Two Nevadans are among the scores of hunters whose recent trophies will be honored as symbols of America?s continuing successes in wildlife conservation.
The trophies are part of a public exhibition planned as part of the Boone and Crockett Club?s 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20, at the Reno Ballroom, Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, in Reno.
About 135 Top 5 trophies, one new World?s Record and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under–most of which were entered into Boone and Crockett records in just the past three years–will be featured in the display. The public-welcome event ($5 daily admission or $10 daily family pass) also will include seminars by hunting and conservation authorities as well as a benefit auction.
?Boone and Crockett began hosting public exhibitions of big game trophies in 1947,? said Club President Bill Demmer. ?But these aren?t just large specimens to quicken the pulse of hunters. They also have biological significance. Trophies are proof of well-managed habitats and populations, even as cities sprawl and land uses change. These animals symbolize the historic and ongoing success of America?s unique hunter-led, hunter-funded conservation system?a system that continues to benefit all citizens who appreciate wildlife and wild places.?
Nevada hunters invited and confirmed as participants in the exhibition:
Top 5 Trophies?
Hunter: Lorin Wilkin
Trophy: Typical mule deer, 202-4/8
Rank: No. 4 all-time Nev.
Hunt Location: Lincoln County
Year Taken: 2012
Hunter: Kylie Sondermann
Trophy: Non-typical mule deer, 218-4/8
Rank: No. 32 all-time Nev.
Hunt Location: Lander County
Year Taken: 2012
The trophy exhibit will be open to the public July 17?2-8 p.m.; July 18-19?8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and July 20?9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Seminars: July 19?10-11 a.m., ?The Evolution of the Hunting Rifle? with Wayne van Zwoll; 11 a.m.-noon, ?The International Connection of Conservation? with Craig Boddington; and 2-3 p.m., ?Public Land Elk Hunting? with Dieter Kaboth.
Benefit auction: July 20, 1:30-3 p.m.
In addition to the events, registered attendees can enjoy evening raffles, an auction featuring hunts in top trophy regions across the continent and evening awards banquets and presentations. More info is available at www.biggameawards.com.
Event sponsors include Cabela?s, Aimpoint, Federal Premium Ammunition, Buck Knives, Leica Sport Optics, Boyt Harness Co., Hornady, Leupold, Realtree, Schnee?s, MINOX, Wild Sheep Foundation, Dallas Safari Club, Redfield, Hunting GPS Maps, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pope and Young Club, Mule Deer Foundation and Weatherby.