Conservation, Education and Entertainment the Focus at EPIC!

 

News For Immediate Release: September 15, 2011

Contact: Jodi Stemler, 703-915-1386 or jodi@stemlerconsulting.com or

 Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

 

Tucson, Arizona – While fun in the great outdoors will be a centerpiece of the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair, the event will shine a spotlight on the conservation and education leadership of hosts Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and Quail Unlimited (QU) and their conservation partners. The event will feature displays of conservation organizations including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, as well as SCIF’s Sensory Safari, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’two-hour Hunter Education review course. In addition there will be numerous seminars, shooting demonstrations and appearances by authorities from across the outdoor industry. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will run September 23-25, 2011 at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglasville, Georgia.

“With so many great hands-on activities at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair, participants will have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning,” said Joe Hosmer, President of SCIF. “Without sharing a conservation ethic and educating people about fish, wildlife and the natural world, we can’t expect to foster a love for the outdoors or our sporting traditions. That’s the real goal of this event.”

Conservation and education are a key part of the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair because proceeds from the event support Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) efforts to promote science–based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of hunting in society. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these efforts and recent expenditures have exceeded $5 million annually. SCIF works very closely with many other conservation organizations and many of these partners will also be hosting displays in The Conservation Pavilion at Game Fair.

Educational seminars will go on throughout the weekend in every one of the activity villages. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be offering a two-hour Hunter Education  course on Sunday, September 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. This 2-hour review course is for hunter education students that have successfully completed either the CD-ROM course or any of the three online courses.  Scott Linden will present his popular Bird Hunting Boot Camp, Bill Oyster will be teaching participants how to construct their own custom bamboo fly rod, C.J. Buck of Buck Knives will provide information about knives and their care, and G.O. and Haley Heath ofFamily Traditions will offer insights on our outdoor traditions. In addition, the Georgia DNR will offer seminars on backyard birding and the snakes of Georgia. EarthQuest’s Birds of Prey village will have regular seminars on falconry and raptors. The Equestrian Village will be constantly busy with demonstrations of various riding disciplines and clinics by top instructors including renowned hunter and equitation trainer, Anna Mullin, and competitors such as Jessie Kuka, world record holder in cowboy mounted shooting.

At the shooting village, there will be instruction by National Sporting Clays Association instructors as well as demonstrations from some of the best shooters in the country. Mossberg’s Red White & Proud Tour featuring Xtreme Sport Shooter Patrick Flanigan will provide fast-paced shooting excitement. Also shooting each day will be Benelli’s Scott Matthews, an amazing freestyle shooter known as “The Sure Shot.”

There will be so much to do and see at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair that the entire family will be kept busy and learning all weekend long. Time is running out to buy your discounted tickets that are only available online. Go to the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website(www.epicgamefair.org) to buy them today. As a thank you to our troops serving our nation, active military personnel will receive the same online discount onsite when they present their identification.

Get regular updates on the event blog, EPICGameFairBlog.org, Facebook, Facebook.com/EPICOutdoorGameFair and Twitter,Twitter.com/EPICGameFair.

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world. Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more information.

Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” QU’s overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. The organization’s core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will Take Part in EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

News For Immediate Release: August 29, 2011

Contact: Jodi Stemler, 703-915-1386 or jodi@stemlerconsulting.com or Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

Tucson, Arizona – Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, will be onsite at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club to participate in the opening ceremony for the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair at 10:00 am on September 23. Governor Deal, a strong supporter of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, will be offering an opening address along with Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited’s senior leadership. After the opening ceremony, Governor Deal will be touring the event venue to participate in the many hands-on activities that are scheduled for the weekend. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will run September 23-25, 2011 in Douglasville, Georgia, just 35 minutes southwest of Atlanta.

“Having an outdoors festival of this magnitude, run by Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited that have such stature in the conservation community, is an honor for Georgia. The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will bring so many opportunities for Georgia’s residents, and those of our neighboring states, to try their hand at all of these great outdoor pursuits,” commented Governor Deal. “An avid outdoorsman myself, I know just how important outdoorsmen and women are to this state – both through the economic impacts that hunting, fishing and wildlife recreation have and through the tremendous conservation ethic that sportsmen and women possess. This event is a tribute to their hard work and an opportunity for anyone with any interest in the great outdoors to get outside and get active.”

