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AWARD CATEGORIES FOR THE 2015 AWARD PROGRAM: There will be five (5) award categories: the Irvin Barnhart AwardsBig Buck Award, Youth Hunting Achievement Awards (including one Youth Hunter of the Year), Photography Awards and Mike Simpson Legends of Hunting Award. The Irvin Barnhart Awards will be given for the top five (5) free-range trophies taken anywhere in the world, for men, women and youth hunters alike, whether by rifle, muzzle loader, pistol or bow. The Big Buck Award will be given for the best whitetail trophy taken, again by any man/women/youth/method. Youth Hunting Achievement Awards will be presented to all youths entering an eligible trophy. The Youth Hunter of the Year Award will be given for the best youth hunter trophy submitted, anywhere in the world, male or female. The Photography Awards will have one winner in each of the following categories: Indigenous People, Wildlife (NOT trophy pictures) and Scenic Splendor. 

RULES FOR THE 2015 AWARD PROGRAM: (1) Men and women both will compete for all awards. (2) Trophies must have been taken between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015 to be eligible for consideration. (3) Entrants must be a member of SCI Houston when trophy is taken. (For youth entries, if the youth is not a member a parent/guardian must be a member). (4) A SCI score sheet must be completed and signed by a registered SCI Measurer for each trophy entry. (5) A photo of hunter and trophy in the field must accompany SCI score sheet. (6) To qualify for the Youth award, the candidate must be a full time student. (7) Requirements for Youth Hunter of the Year consideration include: (1) note of special achievements, such as a conservation projects undertaken with photos, (2) hunting achievements with photos of the candidate and their trophies, and (3) an essay on what the American hunting legacy means to them. (8) All candidates for Youth Hunter of the Year must be sponsored by an adult member of SCI Houston, with a letter sent requesting the youth be considered for the award. (9) Consideration for the Mike Simpson Legends of Hunting Award will include not only trophies taken, but competition shooting, involvement in conservation, education and humanitarian projects. Hunting and project activity photos should be submitted with entry (see full criteria on the Mike Simpson Legends of Hunting nomination form). (10) All nominations and entries, including applicable score sheets and photos, must be received by August 1, 2015. (11) All awards may not be presented at the sole discretion of the SCI Houston Awards Committee. Criteria for all awards includes not only the size of trophy, but species, difficulty of the hunt, method of take and location. The decision of the Awards Committee is final.

Entry forms are available by clicking the ‘AWARD FORMS’ link above; with presentations at the 2015 19th Annual SCI Houston First for Hunters Fundraiser Banquet on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Good luck!

Our hunting awards are named for two stalwarts of the hunting and conservation community, and SCI First for Hunters in particular.  Shown left to right are Mike Simpson and Irvin Barnhart (holding his 2011 Mike Simpson “Legends of Hunting” Award), presented by past President Kent Robinson.


2014 Photography Award: 1st Place - Wildlife “Bear Cubs” by Will Correa

At our 2014 18th Annual SCI Houston First for Hunters Fundraiser Banquet, Awards Chair Scott Garret presented the following awards to members for Photography, Artist of the Year, Irvin Barnhart Trophy of the Year and finally, the Mike Simpson “Legends of Hunting” Award.

2014 Photography Award: 2nd Place - Wildlife “Rocky Top Caribou” by Pat Power

2014 Photography Award: 1st Place - Scenic Splendor “Long Day’s End With Grandeur” by Oscar Taylor

2014 Photography Award: 2nd Place - Scenic Splendor “New Zealand Roadside Farm” by John Mathew

Kobus Möller was honored as SCI Houston’s 2014 Artist of the Year

MIchael Ambrose won an Irvin Barnhart 2014 Trophy of the Year Award for his African Lion (25 4/16), from Bubey Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe, Africa

Fred Lamas won an Irvin Barnhart 2014 Trophy of the Year Award for his Water Buffalo (104 7/8), from Big River Station, Northern Territories, Australia

Holly Mathew won an Irvin Barnhart 2014 Trophy of the Year Award for her Rusa Stag (142 1/8), from the Mamuku Ranges, North Island, New Zealand

Carol O’Day won an Irvin Barnhart 2014 Trophy of the Year Award for her Mountain Goat (26 4/8), from Moody Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Craig Power won an Irvin Barnhart 2014 Trophy of the Year Award for his Woodland Caribou (265 7/8 - New No. 9), from Rocky Ridge Pond, Newfoundland, Canada

Larry Rider won the 2014 Mike Simpon Legends of Hunting’ Award for his many years of service to SCI First for Hunters, our Chapter in particular, and hunting accomplishments.

Click HERE for the 2014 Artist of the Year Kobus Möller Sale Catalog, with discounts of 50% and more on many giclées, including limited edtiion S/N series!

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