The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award Committee is very pleased to announce that the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) has been chosen, by unanimous vote, to receive the 2016 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award to be presented at the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo, “Conservation” on the evening of Saturday, January 9, 2016.
The Capstick Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have exhibited extraordinary involvement in protecting and promoting our hunting heritage. The award has been given by the Dallas Safari Club for more than ten years. Past recipients include Christiane Underberg, Dr. Ian Player, Harry Tennison, Baron Bertrand des Clers, Hubert Thummler, John and Chrissie Jackson, and last year’s winner, Dr. Red Duke. The award’s namesake, who passed away in March 1996, is known to all who share his passion for big game hunting in Africa and riveting, descriptive writing. The elegant Fiona Capstick serves as member emeritus on the Award Committee.
CIC is the oldest multi-national hunting conservation organization in the eastern hemisphere and has long carried the torch for hunters in Europe. CIC was established in 1928 and has been a strong and passionate and strident voice in promoting, on a global scale, the proven concept of sustainable wildlife management through hunting and the protection of valued hunting traditions. In addition to skillfully representing the interests of sustainable use hunting in all traditional governmental and quasi-governmental conservation forums, CIC has that rare skill of being able to identify issues that will concern and impact sustainable use hunting and then acting decisively to address those concerns.
CIC recognized the need to promote women who hunt and formed the Artemis Club, with the support of CIC President Bernard Loze and the President of the Slovak Republic, to create a Ladies platform as a CIC working group. CIC also recognized the need to engage future conservation leaders and generations of hunters and created its young adult group, Young Opinions, approximately 15 years ago.
CIC’s vision is “a world that values and supports sustainable hunting for the benefit of the people and nature”. Clear, simple, concise, desperately needed, greatly appreciated by all who love hunting and a wonderful example of the embodiment of the spirit of the Capstick Award.
Please join Dallas Safari Club in saluting CIC as the 2016 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award winner in Dallas on January 9.
Authors: Richard T. Cheatham, Chairman, Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award Committee