Western & Central NYS Chapter
of Safari Club International
#1 SCI ORYX
from the White Sand Missile Range
A Stranger Named Dusty
By: Richard Lauer
I was in my office applying for a New Mexico Game and Fish Department and spoke with Dave Williams
Oryx draw when my friend Shawn stopped in about the course and dates. Dave went out of his way and
and I asked him if he wanted to apply together. set a date for the field course on a day we were going to be
Shawn hesitated and I assured him the odds on in Arizona. We took the test online, as required, and called
drawing were slim for this once in a lifetime hunt. in our certificate number.
We applied in game management unit 19 Rhodes
Canyon WSMR for the first hunt on August 23-24. I called Jason Carter from The Hunting Fool and he mailed
me a member list that had drawn our unit in the past.
A few months We made some calls looking for any tips. Shawn
went by and Shawn spoke to Dean Heikes who told us of a local hunter
called and said we named Dusty Woods. Dusty had helped him on his Oryx
didn’t draw. I wasn’t hunt. We called Dusty and he was very knowledgeable
disappointed since I had and would gladly help us if we wanted him to.
four hunts already planned.
A few days later Shawn We arrived in Phoenix and drove to Ben Avery’s
called back and said they had shooting facility and met Dave Williams from AZGFD.
a problem with applicants that The field day course was 4 ½ hours long and was
applied with credit cards and very good. Successful completion of this
we had drawn! I thought he was course gives you a permanent preference
joking and checked my e-mail point for all species applied for. I would
and sure enough we were going recommend anyone who seriously wants
to New Mexico on our first to hunt in Arizona to take the course and
hunt for Oryx. gain the extra preference point.
Afterwards we met my dad
We discussed arrangements and had lunch. Later
and I told Shawn I would like to take that day we drove to
the Arizona Hunter Course and visit
my dad since we would be close by. Continued on page 6
He agreed and I called the Arizona
From the Chapter President
The newsletter did not get printed for September, but October 17th Pheasant season. Check out the list of
the good news is we now have a new editor and locations listed in this newsletter that are available this
publisher Joel Zadvorney. year. Our pheasant program will be releasing over 4000
birds to the qualified areas. Call and make an
The Fun Shoot was enjoyed by all who attended. Plenty appointment to hunt these areas.
of food and the clay birds flew all day long. Thanks to
Dad, Cody Nichols went through a whole case of shells. Have a Happy Hunting Season!!
Others had a chance to tune in their rifles. Marvin Winter
The SCI booth at the Chautauqua County Fair was a
great success and many thanks go out to all who helped
make it a success. The Browning B.P.S. “Stalker” was won
by Heather Freeman. The bike from the Cork Gun Shoot
was won by Bill Scott. Inside this Issue of SCI...
The 4-H youth would like to thank all SCI members,
A Stranger Named Dusty ......................Front Cover, 6-7
through their businesses or individuals, who bought
their livestock at all the fairs. From the Chapter President ................Inside Cover
From the Director ....................................Page 1
September started off with Canada Goose Season with
8 per day and runs till September 25th. There was no News from the Editor..............................Page 1
shortage of Geese this year, all you had to do was some Political Page..............................................Page 2
scouting and be in the right pond or field at the right
Pheasant Release Program ..................Page 4-5
Cooking Column ......................................Page 9
September 26th, Super Gun Raffle being held at Additional SCI Projects ..........................Page 9
SCI Summary of Projects ......................Page 11-12
Ticket sales are doing great. We will be raffling off a lot
of guns. If you need more tickets call Frank Cipressi at
716-894-6467. A list of winners will be in the next Some facts you might like to know ...
newsletter. SCI as an international Organization has two hundred and
fIfty chapters with over 58,000 members and between the
Our October General meeting will be on Tuesday, years 1992 thru 2007 completed over 1,000 conservation
October 6th. This change is for the October meeting only! projects and spent over $50,000,000 dollars. You should
know that seventy percent of the net funds received by
October 17th is opening of archery season. Western & Central New York Chapter of Safari Club
International are spent in Western New York.
