Weekly Update: 2014 Convention

Next week, Safari Club International Foundation will participate in Safari Club International’s 42nd Annual Hunter’s Convention in Las Vegas, NV. The event, set to kick off Wednesday, February 5, 2014, provides countless opportunities for sportsmen to see the latest hunting and fishing gear, purchase trips and bid on hunting tags, guns and more. Millions of dollars of revenue generated by this Convention will be directed to wildlife conservation and education.

SCI Foundation’s special conservation tag auction continues.  In 2013, over $100,000 of the auction proceeds went directly to state and tribal conservation efforts. This year, five tags will be auctioned off on Friday, February 7, 2014 at noon PST to support wildlife conservation. An online bidding option will also be available, click here to access the live auction.

2014 Tags Include:

  • Zimbabwe Bull Elephants Mixed Bag Combo
  • White Mountain Apache Elk
  • Navajo Nation Big Horn Sheep
  • Navajo Nation Mule Deer
  • Acoma Pueblo Rocky Mountain Elk


In addition to hunting trips and gear, SCI’s convention hosts an enormous assortment of wildlife art. Each year SCI Foundation honors a renowned wildlife artist by naming them the Conservation Artists of the Year.  Linda Besse is SCI Foundation’s 2014 Conservation Artist of the Year and her painting “Outgunned” will be auctioned at the Friday evening banquet. For more information about Linda Besse click here. 

Outgunned by Linda Besse - new scan

Anticipation is mounting and many won’t be able to wait till Wednesday’s opening ceremony. For those of you eager to experience this coming week’s festivities, the annual SCI Foundation and Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Sporting Clays Fundraiser is Tuesday, February 4, 2014. All proceeds from the event benefit youth education programs of both SCI Foundation and BSA. To add to the excitement, Olympic medalist Corey Cogdell and world-renowned shooting instructor Chris Batha will be among the celebrity guests attending the event.

This year’s convention is full of entertainment and opportunities to sign up for exciting experiences. It’s a fun time for all, and it’s also a time where SCI Foundation educates hunters on how their contributions make big impacts in worldwide conservation. We are excited and we hope you are too.

For more information on Auction Tags or the Conservation Artist of the Year Program contact Michelle Tacconelli, at 202-543-8733 or mtacconelli@safarclub.org and check out the Conservation Artist of the Year website at http://member.safariclubfoundation.org/artist/.

Twice a week, SCI Foundation informs readers about conservation initiatives happening worldwide and updates them on SCI Foundation’s news, projects and events. Tuesdays are dedicated to an Issue of the Week and Thursday’s Weekly Updates will provide an inside look into research and our other science-based conservation efforts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more SCI Foundation news.

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