2017 SE Michigan Bowhunters Christmas Party

 Bid Must Be In BY Nov 13th, 2017

to Don Van De Steene @ djvandesteene@gmail.com

 One Adult and One Youth Hunter Highest Bidder Wins

 ILLINOIS –  for Adult & Youth:  A 5-day, 3×1 guided hunt for one adult and one youth hunter (16 & under) with bow for world-class Whitetails in the heart of southern Illinois’s big buck country.  You’ll hunt prime private grounds that are intensely managed for quality numbers and trophy-class bucks settled between two major barriers, the Mississippi and the Ohio River, featuring a variety of wooded, hilly terrain and plentiful food plots.  Outfitter has over 250 tree and ladder stands situated around their hunt areas to allow for flexibility and low hunting pressure.  Typically, bowhunters have around a 75% opportunity rate on 130” or better bucks.  Rocky Branch Outfitters is known as “the bowhunters paradise” with average bucks in the 140” to 160” range and big guys going 170+.  Coyotes may also be taken on this hunt.  Hunt includes accommodations for two at their lodge featuring pool & hot tub and a wonderful catfish pond out back; home cooked meals or there is a restaurant; local hunt transportation; and field dressing & skinning of your trophies.  Hunters are responsible for license & permit, purchase over the counter or call outfitter ($410), transportation to camp, meat processing and gratuities.  Hunt to be taken December 12 – 16 2017 (ask outfitter for other dates) Outfitter also offers great turkey hunting. [Repeat Donor]

Donated by:          

            ROCKY BRANCH OUTFITTERS, Darrell & Diane Hafford

            7390 Highway 145 South              


Harrisburg, Illinois 62946     (618) 841-9935 (Darrell), (618)841-9936 (Diane)                Value:  $4,500 

S.H.A.P. Camp 2017

Our 23rd year doing the State Hunter Apprentice Program (SHAP) was one of the nicest I can remember.  The temperatures were in the mid 70’s with only occasional showers. This was our 10th year at the Echo Grove Camp ran by our friends at the Salvation Army.  As usual, the staff at Echo Grove did everything they could to make our camp run smooth for us and the kids.  Tina, Alisha and Andy were our assigned hosts and did a terrific job for us.  Major Reed spoke to the youngsters Sunday morning after breakfast with a short heart-warming story about his faith and how it helped him handle the problems that have come up in his life.  Our chapter Vice President (Ralph Cagle) presented Mark McClenaghan (Echo Grove Camp Director) a check for $500 to use for any of his “Wish List” projects. The folks at the Salvation Army are the best people on earth!

On Saturday evening we enjoyed the fantastic Birds of Prey program presented by Joe Rogers and Barb Rogers from the Wildlife Recovery Association.  The kids and staff were treated to actually seeing and in some cases, touching the birds of prey as they were carried around the room by Barb and Joe.   Their Birds of Prey program is a fast-paced, extremely entertaining, first rate educational experience that can be brought into your kids’ school at a very reasonable rate.  Contact them to schedule their conservation friendly program for your school at www.wildliferecovery.org

If you look at the faces of the students who attended our SHAP course this year, you will see our next generation of sportsmen and women, new hunters who will carry the word of conservation and our hunting heritage into the future.  The small game season opens September 15th state wide and is the perfect time and activity to start a new hunter on their life long hunting journey. The Michigan DNR set aside the weekend of Sept. 16-17 for special youth/vet deer hunts.  Take advantage of the opportunity(s).  our DNR provides, you won’t regret it!

This year due to Bob Easterbrook Sr. and Bob Jr. being in Africa hunting two of our instructors stepped forward to help me lead our team.  Robert (Bob) McLean took over the Directors job and everything went very smoothly under his astute leadership. Kevin Mulkeran did his usual outstanding job as Coordinator and I was able to relax and enjoy the camp like never before. The Instructors of our Bowhunter chapter and the Detroit chapter who gave the extra effort to help ensure hunting’s future are:

Bob Easterbrook Jr.

John Gornyecz

Tammy LoGrudice

Jim Martin

Paul McCann

Bob McLean

Kelly McLean

Kevin Mulkeran

Troy Sanborn

James Waldrie

Gregg Wujcik

These SCI members donated three days of their lives so that 22 youngsters could receive their MDNR Hunter and Bowhunter Education certificates.  Some people talk about how much they care about hunting, these gals & guys showed how much they care by giving of their time.  On behalf of the kids and our chapter members I say THANK YOU to all of them!!!

Ralph Cagle

SCI- SHAP Coordinator

SHAP Youth Camp 1 SHAP Youth Camp 2 SHAP Youth Camp 3 SHAP Youth Camp 4 SHAP Youth Camp 5 SHAP Youth Camp 6 SHAP Youth Camp 7 SHAP Youth Camp 8 SHAP Youth Camp 9 SHAP Youth Camp 10 SHAP Youth Camp 11 SHAP Youth Camp 12 SHAP Youth Camp 13 SHAP Youth Camp 14 Ralph Cagle presents Mark McC a check from our chapter SHAP Youth Camp 15 SHAP Class 2017