Waterfowl Associations Band Together

Waterfowl Associations Band Together

This year, South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Camp Woodie was missing a few veteran staff members. While they were being missed fiercely by the Camp Woodie staff and campers, they were learning and making an impact in Suisun City, California at California Waterfowl’s summer camp at Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, which is the largest contiguous brackish marsh remaining on the west coast of the entire continent.

Hannah Cato, Trey Gardner, and Taylor Byars migrated to the West Coast in the month of May to join the summer staff of California Waterfowl. Their mission was to collaborate with CWA’s staff members to share experiences and techniques from SCWA’s summer camp to compare with CWA’s summer camp at Grizzly Ranch. These staff members flew thousands of miles out of their comfort zones to help and be helped by a sister organization with so much to offer.

When asked if California fulfilled her expectations, Taylor Byars said, “It was everything I expected and more! It’s way more beautiful than anyone gives it credit for, and the people within CWA are phenomenal. They’re always so willing to help you get more experience and stick their neck out for you.” Trey Gardner only had kinds words to share about CWA as well: “We have been shown every hospitality and gratitude during our time here, and I feel strongly that both associations would like to continue this give and take relationship so that both are examples for other organizations to emulate…”

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Hannah, Trey, and Taylor explored Mount Diablo on one of their free days.

All three staff members experienced things with California Waterfowl that they had never done before. At Grizzly Ranch, Camp Woodie veterans were introduced to women’s and veteran’s outdoor programs, weekend camps, and unique camp activities, such as duck banding. Hannah Cato especially enjoyed the veteran’s camp: “The Veteran’s Camp was an amazing experience. I got to work with shotgunners from all different levels and give them instruction on their shooting stance & technique. It was a great chance to give back to people who fought for our freedom and the rights we all hold dear. We had a great time!”

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Hannah and Taylor assisted as shooting instructors for the sporting clays course.

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Taylor assisted in the duck banding activity at Grizzly Ranch.

George Oberstadt, CWA’s Heritage Program Supervisor, was one of many who guided Camp Woodie staff members through their summer with California Waterfowl. George reported, “We shared a ton of ideas back and forth throughout the summer. The biggest thing that I have seen with SCWA folks is the ‘ownership’ they have in the Camp Woodie program. These 3 talked extensively about “WE do this, and WE do that” and were dialed in to the program, even while working here with us. The ‘army’ of folks that SCWA has developed with young, experienced staff and shooting instructors is quite impressive.”

Hannah, Trey, and Taylor were thrilled to be able to represent SCWA and come together with CWA. Trey had this to say about the value of their experience in California:

“I think that there was a mutual gain between the two associations – California Waterfowl gained 3 experienced counselors/shooting instructors and valuable advice that will allow them to move forward and grow their programs in an efficient manner. SCWA in return gained and will gain ideas to expand the variety of camp activities as we continue to grow and need new ideas to provide a diverse and unique experience for campers as they return year after year.”

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Trey enjoyed being a shooting instructor for not only shotguns, but archery and rifles as well. 

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Hannah was no stranger to being a shooting instructor. She served as a shooting instructor at Camp Woodie for 6 summers.

SCWA is so grateful for all of the help and hospitality from California Waterfowl and plans to continue to collaborate with our west coast friends in the future to allow both organizations to grow.

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SCWA Lancaster Chapter 3rd Annual Frog Gigging Tournament – Event Info

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July 21st – 22nd, 2017

Tournament Venue: Don Deas Farm

3591 Pageland Highway

Lancaster, SC 29720

Contact:   Robbie – (803) 246-5743 or Don – (803) 320-1023


 

The Lancaster Chapter of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association is gearing up for their 3rd Annual Frog Gigging Tournament.

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Check in starts July 21st at 5:30pm through 7:30pm. There is a mandatory team meeting from 7:30pm to 8:00pm. The tournament starts at 8:00pm sharp and weigh-in will be at 8:00am the next morning on July 22nd. You can also preregister at Dixie Food Mart.

Raffles and Prizes include; Coolers, Guns, and Cash.

Entry Fee is $50.00 per two person team.

1st through 3rd place prizes on 20 Heaviest Frogs

Big Frog Cash Pot

GIGS ONLY! No Shooting Frogs!

