All About The Conklin Award


Published: October - 2003

There are all sorts of hunting award programs out there - the Weatherby Award comes to mind, as do the various Safari Club International award programs. All have their place, but we have to admit to a special fondness for the relatively new Conklin Award Program. Why? Because it doesn't just reward hunters for taking a lot of animals. It celebrates ethical behavior in the field and recognizes the virtues of old fashioned hard-hunting.

If you haven't heard about the Conklin Award and how it came about, take a gander at the following from one of the people who helped blow life into this program, Rex Baker, Sr.:

"The Conklin Award is named after Dr. Jim Conklin, who won just about every major award, including the Weatherby, and was highly respected in the hunting community. He was a past president of SCICF, and the main lodge at SCI's Granite Ranch in Wyoming is named after Dr. Jim. He was a hunter who loved tough hunting in the world's harshest climates and countries and at extreme altitudes. His true passion was sheep hunting, and he collected nearly 30 different species and 50 different rams.

"The Pittsburgh Chapter of SCI started the Conklin Award in 2002. The original Conklin Award judges were myself, Bruce Keller, Dennis Campbell, Larry Rudolph and Phil Ripepi. Sherwin Scott has now been added as a board member and judge, as have each of the past award winners. Don Cox was the first recipient of the award. The Conklin Foundation was formed soon after this first presentation, and it assumed responsibility for the award. The Foundation is a 501 c 3 tax-deductible charitable organization. The 2003 recipient was Gary Ingersoll. His award was presented at the FNAWS Convention last year.

"The Conklin Award rewards those international hunters who have unquestioned ethics - e.g., if a hunter has had any game violations, he or she cannot win the award. Period. No discussion. Only 200 species are listed on the award application. These are the toughest animals in the world........(continued)

 
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