Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC), a leader in education, conservation and hunters’ rights, is pleased to announce the re-launch of its online store, HSCgear.com. HSC has teamed up with Frio Ice Chests powered by Visual Promotions to offer gifts, customized performance coolers, and performance apparel. Items will be refreshed frequently, so one should check back often!

“Our Frio team is very excited to announce the launch of the new HSCgear.com online store.  We feel certain that our team will mesh well with HSC and together, we will give visitors a great collection of HSC products which will proudly represent the organization.  From coolers and cups, to apparel and headwear, our online assortment will not fall short of authenticity or affordability” states Jeff Brandes, Frio President/CEO.

Frio will also be managing the HSC store at its annual Convention, to be held January 26-28, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center! Select items will be available, including some limited edition Convention merchandise. Yet another reason not to miss out on the big event!

Visit, order, and check back often. Support us at HSCgear.com!

 

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced it will approve importation permits of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.   The Service has determined that hunting would enhance the conservation and survival of African elephants.  The decision applies to trophies taken in 2016 through 2018.
 
For permit information from the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here: https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/factsheet-import-leopard-elephant-sport-hunted-trophy.pdf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brad Luttrell, Co-Founder, CEO
 
 
A team of tech talent and outdoors enthusiasts is changing how people share their stories with a new app called GoWild. The app was founded to curate a community where outdoorsmen and women can engage, interact and learn.
 
“I was tired of the anti-hunting politics and hunter harassment,” said GoWild Co-Founder and CEO, Brad Luttrell. “But GoWild is so much more than just a safe space for hunters and anglers to have their own version of Facebook. We built something new and unexpected.”
 
Since the launch a few months ago, GoWild has built up a loyal user base of thousands of hunters and anglers, and Luttrell said the app is adding hundreds of people per day and outpacing their expectations for growth.
 
“We hoped for steady growth, but the last few weeks have been kind of crazy,” Luttrell said.
 
GoWild is fully loaded with proprietary, patent-pending technology. Over time, the app will learn about users, their interests and even where they like to hunt, fish, hike or camp. From there it will be able to make recommendations for content based on users’ activities. This could be as simple as showing more relevant posts than a traditional social platform, or as complex as showcasing hunting tips for a user’s exact skill level, preferred state to hunt, and species they hunt. This goes for hiking, fishing, off-roading, and so on. Users will have different experiences based on their outdoors hobbies.
 
Hunters and anglers can track harvested animals or fish caught through the app. Each animal submitted is scored through the proprietary and patent-pending GoWild scoring system, which founders explain as being similar to a traditional animal scoring system that might include antlers or beard length, but modernized, put on steroids and cross-applicable to anything you hunt or fish.
 
“The app gets smarter with every submission,” said Luttrell. “As we build our own database of wildlife harvested, we’ll have historical data to compare your deer, fish, turkey or whatever it is to the ones you’ve harvested in years past, or even compare it to where you stand overall to other GoWild users.”
 
GoWild’s functionality expands well beyond hunting and fishing. The app allows users to share time they spend in the outdoors for well over a dozen different activities, including hiking, camping, trail running, paddling, cooking or smoking BBQ, archery, boating and many more.
 
In addition to Luttrell, the other Co-Founders include Donovan Sears as Chief Product Designer, Zack Grimes as Chief Analytics Officer and Chris Gleim as Chief Development Officer. Bassmaster Elite angler John Hunter is Chief Strategy Officer. Lauren Gleim is the Director of Marketing. Amy Wiitala is Chief Financial Officer.
 
The co-founders built the app entirely in-house. GoWild is currently live in iOS and Luttrell said it will be live on Android this winter.
 
To learn more about GoWild or to download the app, visit timetogowild.com.
 

Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) has expressed their support for the initiative of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to create an International Wildlife Conservation Council.

In alignment with Secretary Zinke, Houston Safari Club recognizes the importance of international hunting as a conservation tool and a vital contributor to the local economies of foreign destinations. The focus of the council will be international hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and the illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife.

“The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is a proven success story in the rebound of wildlife native to our continent as well as exotics translocated from abroad,” states HSC Executive Director Joe Betar. “This proven model and it successes will hopefully gain a dedicated focus through this council, and be replicated in international ranges where native species struggle. In addition, the directive of the council to address illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching demonstrates a desire by the U.S. government and U.S. hunters to address this ever-growing threat and assist our foreign conservation partners in this effort. “

The full press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior may be viewed here: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston, TX – Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce its entertainment lineup for their 2018 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention. The 2018 HSC Expo has doubled in size, featuring over 260 exhibitors and three fundraising banquets!

The Friday night banquet will feature The Bellamy Brothers. For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No. 1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts.

Country music artist Roger Creager will be the feature entertainment for Saturday night. Roger is an adventurist; he does not like to sit still while the world passes by. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, jumping off his boat to snorkel with wild dolphins, snow skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna 100 miles from shore, piloting his airplane to far-­‐off concerts, spear-­‐fishing around oil rigs, scuba diving coral reefs, surfing in Costa Rica, or playing music through the Italian countryside, he tries to get the most out of what the world has to offer. All of this finds its way into Roger’s music and live shows. His passion for life invigorates everyone around him including his fan base. Those who get hooked on his charisma and high energy come back show after show, year after year, and record after record.

Houston Safari Club’s Annual Worldwide Convention and Conservation Expo celebrates wildlife, wild places and the sporting lifestyle for thousands of visitors and exhibitors. The three-day event will feature hundreds of exhibitors from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. In addition, HSC will host incredible fundraising events including a weekend long silent auction on the Expo hall floor, the new Thursday Night Expo Preview & Exhibitor Appreciation Reception- a chance to be among the few that have an exclusive “sneak peek” of the expo hall, Friday Night Banquet & Hunting Awards, Saturday Gazelles Luncheon and the Saturday Night Grand Gala.

The event will take place January 26-28, 2018 in its new 104,000 sq. ft. home – downtown Houston at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Hilton Americas-Houston will be the location for all banquets and luncheons. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing for banquet and expo tickets: houstonsafariclub.org/convention/attendees/. HSC sincerely thanks its Convention sponsors: Wildlife Partners, Capital Farm Credit, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Conroe Taxidermy, S&B Engineers, Chattaronga, WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics and NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.

About Houston Safari Club

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the protection of hunters’ rights. In addition, HSC proudly provides one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind, through its 501(c)(3) charitable arm, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES). HSC and ACES are independent organizations and are not chapters of or affiliated with any other organization. Visit our website at houstonsafariclub.org, or call 713.623.8844 for more information.

 

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Houston Safari Club signs on to the letter supporting H.R.3668, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. HR 3668 that was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Jeff Duncan, CSC Vice-Chair Congressman Austin Scott, and Congressman Rob Wittman. The SHARE Act includes priorities such as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act, reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Respecting State Wildlife Management Authority title, and the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, among others. This package will improve Americans’ access to hunting, angling and recreational shooting opportunities, and will promote wildlife and habitat conservation.

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