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SCI 42nd Annual Hunters’ Convention | Shopping, Awards, Seminars

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Las Vegas, NV (Feb 2014) Safari Club International (SCI), First For Hunters™, held its annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from February 5-8, 2014. SCI President Craig Kauffman, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, and TV personality Jim Shockey, cut the ribbon opening the convention to a record number of attendees. During the four-day convention, SCI members shopped the showroom floor, attended seminars to learn new hunting techniques, and discovered imaginative ways to prepare wild game.  Members celebrated the accomplishments of the organization during evening award ceremonies, enjoyed top entertainment featuring “Jeff Foxworthy”, “Chicago”, “Big & Rich”, and “Britbeat”, and bid at auctions. The 2014 convention showroom floor was filled with aisles of over 1,000 exhibitors including jewelers, artists, gun manufactures, taxidermists, and guides and outfitters from around the world to book that dream hunting or fishing trip for SCI members. Exhibitors  Jewelry Haven and Kimbari.com, displayed 14 Karat Gold jewelry and pens made from horns and bullets. Boot maker J.B. Hill Boot Company, El Paso, Texas, fitted SCI members for custom handmade western boots. George Weaver, General Manager Tourism Division with Aleutian Adventures, booked hunting and fishing trips. One of the many daily seminars attended, at no additional cost to SCI members, was “Field Dressing and Gutless Gutting”, by Ronald Dube.  With decades of hunting, guiding, and outfitting, Ronald guaranteed no matter how big the animal, you can field care the game with an ordinary knife without an ax, saw, or mess.  It’s easy, quick, and cleaner.  Among many seminars offered during the convention were “Wilderness Emergencies – How to Avoid Them”, and “Encouraging Women to Pull a Trigger”. Furriers were located throughout the showroom floor as were wonderful fashion items like Su King Hand’s Fashion Collection.  She says she is the “Queen of Fun & Fashion” and her booth was one of the most popular at this 2014 Convention. The World’s Top Hunters were honored by SCI during the “Night of the Hunter” Reception, sponsored by Trijicon®. SCI & Cabela’s Young Hunter Award Winners Roger W. Jorgensen and Sarah R. Sackman; SCI World Hunting Ring Award Winners Richard B Nilsen, Ralph M. Marcum, John M. Searles, John A. Kemhadjian, Richard Edelen, Eduardo C. Gerlero, Alexander Egorov, and George Harms; SCI World Conservation & Hunting Award Winners: Rex Baker, Hossein Golabchi, Arturo Guitierrez and Ricardo Longoria. SCI has been protecting hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation since 1972, with 55,000 members and 190 membership chapters located around the world. It’s the mission of SCI to encourage the appreciation for nature and wildlife while also fighting to protect hunters’ rights. SCI has become a political force in Washington, D.C. by voicing their concerns to representatives who take them to Washington. SCI is the first line of defense against poachers. Members also participate in humanitarian efforts through the affiliated charitable organization, Safari Club International Foundation.  Safari Club International Foundation funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education.  For more information visit, www.SafariClubFoundation.org or www.SafariClub.org.  SCI Convention 2015 will be held February 4-7, 2015, at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  Visit www.showsci.com for updates. Brenda Hyatt, Journalist/Chief Editor Donald Scelzo, Photographer

Brenda Hyatt Posted by on April 15, 2014. Filed under Breaking News,Europe,Headline News,Leisure,News and Opinions by Brenda Hyatt,News and Opions with Donald Scelzo (Photographer),Trade Shows,World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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