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Official Rules for the Frog Gig

1) Dates and Times

  1. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue to 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 21st, 2017
  2. Teams that have preregistered must be checked in by 7:30 p.m.
  3. A mandatory meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., the team captain must be present.
  4. Weigh in time will be at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning July 22nd, 2017.

2) Tackle and Equipment

  1. Frogs may be taken with gig or by hand only!
  2. Frogs taken alive and without breaking the skin may be culled in favor of larger frogs.
  3. No firearms allowed!
  4. Frogs will be checked for lead or other fillers to make weight heavier.

3) Location

  1. Teams may take frogs within a 300 mile radius of the tournament weigh-in location.
  2. Teams must have written permission to take frogs from private land.
  3. Teams must possess valid hunting and fishing license as required by state law.

4) Prizes

  1. Biggest frog by weight.
  2. Total weight of 20 frogs.
  3. Total weight of frogs will have 1st through 3rd place prizes.
  4. No cheating! Frogs will be checked for bullet holes and anything illegal to make the frog heavy such as lead, corn, wheat. Stuffing a frog so-to-speak.
  5. SCDNR will be at check-in and team meeting.
  6. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.

5) Venue: Don Deas Farm – 3591 Pageland Hwy – Lancaster, S.C. 29720

6) Contacts

Robbie Boone (803) 246-5743

Don Deas (803) 320-1023

Chad Channel (803) 385-8400

Securing the Future – The SCWA Foundation

In our 30th year of conservation success the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) Board of Directors has taken a major step toward securing a bright future for SCWA:  the creation of the SCWA Foundation, a new nonprofit entity with the sole purpose of supporting SCWA conservation and education programs.

You might wonder,  why does SCWA need to form a supporting Foundation.  There are two reasons:

The first is liability.  The SCWA Foundation will hold and invest SCWA Endowment assets.  Over the years these assets will grow to a significant number.  The SCWA Endowment committee has set an endowment funding  goal of $10 million dollars and are working hard to achieve this goal.   The formation of the Foundation provides a layer of protection for these endowment funds in the event that SCWA is sued.  The SCWA Board of Directors also recognizes its fiduciary responsibility to protect the assets of SCWA and the funds that donors contribute to the SCWA Endowment.

Second, the SCWA Foundation gives us a structured way to manage permanent gifts.  Donors can restrict their gift for a specific  SCWA program use.  Donors can also decide how much of their gift can be used on an annual basis by SCWA.   The Foundation allows you to give a tax deductible gift for the general support of SCWA or to endow specific programs such as Camp Woodie or Camp Leopold scholarships, wood duck nest box programs, waterfowl habitat development projects, building maintenance or staff positions.

A donor can make two types of gifts to the SCWA Foundation.  These include current gifts and bequests ( planned gifts).  A current gift is given by living donors and a bequest (planned gift) is given after the donor dies.  Gifts can include cash, stock, real estate, art work or personal property.    SCWA has retained Winton Smith who is one of the top estate planning attorneys in the country to help donors with their estate planning at no charge to the donor.  Winton prides himself in providing sound estate planning advice which helps people leave more money to the people they love and the causes they care deeply about.

To kick off the current giving portion of the SCWA Endowment the SCWA Board of Directors has created the Camp Woodie Legacy Society.  Members of the Camp Woodie Legacy Society are the founding members of the SCWA Endowment and pledge to donate a total of $30,000 to the endowment over a period of one to three years.   I am excited to report SCWA is half way toward reaching our goal of $1 million in current gifts.  Seventeen people have joined the Camp Woodie Legacy Society in just 18 months pledging a total of $510,000 to the SCWA Endowment.

For the first three years of the SCWA Foundation all endowment assets will be reinvested to grow the SCWA Endowment according to a Board approved investment policy being implemented by Morgan Stanley.  Starting in 2020 the Foundation will annually donate 3 to 5 percent of the endowment assets to support SCWA conservation and education programs.

