Award Winners

2015 Conklin Award Recipient, J. Alain Smith

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....

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2014 Conklin Award Recipient Edward D. Yates

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...

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2013 Conklin Award Recipient Jose Madrazo

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...

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2012 Conklin Award Recipient, Kenneth L. Barr

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...

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2011 Conklin Award Recipient, Thomas J. Hammond

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...

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2010 Conklin Award Recipient, Larry B. Higgins

2010 Conklin Award Recipient, Larry B. Higgins

As the 2010 recipient of The Conklin Award, Larry Boyd Higgins is joining a select group of some of the greatest hunters of hard to obtain animals in the world. The word tough is often used to describe the animals these men hunt. There is also no better adjective to describe Larry B. Higgins. Larry was born on March 16, 1953, the younger of two boys, to Clifford and Frieda Higgins. His brother, Cliff Jr., was fourteen years older than Larry and despite his premature death, continues to be an inspiration and source of admiration for Larry. In...

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2009 Conklin Award Recipient, Craig T. Boddington

2009 Conklin Award Recipient, Craig T. Boddington

As the 2009 recipient of The Conklin Award, Colonel Craig Thornton Boddington, USMCR (ret) is joining a group of some of the greatest hunters of hard to get species in the world. It has been fifty years since an outdoor writer has received an international big game hunting and conservation award. Warren Page received The Weatherby Big Game Trophy in 1958 and the legendary Jack O’Connor won that honor in 1957. In reality, as an outdoor writer and hunter, Craig stands alone in a class by himself. Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1952 to Edward...

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2008 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. William Edward Poole

2008 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. William Edward Poole

In all aspects of his amazing life, one word would best describe the 2008 Conklin Award recipient, William “Bill” Poole, and that word is determined. Born in Oceanside, California on April 10, 1922, to Herbert and Faye Poole, Bill was the only son with two sisters. After graduating Narbonne High School in Lomita in 1940, Bill immediately enlisted in the United States Navy where he excelled in the field of aviation, teaching aerial gunnery and flight theory. His service ended in 1946 and he went home to once again return to the sea,...

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2007 Conklin Award Recipient, Robert E. Speegle, M.D.

2007 Conklin Award Recipient, Robert E. Speegle, M.D.

Having the respect of ones peers is the highest compliment that can be bestowed upon a hunter. Perhaps no other hunter has the volume of peer respect rightfully afforded Robert Edward Speegle, M.D. Quite simply, Dr. Speegle is the hunter many hunters strive to become. On December 2, 1925, Bob was born in Hamlin, Texas into a modest family. While excelling academically, he was still able to find time to hunt the small game of his surrounding area. These carefree days were soon replaced when he responded to the call of his country for service in...

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2006 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Pete Papac

2006 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Pete Papac

For a man that still resides in the town of his birth, Mr. Pete Papac has certainly been around. Mr. Papac was born on August 15th 1929 in Montesano, Washington to Steve and Katherine Papac. Although he still lives in this same hometown, he has traveled the world and temporarily resided in enough places to simply designate Planet Earth as his address. The only son in a family with four sisters, Pete was called upon early in life to make sacrifices to assure his family’s financial stability. By the time he was 18 years old, he was working...

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2005 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Jesús Yurén

2005 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Jesús Yurén

Jesús Yurén was born in Mexico City, Mexico on November 25, 1942, just in time for deer season! The son of Senator Jesús Yurén Aguilar and Blanca Guerrero, Jesús was a determined youth and keenly interested in wildlife from a very early age. His hunting education started as soon as he was old enough to accompany his father (about three years old) on duck hunts in his native Mexico and escalated from that point onward. Small game in the form of doves, ducks, rabbits, and quail were his first quarry, and after conquering this test to the...

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2003 Conklin Award Winner- Mr. Gary Ingersoll

2003 Conklin Award Winner- Mr. Gary Ingersoll

Gary Ingersoll was born on September 6, 1939 in the small town of Austin, Minnesota. Gary was quite literally “born to hunt” as his father was a professional trainer of champion bird dogs. Hunting was in his blood. Gary’s first traveling big game hunt was for polar bear in Alaska. Not knowing what to expect on a guided big game hunt, Gary took up the challenge with great enthusiasm. His reward was a polar bear of more than ten feet. This was quite a lucky start! Subsequently, Gary expanded his hunting adventures in North America and went...

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2002 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Donald G. Cox

2002 Conklin Award Recipient, Mr. Donald G. Cox

The premier Conklin Award Event was held on April 26, 2002 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It was attended by more than one hundred people, many close friends of Dr. Conklin, from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere. This first event was made even more special by the attendance of his family, some informative video presentations, and the room containing several of Dr. Conklin’s mounted wildlife trophies. The first Conklin Award was presented to Mr. Donald G. Cox of Detroit, Michigan for his lifetime dedication of pursuing...

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