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It’s show time for SCI Hunters’ Convention
Hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts and outdoor folks should make plans to attend the Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention that will be held in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the dates of January 9-12, 2019. This show will attract upwards of 24,000 world wide sportsmen and the 452,000 square foot center will be jammed packed with booths show casing the finest rifles and shotguns being produced in the US and around the world. In addition, there will be outfitters, guides, hunting destinations, taxidermy and great wildlife art to check out.

A SCI HUNTER’S CONVENTION SHOW STOPPER — This life-like mannequin of Teddy Roosevelt riding a camel got a lot of attention at last year’s SCI Convention. In addition to wildlife taxidermy, the SCI show features great hunting destinations, lots of fine rifles and shotguns and general information on shooting sports. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Safari Club International – First for Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation. SCI has 200 chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. According to Kevin Howard, who handles the Public Relations for this convention, SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation.

The Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights.

This event is a must attend for those who hunt big game animals, upland game birds, waterfowl, exotics or sportsmen who are looking to book a hunting or fishing destination around the world. There will be over 1,100 exhibiting companies manning elaborate booths at this convention in addition to wildlife taxidermy and exhibits featuring some of the finest shotguns and big game rifles made. This show is not only a great place to see the latest in firearms and hunting accessories, but being able to talk to outfitters about booking a hunt of a lifetime makes attending the show a great value.

Western Outdoor News has attended and covered SCI conventions for the past quarter of a century and each year there are new exhibitors and vendors that make this a truly great venue to attend. Over the year’s this WON hunting editor has booked a number of hunts and fishing trips to great destinations around the world. Having wished to harvest a variety of waterfowl, enjoy perdiz upland game bird hunts and shoot 100s of dove and pigeons during their evening flight it all came together in an Argentina combo adventure booked with Argentina BigHunting, argentinabighunting@gmail.com, at SCI’s Hunters’ Convention.

It’s totally impossible to check out all the great firearms booths and wildlife exhibits in one day so plan on booking a couple of days at one of the many hotels in Reno. Not only can you talk directly with outfitters or booking agents, there are many great seminars to attend and learn from experts on where, when and how to hunt successfully all around the world.

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KENT HAS A NEW TUNGSTEN TURKEY LOAD FOR 2019 — Kent Cartridge Co. announced the addition of new tungsten turkey load, TK7 Penetrator, shotgun ammo. This new ammo is available for both 12 and 20-gauge shotguns in #7 tungsten shot with a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps.

Turkey hunting in California has grown tremendously over the past two decades and for good reason…there are more Rio Grande, Merriam’s and hybrid Merriam’s turkey all over the state. While northern California produces the most turkey harvested during both the spring and fall hunting season, ranches along the Central Coast hold very huntable numbers of Rio Grande birds with a high hunter success for those booking a guided hunt. While there are wild turkeys found in many of our national forests’ hunter success is low when compared to nearly 100 per cent success for those on a guided hunt.

Turkey hunters need to check out Kent Cartridge’s new high-performance turkey load. This new shotgun shell ammo for 2019, is named TF7 Penetrator. These new loads are an ultra-high-performance tungsten turkey load.

The loads feature #7 tungsten pellets with a density of 15 G/CC, 38 percent greater than lead, to deliver superior retained energy and knockdown power. In addition, the #7 pellets provide 60 percent more pellets than #6 pellets of equal payload. TF7 Penetrator loads feature buffered shot and a proprietary loading process to deliver extremely dense cores at all distances.

Kent’s new turkey loads will be offered in 12 and 20-gauge, 3- inch shells with loads available in 1 5/8 oz. and 1 3/8 oz. and a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps. These shells are packaged 5 rounds per box and will be available at independent retailers in time for the 2019 spring turkey season. (Editor’s note: This new tungsten pellet load from Kent Cartridge is legal to shoot, as it is a non-toxic load that conforms with new California DFW regulations.)

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