Chapter Profile

  • Purpose and Intent

    A. To promote Good fellowship among all who love the outdoors and hunting.

    B. To promote conservation of the world’s renewable wildlife resources, recognizing hunting as one of the many management tools.

    C. To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and natural resources, which is our natural heritage.

    D. To share our hunting experiences and information among our membership.

    E. To operate the association as a non-profit organization, consistent with its charitable purposes, while providing enjoyment for our members, always with the goal of helping to conserve the animals that we love to hunt today –for those who will come to love the sport tomorrow.

    Chapter Profile

    SCI-Flint was named one of the top chapters in the WORLD in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017.

    Number of Members 350

    Founded 1981

    Events: Awards Ceremony
    Annual event to recognize achievements of the hunter. Auction and Free Dinner to members.

    Christmas Party
    Free Dinner to members.

    General Membership Meeting and Wild Game Buffet Dinner
    February meeting to update our members on legislative, conservation and chapter business issues.

    Outfitter’s Expo
    Event recognizing those who donate to the chapter fundraiser.

    Wild Game Dinner
    Our Chapter’s main fund raising event. A total of 19,200 individuals attended in the years 2012 – 2015.

    Chapter Hunt
    Weekend getaway to remember why we belong to Safari Club International.

    Chapter member special achievements:

    2015 DNR Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Received by Tim Pifher

    SCI and Cabela’s Young Hunter Award: Received by Emily Perreira in 2016.

    Path Finder Award: Received by Aaron Harris in 2012

    Grand Slam: Received by John Kupiec in 2012.  John is one of only 1,740 persons in the world to have achieved this distinction.

    Recruiter of the year: Marc Somers received this award in 2003 and 2005

    Special Hunter Awards Recipients: Tim Pifher and Aaron Harris received this SCI award recognizing hunters who overcome physical disabilities in order to enjoy hunting.

    Chapter Members appointed to Safari Club

    International positions:

    Ron Lunberg, Regional Director

    Bruce Eavenson, Director at Large

    Tim Pifher, Board Member of Safari Wheels

    John Gall, Regional Representative

    Marc Somers, International Membership Committee

    Bruce Eavenson, SCI Executive Vice President

    Scott Chapman, Director at Large

    Scott Chapman, SCI Executive Vice President

    2014 SCI Outstanding Member of the Year: Received by Scott Chapman

    2017 SCI President’s Award recipient: Angela Chapman

    Chapter Members Appointed to Safari Club International positions:

    Neal Porter, Region 20 Representative of SCI

    Scott Chapman, Executive Vice President of SCI and 2018 candidate for President-Elect

    Bruce Eavenson, Director at Large for SCI

    Awards Presented to Flint

    1999 – Chapter of the Year from SCI International

    2001 – Top Gun Chapter of the Year

    2001 – Program of the Year

    2003 – Newsletter of the Year Award for Chapters with over 250 members

    2004 – Diamond Conservation Award, Recognizing SCI Flint’s outstanding efforts in conservation

    2004 -2005 – Overall Publication Award, Recognizes the Best Printed and Published newsletters, award publications, and fundraiser books by any of the 270 International Chapters

