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Starting Bid on Trophy Hunt With Trump Jr. Is $10K

Safari Club International's auction will take place Saturday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2020 12:12 PM CST

(Newser) – If you'd love nothing more than hunting for days with the president's son, you just might be able to—but it'll cost you a minimum of $10,000. That's the starting bid for the "dream hunt" with Donald Trump Jr. being auctioned off by Safari Club International during its annual convention taking place Wednesday through Saturday in Reno, Nevada, USA Today reports Trump Jr. is the keynote speaker at the event (and the Beach Boys are the musical act), and the Alaska hunt goes up for auction on the last night. The 7-day hunt will target Sitka black-tailed deer and sea ducks, with each hunter allowed to harvest two deer. The Guardian reports thousands are expected to attend the convention, which bills Trump Jr. as a person "who's [sic] passion for the outdoors makes him the number one ambassador for our way of life."

Animal rights organizations are unsurprisingly displeased, with the head of the Humane Society calling it "the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless killing, buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights." REO Speedwagon was also set to perform at the convention, but pulled out under pressure from animal rights groups. In response to the controversy, SCI said hunting contributes significantly to conservation efforts and called Trump Jr. "an accomplished conservationist." Trump Jr.'s son will also be along for the hunt, which is part of a series aiming to "bring youth/new hunters into the field." (Brian Wilson, founder of the Beach Boys, would like you to boycott the Beach Boys over this event.)

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