One of the highlights of each year’s conference is the ACI Auction. Not only is it a fun social activity for conference-goers, it’s an important fund-raiser, helping defray the cost of putting on the conference.
Update: The 2018 Auction brought in a record $10,600!
The event includes raffles, a silent auction and a live auction. Up for grabs are all sorts of items – t-shirts, art prints, all kinds of outdoor gear and agency SWAG. The live auction offers higher-end items, like guided hunting or fishing excursions, overnight stays at state parks, etc.
Where do the items come from?
Why, YOU, of course! (Here comes the sales pitch.) The success of the ACI Auction depends on the raffle tickets you buy and, more importantly, the items you provide. We’re asking for your help in providing the types of items described above. If your agency has a citizen-support foundation, ask for their help, perhaps in underwriting the cost of a guided excursion. If you partner with an outdoor retailer, ask for merchandise. All kinds of SWAG is welcome; nothing is too small.
Here’s a sample of what was available at the 2018 auction:
2018 ACI Auction
|Baseball Package||Throw out first pitch at Springfield Cardinals game + cool baseball items.||Springfield Cardinals|
|Compound Bow||Sole Intent Legend Series Compound Bow, great for beginners or advanced archers! Retails for $700. (more details)||Powderhook/Bear Archery|
|Dove hunt in Argentina!||Shoot 'til you can't shoot anymore!||David Denies Bird Hunting in Cordoba|
|Georgia Welcome Basket||Georgia crafted box with Georgia-shaped cutting board and some local favorites in a picnic basket.||Georgia Tourism|
|South Carolina Welcome Basket||South Carolina DNR|
|Gift Cards||2 $50 Visa gift cards||Georgia Natural Resources Foundation|
|Camping Gear||Get a hat, camp seat, cooler, trunk organizer, and portable phone charger to take on an outdoor adventure.||Georgia DNR|
|Gun Cases||For rifle, handgun, shotgun||Georgia DNR|
|Weekend stay at a Georgia State Park||Take a Georgia adventure for a weekend camping trip! Choose almost any state park in Georgia and book your free campsite and you'll get your choice of free bike or boat rental to go along with it!||Georgia DNR|
|Alligator Tray||Pewter decorative tray with alligator print||Georgia DNR|
|Swallow-tailed Kite Bowl||Ceramic, hand-painted bowl decorated with swallow-tailed kites||Georgia DNR|
|Right Whale Sculpture||Ceramic, handmade right whale sculpture||Georgia DNR|
|Agency SWAG||Florida FWC|
|Agency SWAG||Cooler bag, shirt, books, hat, cup, pop socket, cookbook, buff, etc.||Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife|
|Agency SWAG||Shirts, hats, pins, agency SWAG||Missouri Dept. of Conservation|
|Apple Watch||J.F. Griffin|
|New Mexico Cow Elk Hunt||This guided New Mexico Cow Elk Hunt will take place in New Mexico’s spectacular high country on the Vermejo Park Ranch. The 500,000-acre private ranch is located west of Raton, New Mexico. The hunter will have a choice of any 5 consecutive dates from Oct. 22-26, Nov. 15-25 or Dec. 12-Jan. 8 and must select the dates no later than Aug. 30. The hunter is responsible for processing and care of their harvest. The hunter may bring a non-hunting guest. License fees included. Guests will stay a short drive from the property at the NRA Whittington Center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colfax County, New Mexico. The location is one of the largest and most comprehensive shooting facilities in the United States. Guests may choose to enjoy the abundance of shooting opportunities. Range fees are not included but are very reasonable. The First in the Field Foundation will provide dinner one evening, in the beautiful Vermejo Park Ranch Lodge. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish staff will provide the remaining meals through the duration of the hunt.||Vermejo Park Ranch & First in the Field|
|Leather, hand-tooled gun sling||Hand tooled leather gun sling with a bear, turkey and deer hand carved and stained in the strap.||Wisniewski Leather & Gunsmith|
|Food For Hunters Book||Hunting for Food is a practical field guide that will teach new and experienced outdoor enthusiasts how to hunt, fish, clean and cook delicious, hearty meals of wild game. Learn what you need to enjoy the full field-to-table experience with chapters on popular species such as deer, hogs, rabbits, turkeys, pheasants, ducks, fish, frogs and more.||Food For Hunters Blog|
|Arcus Hunting Pkg.||Pack of Ramcat Broadheads and a bucket of Big Game Butter!||Arcus Hunting|
|Dry bags and tumblers||South Carolina DNR|
|Backpack/hammock/outdoor goodies||PAC Inc.|
|Oklahoma Paddlefish Trip||Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation|
If you have any questions, contact ACI’s Auction Chair, Jenifer Wisniewski.