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Why Hunting Matters - America and Abroad

2:00pm - 3:15pm on Apr 30, 2017, Sunday|Room B312|View Details|Add To Calendar

Why Hunting Matters - America and Abroad

Via video clips and honest reporting, NRA Publications Senior Editor Karen Mehall Phillips and her husband, outdoor TV host Phil Phillips, reveal how the NRA Hunter’s Leadership Forum has gone on the offensive against the global anti-hunting movement that imperils the world’s wildlife. The speakers will unmask leading anti-hunters and expose their tactics, and then show how NRA is fighting back with a proactive digital media network with the potential for reaching 50 million hunting supporters. Come hear what NRA leaders have to say about winning the culture war to ensure hunting's future.

Karen Mehall Phillips

Karen Mehall Phillips is senior editor of American Hunter and the content chief for the NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum (HLF) website and social media initiative. An avid rifle and bow hunter, she has hunted for 30 years and in 29 states, Canada, Italy, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Greenland and Africa, including for two of the Big Five.

Karen draws on her experience to educate non-hunters on the critical role that hunters play in wildlife conservation worldwide and to inform them of the dangers anti-hunting extremists present to the future of wildlife conservation. She is invested in fighting America's culture war on hunters and hunting and works to shed light on anti-hunters’ blatant attempts to tout emotion and misinformation over scientific facts.

An NRA Endowment member, Karen worked in the NRA public relations arena prior to joining NRA Publications in 1998. She is the founding editor of two NRA official journals – America's 1st Freedom and Woman's Outlook. National writing awards include being named the 2015 Carl Zeiss Sports Optics Writer of the Year.

Karen actively promotes women and families in the outdoors. She is also a member of the Washington metropolitan area's Fairfax Rod & Gun Club, a founding member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, a member of Safari Club International and the Dallas Safari Club and a Life member of the Mule Deer Foundation.

Phil Phillips

Nationally noted bowhunter and outdoor communicator Phil Phillips grew up in a time when few hunted with a bow and arrow. With no mentor, his bowhunting was self-taught. Phil took his first game animal at age 10 and, in the four decades that followed, hunted across five continents, taking more than 200 big-game animals and 56 species worldwide.

The host of exciting and informative outdoor television programming for the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and the Pursuit Channel for 15 years, Phil actively promotes the joy of hunting and guiding while underscoring the need for all American hunters to join and stand with the NRA. He has field-tested archery and hunting products as a pro-staffer for numerous companies, including Easton, Mathews, Scent-Lok and Summit Tree Stands.

Prior to hosting outdoor programs, Phil started Colorado's first Ranching for Wildlife Program for antelope in his early 20s, which he ran for 15 years. Working alongside professional land managers to restore and protect habitat, Phil went on to guide clients to 500-plus big-game animals that have qualified for the record book. In 1992 Safari Club International honored him as the North American Bowhunting Outfitter of the Year. In the off-season, Phil spent time in the real estate arena and today is an associate broker with Hayden Outdoors and works closely with LandLeader.

Motivated by his sheer passion for hunting, Phil enjoys promoting hunters and hunting as the backbone of wildlife conservation through his television shows and hunting seminars. A Life member of SCI, the North American Hunting Club and the Mule Deer Foundation, Phil says most important is his Life membership in the NRA through which our hunting heritage thrives.

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