SACRAMENTO SAFARI CLUB

A Chapter of SCI

May 2021 Issue
P.O. Box 3987
Napa, CA 94558
www.sacramentosafariclub.org


A Message from your Chapter President

Sustainability is the word of this generation. Sustainability is simply defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” Your club is embracing this idea in all things we do from building our club to our hunting conservation efforts. I think you would be surprised as to the many activities the management of your club performs from putting out this newsletter, website, membership, banking, events, volunteer projects, legislative monitoring and action, weekly communication with the mother ship, SCI, and many more. We want you to have a club that is built to last. 
 
We are sad to see our long-time board member Paul Del Porto leave. Paul thanks for your participation. We also want to announce our new board member and fundraising chairman, Ken Akins. Ken has a great deal of experience fundraising and event planning from his time at Ducks Unlimited. We look forward to his help and expertise.
 
We have established the date for our annual dinner and auction for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. It will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. This will be our first event in a year and a half and we very excited. We have a great dinner/activities planned and perhaps some celebrity guests. Keep an eye for your invitation which should be arriving in the first part of June. We have a special for new/renewal memberships from June 1 until Aug. 28 if you join/renew your membership and attend our August dinner.
 
The board is studying how we can make the club more valuable to you our members. I would love to hear from you on any ideas you may have. Do you have ideas on how to bring in more new young members such as hunt mentoring? Or perhaps, you know of a conservation program we should be involved in. We are open to your ideas. Just email me at wayne@sacramentosafariclub.org. We still have openings for a couple new board members if you are interested in stepping up your participation. 
 
Enjoy your summer!



WELCOME KEN AKINS!

My initial response was to an advertised solicitation, from Wayne, relative to becoming a Board member. However, my quest is to become involved in the organization in any way that I can help.
 
I will turn 77 before the next dinner. For most of my life, that number sounded old, but I did not feel old until about a year ago when my back and legs showed me what that number means. I can no longer climb those mountains to hunt sheep and goats, but I never did that anyway, the daunting task and the cost always precluded the opportunity to embarrass myself on such an adventure.  The only real change has been scaling back my hours in the office; thus allowing me the time to volunteer in any way that I can help.
 
While my professional life involved negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements, conducting administrative hearings, and testifying in arbitration cases and court as a compensation and classification expert, I am no stranger to fundraising and overseeing dinners for such. For five (5) years I was the treasurer and dinner chairman for the Elk Grove chapter of Ducks Unlimited and for eleven (11) years I was the treasurer and dinner chairman for a wild game feed that fed three hundred (300) individuals each year. While we never raised the kind of money that is raised at an SCI dinner, we always turned a profit and donated the profits to various organizations that supported hunting. The last few years that I was heading up that event we donated the profits to the California Waterfowl Association.
 
In summary, I have a few skills and a modicum of experience that may lend themselves to the activities
of the Sacramento Safari Club. I am also a life member of the Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association, but to contribute to the cosmic balance I also make an annual contribution to the ACLU.
 

 
  • AB 29 (Cooper) State bodies: meetings was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense file. SCI has written a letter of support for this bill. 
  •  AB 645 (Gallagher) Fish and wildlife: poaching: penalties: probation period was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file. SCI has written a letter of support for this bill.  
  • AB 1237 (Ting) Information access: research institutions: firearms placed in suspense file.
  • AB 311 (Ward) Firearms: gun shows was placed on the Assembly Appropriations suspense file. SCI has written an oppose letter on this bill.  
  • AB 804 (M. Dahle) Free hunting days passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Floor. SCI has written a letter of support for this bill. 
  •  AB 667 (Irwin) Firearms: Armed Prohibited Persons Systems was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file. This is a priority watch bill for SCI. 
  • AB 669 (Lackey) Firearms: unsafe handguns passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Floor. This is a priority watch bill for SCI.
  • AB 1223 (Levine) Firearms and ammunition: excise tax . SCI has written a letter of opposition on this bill.
  • AB 817 (Wood) Sport fishing licenses: electronic display: 12-consecutive-month licenses placed In suspense file. 
  • Congratulations! SB 370 (Dodd) Wildfire: Big Game Management Account: uses passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee this morning on consent and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  
  • SB 470 (Jones) Fishing and hunting: annual combined hunting and fishing licenses passed out of committee and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SCI has written a letter of support for this bill.
  •  SB 376 (Stern) Wildlife: prohibitions on possession, transportation, and importation of wild animals: live animal markets passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  
  •  SB 320 (Eggman) Domestic violence protective orders: possession of a firearm was placed in the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File. This is a priority watch bill for SCI.
  • AB 379 (Gallagher) Wildlife conservation: conservation lands passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Floor. This is a priority watch bill.
  • AB 542 (Mathis) State parks: park entrance fees: waivers: 4th grade children was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense file. This is a priority watch bill.
  • AB 232 (Gallagher) Off-highway vehicles: reciprocity passed the Assembly and will go to the Senate. This is a priority support bill
  • CONGRATULATIONS! We just got the news that Assemblymember Santiago has pulled AB 702 (dog & cat breeding) from April 27th's hearing in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. The committee consultant, who has been great, sent an e-mail just a few minutes ago with the very good news. AB 702 is now a two-year bill. This is a HUGE victory! 
  • AB 30 (Kalra) Outdoor access to nature: environmental equity was placed in suspense file.
  • AB 1183 (Ramos) California Desert Conservation Program passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is a priority watch bill 
  • AB 1298 (Bloom) Pesticides: use of 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticides passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is a priority watch bill.
  • AB 1057 (Petrie-Norris) Firearms passed out of committee and will go to the Assembly Floor. This is a SCI priority watch bill.  
  • AB 1191 (McCarty) Firearms: tracing was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File. This is a SCI priority watch bill..
  • AB 1509 (Lee) Enhancements: firearms - this is a SCI priority watch bill.
  •  AB 554 (Mathis) Department of Fish and Wildlife: Office of the Ombudsperson was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file. This is a priority watch bill for SCI.

