Group Auctioning Off 7-Day Luxury Hunting Trip With Donald Trump Jr. and His Son for Thousands

Safari Club International (SCI) is offering off the chance to hunt with Donald J. Trump Jr. and his son in Alaska.

Though the live auction will take place on Saturday evening, the group is accepting absentee bids on its website until then. The current bid as of this writing is $10,000—10 times the starting bid of $1,000.

The winner of the auction and a guest will travel by yacht to Alaska to on a 7-day trip hunting Sitka black-tailed deer and sea ducks in November 2020. In addition to Trump and one of his sons, the trip will be led by Keegan McCarthy, owner of Coastal Alaska Adventures. The trip is said to launch the "Hunter Heritage Series" which will introduce young people to hunting.

The auction listing does not say which of Trump's three sons—Donald Trump III, 10; Spencer Frederick Trump, 7 and Tristan Milos Trump, 8—will be on the trip.

The auction is part of the 2020 SCI Live Auction event, which raises money for the organization. SCI is a hunter's advocacy and wildlife conservation group.

Trump's love of hunting is well known, and sometimes controversial. In 2012, hunting photos were published, including one of Trump cradling a dead leopard and another of Trump holding a severed elephant tail. Though the hunts were legal, Trump faced criticism, and his father's TV show, The Celebrity Apprentice, lost at least one sponsor over the outcry.

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Donald Trump Jr. and one of his sons will join the auction winner and a guest on a trip to Alaska to hunt deer and ducks. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

The live auction is also part of the 2020 SCI Convention, taking place Wednesday through Saturday in Reno, Nevada. The convention has been in the news this week when it was announced that the touring version of the Beach Boys, led by band co-founder Mike Love, would play on the opening day of the convention. Fellow co-founders, guitarist Al Jardine and songwriter Brian Wilson, have objected to the event, calling for a boycott unless the touring band cancels the show.

"This organization supports trophy hunting, which Both Al and I are emphatically opposed to," Wilson wrote on Facebook. "There's nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition."

It has been brought to my attention that on Wednesday February 5, The Beach Boys touring group licensed by Mike Love are...

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Robert Brooks, a spokesman for SCI responded to the petition in a statement by offering to work with anti-hunting activists on behalf of the environment.

"We support the right of anti-hunting petitioners to protest our event, but we hope they understand how much more they could achieve by working with us instead of against us," the statement said. "Each year, the hunters that make up our chapters do more for wildlife and the conservation of species and habitats than any online petition will ever do."

Brooks has also said the Beach Boys are still scheduled to perform Wednesday. Rock band REO Speedwagon was also slated to play at the event, though pulled out due to pressure from critics; country music star Charlie Daniels will play in their stead.