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5th Annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner

Thursday, April 18, 2013

at Decatur House on Lafayette Square

Cocktails at 6:00pm & Dinner at 7:30pm

The TRCP will be celebrating the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, our sporting traditions and those who have made a difference for fish and wildlife conservation in America.

This year, we will be honoring Ted Turner, media mogul, philanthropist and conservationist, with the 2013 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award and both Senator Jon Tester of Montana and Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho with the James D. Range Conservation Award.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Meg McKinnon at or 202-639-8727 ext. 24.

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The Wilds of Brooklyn

Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity! Enjoy a day of fishing for two in Jamaica Bay with Captain John McMurray, owner of One More Cast Charter, who specializes in fishing around the New York City area. After angling just miles from Times Square, you and three others will enjoy a wild game dinner hosted at a TRCP Board member's house in Brooklyn. Steven Rinella of MeatEater will be cooking your freshly caught fish from your Jamaica Bay fishing trip and also serving up his game from his previous hunts. Mutual date to be determined by all parties. 

John Griffin, Steven Rinella & Cpt. John McMurray Priceless

Upland Hunting Getaway at The High Lonesome Ranch

The High Lonesome Ranch sits on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies in the small cowboy town of DeBeque, CO. The Ranch is one of the premiere lodges in North America and is an Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge. This package includes shared lodging for two people for three nights and two full days of guided upland game bird hunting with dogs and ten birds per day/person and all meals. The game bird species are pheasant, chukar, Scaled and Gambel's quail and Hungarian partridge. You'll hunt wheat and rye fields, creek bottoms, and sage and oak-brush flats. Each hunter will also enjoy a round of 25 on their sporting clays five-stand range prior to the hunt, as well. Lodging is western luxurious and dining is spectacular, farm-to-table based and contemporary western. Does not include: Airport transfers, ammo, extra birds, licenses, taxes and 15% resort services fee on full retail value. Dates range from December 1, 2013-March 2, 2014. Reservations Required.

High Lonesome Ranch/Paul Vahldiek, Jr. $5,000

Argentina Dove Hunt for Two

A trip for two shooters to Pica Zuro Lodge OR La Dormida Lodge to experience world-class dove hunting in Cordoba, Argentina from Frontiers Travel.  The package includes a 3-night/3-day stay in the dove shooting capital of the world where you and a guest will have expertly trained guides.  Meet and greet service at the Cordoba Airport, ground transfers, and all meals and beverages are included.

Frontiers International Travel $4,980

Orvis Fly Fishing Bundle

Here's an Orvis fly fishing package that anyone from the novice to the experienced will want! Orvis sets the standard for fly fishing gear, especially rods. The Orvis Access 5-weight Outfit comes with the Access 8' 6", 4 piece, mid-flex fly rod, an Access III reel, WF floating line and 150 yards of 20-lb. Dacron backing. The simple combination of medium length and medium weight makes the Orvis Access 5-weight  the most versatile fly rod ever built. From small streams, to large rivers, from trout to bass, this fly rod can handle it all. Cast and fish with total freedom with their most popular pack, the fully loaded Safe Passage Sling Pack. The pack comes stocked with everything from mini nippers and a mesh leader wallet to 20 Best Selling Trout Patterns and Tungsten Putty and more. If that wasn't enough to get you ready for your next fishing trip, Orvis also threw in a $1,000 gift card to outfit yourself in their best gear.

Orvis $1,775

 Cast and Blast on the John Day River in Oregon

Experience the best of both worlds with this hunting and fishing package by Litte Creek Outfitters.  You and a friend will enjoy a full day of fly fishing for steelhead on the John Day River in addition to a one day chukar hunt.  At the end of the day, you will retire to the beautiful Wilson Ranch Retreat which is a 9,000 acre working cattle ranch.  The trip includes lodging for 2 nights, breakfasts and lunches, steelhead flies and equipment if needed. Valid trip dates range from October 15th to December 15th 2013.

Little Creek Outfitters & Wilson Ranch Retreat $1,400

Fishing Excursion in Bozeman, Montana

Enjoy three nights in Bozeman at the Village Lofts Downtown, just steps away from Main Street. This 3-bedroom loft style condominium can accommodate up to 6 people, and the refined living space and convenient location are attributes perfectly suited to those who enjoy the outdoors as well as all the amenities of Bozeman's charming downtown. During your stay you will also enjoy two separate guided fly fishing excursions for up to two anglers. You will  have one full day of fishing on a private creek near Bozeman and will also have one full day with expert guide, Dave Kumlien. Trip dates to be negotiated with owner and fishing guides.

