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Donald Trump Jr. Helps SCI Top Its 48th Annual Convention With A Record Auction To Benefit Education

Safari Club International ended its annual Convention in Reno, Nevada this year on a star-studded high note. Highlighting the evening, with the help of Donald Trump Jr., was a record $340,000

Young Hunter Award Winner Kenia Link

raised at auction to benefit the SCI Foundation Sables and their efforts to educate the world about the importance of hunting.

The evening began with opening remarks from SCI/SCIF CEO Laird Hamberlin, then moved on to the awards of the night.
Britanny Longoria presented the Cabela’s Young Hunter Awards to Kenia Link and Zackary Corr and then the Federal Legislator of the Year Award was presented to Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s Third District.

Diana Award Winner Susan Hayes

Susan Hayes received the Diana Award for her dedication to SCI and its ongoing education and conservation programs. Past President Craig Kauffman received the Hall Of Fame Award in recognition of his years of service to SCI and its ideals.

Aurelia Skipwith addresses the crowd.

A welcome surprise in the form of USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith followed President Steve Skold’s address. Ms. Skipwith’s speech followed the unofficial theme of the evening, centering on the need to educate the non-hunter or as one member referred to them, the agnostic hunters. She spoke of her grandfather who had introduced her to the world of hunting and fishing and stated he would be proud that she was speaking to such a large group of like-minded individuals.


Keynote speaker Donald Trump Jr. wowed the crowd throughout the evening, generously posing for selfies on the floor before the dinner began and then galvanizing the crowd with his speech. With a mix of humor and seriousness, he spoke of his unlikely beginnings as a “son of a New York billionaire” to the world of the outdoors in general and hunting in particular.

Donald Trump Jr. Electrifies the crowd

He revealed that his maternal grandfather took him to Communist Czechoslovakia in summers to teach him the basics of woodcraft and expose him to the harsh realities of other, less fortunate parts of the world. He credits a teacher at his private school for mentoring him in the skills of hunting and sparking the passion he continues to follow, despite his many vocal critics.

The momentum from his speech helped propel the evening’s premier auction item, a hunt with Donald Trump Jr. and his son in Alaska for Sitka black-tailed deer, to astronomical levels. Once the bidding started, the price rose dramatically, topping out at $190,000.


Dream Hunt Auction

In a surprise move, Mr. Trump announced that the outfitter was offering another slot on the hunt and bidding began again, topping out at $150,000 and bringing a grand total of $340,000 for the first auction item alone. Bidding for subsequent auction items was spirited, as well, putting a golden finishing touch to the week’s activities.

The SCI Convention will be moving back to Las Vegas Nevada for 2021 and 2022 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Safari Club International and the 50th Anniversary of the SCI Annual Convention respectively.


Convention Convention Convention!!!

In our most recent Safari Times articles I’ve introduced you to the Record Book staff. These dedicated individuals led by Gabe Paz handle the day-to-day business of the Record Book and World Hunting Awards. Continue reading Convention Convention Convention!!!

Something For Everyone At Convention

This year’s Convention Feb. 5-8 in Reno, NV will have something for people of all ages. There will be a Convention Youth Activity Pavilion that will include a fish tank, archery targets, and Sensory Safari. Continue reading Something For Everyone At Convention

Volunteers Needed For Attendee Welcome Brigade At Convention

If you like to visit with other hunters and swap hunting stories and talk about future hunting trips, the Volunteer Welcome Team is for you. We like to say that we have more fun than any other group of volunteers.

Where else can you spend an hour or two hours making new friends and making new attendees feel welcome? We help make a difference in the Convention experience and have fun doing it.

Without attendees there would be no Convention and the Attendee Welcome Team Volunteers are often the first contact that new Convention goers have at our annual event. Their Convention experience and whether they return or not can be influenced by that first contact. Greeting them at the door and in line for registration helps make sure that experience is positive.

The Attendee Welcome Team helps monitor the lines at registration, directs folks to the correct line and answers questions pertaining to registration and event tickets. Thanks to our volunteers, we were able to shorten the process of getting into the show, so attendees can start experiencing the fun of Convention.

Last year employees at the registration desk commented that folks waiting in line were grateful for our help. We handed out candy, SCI First for Wildlife cards, bottled water and program books.

Volunteers work only one shift for 1 ½ hours each on any one of the four MORNINGS that the Reno convention is open. We realize we are all busy, so we can accommodate your schedule. Lines are longest from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and that is when our Atendee Welcome Team volunteers are there to work their magic.

Attendees spend their time and money coming to the SCI Convention to help support and promote the hunting live we all love. It is nice to be able to welcome them and thank them for attending.

To volunteer, contact Vicki Swan 423 240 1888 or email If you can’t volunteer, please just come by and say hello. We will be the volunteers in the red aprons.–Vicki Swann