SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

 
SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Marty Witczak, President

First, let me wish each and every one of you a blessed new year. As we look at 2021 through the rear-view mirror, we can definitely say many of us may have created and or experienced new memories and adventures. Speaking of adventures, last November I celebrated my 60th consecutive opening of the gun deer hunting season. My adventures and love of hunting began when I was just 6 years old with my father taking me along to the hunting cabin in Eagle River Wisconsin. The memories that stand out most vividly were the freezing cold 20 below zero temps that we hunted in and the dozens of pairs of tiny beady mice eyes that kept watch over me all night long as I tried to sleep on the mice infested mattress! Come morning I could hardly keep my eyes open, but nothing could dampe nmy enthusiasm for that very first hunting experience I shared with my dad! And so, last November I planned and prepped to complete my 60th year of hunting. For many years I raised my sons to appreciate and respect the fine art of hunting and to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. It doesn’t hurt to be able to show off that new trophy on your wall either! Congratulations to all of you who will be sporting a new trophy on your wall from the past fall deer hunting season.

 

If you remember correctly in an earlier issue of the Hunter Magazine, I mentioned that my wife and I were going to Scotland for a Red Stag hunt. We departed on Friday September 10th from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and arrived in Edinburgh Scotland on Saturday morning September 11th. A driver from Outdoor International Adventures picked us up at the hotel after breakfast and we began a 3-hour drive. Our destination for the hunt was the Comrie Estate, was west of Aberdeen Scotland. Our accommodations, The Loch Kinord was in the village of Dinnet in Royal Deeside Scotland. Dinnet is said to be the gateway to both the Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park. The village is ringed with picturesque hills and dotted with lakes, the largest of which are Loch Kinord and Loch Davan. Our hosts were Michael and Danielle Grosse, owners of Outdoor International Adventures and their son Justin, was an excellent guide.My 3-day hunt began in earnest on Monday morning with a drive to the huge Comrie Estate. By midafternoon I had shot my Red Stag, what a beauty he was! The spread between his impressive 24 points was 48 inches from outside point to outside point! It was a great day; I had accomplished the sole purpose for my hunt! Now I could enjoy the rest of my hunting days. I was still hoping for a Fallow Deer and I was assured my wish would come true. Sure enough, my Fallow Deer was in the books on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday, our last day of hunting, I shot a Roe Deer. All three trophies will be welcomed into our home and will fit in nicely with all my African Trophies! While I was out pursuing my dreams, my wife was out and about with Danielle seeing and experiencing the sights of Scotland. They visited 3 castles including Balmoral Highland Estate. The highland retreat of the Royal Family since 1852. The Balmoral Estate covers more than 50,000 acres. Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in its management and improvements. It just so happens that while we were in Scotland on the hunt, the Queen was in residence at the castle. Sad to say neither of us got a glimpse of her! They went on to see Glamis Castle Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings and of course the Heather Gems factory in Scotland where she was able to complete some of her “required” shopping! We wrapped up the hunting trip on Thursday September 16th, said good-bye to our wonderful hosts, and continued our vacation and sight-seeing, by visiting Inverness and Glasgow before arriving back in Edinburgh to fly to Dublin Ireland on Monday September 20th. Upon landing in Dublin, we picked up our second rental vehicle and drove to Cork where we toured the Jameson Distillery (in the little town of Midleton just outside of Cork). Sampl ed and ultimately purchased a few bottles of mighty fine Whiskeys to bring home with us. We drove to Galway, a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast. We stayed right down in the city’s hub the 18th century Eyre Square. We also visited the spectacular Cliffs of Moher! Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to take the boat tour of the cliffs because 10-to-12-foot waves were pounding the shore! From Galway we headed back to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, on Ireland’s east coast. I must say each city and little village we drove through and visited were filled with beautiful historic buildings, bright flower gardens and impressive statues depicting important people and events of both Scotland’s and Ireland’s rich history! I was rather proud of myself for driving 1400 miles between the two countries with the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle and driving on the left side of the road! This trip the only vacation I can remember when my wife didn’t take naps while I drove. She was my co-pilot and my second set of eyes. It was a fabulous trip and a very successful hunt! A vacation we will never forget! Lots to be thankful for as we landed back in the USA on Saturday September 25th.

 

Thinking about what is on the calendar for the first part of 2022 is of course the Northeast Wisconsin Hunters Expo on the last weekend in February. Remember, our banquet date has changed to the evening of Friday February 25th at the Stadium View Bar & Grill in Green Bay, WI. This year’s event will take place at the new Resch Expo Center right across from Lambeau Field and will not only feature the hunting aspect but the fishing aspect as well. The weekend event will now be titled, “Wisconsin State Hunting and Fishing Expo” which means more foot traffic through the door and larger crowds to please both outfitters and attendees! Tickets are available at www.scihunterexpo.com for $65 per person and includes free admission to the sport show.

 

Until my next article, enjoy your new liberties and stay safe.

Marty

 

 

I look forward to seeing you at our SCI Hunter' Banquet
Friday February 25th at Stadium Bar and Grill