Khalil Karimov (above) of the Republic of Tajikistan is the winner of the 2018 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award presented by the Dallas Safari Club. DSC will present Karimov with this honor at its annual convention on Jan. 6, 2018.

Named after the well-known American author, whose defense of the international big game hunting community and the role of conservation of wildlife and its habitat made him a household name, the award is the most prestigious honor given by DSC. The Capstick Award is presented to individuals or organizations whose achievements reveal a sustained and significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat.

Karimov is a professional hunter, guide, conservationist and wildlife visionary, and he’s responsible for changing the face of hunting in Tajikistan. Karimov established the Hunting and Conservation Alliance of Tajikistan (HCAT), a non-governmental organization whose profits from sustainable hunting are reinvested into nature conservation and community development in and around the conservancies.

Richard Cheatham, chair of the Capstick Award Committee, said, “Mr. Karimov is widely recognized as the architect of a wildlife management policy that has earned the respect of the international community — the kind of system that will provide indisputable evidence of the value of hunting as a crucial and indispensable component of sound wildlife management strategy for generations.”

We congratulate Khalil Karimov — and DSC — for working tirelessly on behalf of conservation and hunter advocacy.

 

Image courtesy of Dallas Safari Club

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