2 people. In addition, prizes include a Fausti Caledon shotgun, a Daniel Defense M4 Carbine V11 and a Camp Chef Smokepro DLX Pellet Grill. Registration and sponsorship details may be found here or by calling 713.623.8844. Sign up today!

Proceeds support HSCF’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the protection of hunters’ rights. Funds raised go towards youth education programs, scholarships and conservation grants. HSCF greatly appreciates and recognizes our sponsors for this event: JP Services (Title Sponsor); Moyer Lewis & Patton, LLP, Pintail Hunting Club, Red River BBQ, Sam Skipper Co., Silver Eagle Distributors/Budweiser, Aqua Hydrate, Space City Services, La Gloria Land Co., Cokinos, Capital Farm Credit and Wildlife Partners.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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.

Houston, TX –Houston Safari Club (HSC) was proud to be present on July 8th, 2019, as President Trump provided updates on the administration’s policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth.

President Trump stressed the United States’ successful initiatives in economic growth and energy production with simultaneous advancements in conservation, recreational access of public lands, and the restoration and protection of U.S. land, air, and waters.

Conducted in the east wing of the White House, HSC, represented by Executive Director Joe Betar, attended the conference alongside other leaders in conservation, Cabinet Members and Agency Secretaries. In attendance and providing remarks was U.S. Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. A transcript of President Trump’s remarks may be found here. The President’s full remarks may be viewed here.

Houston, TX – For the fourth consecutive year, WildLife Partners, LLC and Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) are partnering to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage.

Chris Gilroy, Co-Founder and CCO of Wildlife Partners states, “We are very pleased to be renewing our corporate sponsorship with Houston Safari Club Foundation. The business and personal relationships we’ve built with its membership have exceeded our expectations by leaps and bounds. This is easily some of the best money we spend annually for our company.  It’s truly a partnership and not just a donation.”

HSCF President Mitzy McCorvey states, “We are proud to continue our involvement with Wildlife Partners. Their program goes hand in hand with what we, as an organization, strive for in the areas of conservation and education.  We hope for a long and continued partnership, working together, protecting the sport of hunting.”

About Wildlife Partners, LLC

WildLife Partners has developed the most innovative conservation program to have ever been implemented. By marrying conservation with a capitalistic approach, we have attracted millions of dollars of investment capital. The investment is directed specifically towards breeding sustainable populations of threatened and endangered wildlife from all over the world. Because these animals have value as living creatures and can easily be sold to other conservation minded people, there is a seeming unending market for them. Breeding these animals can be highly profitable while simultaneously giving participants an emotional gratification that they are protecting wildlife that likely won’t exist in the future without programs like ours. For more information, visit our website at wildlifepartners.com or call 1-866-377-3000. 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), as part of its effort to support the future of hunting and conservation, announces the award of almost $30,000 in grants.

Recently, the HSCF Grants Committee and Board of Directors announced the award of multiple grants. The Liberty University Shooting Team received support for their national shooting team. A grant was also provided to the Ridge Point FFA Booster Club in support of their high school shooting team. The Bay Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America received a grant to replace equipment for their shooting program. Finally, a grant was provided to The Tashinga Initiative to support a remote Ranger field station situated on the mouths of the Chewore and Zambezi Rivers.

HSCF Grants Committee Chairman Shaun Nelson states, “At HSCF our primary grants mission is to support hunting, conservation of hunting rights, land stewardship and educational programs that are focused to that end. We have been very consistent over the years in the support of our primary mission, hunting. After all is said and done, we are a club, an organization, and a foundation of like minded individuals who want to see our hunting traditions grow and flourish. And we want to be able to share those experiences with our friends and fellow club members. HSCF will continue to seek out opportunities to give grant monies where it directly impacts our mission, preservation of hunting.”

HSCF has granted over $3.7 million to protect species and habitats the world over. These projects include research, sustainability, species promulgation, wildlife management, water projects, urban sprawl, anti-poaching and other efforts. HSCF is a leading advocate for hunter funded conservation initiatives, which currently make up 99% of the wilderness conservation programs in existence today. Without these programs in place, and the billions of dollars generated in the hunting industry annually, wildlife would quickly become endangered by an imbalance of nature, species overpopulation, habitat destruction, urban encroachment and other threats.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce its entertainment lineup for their Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention, to be held January 24-26, 2020 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

The Friday night banquet will feature Don Felder, renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. Don is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted with the Eagles back in 1998, and was also inaugurated into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2016 and the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. Felder spent 27 years with the Eagles, who have sold over 150 million albums worldwide to date and own the fine distinction of recording the top-selling album of all time-Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which has sold over 38 million copies (and counting). Co-writer of such hit songs as “Victim of Love,” “Those Shoes,” and his most popular co-creation, “Hotel California”.

The Saturday night banquet features comedian Tom Papa! With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage. Tom is the Head Writer and regular performer for the legendary radio show, “Live From Here”, heard regularly by the 2.6 million fans of the weekly radio show. Tom’s third hour-long stand-up special, “Human Mule”, premiered on Amazon and Hulu on March 9. Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld, Tom hosted the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons. Tom had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, and starred in his own NBC series, “Come to Papa”.

HSCF’s Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention, themed TOGETHER 2020, is a three-day experience featuring hunting and fishing outfitters, gear, clothing, firearms, artwork, jewelry and more! Don’t miss the banquets and auctions-exciting events offering opportunities to meet and greet fellow hunters and win incredible auction items. For tickets and information please go to hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/ or call 713.623.8844. Banquets will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce Gun and Trophy Insurance as its newest Foundation Partner. Gun and Trophy Insurance provides all-risk insurance coverage for guns, trophies and hunts including theft, flood, earthquake and terrorism.

Gun & Trophy Insurance is a proven industry leader in price and coverage for firearms collections as well as taxidermy collections and hunt replacement coverage. As an HSCF Foundation Partner, Gun and Trophy Insurance will donate 5% of all new policies to HSCF for each new policy. To learn more about this offer and the HSCF Member Rewards Program, go to hscfdn.org/giving-back/member-rewards/.

Cole Cushman,VP, Gun & Trophy Insurance states, “We are fortunate to spend our work days discussing the insurance needs of other hunters and shooting enthusiasts from all over the country. We are excited for the partnership with HSCF and the opportunity to give back to an organization that aligns with both our values and our client’s values towards conservation and education.”

“Houston Safari Club Foundation relies on working relationships with our partners to support its mission. Gun and Trophy Insurance provides a much-needed service to all hunters and firearms owners. We are pleased to welcome them as a supporter of HSCF and as a contributor to HSCF’s Member Rewards program.” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director. 

About Guns and Trophy Insurance
The program was formed by insurance agents that have spent their lives hunting and competitive shooting. The program is underwritten by the Hanover Insurance Company, one of the nation’s oldest insurers. The rates are significantly lower than virtually all their competitors ranging from $.15 cents to $.31 cents per $100 of value for both firearms and trophy collections. They offer many coverage enhancements not included on competitor’s policies.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX (April 22, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is now accepting entries for its annual hunting and photo awards. Winners will be recognized at the HSCF Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention, January 24-26, 2020.  

The HSCF hunting awards celebrate HSCF member experiences and achievements at the annual convention. Winners will be recognized during the Friday night banquet and will be presented with beautiful custom bronze statues. Categories include Youth, Whitetail, International, North America, Archery and Alternative Methods. Entrants must be members of HSCF when the animal is taken. To join today, go to https://hscfdn.org/membership/join/. Full contest rules and entry forms may be found here: https://hscfdn.org/convention/awards/. Entries must be received by January 3rd.

HSCF also celebrates members’ photography talents during the Annual HSCF Worldwide Expo & Convention. These awards are presented at the Friday Night Banquet. Categories include Hunting, Wildlife, Landscape, Youth, Fishing, Adventure, Indigenous People and a Smart Phone/Tablet category. Full contest rules and entry forms may be found here: https://hscfdn.org/convention/awards/. Entries must be received by December 15th.

 

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

          

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Houston, TX (April 22, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is now accepting nominations for its first Conservationist of the Year Award. Beginning January 2020, Houston Safari Club Foundation will honor an exceptional champion of conservation through this annual award.

The HSCF Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes individuals or organizations exemplifying a true servant’s heart for conservation. Nominees are considered for their works related to education, advocacy, legislation, policy, environmental activities, and the protection and preservation of wildlife and habitat.

Nominations may be made by and for individuals or organizations. The winner will be recognized for this achievement with the presentation of this award at the annual HSCF Convention and Hunting Expo, January 24-26, 2020.  No monetary award will be given to the recipient of the award.  

Visit the HSCF website at hscfdn.org/convention/awards/ for nomination forms and information or call 713.623.8844 for more information. Nominations are due to HSCF by October 1st, 2019.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

           

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Houston, TX (April 04, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is now accepting collegiate scholarship applications for its annual Dan L Duncan Scholarship award program. Houston Safari Club Foundation is committed to furthering the education of students pursuing a career in conservation.

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) proudly presents the Dan L. Duncan Scholarship Program. HSCF annually awards scholarships to students currently involved in the study of Wildlife Management, Range Management or related studies. Since the program’s inception in 1999, 525 scholarships have been awarded, totaling almost $2.25 million dollars. HSCF proudly recognizes and encourages students, who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character, through our 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 HSCF scholarship recipients have become thought leaders and game-changers in the conservation world.

Applicants must be active hunters and enrolled in an accredited Texas university. Applications must be received no later than June 1st. Full scholarship information may be found here.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

               

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Houston, TX (March 27, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) proudly announces Capital Farm Credit is continuing their support of education, conservation and hunters’ rights by extending their partnership with Houston Safari Club Foundation.

Through the continued support of Capital Farm Credit, HSCF will further its efforts in scholarship, youth education programs, youth shooting sports, wildlife and habitat conservation, research and more.

“The Houston Safari Club Foundation is a leader in education and the promotion of responsible land stewardship,” said Ben Novosad, CEO of Capital Farm Credit. “Capital Farm Credit is proud to partner with them to promote responsible land stewardship, natural resource conservation and management. HSCF is a leader in this area, and we’re pleased to support them in their efforts.”

HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar states, “Capital Farm Credit continues to show their support of HSCF, hunting, land and wildlife management and education. They are a true partner in conservation and are champions in helping to preserve the future of hunting.”

About Capital Farm Credit

Capital Farm Credit has provided financing to Texas farmers, ranchers, rural property owners and agribusinesses for more than 100 years. Headquartered in Bryan, CFC has offices serving most of Texas. For more information about its patronage dividend program, financial services and office locations, visit CapitalFarmCredit.com.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

               

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(Houston, TX-February 8, 2019) Houston Safari Club (HSC) is supportive of the nomination of David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for the position of Secretary for the Department. In a brief statement posted to Twitter, Bernhardt said it’s “a humbling privilege to be nominated to lead a Department whose mission I love, to accomplish the balanced, common sense vision of our President.”

Bernhardt, an attorney from Colorado, has served as the deputy secretary of the Interior Department since August 2017. Before joining the Trump administration, Bernhardt was a lawyer for the Interior Department under President George W. Bush.

HSC President, Mitzy McCorvey states, “I would like to congratulate and support Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt for his nomination for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is in sync with ideas that we, as conservationists and sport hunters, would like to see going forward. I believe he is the best choice for continuing the progressive movement of the Department in many positive ways for this country.”

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

About Houston Safari Club

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. HSC collaborates with legislators, key opinion leaders, policy groups, professional organizations and governments at home and abroad. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.              

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(Houston, TX-February 6, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has completed another successful annual Hunting Expo and Convention.

HSCF’s annual Convention was held January 25-27, 2019 at the George R Brown Convention Center and Hilton Americas-Houston hotel. Complete with banquets, auctions, raffles and live entertainment, the event is HSCF’s largest annual fundraiser. With almost 300 exhibitors, the Expo has doubled in size in just two years. In addition, all three fundraising banquets were at capacity. Funds raised at Convention support HSCF’s scholarship, youth education and grants programs.

