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Safari Club International Convention Starts Wed. in Reno

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Crews are putting the final touches on at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the SCI Convention.

"We're such an outdoors-oriented area that hunting and fishing is part of our DNA, here. So, when Safari Club comes to town, we roll out the red carpet and we can't wait to get them back," says RSCVA President and CEO Chris Baum.

Starting tomorrow, almost 2,000 exhibitors will be on-hand along with about 18,000 hunters and outfitters from all over the world.

"It's very nice. We enjoy it a lot, here. It's a bit cold, now, because it's summertime in South Africa, at the moment. But we survive," says Angie Grassman of Melody African Safaris.

"Many people will come to talk to outfitters, to arrange and organize hunts, in future years. Many will come to look at the incredible artwork and guns that we have," says Craig Kauffman, president-elect Safari Club International.

Organizers say people that come to this convention, plan on spending a lot of money. Sometimes people will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on group hunting packages and guns.

The event is also great for local businesses, bringing more than $21-million to the local economy.

"I was in a cab, last night, and he said he was going full tilt."

Baum adds, "We're not supposed to play favorites but I've got to say, I don't think anybody would question that Safari Club International is Reno's favorite convention. We love having them here. They love coming here."

As popular as the convention is, their contract only extends to 2015. And it's getting tougher to keep them coming.

"We would love to have them back and it is definite in 2015. The challenge is they're growing by leaps and bounds and we've got a big convention center here. But at half a million square feet, their needs are starting to exceed our capabilities."

Kauffman adds, "We're in constant communication about the future of the Safari Club Convention and we're excited about the future but we're really excited about here, today."

The RSCVA added a temporary tent for the event but a permanent extension of the building would cost millions of dollars, so there is a lot for them to think about.

As for tonight, the doors are just opening for the Sportsmen Against Hunger Dinner for the Homeless. It goes until 7pm inside the Reno Events Center.   

Written by Paul Nelson

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