The 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Recreation found that 2.8 million Georgia residents and non-residents older than 16 fished, hunted or watched wildlife in the state spending $3.5 billion on these activities. These outdoor pursuits are an integral part of life in Georgia and the rest of the southeast and do not take into consideration other outdoor recreation activities that will be included at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair such as equestrian sports, boating, hiking and more.

“Georgia has taken steps in recent years to protect the state’s natural, cultural and historic treasures, and we will continue to promote stewardship to ensure that Georgia retains its pristine environment for future generations of sportsmen and nature lovers,” Deal, a member of the Governor’s Sportsmen’s Caucus, continued. “Georgia’s natural resources drive tourism and support jobs around the state, particularly in economically challenged regions of the state.”

“Georgia is one of the top states in the country for hunting and fishing, thanks in large part to the wealth of opportunities and the conservation ethic within the state,” said Joe Hosmer, President of Safari Club International Foundation. “This is one of the main reasons we chose the state to host the Game Fair. The event will benefit our organization and the important conservation, education and humanitarian services we provide in this country and around the world.”

Proceeds from the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair support Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) efforts to promote science–based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of hunting in society. Programs such as the Sportsmen Against Hunger and SafariCare provide food and healthcare services to people in need. The Sensory Safari program (that will be onsite during the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair), Safari Wish and the Disabled Hunter/Pathfinder programs serve individuals with disabilities or terminal illnesses to connect with wildlife and the great outdoors. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these efforts and recent expenditures have exceeded $5 million annually.

The three day EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will benefit these conservation efforts all while giving participants a fun-filled weekend in the outdoors. Villages spread across Foxhall’s 1,100 acres will feature shooting, archery, dog training, fishing, equestrian sports, ATV trials, birds of prey and much more. Vendors will be scattered across the facility offering the best and newest outdoor sporting equipment. And for music lovers, the Entertainment Stage will feature Aaron Tippin and Crossin Dixon as well as several local bands.

Discounted tickets are available online only – go to the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website (www.epicgamefair.org) to buy them today. There are also regular updates on the event blog, EPICGameFairBlog.org, Facebook, Facebook.com/EPICOutdoorGameFair and Twitter,Twitter.com/EPICGameFair.

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world. Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more information.

Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” QU’s overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. The organization’s core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.

Eukanuba Sponsoring Canine Village at EPIC

News For Immediate Release: May 26, 2011

Contact: Jodi Stemler, 703-915-1386 or jodi@stemlerconsulting.com or  Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

Eukanuba Sponsoring Canine Village at SCIF and QU’s EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

Events to feature Super Retriever Series, Big Air Competition, breed specific information and seminars with top trainers

 

Tucson, AZ – Eukanuba will be the title sponsor for the canine activities and bring some of their most well-known sporting dog exhibitions during Safari Club International Foundationand Quail Unlimited’s EPIC Outdoor Game Fair this September.  The Canine Village, being organized by industry insider Dan O’Connor, will feature a Super Retriever Series trial, Big Air Competition, “ask the pro” sessions and numerous opportunities for hands-on training seminars with the industry’s top trainers.

“If you’ve ever seen a bird dog lock up on a rigid point, or a retriever take a line for 100-yards across a cold marsh, you understand the talent, courage, and dedication of the well-trained sporting dog that brings out our unconditional respect and admiration. The team at Eukanuba respects the breed – and all its details,” commented Dr. Eric Altom, SeniorNutritionist for Eukanuba Pet Care.  “It’s understanding the subtle nuances that help us make high-quality, customized dog food for all breeds, including the athletic dogs we love so well.  These are the reasons we have embraced the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair – what better way to showcase the talents of these sporting dogs and provide dog owners with our best information than to sponsor this incredible event.”

The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will provide hands-on opportunities – focusing on Education,Participation, Instruction and Competition across numerous outdoor disciplines.  The Eukanuba Canine Village will feature all aspects of the event’s vision.  The Village will have top trainers of Pointing, Flushing and Retrieving dog breeds on hand to pass on their years of knowledge to the event’s participants.  There will also be seminars, requiring advanced registration on the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website, where participants can bring their own dogs for some hands-on training opportunities.        Other topics of seminars will include starting puppies, proper nutrition and health for sporting dogs, proper use of training collars and more.  In addition, Dancin’ Dog Productions will be filming the entire event for Water Dog TV.

