SCI Tag Soup

Safari Club International

The official podcast of Safari Club International hosted by Chip Hunnicutt! SCI is dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation. Whether you hunt your own backyard, do one or a few hunts in a nearby state or across the country, or are an international destination hunter, SCI Tag Soup has something for you - it's not about the kill, it's about the experience, the habitat and the wildlife. Send your stories to tagsoup@safariclub.org. See you in camp!

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Founded by Jeff Epstein, the owner of Outback Kodiak – Alaska Wilderness Adventures, where he professionally guided dozens of experienced sportsmen and novices alike, Healing The Wounds was chartered to provide education, inspiration and enjoyment through the outdoors to youth of fallen law enforcement and military heroes. Learn more about Healing The Wounds at healingingthewounds.orgSilent auction for a 2021 Pacific Skiff ends March 31, 2021 - healingthewounds.org/auctionsText "SCI" to 73075 to get action alerts from the SCI Hunter Advocacy Action Center.Register today for the 2022 SCI Convention at safariclub.org/conventionSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Mar 18

40 min 1 sec

"Accurate, Affordable, Guaranteed" - that's Blackhound Optics. Host Chip Hunnicutt visits with Jim Peterson, Special Channels Manager of Blackhound Optics about the company's unique business model, excellent lineup of optics, and stellar reputation for customer service. Learn more at blackhoundoptics.com.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Nov 2020

35 min 48 sec

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently introduced a black bear management plan and proposed hunting regulations for the state. SCI Foundation sponsored MDC's Phase 1 black bear research project starting in 2010, along with partners at Mississippi State University. Funding from SCIF's Hunter Legacy Fund endowment supported research into determining the initial population estimates of black bears and that ultimately resulted in the current black bear management plan.Chris Comer, Director of Conservation for SCIF and Joe Goergen, Conservation Program Manager, visit with Laura Conlee, Furbearer Biologist, Resource Scientist for MDC about the state of black bears in Missouri and the proposed management plan.Show notes:To review the Missouri Black Bear proposed management plan for 2020-2030, visit mdc.mo.gov/bearsSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2020

53 min 1 sec

To support professional hunters and outfitters negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, Safari Club International (SCI) is launching the Share the Impact Outfitter Benefit, a multi-day online charity event that runs from August 1-22.The program will include an online auction of donated items and unique experiences, with 100% of the net proceeds going directly to industry relief through outfitter associations. These associations can provide direct assistance to guides and outfitters, making the most of fundraising contributions for those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.To donate, link to the auction or purchase Share The Impact gear, please visit safariclub.org/sharetheimpactSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jul 2020

21 min 32 sec

British Columbia guide outfitter Darren DeLuca, a 30-year veteran of the outfitting industry, is committed to protecting our hunting heritage using the tools of free enterprise and capitalism. “Hunters spend thousands of dollars every year traveling to Western Canada to hunt,” DeLuca says. “The Wild LP allows them to convert their hunting budget into investments in the outfitting industry.”The Wild LP redirects your hunting expenditures into equity ownership of premier hunting concessions in Western Canada. It allows you to recover your investment by going on hunting adventures, and it underpins the long-term security of hunting by financially supporting the outfitting industry.Protecting our hunting heritage requires new and innovative solutions. The Wild Conservation Investment Limited Partnership was created to build and strengthen the bond between hunters and the outfitting industry.Learn more at wildlp.comGet a box in the SCI-Sportsman's Box Sweepstakeshttps://www.getsportsmansbox.com/sci-sweepstakesSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jul 2020

31 min 3 sec

Jake DeBow is the Region 1 Wildlife Biologist for New Hampshire Fish and Game where he partners with forestland owners and foresters in the North Country to incorporate wildlife habitat considerations into forest management decisions – a service that Fish and Game has been providing since the 1940s.Jake's graduate thesis project at the University of Vermont was funded in part by Safari Club International Foundation and focused on moose mortality and recruitment in the state. Jake discusses the project and more with Tag Soup host Chip Hunnicutt, Dr. Chris Comer, Director of Conservation for SCIF and Brett Stayton, DC Communications Manager for SCI.Show links:Vermont research study: https://safariclub.org/scif-funded-research-helps-shape-vermont-moose-hunting-regulations/Sportsman's Box https://www.getsportsmansbox.com/sci-sweepstakesSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jun 2020

48 min 28 sec

Ben Cassidy, SCI Director of Government Affairs, joins host Chip Hunnicutt to review this week's highly successful "SCI Virtual Advocacy Week", a digital spin on the traditional Washington D.C. fly-in and annual Lobby Day. SCI-Sportsman's Box "Get A Box" Sweepstakes - https://www.getsportsmansbox.com/sci-sweepstakesSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jun 2020