Jeff Birmingham, 2019 HSCF Convention Chairman states, “The 2019 Convention, themed Foundation For Tomorrow, was a great success. Our efforts to raise funds for education and conservation pair perfectly with our theme as we continue to work to promote the future of hunting and conservation. We are so appreciative of the attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers that believe and support our efforts and mission statement.”

Exhibitor registration is now open for the 2020 Convention here. The 2020 event will take place January 24-26, in downtown Houston, at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.

HSCF sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., S&B Engineers and Constructors, Global Rescue, Hess Corporation, Conroe Taxidermy, Silver Eagle/Budweiser, Art by L. Mower, B&B Taxidermy, NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, Bushmen Safaris, Travel With Guns, Hawkeye Hunting Club, Pro Cargo USA, Del Rio Powersports, Alliance Graphics & Printing, and John Bowers State Farm Agency. 

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

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Houston, TX- – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce Paul Bamber of Wanganui Safaris as the 2019 HSCF Professional Hunter of the Year.

Paul Bamber grew up on a remote family farm at Jerusalem, on the Wanganui River, farming sheep and cattle. Paul developed a love of hunting at the age of 10 when his dad gave him his .303 to hunt a big boar his sheep dogs were bailing. From that day forward, whenever Paul wasn’t at school, he hunted goats, pigs and deer as well as trapping possums for money in the winter. With huge areas of bush surrounding their farm, and no predators, it was a constant battle to keep wild animal numbers from taking over the land they farmed. Wild pigs would kill hundreds of lambs if unchecked and opossum numbers were out of control. Paul and his brother would hunt stags and goats, retrieve them on horseback and three wheelers, and sell them to buyers in Wanganui. Paul saved every dollar earned to buy new guns and find new areas to hunt. In the 70’s and 80’s, Paul began to trap deer and goats, jumping out of Hughes 500 helicopters. It proved to be more profitable and more fun than farming.

In the late 80’s Paul persuaded his father to give up sheep farming and get into the trophy hunting business. They built a lodge and headed to their first SCI show in Reno. There were about 300 exhibitors in total and only 5 New Zealand outfitters. They only sold one hunt to a car salesman from Nebraska at the show and they remain great friends to this day. Undeterred they returned the following year and attended the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) show as well as SCI. Paul felt the shows were great fun and the Kiwis and African outfitters always teamed up to talk rugby. The following year they added the Houston Safari Club and Nebraska outfitter shows to their itinerary.

In the early 90’s, Kelly Samson of Klineburger Travel asked Paul to head to Mongolia to hunt Elk. Paul loved Mongolia and the people. Paul recalls, “During our many travels we got terribly sick drinking fermented horse milk in remote yurt’s, rode horrible little ponies with horrible wooden saddles, saw thousands of elk, saw the elusive snow leopard and succeeded in getting detained for 3 days by the Russian military as they thought we were CIA spies.” Later, the breakup of the Soviet Union and free market policies ended Paul’s experiences in Mongolia. Trips to Australia to hunt Water Buffalo and Dingo’s out of Darwin and Rusa on Marble Island soon followed.

By now, Paul had two small boys, Earl and William. The boys began to join Paul on trips to hunting shows in the US. At an early age, Paul’s sons began hunting rabbits and running go karts for something fun to do on weekends. Little did Paul know that the go kart hobby would turn into a career of professional driving, as Earl would go on to become a two-time winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Super-Cup. Earl was then signed as a Porsche factory driver and has since gone on to be a two-time winner of the world’s biggest and most famous endurance race-the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Paul’s son William put himself through university graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Design. William then headed straight to Kuala Lumpur to become a highly successful driver, racing with the Porsche team as well. Paul’s sons have since formed a race car company with Earl running four cars as well as coaching drivers all over Asia.

Over the years Wanganui Safaris has supported many hunting conservation projects but Paul’s greatest pleasure has been in projects as diverse as supporting housing for breast cancer patients in Mexico and hosting many Wounded Warriors over many years. Paul has been attending the US show circuit for 31 years. Paul states, “Without question, our favorite show is the Houston Safari Club Foundation show. HSCF has a great group of passionate members and volunteers supporting hunting and conservation. We know when we support HSCF, the money raised will be used in the best possible way to enhance hunting. We have had the pleasure of hunting with so many HSCF members. I am truly honored to receive the 2019 HSCF Professional Hunter of the Year award.”

HSCF President, Mitzy McCorvey stated, “We would like to congratulate Paul Bamber on being selected as the 2019 HSCF Ph of the Year. He has been a longtime, consistent supporter as well as auction donor of HSCF.”

Paul will be recognized during the Friday night banquet at the 2019 HSCF Convention.

Registration for HSCF’s 2019 Worldwide Convention and Hunting Expo is open. The event will take place January 25-27, 2019 in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Banquet tickets and hotel reservations may be made here.

HSCF sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., S&B Engineers and Constructors, Global Rescue, Hess Corporation, Conroe Taxidermy, Silver Eagle/Budweiser, Art by L. Mower, B&B Taxidermy, NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, Bushmen Safaris, Travel With Guns, Hawkeye Hunting Club, Pro Cargo USA, Del Rio Powersports, Alliance Graphics & Printing.

(Houston, TX-November 29, 2019) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has announced its online auctions are now live and ready for bidding! Items include hunting and fishing trips from around the world, jewelry, artwork and more!

Auctions will be paired to culminate with 3 live auctions to be held at HSCF’s annual Convention and Hunting Expo. Bidders may click on tabs for separate auctions, each ending at different times. Bidders should also be sure to check out the “Online Only” auction tab which will allow bidding now through Sunday, January 27th at 3:00 pm CST. Bid here today!

Registration for HSCF’s 2019 Worldwide Convention and Hunting Expo is now open. The event will take place January 25-27, 2019 in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.

HSCF’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Hunting Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including the Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala. Entertainment will include Texas singers, songwriters (and hunters), Corey Morrow and Kevin Fowler!

Expo days and hours: Friday, January 25: 10am-6pm; Saturday, January 26: 9am-5pm; Saturday, January 27: 10am-3pm. Those purchasing a HSCF Membership at the door will receive a free 3-day Expo pass. General Admission Day Pass: $10 per day; Weekend Pass: $25 to attend all 3 days; Children under 12 & Active Military with ID receive free entry.

The host hotel, Hilton Americas-Houston, will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. You’re your room today in the HSCF Convention Room block for great rates! Register before December 1st to take advantage of early bird pricing. Purchase tickets at hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/. For exhibitors, very few booths remain. Booth information may be found here. HSC sincerely thanks its latest Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, S&B Engineering, Global Rescue, Art by L. Mower, B&B Taxidermy, Travel With Guns and Sixsite Gear.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are adding a new species to their family of Conservation License Plates and would like to invite YOU to submit a photo for use on the actual license plate. 

Bighorn Sheep or Pronghorn ?

The new species to be depicted on the plate will either be a bighorn sheep or pronghorn.  A public survey in November/December will ask consumers which animal they would prefer, which plate demo they like best, and how likely they would be to purchase either of the plates to help make our decision.

Benefits of having your photo chosen: 

  • You’ll be contributing to TPWD’s conservation efforts to fund big game research, management, and restoration projects.  Since 2002, TPWD’s White-tailed Deer License Plate has generated over $1.2 million to these efforts.  We hope the new plate will do as well or even better.  
  • Thousands of motorists on Texas roads will see your photo.
  • You (or your organization) can be recognized in TPWD communications materials, where appropriate (i.e., press release, emails, etc.).
  • It might be considered a tax write-off if provided as a donation.

What type of photo are we looking for ?

  • A mature ram or pronghorn buck
  • In focus, high resolution image
  • Closeup photo where the animal is in most of the frame
  • A broadside to quartering picture of the animal

About TPWD Conservation License Plates

  • The program has generated $8,597,849 since 2000 from the sales of eight plates:  deer, bass, bluebonnets, horned lizard, rattlesnake, hummingbird, camping, and Texas rivers. 
  • The plates cost $30/year of which $22/plate goes right back into budgets at TPWD.  Plates can be ordered online or at local county tax offices.

Next Steps

If you would like to submit a photo(s) please email Shawn Gray shawn.gray@tpwd.texas.gov and copy janis.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov by November 23, 2018.  Or feel free to call Janis at 512-578-5500 with questions, or Shawn Gray at 432-296-3724.

Thank you in advance for your interest and for your help in creating a new big game license plate that hunters and conservationists will enjoy sporting on their trucks, trailers, RVs, motorcycles, and cars!

 

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has published a Federal Register notice informing the public about proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices and proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda Items that the United States might submit for consideration at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), and to provide information on how agencies or bodies can apply to attend CoP18 as observers. Public comments will be accepted until November 30, 2018. Click here to read the Federal Register notice and learn how to submit comments.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty agreed to by 182 nations and the European Union (referred to as “Parties) that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. 
 
Every two to three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, including changes in protections for certain species. CITES CoP18 will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from May 23 – June 3, 2019.  

How can I contribute information or ideas for CITES CoP18?
 
We’re committed to conducting an open and transparent process as we prepare for CoP18 that considers the interests of the public, stakeholders, other federal agencies, and Congress. We will publish a series of Federal Register notices to solicit public input on the development of U.S. proposals, documents, and negotiating positions for CoP18. This process helps us to develop robust proposals and positions by taking into account a wide variety of views and anticipating potential implementation and enforcement challenges.  
 
       

 
 
 

Dear Friends,

We’re reaching out to Texas Alliance members in the Greater Houston area and surrounding communities to ask that if you live or work in a House Representative district listed below, could you please ask that Representative to cosponsor Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, HR 4647? We’re getting closer every day to enough national cosponsors for a vote (now at 100), but we need more Texas cosponsors.

You can use our online toolkit, which includes a draft letter to send or personalize. You can also post on their website contact form (see link below):

“Please cosponsor Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 4647, to provide funding for at-risk wildlife and benefit wildlife, business, outdoor recreation, landowners, and all Texans.”

Representatives and Helpful Resources:
Who’s my House Representative?

Sheila Jackson Lee [D-18] – https://jacksonlee.house.gov/contact/email-me

Al Green [D-9] – https://algreen.house.gov/contact-me

John Culberson [R-7] – https://culberson.house.gov/contact/zipauth.htm

Brian Babin [R-36] – https://babin.house.gov/contact/

Randy Weber [R-14] – https://weber.house.gov/contact/

Kevin Brady [R-8] – https://kevinbrady.house.gov/contact/

Ted Poe [R-2] – https://poe.house.gov/contact-me

Michael McCaul [R-10] – https://mccaul.house.gov/about/our-district

Additionally, if you’re willing to request a meeting with your local Rep’s office to talk about the potential benefits to your community/organization, please let us know. We’re happy to attend meetings with you and be on hand to help answer questions and talk about HR 4647.

Please let us know if we can provide any support.

THANK YOU for helping our imperiled wildlife!

Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife
P: 713-534-7977
info@txwildlifealliance.org
www.txwildlifealliance.org

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) takes kids hunting and fishing, provides youth outdoor education programs, provides scholarships to students majoring in outdoor related studies and funds conservation programs all over the world. Membership support helps make these programs possible!
 

Between October 1st and November 15th at midnight, every person who joins as a new HSCF member, and everyone who renews or upgrades their membership will be entered to win!*

Thanks to Ozonics Hunting for donating the Ozonics HR 230 Scent Elimination Technology device. They believe in the mission of HSCF to support the future of hunting! Learn more about them at www.ozonicshunting.com.

To join, renew or upgrade your membership, click on the appropriate link below or call 713.623.8844.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to announce the Marine Military Academy as its newest Foundation Partner.

Marine Military Academy develops disciplined, morally strong, college-ready young men who are prepared for responsible leadership. Marine Military Academy is globally recognized as a premier college-preparatory school for adolescent men on course to achieve their post-secondary education and career goals. Marine Military Academy has been helping young men realize their full potential since 1965.

