How much money raised by BC Interior SCI stays in British Columbia?
Besides 30% of the money raised within our Chapter at our largest fund-raisers (yearly banquet), the rest of the money (including all other fund-raisers) stays within our Chapter to spend on the various projects and initiatives within BC.
How has SCI money helped Canada’s conservation and management initiatives?
To list just a few:
- $60K to help fight BC NDP on grizzly hunt stoppage,
- $100K to fund wolf management in BC,
- $500K to help Quebec Labrador Caribou,
- $50K to fight Ontario Government on their plans to stop black bear hunting,
- $20K to help reintroduce wild turkeys to Ontario,
- $100K to reintroduce elk to Ontario and an additional $50K to assist on the elk study in Yaha Tinda region in Alberta,
- $15K funding to Polar Bear study in Canada’s north,
- supplemental funding to Grizzly studies in AB and BC,
- supplemental funding to study Chronic Wasting Disease in AB and SK,
- supplemental funding to cougar study in AB, and
- $350K over 5-years to Newfoundland woodland caribou decline studies, finally many more local chapter initiatives and projects in Canada and world-wide.
What are the goals and strategies of the Hunters for BC – SCI when pertaining to BC’s current situation?
Our board and advisors consist of many professionals and experts whom have developed a list of both goals and initial strategies that will be employed within the short-term. However, as the Chapter grows and the membership expands, so will our goals and strategies.
- In 2020 & 2021, Hunters for BC – SCI has joined the Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Coalition in efforts to continue lobbying the government for sweeping changes to funding & wildlife conservation efforts. Lobbying continues to be one of the busiest committees in our organization!
- We presented several webinars in 2021, taking a break over summer months and planning in place to bring more educational webinars in the Fall of 2021.
- In the latter half of 2021, Hunters for BC – SCI is working with provincial biologists to better engage and educate hunters & the public on Chronic Wasting Disease and the endangered Badger.
- A new committee formed in 2021 with the goal of launching a program designed to educate and mentor the modern hunter around hunter image, focussing on public engagement & social media / digital content.
- Our Youth Committee is launching a Youth Hunting Adventure Contest for 2021!
- Our Director, Evan Saugstad, has developed educational written pieces on Moose, Grizzly & Wolves along with our “Without Prey, There are No Predators” program.
- Hunters for BC – SCI is very keen to develop “boots on the ground” projects and efforts are ongoing in this area. We aren’t ready to make formal announcements yet but we will soon!
Does BC Interior SCI offer any liability insurance?
Presently, individual or personal insurance is not available via your membership with BC Interior SCI. However, this is something that the Board has identified and as the Chapter grows, we will be making it a priority.
Safari Club International as an organization does provide Chapter Liability Insurance and also Directors and Officers Insurance. In addition, SCI provides monthly compliance reviews, training, assistance with annual reports, database tracking (memberships, board of directors, etc.…) and database management of Chapter documents.
There are two SCI Chapters in British Columbia, which one do I join?
As a Board for the Hunters for BC – SCI we encourage people to join whichever organization is closer to you so that you can participate in person at meetings, events, banquets, etc. However, it also comes down to personal choice. Both Chapters are a part of the same team (SCI) and consist of amazing people who are driven with the same goals and intentions. Although independent of each other, we also support each other.
Besides buying my membership, how can I get involved?
Hunters for BC – SCI still has Director vacancies on the Board, you are more than welcome to put your name forward to sit on the Board of Directors. In addition, our Board has developed several Committees – we invite you to participate!COMMITTEES