Reason No. 6—The fun, excitement and wonder of SCI’s live and silent auctions.
Each year Convention exhibitors, donors and SCI corporate sponsors donate an incredible array of outstanding auction items. Whether you are a bidder or spectator, the live and silent auctions are entertaining, exciting and fun for everyone.
From practical to priceless, the auctioneer’s gavel will fall on hundreds of items – ranging from dream hunts to fine artwork and jewelry to clothing and gear – valued at nearly $8.5 million.
In the priceless category, the leading item is Rigby’s donation of an exact copy of The Queen’s Rifle. This unique rifle was ordered by King George VI for Princess Elizabeth in 1943, and was the only sporting rifle Rigby built that year as the company was helping manufacture machine gun clips for the war effort. The rifle matches the original in its iron-sight form, was built using a period action and magazine box and is fitted with the correct gold inlaid safety, silver oval and crest. Also, the rifle is chambered in .275 Rigby caliber and features a 23.5 in. barrel, 13.5 in. length of pull, one standing and two folding leaves along with an ivory bead front and recoil pad.
But, there are also great opportunities to bid on items such as taxidermy gift certificates, guns, ammunition, optics and clothing.
The best reason to participate in the auctions is that all proceeds provide a major source of funding to conserve wildlife resources and protect the freedom to hunt.
A comfortable rifle sling will help you stay afield longer, and reduces upper body fatigue. With the onset of hunting seasons around the country, now is the time to check each piece of hunting gear to make sure it is in tip-top shape, and that includes your rifle sling. Having a comfortable, safe sling as you head out this season provides confidence and security that your firearm will stay in place as you chase your trophy even over the most rugged terrain.
An uncomfortable or slipping firearm can make for a less than ideal hunt. Vero Vellini’s “Air Cushion” concept sandwiches neoprene and other natural and synthetic material into the sling to create an almost weightless feeling when carrying a firearm. Hunters around the world have called it “the most comfortable sling.” It also boasts perhaps the most slip-proof design available from the use of a unique, highly durable rubber backing that absolutely stays put on the shoulder in all climates and conditions.
Vero Vellini slings are crafted in Germany and available in a variety of colors and sizes that accommodate virtually any firearm. New premium leather slings and automatic retractable slings have been added to the line. All synthetic slings are available in black and earth-tone colors, and there are camouflage patterns for those who desire complete concealment. Blaze orange is also available for those who need additional safety color showing. Price ranges from $24.99 to $159.99 and can be purchased from your dealer or online at www.gunslingsdirect.com. Vero Vellini also manufactures quality fast-access cartridge cases and straps for binoculars and cameras.
Join veteran outdoor writer, television personality, and international hunter, Craig Boddington, in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe! With decades of hunting experience on all six continents, very few media personalities can offer Craig’s in-depth knowledge as well as experience. Craig will take you with him to favorite destinations as well as new horizons, sharing his knowledge, experience, and lessons learned along the way. Craig will be the hunter on some episodes and will be joined on others by his wife, Donna, and his two daughters, Caroline and Brittany, as he shares his outdoor world with them as well as with his audience.
The Buenos Aires and Argentina Chapters together with SCI’s Record Book Department recently gathered in Argentina to set up measuring courses conducted in Spanish for Latin American SCI Members and hunters. If interested, please contact the SCI Monterrey Chapter or the SCI Record Book Department.