Large Congressional Turnout for 2016 SCI Convention
Nine Members of Congress attended the SCI annual convention and further understand SCI’s mission of “First for Hunters.” Attracting nearly 25,000 hunters, conservationists, guides, and outfitters annually, the SCI convention has everything sportsmen and women can dream of, in over 1 million square feet of exhibit space. SCI’s Convention presented lawmakers with one of the best opportunities to interact with the sportsmen’s community and the outdoor industry in the U.S.
During SCI’s dinner event on Friday evening, the federal legislators were recognized on stage as defenders of our hunting heritage. Congressman Billy Long of Missouri was recognized as Federal Legislator of the Year. Congressman Long understands the importance of sportsmen, not only in his community but to the contributions they make to conservation efforts.
Throughout the week Members of Congress walked the show floor to meet with various outfitters and SCI members from their respective state. They also participated in events ranging from our annual veteran’s breakfast to our panel on banding together as hunters to face the challenges ahead. SCI is proud that Members of Congress continue to support our hunting heritage and protecting our hunting and fishing rights for future generations.
SCI would like to extend a thank you to all the Members of Congress who attended the 44th Annual Hunters’ Convention that took place February 3rd-6th. The Members of Congress in attendance included: Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. George Holding (R-NC), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), and SCI’s 2016 Federal Legislator of the Year Award Winner Rep. Billy Long (R-MO).