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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: One Whale of a Bear!

December 3, 2014

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In April of 1999, I experienced one particularly exciting drama up in the Arctic, with which any 18th century whaling man from New England could readily have identified. Heart-pounding adrenaline rushes were common for North America’s early whalers, and at one point during my second try for the Great White Bear of the North I suddenly found myself thinking back to those distant times and adventures, and marveling at the similarity to what I was going through. Before I finish drawing out the parallel, however, there is much of this story that needs to be told first. Solomon...

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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: “Fair Chase? What’s That?”

November 24, 2014

Barebow Chronicles Number 35

In the Preface to BAREBOW!, I mentioned that in early 1998 a friend suggested to me I ought to set my sights on pursuing and completing the North American Super Slam. Once the idea was implanted in my brain, it rather quickly became a major goal in my life, and I wasted no time checking into the possibilities of booking a hunt for polar bear. I knew from my reading that the more radical environmental and animal rights groups were crusading to get all hunting for this species shut down, so while at the 1998 SCI Convention I dropped by the booth of Adventure Northwest and had a talk...

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USFWS: Sport Hunting is No Threat to African Lions

November 3, 2014

After study, the USFWS has determined that sport hunting benefits African lion populations in many ways.

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing the African lion as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In contrast with some groups that claim hunting has harmed lion populations, USFWS stated that the primary factors in the lion's decline are loss of habitat, loss of prey base by poachers, and retaliatory killings by livestock owners. Instead of having a negative impact on the species as a whole, sport hunting has helped to manage the population, remove overly aggressive males, and provide funds for conservation and education. “By providing incentives...

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Starr’s South African Safari, Dispatch Three: Another Zebra and a Sunset Finale

July 28, 2014

Michelle's Zebra. Image courtesy Dwaine Starr.

Greetings from South Africa! For the past few days my “to do” list has read, “Go to Africa. Hunt. Make memories,” and I’ve been doing just that. I’m leading a group of five female hunters in the Eastern Cape with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, of which I am a co-owner along with my father Dwaine Starr and professional hunter Louis Bodill. Unfortunately, our time here has come to an end. Here are highlights from the last three days of our hunt. Michelle’s Burchell’s zebra If it seems as if Michelle and I both spent...

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Starr’s South African Safari, Dispatch Two: More Hunts and an Elephant-back Excursion

July 17, 2014

Michelle, Britney, Cindy, and Andrea feeding their elephants.

Greetings from South Africa! For the past few days my “to do” list has read, “Go to Africa. Hunt. Make memories,” and I’ve been doing just that. I’m leading a group of five female hunters in the Eastern Cape with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, of which I am a co-owner along with my father Dwaine Starr and professional hunter Louis Bodill. Here are a few highlights from days four, five, and six of our hunt. Zebra Day four started with my hunting partner Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer shooting a blue wildebeest in the Fort...

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Starr’s South African Safari, Dispatch One: Nyala and Caracal

July 11, 2014

The author with her caracal. Image courtesy Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer.

Greetings from South Africa! For the past few days my “to do” list has read, “Go to Africa. Hunt. Make memories,” and I’ve been doing just that. I’m leading a group of five female hunters in the Eastern Cape with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, of which I am a co-owner along with my father Dwaine Starr and professional hunter Louis Bodill. Here are a few highlights from our hunts, so far. Nyala My hunting partner Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and I started our first day in search of warthogs. We were located near Fort...

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Facebook Removes Texas Cheerleader’s Hunting Pictures

July 7, 2014

Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones with a lion she harvested.

Kendall Jones, 19, ignited a firestorm of debate when she posted pictures from her African hunting safari on Facebook, prompting criticism and even death threats. The photographs show Jones, a Texas Tech cheerleader, with various animals, including Africa's "Big Five" species: elephant, lion, white rhino, water buffalo, and leopard. According to Reuters, Facebook removed the pictures from the site last week due to what the company regarded as policy violations. "We remove reported...

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SCI Foundation Hosts Director of CAMPFIRE Association to Address White House Council, Congressional Caucus

June 13, 2014

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This week, Charles Jonga, Director of the Community Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe came to Washington as a guest of the SCI Foundation.  He discussed the necessity of community involvement in wildlife management before the Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Advisory Council) and shared how hunting is an integral source of funding for CAMPFIRE programs. Additionally, Director Jonga addressed over 150 U.S. Congressional staffers at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation to...

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This Week in MidwayUSA’s ‘Larry’s Short Stories’ – Zebra Hunt

May 28, 2014

Larry recounts an African Zebra hunt.

White with black stripes or black with white stripes; that idea never crossed my mind when I lined up on his left shoulder and squeezed the trigger. The herd was in a small, burned area, with the male off to the right – and we had quietly made our approach through the tall grass, on hands and knees.  I wanted to get within 100 yards, as my rifle had open sights -- but at 125 yards we ran out of cover. It was a kneeling shot; the PH kept the sticks together and stood them on end.  I grabbed them with my left hand, laid the rifle across my wrist for support - and took the shot. The zebra...

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African Wildlife Conservationists, U.S. Hunters Advocate for Elephant Sustainability

May 14, 2014

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On May 7 and 8, African conservation officials and advisors traveled to Washington, D.C. to demand that the U.S. government reverse its recent decision to ban sport-hunted elephant imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Secretary General Edson Chidiyza of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife, along with fellow wildlife conservation advisors from Tanzania and Zimbabwe met with the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. State Department to demand a reversal of this arbitrary change in U.S. import policy.  They pointed out in the meetings that the ban will have a...

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