    2005 – Top Gun Chapter of the Year

    2005 – Best Overall Publication Award

    2006 – Top Gun Chapter of the Year

    2006 – Website Bronze Award

    2007 – Chapter Fundraising Publication Award

    2007 – Web Site Award

    2007 – Chapter Newsletter Award

    2007 – Best Overall Publication Award

    2008 – Chapter of the Year Award: By size, 251 members and over

    2008 – First Place Publication Award, Fundraiser Program Group 4

    2008 – First Place Newsletter Award, Newsletter Group 4

    2009 – Top Gun Chapter of the Year

    2009 – Best Overall Publication Award

    2010 – Chapter of the Year Award

    2010 – Newsletter of the Year

    2011 – Newsletter of the Year

    2011 – Website – 2nd place

    2011 – Fundraising Program of the Year – runner-up

    2011 – First Place Newsletter Award, Newsletter Group 2

    2012 – First Place Newsletter Award, Newsletter Group 2

    2013 – Chapter of the Year Award

    2013 – Newsletter of the Year Award

    2014 – Newsletter of the Year Award

    2014 – Fundraising Program of the Year

    2015 – Fundraising Program of the Year

    2016 – Chapter of the Year

    2016 – Diamond Conservation

    2016 – Newsletter Award

    2016 – Fundraiser Program of the Year

    2017- Newsletter of the Year Award

    2017- Top Gun Chapter of the Year

    Wildlife Conservation Programs

    Moose Census Programs: SCI-Flint has been instrumental in supporting the very successful reintroduction of the moose to Michigan. Over $15,000 has been contributed since 1998 to collar moose in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This program has been very valuable in assisting the DNR to observe and increase Michigan’s moose herd population. Without SCI there would be no moose population in Michigan

    1998 through 2002 – Kodiak Island Bear Conservation Initiative: Over $5,000 has been contributed to help conserve bear habitat on Kodiak Island in Alaska.

    1999 & 2200 – $1,000 contributed to a study in the western states to help stop the population decline of mule deer.

    1999 & 2000 – $4,500 to COHA. This money was donated to Canadian Alliance of groups to oppose the manifold efforts of Anti-Hunting groups.

    2000 – $1,000 sponsor experts from South Africa to study Michigan’s TB problem in whitetail deer.

    2000 – $750 to Michigan DNR. Money used to purchase robotic deer to thwart poachers locally.

    2000 – Funding assistance to DNR. This money was used to provide air fare for two DNR officers as they traveled to California to arrest a northern Michigan deer poacher.

    2000 & 2002 – $5,000 to Alberta Professional Outfitters Society, Financial assistance for Antelope and Moose studies in Alberta.

    2001 – $500 funding assistance to SCI Alberta Chapter to study effects of Spring Black Bear hunting.

    2000 – $1,000 to Metro Wildlife Management organization. This group helps the DNR to control whitetail population in the urban areas.

    2001 – $2,500 donated to quality deer management program in Michigan’s Thumb area. This program advocates the “Let them go, let them grow” 6 point and better whitetail harvesting philosophy.

    Saginaw Valley Waterfowlers – $4,000 since 1998 for Marsh Management Programs in the Lapeer State Game Area.

    Area Pheasants Forever Chapter – A total of $5,000 since 1997.

    Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management Bear Initiative – $10,000.

    Minnesota Hunting Initiative – $500.

    Utah Hunting Initiative – $1,000.

    Montana Wildlife Management – $18,000.

    Ontario Bear Initiative – $5,000

    2003 – $6,000 donated to Alberta University for the study of Black Bear behavior.

    2003 – $4,000 donated to Saskatewan Outfitters Association.

    SCI-Flint along with Safari Club International has been at the fore front to battle Bovine TB and Chronic Waste Disease. To date SCI and SCI-Flint have spent over $100,000.00 to study and defeat these debilitating illnesses in our wildlife.

    2005 – $7,000 donated to the Ratel Trust of South Africa to study Lion prides in northern Mozambique in an effort to better understand and manage hunting practices in this area.

    Alberta Professional Outfitters Society – A total of $11,000 was donated between 2000 and 2005 as financial assistance for Antelope and Black Bear studies. , Since 225 SCI-Flint has contributed $21,000 to Alberta Professional Outfitters Association.

    Michigan Bobcat Study – $2,000 donated.

    2007 – $3,500 donated to the Ratel Fund for Leopard Study in Mozambique. This program has been recognized internationally by all conservationists for its unbiased results.

    2007 – $1,000 donated to Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia for continued wildlife studies.

    2007 – $2,000 donated to MIC for Bovine TB testing and predator studies, administered by the MDNR, within the state of Michigan.

    2007 -$2,000 donated to Alberta Professional Outfitters Association for wildlife studies.