Safari Club International Western & Central New York Chapter
Eighteen Year Summary of Projects continued...
STEAM TRAIN RIDE FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN $7,500 CASSADAGA LAKES ASSOCIATION $3,500
Donation provided fun-filled days aboard the Arcade-
Attica Railroad’s steam train - this effort is in concert with TEEN SHOOTING ACADEMY $2,500
crippled Children's fund, Camp Good Days and Special
Times and the Central Railway Club of Buffalo EPILEPSY FOUNDATION $200
RE-INTRODUCTLON OF THE SCARCE SNOWSHOE - CUBA - RUSHFORD SCHOOL
VARYING HARE $8,000 CONSERVATION PROJECTS $7,500
Cooperative effort with the New York State
Conservation Council NIAGARA COUNTY WILDLIFE FESTIVAL $1,000
CONSERVATION MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND $61,000 HOPEVALE $900
In memory of Bernard Shevlin, Noted SCI past president
and leader. Scholarship provides for 2 scholarships to be IMMUNOCONTRACEPTLVE PROGRAM -
provided to area students entering into the study of HSUS AMHERST $22,000
Environmental Conservation, Forestry, or Veterinary
Medicine. ALASKAN SUBSISTENCE INITIATIVE $5,500
EDWARD “ROCK” KAUL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $5,000
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From the Director
The 2009-10 hunting season is upon us and boy am I early with getting out in the evening after dinner and
ready to get going! September 1st marks a change in walking around the block a couple of times. Throw on
more than just the local weather. It starts with the your favorite pair of boots and your well worn SCI tee
opening of squirrel and resident goose and ends with shirt (I hear the local ladies are suckers for men in
the opening of the rest of the small game seasons. The camo) and stroll around the block. If you add in a few
air gets crisper and the days are markedly shorter. So it's hills or some extra distance, the benefits to your
time to break out the old shotgun and blow off the dust endurance later in the field are longer days, less pain
on those camo overalls. But wait a second. Before you and less fatigue. Remember to get a check-up with the
go into the field this year take a good hard look at the doctor before you start. Besides, it’s a great time to
most important piece of equipment in your arsenal. check out last years gear. If those comfortable boots
You. It’s been a while for most of us since the hills of the that you did all that pre-season walking in look a little
back forty have seen a boot print belonging to us. A worn out, then Cabela’s here we come!
good gut check is the stair test. If you feel out of breath
Have a safe and enjoyable season.
or crave a ham sandwich after two flights of stairs you
might consider starting the hunting season a little
News From the Editor
I’d just like to say thank you very much for being mail them to my home. If you have a hunt story send
patient with me for getting the newsletter together. It’s it to me on a napkin, I don’t care. I picked up a
taken a month of prep work and I hope you feel it was scanner/copier/fax so if you want to write out your story
worth it. As you can see we have a new look to our and send in some photos with it, I can transfer them into
newsletter. We will feature a magazine like feel with my computer for you. Catch
articles featuring outdoor activities, political action me at a meeting and hand it
information and a full color center page highlighting to me then if you like. The
your pictures. The event calendar will show dates of point I’d like to stress is that
interest in the Western New York area. A Cook’s page this is your newsletter. Let’s
for any of you that wish to share your favorite ways to make it the best it can be.
prepare the harvest.
You can send me pictures and stories online at Semper Fi,
email@example.com and use SCI PICTURES in the Joel Zadvorney
subject line. Whether it’s your first buck or your 65 Lawrence Place
grandkids catching sunfish in the pond, we would like Orchard Park, NY 14127
to see them. It’s a way of us all connecting. Feel free to 1-716-289-1405
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL 1 OCTOBER 2009
Political Page by Robert Keicher
In a recent edition of the New York State Conservation has a minimum draw weight for bows to make them
Council newsletter “Grass Root News” September 2009 legal to hunt big game with, so that anyone who
Vol. 9 No. 9 a fine example of what can be accomplished cannot pull and shoot a bow with a 35 pound draw
with educating the Legislators, Assemblymen and weight cannot hunt big game. He said he wished he
Senators of New York about the issues pertaining to knew that in 2008 when he opposed the bill.