If you are interested in making a donation to the SCWA Endowment, please contact David Wielicki, scwadw@ftc-i.net, 803-452-6001 (O), 803-600-8979 (C).  Your consideration of support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Gary Dietrich

SCWA Endowment Committee Chairman

Tax smart year-end gifts, save income tax

Prepared by Winton Smith J.D., Planned Giving Consultant

The new year is only 51 days away. Gifts to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association can help you save income tax. Our long-time expert on planned giving, Winton Smith, has outlined six planned giving year-end gift options to consider. As always, we appreciate all gifts and supporters of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and its mission to enhance and perpetuate South Carolina’s wildlife heritage through education and waterfowl habitat conservation.

1. Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts are deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income provided you itemize your deductions on your tax return. The deduction may be carried forward for five years.

2. Gifts of Appreciated Securities, Real Estate or Business Interests

By making a gift of long term appreciated property, you can save income taxes twice. First, you save by receiving a charitable deduction for the current value of the gift. Second, you save by eliminating the payment of the increased capital gains tax on the property’s increased value. These gifts are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, a deduction which may be carried forward for five years.

3. Charitable IRA Rollover Gift

The Charitable IRA Rollover Gift is available in 2016 and future years. This gift provides a way for donor’s age 70 and ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 tax-free from an IRA directly to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. This gift also provides a way to avoid the required minimum distribution by directing that it be paid to the SCWA.

4. Gifts that Provide Increased Income for Life

A life income gift such as a Charitable Remainder Trust or a Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to give to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and also provides life income for you and another if you wish. These gifts frequently increase your income; save income tax, capital gains tax and estate tax; and also benefit our organization.

5. Gifts of Home or Farm

You can give your residence or farm to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association now and keep the use of the property during your own and another’s lifetime. You receive a current income tax deduction for your future gift to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and save income tax now.

6. Income Tax Charitable Deduction

Please consult with your tax advisor to make sure that you receive the maximum tax benefits from your charitable gifts. The rules are complicated. We would welcome the chance to visit with you and your advisors to insure that you receive the tax benefits from your gifts to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and your other charitable interests.

If you are considering a planned gift, we encourage you to contact the SCWA Executive Director, David Wielicki. He is available by phone and e-mail.
E-mail David: scwadw@ftc-i.net
Call David: 803-600-8979

P.S. A website dedicated to planned giving information and the SCWA is under construction. The website will offer planned giving calculators, FAQ, information on how your gift is used, and more. Follow our blog, join our e-mail list, or connect with us on social media platforms (scroll down a bit more) to see any future updates on the website’s progress!

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Twitter – Search @SC_Waterfowl
Pinterest – Search @SCWaterfowl

Nature’s story-time, a walk through the woods with Generations Group

CAMP LEOPOLD – The bus that arrived the morning of October 14 carried a group of young men who would remain engaged and inquisitive the entire day.

On scholarship from VLS Recovery, boys from Generations Group walked into Chace Lodge eager to absorb every single bit of knowledge the SCWA education staff would provide.

Generations Group is a non-profit based in the Upstate of South Carolina. Its mission “is to prevent sexual abuse by helping neglected and/or at-risk adolescent and pre-adolescent males overcome abusive behaviors.” The young men attending Camp Leopold live at the Generations facility full-time; many will soon be leaving the facility and returning home.

For security reasons, no photos that identified the young men were taken. Instead, the SCWA Communications Director, accompanied the group during their walk through the woods. The goal was to document some of the things a typical group could expect to see during a session at Camp Leopold.  Here are the highlights:

TREES

Obviously. It was a walk through the woods after all. What was interesting wasn’t the fact that trees were around but the perspective the instructors offered when it came to looking at the trees. Unless you live in a place like NYC, you’re probably going to see a tree at some point during the day. What you might not see is the way that tree is interacting with other plants – how it’s fighting for sunlight, providing food for turkeys, or acting as a territory marker for deer. You probably don’t notice the tilt of the branches or the shape of the leaves but those things are important when you’re trying to identify the tree species, or the tree’s health. When you’re surrounded by trees  (eg: a walk in the woods) it’s much more difficult to not notice the unique characteristics of each plant.

SIGNS OF ANIMAL LIFE

It’s possible you’ll see a paw print from your neighbor’s dog on the sidewalk if the ground is wet from rain but when you take a walk through the woods with a Camp Leopold instructor you start to notice signs of animal life. You start to wonder how recently the raccoon walked across the path or why the bird chose that exact tree to build their nest.

MOSS, FUNGI, ETC.