Weldon Baird, Marc Pierce & Dave Kumlien Priceless

Sitka Waterfowl Parka and Bib

Survive even the coldest weather in the duck blind with Sitka's waterfowl gear. You will thrive during the nastiest duck days mother nature can muster wearing the Pantanal Parka. The Pantanal features light insulation, a GORE-TEX® fabric and a body-mapped micro check back. A perfect compliment to the jacket and a stronghold barrier to the elements, the Pantanal Bibs will keep the frosty burn off of your legs. Constructed with GORE-TEX® fabric, micro check backer, and reinforced knees and seat, this an ideal solution whether your in a layout or in a boat.

Sitka Gear $958

L.L. Bean Camping Package

Just because you're sleeping outside, it doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice your comfort. With this two person camping package, you will get the best of both worlds, quality and luxury. The four person 8'x8' Adventure Dome Tent is quick and easy to set up, spacious and made to protect you from Mother Nature's elements. You and your camping partner will also have a great night's rest thanks to L.L. Bean's two sleeping sets that include their Stowaway Down Pillow, Pathfinder Sleeping Pad and Adventure Sleeping Bag. All three are lightweight for easy travel and are premier quality to maximize durability while also keeping you comfortable.

L.L. Bean $685

Half-Day of Skeet shooting instruction for a group of 5 people

Have a blast with your friends while blasting some clays! You and four of your friends will enjoy a half-day private lesson with a certified instructor at Prince George's Trap and Skeet Center. Everything is included for your group to shoot clay targets, trap, skeet and sporting clays--targets, ammo and gun rentals. All levels of experience are welcome.

Prince George's Trap and Skeet Center $600

Costa Del Mar His & Hers Package

This package is all you need for a day out on the water.  It starts with a custom Costa Yeti Roadie Cooler stuffed full of Costa gear!  There is a set of two of everything you would need. There are two camo visors, t-shirts, C-Line croakies, backpacks and hermit cleaning cloths for your new pairs of Cat Cays and Inlets--all handpicked from the most popular styles from Costa for both men and women.

Costa $918

Minox BL 10x44 Binoculars

The Minox BL 10x44 Binoculars are designed and crafted to deliver maximum comfort and secure handling. The comfort bridge design allows the user to wrap their hand around the body tube for stable "one-handed" observation. The letter L stands for “Light”, and this is ensured through the sturdy rubber-armored body of polycarbonate and the ergonomic design. Thanks to a sophisticated sealing technology, the BL binoculars are also watertight down to five meters. Nitrogen gas filling prevents fogging of the optical surfaces, even with severe temperature fluctuations.

Minox U.S.A. $499

Blue Ridge Mountain Deer Hunt

Enjoy a fall white-tailed deer hunt in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with TRCP’s Science and Policy Director, Tom Franklin.  The winning bidder will accompany Tom on his family farm for a one-day hunt.   With a little luck, a majestic Virginia white-tail will appear below your stand and you will return home proudly with a fine and tasty specimen of America’s premier big game animal. This trip will occur in December on mutually agreeable dates and times. License not included.

Tom Franklin $400

Marlin 917 .17cal HMR with Scope & Bi-pod

This 17 caliber bolt action Hornady Magnum Rimfire has a 4-shot capacity and also comes with a 7-shot clip. With a heavy 22" barrel that has a fluted configuration to facilitate rapid cooling, reduce barrel weight and increase stiffness, it has an overall length of 41" and weighs 7 pounds. This bolt action rifle features the added weather resistance of a stainless finish and a hardwood laminated stock and is equipped with a Monte Carlo stock with a distinctive grey/black coloration and nickel-plated sling swivel studs installed.

Chuck Middleton $400

Patagonia Travel Set

Pack and travel with ease with Patagonia's MLC Bag and Guidewater Duffel.

The Guidewater makes hauling your gear easier. The coated, floating baffle separates dual zippered wet and dry gear access, so wading boots won’t soak your clothes and other gear. Coated water-resistant zippers; rod-tube attachment points; an adjustable, padded split shoulder-strap and an external zippered mesh pocket combine to create the ultimate angler’s gear bag. Better yet, it meets most domestic airline carry-on requirements

Patagonia’s M.L.C.® (Maximum Legal Carry-On) suitcase meets airline carry-on size requirements. Hidden, ergonomic shoulder straps convert this soft-sided suitcase to a backpack for the traveler, and it also has two handles for carrying like a briefcase. External zippered pockets provide easy access to travel docs and vital gear. An internal floating divider inside the main compartment separates clean clothes from dirty.

