SCI Foundation (SCIF), the Hunter Legacy Fund, and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks recently partnered in support of an Into the Outdoors episode, Into Hunting and Conservation. Into the Outdoors is a youth-focused television series and online hub focused on empowering today’s youth to think critically about planet Earth. Last month, this episode received an Upper Midwest Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Education/Schools – Short or Long Form Content category. SCI and SCI Foundation extend a big congratulations to Into the Outdoors on this achievement!
The first part of the episode features a class in the Beyond Becoming an Outdoorswoman (Beyond BOW) program in Wyoming, where women teach other women all the skills needed to become a successful hunter. The Beyond BOW program is a joint venture by SCIF, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and First Hunt Foundation with several sponsors as a part of the hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) initiative. In recent years, SCIF has hosted the classroom and skills training portions of the Beyond BOW program at our Granite Creek Ranch near Jackson Hole.
As the Into the Outdoors press release states, “Young people are the future of hunting and as the segment shows, it’s a sport that anyone can learn to do with the help and guidance of a mentor. Viewers learn that hunting is closely tied to sustainability and conservation efforts. Hunters play a huge role in restoring and protecting habitats for animals who live in an ecosystem, and modern hunters work to help balance wildlife populations.”
As SCI and SCI Foundation work to promote hunting, conservation, and sustainable use, programs like Beyond BOW and other R3 initiatives are critical to continuing and expanding the hunting tradition.