Sportsmen. The words “I didn’t know” have all come out
The next stop was the Oneida Sportsmen’s Club and
of our own mouths. The responsibility of their education
the range, where the senators and staff received
firmly rests on OUR shoulders. Read on and tell me what
demonstrations about muzzleloaders, handguns, rifles
and shotguns and talked with the group of concerned
During one of my meetings earlier this year with sportsmen. Senator Schneiderman also had the
Senators Valesky, Schneiderman and Aubertine, it was opportunity to shoot both .50 and .54 caliber
decided that Senator Valesky would arrange a tour muzzleloaders. Then down to business of lunch and
and meeting with sportsmen in his area for Senator the meeting, where we were joined by Senator
Schneiderman. Senator Schneiderman became the Aubertine.
Chair of the Codes Committee this year; he is from
Senator Schneiderman was very receptive to the
Manhattan and has been dealing with gun issues from
comments made by everyone in attendance. Hopefully
an urban perspective. I had brought up the fact that
we have educated him and staff about some issues
the legislation he was sponsoring would hurt the
that would affect those in rural areas differently than
sportsmen and gun owners from all over the state.
those who live in cities. I would like to see Senator
Senator Schneiderman said he would hold off on
Schneiderman become an ally to stop the anti-gun
pushing the gun bills until he had a chance to get more
legislation that hurts only the law-abiding gun
owners. This could become a reality if he continues to
On August 10th Senator Valesky held a field trip for communicate and work with sportsmen and Senators
Senator Schneiderman to meet and talk with Valesky and Aubertine. Charlie Pace, a member of the
sportsmen / gun owners in Valesky's area. Before the Conservation Fund Advisory Board, was instrumental
meeting, which was held at the Oneida Sportsmen's in setting up the visit to the archery/gun shop and the
Club, I participated in a tour with the Senators and sportsmen’s club, and brought his own guns for
Senate staff to an archery/gun shop (APs Archery in demonstration as well.
Cazenovia). At the shop many questions were asked
It really does matter where you come from. Everyone’s
about the procedures for sale and licenses to buy guns,
perspective is different and that was why an urban
mainly handguns. One of Senator Schneiderman’s
oriented Senator would vote the way he had. With the
concerns was how handguns are purchased and end
proper instruction and education of the impact his vote
up in the hands of criminals and gang members. I
had on the sporting community, Senator Schneiderman
believe that the issue was answered very well with the
was able to make a more educated decision on future
explanation that law abiding gun owners are not
gun legislation. We all must work tirelessly to further
going to sell or give their licensed guns to criminals or
promote our message that sportsmen play an important
gang members. There was also discussion about
part not only in the conservation of wildlife and the land
lowering the age to hunt big game with a bow to
in which they live, but also the economy on which New
12 years old. I feel this also did some good, as Senator
York State survives…and we vote.
Schneiderman was surprised to learn that our state
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL 2 OCTOBER 2009
Safari Club International
Western & Central New York Chapter
Eighteen Year Summary of Projects
FEED THE WILD LIFE PROGRAM $336,000 4-H CLUB COUNTY YOUTH COMMITTEE $ 7,300
Cooperation with land owners to ensure a minimum of 3
acres of corn standing throughout the winter to enrich HUNT OF A LIFETIME $ 4,000
the habitat for area wildlife Donation to this origination who make the dreams come
true for terminally ill youth
WOOD DUCK & BLUE BIRD HOUSES $213,000
Over 1800 Wood Duck Boxes and 40,000 Blue Bird BOY SCOUTS - $290,000
Houses have been built and installed throughout Erie, CONSERVATION, EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTERS
Niagara, Wyoming and Chautauqua Counties Donation enriched the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the
Boy Scouts of America which built and funded these
MALLARD NESTS $ 6,550 centers at Camp Schoelkopf, Scout Haven and Stone
Similar to the above, 300 specially designed Mallard Haven
Nests have been installed all around Western New York
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY YMCA - “CAB-ENT” $ 6,500
TREE PLANTING PROGRAM $65,000 Donation enables construction of a shelf designed to
Apple, Sawtooth Oak and other saplings have been assist disadvantaged youths.
planted to rejuvenate area forests
AMERICAN WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL $ 25,200
CHEVROLET DONATION $49,500 Each year youths and teachers are selected to participate
In cooperation with Emerling Chevrolet, donation was in a week long program designed to enhance their
made to the Auto Technology Department at Erie leadership abilities. This school was built and is staffed
B.O.C.E.S. by SCI members and is located in the mountains of
Jackson Hole, WY.
