Manitoba Chapter Board Members
|John Fidler||Chapter President|
|Dwight Gelhorn||Chapter Vice President|
|John Tronrud||Chapter Liaison|
|Jake Quiring||Chapter Treasurer|
|Dennis Wiebe||Humanitarian Services Chair|
Safari Club International Manitoba
In December of 2009 a group of men and women met to discuss the benefits of Manitoba hunters becoming involved in an international organization focused on the rights of hunters and conservation at a worldwide level. This was the motivation to start the Manitoba Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI).
Three years later, SCI Manitoba has a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their time serving on the board representing the SCI membership by working collaboratively with other like-minded Manitoba organizations promoting our hunting heritage.
John has been involved in hunting and fishing all his life. He started at an early age, and after passing the hunter safety course in Manitoba in 1976, started a journey that he continues to this day. Since then, he has hunted every year in Manitoba, as well as hunting in most of the Canadian provinces. He started hunting big game internationally in 1983, with a Brown Bear and Caribou hunt on the Alaskan Peninsula, and has over 40 hunts in other states (11) and provinces (4). He has also hunted numerous times in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America, and currently has trips planned to BC, Africa, Spain, Mongolia and Azerbiajan.
His goal is to get his Grand Slam, and he has a good start, as he drew the only non-resident tag out of 479 applicants for a Desert Bighorn, the toughest draw in North American hunting, connecting with a nice ram after hunting for over 20 days in the toughest unit, losing over 28 pounds in the process. He is also trying to complete his NA 29, as well as hunting and exploring in other parts of the world.
John has been a member of SCI for since the eighties, and holds life member ship #5578. He strongly believes that conservation of the worlds wildlife will be achieved through the utilization of the renewal resource, with sport hunting as one of the best methods of do this and securing a place for wildife for future generations. SCI is the world leader in the conservation of wildlife and protection of the hunters through-out the world. He is proud to be a member of this organization.
Besides SCI, John is a Life member of Grand Slam Club / Ovis, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, as well as holding memberships in DU, MWF, FNAWS, and others.
John is married to Della, and he is President and CEO of Chas. Fidler & Son Ltd, a leading promotional products distributor based out of Selkirk, Manitoba.
Hunting has always been a passion on mine, and it’s this passion that has led me down the path to the SCI organization. I have hunted both in Canada and abroad and I have seen first-hand what SCI has done for hunters around the globe, not only protecting their right to hunt but also protecting wildlife and the habitat they require. Also in doing this they have changed and improved the lives of so many people who now see the value in protecting wildlife and habitat.
I firmly believe if it were not for SCI and organizations like SCI, we would not enjoy the privilege and freedom to hunt in our own back yard and the many wonderful places around the world. I am proud to be a life member of SCI and support the great work it does.
My love for the outdoors started at an early age, spending weekends and summers at our cottage in Whiteshell Provincial Park. I purchased my first shot gun at age sixteen from the Kenora gun store. That same fall I started hunting upland game and Deer and moose soon followed as I found I was spending all my spare time in the woods.
In the early eighty’s I was asked to help design and supervise a Native program at a remote lake in the Nopiming Provincial Park. This program was for youth from remote northern community’s who were at risk. For eight years our staff taught them wilderness skills. Working on a trap line, teaching humane trapping /fur handling techniques, brought these youth closer to their heritage. Each fall we hunted moose for winter our meat, which was all part of the program.
Working closely with Natural Resources I become an instructor in the following areas, snowmobile safety, hunter/ firearm education, trapping and timber wolf control. Shortly after starting the Wilderness Program I purchased my own trap line (180 sq. miles) in the Nopiming Provincial Park where I spent many rewarding days enjoying Mother Nature’s Gift.
Now I work as a big game guide for Caribou, Moose and Black Bear. Each fall I guide for Ken Gangler, owner of Canadian Sub Arctic Hunting which is located 240 miles north of Thompson. I have also spent time guiding in the Yukon for moose and Grizzly Bear.
I have been seen working the booth for Gangler at the SCI Conventions in Reno and Las Vegas where I enjoy meeting old clients and making new contacts. I joined SCI as I am a firm believer that with SCI’s backing hunters have a stronger voice to protect our rights to hunt now and for future generations. I look forward to meeting all of our chapter members in the very near future.
I was born in Russia and our family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. My father fished and hunted all his life, and I was intrigued by his many life stories and memories. I spent my childhood years hunting and fishing in Manitoba with my father and younger brother. My brother and I have continued our father’s tradition, and enjoy spending time hunting and fishing in our great outdoors.
I am happily married to a wonderful lady for almost 29 years, and we have a son and daughter. I enjoy fishing and hunting, traveling and relaxing, reading, and spending time with family. With our children grown up now, I have more time to get into big game hunting, and was successful in my first moose hunt in 2009 in northern Manitoba.
I hope to someday go on an African safari. I believe in giving back to community and have volunteered for many organizations. I want my children to have the same great opportunities for hunting and fishing that I have encountered in my life here in Canada. I look forward to contributing to a successful Safari Club Chapter here in Manitoba.
Humanitarian Services Chair
I was raised in a small community south of Winnipeg. Growing up in the country provided a lot of opportunity for shooting, mostly target and small game hunting. As I got older it became more of a passion for me then only a pastime.
Currently I work in the firearms industry and consider myself very lucky to do so. I have a wonderful opportunity to share my passion for hunting and shooting with many people and at the same time make my living from it.
I am also a firearms safety instructor for both the non-restricted and the restricted safety courses.
This allows me to meet a wide variety of people and promote firearm safety to many people with an interest and desire to explore firearms in a safe and ethical way.
As I work in the firearms industry I also feel the important duty to be involved with organizations like SCI Manitoba, as this organization promotes the concept of ethical hunting and conservation. I feel my gift of being able to shoot and hunt must be preserved so that my two children and all young people may have the same opportunities for their future.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Board of the Manitoba Chapter of Safari Club International. I believe that it is our duty as hunters to support conservation efforts and promote hunting/shooting activities in the Province. I have provided my support by serving as Secretary Treasurer of Wild Gobblers Unlimited and as the Chapter President of National Wild Turkey Federation in Manitoba.
I believe that Safari Club International has an important role to play in the province working with other like minded organizations, supporting those activities that are so important to us as hunters and outdoor enthusiasts in Manitoba.
Paul is the executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association, representing the interests of Manitoba’s hunting and fishing lodges and guides. Paul has been around hunting and fishing his whole life. He is an accomplished moose and deer hunter and has qualified as an “expert” with Manitoba’s Master Angler program.
Paul also serves on the board of Fish Futures and on the project review committee for Manitoba’s Fisheries Enhancement Fund. A former longtime newspaper reporter, Paul also has a special interest in media and politics.