GSCO HHCF

Projects & Partnerships

Our first themed HHCF event was in May 2023 in San Carlos, Mexico. The genesis of this event occurred in a brocket deer camp in the Yucatan jungle in May 2022, while pursuing the Rex Baker Super 40. The outfitter and organizer in that camp was one of GSCO’s top performers and my good friend, Nayo Balderrama. During the hot afternoons between stints sitting in trees or chasing turkeys, Nayo and I developed the concept for an annual GSCO Rendezvous to be held during the off-convention season at enticing vacation venues. The goal would be to hold these events on alternating years in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. (the three great nations that comprise the Grand Slam). The idea was to offer a variety of fun activities for our members and of course good fellowship, good food and ample libation. We also formulated a plan for hosting a regional Mexican youth archery tournament, among many other activities, during one of our days in San Carlos. Archery is a big deal in Mexico and they are very active and internationally competitive. One of our distinguished members, Gary Bogner, has personally helped provide impetus and resources to foster this program. To say that this youth event took off would be an understatement. Included here you will see some photos from the Saturday morning tourney. Eighty-seven youths pre-registered, with families driving in from Hermosillo, Nogales and elsewhere across Mexico. GSCO-HHCF provided over 150 lunches at the conclusion of the event. Many families stayed the entire weekend in San Carlos, and the coach of the Mexican National Team, fresh back from a world tournament is Shanghai, was in attendance as well other Mexican archery notables. The kids and adults loved it.

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Working with the Council for the Advancement of Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CAHSS) and also their national R3 network, we have recently established and executed a 3-year contract relationship with our first adopter, The Alabama Department of Conservation and National Resources. We have been assured that our contract format is generally transferable and easily replicable to other states. Moreover, by contracting and providing funding and services in this manner our efforts will receive a 3:1 cost-sharing match from the billions or dollars annually collected via the Pittman-Robertson Act and excise taxes on sporting goods.

Having established the above-noted precedent, GSCO-HHCF is actively recruiting other like-minded foundations and individuals to join this collective effort. We have created and wish to promulgate a new public-private partnership platform which promotes science-based conservation management and the role of the hunter, angler and private sector. Our strategy relies on a two-prong implementation plan involving youth education and public awareness as well as enhancing the avidity of families who currently venture outdoors.  To assist us in this goal we have developed a replicable program and chosen to partner with our respective state agencies and DNR’s in a manner which will allow a 3:1 Federal cost-sharing match. The fact that this effort will be further leveraged against these other organization’s activities as well as the various states’ education budgets means the effective cost share is far greater than 3:1 .

 

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