RECORD BOOK AND WORLD HUNTING AWARDS
MAJOR AWARDS: The Major Awards are distributed at the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention at the Night of the Hunter. As of 2016, the award winners are no longer recognized on stage. Every top ten and top twenty entry taken within the past 18 months of the award deadline that are accepted into the SCI Record Book and certified by a Master Measurer are eligible for Major Awards. Every category sub-chair reviews the selection report and chooses the top entries that they feel are outstanding accomplishments for that award year. Those entries are placed on the final ballot sent to the judges. The judges rank the candidates, based on the difficulty of the hunt, the desirability of the animal, the number of entries submitted to the Record Book for that species category and overall quality of the entry. The judges select first through tenth places along with two alternates for each category. Names of recipients are listed in SCI Annual Hunters' Convention programs and the annual Awards issue of SAFARI Magazine. There is no cost or special application form needed to be eligible for the Major Awards, provided the hunter submits a certified top ten or top twenty entry within the given time frame. Eligibility is limited to members of Safari Club International. The deadline for entry is March 30 of each award year.
WORLD HUNTING AWARDS
WORLD HUNTING AWARDS®: The World Hunting Awards recognize hunters for their hunting achievements and conservation efforts submitted to SCI via the SCI Record Book of Big Game Animals or photo entry. The World Hunting Awards program is comprised of SCI Continental Awards, SCI Milestone Awards and Inner Circles. Award requirements and order forms can be found in the current Awards issue of SAFARI Magazine or online. The awards committee monitors the award criteria, based on current legislation and distribution of wildlife. World Hunting Awards Breakdowns/Field Journal 2018.
SCI CONTINENTAL AWARDS®: The SCI Continental Awards are part of the World Hunting Awards program and recognize hunters who have achievements in 17 different categories. There are different species requirements for the different SCI Continental Awards. Requirements can be found in the annual June Awards Issue of the SAFARI Magazine or online. Award winners are recognized in the Awards issue of SAFARI Magazine and at the SCI Annual Hunter's Convention.
SCI MILESTONE AWARDS®: Milestone Awards do not have levels. There is only one way to achieve a Milestone Award and that is to obtain all the required animals for that award. Recipients of the SCI Milestone Awards® are acknowledged in the June issue of SAFARI Magazine.
INNER CIRCLES®: The Inner Circles are part of the World Hunting Awards program and recognize hunters who have achievements in twenty-eight different categories. There are five levels that can be achieved on an Inner Circle: copper, bronze, silver, gold and diamond. Members who qualify for Inner Circles are eligible to receive a plaque at the Copper Level. As the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Levels are achieved and purchased, the hunter receives a brass plate to add to their Copper Level plaque. When the Diamond Level is achieved and purchased, you get to choose from one of many bronze bases that hold the plaque. Recipients of the different Inner Circles are acknowledged in the June issue of SAFARI Magazine.
CUMULATIVE WORLD HUNTING AWARDS
PINNACLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS®: The Pinnacle of Achievement Awards, established in 1989, honor hunters with wide experience in hunting around the world. To enter the First Pinnacle of Achievement, the member must achieve and purchase six of the 43 SCI Milestones and/or Inner Circles at any level. Recipients of the First Pinnacle of Achievement Award receive a four-tiered, wooden base along with an elegant crystal obelisk. To enter the Second Pinnacle of Achievement Award, four Inner Circles at the Silver level and two Milestones are required. The Third Pinnacle of Achievement Award requires four Inner Circles at the Gold level and three Milestones. The Fourth Pinnacle requires five Inner Circles at the Gold level and one Inner Circle at the Diamond level. (New SCI Continental Awards do not count toward achievement.) Application deadline is September 1 of each award year.
ZENITH AWARD®: The Zenith Award, created in 2009, is designed for SCI hunters who may not have an opportunity to complete the Crowning Achievement Award. The Zenith Award falls in between the 4th Pinnacle and the Crowning Achievement. To qualify, members must complete six Milestones, two Inner Circles at the Diamond level, a minimum of two Inner Circles at the Silver level, six at the Gold level and the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement. All of these awards must be achieved and purchased before a member qualifies for the Zenith Award. (New SCI Continental Awards do not count toward award.) Application deadline is September 1 of each award year.
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD®: Established in 1993, hunters who participate fully in the SCI World Hunting Awards program are honored with the Crowning Achievement Award. To qualify, hunters must have achieved and purchased nine Milestones, the Hunting Achievement Award at the Silver Level, the Animals of Africa Inner Circle at the Silver Level or Animals of North America at the Gold Level, the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement, and 13 of the remaining 27 Inner Circles at the Copper Level or higher. (New SCI Continental Awards or Alternative Method Recognition Awards do not count toward this award.) Application deadline is September 1 of each award year.
WORLD HUNTING AWARD RING®: The World Hunting Award Ring, introduced in 1995, is the highest award in the World Hunting Awards program and recognizes extraordinary efforts in conservation of wildlife. A custom-crafted ring made of 14-karat white or yellow gold, onyx and 21-point diamonds with six stones is presented to each participant. These rings represent the premier honor in the world of hunting. Recipients are recognized at both the Major Awards Cocktail Reception and evening banquets where the rings are presented during the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention. To date, 95 people have been awarded this honor. SCI members must have achieved and purchased 11 SCI Milestones, including the North American 29 and the Africa 29, 17 SCI Inner Circles at the Diamond level and the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement and the Crowning Achievement. (Alternate Methods Milestone does not apply toward this award) All record book entries or photo entries must be submitted by October 30 of each award year.