    2007 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2008 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Wolf Population Study*

    2008 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2008 –  $2000 donated to the Alberta Professional Outfitters Association for the black bear study

    2009 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Wolf Population Study*

    2009 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2009 –  $3500 donated to the Ratel Trust Niassa Lion Study in Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve Area

    2010 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Wolf Population Study*

    2010 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2011 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Wolf Population Study*

    2011 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2012 –  $2000 donated to the Ratel Trust Niassa Lion Study in Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve Area

    2012 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2012 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Snowshoe Hare Distribution and Abundance Project*

    2013 –  $3000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Predator/Prey Study*

    2013 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program*

    2014 –  $2000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Predator/Prey Study

    2014 –  $1000 donated to the Michigan Involvement Committee Graduate Grant Program

    2015 – $2,000 donated to MIC Michigan Wolf Study

    2015 – $1,000 donated to Diving Duck Study

    2015 – SCI Flint / RGS Habitat Weekend at Le Grande Game Area planting trees

    2015- $1000 donated to the MIC Graduate Grant Program

    2016- $1000 donated to the MIC Graduate Grant Program

    2016-$2000 donated to the MIC Wolf Population Study

    2016-$2000 donated to the Woodcock Nesting Research Project

    2016-Entered into a conservation partnership with 3 Pheasants Forever Chapters and the Lapeer Conservation District.  Received a grant from MDNR of nearly $47,000 to improve habitat at the Lapeer State Game Area

    2017- $4000 donated to the UP Habitat Workgroup to improve habitat for deer, upland birds and other game species

    2017- $1000 donated to the MIC Graduate Grant Program

    2017- Continuation of the partnership with 3 Pheasants Forever Chapters to improve habitat at the Lapeer State Game Area

    * ALL MIC CONSERVATION PROJECTS ($2000+ DONATIONS) RECEIVE $2000 MATCHING GRANTS FROM SCI INTERNATIONAL AND 3 TO 1 MATCHING GRANTS FROM THE FEDERAL PITTMAN-ROBERTSON ACT.  FOR EXAMPLE:   SCI-FLINT’S 2013 DONATION OF $3000 FOR THE PREDATOR/PREY PROJECT WAS INCREASED TO $20,000 TOTAL WITH MATCHING FUNDS!

    Protecting Our “Right To Hunt”

    Canadian Firearms Safety Class – Presentation offered to Chapter members in order to avoid border licensing fees and delays. Forty members received their “PAL” ID cards.

    1998 – $20,000 to fight the Anti-Bear Hunting Initiative in Michigan. SCI-Flint and Ron Lundberg’s efforts were rewarded by defeating Anti-Hunting efforts in Michigan to ban bear baiting. Ron’s efforts were recognized when he received the Sportsman of the Year award from MUCC. Our efforts were rewarded when this voter initiative was defeated in a bitter struggle with Anti-Hunting groups which was closely watched nationally

    1998 – $1,000 to assist Utah SCI in fighting a similar Anti-Hunting legislation effort.

    1999 – $1,000 to Oregon Anti-Poaching Initiative to fight poaching through DNR efforts.

    1999 & 2000 – $500 to oppose Ontario bear hunting ban.

    1999 &2000 – $1,500 to oppose British Columbia anti-bear hunting initiative.

    1999 & 2000 – $1,000 to Minnesota SCI to assist another Anti-Hunting legislation effort.

    2000 – $500 to Arizona Wildlife Organization in efforts not to amend their state constitution.

    2000 & 2001 – $4,500 to Alaska Wildlife coalitions to bar future initiatives relating to Wildlife Management.

    2001 – $30,000 SCI-Washington D.C. Building Fund

    2001 – SDI-Flint sponsored Canadian Firearms spokesmen to explain new Canadian Customs Regulations. No charge was issued to the 150 participants.

    Over the last five years SCI-Flint has donated over $12,500 to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. This organization, like SCI, has been instrumental in the fight to protect our right to hunt.