Proven leaders in high profile, fast-paced, complex and demanding positions are in great demand today. Marine Military Academy is developing such men who are prepared for the rigors of academics and the multi-faceted background of domestic and international experience in cross functional organizations. Our track record is grounded in developing sound decision making, strategic vision and problem solving young men who have established and demonstrated a skill set in leading and managing people, balancing short-term priorities against long-term goals and achieving objectives! A Marine Military Academy Cadet, like the members of the Houston Safari Club Foundation, has developed the civic conscience and requisite skills to be a positive force in their community. Marine Military Academy is where your character is forged for the future!” states Christopher S. Dowling, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) Chief of Staff.

“Houston Safari Club Foundation relies on the support and working relationships with our partners. They make it possible to fulfill our mission. The Marine Military Academy’s focus on education and leadership aligns with our mission component of education.” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director.

About Marine Military Academy

Our purpose at Marine Military Academy is to inspire positive academic, physical and moral growth in every cadet. To achieve this, we provide a disciplined, distraction-free setting that allows cadets to focus on their educational and personal development. Throughout this journey, cadets learn to take ownership of their lives and develop the tools they need to succeed not only in college, but in life. The proven educational model at MMA helps young men earn higher grades, develop exceptional character and maturity, and plan their short and long-term goals for the future. Our students consist of 7th grade through 12th grade, with an optional post-graduate year. MMA is a family made up of staff, teachers, drill instructors, coaches, parents and mentors all working to provide an environment to ensure academic success, to see young men mature and to have fun.

MMA is a choice for young men from all over the country and the world. MMA does not discriminate based on race, religion or national origin.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is pleased to continue its support of Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation (OTF) to expand outdoor youth education opportunities for Houston-area students.

HSCF is dedicated to preserving the future of conservation through youth mentoring programs and education. Each year, HSCF hosts almost 100 students for hunting and fishing trips and provides shooting education and sponsorship of youth sporting clays teams. In addition, over 150 area high school students are hosted at HSCF’s annual Convention and Hunting Expo for an outdoor career awareness program. In advanced education, HSCF has awarded 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars.

The OTF’s Outdoor Adventures curriculum is an approved physical education or Ag. Science Wildlife Management course. There are over 80 schools and 8,000 students in the greater Houston area teaching outdoor skills such as Hunter Education, Fishing and Archery through the Outdoor Adventures program

Scot McClure, OTF Education Coordinator, states “Thanks to the support provided by HSCF, the OTF will introduce outdoor skills to youth and expand the Outdoor Adventures program to more schools across Houston and surrounding communities.”

“HSCF has a long and vested history with youth outdoor education. The excellent programs developed by Scot and OTF allows HSCF to reach more students through established, proven and successful programs” states Joe Betar, HSC Executive Director. 

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

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Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) announces registration for its 2019 Worldwide Convention and Hunting Expo is now open. The event will take place January 25-27, 2019 in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.

HSCF’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including the Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala. Entertainment will include Texas singers, songwriters (and hunters), Corey Morrow and Kevin Fowler!

Expo days and hours: Friday, January 25: 10am-6pm; Saturday, January 26: 9am-5pm; Saturday, January 27: 10am-3pm. Those purchasing a HSCF Membership at the door will receive a free 3-day Expo pass. General Admission Day Pass: $10 per day; Weekend Pass: $25 to attend all 3 days; Children under 12 & Active Military with ID receive free entry.

The host hotel, Hilton Americas-Houston, will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. You’re your room today in the HSCF Convention Room block for great rates! Register before December 1st to take advantage of early bird pricing. Purchase tickets at hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/. For exhibitors, very few booths remain. Booth information may be found here. HSC sincerely thanks its latest Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, NRA Women’s Leadership Forum, S&B Engineering, Global Rescue, Art by L. Mower, B&B Taxidermy, Travel With Guns and Sixsite Gear.

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 525 scholarships totaling $2.25 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce the award of twenty-five (25) scholarships as part of its Dan L. Duncan Scholarship Program. The winners were chosen from hundreds of extremely qualified applicants.

Recipients must have a desire to protect and promote the sport of hunting and the principles of conservation. Applicants for these scholarships are undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Wildlife Management and/or Range Management. Recipients also demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and complete a thorough application process including recommendations, transcript reviews, and in some cases, providing thesis information.  

Scholarship Committee Chair, Deb Cunningham, states “It has been an honor to continue the legacy of Dan Duncan’s commitment to education for students in the wildlife management and wildlife conservation and related studies by serving on the HSCDLD Scholarship Committee with an outstanding group of like-minded hunter/conservationists.  My sincere thanks for the continued support of our generous HSC/DLD Scholarship Sponsors.”

The HSCF/DLD Scholarship Selection Committee awarded twenty-five (25) $6,000 scholarships, totaling $150,000. To date, HSCF has awarded 525 scholarships totaling $2.1 million dollars.

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 500 scholarships totaling $2.1 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is honored to announce its continued support of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) efforts to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting, trapping and conservation. Through its grants program, HSCF is proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots, Thursday, November 6th in Houston, TX and CSF’s 29th Annual Banquet & Auction to be held in Washington, DC, September 5th, 2019.

“Our sportsman’s heritage is strong, and partnerships like the one we have with Houston Safari Club is critical to ensuring we are able to pass these great traditions along to our future generations,” said CSF President, Jeff Crane.  “I am very grateful to Joe and the entire team at HSC for their continued support of CSF and for allowing us the opportunity to protect and advance hunting at both the federal and state levels.”

“The alliance between Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and HSC has been a strong and enduring relationship,” stated Joe Betar, HSC Executive Director. “HSC strongly supports CSF’s efforts to promote the future of conservation, recruitment to hunting and the protection of hunters’ rights.”

To purchase tickets to either event, please contact PJ Carleton at (202) 543-6850 (x22) or pj@sportsmenslink.org.

About Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.

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 500 scholarships totaling $2.1 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – For the third consecutive year, WildLife Partners. LLC and Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) are partnering to preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage.

Chris Gilroy and Brian Gilroy of Wildlife Partners express, “WildLife Partners is proud to renew our Corporate Sponsorship with Houston Safari Club Foundation. From the very beginning of our relationship, the entire HSCF organization and its membership base have made this a true partnership. We believe our mission of conservation through a profit driven business model provides a critical role in protecting wildlife from all over the world. Numerous HSC members have proven they think so as well. We look forward to the continuation of this great relationship.”

HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar commented, “Chris, Brian and the entire team at WildLife Partners understand the importance of what we are doing on the education, conservation and hunter recruitment fronts. We are honored that they continue to support our efforts.”

About Wildlife Partners, LLC
WildLife Partners has developed the most innovative conservation program to have ever been implemented. By marrying conservation with a capitalistic approach, we have attracted millions of dollars of investment capital. The investment is directed specifically towards breeding sustainable populations of threatened and endangered wildlife from all over the world. Because these animals have value as living creatures and can easily be sold to other conservation minded people, there is a seeming unending market for them. Breeding these animals can be highly profitable while simultaneously giving participants an emotional gratification that they are protecting wildlife that likely won’t exist in the future without programs like ours.

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 500 scholarships totaling $2.1 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX (July 6, 2018) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and Houston Safari Club (HSC) are pleased to announce the launch of their new websites and social media channels.

As part of its organizational restructuring, to effect change for specific issues facing hunting and hunters, HSCF and HSC have launched websites and media channels unique to each effort. HSC is ramping up its legislative and policy efforts while HSCF will continue to support and grow its programs for education, scholarship and conservation.

Visitors can view the new sites at hscfdn.org and houstonsafariclub.org. Links to social media channels are provided from the home page of each website.

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 500 scholarships totaling $2.1 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $3.7 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 chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at hscfdn.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston Safari Club Foundation has long had a mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. As times have changed and there is a need for new generations of hunters, the organization realizes it’s also equally important to recruit new people into the lifestyle. The nonprofit is joining GoWild to do just that. GoWild is a digital community of outdoors enthusiasts supporting education, interaction and activity in the outdoors. Together, the two aim to activate current hunters to participate in conservation efforts beyond hunting, and to provide tools and resources for newcomers to pick up hunting for the first time.

Read The Full Press Release Here!

Houston Safari Club Foundation has long had a mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. As times have changed and there is a need for new generations of hunters, the organization realizes it’s also equally important to recruit new people into the lifestyle.

The nonprofit is joining GoWild to do just that. GoWild is a digital community of outdoors enthusiasts supporting education, interaction and activity in the outdoors. Together, the two aim to activate current hunters to participate in conservation efforts beyond hunting, and to provide tools and resources for newcomers to pick up hunting for the first time.

“The marketing and communications landscape is ever-changing and rapidly evolving. This change applies to the outdoor enthusiast as much as any other group,” said Joe Betar, Executive Director, Houston Safari Club Foundation. “GoWild and its podcast, Restless Native, allow us to tell our story and educate others on the importance of hunting as a conservation tool.”

GoWild sees Houston Safari Club Foundation as an organization that isn’t just tying its brand to conservation—it’s acting.

“This is an organization that’s gone beyond promoting conservation as an ideal—they’re putting millions of dollars into making a difference,” said Brad Luttrell, the CEO and Co-Founder of GoWild. “They’ve provided $3.5 million in hunter-funded programs for habitat and wildlife improvements, anti-poaching and outdoor education. They’ve put $2.1 million into scholarships for hunters. These are our future difference makers.”

GoWild and Houston Safari Club Foundation have an expansive conservation effort to be announced later in July. The goal of the partnership is to activate hunters as conservationists beyond license purchases and funds gathered through taxes.

“As we get more Millennials into hunting, we have to remember this is the experience generation,” said Luttrell. “They want to participate, and while they have money, they are most motivated by creating memories and meaningful experiences. We’re going to meet them with a challenge that gives that effort meaning and a lasting legacy.”

To learn more about Houston Safari Club Foundation, visit hscfdn.org. To learn more about GoWild, visit timetogowild.com.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Update

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act now has 53 co-sponsors (22 Republicans and 31 Democrats). This includes two Texans, Beto O’Rourke of El Paso and Gene Green of Houston.

YOU can help get more Texas co-sponsors!
Check out our online toolkit for speaking points and a sample letter to your Member of Congress. Then go to your U.S. Representative’s website and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R.4647, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would mean more than $63 million annually to our over 1,300 Texas species at risk of becoming endangered.

This landmark legislation is good for wildlife, good for business, and good for Texans. Please email or call your Representative today.

Date: May 21, 2018
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges 

PLEASE NOTE: The Fish & Wildlife Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days. The notice will be available at www.regulations.gov, docket no. FWS-HQ-NWRS-2018-0020, and will include details on how to submit your comments. An interim copy of the proposed rule is now available at https://www.fws.gov/home/pdfs/Proposed_2018-2019_Hunt_Fish_Rule_signed.pdf.

WASHINGTON – Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges.

Opportunities include places like Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois and Wisconsin, and deer hunting in Philadelphia at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge being proposed for the first time. The proposal also outlines expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 136 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, this would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing would be permitted to 312.

“As stewards of our public lands, Interior is committed to opening access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down this American heritage,” Secretary Zinke said. “These 30 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for American sportsmen and women across the country to access the land and connect with wildlife.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) proposal would open more new acres to hunting and fishing than in the past and takes steps to simplify regulations to more closely match state hunting and fishing regulations. The changes would be implemented in time for the upcoming 2018-2019 hunting seasons.

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156 billion in economic activity in communities across the United States in 2016 according to the Service’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years. More than 101 million Americans – 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 and older – pursue wildlife-related recreation, such as hunting, fishing and birding.

