By Jason Reid
Rochester, New York – -(Ammoland.com)- People make the experience wherever you go. At last weeks 2015 Safari Club International Convention ( www.showsci.com ), I was fortunate enough to meet some incredible people with great stories, lives and adventures.
As well as listen to many great people. Life is what you make of it, and these people are taking the blessing God has bestowed upon them and doing great things.
Sereigi, a young hunting guide from Russia was one of the first people I spoke with. Even through broken english we discussed a mutual passion for hunting rutting bull Elk, or the Maral Stag for him.
Again, even though we come from different lives, we could understand each other and because of this intrinsic connection we shared. It was with this conversation that I really realized , we are not all that different.
I met a guide from Mexico, Armando who runs guided hunts for the Ocellated Turkey and guides from Argentina who spoke about duck hunting with such passion, and guides from South Africa who shared the same concern for the future of hunting as we do.
After walking the SCI floor for the past four days, I knew the spirit of hunting was alive and well, all over the world. I also met younger people, closer to my age who were working in positions as lawyers and spokes people, standing for what they believe in. I also me people I’ve looked up to all my life.
At the beginning of the week I read where the 2015 Safari Club International Convention is more than a show, it is an event. There is more than just cool hunts to take and animals to chase, this place is loaded with culture. From the bronze art works and wildlife art, to the eloquent guns and specialized engravings with unique histories. Nearly every corner of the world is represented here. And from each corner of the world, it was clear, hunters care about animals and habitat.
This week was also eye opening. I now realize exactly what is happening here at Safari Club International and how their efforts impact me and my hunting partners, even though we really have never met. I learned the information and facts I needed not only to defend myself while under attack by anti hunters but how to take that information and teach others about how the choices we make here impacts our culture around the world. I learned this organization is not just for the older hunting crowds. It is for people of all ages because this organization is fighting for the hunting rights of those not even born yet. Being able to also speak with people in places of power and influence and learn from them how they communicate hunting was empowering. I learned first hand from guides, the beneficial impact of how controlled hunts benefit animal populations.
In closing out SCI2015, I’d say it isn’t really a goodbye but rather a hello. It has been motivating to see what happens and the positive impact this organization has around the world, and truthfully, it isn’t hard to get involved.
To begin giving back, to making sure we pay forward what we have and the chances we are given will be a large part of our mark as a culture.
My encouragement is to:
- Continue to stick up for each other.
- Educate yourself on the issues we face.
- Be an example for your family and friends.
- Bring new people into our hunting culture.
- Remain poised and professional while under attack.
- Join Safari Club International : https://member.scifirstforhunters.org/join/
So in closing for Safari Club International Convention 2015, thank you SCI for showing me more than what I expected and for standing up for even the hunters who don’t even know you are working for them.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com