    2002 – $2,000 to SCI-Hunters Defense Fund

    2003 – $3,000 to Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. This 50 year old organization has made some serious advances with the Ontario Government to reopen Spring Black Bear hunting. SCI -Flint has spent over $5,000 in the last three years in an effort to overturn the illegitimate closure of spring bear hunting by the Ontario Provincial Government.

    2005 – $1,000 donated to Maine Black Bear Initiative to fund pro-hunting coalition with its legislative battle with anti-hunters trying to close down black bear hunting in the state.

    2006 –SCI-Flint was at the forefront of battling an anti-hunting group formed to close  Morning Dove hunting in the state of Michigan. The Flint Chapter donated $20,000 directly to the fight; a $10,000 campaign contribution was made to assist in this battle with anti-hunting groups. Scott Chapman led a Chapter contingent to Washington D.C. to raise another $42,000; and Rich Richardson headed a fundraising committee that raised another $140,000 at a single night’s event. Although the hunters were badly defeated, the SCI-Flint Chapter understood the big picture. There are powerful forces whose sole purpose is to end our hunting heritage.

    2008- SCI-Flint sent SCI-Alaska $5,000 to help oppose an anti-hunting ballot initiative in that state. The anti-hunting proposal was prudently and soundly defeated by Alaskan voters.

    SCI-Flint, SCI-Novi, and SCI-Detroit teamed up with the Salvation Army to create a Youth Hunter Safety Camp in South Eastern Michigan – to the tune of $20,000

    2009- $1,500 to U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance.

    2010 – SCI-Flint contributed $2,500 in support of Arizona Ballot Proposition 109, to make hunting a State Constitutional Right.

    2010 – SCI-Flint donated $1,000 to defeat Montana Ballot 1-161, which asked to eliminate Outfitter Sponsored Licenses.

    2011 – $1,000 Wolf/Predator Control, New Mexico

    2011 – $2,000 MDNR Predator Study.

    2012 Friends of SCI-Flint $1,100 donation to SCI-PAC.

    2013  SCI Flint begins planning to protect a wolf hunt ballot issue expected in 2014

    Late 2013 – $5000 donated to The Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management to Initiate Legislation to enact the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act in the State of Michigan.

    2014 SCI Flint donated an additional $47,500 to The Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management.  The group, which was lead by the Michigan Chapters of SCI and other Michigan Sportsmen’s groups succeeded in enacting the law.

    2015 SCI Flint donated $1500 to the Texas Initiative to protect the freedom to hunt in Texas

    2016 SCI Flint donated $1000 to the US Sportsman’s Alliance to advocate on behalf of hunters

    2017 SCI Flint donated $2500 to the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.  Funds are dedicated for use in Michigan.  7 other Michigan SCI Chapters donated $2500 each for a total group donation of $20,000.

    2017 SCI Flint donated $1000 to the US Sportsmen’s Alliance to advocate on behalf of hunters

    Annual Programs Supported

    SCI Political Action Building: Opened in May of 2002 to house SCI staff. The presence of SCI in Washington D.C. has been very successful with influencing Pro Hunter Legislation. To date, Flint’s contributions have totaled over S38, 000.

    Sportsmen Against Hunger: A program devoted to supplying food to the underprivileged through contributions of wild game meat from hunters. This program has supported over 48,000 pounds of meat to the needy since 1998. Program Director: Dennis Gepfrey

    AWLS: American Wilderness Leadership Program: SCI-Flint provides 100% scholarships to teachers. Our chapter sends these individuals to week long seminars in order to learn about habitat conservation, wildlife management, and youth education. Ninety teachers have attended since 1998. Contributions from 1997 to 2017 total $136,400.

    Disabled Veterans Hunt:  The Flint Regional chapter co-sponsors this event with the SE Bow chapter, Brain Injury Association of MI, and is run by Tails-A-Waggin’ – Chuck Connell in Marion MI.  This program is a way for us to say thank-you to our troops and at the same time help veterans that may be suffering from PTSD or other injuries.