28 min 39 sec

SCI and Sportsman’s Box are teaming up to bring you awesome gear plus a shot at a 4-day pass to the 2021 SCI Convention in Las Vegas and a chance at a new RETAY 12ga shotgun! Buy a box for $100 that includes gear valued up to $600 and you’re entered to win the shotgun. One shotgun will be drawn for every 100 boxes sold. Five boxes will have a golden ticket good for a 4-day convention pass!Sportsman’s Box is the leading subscription gift box for folks who love hunting and their gear partners are name brands you know and love. Every purchase supports SCI!This week Adam Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of Sportsman's Box, Adam Tury, Business Development for Sportsman's Box, Lauren Hill, Business Development Manager for SCI join host Chip Hunnicutt to ask the ultimate questions: what's in the box?Find out for yourself and get a box at https://www.getsportsmansbox.com/sci-sweepstakesSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

May 2020

33 min 17 sec

Tony Martins is an outdoors photojournalist, Professional Outdoors Media Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation media member, business consultant and small business owner, Labrador retriever breeder and conservationist. Tony's feature articles have appeared in dozens of magazines over the past 24 years including Sports Afield, Successful Hunter, Predator Xtreme, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, White Mountain Outdoors and Universal Hunter, where he served as Field Editor, as well as online in blogs for 1800GunsAndAmmo.com, 1800Gear.com, and the Raging Mullet Hunt & Fish Club. He has hunted the world and is a remarkable storyteller.After 24 years of applying, Tony drew a bison tag for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and completed that hunt just a few weeks ago. It's so fresh he has not yet put the adventure to paper and this is his first retelling of the hunt.Support SCI with Sportsman's Box - https://www.getsportsmansbox.com/sci-sweepstakesBook your hotel now for the 2021 SCI Convention in Las Vegas - https://showsci.org/hotels/Join, Upgrade or Renew with SCI and be entered to win awesome gear - https://www.safariclub.org/monthlysweepstakesSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

May 2020

1 hr 8 min

Blood Origins is a storytelling project showcasing the heart of our hunting culture and Robbie Kroger is the driving force behind it. In this episode we talk about the "origins" of Blood Origins. Robbie's unique way of getting at the essence of hunting through subjects from every corner of society clearly define how hunting connects us all. Watch Blood Origins on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Instagram and bloodorigins.com. Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

May 2020

46 min 10 sec

This week Philip Glass visits with host Chip Hunnicutt about starring in the 2018 documentary, "TROPHY". The film follows Glass, a lifelong hunter and a Texas-based sheep breeder, in his pursuit of The Big Five alongside the story of an outfitter and a private rhino breeder as they each deliver their unique sides of the story of hunting. The film is available to view on Netflix.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Apr 2020

37 min 4 sec

Earlier this year SCI announced a new partnership with outdoor television host and world class musician, Nick Hoffman. Tag Soup host Chip Hunnicutt caught up with Nick at the SCI Convention to talk hunt shopping and playing fiddle with Charlie Daniels.As the host of the award-winning television series Nick’s Wild Ride on the Outdoor Channel, Hoffman travels the world in pursuit of hunting adventures. His show encapsulates so much more than just hunting, emphasizing both the culinary aspects of wild game preparation and the cultural importance of hunting to the places he travels. SCI will be a primary sponsor for season five of the show. The show won the “Best Conservation” award at the 2018 Outdoor Sportsman Awards and has been awarded or nominated for numerous other accolades. In addition to being a highly skilled hunter, Hoffman is a talented musician and his TV show regularly includes clips of him sawing on a fiddle. He co-founded The Farm, a 3-piece band that has produced multiple top 40 radio hits.  Prior to striking out on his own, Hoffman has shared the stage with some of musics biggest names including Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, George Jones, and many more.  At the recent 48th Annual SCI Convention in Reno, Hoffman made a special appearance onstage with The Charlie Daniels Band.   Hoffman has a brand new solo album due to be released this summer.Hoffman has been an SCI Life Member since 2017 and his name appears in the SCI Record Book as well, with a mountain lion harvested in Montana checking in at #16 all time, and #10 with a handgun. In December of 2019 he completed the Spanish Ibex Grand Slam.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Apr 2020

10 min 46 sec

We caught up with J. Alain Smith of Rugged Expeditions for a few minutes on the floor of the SCI Convention to talk about his show and international hunting. If you're getting cabin fever due to the coronavirus home quarantine, check out his show on YouTube or Amazon Prime where J. Alain takes you around the world for exciting adventures and big laughs! Find him online at jalainsmith.com.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Mar 2020

5 min 1 sec

During the 2020 SCI Convention we had a chance to visit with Neil Davies, Marketing Director for Hornady. Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Mar 2020