HOLIDAY GIFT BASKETS $ 81,500
Annual donations of $5000 per year to provide baskets of CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL $2,700
food to families in need throughout Western New York
ROSWELL PARK CANCER INSTITUTE $ 1,000
ENCHANTED FOREST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY $ 5,200
Donation provided for the construction of a bird aviary in MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION $ 2,500
Alden, New York
DONATION TO SCI AFFILIATED
HAWK CREEK $ 3,000 CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS $100,000
Donation in support of Wildlife Rehabilitations located in
East Aurora HUNTERS AGAINST POACHING $9,600
Donation enabled the purchase of six mechanical deer
SILVER WHEELS FOUNDATION $ 700 decoys by the New York Department of Environmental
Donation made to provide wheelchairs and assistance to Conservation to deter unlawful poaching of area deer
wheelchair bound athletes population.
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY $1,000 MICHIGAN BLACK BEAR INITIATIVE $ 3,000
ENVIROTHON PHEASANT PROGRAM $293,000
In cooperation with Attica Correctional Facility, DEER SEARCH $ 3,100
the club has raised over 6000 birds per year. The
birds get released to over 40 sights, which opens
more land for hunting and injects birds into stock. continued on next page
All of these sights are open to the public to hunt.
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2009 Safari Club
Pheasant Release Program
All of these sites are open to the public to HUNT PHEASANTS ONLY.
You cannot hunt any of these sites until you call first and get
permission. If you are continuously turned down at any site, please
call Mr. Elmer Berghorn at (716) 941-6627.
MARVIN ZIRKLE MICHAEL WHELEHAN JERRY W. SILVIS
9417 Lake Ave. 669 Thomas Ave. 175 School St.
Brockton, NY 14716 Rochester, NY 14617-1434 Kenmore, NY 14217
(716) 792-9871 1-585-208-3683 (716)876-2462 • (716) 698-4126
58 acres - 380 Lake Ave., Brockton 270 acres - Rte. 19A 92 acres - 9100 Rte. 98N -
225 acres - Prospect & Bliss Rds. Genesee Falls, NY Franklinville
BILL MACKEY CHRIS SCHOTZ
DAVE SWIECH Hansor Rd. 3468 Raymond Rd.
5036 Pittsburg St. Silver Creek, NY Sanborn, NY 14132
Hamburg, NY 14075 (716) 937-5217 (716) 731-1641
(716) 648-5870 (work) (716) 825-0333 691-6333 ext. 2292
Wk# (716) 827-9217 (cell) 818-7896 50 acres - Sanborn
51 acres - Slocher Hill Rd. 80 acres
New Hudson, NY EDWARD KACZANEWSKI
(Allegany County) DENNIS VESPUCCI 2994 Eden Rd.
PO Box 6 North Collins, NY 14111
MARVIN WINTER 2900 State Rte. 305 (716) 337-2952
3946 Shirley Rd. West Clarksville, NY 14786 80 acres - Townline Rd.
North Collins, NY 14111 (H) (585) 968- 2636 162 acres - Conger Rd.
(716) 337-3739 (W) (585) 268-9727
200 acres 100 acres - Cuba, NY RICHARD REISDORF
Rte. 75 on west Shirley Rd. - 1830 Perry Rd.
outside Fox Ave - east side FRANK SNYDER N Java, NY 14113
Langford Rd. - north side 4632 Rte. 98 (716) 668-1353
Great Valley, NY 14741 50 acres - Rte. 302, Bliss, NY
JIM SILVIS (716) 699-4469
9109 Rt. 98N 164 acres - Town of Humphrey MICHAEL NEAMER
Franklinville, NY 14787 (Rte 98) 3626 Bryant Hill Rd.
