Safari Club International to host annual banquet and fundraiser
Safari Club International has a mission to protect the freedom to hunt while promoting wildlife conservation. The Greater Dacotah Chapter which covers all western South Dakota will be hosting their annual Banquet this Saturday.
The Greater Dakotah Chapter of Safari Club International has been around 20 years and helps to fund programs and studies that manage wildlife. They also support education, shooting sports and other programs which benefit the community.
Gereth Stillman, Chapter President of Greater Dacotah Chapter of Safari Club International, says, “If there was going to be a future in hunting, you had to conserve the resources and you had to protect the rights of those who want to hunt. So those are the two big goals of the organization.”
They encourage young people to get out and utilize the outdoors by teaching them safe and proper use of firearms and education in the preservation of our natural resources. They give funds to the South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures Program.
Stillman says,”Also we teach you know the next generation ethical hunting, what’s fair so that it’s an honorable passion to have so we also support the enforcement agencies, and that sort of stuff because they are important in managing the resources.”
The organization provides a community for hunting and fishing enthusiasts to enjoy camaraderie and share stories. Gereth says the club is keeping up with the trend and supporting the largest growing demographic of hunters – women.
“This isn’t one of those good ole boys’ organizations, it includes everybody.”
During the fundraiser and auction this Saturday, they will also be giving away a pheasant hunt to 2 veterans and one active duty personnel.
Greater Dacotah Chapter of Safari Club International has given $300,000 to the local area for conservation in the last 20 years.
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