“From the expert trainer to the individual just starting the journey of dog ownership, the Canine Village at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will be the place to be this September,” commented Dan O’Connor.  O’Connor, who is leading the development details for the Canine Village, spent more than thirteen years at The Orvis Company and was responsible for designing and implementing the Orvis Dog Breeding Program.  “We are thrilled that Eukanuba will be the title sponsor of the Canine Village because the company is renowned for their commitment to dog ownership in general and sporting dogs in particular.”

The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will run from September 23-25 at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club near Atlanta, Georgia.  More information about the event and sponsor opportunities is available on the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair websitewww.epicgamefair.org.You can also get regular updates at the event blog, EPICGameFairBlog.org and Facebookpage, Facebook.com/EPICOutdoorGameFair.

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world.  Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more.

Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” our overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. Our core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.

Announcement of EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

News For Immediate Release: April 14, 2011

 

Safari Club International Foundation and Quail Unlimited 

Announce EPIC Outdoor Game Fair

 

Tucson, Arizona – In an effort to actively engage families in the great outdoors, leaders of Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and Quail Unlimited (QU) announced that they will be hosting the first annual EPIC Outdoor Game Fair. The event will be held September 23-25, 2011 in Douglasville, Georgia at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club. Modeled after European game fairs, EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will provide hands-on activities bringing outdoor sporting Education, Participation, Instruction and Competition to families, youth and individual enthusiasts – hence, the name EPIC Outdoor Game Fair.

 

“If we aren’t bringing in more people to the outdoor sports and making it easier for them to get engaged, then we’re not doing our jobs,” stated Joseph H. Hosmer, President of SCIF. “We expect this game fair to be the largest event of its kind to support the future of outdoor sporting traditions in the United States.”

 

EPIC Outdoor Game Fair will feature numerous hands-on opportunities as well as seminars from the industry’s most recognized experts. Foxhall’s 1,100 acres along the Chattahoochee River will be transformed into “villages” featuring shooting, archery, fishing and fly fishing, boating and kayaking, equestrian, dog training, ATV use and more. Vendors from each of these outdoor recreational interests will represent the finest manufacturers in the world, including many fine gun exhibits, and outstanding food and beverage options throughout the three-day event. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available.

 

“From beginner to expert, every level will have a something to learn and do through the EPIC content the Game Fair offers,” QU President Bill Bowles commented.  “Families will find the Game Fair an outstanding opportunity to spend time in a world class resort setting while giving every member of the family time to experience the outdoor activities they know or want to learn more about.”

 

“I would like to thank the following sponsors: Beretta, Eukanuba, Laser SHOT, Shooting Sportsman Magazine, and John Rigby & Co. Gunmakers, Inc. for their commitment to partner with QU and SCIF in our inaugural year of the EPIC Game Fair,” concluded Cam Harris, Chairman of QU.

 

The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair website launched this week with more detailed information about the event and venue as well as the hosts and sponsors. The site will grow and expand to be the one-stop place for information about the event and for ticket sales. In addition to the website, the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair Blog will provide a social networking hub to receive regular updates as event planning continues. http://www.EPICGameFair.org

 

Contact: Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

 

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the. Visit http://www.safariclubfoundation.org for more.

 

Quail Unlimited® is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation SM,” our overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations. Our core values include the wise stewardship of our land and its resources, and the continuation of our proud heritage of conservation, therefore, leaving a legacy and firm foundation for our youth and families to build upon.

The Upland Nation Spreads Its Wings at the Safari Club International Convention

The Annual Hunter’s Convention held by Safari Club International is a magnet for power players in big game hunting, but this year marked a departure as leaders in upland shooting announced significant developments with far-reaching implications.

Quail Unlimited is teaming up with the SCI Foundation to stage an American outdoor game fair intended to rival the sprawling extravaganzas in the UK. Billed as the Southeast’s largest game fair, it’s scheduled for September 23-25 at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglassville, Georgia – a section of the US with a distinct heritage of plantation upland shooting.

The Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada also saw news from the Beretta Trident Program during the show’s run of January 26-29.  Launched in May 2010 with four charter destinations, the Beretta Trident Program had unveiled a scrupulous quality rating-system for hunting, shooting and clays venues designed to ensure an unblemished experience for sportsmen. During the SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention, the Beretta Trident Program revealed its first international presence for wingshooters, as well as additional “Tridents” for their inaugural members.

At the SCI Convention, shotgun luminaries such as Zoli President, Paolo Zoli, were talking with enthusiasts about their firearms like this Zoli shotgun.

