2019 Safari Club International Show Summary

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  1. TTundra

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    @Paul Babaz Thanks for taking the time to respond. I completely understand the 'system' and show schedule process. Sadly, some of the most passionate don't get a chance at attending due to these industry conflicts. Just something that is not easily, and may never be, remedied.
     
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  2. Paul Babaz

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    @D.M.V Thank your for adding your comment as I believe this is the biggest challenge we all face. Your age demographic is exactly the group we need to embrace as you all are starting families, and it's your generation and your kid's generation that will be the protectors of our freedoms. As I just read what I wrote, I have to state that I am not that old, although that statement made me sound ancient. I said in another post elsewhere, that my volunteerism has cut into my hunting budget, especially the last few years. I understand exactly what you are saying as I have 2 in college and one in high school and being a volunteer is NOT a paid position despite popular belief. We don't get perks and free hunts, etc. although I am well aware of the past deeds of others in many of the organizations. The bottom line is, I would very much like to be able to make the shows more accessible, so I hope some of the ideas I put forth during my term will gain traction going forward.

    Good Hunting, Paul
     
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    @Wheels Thanks for the comment and I appreciate your humor. I can only speak for SCI as SCIF is a separate organization and I do not serve on the board currently. In the event, that you really want to do something for conservation and aren't positing on here just to jerk my chain, but you have reservations about your donation going to the mission I suggest the following: Do what I have done along with every SCIF board member. Make your contribution to the First for Wildlife endowment, so you can make certain that your $ is going into conservation, it cannot be used for SCIF overhead. You can also make a contribution and specify that it be earmarked for a specific conservation project, or for education or for humanitarian services. Someone posted SCIF's charity navigator rankings recently but can't recall where I saw it, but it may be worth taking a look at.

    Good Hunting, Paul
     
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    Thanks for the comment, and I agree 100% as we are all on this fight together and we all need to support each other. I am a life member of SCI, DSC, HSC, NRA Benefactor Life Member, NRA HLF, member. I truly believe that we all need to be in it if we are going to ensure our kids and grandkids, have the same rights and opportunities. Whatever show you can attend, I encourage you do so as I want to see everyone do well and thrive!

    Good Hunting, Paul
     

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    Pascal,

    I sincerely appreciate your feedback and I certainly didn't take it in a negative way, and I am sorry if my response implied otherwise. You have been in my shoes, and clearly understand how this always goes. You just have to have thick skin as there is always someone after you with a long knife! I have my own opinion on how the show should go, and where it may need to be, etc. but unfortunately I really don't get to make all the decisions! I'm sure POTUS wakes up and wishes for the same thing! Ha! Thank you for the follow up comments!

    Good Hunting, Paul
     

  6. Paul Babaz

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    Thanks for commenting on this as, I don't think I replied to this as I am not sure I saw it. But in any event who ever posted it can find me on here somewhere or elsewhere as I am not hard to find and can have a go. I'm always happy to try to reply.

    Good Hunting, Paul
     

  7. Paul Babaz

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    I'm not sure what spending policy you are referring to.
     

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    @JGRaider Perhaps you missed my query.

    https://www.africahunting.com/threads/sci-on-nbc.44270/page-2

    @JGRaider will be very confused that you're not raking in the millions from your position at SCI Paul?! :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Paul Babaz

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    Sorry, I just saw your later post and refer to my response to Wheels post. Thank you for this post, because if you aren’t clear on what your SCI Dues are paying for, I can expect that many others are not clear either.


    SCI is an advocacy organization whereby we are fighting for the freedom to hunt via our office in DC which is staffed by legislative consultants (Lobbyist), Lawyers, etc. SCI and SCIF used to be one organization but has been divided several years ago for reasons a tax attorney can explain far better than I.


    Needless to say, lobbying congress, and filing lawsuits on behalf of hunters to keep seasons, open, fight ridiculous legislation in some of the Western states as well at the Northeastern states is not an inexpensive proposition. Lobbyist, attorneys, and biologists don't work for free. Granted SCI does make a grant to SCI Foundation (SCIF) each year where Wildlife Conservation, Education, and Humanitarian Services are their primary missions. I am not an SCIF board member, although I am a donor to the First for Wildlife endowment where you can donate to make certain your $ goes to the mission and not overhead.


    Your SCI dues are going to fight the antis so we can continue to have the freedom to hunt. During my 1st term as President I invited NRA-HLF, DSC, HSC, WSF, and others to meet at SCI’s D.C. office to form a partnership, alliance, or whatever you choose to call it to work together in this fight. I am pleased to say, that we have had subsequent meetings, and Corey Mason and Karl Evans invited us all to the meeting at DSC to discuss the issues surrounding bear hunting in North America. SCI spent a lot of time and $ getting the black bear season opened in Florida and more time and $ keeping it open. We are doing the same in Louisiana where the black bear population has reached a point of having enough to have a sustainable hunting season.