Patagonia $320

Tony Bynum Print

Tony Bynum is a Montana based, adventure, conservation, wildlife, nature, outdoor commercial photographer. Tony photographs wild, free ranging animals in their natural habitat; there are no captive animal photographs in his archives. He covers North American big game wildlife photography including elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, grizzly and black bears, moose, mountain goats, ducks, landscapes, people and events.

Tony Bynum

Virginia Turkey Hunt

Gear up for a turkey hunt like none other! You will be hunting on a historic plantation situated right on the Rappahannock River in the Northern Neck of Virginia that has only been hunted by the owners and their guests. With well managed food plots and lots of wooded areas, this 3,700 acre plantation is the prime location to get your Spring gobbler. You will also have a local guide that will call them in for you who also hunts this plantation regularly.

Carl Brady $500

Limited Edition Signed Buck Knife

This is a truly stunning knife from Buck Knives.  This knife is only 1 of 86 made! It is signed by both Chuck and CJ Buck and has a nickel silver guard and cowbone handle with a walnut spacer. The knife comes on a custom TRCP and Buck Knife wood display stand.

Buck Knives $300

Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing in St. Michael's, MD

You and a friend will enjoy a half day of some of the best fishing on the Bay with Captain Russ Wilkinson, an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide, of Chesapeake Bay Fly FishingAll tackle for fly or spin fishing, fishing licenses, flies, lures and leaders are provided and all equipment is furnished by Orvis.

Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing/Russ Wilkinson $325

Framed Canvas print from Mac Stone

Have a chance to own a stunning print from Mac Stone. His photography has been published both in the U.S. and internationally and has a profound eye for capturing the essence of wildlife in the Southern United States. Putting his images to work, Mac has also used his photography to affect policy and raise environmental awareness. Currently, Mac is working in the Florida Keys with the National Audubon Society to further Everglades Restoration efforts.

Mac Stone Photography $300

Quantum Smoke PT Rod and Reel Combo

This lightweight Quantum Smoke PT spinning rod and reel combination is perfect for fishing with ease, and its outstanding performance will be sure to please. For starters, the Quantum Smoke PT reel is crafted with CNC precision to make a high-strength single-piece aluminum frame that won’t flex even during heavy cranking. Its ideal match, the Quantum Smoke PT rod, redefines lightweight and features Fuji Micro Guides with hardened inserts that reduce line abrasion and increase casting distance.

American Sportfishing Association $320

Smathers & Branson Gift Certificate

Treat yourself to a hand crafted needlepoint belt, wallet, flask, key fob...the possibilities are endless thanks to Smathers and Branson's unique patterns and designs along with their full custom options.

Smathers & Branson $175

Gift Card for a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses

Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colors of the island to life, Maui Jim sunglasses engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus® lenses which are perfect for a day out on the water.

American Sportfishing Association $160+

Simms Dry Creek Duffel

From bush plane to the bed of your dusty pick-up, the 122-litre capacity Dry Creek™ Duffel Bag is the ultimate travel companion. Bags feature a wide gear engulfing roll top, with double buckle closures, bomber thermal welds, and a padded shoulder strap and carry handles.

Simms $170

Simms Headwaters Day Pack

Simms’ Headwaters™ Day Pack has a 30-litre capacity ready to swallow a shell, sweater, or jacket—in addition to cameras, a hydration bladder or laptop, and everything you need to reach fish well beyond the trailhead or tarmac. Built with rugged 315 HT Nylon Auto Airbag fabric, this lightweight bag features a new breathable back panel anatomically designed for ultra-plush, all-day comfort. The robust CORDURA® fabric is lightweight & indestructible, and the pack also features Catch & Release modular system functionality—a magnetic system that integrates with other Simms Chest & Hip Packs.

Simms $140

Simms Headwaters Tackle Bag

Tackle your angling chaos with the Headwaters™ Tackle Bag's large zippered interior compartment and eight organizer pockets built for housing everything from fly boxes to reels, lines, tools, and tippets. The bag’s light grey interior lining provides sharp visibility, while its 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon fabric shell with DWR finish keeps all your goods sealed, secure, and splash-free.

Simms $140

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