In January, Chrissie and I received the Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
at the Dallas Safari Club Convention’s Saturday finale banquet and auction night. What an honor it was. This will no doubt be the greatest award of our lives.
When else will we join the ranks of conservation heroes Teddy Roosevelt and Ian Player or that of organizations like the Boone & Crockett Club?
In our joint acceptance speech we took turns stating how “fortunate we have been to be able to further what we care so very much about; to lead purposeful lives in the service of conservation, the natural world and our sporting way of life.” We credited Conservation Force’s founding board members and our mentors who have passed on: Dr. Bart O’Gara, Baron Bertrand des Clers and Dr. James Teer. These mentors had nearly 150 years of conservation, education and hunting advocacy expertise. We also credited founding board member, and legendary pioneer of so many hunting destinations at the far corners of the globe, Bert Klineburger and our newer board members Philippe Chardonnet, the lion and antelope specialist, Gerhard Damm, editor of African Indaba
, in South Africa and Shane Mahoney, an expert on the “North American Model” and “Why conservation is important” and new Global Vice Chair of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group of IUCN – all invaluable members of Conservation Force’s think tank
which provides direction to the leaders of the hunting world. We emphasized that “most importantly, we are not by any means finished. We are celebrating tonight but believe me, there is a lot more to do for the sake of conservation.”
We hope to have the video of the award presentation posted on Conservation Force’s website under News and Alerts by the time you read this. See http://www.conservationforce.org/news.html.