Drawings for ‘Golden Opportunity,’ Open Zone Deer Tags
to Benefit Wildlife Conservation

Applications for both the Golden Opportunity and Open Zone Deer Tags are on sale now through June 2, 2021, and are available at CDFW’s Online License Sales and Services website and at retail agents statewide that sell California hunting and fishing licenses.
The tags are available to both California residents and nonresidents. There are no limits on application purchases. Winners are awarded the tags at no additional cost. Preference points do not apply. They are neither lost nor gained as part of the drawing.
For more information, please visit CDFW’s Fundraising Random Drawing Tags web page.


New wilderness protections sought for 600,000 acres in California, LA Times



30x30: Swiss Billionaire Quietly Becomes Influential Force Among Democrats, NY Times
Here are notes on the 30x30 hearing that Board Director Robert Deitz took:
 
There were 218 people logged in
There are 9 meetings, all for regional areas of the state.
Jennifer Norris spoke for tribal interest for the state, which have a dedicated representative in the committee. She is the point of the committee for actions. She spoke of hunting, hiking, bird watching as uses of lands. She mentioned conservation happens locally.
Amanda Hansen spoke for nature based solutions, addressing wildfire risk. "The Natural and working lands climate smart strategy"
Mark Gold spoke for the Ocean protection council.
Wade Crowfoot - Secretary for Natural Resources kicked off meeting with a recording, outlining the Governor's 30x30 commission. One goal is to expand outdoor and recreational access. 
 
The state is developing "CA Nature" - a 3 dimensional model of the state. It has a "input form" where people and enter specific data for regions.
 
californianature.ca.gov is the site where comments can be posted on 30x30 and people can get updates.
 
Draft pathways document is scheduled to be released in draft this fall.
 
californianature@resources.ca.gov is general email to contact the committee
 
The Sacramento Valley region includes 11 counties with 2.9 million people. This basically stops along El Dorado/Placer County lines. East is the Sierra Nevada Region.
 
41% of people on the call were from Government, 34% from NGO's. General public was 8%
 
they went into 3 breakout sessions - Interest in current efforts, challenges, opportunities. They had 8 questions - what would you like to see, what would success look like, what are the challenges now, etc. My group had people including hunting and fishing as important. We need to make sure hunters, fisherman, off roaders, etc. are represented as these comments are what the model will be based on. 
 
Recipe of the Month

SSC MAY 2021 RECIPE OF THE MONTH
 
WILD BOAR STEW
 
INGREDIENTS
2 lbs. wild boar meat, trimmed and cubed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup wine, red or white, your choice
1 28-oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
 
INSTRUCTIONS
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. In a heavy, deep, oven-proof frying pan, heat the oil, then brown the meat on all sides, turning frequently. When the meat is browned, remove and place to the side in a dish, then add the celery, onions and garlic to the frying pan and lightly brown. When browned, pour in the wine and use a wooden spoon to scrap up all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, and salt and pepper (to your desired taste) to the mixture and bring to a boil. When boiling, place the boar meat back into the frying pan and cover. Place the covered frying pan into the oven for 2½ to 3 hours or until the boar meat is tender. We serve this dish over polenta and with our favorite wine.
 
Let Africans Decide


A group of more than fifty community leaders, representing millions of people across southern Africa, have urged UK-based celebrities to stop using their influence to undermine the human rights of impoverished people and jeopardize wildlife conservation in the region.





A Monthly Reminder on Hunting Ethics



SCI HUNTERS’ 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.