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Don’t Let Your Ego Get In The Way Of Your Morals!

Good quality field photos help identify you as the hunter of the animal and lets the Committee Sub-Chair determine if the animal has been scored correctly and whether the correct species is listed on the entry form.

Chairing the Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee is the most fun assignment I have had in 23 years of being a member and serving on many committees. It’s fun because I enjoy it! The level of hunting experience and knowledge of the species held by the committee members is incomparable. We work well together and discuss issues in a very “energetic” manner some times, but always come away as friends at the end of the day. We never dislike each other for not always agreeing.

With that said, there is work on the committee that all the members find quite objectionable; dealing with members who are not honest with their entries.

Simply stated, there are members who let their ego get in the way of their morals! We have had several cases recently that highlight this dilemma. You may recall that in last month’s article, I wrote about the need to attach good field photos to every entry form. In the first case, a member was sending in quite a few entry forms without field photos.  When asked to provide the photos, various excuses followed, but no photos. This was a tip off that there might be other issues with that member.

As we dug further into the matter, we discovered we also had a lot of entries from the same member that included only photos of mounted heads. Some of those looked really old. The suspicion arose that perhaps the member was not actually hunting all of those animals. That lead to a detailed search of the Record Book where we noted who the member had hunted with over the years, and what species had been taken. After contacting some of the outfitters listed in the Book, we found that indeed the member had not hunted with some of them at all, and certainly had not taken the species listed in the Record Book.

Further investigation uncovered the fact that he was indeed buying some mounted heads, having them measured, and entering them in the Record Book. That lead to the fact that he was also forging the signature of an SCI Master Measurer on some entry forms.

This was a longtime SCI member who had, in fact, done quite a bit of legitimate hunting, with legitimate entries in the Record Book. In the end, the Record Book Committee voted to remove all of the members’ entries from the Record Book and no longer accept any future entries. A sad story indeed fueled by an ego to get more entries in the Record Book quickly.

There are hundreds of mounted heads for sale around the world from various venues. If you see one you want to own, fine, but don’t enter it as one you have personally killed.

In a second recent case, when entry forms were received by the continent sub-chair, he looked at the photos and compared them to the scores on the entry form. They did not seem to add up. Every entry form submitted to the Record Book Department is reviewed by a sub-chair for this, and other reasons. The sub-chair asked for the trophies to be rescored by another measurer. The member complied, but the scores still did not seem “right,” so the member was referred to still another measurer. Knowing that there was a potential issue with the score sheets, this measurer made copies of his score sheets before giving them to the member and sent them to the SCI Record Book Department. When the member sent these score sheets in it was very clear that the member had been altering the scores each time the animals were scored to reflect a higher score than what the animal actually was or had been scored. Again, that member has had all of his Record Book entries removed and no future entries will be accepted.

Unfortunately, those are not the only two cases the Committee has dealt with. Several other members in the past have suffered this same fate for very similar reasons.

I will conclude with two points:

If a member is trying to cheat the system by entering trophies he did not take, or altering score sheets to reflect a higher score, they will eventually be caught by the committee and lose all their entries and the right to enter any future ones. This is not only a very embarrassing situation for the member, but he could face charges by the Ethics Committee and be removed from SCI all together.

As I have poured over these issues for several months, the only conclusion I can come to for committing these indiscretions is EGO.

There are hundreds of mounted heads for sale around the world from various venues. If you see one you want to own, fine, but don’t enter it as one you have personally killed. If you take a good trophy, be satisfied with the size, or don’t shoot him in the first place. Having more heads in the Record Book, or more of them ranking near the top of their category does not make you a bigger or more important person! Integrity is far more important!– Herb Atkinson Chairman, SCI Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee


Top 10 Reasons to Go to Reno–No.8

boddington seminarReason No. 8Take Your Hunting And Outdoor Skills to a Higher Level.

SCI’s Seminar Program packs such a wealth of knowledge and information into four days, you can almost earn a PHD (Professional Hunting Degree)!  By attending any of the dozens of seminars and demonstrations, you will take your hunting, shooting and outdoor skills to a new level. Designed to educate, enlighten and entertain, the seminars are presented by industry experts, professional guides and outfitters and SCI staff members.

The seminars run all day throughout the Convention, and it’s easy to schedule them into your Convention plans. Some of this year’s topics include: Hunting The World with Jim Shockey, Your First African Safari with Craig Boddington, Lisa Freeman’s Wild Game Pairing, and Getting Young People to Hunt with Randy Oitker.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to enhance your skills and learn new techniques from the best of the best.


Top 10 Reasons to Go to Reno–No.9

Mike Huckabee at SCI

Reason No.9World Class Entertainment Served at Every Dinner

During each evening event at the SCI Convention, members enjoy a great dinner camaraderie and world-class entertainment. It’s an SCI tradition that continues with a line-up of music and comedy that represents an incredible value.

Wednesday night’s grand opening dinner features a keynote address from Mike Huckabee and a performance by country musician Travis Tritt. Huckabee will also speak at our grand opening ceremonies and host his radio show The Mike Huckabee Show, live from the show floor Wednesday morning.  Tritt has several country hits that include “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On” and “Foolish Pride.”

Travis Tritt at SCIThursday night we celebrate the Night of The Hunter. This new reception replaces the Thursday night dinner and will be an array of hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and cocktails set in a festive atmosphere.  An exciting lineup of evening auction hunts and items will lead into the SCI Major Awards program.  This program honors hunters, our hunting heritage and top species taken in the past 24 months as well as recognizes 2012’s hunting accomplishments. The evening closes with a splash of country and comedy from the Bar J Wranglers. Purchase a ticket to this event for $25.00. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with other SCI members and share your hunting adventures.

Friday evening you will get to hear country music from Montgomery Gentry. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry both have a commanding stage presence that will make for a fun-filled evening. The duo has a long list of hits that includes: “Something to be Proud of,” “Lucky Man,” “Roll with Me” and “Back When I Knew it All.”

Saturday evening hear a keynote address from The Honorable Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney. Dick Cheney is the former Vice President and has many years’ experience running corporations in the private sector. Liz Cheney is a contributor to FOX News and the former founder and chairman of


Top 10 Reasons to Go to Reno–No. 10

Auctions run both day and night and feature items ranging from the practical to priceless.

Reason No. 10It’s an experience you can’t afford to miss!

Kick off the new year with four days of excitement, entertainment and education that can only be found in Reno at the Ultimate Hunters’ Market® – The SCI Annual Hunter’s Convention.

It’s the only show of its kind where you can see a unique combination of the latest guns and hunting equipment, outfitters from six continents, world class artists and entertainers all under one roof.
The convention offers a rare opportunity to find that hunt of a lifetime at the price of a lifetime, meet outfitters, face-to-face and mingle with industry experts.

Seminars presented by industry experts and celebrities give you a chance to learn new techniques, enhance your skills and become a better hunter and outdoorsman.

By day, dozens of seminars presented by industry experts and celebrities give you a chance to learn new techniques, enhance your skills and become a better hunter and outdoorsman. Check out the auctions that run both day and night. They feature items ranging from the practical to priceless. At night, socialize with your fellow hunters, celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy top entertainment and speakers.

The total experience is one that is hard to describe, but never forgotten. And, ultimately by coming to Reno, you contribute directly to wildlife conservation worldwide and the preservation of our hunting legacy.