Hunting Report Corporate Sponsor Empire Rifles tells us they have created a new award to recognize African Professional Hunters who demonstrate exceptional conservation and hunting ethics. It's called the Empire Rifles Conservation Award. Among the criteria the award committee requires of all nominees are: 1) a distinguished conservation record focusing on the health of the habitat and game - for example, taking only solitary male lion or hard-bossed Cape buffalo; (2) habitat conservation efforts that involve local people in game management and in conducting hunting safaris; and (3) investment in manpower and equipment to battle poaching. The annual winner of the Empire Rifle Conservation Award will receive a $5,000 grant from The Empire Rifle Company. If you would like to nominate a deserving Professional Hunter, contact George Sandmann, founder and president of Empire Rifles.