While taking a walk through the woods, things that might be considered gross or annoying on a city sidewalk suddenly tell part of an ongoing story. The growth of fungi on a fallen tree trunk tells you if the soil is remaining moist from recent storms. Mushrooms or plants that require roots in the ground provide nutrition for invasive species such as wild hogs. Spanish Moss, which isn’t actually a moss but a flowering plant, defies what you learned in school about plants needing soil to grow.

A walk through the woods at Camp Leopold is nature’s version of story-time. Instructors and nature are co-storytellers. You might not sit crisscross-applesauce on a multi-colored carpet, but you’re still drawn in by the characters, the plot, and the pictures. No two stories (walks) are ever the same.

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The SCWA Camp Leopold team greatly appreciates the scholarship offering by VLS Recovery. We look forward to Generations Group’s next trip to Camp.

For more information about Camp Leopold, visit www.WildlifeEdCenter.org and like the Camp Leopold Facebook Page, @CampLeopold.

 

 

Agri Drain donates water level control structure

Agri Drain donates water level control structure

Agri Drain Corporation, an agricultural equipment manufacturer based out of Adair, IA, recently donated an Inline Water Level Control Structure to the SCWA habitat management team.

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Agri Drain sales executive, Jeff Harris (left) and SCWA habitat manager, Jonathan Patrick pause for a photo after discussing how the SCWA plans to use the donated inline water level control structure.

The structure will be placed in Bullington Pond, the body of water closest to the Wildlife Education Center buildings. Campers frequently fish off the Bullington Pond dock, staff members train their retrievers from the banks of the pond, and parents and chaperones often comment on the peaceful and serene view from the porch of Chace Lodge.

Habitat Manager Jonathan Patrick said “the structure will help the habitat management team retain water for irrigation, flooding and help provide better fishing quality for our summer campers. Being able to efficiently control the water will allow us to save money, water, and electricity.”

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The view of Bullington Pond from the deck of Chace Lodge.

It is unlikely the structure will be installed before duck season this year but Patrick said the installation will happen prior to the 2017 summer camp season.

With the help of volunteers, donors, and members, the SCWA habitat management team has accomplished the following in the past 30 years:

  • Distributed and installed 22,300 wood duck nest boxes resulting in the production of more than 950,000 wood ducks.
  • Provided wetland management assistance to 600 landowners resulting in the creation and enhancement of thousands of acres of managed wetlands.
  • Produced more than 155,000 songbirds.
  • Successfully released 840,000 mallards.
  • Added 75 to 100 thousand waterfowl to South Carolina’s waterfowl population on an annual basis. 

Thank you Agri Drain for supporting future conservation efforts by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.

Upcoming Events – October 2016

Who doesn’t love a good event? Good food, good music, good cause. Sounds, well, good right?

We list all of our fundraising events on our main website, but each month we plan to provide details on all upcoming SCWA events on our blog.

October events include

  • Saturday – October 21 – Lancaster Conservation Dinner & Auction*
    • This event was originally scheduled for October 8 but was moved due to hurricane Matthew.
    • Doors open at 6 p.m.
    • Location: Bradley Arts Building
    • Details and Tickets: Lancaster Chapter webpage
  • Thursday – October 20 – Laurens Conservation Dinner & Auction*
  • Saturday – October 22 – First Annual Duck Fest
  • Wednesday – October 26 – Lexington Conservation Dinner & Auction*
    • Doors open at 6 p.m.
    • Location: Town of Lexington Municipal Center
    • Details and Tickets: Contact Chapter Chairman, Jarett Harrelson
      • 803-546-0851, jarett.m.harrelson@enterprisecarsales.com
  • Saturday – October 29 – Low Country Conservation Dinner & Auction*
  • Deer Hunt – TBA – Camp Woodie
    • Camp Woodie will host a deer hunt during October 2016. If you think you should be receiving information about this event, contact Katie Childress, campwoodie@scwa.org.

Camp Leopold has sessions scheduled throughout October but has some available dates for booking. To bring your students to our 410-acre outdoor classroom, e-mail camp director, Joe Gonzalez: joe@scwa.org.

*Funds raised from conservation dinners & auctions support South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s education programs, Camp Woodie and Camp Leopold.

We hope to see you soon!