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A Message from your President

This past Saturday, we held the SSC Annual Meeting at Bob Brocchini’s beautiful trophy room in Ripon—a great treat for our experienced hunters and younger members alike. We elected officers and directors for the club.

Ken Akins announced the Hunter of the Year, Steve Hartstrom, and the Member of the Year is, Bob Brocchini. Congratulations to both of you.

We had a robust discussion of opportunities for the club. All agreed the most important thing the club should focus on is attracting and retaining new young members and hunters. We had a young member volunteer to join the board to help us achieve these goals. The board will work on strategies to engage young people and new hunters through social media, seminars, special hunting programs, and events. 

We also announced that the board has decided to find a new venue for our annual fundraiser in the spring. We expect to move the fundraiser to May to avoid multiple conflicts with other single-species clubs. Ideas were explored with the members present, and our formal plans are expected to be announced in late September. 

I am gratified by the feedback we received at the annual meeting, and we are excited to begin charting the new Sacramento Safari Club course. I also want to thank Mitch Larkin for donating to the club from the proceeds he won in the card raffle game. 

I am sorry to report that Ken Akins has resigned from the board of directors. He will stay involved with the board to work on special projects and events. Thanks for all your support, Ken!

If any of our plans spark ideas you want to share with the board, please email me at [email protected]. I hope everyone has some great hunts this fall. 

Your SSC Board


Wayne Wickham, President

Dan Cirillo, V.P.

Cal Ryan, Secretary

Matthew Halick, Treasurer


Tom Bors

Philip Ford

Vic Shada

Ian Durrell

Robert Deitz

Sean Bechta

Ken Baccetti

Need to contact us?

President: Wayne Wickham

[email protected]

Membership: Phil Ford

[email protected]

Youth Projects/Hunt Mentoring: Robert Deitz

[email protected]

2023 Awards Banquet

This year’s awards dinner was held again in the trophy room of Bob Brocchini. 

Bob is not only a gracious host but has a world class trophy room. If it gives you any perspective of size, this year’s dinner was attended by 50+ members and we utilized about one third (1/3) of the space in his trophy room. The following members received awards this year:

Name Species

Jim Azevedo Rocky Mountain Elk

Cal Ryan Roosevelt Elk

Larry Buntrock Cape Buffalo

Sharon Talley Sable

Bob Brocchini Mountain Nyala (Gold Medal) 

Dean Talley Common Eland

Red Hartebeest

South African Springbok


Steve Hartstrom Red Hartebeest (Gold Medal) 

Southern Greater Kudu (Gold


Leopard (Silver Medal)

Cape Buffalo (Silver Medal)

Southern Great Kudu


Black Wildebeest

Common Nyala

East African Bushbuck

Red Lechwe

South African Springbok

Copper Springbok

Black Springbok

White Springbok

Member of the Year

Bob Brocchini

Hunter of the Year

Steve Hartstrom


AB 28

We have written about AB 28 (Gabriel) in the past and it continues to progress through the legislature. This is legislation that is aimed at making it more expensive to buy firearms and ammunition by imposing an 11% tax on all such purchases. If you think 11% is not much, the state expects to take in $160 million if this were to pass. All or most of the money will come from responsible shooters and hunters.

While it’s not too late, if we do not act now, it well be. Think of this as a trial balloon, if the agenda is to make the purchasing of firearms and ammunition more expensive and out of the reach of some is successful, what will the next step be. How about limiting the number of firearms one may purchase in any given period of time or limiting the amount ammunition that one may purchase.

The next step is limited only by one’s imagination. Those that are working to limit your ability to buy/possess firearms and ammunition are working much harder than we are. We depend upon SCI, NRA, and various single species organizations to represent our interest and while they do It’s not enough. There is nothing more powerful, to an elected official, than the voice of the voter and potential donator.

Take the opportunity to test the waters on this piece of legislation, contact your legislator and the following legislators, an actual visit is best, but phone calls, emails also work:

Senator Archuleta, 562 406 1001, he abstained last, ask him to do so again this year.

Senator Alvarado, 209 576 6001, she is expected to vote no, but call and reinforce her vote.

Senator Bradford, 310 412 6120, he abstained last year, ask him to do so again this year.

Senator Caballero, 831 769 8040, last year she did not vote for this bill when it was on the floor, we need her to not vote for the bill on the floor again.

Senator Cortese, 408 558 1295, he is a big no vote, but we need to reinforce his position and thank him for his support.

Senator Dodd, 707 454 3808, He is also a big no vote, but we need to support him and thank him.

Senator Hurtado, 661 395 2620, she says she plans to abstain, but Mom’s Demand Action, is targeting her to you yes, we need her to hear from shooters and hunters.

Senator Roth, 951 680 6750, abstained last year, we need to support his abstention, again this year.

Senator Rubio, 626 430 2499 abstained last year, we need to convince her to do so again this year.

Senator Umberg 714 558 3785, this Senator is a target for Mom’s Demand Action; therefore, we need to reinforce his plan to abstain.



Following through on his June announcement, of his desire to place limits on the Second  Amendment , Governor Newsom has introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional convention.  Under the guise of the “Right to Safety”, this resolution: would raise the minimum age to buy a gun from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21), mandate universal background checks, institute a waiting period for all gun purchases, and ban assault rifles for civilians.  Additionally, this resolution will affirm Congress, states, and local governments can enact “common-sense” gun safety laws.

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12 dove breasts (24 halves)

12 medium jalapeno peppers halved lengthwise and seeded.

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1 lb. bacon strips, thinly cut.

Toothpicks (soaked in water)


With a meat mallet, pound the dove breasts into a 3-inch x 4-inch rectangle. Add about a tablespoon of cream cheese into the cavity of the halved jalapenos. Wrap the stuffed jalapeno dove popper with bacon. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. Place the dove popper onto the grill over medium flame. Once the bacon is browned, rotate the popper to finish cooking the other side. When the bacon is completely cooked, your popper will be done. 

If you don’t like cream cheese, you can always use mascarpone or even gouda cheese. We usually enjoy these with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc wine.

Submitted by Ken Baccetti

SSC Treasurer

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The Hunter's Code of Ethics


Recognizing my responsibilities to wildlife, habitat and future generations, I pledge:

  • To conduct myself in the field so as to make a positive contribution to wildlife and ecosystems.
  • To improve my skills as a woodsmen and marksman to ensure humane harvesting of wildlife.
  • To comply with all game laws, the concept of fair chase, and to influence my companions accordingly. 
  • To accept my responsibility to provide all possible assistance to game law enforcement officers.
  • To waste no opportunity to teach young people the full meaning of this code of ethics.
  • To reflect in word and behavior only credit upon the fraternity of sportsmen, and to demonstrate abiding respect for the game, habitat and property where I am privileged to hunt.

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