    SCI is an advocacy organization that does fund conservation via the grant it makes to SCIF. Sorry for the lecture, but I want to make certain you and others clearly understand what your SCI dues are going to. As I said, fighting these battles in court and the legislature aren’t cheap. If you want to participate in the fight to save our freedoms, I encourage you to remain a member, if you own a firearm, I encourage you to join the NRA. I encourage you to join DSC, HSC and other organizations who have a similar mission.


    Good Hunting, Paul
     
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    Yes, it does indeed and this is what SCI uses it's # for. We do make a grant each year to the SCIF who also does it's own fundraising, but advocacy is SCI's primary mission.
     

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    Gents, I have commented on this in other posts here, so I will wait to see if you all still have comments/questions after reading this. SCI is indeed an advocacy organization, headquartered in DC. We have lobbyist, attorneys, on staff and fighting these battles are not cheap. Hopefully this will clear up any misunderstandings.
     

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    I will see if Rick Parsons can address some of this as salaries and benefits is a sensitive topic. I hear a lot of folks on here say that they are an SCI member, but are you a member of your local chapter? Your local chapter President is an SCI Board member and a great person to speak to if you have questions or don't like something about SCI. Consider becoming a member of the chapter's board, and consider becoming a member of the International board. A lot of ideas and opinions here and change happens within, which is why I got involved and I encourage everyone to become part of the solution!
     
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    I have to make my own observation here... I keep seeing comments about the "Old Guard", I'm betting most here don't know who the "Old Guard" Is as I am not even sure myself as a great deal of the board has changed over in the last 2 years or so.
     
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    Royal, I appreciate the input as you have summed up pretty well. I think folks are also confusing SCI and SCIF's missiuons, SCI does PROMOTE wildlife conservation, but SCIF is the group that carries out the projects. Just a note, I have been on here almost 2 hours and I don't think I've made a dent. This could be a fulltime job! Ha!
     
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    Good question, if someone has an interest in conservation, contact a local chapter and asked to help out as chapters carry our their own projects often. Of feel free to volunteer for the SCIF conservation committee. I'm not a biologist, but I volunteered for the committee early on because I have a keen interest in conservation. It goes back to my mantra, volunteer and get involved if you want to help affect change. It's much more productive then sitting back and casting stones. Maybe not as fun for some, but certainly more productive.
     

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    I'm glad to hear this because 20 hrs a month is substaintial and I understand it all too well! Are you a member of the West Texas chapter? They're one of the strongest chapter out there and some great people! I encourage you to reach out if you aren't a member!

    Thanks for being a conservation volunteer, so consider getting involved with leadership to share your insights.
     

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    JG, I'm sorry to hear you feel this way, as I would like to think my ego and those of my colleagues on the SCI Board and Executive Committee are in check and we put a lot of time and our own $ to do what we can for the good of the mission. I'd always thought I was at least a mediocre leader going all the back to my days in the Army, but perhaps I am just disillusioned.


    If you believe in the mission of SCI, but feel that it's run by ego maniacs with poor leadership skills, I invite you to DC for the May board meeting where I will invite you to address the entire board. I will give you the floor and you can share your ideas on what we can do better, and how we can we can do better. I'm not being facetious, this is serious offer to you or anyone else on this forum. I’ve made the same offer on the “Other” forum as well. I’m sorry if this is coming off a bit defensive, but it is. You can say what you want about me personal even though I don’t think we have ever even me. But you seem to have made a more than a few posts and have made a lot of comments about how bad SCI is and passed judgement on the rest of the SCI board even though I don’t know if you have ever attended an SCI meeting. I have said it time and time again, it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, and if you aren’t willing to be part of the solution, then you are simply a part of the problem. The board meeting will be held Saturday 11May2019. If you are any one would like to attend, I welcome it, because venting on here isn’t nearly as affective as voicing your concerns to the entire board of directors. Feel free to contact me, and I will add you to the agenda. Granted I can’t give you 2 hours on the microphone, but I will certainly let you make your suggestions and speak your mind.

    Good Hunting, Paul
     
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    I too wished we lived in a world where politicians actually did the job they were elected to do!

    Good Hunting, Paul
     

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    Thank you Gents, I need to log off now, but I will try to get back on again soon. Sorry if my replies are too long or too short, as I am try to answer as best I can, and as I said before, I really believe that the vast majority really care about the mission lest they wouldn't spend the time and effort on here, but I encourage everyone to channel that energy where it is most effective and hopefully I cleared up the confusion on the missions of SCI and SCIF. I honestly took for granted that folks knew the difference. SCI is a 401c4 which does advocacy, and lobbying, fights against HSUS, PETA, etc. in the courts.. Lawyers are expensive! SCIF does Conservation work, Education, and Humanitarian work. Ie: As a Vet, I am partial to taking Vets hunting, but there is something for everyone, so get involved! Have a great weekend!

    Good Hunting, Paul
     

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