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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.

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

Hunts Of SCI

Here is a preview of some of the once-in-a-lifetime hunts on the auction block at the 2020 SCI Convention and Ultimate Sportmen’s Market. You can bid online or better yet join us in Reno, Nevada Feb. 5-8 and bid in person! Register Today! Continue reading Hunts Of SCI

Guns Of SCI

Every year Safari Club International features some of the most sought after firearms in the world in the various auctions during the Annual SCI Convention and Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the fine firearms up for bid in Reno in February.

Divide Gun Company
Freeman Series Long-Range Rifle
Divide Gun Company has donated a Freeman Series Long-Range Rifle bolt action in 300 Norma Mag. This is a custom, hand-built precision long-range rifle with a functional range of 1,600 yards. Comes with a 22-in.carbon alloy barrel on a long-range hunter style composit stock, and equipped with a Leupold VX-6HD, 3 -18 X 44mm scope and 20 rounds of custom matching ammo. Approximate weight 9-lbs.with optics. Handcrafted in the shadows of the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains of Salmon, Idaho, Divide Gun Company is the premier custom rifle manufacturer for extreme hunters that demand the most accurate, durable, lightweight and technologically advanced products on the market. For more information, contact Chad Rodgers 801-301-3252, chad@dividegun.com or visit website https://dividegun.com. Donation No.: 40985

Euro Optics Ltd.
Euro Optics FNS – 9L NMS Pistol
EuroOptic has donated FNS – 9L NMS pistol in 9mm caliber. The FNS™ series represents FN’s striker-fired semi-auto pistol platform. Inherent to the striker-fired design, the FNS series is double-action. This pistol features semi-auto strike action and 3-dot night sights. Plus, has a black stainless steel slide finish and black polymer frame with a 5-in. barrel length. NOTE: The FNS series of handguns are not on the CA Roster of Approved Handguns. For more information, contact EuroOptic at sales@eurooptic.com or visit http://www.eurooptic.com. Donation No.: 40352

Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning
BAR mK 3 Semi-Auto Rifle
Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning has donated a BAR mK 3 Semi-Auto in .300 Win. Mag with a 24-in. barrel. It has a grade II oil finish walnut stock with shim-adjustable for CMT on/off and drop at comb, Inflex recoil pad. Browning’s latest BAR design with satin nickel receiver finish and high relief engraving, polished blue barrel For more information, contact Paul Thompson at 801-876-2711 x 3229 and visit http://www.winchesterguns.com. Donation No.: 41079

Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning
BLR Lightweight Stainless Lever Action
Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning has donated a BLR Lightweight Stainless Lever Action in .300 WSM with a 22-in. matte stainless barrel and an alloy receiver in a non-reflective satin nickel finish. It has a walnut stock with a pistol grip gloss finish. This is what a serious lever-action rifle should be, and what every other lever-action wishes it was. For more information, contact Paul Thompson at 801-876-2711 x 3229 and visit http://www.winchesterguns.com. Donation No.: 41082

Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning
Model 70 Alaskan Bolt Action
Winchester Repeating Arms – Browning has donated a Model 70 Safari Express in .338 Win Mag with a 25-in. blued barrel with polished metal surfaces, folding adjustable rear sight and hooded brass bead front sight. forged steel receiver with dual recoil lugs. Pre ’64 style controlled round feed with claw extractor. Walnut Monte Carlo stock in satin finish. When planning your hunting trip to Alaska or any other tough hunting environment, be prepared for any situation by having a reliable rifle of the proper caliber, built on the proven Controlled Round Feed bolt-action you can trust with your life. For more information, contact Paul Thompson at 801-876-2711 x 3229 and visit http://www.winchesterguns.com. Donation No.: 41084