“Ensuring public lands are open for multiple uses supports local economies and provides important opportunities for recreation. Further, this proposal means that families and individuals across our nation will be better able to participate in our nation’s tradition of hunting and fishing. We appreciate Secretary Zinke and the Interior Department for advancing this priority, and we will continue to work to improve access to public lands for our sportsmen,” said Senator John Hoeven.

“Public lands should be open for the public to enjoy,” said Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah. “The Department of the Interior’s latest decision to expand acreage and access for hunting and fishing on wildlife refuges was the right move. Secretary Zinke’s decision will help our economy grow and enable those who hunt and fish to spend more time catching game and less time caught in red tape.”

“North Dakota is a sportsman’s paradise. The decision to expand access to public lands by opening more than 248,000 acres across the nation to hunting and fishing will provide new economic opportunities for local communities as well as open up new areas for anglers and hunters,” said Congressman Kevin Cramer. “For the first time, the J. Clark Salyer and Lostwood National Wildlife Refuges will be open to moose hunting. I commend the Secretary’s decision and look forward to working with the department.”

“Hunters, anglers and shooting sports enthusiasts play a crucial role in funding the management and conservation of North America’s wildlife,” said Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan. “We are providing sportsmen and women with more access to our national wildlife refuges and streamlining regulations to more closely align with our state partners. And that’s good news for our customers.”

The Service manages hunting and fishing programs to ensure sustainable wildlife populations while also offering other traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands, such as wildlife watching and photography. The Refuge System is an unparalleled network of 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas.

“The proposed expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities through working partnership with the states is a demonstration of Secretary Zinke’s commitment to our nation’s outdoor heritage and the conservation community,” said Virgil Moore, President of the Association of the Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “These efforts reaffirm the tremendous value of quality wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities, including hunting and fishing, in connecting millions of Americans to the outdoors.”

“We applaud Secretary Zinke and the Fish and Wildlife Service for their continued commitment to increasing opportunities for hunting and fishing within the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Interior on increasing access for sportsmen and women.”

Hunting and/or fishing will expand or be opened on the following refuges:

Arkansas

California

Florida

Illinois

Illinois and Missouri

Illinois and Wisconsin

Indiana

Maine

Maine and New Hampshire

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Montana

New Jersey

New Jersey and New York

New Mexico

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Utah

Wisconsin

  • Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge: Open hunting of certain gamebirds, small mammals and furbearers for the first time, and expand existing migratory game bird and big game hunting.

The Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days. The notice will be available at www.regulations.gov, docket no. FWS-HQ-NWRS-2018-0020, and will include details on how to submit your comments. An interim copy of the proposed rule is now available at https://www.fws.gov/home/pdfs/Proposed_2018-2019_Hunt_Fish_Rule_signed.pdf.

More than 53 million Americans visit refuges every year. National wildlife refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and boating to nature watching, photography and environmental education. In doing so, they support regional economies to the tune of $2.4 billion dollars per year and support more than 35,000 jobs.

Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Service permits hunting and fishing along with four other types of wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife photography, environmental education, wildlife observation and interpretation, when they are compatible with an individual refuge’s purpose and mission. Hunting, within specified limits, is currently permitted on 337 wildlife refuges and 37 wetland management districts. Fishing is currently permitted on 277 wildlife refuges and 34 wetland management districts.

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The HSCF Youth Program is in immediate need of volunteers dedicated to preserving the future of hunting. 

Every year, young people who meet the HSCF youth program criteria, are nominated to participate in our program by adult representatives.  One of our most successful annual youth outdoor programs introduces several Houston area girls & boys, from local schools and groups, to hunting, fishing and wilderness conservation.
 
The hunting groups are small by design, consisting of four to six young people and their adult guides. Limited numbers allow for more thorough hunter or outdoor education instruction. Young hunters learn about various conservation efforts by hunting on sponsor ranches that must harvest an abundance of animals to maintain their specific wildlife management program. Many different youth hunting, fishing and outdoor experiences are sponsored by HSCF.
 
Also, each year we host 150 area high school students for our Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE), supported by the MidwayUSA Foundation. This event is a half-day program conducted on Friday morning of Convention with various speakers presenting outdoor-related career opportunities. The program culminates with a tour of the Expo hall floor and lunch. 
 
Volunteers are needed specifically for the following activities:
  1. To help coordinate and chaperone hunting and fishing trips.
  2. To coordinate and implement the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) event at our annual Convention. 
 
Both female and male volunteers are needed. Training will be provided by HSCF staff and volunteers currently involved in the HSCF  youth program. Background checks are required. 
 
Please contact Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director, at joe@houstonsafariclub.org or 832.767.1881 for more information. 

Houston, TX (May 10, 2018) – Houston Safari Club (HSC) continues its support of Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation through a grant of $15,000 to support their incredible efforts to defend hunting, fishing and trapping against lawsuits, legislation and ballot issues initiated by animal rights and anti-hunting organizations.

For 40 years, the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has been able to achieve a 95% success rate of defeating anti-hunting led initiatives. Unfortunately, the number of new anti-hunting initiatives is increasing and the only way they can meet those challenges is with increased funding from supporters like HSC. “We’re extremely grateful that the Board and members of the Houston Safari Club continue to demonstrate the importance of fighting to protect our heritage,” said Evan Heusinkveld, Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation president and CEO. “It’s through the commitment of organizations like HSC that we’re able to engage in battles all across the country.”

Strengthening the partnership between Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and HSCF will help ensure the future of our nation’s outdoor heritage. Funding provided will be used to advance the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation mission of protecting and advancing sportsmen’s rights by supporting their actions across the breadth of the outdoor community.

 “HSCF firmly supports the efforts of the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation to protect wildlife and hunting and support education, legal defense and research in the best interest of the hunting populace,” states Joe Betar, HSCF Executive Director.

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance

The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF)

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The charitable deduction for contributions to HSCF is the cash amount of the contribution, less the value of goods and services received, to the extent permitted by law. HSCF EIN 74-2177975. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. 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.

 

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Houston, TX (May 10, 2018) – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has been honored with a Communicator Award for Design and Print-Marketing/Promotion in the Magazine/Association category.

The 24th annual Communicator Awards winners were recently announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. HSC’s Hunter’s Horn received a Communicator Award, Award of Distinction. The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

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Houston Safari Club is now an official Partner of the Texas Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife and the National Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife working to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647).

Please read the attached to see how Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) is a once in a generation opportunity to help reverse the current trend that faces our nation’s wildlife. 

150 species have already gone extinct and another 500 have not been seen in recent decades. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, can help this by providing dedicated funds for wildlife conservation.

We ask that you urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R.4647.

Press Release 

 

Houston, TX (March 15, 2018) – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce Capital Farm Credit is continuing their support of education, conservation and hunters’ rights through the continuation of sponsorship of Houston Safari Club.

With the support of Capital Farm Credit, HSC will be able to expand its outreach via research, education, youth shooting sports, youth and veterans field activities, domestic and international conservation grants and more.

“Capital Farm Credit is proud to partner with the Houston Safari Club on the great work they do in education and the promotion of responsible land stewardship,” said Ben Novosad, CEO of Capital Farm Credit. “The foundation of responsible land stewardship is natural resource conservation and management. HSC is a leader in this area and we’re pleased to support them in their efforts.”

HSC Executive Director Joe Betar states, “We are so honored to be continuing our longstanding partnership with Capital Farm Credit. Their commitment to the future of our mission principles truly demonstrates Capital Farm Credit’s dedicated stewardship of our natural resources and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”

About Capital Farm Credit
Capital Farm Credit has provided financing to Texas farmers, ranchers, rural property owners and agribusinesses for more than 100 years. Headquartered in Bryan, CFC has offices serving most of Texas. For more information about its patronage dividend program, financial services and office locations, visit CapitalFarmCredit.com.

About Houston Safari Club
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of, or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is proud to recognize John Pepper as the recipient of the 2018 Frank E. Green Award. Past presidents are invited to nominate one member for this prestigious award that was established to recognize those extraordinary members of Houston Safari Club, who have given tremendous time and effort for the enhancement and betterment of HSC and its members, over a period exceeding three years.  The award is presented annually at HSC’s Convention. John has served as President, Vice President, Director, Convention Co-Chair, and is currently the Treasurer. John and his wife Melanie continuously work on passing down the hunting tradition to their grandchildren.

HSC is also pleased to announce Julianne and Mark King as the recipients of the 2018 HSC President’s Award. The award is given each year to acknowledge the outstanding HSC member(s) whose contributions exceed expectations, in support of HSC’s mission. Individuals receive this award for their leadership, outstanding service contribution, superior performance, team collaboration, and serve as an inspiration to others. Both Julianne and Mark have served as HSC Presidents, Committee members for numerous years and most recently, 2018 Convention Co-Chairs. Julianne and Mark are both Life Member’s and continue to pass on the club’s legacy to their two children.

Houston Safari Club wishes John, Julianne and Mark tremendous congratulations and thanks for their service to HSC.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has wrapped up its monumental 2018 Annual Convention and Hunting Expo. This was the inaugural year in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The exhibitors showcased were nearly double the number versus previous HSC expos. 

The banquet events were very popular as well with all being sold out. Friday evening concluded with a concert by The Bellamy Brothers and Saturday night Gala attendees danced their way into Sunday to the sounds of Roger Creager. 

Houston Safari Club presented its top annual awards at the banquets. Among them, Peter Tam of Tam Safaris was recognized as the Professional Hunter of the Year. Tristan Pepper was awarded the Youth Hunter of the Year award. Denise Welker was named Huntress of the Year and William “Bill” Newlin was recognized as the Hunter of the Year.

Each year, HSC’s Convention raises funds to continue their mission of education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. Day traffic at the expo was impressive and drew in crowds that far surpassed attendance expectations.

HSC hosted 150 area high school students for the Youth Wildlife Conservation Education (YWCE) program, introducing Houston area high school students to the many possibilities the outdoors can hold, including the many aspects of hunting as a conservation tool and careers in the outdoor arena. 

HSC has already begun planning their 2019 Convention which will take place January 25-27, 2019. Exhibitor applications are being taken now at hscfdn.org/convention/exhibitor-info

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is expressing its concern for recent actions by some members of Congress to oppose the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC).

The IWCC is being formed to increase public awareness domestically regarding conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling abroad to hunt. The duties of the Council will be to address the benefits of international hunting, wildlife conservation and survival, illegal trafficking and poaching, review of the Endangered Species Act and many other critical topics.

In their letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  the members of Congress referred to the IWCC being formed solely to “promote trophy killing”. The Congressional members go further to state that 86% of Americans oppose hunting big game, based on a 2015 HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll. What they fail to note is the fact this poll was based on a survey population of only 1,095 people. HSC does not feel the opinion of 1,095 US residents is a viable sample size to represent the opinion of over 300 million US residents. Furthermore, HSC believes forming such a council of thought leaders is a long overdue approach to work with other countries in potentially expanding the immensely successful North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Through this model and with the support and funds provided by hunters, the U.S. has seen a dramatic rebound of wildlife populations including wild turkey, bighorn sheep and whitetail deer among others.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces their 2018 HSC Convention Auction Catalog is now available for viewing and online bidding for live auction items has begun. The event will take place January 26-28, 2018 in its new 104,000 sq. ft. home-downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. The 2018 HSC Auction Catalog may be viewed and downloaded at https://hscfdn.org/convention/attendees/.

Friday, Gazelles, and Saturday night live auction items are now available for online bidding via onlinehuntingauctions.com. These auctions feature gear, excursions around the world, and more! Bidders are encouraged to login now, build a profile, review the auction items and start bidding. Then, on both Friday and Saturday during Convention, log back in and participate in the intensity and action of online bidding during our live auctions! All convention details may be found at houstonsafariclub.org/convention.