WORLD CONSERVATION & HUNTING AWARD®: Developed during the 2005/2006 award year, the World Conservation and Hunting Award offers another opportunity to recognize committed SCI members for their continued hunting accomplishments beyond achieving the World Hunting Award Ring. This award is presented each year during the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention at the Record Book Major Awards Cocktail Reception. This award recognizes the efforts of SCI members who continue traveling the six continents to hunt. Traveling hunters contribute a monetary value to wildlife that promotes conservation of those species. Continued hunting boosts economies in big game areas and in many cases provides employment opportunities for indigenous people. To achieve the World Conservation and Hunting Award, members must achieve and purchase all 15 Milestones, the diamond level of 25 of the 27 Inner Circles, the fourth Pinnacle of Achievement, Zenith and the Crowning Achievement. (Alternate Methods Milestone does not apply toward this award.) All record book entries or photo entries must be submitted by September 1 of each award year.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
C.J. MCELROY AWARD®: Named for the late founder and chairman emeritus of Safari Club International, the C.J. McElroy Award was established in 1995. The award honors a member of SCI who has made great contributions to the sport of hunting, achieved excellence in worldwide hunting, displayed a dedication to the conservation of wildlife and has a history of service to the global hunting community and to Safari Club International's goals. Potential nominees must show exemplary ethics in the business of hunting and be committed to SCI's programs and mission statement. Application deadline is September 1 of each award year. Nomination forms.
DIANA AWARD®: Established in 1995, the Diana Award is named for the huntress of Roman mythology and recognizes the women of SCI who have excelled in international big game hunting. Nominees show exemplary ethics in the field, remain committed to the mission statement of SCI and personally give of their time and energies to enhance wildlife conservation and education. This award is sponsored by NRA Women's Leadership Forum. Application deadline is September 1 of each award year. Nomination forms. SCI Diana Award FAQs (Updated January 2019).
HALL OF FAME AWARD: Induction into the Safari Club International Hall of Fame is perhaps the most prestigious honor bestowed upon an SCI member. Introduced in 1984, potential inductees are nominated by SCI members. The Hall of Fame Award selection committee ranks each nominee, based upon the following criteria: history of service to the world hunting community, dedication to Safari Club International's goals of conservation, protecting the freedom to hunt and education of the people. Hall of Fame Award criteria do not include the candidates' hunting accomplishments. Beginning in 2008, a bronze was presented to the inductee during the Annual Hunters' Convention. Application deadline is September 1 of each award year. Nomination form.
INTERNATIONAL HUNTING AWARD®: The International Hunting Award was established in 1984 to honor the great hunters of the world. Those hunters who have achieved excellence in the field, have hunted extensively and are actively hunting at the time of selection are possible candidates. Selection is based solely on specific and well-defined hunting achievements, numbers and quality of trophies entered into the SCI Record Book, number of countries hunted, total number of hunts taken and levels of entries that qualify for World Hunting Awards. Candidates are ethical hunters who demonstrate this with years of hunting experience throughout the world. All candidates must complete at the Diamond Level the Mountain Game of the World, Animals of Africa and Animals of North America. Application deadline is September 1 of each award year. Nomination form.
SCI & CABELA'S YOUNG HUNTER AWARD®: The SCI & Cabela's Young Hunter Award, established in 1987, recognizes a young SCI member. To be eligible, the young hunter must be 15 to 21 years of age and do the following: be a current member of SCI, complete the application, compose a 500-word essay on the topic, "How I Am A Role Model for Hunting," complete a hunter safety education certification course, obtain a letter of recommendation from an SCI chapter and obtain a letter of recommendation from a school administrator. The Record Book Committee is the selection committee for the Young Hunter Award. Applications are scored, based on 30 percent conservation work and community service, 25 percent hunting and outdoor experience, 25 percent role model for hunting (including essay), 10 percent SCI chapter recommendation and 10 percent Record Book Committee overall judgment of applicant. The two applicants with the highest overall percentage are declared the winners and both are recognized at the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention. This award is sponsored by Cabela's. Application deadline is September 1 of each award year. Application Form.
PATHFINDER AWARD®: When an individual is faced with overcoming a physical challenge or disability that is capable of blocking the "routine" way forward through life (including hunting and shooting), he or she must discover previously unexplored regions of self-esteem, self-worth, courage, persistence and determination. The Pathfinder Award recognizes those individuals. Through trial and error, success and failure, the pathfinder, with a "never quit" attitude, works hard to discover his or her own way through life. A pathfinder is one who discovers a way into or through unexplored regions. This award is made possible through the generous support of Jan Oelofse Safaris, Fauna & Flora Customhouse Brokerage, Inc., Life Form Taxidermy, Safari Air Cargo Systems CC and The Yello Shark Holding (PTY) LTD.
PROFESSIONAL HUNTER AWARD®: The Professional Hunter Award honors two professional hunters who are acknowledged by both their peers and clients as tops in their field. Those who receive this award are industry leaders in their involvement with the hunting community. Until 1993, only one professional hunter per year received this award. Starting that year, the award was split into two divisions: North American and International. Members of the SCI Board of Directors and Chapter presidents nominate a pool of candidates in each division from which the award recipient is selected.