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.
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.
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.
We’re going where? ….. to hunt for what?…. To fish for what?……… I’M IN
Thanks Dad for getting me hooked, thanks to my wife for letting me go, thanks to SCI for looking out for me and our futures in the outdoors.
I enjoy the outdoors and travelling. I am involved in several non-profit organizations and enjoy being a part of the Safari Club—Manitoba Chapter. The Safari Clubs dedication to conservation and protection of rights is a large part of why I am happy to be involved as secretary of the Manitoba Chapter.