Don’t miss this year’s Convention featuring The Bellamy Brothers and Roger Creager. A huge hunting expo, live auctions, silent auctions, raffles, banquets and more-there will be something for everyone! Thanks to HSC’s 2018 Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, S&B Engineers, Chattaronga, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Gordy & Sons Outfitters, Silver Eagle Distributors, Beck & Masten, Global Rescue, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics, Australian Outfitters, 1st National Reserve, Upstream International State Farm Insurance Agent John Bowers, 1st National Reserve, B&B Taxidermy, TWG. Travel, La Gloria Land Company,  The Gun Cleaners of Houston, and NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.  

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has expanded its annual Hunting Expo and Convention to twice the number of exhibitors versus prior years. HSC will be moving its largest annual fundraiser to the George R. Brown Convention Center in 2018 to accommodate the ever-growing list of exhibitors.

Over 100 new exhibitors will be featured in 2018, under one roof, including guides, outfitters, artwork, gear and services from almost every continent in the world. The Friday night banquet will feature The Bellamy Brothers and country music artist Roger Creager will be the feature entertainment for Saturday night. The banquets will also feature chances to bid on incredible live auction items, presentation of HSC’s annual hunting and photo awards and many more surprises.

Houston Safari Club’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day event will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including a weekend long silent auction on the Expo hall floor, the new Thursday Night Expo Preview & Exhibitor Appreciation Reception- a chance to be among the few that have an exclusive “sneak peek” of the expo hall, Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala.

The event will take place January 26-28, 2018 in its new 104,000 sq. ft. home – downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Hilton Americas-Houston will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. Register now for banquet and expo tickets: at houstonsafariclub.org/convention/attendees/ or by calling the HSC office at 713.623.8844.  HSC sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, S&B Engineers, Chattaronga, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Gordy & Sons Outfitters, Silver Eagle DIstributors, Beck & Masten, Global Rescue, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics, Australian Outfitters, 1st National Reserve, Upstream International and NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces the launch of online auction bidding as part of its annual Convention and Hunting Expo. The 2018 event will take place January 26-28, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Hilton-Americas, Houston, Texas. Find your dream hunting adventure, bid on original artwork, discover excursions around the world, and more!

It is so easy to get involved in the action! Simply go to onlinehuntingauctions.com, create an account, build a profile, and start bidding! You can safely begin bidding immediately. Then, on both Friday and Saturday nights during Convention, login and participate in the intensity and action of active online bidding during our live auctions.

You can find the Friday night auction items posted here by clicking on the link: http://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/2018-HSC-Live-Auction_as46976. Saturday night auction items may be found here: http://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/2018-HSC-Live-Auction_as46977. New this year-a third live auction! You can bid on live auction items being offered during the Saturday Gazelles Ladies Luncheon! Just click here: http://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/2018-HSC-Live-Auction_as50384.

Featured auction items include hunts on private, historic ranches, big game and bird hunts in North America and around the world, exclusive fishing trips, jewelry, artwork and so much more!

For more Convention information, visit houstonsafariclub.org/convention.

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is pleased to announce the re-launch of its online store, HSCgear.com. HSC has teamed up with Frio Ice Chests powered by Visual Promotions to offer gifts, customized performance coolers, and performance apparel. Items will be refreshed frequently, so one should check back often!

“Our Frio team is very excited to announce the launch of the new HSCgear.com online store.  We feel certain that our team will mesh well with HSC and together, we will give visitors a great collection of HSC products which will proudly represent the organization.  From coolers and cups, to apparel and headwear, our online assortment will not fall short of authenticity or affordability” states Jeff Brandes, Frio President/CEO.

Frio will also be managing the HSC store at its annual Convention, to be held January 26-28, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center! Select items will be available, including some limited edition Convention merchandise. Yet another reason not to miss out on the big event!

Visit, order, and check back often. Support us at HSCgear.com!

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.   The Service has determined that hunting would enhance the conservation and survival of African elephants.  The decision applies to trophies taken in 2016 through 2018.
 
For permit information from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here: https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/factsheet-import-leopard-elephant-sport-hunted-trophy.pdf

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has expressed their support for the initiative of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to create an International Wildlife Conservation Council.

In alignment with Secretary Zinke, Houston Safari Club recognizes the importance of international hunting as a conservation tool and a vital contributor to the local economies of foreign destinations. The focus of the council will be international hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and the illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife.

“The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is a proven success story in the rebound of wildlife native to our continent as well as exotics translocated from abroad,” states HSC Executive Director Joe Betar. “This proven model and it successes will hopefully gain a dedicated focus through this council, and be replicated in international ranges where native species struggle. In addition, the directive of the council to address illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching demonstrates a desire by the U.S. government and U.S. hunters to address this ever-growing threat and assist our foreign conservation partners in this effort. “

The full press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior may be viewed here: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce its entertainment lineup for their 2018 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention. The 2018 HSC Expo has doubled in size, featuring over 260 exhibitors and three fundraising banquets!

The Friday night banquet will feature The Bellamy Brothers. For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No. 1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts.

Country music artist Roger Creager will be the feature entertainment for Saturday night. Roger is an adventurist; he does not like to sit still while the world passes by. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, jumping off his boat to snorkel with wild dolphins, snow skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna 100 miles from shore, piloting his airplane to far-­‐off concerts, spear-­‐fishing around oil rigs, scuba diving coral reefs, surfing in Costa Rica, or playing music through the Italian countryside, he tries to get the most out of what the world has to offer. All of this finds its way into Roger’s music and live shows. His passion for life invigorates everyone around him including his fan base. Those who get hooked on his charisma and high energy come back show after show, year after year, and record after record.

Houston Safari Club’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day event will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including a weekend long silent auction on the Expo hall floor, the new Thursday Night Expo Preview & Exhibitor Appreciation Reception- a chance to be among the few that have an exclusive “sneak peek” of the expo hall, Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala.

The event will take place January 26-28, 2018 in its new 104,000 sq. ft. home – downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Hilton Americas-Houston will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing for banquet and expo tickets: houstonsafariclub.org/convention/attendees/. HSC sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, S&B Engineers, Chattaronga, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics and NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston Safari Club signs on to the letter supporting H.R.3668, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. HR 3668 that was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Jeff Duncan, CSC Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott, and Congressman Rob Wittman. The SHARE Act includes priorities such as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act, reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Respecting State Wildlife Management Authority title, and the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, among others. This package will improve Americans’ access to hunting, angling and recreational shooting opportunities, and will promote wildlife and habitat conservation.

Read Letter Here

HELP THOSE IN NEED!

HOUSTON SAFARI CLUB WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY

 

 

 

THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
NEW COLLECTION HOURS: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
HSC OFFICES 
9432 KATY FREEWAY
HOUSTON, TX 77055

DONATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MOST NEEDED:

  • bottled water
  • rubber gloves
  • buckets
  • bleach
  • dish soap
  • laundry soap
  • toiletries
  • pet food
  • scrub sponges
  • rags
  • towels
  • paper towels
  • female hygiene items
  • toothbrushes
  • combs/hair brushes
  • gift cards for gas and grocery stores (Kroger, HEB, etc.)
  • prescription glasses
  • dentures
  • baby food 
  • baby formula 
  • diapers 
  • medical supplies 
  • wheelchairs
  • socks

WE CANNOT ACCEPT DONATIONS OF CLOTHING!


We Will Also Be Collecting Donations of Frozen Wild Game, Fish & Meat

TIME TO CLEAR YOUR FREEZERS! 
DONATE YOUR GAME AND DONATE AN ICE CHEST!

Many of the restaurants in Houston are cooking meals  for evacuees and/or volunteers at the shelters. 3 meals per day for 1,000 people need to be prepared.

We are working with HSC member Diane Roederer  of DR|DELICACY. Diane will ensure these game donations are delivered to the chefs preparing these meals. 

 

Monetary Donations May Be Made to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Here:

 https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/ 

THANK YOU!

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is proud to announce its continued support of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) at two of its upcoming events, the 28th Annual Banquet & Auction in Washington, DC and the 5th Annual Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots event in Houston, Texas. Both events help the CSF continue its efforts to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.

The 28th Annual Banquet & Auction brings together the outdoor sporting community, supporters, and friends of CSF in Washington, DC on September 13, 2017. The event focuses on recognizing the work of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) and allows for attendees to meet and discuss sportsmen legislation efforts with those from Congress in attendance.

HSC is proud to attend the 5th Annual Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots as a co-host sponsor. The event takes place on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa in Houston, Texas and will feature a reception, live & silent auction, dinner and raffle. The evening celebrates their accomplishments and is a fun way to raise funds for CSF so they can continue to advance Texas’ hunting and fishing traditions.

If you would like to purchase tickets to either event, please contact PJ Carleton at (202) 543-6850 (x22) or pj@sportsmenslink.org.

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston Safari Club recently signed on to the following letter in support for S.1514, the “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act” or “HELP for Wildlife Act.”

July 14, 2017

The Honorable John Barrasso
Chairman
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Senators Cardin, Boozman, Klobuchar, Capito, and Baldwin,
Thank you for introducing S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (“HELP for Wildlife”). This is a truly bipartisan bill that includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation including hunting and fishing. On behalf of the millions of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts from all 50 states represented by our organizations, we express our support for the HELP Act and your bipartisan efforts to advance the interests of sportsmen and women.
HELP for Wildlife would reauthorize important conservation programs including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It would establish a National Fish Habitat Conservation Act to conserve fish and fish habitat through partnerships that enhance fish and wildlife-dependent recreation. HELP for Wildlife prioritizes recovery of the Chesapeake Bay by reauthorizing the Chesapeake Bay Program and Chesapeake Bay Initiative through 2022. The Chesapeake is our nation’s largest estuary and a legendary fishing, boating, and waterfowl hunting location. These programs provide funds for a regional partnership that coordinates the ongoing restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, and they support the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.
HELP for Wildlife would provide funding and support for the construction and expansion of public target ranges on national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. Public ranges are in short supply in many areas and this bill would help meet the increasing demand for safe places to shoot. In addition, expanded recreational shooting infrastructure will help generate additional conservation revenue by facilitating shooting sports activities that are fundamentally linked to dedicated excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment through Wildlife Restoration program.
HELP for Wildlife makes sure normal agricultural practices are not mischaracterized as otherwise prohibited attempts to bait migratory game birds. It also exempts lead sport fishing equipment from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Finally, it affirms previously issued U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules to remove wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming from the Endangered Species Act, returning management of these populations to state wildlife agencies.
We applaud your leadership on this bipartisan conservation and outdoor recreation bill. We also encourage your collaboration with your colleagues in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in order to get the best ideas from both committees and ensure the greatest likelihood one or more packages of sportsmen bills becoming law.
Sincerely,
American Sportfishing Association
Archery Trade Association
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
B.A.S.S.
Boone and Crockett Club
Camp Fire Club of America Catch-A-Dream Foundation
Center for Sportfishing Policy
Coastal Conservation Association
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Conservation Force
Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Dallas Safari Club
Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Ducks Unlimited
Houston Safari Club
Izaak Walton League of America
Mule Deer Foundation
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Professional Anglers Association
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Refuge Association
North American Grouse Partnership
Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association
Orion – The Hunter’s Institute
Pheasants Forever
Professional Outfitters and Guides of America
Quail Forever
Quality Deer Management Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Safari Club International
Shikar Safari Club International
Texas Wildlife Association
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Whitetails Unlimited
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Management Institute

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce its newest corporate partner-Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA). HSC and WTA have entered into a strategic partnership to provide editorial content for HSC’s publications, education programs and exclusive WTA opportunities for HSC members.

WTA co-owner, Tim Herald, said, “We are very excited about the partnership with HSC. I have gotten to know many of the members over the past few years, and have learned about the good works they do for conservation, their incredible scholarship program, and their dedication to our rights as hunters. We look forward to providing top quality service and specials for HSC members, and hope to help spread the word about all they do for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.”

HSC Executive Director Joe Betar states, “We look forward to working with WTA and bringing their services to our members, especially pre-trip consultation for hunting and fishing excursions and educating our members on the tag application process”.

