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For…what? That’s Halloween spelled backwards, the biggest event in southeast Kansas, last of October every year in Independence, Kansas. Marching bands, parades, street fairs. More important for our discussion: Just like last year, Independence Gun Club will have our IGC Sporting Heritage Center, 212 North Penn, open to the public October 25-28, with great food and drinks, good folks, and lots of fun.

The first floor of the Center houses our Wildlife Collection, more than 300 mounts from all over the world. This year, our second floor Education Center will also showcase a wonderful display of historic firearms, rifles, pistols, shotguns. Included: A first-year-of production Winchester 1894, an 1873 trapdoor Springfield cavalry carbine that was with the Seventh Cavalry at the Little Big Horn, some of my favorite guns…and much more.Drop by any time 10-6 October 25, 26, or 27. If you’re in town, don’t miss our annual fundraiser on October 28. Live auction will be held 2-5 pm, benefiting IGC’s goal of completing an indoor shooting range within the Center. Merchandise includes great guns, tools, outdoor and household items, raffles, and much more. Hope to see you there…it’s worth the trip!

I'm happy to see that John X Safaris is our featured outfitter this week. I first hunted with John X Safaris in 2013. That's when I met Carl van Zyl. Carl is a friendly but serious man with amazing attention to detail. As they've broadened their offerings that attention to detail continues. Over the past eight years their video production has really taken off. Their YouTube Channel is like a network. If you haven't subscribed, check it out here: JOHN X SAFARIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

For all of you in the field right now, I wish you the best. Hunting is the greatest journey of self discovery there is. It is a noble way to understand your ancestors, nature and yourself.

Wishing you a great hunting season,

Wicus Diedericks wrote the following about CBEO member Game Trackers Africa:



Well, back to the beginning with their video production unit anyhow. We thought since we're highlighting one of the most prolific video producers in CBEO, we'd show you their first YouTube post.



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Safari Club International is working dilligently to prepare for their 2024 convention. South American Adventure Safaris and Craig Boddington collaborated on an auction item for 2024. Bookmark the link below if you're considering a hunt in Argentina. The auction won't be live until early November but you can get started on your research now.

Boddington Online Bookstore

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