This year marked the 39th Annual Hunter’s Convention, and if you have never attended the conference the array of quality shotguns among 1,100 exhibitors sprawled across 650,000 square feet is alone worth the price of admission.

Unlike the massive Shot Show, which is reserved for industry professionals, the SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention is open to all enthusiasts. Shotgun lovers get to handle fine firearms and chat up executives they may normally never meet. Alex Diehl, Krieghoff’s General Manager, is always friendly and obliging. Guy Bignell, the CEO of Griffin & Howe, was ever-present in their display. Purdey’s CEO, Nigel Beaumont, approached people admiring his guns. The legendary Tony Galazan of Connecticut Shotgun would answer questions and talk about his impressive inventory of firearms. Norbert Hausmann, CEO of Blaser, spent a lot of time in the company’s exhibit. Paulo Zoli was extremely helpful when it came to his eponymous shotguns and rifles. Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta was available in the Beretta retail store and gun exhibit. And restoration mastermind Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Manufacturing Company was happy to share his expertise.

Krieghoff showcased its best shotguns at the SCI Convention, similar to this exhibition-grade K-80.

In addition to meeting the men and women of shotgun royalty, the SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention laid before you the most gorgeous and rarified shotguns on the planet.

Boss & Co., Hartmann & Weiss, Holland & Holland, Fanzoj’s remarkable tri-bore drilling shotguns, the breathtaking George Hoenig Rotary Round Action shotgun, Holloway & Naughton, Peter Hofer, G.S. Pedretti, Verney-Carron and Westley Richards came together in a singular experience of shotgun Nirvana.

Of course, the SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention was equally as impressive for rifles that occupied the same six-figure stratosphere as the bespoke shotguns available on the show floor.

The fascinating three-barrel drilling gun by Fanzoj of Austria.

Still, amid the dazzling display of shotgun artistry, the biggest developments in upland wingshooting came from Quail Unlimited, the SCI Foundation and the Beretta Trident Program.

The strategic alliance of Quail Unlimited and the SCI Foundation is gearing up for its first

EPIC Outdoor Game Fair. Both groups are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. The proceeds from the fair will help underwrite their ongoing programs to defend and promote America’s outdoor heritage.

In the spirit of their UK predecessors, the organizations intend for the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair to capture the universe of hunting and fishing, but in the cradle of Southern plantation hunting.

Joe Hosmer, President of the SCI Foundation. “We felt that with us driving it, we would get lined up with the Southern plantation culture,” said Joe Hosmer, President of the SCI Foundation. The venue of the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club was also influenced in part by “the majority of SCI members involved in the shotgun sports.”

The EPIC Outdoor Game Fair is slated to be held on 1,100 acres along the Chattahoochee River under management by the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club. The setting is about 20 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The organizers are expecting about 29,000 adults and legions of families.

For destinations in the Beretta Trident Program, Three Tridents are the pinnacle of performance. At the SCI Convention, four of the participating venues were awarded their second Trident.

On top of the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair, news of expansion and accolades came from a press conference in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Beretta exhibits.

Jonathan Sherrill, President of the Sporting Heritage Corp., which oversees the Beretta Trident Program, named their first two international affiliates. The Sierra Brava Lodge and its sister operation, Estancia Los Chanares, are both in Cordoba, Argentina – providing the Beretta Trident Program entrée into the country’s celebrated high-volume dove shooting. Each was awarded one Trident for upland birds.

The first-generation of Beretta Trident Program venues advanced from their initial One Trident up to Two Tridents. Three Tridents are the pinnacle of excellence.

Upland shooting at Joshua Creek Ranch.

Less than five percent of such operations worldwide merit even One Trident. The Two Trident destinations are now Joshua Creek Ranch in Texas, the Cheyenne Ridge Signature Lodge in South Dakota, the Highland Hills Ranch in Oregon and the Pine Hill Plantation in Georgia.

“These affiliates represent the best of the best for upland bird hunting destinations and have earned the distinction of a Two Trident rating by making even better the hunting and overall guest experience,” said Dennis Doyle, Vice President of Operations for the Sporting Heritage Corp.

The Beretta Trident Program was itself recipient of the Award of Excellence for Shooting Sports by Sporting Classics magazine. The honor came in recognition of the Beretta Trident Program’s groundbreaking efforts in providing sportsmen and women with an objective rating system for hunting and shooting sports venues.

Irwin Greenstein the Publisher of Shotgun Life. You can reach him at  letters@shotgunlife.com.