Oklahoma SCI Will Host Two Veterans on Hunting Trip

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The Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International will host two Oklahoma war veterans for a three-day guided hunting and fishing trip. The veterans will each get a chance to harvest a cow elk and lodging and meals will be provided.

"We here in the United States of America owe our many freedoms to the men and women of all generations who have served in our armed forces, giving their time, and in many cases their health or even their lives, to win and preserve our way of life. We thank all of these most honored citizens," said Mike Mistelske, with the Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International.

SCI's Oklahoma Station Chapter has partnered with Wild Game Outfitters near Porum to organize this special three-day/four-night outing in January or February, 2009. Others contributing to the event thus far include Oklahoma fishing guide Hubert Sanders, Shannon Ostertag of Reflections Taxidermy, Jim Allgood and Keith Rayborn of Redneck Adventures TV Shows, Cabela's, Tulsa Red Castle Gun Club, and members of the Oil Capital Rod & Gun Club.

Anyone who has received or been officially determined to be eligible for the "Afghanistan Campaign Medal," the "Iraq Campaign Medal," or the "Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal," is eligible to apply for this hunting and fishing adventure. Eligibility is open to veterans without or with disabilities. Many disabilities, including wheelchairs, can be accommodated.

Please submit your nominations for this special hunt by e-mail to Mike Mistelske at mjmistelske@yahoo.com no later than October 31st. Provide the name, age, and all contact information for the veteran; and provide your name and contact information. Please include a brief description of the veteran’s military service and combat experience, and please describe any physical limitation he or she may have. Two veterans will be selected at random from those nominated and confirmed to be eligible; SCI's selection will be final.

Additional information, including how local organizations, businesses, or individuals can contribute to this veterans' hunt or to an ongoing program of providing such hunts is available at SCI's website, http://oklahomastationsci.org/ , by clicking on Special Hunt for Oklahoma Veterans http://oklahomastationsci.org/?page_id=32283 .

The Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International offers support and funding to a number of sportsmen’s causes, especially local efforts that benefit the sportsmen and wildlife of Oklahoma. The chapter partners with the Wildlife Department to sponsor several important programs, including the Wildlife Expo and the Hunter's Against Hunger program, which oversees the distribution of hunter-harvested venison to needy families.

The organization also helped fund the purchase of an airboat used by the Wildlife Department on waterfowl surveys and other wetland management tasks, and they provided the Department with a 24-foot trailer for use in the Department's Shotgun Training Education Program (STEP). STEP introduces both youth and adults to shotgun shooting techniques and the proper handling of firearms. Additionally, the chapter purchased eight elk for introduction into an existing herd in southeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Station of the Safari Club International also partners with Wildlife Department to sponsor an annual youth essay contest. The contest gives youth the opportunity to share their feelings about Oklahoma's outdoors and gives them the opportunity to win great prizes, including a guided pronghorn antelope hunt in New Mexico.

The Oklahoma Station Chapter of SCI serves four basic purposes: protecting the freedom of sportsmen to hunt, offering education on the value of hunting as a valuable wildlife management tool, conserving wildlife to preserve the hunting heritage for future generations and providing humanitarian services.