Thursday, February 4, 2010
$6,000.00 Gemsbok Oryx Hunt Give-A-Way!
The Hunting Report

Fax Number: 305-670-1376 Order Line: 305-670-1918
February 2010 Volume 30 Number 2

Hunting Report subscribers with children or grandchildren ages nine to 17 who would like to go hunting will be interested in an offer we just received from the Crown X Ranch in West Texas. You may remember the report we published in 2006 from correspondent Ray Sasser regarding the Crown X Ranch. (See Article ID 1719.) You’ll recall that the Schwerdtfeger family, which owns this 35,000-acre property in the Chinati Mountains, was creating their own African savannah with a collection of more than 31 species of game, including Cape buffalo. The idea was to have many of the animals ranging freely in one huge area in self-sustaining, interactive herds – just like in Africa. The Crown X is an exclusive property and is not open to the general public. But the family wanted to use hunting as a conservation management tool on the property and was prepared to offer a very limited number of hunts through outfitter and guide Jim Roche of Magnum Guide Service.

So, how does this translate to an offer for a youth hunter in your life? Well, Roche recently contacted us with news and a proposal from Howard Schwerdtfeger. First of all, he says the Crown X has built a luxurious lodge and within the last year has successfully hosted a small number of hunters. They are interested in catering to conservation minded hunters who appreciate their efforts to conserve some of the endangered species on their property. But they are also interested in encouraging young people to become more involved in the outdoors, wildlife conservation and wildlife management through hunting. In fact, they are prepared to offer a free hunt through The Hunting Report to a youth hunter.

The Schwerdtfegers are inviting the children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews of Hunting Report subscribers to share their thoughts on the topic: How Can Hunters, Guides And Outfitters Get More Kids Involved In Hunting and Conservation? To that end, we are working with the Crown X to sponsor an essay-writing contest for children ages 9 to 17. The winner of the contest will get to visit the Crown X with a parent and hunt a gemsbok on the property. The dates for this hunt are March 13-16, 2010. The hunt includes meals, lodging, guiding, two days of hunting and three nights lodging for one youth hunter and one non-hunting parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, who could be upgraded to a hunter at regular rates. Essays should be a minimum of 400 words and up to 1,000. Entries may be sent by e-mail to Editor Barbara Crown at Barbara@hunting; or via fax (305-253-5532). You can also send them by snail mail to: The Hunting Report, Attention Barbara Crown, 12182 SW 128th Street, Miami, FL 33186. Just be aware the deadline to receive all entries is February 25, 2010, and the winner must be able to travel to the ranch the week of March 15. Entries will be judged by the ranch owners, Roche and Crown. The winner will be notified no later than February 28. Please include the child’s name, age and grade, as well as the name of and the relationship to a Hunting Report subscriber and complete contact details, including phone, e-mail and mailing address. The Schwerdtfegers want the sincere thoughts and ideas of today’s youth, so please, no “help” from adults. All details for the contest will be posted to The Hunting Report web site under Web Site Uploads. Participating youth should also include information indicating their shooting or hunting experience. They should be able to handle a .243 at minimum with a .270 preferable. Roche is experienced in guiding youth hunters and will provide some coaching and encouragement, but some preparedness on the youngster’s part is necessary. All of the entries will become part of a campaign to educate and increase interest in hunting among youth. “It is my sincere hope that we all might gain insight into the minds of today’s children so that we may utilize this information to better preserve our hunting heritage for future generations,” says Roche.

The Hunting Report will share the results with guide/outfitter associations, hunting conservation groups and sportsmen in general. All entries will be posted to The Hunting Report web site. You can learn more about the Crown X Ranch on their web site at Join today and enter a child. You can make a difference in the life of a child and the future of our hunting heritage.

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