If you are a seasoned convention goer like me, you know the importance of strategizing a plan to see everything SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention has to offer. Here are a few helpful tips I have honed over the years to effectively plan my days at the show. First and foremost, pack comfortable shoes! To get the most out of your day without punishing your feet, print a Schedule of Events and Show Floor map, which can be found on ShowSCI.org before you leave. Highlight each day with “must see and do” listings and mark the locations on your map. Take note of Sables meetings and events so you don’t miss what we have planned for you. You’ll be glad you took time in advance to know what’s happening each day and where to find it! And, don’t forget to check out the Sables Auction Highlights for newly added donations made by generous supporters of SCIF Education Programs.
SCI Convention shuttles fill up quickly, so be the first in line to beat the rush to the Convention Center. Shuttles depart SCI host hotels at 7:30 a.m. and attendee registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Once you have your convention credentials, you can shop at the Sables Booth before the Show Floor opens. That’s right, the Sables Booth opens daily at 8:00 a.m. and it is conveniently located in the Convention Center lobby. New this year, the Sables Booth will host a 4-day silent auction, where you will find original artwork from long-time exhibitor, Cynthie Fisher. Shop the merchandise section for unique household items, men’s and women’s apparel or pick something up for the kids. A section of the Sables booth is dedicated to SCIF Education Programs where you can learn more about the American Wilderness Leadership School, chapter grants, scholarship opportunities and Sables membership. And if you haven’t purchased tickets to the Sables Luncheon Show and Auction, you can do so at the booth if there are any left.
Plan your time and route to the North end of the Convention Center where you can access a climate-controlled skywalk conveniently linked to all Sables functions located at the Atlantis. On Wednesday, plan to attend the Sables General Membership meeting from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are a Chapter Sables Committee Representative, plan to attend the reception on Thursday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. On Friday at 10:15 a.m., join us at the luncheon where you can sip on complimentary champagne while circulating silent auction items before sitting down to an elegant lunch. You’ll need a good nourishing before we gear up for dancing with live entertainment performed by Rodeo Drive followed by the live auction. If you can’t make it to the luncheon or stay for the live auction, you can bid online. Visit ShowSCI.org for details. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., the Sables 4-day silent auction closes. Be sure to place your bid or increase your existing bid before 1:00 p.m. On Saturday at SCI’s evening banquet, the Sables Dream Hunt, donated by Legends Ranch, will be auctioned. All funds raised by Sables go to SCIF Education Programs. Take comfort in knowing that your support contributes to the continuance of our hunting heritage and helps us raise funds for the next generation.–Robin Jerauld, Sables President
Sables Auction Highlights
- 7-day South Africa Hunt with with $1,000 Credit for Four Hunters and Four Observers
- Donated by: Diekie Muller Safaris
- Donor’s Valuation: $17,800
- Donation No.: 40404
- Booth No.: 139
Diekie Muller Safaris is donating this 7-day, 1×1 guided South African hunt with $1,000 in trophy fees for four hunters and four observers. Each hunter receives the $1,000 trophy credit. Schedule this rifle or bow hunt for open dates in 2019 or 2020. Hunt includes a $1,000 credit toward trophy fees, chalet accommodations, meals, firearm permit, airport transfers and field prep. Not included are before/after hunt expenses, dipping/packing, shipping of trophies or gratuities. Arrival/departure point is Johannesburg. For more information, contact Doug Watt at email@example.com or (949) 466-2700. Company’s website: www.dmsafaris.com.
Sables thank Diekie Muller Safaris for its 100 percent donation.