More than 60 representatives of pro-hunting non-profits and international guide, outfitter and professional hunter associations gathered in Atlanta the first week of August to participate in the first ever Crucial to Conservation Workshop. These attendees represented groups from all over the world including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and Africa.
The workshop idea was initiated by Safari Club International (SCI), but other organizations quickly joined forces to help produce the event as a joint venture. In addition to SCI, Dallas Safari Club, Hunter’s Legacy Fund, Wild Sheep Foundation, Conservation Force and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation pooled resources to host the workshop.
The goal of the four-day workshop was to open the lines of communication among those in the hunting industry as well as set a precedent for how the hunting community conveys a responsible, ethical and conservation-minded image to the public.
The diverse coalition of hunting advocates represented a wide range of hunting organizations and professional hunting associations that have a common interest in wildlife conservation and the role hunting plays in the future of game and bird species.
Attendees were treated to 10 different presentations by various leaders within the conservation and hunting community. These presentations included: Anti-Hunting Movement Overview, Outdoor Media and Public Opinion, Use of Language: Good Terms and Bad and Social Media.
The presenters offered attendees a myriad of data points about trends and developments in the arenas of government policy-making, traditional media, digital media and public affairs. The hunting community faces challenges in all these areas and attendees were tasked with coordinating messages and strategies to ensure the long term survival of hunting and the continuation of the hunting heritage.
The Crucial to Conservation Conference brought together a unique mix of domestic leaders and international experts. The diverse coalition of hunting advocates agreed that in order to win support on our issues there should be a strong focus on educating the non-hunting public on the positive impact of sustainable use of wildlife. Hunters make positive contributions to wildlife conservation, they are committed to support the winning messages and efforts needed to transfer that message to the public arena.
About the SCI Hunters’ Convention:
Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 international hunters to visit Las Vegas, Nevada, February 1-4, 2017. The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2017 Hunters’ Convention will be the largest in the organization’s history with nearly a million square feet of exhibits and 2,500 vendors.
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Becoming an SCI Member:
Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education and humanitarian services.
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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 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. Visit the home page www.safariclub.org or call 520-620-1220 for more information.