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Hunting Awards

PHASA Medals:

The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) has brought out their own trophy medals for clients that procure top quality South African trophies, as part of their fundraising scheme.

Overseas and South African clients that hunt with PHASA members have the opportunity to enter their trophies for PHASA Medals and Certificates.

The PHASA Trophy Medal Program, patterned after a similar and highly successful system operating in Namibia, is based on the SCI Methods of Measurement. It was introduced primarily as a way to acknowledge the client’s success in the form of a medal / certificate, which is issued according to the size of the trophy. Clients can qualify for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals that come with attractive certificates that are suitable for framing.

Scoring Information

  1. Use SCI methods of measurement for the PHASA Trophy Medal Scoring System.

  2. All measurements are "Green" measurements without drying period except for White Rhinoceros horns which must be measured 30 days after  collection.

  3. All measurements in inches and fractions to the nearest 1/8 except for cat skulls which are measured to the nearest 1/16.

  4. The PHASA trophy medal measurements are not automatic entries into any record book.

Medals/Certificates

Gold medal - 22 carat gold plated

$50

Silver medal - pure silver plated

$35

Bronze medal - bronze plated

$25

 

Each medal is accompanied by an attractive certificate which includes hunter's name, trophy, score, place, date, and name of professional hunter and outfitter.

Medals and certificates will be dispatched from the PHASA office in South Africa.

All major credit cards are accepted:  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners.

Should you wish to apply for your PHASA medal/s, please let me know at your earliest convenience and email me your credit card details (including card name, number and expiry date), and which medals you would like to order.

About SCI Record Book

The Largest Record Keeping System in the World

Record Books are considered to be the epitome of encyclopedias of big game animals and may be purchased individually. The SCI Record Book of Big Game Animals uses SCI's unique all-inclusive record keeping system, the most used system in the world, to document our hunting heritage. The scoring system recognizes typical and non-typical animals and both free range and estate taken animals. No deductions are enforced penalizing animals for asymmetry in the SCI scoring system.

The books are printed at various times based on the entry submission for each book since the prior printing. Deadlines for entry submission for the Record Book is March 1st of the corresponding year.

World Hunting Awards

Annually, the Record Book committee recognizes all hunters who have achieved exceptional levels of big game hunting over the past year in a special awards issue of SAFARI Magazine.

These individuals show their support of wildlife conservation and management through participating in hunting expeditions. To fund such expeditions assists the hunting community, government economies, and conservation and agricultural efforts. A select number of individuals are nominated for special awards in recognition of their work and dedication to the global hunting community and staying true to the missions of SCI.

All SCI measurers must be members of SCI (Life, National, International). There are two levels of SCI measurer: Official and Master.

To become an Official Measurer, one must either attend the Official Measurer's course and pass the written examination, or purchase a Home Study Kit and pass the written examination. You can study at home, take the test and send it to the Record Book Department for grading. You will need to pass with 80% to become an Official Measurer.

To become a Master Measurer, one must already be an Official Measurer for one year and take the Master Measurer's Course. The course will consist of a 4-hour instructional seminar and scoring the provided 25 trophy animals within 3% accuracy in the allocated time. Twelve of the twenty-five trophies to be scored will be antlered game. Only a Master Measurer may certify a Top 20 entry or one that is nominated for a Major Award.

Benefits of Record Book

Your Contributions Help Preserve Your Hunting Heritage!

Getting Started

How To Submit an Entry to the Record Book*

Submitting entries is a relatively easy but important process. The SCI Record Book ofAnimals is a living history of our hunting heritage, so accuracy and proper documentation are key.

  1. To enter one or more entries, locate an official or master measurer to have your species measured. Find a measurer in your area with our Search for a Measurer database. Simply enter your zip code or country.
  2. Each entry must be submitted on official SCI measuring forms. All official measurers have current measuring forms. Measuring forms are also available for download. Fill out the form completely, and please print legibly.
  3. A field photo(s) must be attached of the animal. The photo serves several purposes – to verify the species of animal as well as to distinguish all the points on antlered game. Three photos are required for antlered game (front, right, and left views) to make out all the points clearly.
  4. Finally, include the Record Book processing fee of $35 per entry. Most members choose to purchase the medallion plaque when they submit their entry. If the medallion plaque is purchased at the same time as the entry, then the total fee is $80. Please note that SCI does not accept electronic entries at this time.
  5. Mail your completed entry forms to:
    Safari Club International
    ATTN:Record BookDepartment
    4800 West Gates Pass Road
    Tucson, AZ 85745

*(You must be a member to participate and submit entries.)

What happens to my entry once I submit it?

The Record Book Department Office reviews each entry to make sure the information has been filled out correctly, completely, and legibly. The entire process normally takes 8-12 weeks. The completion of medallion plaques may take up to 16 weeks.

  1. If the entry or entries is complete and a field photo has been attached, the payment is processed and the entries are filed in the order they were received for processing. Entries that are not submitted with a field photo may be accepted into Record Book, but additional information must be submitted and approved by the sub-chair.
  2. If the entry or entries is incomplete, one of the following may occur:
    • Entries without the signature of the hunter or measurer are returned to the SCI member.
    • If you paid with a credit card, the entries that are in order will be processed and your credit card will be charged for those entries only.
    • Entries missing other information such as locality taken, date killed and so forth will be held while the staff makes an attempt to collect the missing information via email and phone. If the member does not respond to these requests the entries will be returned to the SCI member.
    • Entries office without photographs will be automatically returned to the SCI member.

  3. It takes about two weeks for an entry or entries received by the Record Book Department to be processed into the Record Book database. 

