DONOR PROFILE: Donor Profile is a new addition to the Journal that recognizes our conservation supporters. It’s only appropriate that the inaugural spotlight shines on Chip Wagner, who was the winning bidder for the recent “green” bongo hunt at the Morani River Ranch. Wagner took time to share his passion for the outdoors and resource conservation with our readers. 100 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 BCJ: So how did you learn about the “catch and release” or “green” bongo hunt? CW: I heard about it at the Dallas Safari Club show. It sounded interesting and it supported a great cause, so I bid on the trip and won. BCJ: Did it meet your expectations? CW: I didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was. The ranch terrain is very hilly and rocky. I was also shooting a dart gun for the first time. We were stalking the herd and I was sitting on a rock for an hour, slowly going numb. I finally tried a long shot and missed high. Later that afternoon we spotted them from a ridge and they went running by. I gave a little whistle and one stopped just long enough for me to get a dart in him. The serum put him down quickly. The biologists on hand quickly took his vitals and photos—he was a big bongo—before they gave him another injection. The bongo came to and took off and later that day we spotted them again, walking up the mountain like nothing ever happened. So that was very cool. I’ll definitely do it again in a heart beat. BCJ: So where do you call home and what do you do? CW: I live in Fort Worth, Texas and I’m in the oil and gas industry. I also own the Quail Ridge Ranch in Anson, Texas, where we host whitetail deer and exotic animal hunts. BCJ: What are your hobbies? CW: Hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles BCJ: Where is your favorite place to fish? CW: Madeira, Portugal, because of the chance to catch “grander” blue marlin. A buddy and I each landed one on consecutive days during a trip. We had a lot of fun there and the island is very pretty too. BCJ: What’s your fondest fishing memory? CW: The last five minutes of the 2008 Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament in Cabo. We caught the money fish that was worth $2,234,035.00, so that was a catch I’ll never forget. BCJ: It certainly was. So what is your favorite animal to hunt and why? CW: South Texas whitetail deer because they get big and they’re so elusive. The big ones get big for a reason. They’re definitely a challenge. BCJ: Can you share some details about a special hunt in particular? CW: A few years ago I went to New Zealand for red stag. We tracked this big guy around for days and I finally caught up with him and got off an arrow. The shot was 76 yards. That was a long shot for a bow and I ended up setting the world record. That was a lot of fun.
Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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