You'll remember that Rowland Ward (RW) had opened an office in Fredericksburg, Virginia, only a few years ago to attract more of the US market. Well, just last month RW moved to a new facility in Dallas, Texas, and they have hired Haskell Stricklen, formerly of Dallas Safari Club, to spearhead the organization's growth efforts there. Stricklen has a long history of working with hunting organizations, including Ovis and Bass Pro Shops, in addition to Dallas Safari Club. His duties include marketing and overseeing membership recruitment and service for North America, as well as training members to measure trophies for the Rowland Ward Record Book. The new office will feature a showroom open to visitors and will serve as a North American distribution center for Rowland Ward books and other products, including a new line of safari wear to be featured on its web site later this month.
RW is also gearing up to expand and improve its record book, particularly its lesser known Vol. 2 devoted to trophies taken in North America, Europe and Asia. To that end, RW has forged an alliance with the Wild Sheep Foundation to reintroduce Rowland Ward to sheep and goat hunters. Also, RW's Vol. 1 record book of African game is undergoing some changes as well. A new method is being considered for measuring Cape buffalo and other bovine species that will encourage the shooting of older, hard-bossed bulls. Rowland Ward's board of directors argue that it is young bulls still in their breeding prime that sport long, sharp horns, while older bulls have horns that are worn down and shorter. However, the sweep and curl of an old bull's horns is deeper and the tip-to-tip measurement wider. The bosses, of course, are hard and wider. The minimums i........(continued)