The Top 7 Things I Learned from SCI Leadership at the 2015 Convention

by
posted on February 4, 2015
sci_ah2015_fs.jpg (3)

There's so much to report on when you're at an SCI show. I just attended a working press luncheon where I listened to very interesting remarks from SCI President President Craig Kauffman (pictured from the left) and SCI Chief Executive Officer Phil DeLone. Here are seven key points I'd like to share.

1) Of course, a lot of interesting things have gone on in the international hunting world the past year, starting with Africa's ebola outbreak. South Africa bookings alone were down by 40 percent, which the South African government says accounts for about 270,00 are assuring us that business is good—and that the bookings are there for 2015 and beyond.

2) The 455 donated hunts being auctioned off at the SCI this week to support SCI fundraising efforts have a combined retail value of $6.7 million!

3) While the number of initiatives funded by anti-hunters are on the rise, SCI continues to put out the fires on the state, national and international levels. Remember that 2014 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruling banning elephant ivory imports? SCI is fighting it hard and hoping for a rule change as I type this. AS fellow members o he hunting community, we know that when things aren't going our way, we just have to dig deep and become even more emboldened!

4) As reported by National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in all our NRA publications , the 2014 elections made for a great day for sportsmen as we continue drawing more hunters into our ranks, including youth and women. Of course, the challenge is getting new people invested in hunting as society becomes increasingly vocal against it. It all starts with NRA's eternal vigilance in safeguarding our gun rights considering without the NRA there would be no guns or hunting.

5) For some trivia, there are 200 SCI chapters worldwide accounting for 50,000 members. Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., the organization has 148 domestic chapters. The largest international chapter is in Italy with 450 members. As for that chapter in Peru you may have heard about, it recently worked to legalize firearms for sport hunting.

6) Eleven members of Congress are on the show floor this week—the biggest total in Safari Club International's convention history. And be on the lookout for Croatia's minister of agriculture.

7) How do you define a typical SCI member? According to Kauffman, "SCI is a collection of dreamer—and dreams." I couldn't have said it better, whether one is shopping for a red stag hunt in New Zealand with my buddies at Spey Creek Trophy Hunting or the whitetail deer or elk hunt of a lifetime. That reminds me: My husband, Phil, and I need to visit the Wintershoeck Johnny Vivier Safaris booth and see about that African plains-game bowhunt!

Latest

Herman Shooting Renegauge Truetimber Prarie
Herman Shooting Renegauge Truetimber Prarie

#SundayGunday: Savage Renegauge Prairie

Get a closer look at the Savage Renegauge in TrueTimber Prarie, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

New for 2022: Benelli SBE3 28-Gauge, 3-Inch

For 2022, Benelli raises the bar in the growing sub-gauge movement with the release of the 28-gauge Super Black Eagle 3, featuring a 3-inch chamber.

Winchester Debuts Bismuth Waterfowl Ammunition

Winchester's Bismuth brings to market a premium, uniform shot, which is tin-plated to produce smooth and round bismuth.

First Look: Rock River Arms Predator HP LAR-BT3

Chambered in the venerable .243 Winchester, the new Predator HP LAR-BT3 is field ready and capable of MOA accuracy.

First Look: TNT T-Rex Pro Treestand in Realtree Edge Camo

Weighing in at just 21 pounds, the True North Treestands (TNT) T-Rex self-climber in Realtree Edge camo is a stand-up/sit-down style all-aluminum stand that features True North's new patent-pending "T-Rex” toothed dual-cable design and the Rapid Claw attachment system.

First Look: Primos Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod

With carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum legs and a solid Apex-Clamp design, the Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod allows firearms or crossbows to be secured to it.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.