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Contributors to this thread:
Spiral Horn 09-Feb-20
Ghost425 09-Feb-20
Buffalo1 09-Feb-20
kota-man 09-Feb-20
Kurt 09-Feb-20
kota-man 09-Feb-20
Spiral Horn 09-Feb-20
INbowdude 10-Feb-20
Spiral Horn 10-Feb-20
INbowdude 10-Feb-20
Chris S 13-Feb-20
Spiral Horn 13-Feb-20
Bou'bound 14-Feb-20
BULELK1 15-Feb-20
From: Spiral Horn
09-Feb-20

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Max is the outfitter I hunted Snow Sheep with - story posted back in September under the Sheep Forum
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Max is the outfitter I hunted Snow Sheep with - story posted back in September under the Sheep Forum
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Chad has partnered with Mid-Atlantic Bowhunters SCI and we’ll be auctioning one of his Elk hunts on 22 Feb
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Chad has partnered with Mid-Atlantic Bowhunters SCI and we’ll be auctioning one of his Elk hunts on 22 Feb
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Will be hunting Bezoar Ibex with Caprinae this year
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Will be hunting Bezoar Ibex with Caprinae this year
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Both J and Jim were great hosts for the Night of the Hunter Event
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Both J and Jim were great hosts for the Night of the Hunter Event
I tried to post this on the Community Forum but after several attempts it just didn’t go through - apologize if it shows up there later.

Had a blast at this year’s SCI Show. Been going for many years and really enjoyed getting caught up with old friends and meeting folks from all over the world. There’s really no substitute for face-time with folks to get a real-feel for their hunting operation. This year I had several missions - represent the Mid-Atlantic Bowhunters Chapter, research a few outfitters I‘m interested in, finalize a booking for Bezoar Ibex, and was notified I’d be receiving the SCI World Hunting Award (will likely cover that in a separate thread).

Attendance was clearly up and with a roaring U. S. Economy people were booking hunts. Early Wednesday afternoon I ran into Johnny DuPlooy of Muchinga Adventures who guided me in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia and one of the biggest outfitters there. He said he’d never seen anything like it. Folks were lined up at his booth from the opening bell. His consession “sold out” for 2020 by noon on day one. By the end of the show he was half-way booked for 2021 and helping his hunting partners fill their camps. It was the same for most outfitters I spoke to. But the hunting market is “fickle” - some things are hot and some are not.

Our chapter, www.mabc-sci.org is continually growing and we’ve deepened partnerships with exceptional outfitters from all areas of the world. We began as a bowhunting organization and that’s still where our heart lies, but as we’ve grown we still heavily promote bowhunting and archery but are now solidly an “all methods” chapter. These days, I even sneak in a rifle hunt or two myself (but don’t tell anybody). So, whether it’s Moose, Elk, Tahr, Snow Sheep, Cape Buffalo, or Whitetails, with a Bowtech, Remington, or anything inbetween, we’ve got something to offer. Here’s just a couple:

Professional Russian Outfitters - Max’s booth was very busy with folks looking for everything from Kamchatka Brown Bear to Marco Polo. We’ll be offering one of Max’s Kuban Tur hunts on our upcoming February 22nd auction on www.onlinehuntingauctions.com Just noticed my Snow Sheep picture right above my head on Max’s wall. It was a spectacular adventure.

Savage Encounters - Chad Lenz is a fantastic outfitter and an all-around great guy. He has an exemplary record of success hunting just about all species of North American Big Game. He’s also a lucky dude. I was teasing him a bit over recently winning an Altai Ibex Hunt on one of the recent DSC raffles. A guide/outfitter who’s both lucky and good - what more do you want. We’ll be offering one of Chad’s Elk hunts on our upcoming February 22nd auction.

Now to my own pursuits - next up is Bezoar Ibex in Turkey. After much research I decided to book this hunt with some who specializes in Turkish hunts. It didn’t take me long to decide on Caprinae Safaris. Was an absolute pleasure dealing with Riza and Mehmet at both DSC and SCI, where we consummated the deal. Now I’ll just need to get my gear ready and live in the gym.

As a special treat, at this year’s Night of the Hunter event J. Alain Smith and Jim Shockey drug me up on stage and presented me with the SCI World Hunting Award (Bow) for completing 11 Grand Slams and 17 Inner Circles at the Diamond Level, all via the arrow. It was the culmination of a journey that began almost 40 years ago. The best part was all of the world-wide adventure, unforgettable experiences, and many life-long friendships that blossomed along the way. (I may post another thread about it, haven’t decided).

All-in-all, it was a blast - very successful and had a fabulous time

From: Ghost425
09-Feb-20
Wow, what an achievement. Congrats! Can’t even begin to fathom what that bowhunting journey intails!

From: Buffalo1
09-Feb-20
Spiral Horn,

Congrats on a the SCI World Hunting Award. Quite a feat" You were standing in some pretty high cotton in that award photo.

From: kota-man
09-Feb-20
Congrats Ken. Great achievements...