    2007 Safari Wish:  With the generous assistance of Greg and Patti Louden, SCI-Flint was able to provide Safari Wish Hunts to three recipients: Severely wounded Marine Corps Sergeant John Lockwood was given the hunt of a lifetime. Lockwood, assisted by Flint member Jim Wilson, harvested a beautiful bison and was able to fill the freezer for the winter. Also, thanks to a generous donation from the Loudens, SCI-Flint was able to provide two youth hunters with a great Axis Deer hunt – both were thrilled!

    2009 Safari Wish Program supported through the Catskill Mountains SCI Chapter

    General Fund to support our “Right to Hunt” Contributions from 1997 to 2010 exceeds $450,000.

    MIC:  The Michigan Involvement Committee is a program developed by the Michigan Chapters of SCI as a consulting group to the Michigan DNR.  The group assists our state government in writing legislation to better manage our outdoor resources and also funds DNR conservation projects.  Contributions from 1998 to 2015 total over $72,000.  The MIC is nationally regarded as the most successful interaction with a state wildlife agency in the history of SCI.  Current Program Director:  Neal Porter

    SCI Sables: A Safari Club women’s’ organization to support education projects.

    SCI Wildlife Museum Support Fund. Contributions since 1997 total $22,000.

    Camo and Lace: From 2003 to 2007, SCI-Flint has contributed $9,000 to this program that promotes women participating in hunting, shooting sports and other outdoor activities that promote our hunting heritage.

    2008 Safari Wish/B4K Youth Hunt – SCI-Flint and Benefit for Kids teamed up to send Eleven year old Jordan Anthony to New Brunswick for a black bear hunt. Jordon suffers from a life limiting ailment and wished for this hunt. SCI-Flint stepped in with $2,500 and became the major donor for Jordan’s trip and fulfilling a life time dream.

    Since 2006 , SCI Flint has donated $11,500 to our local Eastern Michigan Food Bank.

    2010-Jim George Scholarship: An undergraduate scholarship established in 2010 named on behalf of Jim George – Flint Regional Chapter member.  Funding of this program was established with funds donated by the chapter by his surviving family members.  Two $500 scholarships are granted each year.

    2011 Safari Wish – SCI- Flint Provided paraplegic Dan Schlink with an elk mount after a successful hunt from his wheelchair.

    2012 Safari Wish – SCI- Flint in, conjunction with Briarwood Sporting Club (Ohio) as well as Flint chapter supporter, Taxidermist Bob Parkey, provided terminal cancer patients Jesse and Makenzie with whitetail mounts after a successful hunt.

    2012 – Flint Chapter purchased a sip and puff trigger system for $2,000 which enables quadriplegic and paraplegic persons to use firearms for hunting.

    2001 – 2016 – SCI-Flint sponsored Youth Buck Pole in Davison, Michigan

    SCI-Flint pays for 12 year old boys and girls to attend a weekend camp at Caseville, Michigan in order to earn a youth hunter certificate and learn to shoot bows and firearms. SCI has sent over 50 children in the last five years.

    Safari Wish Program – SCI-Flint sponsors disabled youth hunters in harvesting their first whitetail deer. This year we were blessed to be able to sponsor two hunters. Both Makenzie and Jessie successfully harvested a beautiful buck and each recipient and had a very exciting tale to tell.

    Michigan Youth Hunter Education Challenge – SCI-Flint sponsors local youth hunter teams to participate in shooting competitions. Five member teams sponsored by the Flint Chapter in 1998 &1999. These teams competed at regional and state levels in 1998 and 1999, and at International competitions in 1998. Total financial support $8,000

    Safari Club Initiative developed to promote SCI Membership and Education to youths under the age of 16 Program start-up and contributions from SCI- Flint – $1,500

    Amanda Smith Assistance Fund   – $500 to sponsor a youth from Davison to participate in U.S. National’s Archery Competition in 2000.

