SCI Member and hunting personality Jim Shockey has been named winner of the 2018 Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award.
Shockey has received numerous accolades for his work in the outdoors. From Safari Club International, he won the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement Award in 2008; the Zenith Award, Crowning Achievement Award, Professional Hunter Award and the C.J. McElroy Award in 2009; the World Hunting Award in 2010; and was named International Hunter of the Year and received the World Conservation & Hunting Award in 2012.
In 2016 he received the Conklin Award, which recognizes the world’s greatest active hunter who pursues game in the most difficult terrain and conditions while abiding by the highest standards of ethics and fair chase.
Shockey currently has three TV series: Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED and Jim Shockey’s The Professionals. His daughter, Eva Shockey, joins him as co-host on Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures.
Between 2009-2015, Shockey won 15 awards at the annual Outdoor Channel “Golden Moose” Awards and won one award at Sportsman Channel’s “Sportsman Choice” Awards of 2014.
In 2016, the two networks joined forces and hosted the “Outdoor Sportsman Awards” ceremony, and in 2017 Shockey won the “Outdoor Sportsman Awards” for Best Overall TV Series. In 2018, he was bestowed two Fan Favorite awards for Best Big Game Hunting Series and Best Education/Entertainment Series.
Shockey was formerly an All-American swimmer in university and later played on the national water polo team for six years. He participated in both the 1978 and 1982 world championships but did not attend the 1980 Olympics because of the international boycott against Russia. He has been married to his wife, Louise, since the early 1980s, with whom he has two children, Branlin and Eva Shockey
Shockey is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the ethnocentric folk art forms from western Canada and is an avid collector of tribal art and artifacts from around the world. His collections have appeared several times in publications such as Country Living and Century Home.
Other finalists for the 2018 Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award (in alphabetical order) are: