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President – Tex Janecek
I was born and raised in Oconomowoc, Wis. I had a good horse to ride, a lake to explore and lots of rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks to hunt. I started hunting chipmunks at the age of 3 with my trusty Daisy BB gun and my love of hunting was born. I soon graduated to a Crossman pellet gun and one Christmas I was given my grandmothers Winchester model 61 pump 22. All the money I ever earned as a kid doing chores or cutting grass went to purchasing ammo.
After graduating from college I attended the Erv Malnirch guide school in Hamilton, Mt. and after the course was over my love of Montana and Idaho was solidified. After a brief move back to Wisconsin I transferred to Billings in June of 1978 at my request and resumed the love affair with Montana. I have been blessed with two children Jodi and Brett having made Billings our home since 1979.
When my daughter was 7 or 8 years old she came home from school asking questions about Vietnam. During our conversation I told her if she wanted to make a difference to get good grades go to college and law school and I would take her to Africa on safari if she did. Dads be careful what you promise, she remembered and in 2007 we went to South Africa where she and her husband took 12 animals.
I have had the opportunity to hunt in Montana, New Mexico, Manitoba, New Zealand, Old Mexico and South Africa.
My passion for hunting brought me to SCI with the notion that we need to preserve hunting for future generations. The dreams of animals we didn’t take keep my hope for the future alive.
Secretary – Cory McGahan
Treasurer – Mary Jane McKittrick
I have lived my entire life in Montana and started hunting when I married Lynn McKittrick. I enjoy hunting together with our family and seeing new places. I worked for a bank in Billings for 19 years and then went to work with Lynn at our welding shop.
The picture is of my last hunt in Zimbabwe where I took a very nice leopard. It was the most exciting time ever! I look forward to many more hunts with my husband and our family.
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I have lived my entire life in Billings Montana. except for 12 years from 1971 to 1983 during this time period I went to pre-med and medical school in Chicago. I also spent 5 years in Rochester Minnesota at Mayo Clinic doing an orthopedic residency.
I moved back to Billings in 1983 and have been a practicing orthopedic surgeon since then.
I grew up in a family that was very outdoors oriented. My father was Montana-Wyoming State archery champioon in 1956. He shot tournaments with a Bear Kodiak hunting bow (recurve) with cedar shafts. This was instinctive shooting. I can remember archery outings with my dad as a 4 and 5 year old- looking at deer beds and deer tracks. My father had one fall season where he harvested two four point mule deer bucks and a bull elk and only shot three arrows. (recurve instinctive ).
We also rifle hunted big game and hunted upland birds and waterfowl. My two sisters hunted with us as well.
I am passionate about hunting sheep. One of my favorite activities is hunting elk in the forest wtih good tracking snow. My dad and I tracked down a bull elk in the Pioneer Mountains together.
I enjoy hunting new country.
We all used to be involved in proctecting the resources and protecting our right to hunt.
Challenges we all face include our changing environment, the loss of trees in our pine forests of Western Montana and the recent introduction of wolves. If it takes 22-25 elk to feed one wolf over the winter months, it doesn’t take many wolves to seriously impact the elk population.
I was born and raised on a small cattle ranch in western North Dakota where I started hunting rabbits with an old single shot .22 (circa early 1900’s) of my dad’s. My dad stressed early on the importance of not wasting ammo and 1 shot kills were expected even when .22 shells were less than 50 cents a box. To this day it is still hard for me to just go plink or even practice more than a few rounds. Then as I grew up and worked on ranches in Montana I hunted mainly for meat – deer, elk and antelope. I don’t think my kids even tasted beef until they were 13-14 years old.
I started hunting internationally when I retired from Exxon refinery in Billings, Montana in 1999. I celebrated with a moose hunt in Alaska. Then people I met through Safari Club recommended hunts in Russia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Australia where I have hunted several times. I hunted for brown bear on Kamchatka and ibex in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan.
One of my luckiest moments was when I won the Arizona Desert Big Horn Sheep Society’s 2010 national raffle. I got my choice of 3 sheep hunts and chose a Fannin hunt in the Yukon as I already had a Dall & Rocky Mountain Bighorn.
While in the Yukon I filled a Yukon slam with the sheep, a great Mountain Caribou, a 60” moose and a 6 ½’ grizzly bear – in 13 days!
I have enjoyed several of these hunts with my son and daughter. My son and I really enjoy hunting together and both of us got good black bears in northwestern Alberta in May 2012.