About Worldwide Trophy Adventures

Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA), preferred partner of Cabela’s, is a hunting and fishing booking agency that does the legwork of finding the best trophy areas and operations so their clients don’t need to spend time, money and effort doing the research. By booking a trip through WTA, you are ensured a great location with a reputable and certified/endorsed outfitter. WTA provides expert consultants that have over 100 years of combined experience and always give top notch service. WTA also has an in-house, full-service travel agency to expertly handle all the arrangements for your fishing and hunting adventures as well as regular business and family travel needs.

For more information visit worldwidetrophyadventures.com.

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of, or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces registration for the 2018 Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo is now open. The event will take place January 26-28, 2018 in its new 104,000 sq. ft. home – downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center.

Houston Safari Club’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including a weekend long silent auction on the Expo hall floor, the new Thursday Night Expo Preview & Exhibitor Appreciation Reception- a chance to be among the few that have an exclusive “sneak peek” of the expo hall, Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala.

Expo days and hours: Friday, January 26: 10am-6pm; Saturday, January 27: 9am-5pm; Saturday, January 28: 10am-3pm. Those purchasing a Houston Safari Club Membership at the door will receive a free 3-day Expo pass. General Admission Day Pass: $10 per day; Weekend Pass: $25 to attend all 3 days; Children under 12 & Active Military with ID receive free entry.

The host hotel, Hilton Americas-Houston, will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing. Go to houstonsafariclub.org/convention/attendees/ to purchase tickets and for more information. Very few booths remain. Booth information may be found here. HSC sincerely thanks its latest Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy and NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston Safari Club recently signed on to the following letter of support for the WILD Act (S. 826).

Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) joined with several other Senators to introduce S. 826, the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act.  S. 826, was passed in the Senate and now moves to the House of Representatives. 

The WILD Act will promote wildlife conservation, assist in the management of invasive species, and help protect endangered species. The bipartisan legislation will reauthorize government conservation programs such as USFWS’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and multinational wildlife conservation programs.

The WILD Act would also establish cash-prize competitions for technological innovations in the prevention of illegal poaching and trafficking, management of invasive species, promotion of conservation, and protection of endangered wildlife.

You can read the letter HERE

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) and Wildlife Partners, LLC announce the renewal of their collaboration to promote the future of conservation and outdoor education.  

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Houston Safari Club. The organization and its members exemplify the spirit of conservation and preservation of our outdoor heritage. As a conservation focused company, we can find no better place to direct our support”, stated Chris Gilroy, Director of Ranch Operations, Wildlife Partners.

HSC Executive Director Joe Betar commented, “Wildlife Partners believes in the mission of Houston Safari Club and has once again stepped up full force to help ensure the future of wildlife, habitat, hunters’ rights and outdoor education”.

Wildlife Partners will once again have a major presence at the HSC annual worldwide convention and conservation expo, January 26-28, 2018 in downtown Houston.

About Wildlife Partners, LLC

WildLife Partners is honored to be a part of the rapidly growing, global wildlife Industry. We offer private investors the opportunity for direct ownership of exotic trophy animals. The sector is driven by profit focused investors capitalizing on conservation initiatives and a seeming endless demand for high quality trophy animals. Our programs have been met with great approval by both conservationists and investors seeking alternatives to traditional vehicles such as stocks and real estate. For more information, visit our website at wildlifepartners.com or call 1-866-377-3000.

 

If the date on your United States Department of Homeland Security Certificate of Registration – CBP Form 4457 – has expired, it will no longer be accepted by the South African Police Services’ Central Firearms Desk. These are some helpful tips from Cindi Rulon of WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Customs Brokers:

CLICK HERE FOR CBP Form 4457 with 2019 expiration date

To All Hunters near Houston,

The most convenient Customs Office you should use to register your guns, binoculars, scopes, cameras, etc., with the new CF 4457 that has an expiration date of 08/31/2019:
Customs & Border Protection
2350 North Sam Houston Pkwy. #900
Houston, Texas  77032
291-985-6805

There is free parking in the front of the high-rise building as well as garage parking.
Best hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm. 

If you need to register your guns on a weekend, you can go to:
Houston Intercontinental Airport
Terminal E
CBP office on ground floor
Best hours: 9 am-4 pm.

Take the new form 4457 with the expiration date of 08/31/2019 with you.

For questions, you may contact:
Cindi Rulon
WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Customs Brokers
17401 Aldine Westfield Rd.
Houston, Texas  77073
281-606-2400
crulon@well-usa.com

Houston Safari Club and the United States Delegation of The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (“CIC-US”) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), for the shared goals of the two organizations, to promote and advance sustainable hunting as a critical conservation instrument and the preservation of the hunting heritage.  

This partnership will provide an opportunity for HSC to expand its conservation focus and efforts globally, working with CIC-US. Rick Capozza, President of the U.S. Delegation of CIC stated “We are honored by HSC’s commitment to support our mission to be the collective voice of American hunters on global conservation issues. We look forward to a long-term collaborative partnership with HSC”.

”HSC and its members proudly partner with CIC-USA and its efforts to fight wildlife crime, support sustainable use wildlife management, and preserve the hunting heritage”, states Joe Betar, HSC Executive Director. 

The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (“CIC”) is a politically independent and globally respected hunter-conservation advisory organization dedicated to promoting sustainable hunting to conserve wildlife and wild lands, support communities and indigenous peoples, and preserve the hunting heritage across the globe. CIC’s unique membership structure includes nation states, corporations, and individuals. Under both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the CIC is the only hunting organization worldwide that enjoys the official status of an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO)

The CIC-US is a 501(c)(3) organization with an independent board and officers and is an affiliate of the CIC headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. CIC-US now counts over 80 members including leaders from many of the most respected hunting and wildlife conservation organizations in the United States as well as experts from several American universities. Its mission is to support and promote the four global initiatives of CIC, namely – Combat Wildlife Crime, Promote Wildlife Conservation, Partner with International Organizations and Sustain our Global Hunting Heritage.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is proud to announce Capital Farm Credit as its newest Corporate Partner.

Capital Farm Credit, a long time HSC supporter, has strengthened its backing of HSC’s mission principles of education, conservation and hunters’ rights. As a Corporate Partner, Capital Farm Credit will assist HSC in providing conservation grants and programs, youth education, veterans outreach and more. Providing ongoing, comprehensive support of all HSC fundraising initiatives and media channels, Capital Farm Credit has deepened its commitment to HSC and its members.

“Capital Farm Credit shares the Houston Safari Club’s dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and its efforts to ensure Texans’ continued enjoyment of the outdoors,” said Ben Novosad, CEO of Capital Farm Credit. “We’re proud to partner with HSC on the great work they do in education and the promotion of responsible land stewardship.”

HSC Executive Director Joe Betar states, “Capital Farm Credit has long supported the stewardship of natural resources. As part of that effort, their support of HSC’s programs, events and efforts, further demonstrates their commitment to conservation. We are so honored to have Capital Farm Credit as a partner”.

About Capital Farm Credit

Capital Farm Credit has provided financing to Texas farmers, ranchers, rural property owners and agribusinesses for more than 100 years. Headquartered in Bryan, CFC has offices serving most of Texas. For more information about its patronage dividend program, financial services and office locations, visit CapitalFarmCredit.com.

 

Houston Safari Club recently signed on to the following letter urging the Senate to pass HJ Res.69, which the House already passed last week.

Per Jeff Crane, President, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation: 

  • While HJ Res 69 (previously numbered HJ Res 49) would specifically nullify the aforementioned AK rule, please consider the broader implications in voting in favor of this resolution: 
  • The states have authority to manage fish and wildlife on federal lands (USFWS, BLM, USFS, NPS) as repeatedly affirmed by Congress, and cooperation is compelled to achieve both wildlife population and habitat objectives. This AK Final Rule is an example of failed federal cooperation and sets an undesirable precedent that could be replicated by USFWS on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) nationally. 
  • This AK Final Rule boldly preempts 3 federal statutes that grants the authority of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to manage wildlife for both recreational and subsistence hunting on NWRs, and is affirmed by Congress in the Alaska Statehood Act, the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act. 
  • A USFWS policy that eliminates hunting must not be allowed to surpass federal statute that explicitly identifies hunting as a priority general public use as required by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.

You can read the letter HERE

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) recently concluded its 2017 Annual Convention and Hunting Expo. Daily pedestrian traffic in the expo hall and attendance at the banquet fundraising events were at an all-time high. This year’s theme was “Into the Wild”, and visitors were able to experience the thrill of the outdoors from the moment they entered the hall.

The Saturday night Gala included the auction of the coveted Texas Desert Bighorn Sheep Reserve Tag. The tag was sold for an incredible $120,000 – the second highest bid ever for this tag. Awarded by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the majority of the proceeds are donated back to the Texas Desert Bighorn sheep program.

”A big thanks to all our exhibitors and donors for making this year’s convention and expo a resounding success, said JD Burrows, this year’s Convention Chair.  “Visitors this year saw some of the most diverse adventure opportunities, and met professional guides and hunters from around the world”.  Among the many events held this weekend, our guests enjoyed live music, side-splitting laughter from comedian Jason Hewlett, and inspirational words from Shane Mahoney (Conservation Vision) and Wayne LaPierre (NRA). HSC hosted the Youth Wildlife Conservation Education (YWCE) program again this year, and together with educators, continued to bring lessons from the great outdoors to high-school students in the Houston area.  Finally, through the kindness of our donors, sponsors and bidders HSC was able to generate the much needed funds to continue our missions of education, conservation, and defending hunters’ rights.  Burrows added, “I want to thank everyone involved, and especially our loyal exhibitors, donors, and volunteers for their generosity and dedication, as we all stepped “Into the Wild”.

Beginning January 2018, this landmark annual HSC event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, TX. The move allows HSC to accommodate the ever-expanding list of exhibitors that wish to be part of the annual event. The new location affords 104,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space at a central location within Houston. The newly redesigned convention center and adjacent plazas are a destination for locals and tourists. Education programs and evening fundraising events will be hosted by Hilton-Americas Houston Hotel. For those visitors that enjoyed our 2017 expo, just wait to see what we have in-store for 2018.  Please join us January 26-29, 2017, for our 46th year.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations, are 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 houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces the ability for hunters worldwide to bid online for live auction items as part of its annual Convention and Hunting Expo. The 2017 event will take place January 13-15 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot, The Woodlands, TX.

Friday and Saturday night live auction items are now available for online bidding via onlinehuntingauctions.com. Bidders will find the Friday auction at onlinehuntingauctions.com/2017-HSC-Live-Auction_as43573 and the Saturday auction at onlinehuntingauctions.com/2017-HSC-Live-Auction_as45510. These auctions feature gear, excursions around the world, and more! Bidders are encouraged to login now, build a profile, review the auction items and start bidding. Then, on both Friday and Saturday nights during Convention, log back in and participate in the intensity and action of online bidding during our live auctions!

The 2017 Saturday night auction includes the coveted Texas Desert Bighorn Sheep Reserve Tag. Awarded by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the majority of the proceeds are donated back to the Texas Desert Bighorn sheep program. This sought-after permit awards one hunter the opportunity to chase a desert bighorn ram between September 2017 and July 2018, taking place on one of three state of Texas Wildlife Management Areas. The winner of this tag will also receive a brand new rifle from Legendary Arms Works (www.legendaryarmsworks.com). All convention details may be found at houstonsafariclub.org/convention.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce the move and expansion of its annual Convention & Worldwide Hunting Expo. Beginning January 2018, the HSC event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, TX.

The move allows HSC to accommodate the ever-expanding list of exhibitors that wish to be part of the annual event. The new location affords 104,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space at a central location within Houston. The newly redesigned convention center and adjacent plazas are a destination for locals and tourists. Education programs and evening fundraising events will be hosted by Hilton-Americas Houston Hotel.