(716) 698-9245 75 acres - Rte. 98 Franklinville Franklinville, NY 14737
50 acres - Rte. 98 - Linville (716) 676-3015
53 acres - Franklinville
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL 4 OCTOBER 2009
Additional SCI Projects
SPORTSMEN AGAINST HUNGER
Over 220,000 pounds of Domestic and Game meat was
Cooking donated to local pantries and soup kitchens. In talking with
these various organizations the same story was being told
that of all donations they received, protein rich foods are
Column the hardest to come by. Our efforts are greatly appreciated.
SPORTSMEN FOR LITERACY AND EDUCATION
This last ice fishing season was, for me, the best ever. Lots of Our Chapter locally collected over 10,000 pounds of school
perch, walleye and smelt now reside in my freezer thanks to books and paper products, which combined with donations
their willingness to jump out of the water and into my from Detroit and Milwaukee chapters for a total of
bucket. With such a new found flush of fish, I found it 24,000 pounds. This chapter arranged and paid for all
difficult to stray from the classic preparation of the sweet transportation charges ($7,800) to New Orleans where these
flesh these fish provide. Lightly breading fillets with Italian shipments were consolidated and shipped to South Africa.
bread crumbs and frying in hot oil never fails to please the Once in South Africa these supplies will be used to teach
family. I did try a few changes this year in the prep of the students in areas where books are economically unavailable.
fillets themselves. Brining has been a cooks best secret for
years and works to enhance the flesh of any of the light SENSORY SAFARI FOR THE BLIND
fleshed meats. Chicken, fish and pork can be submerged in Multiple Sensory Safaris were conducted at several
a salt and sugar water solution. For only a few hours for fish locations where many stuffed wildlife animals were
displayed. Over 500 sight impaired people, many for the
and seafood to over night for pork roasts and chicken fillets
fIrst time were able to “see” by touching and feeling what
to make otherwise dry tough meats into tender juicy good
these animals are like. By their expressions you knew
eats. The whole thing works on the principal of osmosis
immediately that this was a huge success and we did make
where as a saline liquid desires to be less saline and travels a small, but very important, difference in their lives.
through the cell walls of the meat dragging with it the salt
and sugar. This pre-season’s the dish, and has the added
effect of dragging in any spices you included in the water
into the meat. Soaking your fish or chicken in a brine
inflates the meat with a slightly salty juice. Everything
comes out moist and firm with the perfect amount of
seasoning. A good start is a half cup non-iodine salt (kosher
or sea salt) to a gallon of water. The sugar is varied with the
meat. Fish less so. Chicken, more and Pork equal to the
amount of salt will work. Spices like pepper and garlic can
be added here to add a background flavor.
This helped greatly with some of the largest perch I’d ever
laid eyes on with some topping the 14 inch mark. The first
batch went into the fryer with little thought to how old
these girls were and they showed their age on the pallet. If
they had teeth they’d be long – that’s for sure. Next time
around we soaked the fillets in the salted brine with a little
fresh garlic for two hours before cooking. Rinsed then
dredged in flour. Dipped in egg and then into a saltine
cracker breading mix. Back in egg and again in the cracker
mix then off to the fryer. Yes Sir, it was good. I could taste
the fish without the Lake Erie flavor. Whether to enhance
some tough squab, saber-toothed perch or a delicious pork
roast, give brining a chance if you’ve never tried it.
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JEFF MURRAY RUSSELL DELLAPENTA JOHN ZLOMEK
600 Cayuga Creek Rd. 6123 Morgan Hollow Rd. 5313 Old State Rd.
Cheektowaga, NY 14227 Franklinville, NY 14737 Belmont, NY 14813
(716) 896-5555 • F: 894-5730 (716) 699-6249 (585) 268-7709
(716) 646-4072 132 acres - Franklinville 200 acres on east side of Rte. 18/9
87 acres - Hamburg bordering
S. Creek Rd. RICHARD DAMLEY BOB KEICHER
P.O. Box 545 Clinton St.
