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Creating Stunning Game Rooms

Tom Julian of Julian & Sons has amped-up his popular Convention seminar on planning and designing your trophy room by adding input from a trio of experts in their related fields —renowned wildlife artist John Banovich, Brush Country Studio master taxidermist and habitat designer Chris Cammack and noted architect and big game hunter Gustavo Arrendondo. During the seminar, each specialist will address all the aspects of planning, designing and building your trophy room.

“A trophy room is about the individual, not the animals,” Julian tells me as we discuss the revamped seminar. The four aspects of a great trophy room that the seminar covers are the structural, mechanical, functional and aesthetic qualities.

“[A]rt plays a major factor in balancing a room,” says Julian. “You want to make this space a functional part of your home, where you, your family and friends will want to spend time together enjoying the passion of your outdoor hunting lifestyle.”

As Julian and I discussed the new seminar, he pointed out how much things have changed in taxidermy as taxidermists venture out beyond pre-made forms and into truly custom creations. “What we can do now with taxidermy is a game changer,” he says.

Game rooms are unique structures and the Julians often encounter architects, builders and interior designers who are great at what they do but are unfamiliar with the hunting world and unaware of the particular requirements of game rooms and gun rooms. Early in the design phase, it is easy to correct misconceptions about ceiling heights or window placement and simple to specify interior surfaces that allow flexible arrangement of taxidermy.

Lighting can be arranged to accommodate individual displays and mounts while concrete vaults can be embedded and hidden for collectibles and security. Later in construction, it becomes much costlier and more difficult to revise the design or make substantive changes to the plan, which is why you want someone specifically familiar with hunting and game rooms on your team.

Julian notes that their most successful projects occur when they are able to participate in a project at the conceptual phase — then see it through to the final finish. “Gustavo, he gets it,” says Julian of the architect/hunter, which is why he is part of the new seminar.

Creating a classic game room takes passion, vision and commitment. The most visually stunning and emotionally charged game rooms are created when the individual contributors work toward the client’s overarching goal, not toward their own artistic agenda. Knowing and recognizing the importance of experience and collaboration among the various players is what this seminar gives you.–Scott Mayer


The Hidden War – Fighting For America’s Wildlife

Lt. John Nores Jr. returns to Convention to present an important new seminar.

As team leader for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Special Operations Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) Nores has literally been on the front lines in the fight to stop international drug trafficking organizations from destroying the wildlife, wetlands and waterways throughout the U.S.

Nores will cover cartel environmental crime trends and highlight team development and the use of incredible K9 officers to help stop the decimation of our national wildlife resources by these clandestine groups.

He will also address the impact and effects the legalization of recreational cannabis has had on our wildlife populations and habitat as well as what SCI members and other conservation organizations can do to help in this fight.

Specializing in public and private land Drug Trafficking Organization narcotics tactics and related environmental crime enforcement and training for the last 15 years, Nores has presented for the California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA), the Nevada Narcotics Officers Association (NNOA), and numerous other conventions and conferences all over the country.

Hunting Giant Bull Elk – Dan Adler

For many hunters, the bugle of a fired up, rutting bull elk is the sweetest sound in the woods! In this seminar we welcome back SCI Life Member & USAF Veteran Captain Dan Adler, owner of Diamond Outfitters of Arizona and co-host of The Best of the West TV to share with us top strategies, secrets and tips that separate successful giant bull hunters from tag soup connoisseurs on both early and late seasons! Get there early-standing room only last year!

Wing Shooting the World with Chris Batha

A seminar for the discriminating Shooting Sportsman looking for the world’s finest wing shooting adventures! Chris Batha has shot, guided and hosted wing shooting trips on three continents in fourteen countries! He will be your guide to the different challenges of wing shooting around the world. Learn how to choose the right gun and equipment for the different styles of wing shooting worldwide. Learn about worldwide travel with guns: cases and transport, permits and licenses. In depth advice to help you pick your outfitter/agent and Chris Batha’s personal recommendations for wing shooting adventures in England, Spain, Scotland, Argentina, Hungary and Africa.
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