I had the pleasure of attending the Safari Club International annual Convention in Reno Nevada this past week and I just have to say- What an experience. Whether you partake in the sportsman world of hunting and fishing or just enjoy observing wildlife, SCI is an organization that makes both of these activities possible. For those that hunt, SCI fights to make sure that your rights as a hunter are protected. They fight it all the way to the steps of the capitol to ensure that we as hunters can continue our right to bear arms and enjoy a sport that we love.
If you aren’t someone who participates in hunting, know that Safari Club International is a big part of wildlife conservation. Whether it’s game or non-game animals, SCI puts a lot of time and money into supporting organizations that help protect all species of wildlife to ensure that there are plenty to be observed and ethically harvested to maintain our delicate ecosystem. “If it weren’t for hunters…their would be no wildlife.”- a line spoken by several speakers of this show including the president of SCI and Alaska’s governor Sarah Palin.
It was great to walk around and see a world that few see. A world filled with a variety of visitors all sharing a passion for the sportsman world. Men and woman of all ages and backgrounds came together to offer one another hunting and fishing opportunities, tips, weaponry and of course unique ways to have your harvested animal mounted.
For those that don’t enjoy hunting, or feel that those that trophy hunt are unethical people allow me to offer this bit of information. Animals that are taken for their size and stature, and they are mostly African animals, the hunter takes home the outer part of the animal to be mounted but all of the meat and every other bit of the animal not taken by the hunter is used and consumed by the local people. In a way these hunters are able to partake in a hunt, take home the parts that they want to keep and the rest is donated to help feed the local community.