GERALD KEICHER Machias, NY 14101 Cowlesville, NY
502 Clinton St. (716) 676-2685 • (cell) 560-1635 (716) 668-5936 100 acres
Cowlesville, NY 14037 268 acres on Bird Rd., Machias, NY
(716) 591-0046 • 668-1353 GEORGE WINTER
150 acres Clinton St. Bennington RICH CEREMERA 5783 Burton Rd.
(Near Mexico) 15 Pradine Dr. Orchard Park, NY 14127
Cheektowaga, NY 14227 (716) 662-3326
CHARLIE HEBDON (716) 656-1097 • Cell 713-9925 200 acres - Newton Rd. & Burton
6028 Beaver Meadow Rd. 50 acres - Eagle, NY Rd. both sides - East Side of 219
West Valley, NY 14171
(716) 699-2808 ED SRENIAWSKI STEVE SANDER
300 total acres - West Valley 3876 Harvard PI. 8677 Stout Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075 Cuba, NY 14727 • (585) 968-8197
MARK SCHADE/GARY SCHADE (716) 649-6016 102 acres on Stout Rd.
Canada Hill Road 50 acres - Rt. 6, Ripley, NY
Machias, NY TOM POREBSKI
Mark - (cell) 731-9720 - 275 acres TOM BALDO 3244 Baker Rd.
Gary - (cell) 731-9720 - 75 acres 11 Silent Meadow Orchard Park, NY 14127
Orchard Park, NY 14127 (716) 662-4908
RICK GORCZYCA (716) 863-1690 83 acres - Java Center
130 Pinewood Trail 4747 Roszyk Hill Rd.
East Aurora, NY 14052 Machias, NY - 50 acres BEN LEWANDOWSKI
716-983-4044 12997 Bullis Rd.
53 acres DON GALLO Marilla, NY
Campbell Rd., Pike, NY PO Box 165 (716) 652-8979 • cell (716) 698-3953
1/2 mile R-from Rt. 39 Wales Center, NY 14169 120 acres
before Rt. 19 (716) 687-1169
GREG NORTHWAY, SR.
FRANCIS N. GEORGE TONY GRIMMET P.O. Box 212
775 Centerline Rd. 4049 Riceville Rd. West Valley, NY 14171
Strykersville, NY 14175 Machias, NY (716) 479-1144
(585) 535-7370 773-2873, (716) 870-5479 (716) 626-8312
62 acres - Strykersville 90 acres 100 acres
Roszyk Hill Rd., Machias, NY
ROBERT DZRARA BARRY CUMMINGS
13590 Trevett Rd. Farnsworth Rd. MIKE SCHAEFER
Springville, NY 14141 Cuba, NY 14727 51 Park Blvd.
(716) 592-7802 (0)(585) 968-1116 Lancaster, NY 14086
139 acres (H)(585) 968-1419 (716) 683-1364
350 acres - Farnsworth Rd./ 107 acres
Mountain Hill Rte. 305 South Center Rd., Linden, NY
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL 5 OCTOBER 2009
After our briefing we ran to the truck. We were the third
A Stranger Named Dusty... truck out and headed to the area looking for the wide Oryx.
Continued from Front Cover The WSMR is a huge area! We couldn’t locate the Oryx so
we headed to another spot and spotted two Oryx. Two
Sedona to do some sight seeing on the Pink Jeep other trucks were heading for them from the opposite
Broken Arrow Tour. direction and the animals vanished in the thick cover. We
thought this was going to be easy. It was 11:00 a.m. and
The following morning we flew back to El Paso and time is valuable on a two day hunt. We drove out further
drove to New Mexico to meet Dusty. We sighted our to the base of the mountains and glassed. Unsuccessful,
guns in and he showed us around. That evening he we headed back for some lunch and meet Dusty. We drove
asked us if we would like to look at some Oryx. We to one of Dusty’s honey holes. It was now 12:00 p.m. and
spotted a group of six with one large Oryx which he my turn to hunt. We located some Oryx, made a stalk, set
thought was a female. He described the differences and up the shooting sticks, took aim and missed. I couldn’t
what we should look for. He said if we wanted a hand he believe it. We were off to the rodeo with Dusty driving
could ride along tomorrow afternoon. That night we trying to get ahead of them. We got out and walked a
flipped a coin to see who would shoot first. Shawn ways and couldn’t locate them in the thick brush. That
won the toss. He picked the morning hunt; if he evening we located a large group of Oryx and the large
passed an animal up, I would have the female was with them. Dusty said we could find them in
option of shooting it. We discussed a the morning but, I told Dusty we still had time for one
game plan to try and locate the wide more stalk. We went single file with the shooting
female Oryx. That morning at 5:00 sticks above our heads acting as a group of Oryx.
