The Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) was created to ensure the future of wildlife through conservation, education and hunting. S3DA has created partnerships with various organizations to teach members the same principles that the Safari Club International Foundation was founded on. Many S3DA student members are not only involved in archery but they also participate in various outdoor sports, such as trap shooting, skeet shooting, bowfishing, etc. Whether a student chooses to bow hunt or not, through S3DA, they learn about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the important role bowhunters and bowhunting play in the preservation of our wild game animals.
Recently, S3DA had the opportunity to hold a drawing for a New Mexico Mule Deer Hunt provided by the Safari Club International Foundation. Twenty (20) applicants from across the United States applied for the chance to win this hunt and Matthew Ebner from the Umpqua Valley Archers in Roseburg, Oregon was the lucky winner. Matthew said, “The S3DA New Mexico mule deer hunt that I won was the best hunt I have ever been on! Getting to hunt a new state and terrain was amazing and an experience that I will never forget. Although I didn’t harvest a deer, I got incredibly close and will never forget spot and stalking the mule deer of Unit 37. Thanks to the generosity of the Safari Club International Foundation and S3DA, I made memories with my dad that I will never forget.”
Matthew had a lot of fun hunting new terrain, spotting lots of deer, and found a great pair of shed mule deer antlers. He got close to getting a shot on the first day, but the following days the deer were on the run or out of range. Matthew’s mother, Jenny Ebner stated, “We are thankful for this amazing opportunity that brought Matthew a once in a lifetime hunt! Matthew talks about the trip every day and even though he did not get the opportunity to bring home a mule deer, he has memories with his father that will last him a lifetime.”