The Safari Club National Convention took place for the first time in Nashville last week. The largest ever in attendance, over 17,000 hunters, patriots, outfitters, and guides traveled to the Music City from around the world to take part in the event.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska won the prestigious “Governor of the Year Award.”
In his acceptance speech he talked about the great state of Alaska and the opportunity to harvest big brown bear, moose, Dall Sheep and, he joked, now Alaska has “big Chinese balloons” to add to the list. The crowd loved it.
Alaska was front and center as discussion topics with the numerous of federal government overreach issues. Biden Administration has, at last count, made 44 executive orders and actions against Alaska. Safari Club International has hired another attorney to specifically work with Alaska issues that threatened public land access and hunting rights.
Other notable Alaskans attending the convention were John Sturgeon, who won at the Supreme Court — twice — on hunting rights. Also attending were Mike Crawford, National SCI Board Member; Ted Spraker, former Alaska Board of Game chairman and current president of Kenai SCI; Elaina Spraker, Office of U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan; Louis Cusack, Alaska SCI executive director; Ruth Cusack current Alaska Board of Game member; Deb Moore, executive director of Alaska Professional Hunter Association; Jen Yuhas, Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska; Ben Mulligan and Eddie Grasser, State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Alaska Chapter was awarded “Top Gun Chapter” out of 180 chapters worldwide.