a.m. we waited in the long line of We closed in and I ranged them at 230 yards.
trucks waiting to get into Suddenly the large Oryx mounted another Oryx!
White Sands Missile Range We just looked at each other and Dusty made the
for a briefing. All vehicles comment that it’s either a bull or they have issues.
were checked and no I set up the shooting sticks and dropped the Oryx
cameras are allowed with one shot. When we arrived at the Oryx there
for security reasons. was no ground shrinkage and it turned out to
be a bull. We taped him out at 42.5 inches.
When we made it back to the gate there
were a lot of congratulations and
pictures taken. One of the outfitters
said I didn’t know what I have, this
could be the largest and widest
Oryx ever taken in North
America. On the way back to
the hotel we stopped and
picked up a few pops to
Day two and off to the rodeo again with Dusty at the
wheel. Hang on! Down through the narrow dirt roads,
some washed out by rains and overgrown with thorny
branches and mesquite. You could hear them scratching
the side of the truck like fingers on a chalk board. I looked
at Shawn in fear of a new paint job for the rental truck. This
trip was going to cost us a bit more than we thought.
We located a group of young adults just off the road.
Shawn told Dusty and I that he would be happy with a 35
inch Oryx and he didn’t want to go home empty handed.
We checked a few other areas and located a lone bull. At
Shawn’s shot the bull was off and running. Back to the
truck so we could maneuver in front of him for an ambush.
When the bull came running by at 300 yards Shawn fired
and hit him. Four more rounds from Shawn’s .338 ultra and
the bull was down. We could not believe this animal could
take so many shots. We measured his horns at 35 ½ inches.
On the way back to the gate I teased Shawn about having If you would
to lend him shells. Once back at the gate there were more
pictures and we quartered out the bull. Dusty’s daughter like to submit your own
Michele took care of the meat for us.
exciting story and pictures,
We had a great time on the trip and lots of fun with Dusty.
He is quite a character. My Oryx ended up scoring #1 North
please send them to us.
America Free Range. I also recommend subscribing to The
Hunting Fool. They have a great magazine which keeps you See page 1 for contact information.
up to date on out of state drawings, deadlines and
recommended trophy areas. They also offer application
services if you don’t have the time to apply yourself. You
can find them on the web at www.huntinfool.com
...this could be the largest
and widest Oryx ever taken
in North America.
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EXECUTIVE BOARD PRSRT STD
PERMIT # 3899
65 Lawrence Place
Orchard Park, NY 14127
DATES TO REMEMBER
Frank Cipressi OCTOBER 1 OCTOBER 24
George Cipressi Small Game Open Fall Turkey, Snow Geese,
Rick Darnley Cottontail, Grouse, Coyote Canada Geese Open
Terry Hauser OCTOBER 3 NOVEMBER 4
Bob Keicher Brant Open General Membership Meeting.
Dennis Kirchhoff AWLS Student Review
General Membership Meeting. NOVEMBER 20
Dr. Ronald Zielen
Pro Staff Deer Panel Turkey and Archery Deer and Archery
Meeting Coordinator Bear CLOSED
Kevin Hrab, DDS OCTOBER 10-11
Youth Pheasant and Duck NOVEMBER 21
Hunt Weekend Regular Deer Open
Floyd Koerner, Jr.
Director Public Relations OCTOBER 17
Jim Montelone Pheasant, Deer and Bear NOVEMBER 28
Archery Open Regular Bear Open
Director New Membership
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