Weatherby Foundation International has announced that Alexander Egorov is the winner of the 2020 Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award.
Egorov was born in Russia and grew up in Siberia. He started hunting at the age of six with his father. Since then all his dreams were only about hunting. He worked as a trapper, served in the border troops in Kamchatka and travelled extensively throughout Russia, mastering its most remote and inaccessible places for hunting.
In 2003 Alexander became a member of SCI. In the same year, for the first time, he went hunting outside of Russia and from that time began registering trophies. His first recorded trophy was a Marco Polo, which he got in Kyrgyzstan.
Since 2003 Alexander has hunted at a speed that is very difficult to imagine. His passion has always been mountain hunting: he collected 38 different types of sheep and 35 different types of wild goats. In total, he collected 118 mountain animals.
His collection of more than 440 different hunting trophies from around the world (81 trophies of which are still in the Top Ten SCI to this day) is the result of 173 international safaris, visiting 56 countries on all six continents.
Of those, 173 different species were harvested in Africa, completing 40 full African safaris in 12 African countries. He has hunted 104 times in 14 different countries in Asia and obtained 75 different species there, and has hunted 105 times in Europe and obtained 51 types of trophies in 24 countries of Europe. He has spent a lot of time hunting in Russia, four times in Mongolia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, three times in Tajikistan, twice in Armenia, as well as in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Nepal.
He completed his SUPER SLAM of NORTH AMERICA BIG GAME in four years, including two unsuccessful expeditions for Roosevelt elk in 2015 — the third time in 2016, he got it.
Egorov took 39 safaris in North America for 76 different species, including 44 indigenous species of North America. He also achieved SCI Diamond Levels in South America, Australia and New Zealand.
His various achievements include:
- CONKLIN AWARD
- INTERNATIONAL HUNTING AWARD SCI
- WORLD CONSERVATION AND HUNTING AWARD SCI
- PANTHEON AWARD
- SUPER SLAM RUSSIA Big Game (35 animals of Russia) 2019 – the first and only Russian hunter to receive this award
- 16 GRAND SLAMS SCI
- 26 DIAMOND LEVEL AWARDS SCI
- WORLD HUNTING AWARD SCI
- ОVIS WORLD SLAM SUPER 30, 2016
- CAPRA WORLD SLAM SUPER 30, 2015
- TRIPLE SLAM, 2014
- SUPER SLAM OF NORTH AMERICA BIG GAME, 2016
- 1 The highest Russian award of the CLUB OF MOUNTAIN HUNTERS – RUSSIAN MOUNTAIN HUNTING AWARD, 2016
- WEATHERBY FOUNDATION – Finalist 2018
- WEATHERBY FOUNDATION – Finalist 2019
He actively cooperates with numerous hunting and environmental institutions: Weatherby, Conklin Foundation, SCI, GSCO, Dallas Safari Club, Cofradia Culminum Magister and Wild Sheep Foundation. Egorov is a member of the Board of Directors of Conklin Foundation and a member of the Board of the Mountain Hunters Club and Moscow Safari Club.
He became the initiator and leading force for amending the law on bowhunting in Russia. Since January 30, 2020, bowhunting is allowed in Russia.
He has published over 200 articles promoting hunting and wildlife conservation in various Russian magazines, and he is also the author of the hunting book Anatomy Of Hunting.
Egorov has fully funded and participated in the filming of more than 20 films for Russian and Bulgarian television, including: Hunting in America; Hunting in Tajikistan; Hunting in Pakistan; Hunting in Namibia; Hunting in Africa; Hunting in the Far North of Russia; The Arctic of Yakutia; and Mountain Hunting in Iran.
Egorov lives with his family in Moscow, has two sons and a daughter. He is a successful businessman, owns and runs a large construction company in the Moscow region, which allows him to significantly improve the quality of housing for people in his region and create many jobs.
In 2005 Egorov founded and financed the Gletcher-Help Charitable Environmental Fund, which provides assistance to gifted children, allocates funds for the conservation of wildlife, maintenance of environmental projects such as wildlife, and protection and restoration of endangered species.
In 2011, the Foundation built an Orthodox church in Moscow. Egorov constantly contributes to many useful hunting initiatives and hunting / nature management organizations around the world and believes that only thanks to hunters, many species of animals have been preserved to this day and completely agrees with the statement: “Hunting is the best way of wildlife conservation.”