SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

 
SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Mark Jablonic, President

As I write this, many of our areas are under severe flooding. If you were affected by this, I’m sorry for you. Hopefully you are able to easily rebound from this. With spring comes new beginnings. Now that it’s ice out, I just wonder what type of impact it will have on fish waters and on nesting birds.

 

Unless you are one of the fortunate people who are headed to the southern hemisphere this year, and I know a lot of them, most of our seasons are over and we are going into that void we experience before the fall when it all gets going again. Most turkey seasons are over by now. If you hunted turkey this year I hope you came away with stories to tell and knowledge for the future. The toms that frequent my backyard haven’t started gobbling yet. There are some spring bear hunts yet and I keep telling myself it’s been too long since I’ve been on one. Whatever you did and where ever you went, I’m jealous. But that’s OK because I’m trying to get in shape for a goat hunt I bid on at our fundraiser in British Columbia this September. That old saying is so true, “It’s easier to stay in shape than to get in shape”.

 

I wanted to give you a “heads up” in case you are a veteran or know some. Otto and Mary Reetz, two of our Board members, run an organization called Wounded Warriors United. They have some events coming up and a wonderful way to thank the vets for their service. They have too many events to go into here, I’ll list a few, but you can go to their website and check it out.

  • They had 7 vets on a snow goose hunt in South Dakota in March.
  • They have a triple purpleheart recipient going to Triple O ranch in Idaho for a bear hunt in May sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin chapter.
  • They have an all-female vets fishing event May 31.
  • They have a bass tournament in Beechwood, WI on July 13 that will feature 50 vets.
  • They have an all-female vets pronghorn antelope hunt in Wyoming in September.
  • And they’ll take 75 vets fishing on August 10 at Skipper Bud’s in Oshkosh. This event is open to the public. There will be lunch, raffles and awards. This is their major fundraiser for all of the activities listed above so please turn out and help them

These events are all funded by private donations, local businesses and SCI chapters. If you have an interest in donating or attending, you can contact Otto or Mary Reetz.

 

One last thing, Smokey the Bear is 75 years old. I remember that baritone voice from my youth telling me, “Only you can prevent forest fires”. Over the years he told us how to make sure our camp fires were out and safe. I understand now he gives hugs to campers who do it correctly. Oh well.

 

May will be our last member’s meeting before we take the summer off. Member meetings will begin again in September. Look for your yellow cards in the mail. Especially you new members who joined at our Show. Come on by and check us out. Heck, you paid for it.

 

Now go outside and play.

Mark

 

 

I look forward to seeing you September 11th
for our next monthly members meeting.