    Tall Pine Council/SCI-Flint joint program to promote youth hunter training. This program has been very successful and duplicated by other chapters nationally. The program supplies the tools needed for Boy Scouts to train on shooting and archery ranges at Camp Tapico in Grayling, Michigan. Improvements provided include a Sporting Clay Tower, 3-D archery targets(5), compound bows (2), Remington 1100’s (2), Marlin 22’s (2), The 2006 Camp Tapic Shooting Range improvements totaled  $3,200 and Camp Holaka shooting range sponsored at a cost of $1,500. Total to date contributions are $17,900. Program Director: Tim Pifher.

    Youth Pheasant Hunt – Six youths sponsored for pheasant shoots in 1999-2006. Financial contribution $2,500.

    Since 2007 SCI-Flint has sponsored over 17 area high school skeet teams at $500. Each.

    Reese High School Out-Of-Doors Club since 2001 – $5,500

    Local Hunting Safety Classes – $2,500 for local young adult gun safety classes.

    “Officer Linda Program” – Linda Miazga, a retired Michigan State Trooper, visits local elementary schools to educate our youths to the dangers of unsupervised firearm use. SCI-Flint donated $4,000 to Officer Linda since 2002. This money has been utilized to educate over 5,400 youths in Genesee County.

    Marty Madden Youth Fishing Tournament – $5,000 donated since 2000. This ice fishing event encourages and educates very young children to the joy of fishing and outdoors.

    2004 – $600. Donated to the Conway Trust to help fund Michigan’s largest wildlife mural, located at Camp Copneconic in Fenton.

    Safari Wish Program – SCI-Flint fully funds a disabled hunter on their first hunt.

    2011 Daniel Braden

    2012 Makenzie Sanford, Jesse Hourigan

    2013 Samantha Smith, Nick Scott

    2014 Kelsi Spurlin

    2015 Austin Wascher

    2015 Jack DeWitt

    2016 Tyler Jacobs, Carson Dominick

    2017 Matt Bishop, Cory West

    Kids in Chemo Program: SCI- Flint contributed over $8,000 between 2005 and 2007 to a program designed to support children undergoing chemotherapy by participating in a sporting clays competition.

    Flint Bowman’s Club – $ 6,200 donated to sponsor youth archery league.

    2008 – SCI-Flint donated $3,000 to sponsor shooting sports teams in Goodrich, Davison and Kearsley.

    2008 – SCI-Flint provided financial assistance to National Youth Archery Competition participants Jessica and Amanda Gibbs.

    2008 – SCI – Flint supported a Hahn Middle School canoe trip for over 150 youths.

    2010 – 2016. Donated to support Hahn Elementary School Outdoor Program.

    2010 – In cooperation with DNR CO Tim Wanless, SCI-Flint supports Youth MORS Weekend for $4,800.

    2011 – SCI-Flint underwrites several Youth Hunter Safety Class Programs.

    2016 – Swartz Creek National Archery in the Schools Program Start Up Program.

    MIC:  The Michigan Involvement Committee is a program developed by the Michigan Chapters of SCI as a consulting group to the Michigan DNR.  The group assists our state government in writing legislation to better manage our outdoor resources and also funds DNR conservation projects.  Direct contributions from SCI Flint since 1998 total over $88,000.  The MIC is nationally regarded as the most successful interaction with a state wildlife agency in the history of SCI.  Current Program Director:  Neal Porter

    2015- $1400 donated to Michigan DNRE for Detroit Outdoor Adventure Center Archery Range

    2015-2016 Sponsorship of ConQuest 200 Outdoor TV show to highlight SCI and SCI Flint

    2016- $9000 donated to Swartz Creek Archery in the Schools Program (Launch of program)

    2016-$3500 donated for Michigan chapters of SCI sponsorship of Michigan Out of Doors TV show

    2016- $3000 donated to the Salvation Army for the Flint water crisis

    2017- $1000 donated to the SE Michigan Food Bank

    2017 Youth Deer Pole at Madden’s Lounge in Davison- prizes for every deer entered



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