In the past, hunters could submit score sheets from various record book organizations, which often made it challenging for GSCO to compare submitted trophies of the same species. Now anyone who wishes to enter a trophy in the GSCO awards program must have the trophy officially scored by an SCI Master Measurer.
Of course to have a trophy officially scored by an SCI measurer means applicants must be an SCI member and pay the fee to have the trophy scored and entered into SCI's Mountain Game of the World Record Book. You may recall that this book is the product of a collaborative effort between SCI and GSCO. The book will be introduced at the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention in 2010. The deadline to submit trophies for that book is February 21, 2009. For a list of SCI Master Measurers and a score sheet, visit the SCI web site.
Getting back to GSCO, their convention takes place February 18-21, 2009 at Bally's in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can get more information on their web site. The presentation of the 2009 GSCO Trophy Awards takes place on February 20. This year's convention will feature more than 200 booths, up quite a bit from the original 70 booths at the first show held in 2005. GSCO Marketing Director Taylor DeBoer says the organization sold out all of its exhibitor space this year four months early. Based on our convention registrations and our hotel bookings, we are preparing for our biggest convention yet, said DeBoer. He is still fielding requests for booth space however, as there are always cancellations. Anyone interested should contact DeBoer.