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Outdoors: Help hunt away area hunger problems

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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 12:48 pm | Updated: 4:49 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

As part of its ongoing efforts toward ending hunger, the Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation has proclaimed Nov. 14-20 as Sportsmen Against Hunger Week.

SCI is challenging sportsmen across Arizona and North America to give part of their harvests from this hunting season to the hungry in their communities.

Sportsmen Against Hunger is active in all 50 states, parts of Canada and in several countries around the world. Launched in 1989, this muchemulated program provides over 230 million meals’ worth of hunter-taken game meat to the needy.

This year, the SCI Foundation is providing hunters an extra incentive to share as part of Sportsmen Against Hunger.

By donating just 5 pounds or more of professionallyprocessed meat directly to a relief organization, and using an official Sportsmen Against Hunger "Share Nature’s Bounty" donation form, sportsmen will receive an automatic entry to win one of 50 coveted Sako 75 rifles, each with an approximate retail value of $1,365.

Sportsmen who are unsure where to take their harvests for donation can access the SCI Foundation’s online databases of some 1,300 licensed game processors and over 300 relief organizations across the United States that use wild game to assist local-area hungry. These easy-to-use databases are located at www.scifoundation.org. You also can access a downloadable Adobe PDF file copy of the Share Nature’s Bounty trifold donation brochure.

Many of the processing companies and relief organizations are willing to pay for part or all of the processing and transportation costs.

To acquire a copy of the Share Nature’s Bounty donation brochure or to learn more about Sportsmen Against Hunger, contact SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services Coordinator Allyson Garcia at (520) 620-1220, ext. 480, or at agarcia@safariclub.org.

WALLEYE ANGLERS MEET

The Phoenix chapter of the Southwest Walleye Anglers is hosting its monthly meeting on Tuesday at the American Legion Post No. 75, 10625 N. Cave Creek Road.

Bass tournament angler Sam Schattenberg, who also catches walleye, will speak on fishing the local lakes.

The Mesa chapter will meet Nov. 18 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department office, 7200 E. University Drive. The public is invited to attend both meetings, which start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

www.nealsfishingtackle.com.

DID YOU KNOW?

Before European settlers arrived in North America, an estimated 10 million elk were found from coast to coast.

By the 1900s, the elk population had dropped significantly.

Today, the population has grown to nearly one million animals, but they are found mostly in the western states and Canadian provinces. Wapiti is the Shawnee name for elk that means "white rump."

Some biologists used to prefer this name to clearly distinguish North American elk from one of its relatives the moose. In Europe, moose are called elk.

FISHING HOT SPOTS

Don’t put away your trout rods now that winter is here. The winter trout season is just starting. Saguaro Lake and the Lower Salt River (starting at the Phon D. Sutton Recreation area) are both being stocked this week. Oak Creek also is scheduled for stocking. The lagoons at Deadhorse State Park near Cottonwood were stocked at the end of October, as were Fain Lake and Goldwater Lake near Prescott. Next week, Saguaro Lake will be stocked with trout. On Nov. 22, Tempe Town Lake will be stocked. To get more winter stocking information, visit www.azgfd.gov.

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