African Professional Hunters Association to Present Selous Award at SCI Convention

African Professional Hunters Association to Present Selous Award at SCI Convention
African Professional Hunters Association to Present Selous Award at SCI Convention

2018 SCI Hunters' Convention logoU.S.A.-( Mary Cabela will be the recipient of the 2017 Selous Award presented at Safari Club International’s 46th Annual Hunters’ Convention held in Las Vegas January 31 – February 3. Mary, along with her husband Dick and his brother James, co-founded Cabela’s in 1961. She has hunted big game across the globe, taking many trophy quality species and was presented the 2001 SCI Diana award for her accomplishments.

The African Professional Hunters Association (APHA), an organization made up of some of Africa’s most experienced and ethical professional hunters, will present its coveted Selous Award at the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas

The Selous Award, named for legendary African hunter Fredrick Courtney Selous, recognizes a hunter who has a deep-rooted passion for African hunting. The award is based solely on the recipient’s inherent desire to hunt African game ethically and the recipient’s commitment to, and love for, African wildlife.

Mary Cabela

The hunters are nominated by those who witness their ethics and passion for Africa, the professional hunters who accompany them. It is not an award based on either the number or size of trophies taken. It is not centered on the quarry taken. Rather, it celebrates the hunt itself. Each year hunters are nominated for the award by Lifetime Professional Hunter Members of APHA. Each nominee must submit information on the African countries he or she has hunted and the professional hunters they have hunted with. A randomly selected committee of seven Life APHA members reviews and evaluates each nominee, based upon the information received and then selects the one person who, in their opinion, most exemplifies the spirit of the award. In its third year, the Selous Award is arguably the pinnacle of recognition for the African hunter.

This year’s award will be presented at a banquet on Wednesday evening, January 31,  2018, at the MGM Grand, SCI’s Headquarters Hotel, during the four-day SCI convention. In addition to the Wednesday night award, the evening will include a gala dinner, auction, and performance by comedian Tim Allen. Ticket information can be found at Look for more information on this and a special APHA hunt donation on the evening’s auction lineup.

African Professional Hunters Association members are limited to only experienced and ethical African Professional Hunters who have, over the years, exhibited impeccable integrity and ethics. Members of APHA regularly guide safari hunters in countries all across Africa in pursuit of both dangerous and non-dangerous game in a manner consistent with the organization’s founding principles, rules, and guidelines.

Safari Club International is a worldwide organization that serves as an international advocate of the rights of hunters, the opportunity to pursue hunting and the sustainable use of wildlife. Safari Club International's 46th Annual Hunters' Convention hosts the Ultimate Hunters Market, the largest hunting and angling show in the Western Hemisphere and will be held January 31 – February 3, 2018, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on the Selous Award, go to African Professional Hunters Association, www.africanpha.or. For more information on the SCI’s Annual Convention and Ultimate Hunters Market, go to

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 About the SCI Hunters’ Convention:

Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 international hunters to visit

Las Vegas, January 31-February 3, 2018.  The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2018 Hunters’ Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with over a million square feet of exhibits and almost 1,000 exhibiting companies.

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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page or call 520-620-1220 for more information.

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