“This year we will be featuring Donald Trump., a man who needs no introduction, and who's passion for the outdoors makes him the number one ambassador for our way of life,” the listing reads. Trump has been condemned for those activities in the past by animal welfare groups, and many also criticized the sale by the SCI on Tuesday.
And whoever purchases this sick thrill,” Jeff Flocked, president of Humane Society International, told CNN. The auction is timed to coincide with SCI's annual convention which begins on Wednesday in Nevada.
Coastal Alaska Adventures, which will lead the hunt, said plans were in place to start, but only after the weather improves sufficiently. It was said to be held in part to launch the “Hunter Heritage Series,” which will introduce young people to hunting.
The Trump administration has been criticized by environmental groups for proposing a rollback of a ban against baiting the bears in the state's national preserves. Newsweek contacted a member of the Trump communications team and the Coastal Alaskan Adventures for comment.
For one Juneau-based guide, it’s a way to teach his guests about the importance of the Tongans National Forest at a crucial time. Keegan McCarthy owns Coastal Alaska Adventures, a business that guides visitors on yacht-based hunts.
He’s also developing a new program that will help kids learn the subsistence values he grew up with. In fact, he spoke on a cell phone where he was attending the Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada.
“As a hunter, I do personally believe that his morals and ethics are excellent in the hunting world,” McCarthy said. And his guests about a subsistence lifestyle in Southeast Alaska: He thinks it’s largely dependent on protecting habitat in the Tongans National Forest.
McCarthy is outspoken in his opposition to changes to the Roadless Rule in the Tongans, which could increase logging. But McCarthy said it’s not a secret that he would like to see an end to massive timber sales in the national forest.
He was a boardroom advisor on the wildly successful television show, The Celebrity Apprentice. He is the son of famed developer and investor Donald Trump, Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election, and has a brother, Eric, and sister, Ivanka.
He took some time to visit with Deer & Overhunting managing editor Alan Clemons (This story was originally published in 2012): From the time I was about 3 years old I’d spend four to six weeks with our grandfather in the Czech Republic out in the woods at his cabin.
He passed away when I was young, but he instilled a real and great love of the outdoors in me. Over in Czech Republic hunting was more of an elitist sport, but shooting airguns and spending time in woods is what got me started.
I still read a lot and catch some outdoors television shows when I can. When we get away for the weekend at the cabin or with friends, we’ll hop on the ATV, go fishing, and walk through the woods.
When he sees me getting ready in the mornings and putting on camo, he says “Dada, go ‘hunting” because he wants to go. It’s usually nonstop from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 24/7 … back in spring I was in five countries in eight days, and there are days I don’t sleep in a bed because I’m flying at night and sleeping on a plane.
If I’m able to make it home before the kids go to sleep, I’ll spend time and read with them. Stripes, tuna, marlin, trout, bass … I love doing it all.
I have a Mathews compound bow, another bow for shooting 80-pound draw with sleeved arrows in Africa, a Blackmail, a Black Widow, a Was, an ACS longbow. Our grandfather started me in archery with my longbow and that evolved into the compound.
As you get older, I think you want something maybe a little difficult again, so I flipped back to traditional. As much rifle as I do, I hunt with a bow for deer because I enjoy the challenge.
It’s not like in Texas at my friend’s ranch where they see 130s and laugh. When I shoot with my compound I can keep it in a softball at 70 yards barring unknown wind conditions.
John Rich got him to wear a cowboy hat on The Apprentice, though. Me, brother, sister … he holds us to expectations and is more demanding, and that’s fine.
You and your brother Eric were raked over the coals in spring by a hit-and-run Hollywood website about your African safari. When you have people with false agendas without facts portraying things … the story they tried getting out was we were being investigated or doing something illegal.
The King of Spain apologized and I thought that was the wrong thing. The truth isn’t as juicy or exciting of a story.
There definitely are some polar opposites between working with Trump International in one of the world’s biggest cities and then sitting in a quiet tree stand with a bow. I haven’t spent a weekend in the city in seven years other than for the births of our children or some kind of emergency.
Spring is better because it’s not daylight yet and I can slip away sometimes for a quick two-hour turkey hunt, then be back in the city in time to start work. My brother and I take vacations one or two weeks a year and that’s great.
Hunting and fishing has kept me out of trouble some of my other friends have gotten into staying out late in clubs or doing whatever. Not that I didn’t have my share of fun times, but there were more mornings when I was waking up to go climb a tree stand or going fishing.
When Hawks Optics said that I was a new face or spokesman for hunting, I took that as a big honor. Most people assume I’m a New York kid who hunts, but anyone who spends time with me knows I hold my own and am passionate.
From my father’s office I see Central Park every day. That chunk of land in the middle of Manhattan could command a good bit of money.
Editor’s note: Deer & Overhunting was one of the first outdoors media outlets to highlight Donald Trump ’s involvement in deer hunting, conservation and the outdoors. On a hunting trip to Mongolia earlier this summer the US president’s son Donald Trump killed a rare species of endangered sheep.
The alkali sheep, with its large horns, is considered a national treasure there, and permission to kill one is “controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics”. Photograph: Hunting Legends legality of the importation of big game trophies into the United States has been, like many other issues in the Trump administration, confusing and ever-changing.
In 2017, the Trump administration pushed back against such restrictions on trophy hunting from the Obama era before reinstating the ban. The four-day event organized by Safari Club International (SCI) and advertised as a “hunters’ heaven”, will culminate on Saturday with an auction for a week-long Site black-tailed deer hunt in Alaska with Trump Jr, his son and a guide.
The description of the auction prize states: “This year we will be featuring Donald Trump, a man who needs no introduction, and whose passion for the outdoors makes him the number one ambassador for our way of life. Photograph: Safari Club International Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said: “This annual event is the largest meeting in the world of people who celebrate the senseless killing, buying and selling of dead animals for bragging rights.
“As our planet suffers an extinction crisis, it is business as usual for the trophy hunting industry and SCI, who continue to revel in spending millions of dollars every year to destroy imperiled wildlife.” SCI hit back at the criticisms and called them the “height of hypocrisy”, arguing that hunting makes enormous contributions to conservation and described Trump Jr as “an accomplished conservationist”.