6 min 20 sec

This week host Chip Hunnicutt sits down with Brian Gilroy, Founder & CEO of Wildlife Partners. A longtime SCI Corporate Partner, Texas-based Wildlife Partners enables conservation-minded landowners to to convert their private ranches into cash flow producing wildlife sanctuaries. Learn more about Wildlife Partners at wildlifepartners.com.On March 28, 2020 Brian and his company will host the Super Exotic Wildlife Auction and Educational Seminar in San Antonio. This limited entry event will bring together influential speakers to assist you with topics that will directly improve your ranching operation. Discussions will cover parasites, range management, genetics, tax aspects of wildlife ranching and more. Following the educational portion of the event, Wildlife Partners will conduct their first annual spring super exotic sale. We will be selling progeny from our breeding herds. This is your opportunity to establish your ranch as a breeder of high valued animals or acquire new genetics for your established herds. No common exotics will be offered. You will only find high quality super exotics at this sale. Learn more at wlp2020.com.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Feb 2020

8 min 47 sec

From the 2020 SCI Convention, we welcome Barbara Crown of the SCI Hunter Information Service, Louis B. Ebersohn, CEO of African Wildlife Services, and Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner of Tarleton State University of Texas, College of Agriculture Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences. The three discuss "A Model for Conservation of African Habitats and Wildlife: How the future of African wildlife depends on communities, sustainable use, wildlife security and sound science." Mr. Ebersohn is  the safari operator and Dr. Schwertner the scientist, who together are working to save leopards and increase biodiversity in the Greater Balepye Nature Reserve of South Africa.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Feb 2020

31 min 3 sec

Host Chip Hunnicutt, SCI Director of Marketing & Communications, and Joe Goergen, Conservation Manager for SCI Foundation, are prepping for the 2020 SCI Convention that kicks off February 5 in Reno, Nevada.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jan 2020

19 min 57 sec

This week Tag Soup heads to Capital Hill as host Chip Hunnicutt and Ben Cassidy, Director of Government Affairs, sit down with the SCI Legislator of the Year Congressman Jeff Duncan of the 3rd District of South Carolina for a special episode of Tag Soup! Representative Duncan has been a champion for hunters in the halls of Congress.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Jan 2020

27 min 48 sec

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from SCI Tag Soup! Late night Christmas Eve gift ideas and a homemade hunter's Christmas story. Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Dec 2019

18 min 25 sec

For 17 years SCI Foundation has sponsored the African Wildlife Consultative Forum, bringing together conservation leaders from countries in South Africa to discuss challenges in their regions and developing unique solutions focused on the needs of these special habitats, wildlife and rural communities. Host Chip Hunnicutt visits with SCIF's Chris Comer, Ph.D., Director of Conservation and Joe Goergen, Conservation Program Manager for a recap of the 2019 event.Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Dec 2019

51 min 47 sec

Happy Thanksgiving! This week host Chip Hunnicutt recaps a lesson learned from an Illinois deer hunt: don't take your gear for granted. Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Nov 2019

28 min 2 sec

SCI Tag Soup host Chip Hunnicutt takes on the topic of high fence hunting. Have an opinion? Let us hear it at tagsoup@safariclub.orgSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Nov 2019

29 min 50 sec

This week host Chip Hunnicutt visits with Tim Delarm, Producer of Alaska Outdoors TV, the top-rated outdoor series showcasing Alaska on Outdoor Channel and this year making its move to Pursuit Channel and Amazon Prime. Learn more about the show at alaskaoutdoorstelevision.com. Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Nov 2019

57 min 17 sec

This week's episode is perfect for listening while you're waiting on the doorbell to ring with the next round of trick o'treaters. Host Chip Hunnicutt visits with Chris Comer, Ph.D., Director of Conservation and Joe Goergen, Conservation Program Manager, both of SCI Foundation, about the upcoming AWCF conference. Things get darker as hear a firsthand account of The Longest Minute - a terrifying grizzly bear encounter - from Reed Thompson, a survivor of the attack. Like what you hear? Rate us and write us at tagsoup@safariclub.org!Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2019

1 hr 5 min

This week we take a look at an effort underway to reintroduce wolves in the state of Colorado with special guests Cyrus Baird, SCI Regional Manager of Government Relations - State and Chris Comer, Ph.D., Director of Conservation for SCI Foundation. Have an opinion? Drop us a line at tagsoup@safariclub.orgSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2019

31 min 43 sec

Thanks to Charles Warren for a great story from his early years. Host Chip Hunnicutt visits with Dennis Treadwell, Marketing Manager for SCI Foundation to talk about the great things they're doing to ensure the future of wildlife through conservation and education. Get involved at safariclubfoundation.org. We want to hear from you! tagsoup@safariclub.orgSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2019

22 min 22 sec

Before diving into the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona with Amy Soneira, Exhibits & Marketing Manager, host Chip Hunnicutt has a confession. Write the show at tagsoup@safariclub.org!Support the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2019

26 min 58 sec

This is Tag Soup, the official podcast of Safari Club International! Join host Chip Hunnicutt as he kicks off with an update from Ben Cassidy on the UK situation, the Washington Nationals and AFWA. We spend time with Michael Roqueñi, Director of Member & Chapter Services highlighting getting involved with SCI. We want to hear from you: tagsoup@safariclub.orgSupport the show (https://my.safariclub.org/join/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=support_the_show&utm_campaign=tagsoup)

Oct 2019

33 min 26 sec