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Story Posted 12-14-2009

SCI Convention Offers Seminars and More


Tucson, Arizona - For anyone attending the 2010 Safari Club Convention, the daily seminars are big reasons to attend. Designed to educate, entertain and inform, the seminars are presented by industry experts, television celebrities and SCI staff, and they cover everything from planning trips and selecting the right gear to photography and cooking. More than four dozen seminars are slated for the four-day event that runs from January 20-23 in Reno, Nevada.

For anyone wanting to improve their shooting skills, there are several opportunities to learn new techniques and avoid common mistakes. For example:

- Get Steadier! No matter how big the cartridge, no matter how close your shot, if you're hunting with a rifle or handgun, you've got to be steady. This seminar teaches shooters how to use slings, sticks, and your body to your best advantage. The seminar is presented by Il Ling New, a professional guide and Gunsite Academy instructor, who has also hunted in the UK, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

- Improving Your Long Range Shooting. Darrell Holland has perfected the art of teaching long-range shooting. He has taught hunters from around the world and developed Advanced Reticle Technology in Leupold, Nightforce and Schmidt & Bender rifle scopes. Learn the secrets of shooting in the wind, uphill and downhill shooting, reticle range finding and temperature and elevation variables that can affect the shot.

Planning for your first safari or exotic hunt? There are a couple of "must see" seminars for anyone planning their first African hunt. They include:

- Your First African Safari. SCI's longest-running seminar and one of the most popular each year, a panel of African hunting experts discuss what you want to know about your first safari. Craig Boddington covers arms and ammo choices. Johan Calitz discusses what outfitters and professional hunters expect of clients. Retired taxidermist Jack Atcheson explains how to ensure top quality mounts and Beverly Wunderlich of J/B Adventures and Safaris covers travel, what to take, how to handle red tape and basic safari costs.

- South Africa, Hunters' Heaven. Eduard Katzke, president of the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa, presents this seminar on the many hunting opportunities available in his home country. With a first-world infrastructure, unspoiled terrain and wildlife habitat, it is the only country where all of the Big Five can be hunted.

For successful hunters, the seminars also provide valuable tips on how to prepare your game for the table and how to present and display your trophies.

- Wild Game & Wine Pairing. Seminars on wild game cooking and preparation are always a top draw. This year, Chef Lisa Freeman offers tips and techniques for preparing fine wild game recipes and how to pair different game with the perfect wines.

- Designing and Building a Trophy Room that Fits You. Tom Julian is a life member of SCI with over forty years of hunting experience around the world. He has spent the last twenty-five years designing and building custom trophy rooms. He will discuss the proper way to display trophies and create a trophy room that reflects the owner's personality and accomplishments.

Jim Schaefer, an SCI member who attended Julian's seminar in 2009, said, "My son and I attended Tom Julian's seminar on building a trophy room at the last SCI convention. I took lots of notes and my room is just about done and it is beautiful, thanks to Tom's excellent was worth the entire trip to the SCI convention!"

For a complete listing and description of all the seminars, their presenters and times, visit

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. SCI's largest fundraiser is held annually in Reno, Nevada, at the Annual Hunters' Convention. Register online at Visit the home page or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

Contact: Dennis Phillips 303-459-2569

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