Ethiopian Mountain Nyala Hunting Trophy Wins 2011 Carlo Caldesi Award


Published: September - 2011

Congratulations are in order for subscriber Henry McNatt, III, who won the 2011 Carlo Caldesi Award for a monstrous mountain nyala he killed in Ethiopia last year with Nassos Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. The nyala ranked Number Two in the SCI record book with a score of 106 5/8. (See photo in the online Trophy Gallery of our website.) You'll recall from our previous coverage that the Carlo Caldesi Award honors the best big game trophy of the year. Entries are judged on the difficulty of the hunt, the availability of the species and its score. The Carlo Caldesi Award was created by the Caldesi Family of Milan, Italy, in memory of Carlo Caldesi, who has the distinction of being the only Italian hunter to win the prestigious Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award (1981), the SCI Hall of Fame Award (1983) and the SCI International Hunting Award (1987). Caldesi was a member of CIC and a founding member of the Italian Chapter of SCI. McNatt was presented the award in Stresa, Italy, this past June. Four other hunters and their trophies were recognized as part of the Top Six contenders for the Caldesi Award. They are: Manuel Pariente Gavito of Mexico for a 104-pound elephant taken with Johan Calitz Safaris; Richard Sand of Denmark, who is on the list twice for a Gobi argali (227 1/8 SCI) and a Gobi ibex (119 5/8 SCI) that he took with Shikar Safaris; Frank Chapman of the US for a Dall sheep (175 7/8 SCI) he took with Deltana Outfitters; and David H. Marsters of Canada for a desert bighorn sheep (190 7/8 SCI) he took with Trophies Only Adventures. You can see photos of all these magnificent trophies on the Carlo Caldesi Award website at www.carlocaldesiaward.it. You can also check out the entry requirements. There is no fee to enter, but applicants must be active members of Safari Club International. Applications for the next award must be submitted by January 31, 2012.

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