I encourage people to join SCI as I did. You too can go to these places and hunt if you save your dollars and shop for your hunts. The contacts I have made through Safari Club have helped make it possible for me.
I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I have many wonderful memories hunting and fishing with my grandfather and father. And those were the days when a couple of teenage boys could easily get permission and spend the weekend hunting. I attended college and dental school in Omaha and then did a residency with the army where my wife and I had the opportunity to live in Tennessee and then Germany. During my assignment in Europe I was able to hunt Roe deer in the forests, Chamois in the Alps, and geese in the North Sea. I was fortunate to have those experiences while serving my country. After my tour we left the Army and came west landing in Billings in 1994. Currently a competitive sporting clays shooter, I am also the coach for the high school team. In addition to my private dental practice, I am also a continuing education clinical instructor for the Practical Clinical Courses in Provo, UT. My wife and I have two children and enjoy fly fishing and floating rivers as well.
I started hunting jack rabbits with a single shot Stevens .22 in North Texas mesquite thickets when I was 9 years old. I’ve been hunting ever since and have never tired of it. I came to Montana to hunt and fish and live in the Last Best Place. First in 1954, and again in 1973. My wife and I have made Montana our home for these past 40 years and our son is proudly a native Montanan. I am a petroleum geologist by profession and continue to look for oil in unlikely places.
I have been blessed far beyond reason to have enjoyed all that Montana has to offer plus grand hunting adventures in other places. Besides here at home, I have hunted in Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Alaska, Victoria Island for musk ox, Tanzania, Botswana, and now Zambia. Each and every hunt has been memorable, each animal a trophy on its own merit, and each land I’ve wandered has its own special draw for a hunter’s heart.
I have evolved from self-avowed gun crank into “just take the rifle and go.” I still have a keen interest in early American history and the Rocky Mountain fur trade. Traditional styled muzzleloaders are a particular passion of mine. Played mountain man a lot at one time when Buckskinning was all the craze.
Safari Club International holds a special appeal to me because of (1) its broader scope covering the great game fields of the world, and (2) the only organization truly fighting for hunter’s rights, both here and abroad. Serving on the board of directors of the Montana Chapter SCI opens another avenue to enjoy what I love so much to do. Maybe I can give a little back somewhere along this path. I invite each and all to join us. I have met some great people through SCI, participated in several worthwhile activities, and made many new friends since joining 10 years ago or there about.
No Such Place as Too Far, No Such Thing as Too Ready.
John was born in Ft. Collins,Co. and raised up mostly in Texas, being an Air Force brat many moves were made. My wife Patsy and I moved to Billings in 1980, and have lived here ever since. I was part owner in an industrial supply business for many years and finished my career at Applied Industrial Technologies. Patsy worked for over 30 years at KOA Corp. headquarters here in Billings. We have a son Paul who lives and works in Sheridan, Wy. I have made 1 trip to South Africa where I was lucky enough to harvest the Grand Slam of Spiral Horned Antelope plus other species.
Brian Cebull was born in Billings, and has spent most of his life hunting in Montana. His inspiration to hunt came from his father Rick who took Brian hunting at an early age and who continues to encourage his hunting efforts even to this day.
Brian has been blessed with amazing luck and hunting success. In the span of 8 years, he drew all three coveted special tags in Montana- moose, sheep, & mountain goat- and took great trophies of all 3 species. He has been to Tanzania twice now and collected 2 trophy Cape Buffalo plus other species. He has also hunted Caribou in the Northwest Territories and has chased and bagged nearly every animal that can be legally hunted in Montana.
Eclipsing his hunting luck, Brian’s best fortune is being married to his wife Amy, for 18 years, and being blessed with 2 children, Clay and Dana. Although she does not hunt, Amy tolerates her husband’s hunting obsession and has accepted her role as a hunting “widow” from early September until December. Clay has been Brian’s hunting buddy since he could walk and is now old enough to hunt with his own tags in his pocket. Brian is blessed to be able to spend time in the Montana outdoors with his Dad and his son- three generations of Cebull hunters.
Those days bring back memories of a time when hunting was just something you got to do. My passion for hunting has taken me to places all over the world and yet, my memories of jack rabbits and pheasants still bring a smile to my face. That same passion has also made me consider the future for all sportsmen.
Without the efforts of SCI members, where would our hunting rights end up? I want to say thank you to all of the members of the SCI for your commitment to the hunting tradition. With the dedication and efforts of organizations like SCI, my grandson will be driving that Ford pickup on his own jack rabbit hunting adventures.