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2013 Convention Seminar–Remote Scouting Technology

SCHNELL-photo What: Utilizing Today’s Remote Scouting Technology

Speaker: Tim Schnell

Where: 2013 SCI Convention,         Reno, NV

Join Tim Schnell as he leads you in to the exciting world of modern remote scouting technology.  Tim will demonstrate how you can successfully monitor wildlife activity from the comfort of your own home, using your home computer and wireless mobile devices.



2013 Convention Seminar—Ladies Hunt Too!

What: Ladies Hunt, Too–Teaming Up for More Game

Speaker: Marsha Schearer

Where: 2013 SCI Convention, Reno, NV

SCHEARER,-Marsha-(1)Marsha Schearer has spent the past several years guiding and filming around the world with her husband, Chad.  This seminar will give beginner to advanced techniques for hunters of all ability levels.  Marsha will highlight gear and techniques from a woman’s perspective to help hunters be more successful in the field.

Whether it is hunting whitetails or turkeys in the U.S., or going on an African safari, Marsha and Chad will share a wealth of information to make your next trip successful.


2013 SCI Convention Entertainment

By Craig Kauffman

After a long day at the 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention, join us each evening at the Peppermill Resort & Casino for the best line-up of entertainment and keynote speakers.  We are honored to have two great country acts and two keynote speeches from distinguished political figures. In addition, we will offer a variety of special activities where you can hear from celebrated hunting insiders. The entertainment and activities found at The Ultimate Hunters’ Market® are seemingly endless and offer something for everyone. Continue to check for all of our latest convention updates. Before we know it, January 23 will be here.

Our festivities begin Wednesday evening with a keynote address from former Governor Mike Huckabee. He is the host of HUCKABEE, on the Fox News Channel, and author of nine books. His latest, A Simple Government, is a New York Times bestseller. Plus, Huckabee will speak at the grand opening ceremonies and host his radio show, The Mike Huckabee Show, live from the show floor Wednesday morning. Travis Tritt will follow Huckabee’s Wednesday evening speech with his blend of Southern rock and country. Expect to hear all of his chart toppers like “Country Club,” “I’m Gonna be Somebody,” “Foolish Pride” and “Homesick.”

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On Thursday, we will honor our hunting heritage with the Night of the Hunter. This new reception replaces the Thursday night dinner and will feature an array of hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and cocktails set in a festive atmosphere.  An exciting lineup of evening auction hunts and items will lead into the SCI Major Awards program.  This program honors hunters, our hunting heritage and top species taken in the past twenty-four months, as well as recognizes 2012’s hunting accomplishments. The evening will close with a splash of country and comedy from the Bar J Wranglers. The best part is the ticket’s only $25.

Friday evening you will get to hear country music from Montgomery Gentry. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry both have a commanding stage presence that will make for a fun-filled evening. The duo has a long list of hits that includes: “Something to be Proud of,” “Lucky Man,” “Roll with Me” and “Back When I Knew it All.”

Saturday evening’s gala and auction will feature The Honorable Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney as the keynote speakers. We all know that Dick Cheney is the former Vice President and has many years of business experience, but he is an avid outdoorsman, too. Liz Cheney contributes to FOX News and is the former founder and chairperson of

We have special guests lined up for the daytime events, too. The Sables are pleased to have Artie Dean Harris return to perform at the Ladies’ Luncheon. Artie’s upbeat and high-octane stage show will have everyone out of their seats dancing in the aisles. Craig Boddington will speak at the Life Member Breakfast. He’s one of the best-known hunters of our times and he will speak about the values of being part of SCI, and Jim Shockey will be a special guest and speaker at our new Hunter Defense Fund Luncheon.

We invite you to join us for The Most Dangerous Game in Town and attend all of our evening and special events. Register now for the 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention.  You’ll save $50 if you buy your three-night dinner package before October 15. Convention is the time to catch up with old friends and plan your next great adventure.  We look forward to seeing in Reno!


Phil DeLone Returns To SCI As Executive Director


Safari Club International welcomes back Phil DeLone to the position of Executive Director.

DeLone served as SCI’s Executive Director from 1991 until 1996 and founded the Northern Nevada SCI Chapter where he served two terms as Chapter President, one term as Chapter Treasurer. The Chapter received the 2012 Top Gun Award.

More recently, DeLone has served as the Executive Director of Sales for the Silver Legacy in Reno, NV—one of SCI’s principal suppliers during the Annual Hunter’s Convention.

“We’re really pleased to have Phil DeLone returning to SCI,” said SCI President, John Whipple. ” Not only is he already familiar with the workings of SCI, he also brings to the table experience at the Chapter level and hands-on experience with SCI’s Convention and other major programs,” Whipple concluded.

DeLone will begin working out of the Tucson Headquarters in September where he will lead the staff there as well as in SCI’s Washington, D.C.; Canada; and South Africa offices.