When Scott Jordan first took his young daughter Brooke out for target practice one day, he discovered she showed remarkable accuracy while shooting at a mold growth on a dead tree.
“I still have that fungus,” Jordan said with pride as a reminder of the close three-shot group Brooke made on that target. He described Brooke’s skills and many involvements during a video presentation Wednesday evening at the Safari Club International meeting. He showed footage of the various in-school and field programs he provides as an educator in the Cuba-Rushford school system. He also highlighted the extensive efforts his daughter has contributed to these projects.
Brooke, now 19, was entirely on target Jan. 24 during evening award presentations at the Safari Club International 41st annual conference banquet held in Reno, Nev., where she delivered her acceptance speech as recipient of the Young Hunter Award.
Her dad has conducted these extensive environmental conservation programs at the school for more than two decades; Brooke grew up in that tradition.
An honor student with participation in three varsity sports, she also served on numerous programs her dad supervised around a one-acre pond and hatchery facility, in a 24-acre controlled area for whitetail deer and wild turkey studies, and a 100-acre tract of school land devoted to conservation projects.
She realizes that hunting requires many hours of hard work, preparation and focus, which includes not only the harvest but also to “truly respect the animals and their environment.” Along with the hunts, she has worked Safari Club fundraisers, taught hundreds of youths proper gun safety, teaches children the importance of conservation as an outdoor camp counselor, has helped to sustain and restore wetland nesting-box programs and served as hatchery manager at Cuba-Rushford Central School, where students successfully raise and stock paddlefish and brook trout in area waterways.
During her speech, Brooke cited hunting and fishing trips around the world as well as outings around home. But she emphasized that hunting is much more than “grabbing a gun and venturing into the woods.”
She asserted that, “A hunting role model must also be a force in their community.” And she has assumed that positive role, working to raise $30,000 in goods for Katrina victims and gathering funds and goods for the Motswedi Primary School in Africa while maintaining high grades in high school and now at Geneseo State. All this was accomplished between extensive travels while pursuing game on hunts at destinations around the world. She also is an active member of two Safari Club chapters, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and the National Rifle Association.
During the Wednesday evening meeting, Safari Club International President Mark Mann noted that Brooke Jordan will be presented the Young Hunter Award of the Central and WNY Chapter during its annual dinner at Michael’s Banquet Facility in Hamburg on March 23. For banquet reservation information, check with Mann at 652-9460.