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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.

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SCI Convention Seminars

The SCI Convention is the one stop shop for hunts, guns, art and pretty much anything an outdoor enthusiast could want. While the shopping is great, don’t overlook the valuable information you can find in our exclusive seminars.

Feb 08, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Location: A18 (RSCC > )

Jim-Shockey-head-shot-100912Enjoy this one-hour seminar on Jim’s latest and greatest big game hunting adventures from around the world. Renowned hunter and tv personality, Jim Shockey, will hold an informal question and answer session.  This seminar illustrates, via over-the-shoulder, as-it-happened video, the physical and mental challenges, the extreme weather conditions, the difficult shots, and the political and environmental dangers that go into hunting in some of the most remote, inhospitable places on earth.

Feb 07, 2:00PM – 3:30PM

Location: A11 (RSCC > )

Denny Geurink has spent nearly three decades hunting and outfitting in the “Land of the Bear”.  Invited to the former Soviet Union via the Gorbachev government back in 1990, he will talk about his first trip to “The Evil Empire” as President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union at the time. He will talk about encounters with the KBG, harrowing bear attack stories, hair-raising adventures in Siberia and a look at people, food and culture.

Feb 06, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Location: A13 (RSCC > )

Dave Holt made his debut-hunting trip to the game-rich continent of Africa in 1976.  He now spends six to seven months there each yearIn this presentation, Dave shares his enthusiasm and expertise for bowhunting in southern African.  Novice or expert you will enjoy and learn from Dave’s practical hands-on approach and experience.

This fascinating pictorial seminar covers topics such as arranging your trip, archery equipment, trophy judging, shot placement, common shooting mistakes, shooting distances, blinds, and clothing. Dave also covers the best time of year to bow hunt, travel arrangements, packing suggestions, and health and safety concerns.

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