“While we held successful conventions for many years in our previous location, it was necessary to relocate to a larger, more centrally located venue. We are excited to host our annual Convention at the newly renovated George R. Brown Convention Center. The increased space will allow HSC to accommodate the waiting list of exhibitors we have been unable to host in the past and will hopefully provide easier access to more attendees in our new downtown location,” states Joe Betar, HSC Executive Director.

“The Houston Safari Club’s convention is one of our area’s largest and fastest growing events for outdoor enthusiasts,” says Mike Waterman, President of Visit Houston. “Because of the significant growth the group has experienced in recent years, they’ve looked to expand to a larger space and we’re pleased that the George R. Brown Convention Center is able to accommodate them. We believe this location will allow the group to continue to expand in coming years, welcoming more individuals interested in preserving the sport of hunting.”

Look for more information and exciting announcements regarding Convention 2018 or to register for Convention 2017 at houstonsafariclub.org/convention/exhibitor-info/.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is proud to announce the strengthening of its partnership with the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The MidwayUSA Foundation has generously accepted Houston Safari Club’s 501(c)(3) Foundation, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES), as a partner to participate in its Donor Designated Endowment Program. The MidwayUSA Foundation, founded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, is a public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. The endowment program establishes a fund for the benefit of youth shooting sports through charitable organizations.

Randy Moeller, MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director, states, “Every dollar of the $400,000 gift made by Houston Safari Club to our endowment program will be matched and 5% will provide grant funding for their youth program. The mission of HSC’s ACES charity fits perfectly with our mission to help fund youth shooting teams and activities.”

“Houston Safari Club is proud to join with MidwayUSA Foundation in supporting the future of shooting sports by providing this initial endowment to fund Youth shooting and hunting programs across the country.  This partnership with MidwayUSA Foundation perfectly complements HSC’s nationally recognized Youth Scholarship Program, both of which we are confident will help to insure the future of our Shooting and Hunting Heritage,” states John Pepper, Treasurer, Houston Safari Club.

About The Midway USA Foundation
The Midway USA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Every donation made is 100% tax deductible and supports the mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their youth shooting team. For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., please visit www.midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570. Changing the future of youth shooting sports

About Houston Safari Club
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces registration for the 2017 Convention and Hunting Expo is now open. The event will take place January 13-15 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot, The Woodlands, TX.

Themed as “Into The Wild” the 2017 event will feature award-winning entertainer Jason Hewlett. Jason presents an incredible one-man show of music, comedy, parody & impressions. The 2017 HSC Convention will also include the opportunity to bid on the coveted Texas Desert Bighorn Sheep Reserve Tag. Awarded by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the majority of the proceeds are donated back to the Texas Desert Bighorn sheep program. This sought-after permit awards one hunter the opportunity to chase a desert bighorn ram between September 2017 and July 2018, taking place on one of three state of Texas Wildlife Management Areas. The winner of this tag will also receive a brand new rifle from Legendary Arms Works (www.legendaryarmsworks.com). Exhibitors from around the world, silent and live auctions and more will round out the weekend for an exciting event.

Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing. Go to houstonsafariclub.org/convention/attendees/ to purchase tickets and for more information.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is pleased to announce the launch of its online store. Now, HSC-branded merchandise is available to everyone at the click of a mouse.

On the heels of a new website launch, HSC has added another component to its online presence. Inspired by the outdoor lifestyle, HSC’s exclusive line of branded product is the perfect addition to the outdoor enthusiasts’ collection. There will be “online only” specials available as well. Caps, t-shirts, cups, shooter shirts, microfibers, fleeces, polos, and more are now available. Better yet, FREE SHIPPING on all items!

“We are thrilled to offer our members and the public the ability to purchase HSC merchandise online and have it shipped right to their home. The purchase of HSC products helps to make the fulfillment of our mission possible”, states Carla Nielsen, HSC Marketing & Publications Manager.

Order your HSC Gear today at HSCGEAR.com!

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is now accepting entries for their annual Hunting and Photo Awards Contests. The winners will be announced at the annual HSC Convention and Hunting Expo, January 13-15 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot, The Woodlands, Texas.

Entries are accepted each year for these prestigious awards. An entrant must be a member of Houston Safari Club. The Hunting Awards include International, Whitetail and Youth Categories! Photo award submissions may be entered into Wildlife, Trophy, Indigenous People, Landscape and Pride of HSC categories. If you are not currently a member, you may join today at houstonsafariclub.org/membership/join/. Award entry forms may be found here houstonsafariclub.org/convention/awards/. Additional information regarding HSC’s annual Convention may be found at houstonsafariclub.org/convention/.

About Houston Safari Club
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

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Houston Safari Club recently signed onto a letter to both presidential candidates that covered the Statement of Principles in Support of Public Lands. This letter asked for them to confirm their support for public ownership of public lands and keep nationally owned land from falling into state and private hands.

 

Sportsmen’s Public Land Support Letter to Mr Trump
Sportsmen’s Public Land Support Letter to Secretary Clinton

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Conservation Visions. HSC’s partnership with Conservation Visions includes support of the Wild Harvest Initiative.

The Wild Harvest Initiative is multi-year program designed by Conservation Visions Inc. to measure and analyze the biomass of wild animal protein harvested by citizens of the United States and Canada, and to assess its nutritional and its economic value. The initiative will also determine the ecological and financial costs of replacing this food through standard agricultural and domestic livestock production.

“The Wild Harvest Initiative will have great relevance for all stakeholders in the conservation community, and for everyone who is concerned about safe, healthy food,” says Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.  “We are excited to have Houston Safari Club join our growing coalition of support for the Initiative, and we are committed to working with our Partners to forge common ground for discussion and public engagement in wildlife conservation issues”.

“HSC is thrilled to continue our partnership with Shane and Conservation Visions. Shane’s foresight to gather and bring this data into the public conscience will hopefully join academia, the non-hunting populace and hunter-conservationists together to better understand the importance of wild, sustainable resources”, states Joe Betar, Executive Director, Houston Safari Club.

About Conservation Visions

Conservation Visions Inc. will educate and inspire the general public and sustainable use community on why conservation matters; promote sustainable use as a conservation mechanism worldwide; reestablish conservation as a social movement by promoting the concept of ‘citizen conservation’; build strong and diverse conservation coalitions by building upon shared ideals; encourage and enable stakeholders to take action for wildlife and human heritage protection; reinvigorate the idea that wildlife belongs to everyone, and ultimately effect positive change for wildlife and humanity.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce the recent award of twenty four (24) scholarships as part of its Dan L. Duncan Scholarship awards. The winners were chosen from hundreds of qualified applicants.

These applicants must have a desire to protect and promote the sport of hunting and the principles of conservation. Applicants for these scholarships are undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Wildlife Management and/or Range Management. The ideal candidate must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and complete a thorough application process including recommendations, transcript reviews, and in some cases, providing thesis information.

Deb Cunningham, Scholarship Committee Chair, states “The HSC Dan L. Duncan Scholarship is the perfect partnership…dedicated, hard-working students with a passion for wildlife and wildlife management related studies, wildlife biologists, ranch management and wildlife conservation, coupled with the idea of a generous Hunter/conservationist, Dan Duncan and like-minded HSC generous sponsor/donors who make their dreams a reality.”

Following a thorough review of all applicants, the Scholarship Selection Committee awarded twenty-four scholarships. HSC, in conjunction with its charitable arm the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES), has awarded scholarships of over $1.75 million dollars.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of, affiliated with or funded by any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is proud to announce its continued support of Conservation Force in the form of a $25,000 grant. HSC is one of the founding supporters of Conservation Force, and has provided funding since 1997.

Conservation Force is a charitable foundation dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, wild places and the outdoor way of life. HSC has joined forces with Conservation Force to battle attacks against hunter-conservationists, including the airline ban on the import of legally harvested animals.

John Jackson, Chairman, Conservation Force, states, “Houston Safari Club is one of the top four supporters of Conservation Force and has been from our inception. But HSC is more than that. I am a life member and the members are among our dearest friends. Representing HSC and its exceptional members makes us proud to be hunters and inspires Chrissie and I in all that we do. Thanks to HSC for caring and helping and for being worth fighting for.”

About Conservation Force

Conservation Force is a non-profit, public, charitable organization that serves as one of the leading conservation and advocacy organizations in the world today. With partners worldwide, its exempt purposes are wildlife conservation, education, research and serving the greater public good. For more information see conservationforce.org.

 

Recently, Houston Safari Club signed onto a wildfire funding and forest management letter to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry committee. The letter further explains key points within the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016 they support, and those they still have concerns with, specifically in regards to budget and management of Indian forest land.

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W21_Volume_5_coverHouston Safari Club, in conjunction with the American Wildlife Council Partnership (AWCP), is pleased to announce the release of “Wildlife in the 21st Century” version 5.

This document is a compilation of recommendations, to be presented to the next U.S. Presidential administration, on the topics identified to be of the greatest impact to the future of wildlife, natural resources, hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in the U.S.. It is used as a tool to help guide incoming Presidential administrations as they consider the future of wildlife, conservation of resources and the sporting heritage in this country.

Download the document here: W21_Volume_5_final-compressed (2)

Please read on for further information.

Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume V is the fifth in a series of recommendations from the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) beginning in 2001. AWCP is a consortium of 45 organizations that represent the interests of America’s millions of dedicated hunter conservationists, professional wildlife and natural resource managers, outdoor recreation users, conservation educators, and wildlife scientists.

AWCP came together in 2000 to combine the energy and wisdom of our individual organizations. While individual organizations have their own primary areas of interest, collectively we all are dedicated to ensuring the vitality of our wildlife resources and providing for sustainable public use and enjoyment of those resources under the science-based management of the state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, in cooperation with habitat and land management by the federal, state, county, and local governments. This system of wildlife conservation is known as The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

We work together towards a future in which we envision…

  • all wildlife and private and public habitats are abundant, maintained and enhanced;hunting, trapping and other outdoor interests are supported by the public to maintain America’s great wildlife conservation heritage and cultural traditions;
  • natural resources policies encourage, empower, and reward stewardship and responsible use;
  • all citizens are committed to principles of scientific wildlife management, where wildlife is held in public trust, and where the use of resources is shared equitably and sustained for present and future generations.

Previous volumes were provided to Presidents Bush and Obama. Now we present these recommendations to help inform the next administration about the pressing issues facing wildlife conservation and our sporting heritage. These recommendations for improving wildlife conservation are offered in the spirit of the hunter conservationists our organizations represent. Each recommendation is based on sound science and builds on the historical achievements of hunter conservationists in making this country’s wildlife resources the envy of the world.

These recommendations represent a general agreement of the partners. Each partner organization reserves the right to establish independent positions on any issue as we research, debate, and act on these ideas for the next 5 years of the 21st century. In the tradition of the hunter and angler conservationists, we look forward to working with you to conserve our fish, wildlife, and habitat resources long into the 21st century.

Joel Pedersen, 2015 Chair
American Wildlife Conservation Partners
Editor, Wildlife in the 21st Century, Volume V

Wildlife Logo jpeg image (1)Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is proud to announce Wildlife Partners, LLC as its newest Corporate Partner. Wildlife Partners’ presence will be highlighted though HSC’s marketing efforts, media channels and multiple events.

“WildLife Partners is proud to partner with Houston Safari Club. Along with HSC, we share the belief of wildlife and habitat preservation and protection”, states Roger Festor, Director of Operations, Wildlife Partners, LLC.

HSC Executive Director Joe Betar states, “HSC’s ability to implement its mission of conservation, education and the protection of hunters’ rights is made possible through the patronage of supporters. We are extremely excited to join forces with Wildlife Partners to further HSC’s mission”.

About Wildlife Partners, LLC

WildLife Partners is honored to be a part of the rapidly growing, global wildlife Industry. We offer private investors the opportunity for direct ownership of exotic trophy animals. The sector is driven by profit focused investors capitalizing on conservation initiatives and a seeming endless demand for high quality trophy animals. Our programs have been met with great approval by both conservationists and investors seeking alternatives to traditional vehicles such as stocks and real estate. For more information, visit our website at wildlifepartners.com or call 1-866-377-3000.

