2015 Conklin Award Recipient, J. Alain Smith

J. Alain Smith is a hunter/writer/businessman whose success has allowed him to venture to all points of the globe in search of hunting adventures. An author of six books and host of the hit television show Rugged Expeditions, Alain continues actively pursuing adventure anywhere he can find it. Alain’s hunting career began with ducks and pheasant in Washington State, before moving up to big game while he lived and worked in Alaska. His first big game animal was a Sitka Black tail deer, which is still one of his favorite species to hunt.  Hunting with family and friends is his favorite past...

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2014 Conklin Award Recipient Edward D. Yates

2014 CONKLIN AWARD RECIPIENT EDWARD D. YATES   Edward D. Yates lives in the lower Susquehanna Valley in the small town of Wrightsville, PA with his wife, Arlina.  His daughter and eleven year old grandson find it hard to believe that Grandpa is considered a “tough guy” hunter.  To them he’s somewhat of a pushover.   Ed comes from a “blue-collar” background, and his father worked on ocean-going freighters.  Because of his father’s interest in the sea, Ed sought and received a Congressional appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point upon...

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2013 Conklin Award Recipient Jose Madrazo

Jose Madrazo, born in Salamanca (Spain) in 1943 started hunting with his father and mother at very early age mainly on the family estate where he used to spend summer and Christmas holidays. At the Spanish legal age of 16, he started hunting with his own guns not only small game but also big game which was available in his home country: wild boar, red deer, ibex and chamois. He started hunting internationally in 1981 and since then he has hunted in the six continents with a total of 128 international safaris, collecting over 500 big game animals, 313 being different species. His passion has...

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2012 Conklin Award Recipient, Kenneth L. Barr

The 2012 Conklin Award recipient took quite a different path to earn the honor of receiving this award. His journey did not begin in earnest until slightly over twenty years ago. But in those twenty years, he has traveled the world in pursuit of some of the most coveted and tough to hunt animals. At an age when most men are content to sit in blinds, Mr. Kenneth L. Barr has been climbing mountains, wading swamps, and exploring rainforest jungles in every corner of the world.   Ken was born on March 20, 1945 in Healdsburg California to William and Norma Jean Barr. The son of ranching and...

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2011 Conklin Award Recipient, Thomas J. Hammond

The 2011 recipient of The Conklin Award joins a group of hunters who have sought high adventure worldwide. Their passion for hunting has led them along a path that took them to places that they never dreamed of visiting, hunting animals that are familiar to few. Thomas J. Hammond has earned his place among recipients over the course of a long hunting career that has given him many grand adventures and immeasurable rewards. Tom was born on May 15, 1943, in Bancroft, Iowa. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska, at an early age, Tom was introduced to bird hunting by his father. Some of Tom’s fondest...

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