Attend The Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market
February 1-4, 2017 in Las Vegas.
Register for SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention today!
The SCI Convention is now in the history books. With a huge show floor of exhibitors, day and evening auctions, seminars and evening dinners with entertainment from the likes of comedian Ron White, Merle Haggard with special guest Toby Keith, and Blood Sweat and Tears it is easy to see why it is known as – “The Biggest – the Best”.
During the dinner on Wednesday evening, our chapter received the publication award for the best fundraiser publication of its size. Our president, Ron Douglas, accepted this on behalf of our chapter. Flint Chapter member Emily Perreira also received the SCI Young Hunter of the Year award. Emily has hunted in Hawaii, Texas, California, Utah, Canada, and New Zealand. She delivered a SCI Blue Bag when on safari in South Africa. In her home state she is responsible for developing habitat for the release of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys on the Nu’I Mauka and Kaupo Ranches in Maui. She is also active in Nu’u Mauka Ranch’s snare removal project, and is a member of the Kaupo Ranch’s animal management team. She is also a licensed hunting guide in Hawaii. Her family has been donating to the Flint Chapter Fundraiser for many years and operates Maui Hunting Safari. This year they have continued their support and donated a trophy axis deer to our fundraiser. Emily is pictured below with her New Zealand Red Stag. Congratulations and job well done!
During the convention SCI held it’s first of three yearly board meetings which were attended by several chapter members including Vice Presidents Bruce Eavenson and Scott Chapman, Regional Representative Neal Porter, and Chapter Board Member Matt Bluntzer.
This year, the 2016 SCI Convention Committee was staffed by a significant number of people from the Flint Chapter, including Scott Chapman, Convention Vice-Chair; Bruce Eavenson, Convention Emeritus Sub-Chair; Angela Chapman, Exhibitor Welcome Brigade Sub-Chair; and Matt Bluntzer, Exhibitor Floor Care Team. Neal and Debbie Porter, and George Peterman assisted the Exhibitor Care Team on Wednesday morning to welcome the exhibitors.
Ron Douglas, Tom Dennis, Dennis Gepfrey, George Peterman, and Dennis Peters also attended to help to secure donations for this year’s convention. Among the many hunts, our team has acquired two rifles one which will be offered at our fundraiser. The first, we ordered a highly embellished Marlin 330 commemorative rifle made in honor of Kris Kyle. Funds from initial sale of this rifle went to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation with a mission to serve those who serve us by providing meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships. This rifle will be raffled in the coming year with proceeds going to a veterans hunt to be sponsored by our chapter. More information about this item will be provided in an upcoming newsletter. We also acquired certificate for an H-S Precision Pro-Series 2000 rifle that will be auctioned during the fundraiser, the winner of this item can have the rifle built in his choice of caliber, stock color and type with a value of $3,800. These rifles are guaranteed to have ½ minute of angle accuracy for calibers up to 30 and 1 MOA for calibers above 30. For more information on this item you can visit the H-S Precision website at: www.hsprecision.com
For anyone who has not attended a SCI convention –consider going; it is an experience that you will never forget. It will once again be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, on February 1-4, 2017.