Shane Mahoney, CEO, Conservation Visions, delivered the keynote address at the 2016 HSC Annual Convention Gala in January. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Shane Mahoney is a leading international authority on wildlife conservation. A rare combination of scientist, hunter, angler, historian and philosopher, he brings a unique perspective to wildlife issues. Shane delivered a powerful message to the HSC audience on the interaction and dependency of man and nature, the protection of the legacy of hunting and the challenges facing hunters today. Listen now and be inspired!

 

Recently, Houston Safari Club and 50 other organizations signed onto a letter urging House leadership to schedule floor time for the SHARE Act. In October, the SHARE Act passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support, and it is important to move this legislation forward as soon as possible before the 114th Congress ends.

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This holiday, give them what they really want – a membership to Houston Safari Club. Your gift membership will include a special Houston Safari Club gift and a welcome letter that includes a personal message from you.

Help preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the protection of hunters’ rights.

Houston Safari Club (HSC) would like to take the opportunity to comment on HBO’s recently-aired feature on the status of the African elephant. The segment aired on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”, November 24, 2015.

The piece focused on the declining numbers of African elephants. HSC applauds the investigative work of HBO’s journalists in publicizing international poaching issues facing elephants today and those brave individuals fighting great odds to protect the elephant from poachers. HSC absolutely disagrees that legal, regulated, ethical hunting should be linked with poaching, as a primary reason for the elephant’s declining numbers.

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As part of the markup of S. 556, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee passed permanent FLTFA reauthorization last week. HSC along with seventy-one other conservation groups signed a letter in support of FLTFA reauthorization, which was sent to Senate Leadership and the Senate ENR Committee.

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On the weekend of October 17-18, Houston Safari Club (HSC) and the Texas Game Warden Association (TGWA) sponsored a youth bow hunt in Maverick County. First Point Bowhunting donated their 5,200 acre ranch for the hunt, with Game Wardens Bobby Kana and Vu Nguyen of Galveston County present to host and educate kids on the importance of proper harvesting and processing of game animals. Continue reading →

Conservation Force, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, the CAMPFIRE Association, the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association (TAHOA), and Corey Knowlton filed suit today against Delta Air Lines, Inc. to compel an end to Delta’s illegal embargo on transport of hunting trophies of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) from Africa. The plaintiffs allege the embargo on transport of a specific class of non-dangerous cargo violates Delta’s duty as a common carrier not to discriminate against passengers or cargo. Continue reading →

With the recent expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, Houston Safari Club as part of AWCP has attached its support to a letter which recognizes “now is the time for all with a vested interest to have an open and honest discussion about opportunities to modernize LWCF to address contemporary issues, secure full funding for the program and continue its legacy of success.”

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HSC is proud to announce its 2015 Annual Sporting Clays Tournament, scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015. The tournament will be held at Greater Houston Gun Club beginning at 12:30 p.m.

This event has proven to be extremely popular because of the great fellowship, and the fabulous auction and raffle items. Experienced and novice shooters alike are encouraged to attend. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends out for a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a truly worthy cause.  

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January 27, 2015

Metairie, LA (Conservation Force) – This is a comment on behalf of Conservation Force and a number of its supporting member organizations including Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, African Safari Club of Florida, Shikar Safari Club International, International Professional Hunters Association and Professional Hunters Association of South Africa.

Conservation Force is among the foremost leaders of and most actively engaged organizations in Africa-wide lion conservation.  This has been described in prior comments preceding this pending proposal, which comments in their entirety on the status of the lion throughout Africa are incorporated herein by reference to avoid repetition.  We have previously filed voluminous, meticulously referenced comments in the earlier stages of this listing that will not be repeated here.

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February 10, 2015 (Houston, TX) – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislative package is designed to promote and protect the hunting and fishing heritage of Americans and expand access to hunting and fishing areas across the United States.

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 is supported by members of both parties including original co-sponsors U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), and U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). In addition to enhancing access opportunities to public lands for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, the proposed measures address conservation programs and the potential for an expanded outdoor recreation economy.  Some areas of note include:

HUNT Act: All federal public land management agencies are directed to identify high-priority federal lands where hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are permitted but where access is non-existent or significantly restricted, and develop plans to provide access.

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HSC has provided a $30,000 grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in support of the Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer and Desert Pronghorn Restoration Projects.

The HSC grant will be utilized to support the desert bighorn sheep restoration program (monitoring equipment, student monitoring and helicopter capture), as administered by the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI), in partnership with TPWD. Also being funded is the mule deer restoration project and the pronghorn restoration project, specifically relocation, monitoring, predator management and fencing modification to promote survival, production and movement.

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HSC is proud to announce educational seminars that will take place during the Expo. The HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

The HSC expo seminars include two interesting and educational sessions. One of the seminars will feature guest speakers Paul Trethowan and Dr. Andrew Loveridge. Paul is the lead researcher of the Bubye Valley Conservancy (BVC) Lion Research Project, which is home to 25% of the lion population in Zimbabwe. Dr. Andrew Loveridge is the lead researcher of Hwange National Park Lion Research Project. Their seminar Lions of Bubye Valley Conservancy – A Conservation Success Story will give attendees an in-depth look of the program, as well as a look into the behavioral ecology of African lions.

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HSC is proud and excited to announce the auction lineup for the HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit HSC’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the protection of hunters’ rights. The convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

This year, HSC is using electronic bidding for the Friday night silent auction. Using any type of smartphone, computer or iPad/tablet, you can browse silent auction items and place bids with the tap of a finger. Plus, you will be notified by text if you are outbid for an item! For instructions on how to register go to https://hscfdn.org/convention-silent-auction-is-going-digital-bid-now/ and start bidding today!

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HSC is proud to announce celebrity appearances that will take place during the Expo. The HSC Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention will take place January 23-25, 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Razor Dobbs, big game hunter and host of the television series RAZOR DOBBS ALIVE on Sportsman Channel, will make an appearance on Saturday, January 24, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the HSC membership booth in the expo hall. Razor is an award-winning television producer and hunts across the globe pursuing dangerous game.

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HSC provided a grant to the Texas Game Warden Association (TGWA) in support of their annual youth hunt.

In October, the TGWA put on an annual youth hunt at Cedar Bayou Farms in Liberty County. Youth hunts put on by TGWA are designed to be educational hunts and enable kids to experience the outdoors and hunting. These kids have either never hunted before or rarely get the opportunity to do so.

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HSC continued its support of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) with a grant of $25,000. Funds will help the USSAF work to defend hunting, fishing and trapping against lawsuits, legislation and ballot issues initiated by anti-hunters.

For over 36 years, USSAF has been able to achieve a 95% success rate of defeating anti-hunting led initiatives. Unfortunately, the number of new anti-hunting initiatives is increasing and the only way they can meet those challenges is with increased funding from supporters like HSC.

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Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce that Early Bird tickets for the Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention are available at hscfdn.org/convention/banquet-auction/. These early bird prices will end on December 1.

The event is scheduled for January 23-25, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas, at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. HSC’s annual convention showcases wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of hunting outfitters, gear and luxury exhibits from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. 

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HSC is proud to announce its 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention sponsors. Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the Circle of Excellence Sponsor for the 2015 convention. The event will take place January 23-25, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel in The Woodlands, Texas.

In addition, Enterprise Products Partners, L.P., one of the largest publicly-traded energy partnerships, and Capital Farm Credit, a customer-owned cooperative, providing financing to rural landowners in Texas, have continued their support of HSC as Platinum Convention Sponsors. HSC is also delighted to announce that Carter’s Country and S&B Engineers and Constructors, LTD have returned this year as Gold Convention Sponsors.

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HSC has provided a $15,000 grant to Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, Inc. (TWAF) in support of their Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP).

The TYHP is recognized as one of the official educational programs of the Texas Wildlife Association and its partner, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to introduce young Texans to hunting. Each year, the TYHP gives thousands of Texans the opportunity to participate in youth hunting activities, legally and ethically while learning about the valuable role landowners and hunters play in wildlife conservation. Because many youth today do not have the resources or opportunities to experience outdoor activities such as hunting, especially on private land, the TYHP is a solution as it provides hunting activities for many families who have limited income and/or limited access to private and public land.

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HSC continued its support of Conservation Force with a grant renewal of $25,000. HSC is one of the founding supporters of Conservation Force, which it has funded since 1997.

Conservation Force is a charitable foundation dedicated to conservation of wildlife, wild places and the outdoor way of life. Its name and its theme, “hunters are the force” stand for three forces. First, that hunters and anglers are an indispensable and essential force for wildlife conservation. Second, that Conservation Force is a collaborative effort combining forces of a consortium of organizations and, third, that Conservation Force itself is a proactive force to be reckoned with because of its record of conservation successes.

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is proud to
announce its 2015 Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention, scheduled for January 23-25, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

HSC’s annual convention showcases wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe. The three-day long exposition will feature hundreds of hunting, gear and luxury exhibits from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. 

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HSC is pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief. 

Operation Game Thief (OGT) is one of the nation’s top wildlife crime-stopper programs. OGT provides a unique reporting and reward system to help curtail the unlawful harvest of Texas’ wildlife. In addition, OGT provides support for educational programs presented by game wardens and the expansion of technology and training. The HSC grant will be utilized to help fund OGT’s ongoing billboard marketing program, increasing the reach and awareness of OGT. The grant was provided through HSC’s affiliate organization, The American Conservation and Education Society (ACES).

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has provided a grant to The NRA Foundation in support of their Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) program.

The grant was specifically provided through HSC’s affiliate organization, The American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). The donation, in the amount of $10,000, will be used to help promote the expansion of the YHEC program. The YHEC program has reached an estimated 15,000 young hunters annually since its inception in 1985. In addition, the funding provided by Houston Safari Club will support the development of trained volunteer mentors for the program. 

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is the state agency that regulates all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas.

The TABC has proposed amendments to Administrative Rule 36.1, relating to the Possession and Sale of Firearms on Licensed Premises. Licensed Premises is loosely defined as any venue at which TABC has authorized the sale or consumption of alcohol. This includes the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Houston Racquet Club, and any public facility that holds a TABC liquor license. Of particular interest is proposed subsection (c) of Rule Administrative 36.1 which references the rules dealing with certain firearms sales, firing ranges and gun shows at on-premises locations.

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) as a title sponsor of the Texas Bass, Bucks and Boots event.

This regional event brings together state legislators and members of the sportsmen’s community to enjoy an evening of camaraderie and discuss the future of America’s hunting and angling traditions. The occasion will take place September 25th in Houston, TX.

In addition, Houston Safari Club is providing support for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s 25th Banquet & Auction, to be held September 10th in Washington, D.C. This annual event provides an opportunity for the outdoor sporting community, supporters and friends of CSF to recognize the tremendous work of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) in keeping sportsmen and women in the field and on the water. At the Annual Banquet & Auction, leaders of the sportsmen’s conservation community meet and interact with members of the CSC and thank them for their efforts in protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping on Capitol Hill.

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(HOUSTON, TX.) – Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces the appointment of Joe Betar, as Executive Director. Betar will be responsible for Houston Safari Club’s management, member relations, programs, and external relationships. He will also serve as the Executive Director of HSC’s charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES), and as Executive Editor of its publications, Hunter’s Horn and Bush Telegraph.

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The scores have been tallied, the auctions won, and the guns cleaned – it is safe to say that the Third Annual HSC Shoot for the Troops was by far the most successful ever. Three 350 shooters from near and far converged on the manicured lawn of the Greater Houston Gun Club to participate in the largest sporting clays tournament ever hosted on the grounds. The balmy spring day began smothered in thick blanket of coastal fog, but quickly brightened as the mid morning sun burned it away.

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