By Barbara Crown, Editor
The African Professional Hunters Association
(APHA) held its annual awards event in Reno, Nevada, on January 24. Members of APHA work all over Africa and represent some of the best hunting professionals and conservationists on the continent. As usual, this year's winners were recognized for producing some absolutely outstanding trophies, beginning with the 96 x 102 pound elephant that Mike Kibble guided client Dana William Di Paola to in Namibia last year. Kibble received the John Sharp Award for Dangerous Game for that jumbo. The runners-up were Cliff Walker for a lion taken by Chris Payerk in Tanzania, and Shaun Buffee also for a lion taken by Steve Rogers in Zimbabwe.
The Robin Hurt Award for Non-Dangerous Game went to Johnny Chipman for an East African roan taken by client Jesus Viego. The roan measured 32 x 32 7/8 and scored 84 6/8, making it the new SCI number one. Gordie Church won the Spiral Horned Award with an East African sitatunga taken by Farid el Khalil which measured 29 6/8 x 29 and had bases of 8 3/8 and 8 1/8 inches.....