Safari Club International 39th Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, NV – A Huge Success
Tucson, Arizona –-(Ammoland.com)- Safari Club International today announced that its 39th Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada was a huge success.
Concluded on January 29, the 2011 Convention ranks as the second highest revenue generating Convention ever with over 18,000 attendees.
SCI members generously contributed over $12 million to support SCI’s advocacy to protect our hunting freedoms, to promote international wildlife conservation and to increase wildlife management education.
The SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention includes over 1,100 exhibiting companies, leasing over 650,000 sq. ft of booth spaces. The exhibitors’ generous donations of valuable items for SCI’s auctions ensure that SCI can advocate on behalf of hunters in the United States and at international wildlife forums like CITES. SCI’s Political Action Committee (SCI-PAC) raised nearly $200,000 to advance sportsmen’s interest in federal elections. A special auction for disabled hunters was purchased during the Saturday evening dinner and it raised $150,000 for the SCI Foundation’s Humanitarian Services Programs.
SCI is also pleased to announce the full list of award recipients at the 39th Annual Hunters’ Convention. Award winners include members and chapters who display a strong commitment to and have made great contributions to the sport of hunting, displayed a dedication to the conservation of wildlife, have a history of service to the global hunting community and are committed to SCI’s programs and mission statement to be First for Hunters.
Major Award Recipients:
- Hall of Fame Award – Dennis Anderson
- International Hunter Award – Larry Higgins
- C.J. McElroy Award – Raleigh Werking
- Diana Award – Suzie Brewster
- Federal Legislator of the Year – Congressman Dan Boren (OK)
- International Legislator of the Year – Ambassador Abdujabbour Shirinov (Tajikistan)
- SCI & Cabela’s Young Hunter – Liz Cadell
- SCI & Cabela’s Young Hunter – Hunter Chancellor
- SCI & Cabela’s Young Hunter – Mitchell Hooker
- SCI & Cabela’s Young Hunter – David Sanderson
The World Hunting Award Ring Recipients: Jim Shockey, Ricardo Longoria, Deb Cunningham, J. Alan Smith, John Malloy, Nicholas Franco, Dennis Anderson, James Grimm, Dennis Campbell
Chapter Award Recipients:
- Top Gun Award – Alaska Chapter
- Diamond Conservation Award – Western & Central New York Chapter
Chapter of the Year:
- 51-100 Members – Argentina Chapter
- 101-250 Members – Golden Gate Chapter
- 251 or More Members – Flint Regional Chapter
- International Chapter – Italian Chapter
- Rookie Chapter – Drayton Valley Chapter
- Membership Growth – Northeast Indiana Chapter (351 members)
SCI would like to thank all Corporate Sponsors, including: Boyt Harness Company, Browning, Cabela’s, Carl Zeiss Sport Optics, Fauna & Flora International, GSM Outdoors, Global Rescue, GunBroker.com, Hornady, Midway USA, Swarovski Optik, and Trijicon for making the 39th Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention such an amazing success. SCI has already started planning for the 2012 Convention that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada February 1st – 4th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
About Safari Club International:
SCI-First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 190 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 18 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.safariclub.org or Call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
About the Hunters’ Defense Fund:
Safari Club International Hunters' Defense Fund supports the important advocacy, conservation and legal work keeping hunters afield and promoting hunting worldwide. Donations to the Hunters’ Defense Fund have a direct impact on our freedom to hunt, wildlife conservation policy and important legislative, regulatory and legal issues. DONATE NOW: www.safariclub.org/hunterdefense