    • The entry must then go through several steps before it can be ranked in the Record Book.

      • Entries are grouped into batches of 300 entries. The batches of entries are then scanned and organized, and a back-up copy of each entry is made.

      • All potential new Top Ten entry photos are scanned and saved for possible printing in the Record Book. In many cases, new photos are requested.

      • The batch of 300 entries is then divided up by continent and sent to the sub-chair (a sub-chair is an SCI volunteer who is considered to be an accomplished hunter expert in a given geographical area).

      • The sub-chair carefully checks the information on the score sheet for each entry in his batch and either approves the entry as submitted or places the entry on hold until additional information is gathered.

      • Additional information requested may include the following: photographs with more clarity to identify tines; more precise location; clarification on whether the trophy was hunted on an estate or free range; request for the trophy to be re-scored.

      • If the SCI member has not cleared up the request by the sub-chair in 90 days, the entry is removed from the database and returned to the member without a refund.

      • The sub-chair returns a detailed report on the batch of entries. At this time the entries that are approved are officially ranked in the SCI Record Book of Animals. (The SCI Record Book is ranked every night at midnight.)

  4. After the entries from a batch have been approved, certified, and ranked, a 3x5 certification card is created and mailed to the SCI member. These cards are the member's final notification on their entry and are a thank you in appreciation of your business. If a medallion plaque is ordered with the record book entry, it will arrive approximately two weeks after the certification card.

Please note that the ranking on the certification cards may not be the same ranking that appears in the SCI Record Book of Animals. The Record Book Softwareis a dynamic program. Potentially, every ranking could change on a weekly basis. The rankings printed in the SCI Record Book of Animals are the rankings based on the deadline for that edition.

Deadline for entry submission for the future Record Book is March 1st of the corresponding year.

 

James Rowland Ward (1848–1912) was a British taxidermist and founder of the firm Rowland Ward Limited of Piccadilly, London. The company specialised in and was renowned for its taxidermy work on birds and big-game trophies, but it did other types of work as well. In creating many practical items from antlers, feathers, feet, skins, and tusks, the Rowland Ward company made fashionable items from animal parts, such as zebra-hoof inkwells, antler furniture, and elephant-feet umbrella stands.

Rowland Ward was also a well-known publisher of natural history books and big-game hunting narratives. The most famous and enduring Rowland Ward Ltd. product is the Records of Big Game series of books, which started in 1892 and is now in its twenty-ninth edition (2014). These books contain measurements of game animals from all over the world and is the oldest such series of books in existence.

Records of Big Game

The most enduring and famous of all Rowland Ward's publications is his Records of Big Game. Started in 1882, the first edition was entitled Horn Measurements and Weights of the Great Game of the World. It was revised and reprinted in 1894, but the second edition, which was published only four years after the first, had two-and-a-half times the number of pages as the first. The second edition was entitled Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game, and it is this title that has been used ever since.

Rowland Wards Records of Big Game 7th Edn

The series was the talk of its day among hunters and naturalists, and by the time World War I started (1914), seven editions had been issued, each containing more and more measurements and greater variations in the number and species of animals. It should be noted that in this period, field guides were not published; consequently, the Records of Big Game served as a valuable resource for information as to what mammals could be found and where they could be found in the far-flung corners of the earth and Empire.

Many natural history museums of that day kept a copy of Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game in their reference libraries. Not only were there measurements, but the volumes in the series also contained anecdotes from hunters, naturalists, and Rowland Ward himself about species, subspecies, geographical variations, common weights and measurements, and distribution. As a testament of Rowland Ward's own naturalist qualifications, three animals had the Ward name incorporated in their scientific nomenclature: the Asiatic ibex, Capra sibirica wardi; a subspecies of reedbuck, Redunca redunca wardi; and a subspecies of the Malayan bear, Ursus malayanus wardi.

As time went by, Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game became a who’s who of big-game hunting. Those who entered their trophies in “the book,” as it was called, included King George V, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince Abdorreza of Iran, various Princes of Wales, the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, Sir Winston Churchill, President Theodore Roosevelt, Lord Curzon, and a host of other royalty, nobility, dignitaries, celebrities, and otherwise famous people. After World War II, the influence of American big-game hunters became more apparent as sportsmen such as Ernest Hemmingway, Robert Ruark, Jack O’Connor, Herb Klein, Elgin Gates, and James Mellon II entered their exceptional game trophies in “the book.”

Ownership Moves to the United States and then to South Africa

The eighteenth edition of Records of Big Game was, however, the last edition to be published in England. In 1982 the company was sold to Game Conservation International (known as Game Coin), an organisation based in San Antonio, Texas. Game Coin published one edition of the Records of Big Game and then turned over the publishing of the series to Steve Smith of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Steve Smith greatly revitalised the publishing program and started publishing maps, more hunting narratives, and natural history books as well as the perennial best-seller Records of Big Game. Smith also once again began accepting game entries from Asia, Europe, and North America. (Only African game had been accepted since the tenth edition of Records of Big Game (1935).)

A year after Smith died in a car accident (1993), Game Coin sold the company to Robin Halse of Queenstown, South Africa. Subsequently the company was taken over by his daughter, Jane Halse, who continues to publish the Records of Big Game series as well as other natural history and hunting publications. Since the Halse family took over the business, Rowland Ward has continued to remain active in publishing and has also branched out in other areas as well. Besides publishing and selling books, Rowland Ward also sells clothing and leather goods. Its retail establishment in Johannesburg sells its products all over the world via its Web site and catalogues. Safari Press of Huntington Beach, California, distributes the company's publications in North America.

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