On a beautiful Southern California day hundreds of people lined up for the 16th Annual Youth Safari Day at Raajauge Shooting Sports Pavilion. Before the day was over, 950 Adults and 3,100 youths had experienced over 40 events and exhibits ranging from Archery, Rubber band and BB gun shooting stations, to Falconry exhibitions and an exciting Mounted Horseback Competition. The event was brought to a close with the Grand Finale raffle drawing. Each youth with a wristband received a ticket and in the end 250 BB Guns, Fishing Rods & Reels and numerous other prizes were given away. Everyone had a blast and it reinforces the need to expose the younger generations to all of the elements of the outdoors and to help fortify and preserve our hunting heritage.
Safari Club International has won the prestigious Gold AVA Digital Award for its Hunt Forever blog. Hunt Forever is a digital extension of SAFARI Magazine that recently surpassed the 1 million view mark. There were about 2,100 other entries from around the world in the 2015 international competition, and only four blogs earned a Gold AVA.
The award “recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication,” and is presented by The Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals (AMCP), which consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations and free-lance professionals.
“We are very pleased to have our Hunt Forever blog deemed among the best in the world,” said Steve Comus, SCI Director of Publications. “These honors come from outside the hunting industry and put SCI, hunting and hunters in a good light even when judged by others in the world who may not have known nor understood them.”
SCI Life member (Paul) Scott Franklund, 56, passed away of natural causes at his home Jan. 9, 2015.
He was an avid sportsman and loved traveling the world in search of world record trophy animals. His travels took him to places as far as Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, Canada’s Yukon Territory, Zambia in Central Africa, and his favorite South African safaris on multiple occasions.
Scott leaves behind his wife, Jill; daughters, Savannah (15) and Skye (9) of Longmont; father, Paul, and sisters, Diane and Karlin, of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette.