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More Interesting Trophies

The SCI Record Book is full of exceptional animals from all over the world.  In addition to exceptional, some are arguably bizarre.

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Special Forces In Your Knife Sheath

Spartan-Harsey-Hunter-knife-110912There’s a knifemaker in North Carolina called Spartan Blades where the company’s co-founders, Curtis Iovito and Mark Carey, combined their military experience with their shared love of knife making to manufacture finely crafted tactical and field knives. With 40-plus combined years of military experience, including retirement from US Army Special Forces, the two know what “tough” means and designs it into Spartan Blades products.

According to their website, “Our intent is not to provide a cool knife or the next great pry bar, but rather produce a knife that is highly functional, made from only premium materials and techniques that looks great, too.” That intent includes collaborating with world renowned knife maker, William “Bill” Harsey. One of those collaborative efforts is the Spartan Harsey Hunter, designed to serve double duty as a combat or hunting knife. This is a full tang knife with bevels hand-ground by Bill Harsey. Handle scales are 3D machined to ultra tight tolerance from 3/8-inch Micarta to provide a comfortable and sure grip.

The 5 3/16-inch blade is made from CPM S35VN steel with a hardness of 50-60 HRC. It has a drop point, making it ideal for gutting or skinning big game and at more than half-pound weight, the 3/16-inch thick blade has the heft needed for jobs such as splitting a sternum.


Bevels are hand-ground by Bill Harsey.

Model: Spartan Harsey Hunter
Designer: William Harsey
Overall Length: 10 1/2″
Blade Length: 5 3/16″
Blade Thickness: 3/16″
Blade Steel: CPM S35VN
Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC
Blade Style: Drop Point
Coating: SpartaCoat – PVD in ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: 3D Contoured CE Canvas Micarta Black or Green
Weight: 0.64 LBS
Price: Starting from $495


The Biggest Northeastern Whitetails!

Here are 20 of the top typical Northeastern whitetail deer from the SCI Record Book.

DESCRIPTION: The largest whitetail in body size. The antlers are usually heavy.

DISTRIBUTION: Canada–Southern Ontario, southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. United States–Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and the New England states.

REMARKS: The northeastern whitetail is the most popular big game animal in North America–most numerous, most heavily hunted, and most deer taken. In many states, it is the only big game animal available on the license. Many hunters believe the northeastern whitetail can produce the best antlers of all.

TAXONOMIC NOTES: The SCI northeastern whitetail deer category includes all or part of the following subspecies: all of the northern woodland whitetail (borealis); and the Minnesota population of the Dakota whitetail (dacotensis).

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Angie Wild Receives SCI “Spot Award”

Angie Wild was recently honored with SCI’s Spot Award. The award is given to SCI employees who have demonstrated exceptional performance beyond their job description in support of the mission of SCI. Wild was nominated by Mike Wirth and Karen Gerald based on Wild taking on twice her workload as an exhibit coordinator for an eight week period when the other coordinator position unexpectedly became vacant. The recommendation reads in part, “[Wild] essentially filled the job responsibilities and duties of two coordinator positions handling more than 860 clients–or every single 2013 exhibiting company. Her actions singularly attributed the successful collating and mailing of all contract packets, collection of booth fees, documentation of vital contract documents and most importantly, kept the contract timeline on task without risk of failure to the convention department or SCI.”