From: Kurt
09-Feb-20
Ken, first off, congrats on the award! But tell us more....11 Grand Slams and 17 Inner Circles? Tell us more, I think I know what a Grand Slam is, at least based on the Grand Slam Ovis definition, (or FNAWS for WSF's award for 4 species of North American Wild Sheep) but haven't heard of the Inner Circles? Thanks and great hunting!

From: kota-man
09-Feb-20
Kurt...They are not that type of Grand Slam, in fact I believe they are now called “SCI Milestone Awards”. None the less, Ken has killed some critters...The “Inner Circles” are made of of groups of different animals. You have to achieve at least 17 Inner Circles and 11 SCI Milestones for consideration for the World Hunting Award. Quite an achievement. I’m a member of SCI, but only know enough about their records program to be dangerous, so someone correct me if I’m wrong. ;)

From: Spiral Horn
09-Feb-20

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Examples of SCI Milestone Awards
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Examples of SCI Milestone Awards
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SCI Inner Circle
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SCI Inner Circle
Cory is correct. Up until a few years ago they were called SCI Grand Slams and although the Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep was one of the SCI Grand Slams, the term “Grand Slam” is copyrighted by Grand Slam Club Ovis. So SCI changed the name to Milestone Awards to avoid a court battle.

To roughly explain the SCI Awards Program (if that’s even possible).

There are individual award categories based on a specific class of animals such as Milestones and Inner Circles. With Milestones you need to take a certain number from the list to complete it, and with a Inner Circles there are levels of completion (copper through diamond level) for each category. Some of Milestones should sound familiar, like the African Big 5, African 29, North American Wild Sheep, Bears of the World, etc. Think there are a total of 15 possible Milestones and a Hunter needs at least 11 to complete the World Hunting Award. Even though it’s incredibly challenging to complete I’ve always appreciated the flexibility built into SCI’s program. The Inner Circles are a bit more complex. Some like the Hunting Achievement Award are straight-forward, requiring a bowhunter to make 65 Record Book entries to make the Diamond Level. Others like the Animals of Africa require 37 animals but also a specific number from each sub-category, like Wildebeest, Spiral Horns, Pygmy Antelope, Thick Skinned Game, Big Cats,etc. A bowhunter needs to complete 17 of this type of award to qualify for the World Hunting Award.

After completing a certain number of Milestones and Inner Circles the cumulative awards come into play beginning with the Pinnacles of Achievement (levels 1-4), followed by the Zenith Award, to the Crowning Achievement Award, and finally the SCI World Hunting Award. So, a bowhunter needs to travel very far and wide and fling quite a few arrows at all kinds of critters.

It’s been quite a journey. Hunters are very generous folks and so many helped and encouraged me as we trudged the trail together.

Trying to figure out how to post about the journey without using all of Pat’s bandwidth. Maybe just a few of my favorites and those I found most challenging. Will work on something.

From: INbowdude
10-Feb-20
Congrats Ken, Very impressive and I know a lot of work goes in to those hunts to achieve the level of success needed. I love the SCI show but can't make them as often as I'd like. I've never been to the Dallas show. How does the Dallas show compare to Vegas/Reno?

From: Spiral Horn
10-Feb-20
Thanks Mike. Both DSC and SCI shows have a lot to offer.

SCI is still noticeably bigger and has more breadth and depth of hunting content, especially if you’re someone looking to hunt internationally. Attendance was clearly up and I really have to compliment how the show was laid out this year. There were fewer non-hunting related booths and those were more compartmentalized than in previous years. Also, a higher percentage of the gear offered is top-tier. Even the banquets and food were a cut above this year. In my opinion it is still the premier all-around hunting expo - best variety of premium outfitters. Of course if someone is specializing in mountain or western game, the Sheep or Salt Lake shows may be a better option.

NEWS: 2021/22 SCI moves back to Las Vegas; 2023-25 Nashville

DSC is definitely coming on strong and growing every year. Much bigger and more diverse than it was 10 years ago. It has a bit more relaxed atmosphere than SCI and the feedback I hear is the outfitters feel the show management appreciates them more. The gear is often more mid-range to premium compared to SCI, but it still offers something for just about everyone. There is also still a heavy focus on deer hunting and a number of hunting ranches offered, but I’m very pleased to see the growing numbers of international outfitters attending. I enjoy it, especially watching the improvements from year to year.

Just my 2 cents. Your actual mileage may vary.

From: INbowdude
10-Feb-20
LOL, thanks Ken.

From: Chris S
13-Feb-20
Pretty amazing feat. Congratulations on your achievement. I wonder how many miles you have traveled over the years if you total them up by plane, vehicle, boat and good old foot power!!

From: Spiral Horn
13-Feb-20
Thanks Chris. I really have no idea on mileage as they didn’t have fitbits and Apps when I started. But can probably be safe in estimating 500k-1mil.

From: Bou'bound
14-Feb-20
17 inner circles. Just amazing. Wow

From: BULELK1
15-Feb-20
What an achievement Spiral Horn

Congrats man

Good luck, Robb

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