DALLAS-Nominations are being accepted through July 30 for a prestigious award that recognizes significant contributions to wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as sustained commitment to the heritage of hunting.

The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award is the top conservation and service award given by the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and Dallas Ecological Foundation.

“If you’re a hunter, you probably know someone who deserves special recognition for their efforts in conservation. There are thousands of sportsmen, women and organizations playing major roles in keeping America’s wildlife populations strong and habitats healthy. We’d like to hear their stories,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director.

DSC will present the award during its annual convention and expo, Jan. 5-8, 2012, in Dallas.

The Capstick Award is named for the well-known American author whose defense of hunting and conservation made him a household name. Capstick’s widow, Fiona Claire, remains a DSC life member and is involved in award presentations. Recipients are selected based on their involvement in education, hunting, conservation organizations, humanitarian causes, research, permanent endowments and/or charitable giving. Criteria are summarized as follows:

“The objective of this award is to bring honor and recognition to an individual, organization or group whose achievements reveal a sustained and significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. Additionally, the winner will have shown long-term commitment to our hunting heritage by pursuing that goal for the benefit of future generations.”

Nominations can be made via mail or e-mail. Send to Dallas Safari Club, 6390 LBJ Freeway, Suite 108, Dallas, TX 75240-6414, USA, or info@biggame.org.

In 2011, the Capstick Award was presented to Dan Pedrotti of Corpus Christi, Texas. Pedrotti is the founder of American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP; www.wildlifepartners.org), a consortium of 45 different conservation and sporting organizations. Through AWCP, the groups collaborate on political and policy issues of mutual interest. Founded in 1999, AWCP is now well recognized, effective at the highest levels of government, and considered one of the most important conservation accomplishments in recent times.

Previous recipients also include Hubert Thummler of Mexico City, Harry Tennison of Fort Worth, Texas; the late Baron Bertrand des Clers of France; President Theodore Roosevelt (posthumously); Dr. Ian Player of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa; and Boone and Crockett Club.

For more information, visit www.biggame.org.

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)

Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.

Contact:

Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766 or steve@blueheroncomm.com

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