How we make a difference
Our Newest Project
Humanitarian Services project to help feed the hungry in our area
We have partnered with The Steak Out butcher shop in Mesilla Park, New Mexico on our latest humanitarian services program to feed the hungry. Steak Out will take your donated wild game for a small fee and use it to feed the hungry. The chapter will pay part of the processing fee for anyone who wishes to donate to this project.
Keep The Steak Out's number in your phone this fall: 575-639-0162
$20,000 Donation to Support Desert Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project
SCI-El Paso Chapter has made a two year commitment to help support the Desert Bighorn Sheep research being conducted by the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas. Go to http://bri.sulross.edu/ to learn more about the program to restore bighorn sheep to all suitable historic habitats across Texas and other Borderland Research Institute projects previously supported by the SCI El Paso Chapter.
$10,000 Donation to support a project to treat pinyon-juniper encroachment
on BLM lands in the East Magdalena area of New Mexico
SCI – El Paso Chapter representatives Ron Stoner and Louis Foght, Jr. presented a check for $10,000 to RMEF Regional Director Doug Doherty during a banquet of the RMEF - Las Cruces Chapter. SCI – El Paso monies will augment a RMEF plan to help fund a $60,000 cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management - Socorro Field Office and the U.S Forest Service - Magdalena Ranger District to mechanically treat 80 acres of pinyon-juniper encroachment on Bureau of Land Management lands in the East Magdalena area of New Mexico. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish – Big Game Enhancement Funds were also used for this habitat restoration program which is part of a much larger project to restore vegetative conditions, and wildlife habitat, within New Mexico Game Management Unit (GMU) 17, which is designated and managed as a “Quality” and “High Demand” Unit for big game hunting opportunities.
$5,000 Donation for the West Texas Pronghorn Antelope Study
Recently our chapter was contacted by Louis A. Harveson, PH.D., Director of Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management. Dr. Harveson brought to our attention a crisis involving the West Texas Pronghorn Antelope. While this specific species of Antelope has experienced wild population swings since they had begun to be formally tracked in 1978, the current data demonstrated that the herd was crashing.
At that time there was no scientific explanation for the severe decline in the Antelope population. Dr. Harveson requested funds to conduct scientific research to determine the cause of the decline. The El Paso Chapter of Safari Club International led the initiative to provide funds for the research. With the combined contributions made by several chapters, Dr. Harveson was able to fund his research. On the opening day of hunting season for this specific species of Antelope, Dr. Harveson and a team of student researchers, with the cooperation of local hunters, were able to harvest and collect biological samples for his research.
The result of their research concluded that a parasite was responsible for the decline in populations. Since the natural habitat of Pronghorn Antelope is shared by cattle produced for domestic consumption they were able to identify that the parasite came from the cattle droppings. Since the two populations share the same water sources, the water was subsequently determined to be contaminated and a root cause of the decline within the Pronghorn Antelope populations.
We will be in contact with Dr. Harveson to stay appraised of his further research and plan to resolve this catastrophic impact on the West Texas Pronghorn Antelope population. The El Paso Chapter of Safari Club International will continue to support the conservation efforts of this unique species in our region. (John W. Noey, Conservation Chairman and Director)
The El Paso Chapter has a strong commitment to the missions of SCI, the SCI Foundation and also to the education of hunters, sportsmen, women, and especially youngsters, who are interested in the outdoors, hunting and shooting.
To help accomplish the goals of this Mission, the El Paso Chapter has been active in sending a local teacher to the American “Wilderness Leadership School”. These workshops are held each summer at SCIF facilities in Jackson, Wyoming. Our chapter has sponsored local teachers to attend over the years.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs or other programs offered by SCI, view the link listed below.
Other recent educational programs supported by the El Paso Chapter:
Yucca Boy Scout Council - $10,000
This is our third installment towards a new shooting facility in Hillsboro, NM.
Citizen Marksmanship Program Olympic School - $8,000
This is for “CMP” school being held here in El Paso June 16th – 18th for Olympic Air Rifle instruction to ten (10) high schools shooting teams representing Ysleta, Clint, El Paso and Socorro Independent School Districts. Dr. Bob Foth is a US Olympic silver medallist in precision air rifle instruction and will be the chief trainer. The event will be held at Ysleta High School and all members are urged to come and watch the class.
Desert Valley 4-H Club - $1,500
This is to purchase clay birds and supplies for their new clay throwing machine housed at the El Paso Skeet and Trap Club for the 4-H and Youth shooters.
Humanitarian Services Highlights
The very good friends of SCI – El Paso Chapter at High Desert Ranch located near Corona, New Mexico hosted five Fort Bliss U.S. Army soldiers who are recovering from combat zone injuries on a hunt for Desert Mule Deer. Many thanks to Steve Foutz and Brian Cline and all of their excellent staff from the Board of Directors of SCI – El Paso Chapter. Most importantly, we express our sincere appreciation to SFC Daniel Beaty, PFC Keyan Brown, SSG Corey Dalton, SPC Mitchell Holland and CPT Dan Porschien for their service to our country and congratulate them on the fine trophies they took at High Desert Ranch.