Oklahoma Safari Club International Banquet

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Outdoor enthusiasts can contribute to important projects supported by the Oklahoma Station of the Safari Club International by attending their annual banquet Saturday, March 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

"The event plays an important role in generating revenue so that the chapter can in turn lend support to programs for wildlife and outdoor education," said Sam Munhollon, member of the Oklahoma Station chapter’s past president council.

The Oklahoma Station of the Safari Club International offers support and funding to a number of sportsmen's causes, especially local efforts that benefit the sportsmen and wildlife of Oklahoma. The chapter is a sponsor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Oklahoma Wildlife Expo and a donor to the Hunter's Against Hunger program, which oversees the distribution of hunter-harvested venison to needy families.

The organization also helped fund the purchase of an airboat used by the Wildlife Department on waterfowl surveys and other wetland management tasks, and they provided the Department with a 24-foot trailer for use in the Department's Shotgun Training Education Program (STEP). STEP introduces both youth and adults to shotgun shooting techniques and the proper handling of firearms. Additionally, the chapter purchased eight elk for introduction into an existing herd in southeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Station of the Safari Club International sponsors the Department's annual youth essay contest. The contest gives youth the opportunity to share their feelings about Oklahoma's outdoors and gives them the opportunity to win great prizes, including a guided pronghorn antelope hunt in New Mexico.

One of the highlights of the annual event is the live auction, where bidders have a chance to buy guided hunts in Oklahoma, across the United States and around the world. There also will be a selection of items on the auction block including art, firearms, camping equipment, vacations, jewelry and much more.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, but registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event must be purchased by Feb. 27. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is located at 1700 N.E. 63rd St. Oklahoma City 73111.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (405) 721-7229, or call toll free 1-800-405-3580. For more information on the Oklahoma Station chapter of the Safari Club International, log on to oklahomastationsci.org.