This award is meant to be achievable by an individual of any means thus the points awarded in this category shall have certain restrictions on the way they are awarded. Only game taken with a handgun during the 2008 award period, May 1, 2007-December 1, 2008 is eligible for consideration.
Whitetail & Mule Deer
One of the most popular game animals is the whitetail deer and his western counterpart, the mule deer. Any mule deer or whitetail taken with a handgun in a low-fence area will receive a score based on the Boone and Crocket scoring system. A copy of the score sheet along with supporting photographs must be submitted with the application; there shall be a 175-point cap on the number of points awarded for either species. Only one entry, selected by the applicant, will receive the full score up to the 175-point maximum. The other entry, if provided, shall fall into the category of "Other North American Game" and will be limited to an award of 25 points. Any whitetail or mule deer taken behind a high-fence shall be limited to 130 points.
Other North American Big Game
Species of North American big game taken with a handgun, other than those classified above shall be awarded 25 points per species. There shall be no cap on the number of points awarded with one exception. Any big game animals, other than deer species mentioned above, taken behind high-fence will be subjected to the rules governing points awarded for exotics.
Any species of exotic animal, such as aoudad, blackbuck, various sheep and goats, etc. shall be awarded 10 points per species with a 50-point cap. In the case of "exotics" taken in a free-range environment, the judging committee as described below, may award additional discretionary points for the difficulty of the hunt.
International GameGame taken outside of the United States shall be awarded 20 points per species with a 180-point cap. In the case of a hunter collecting one or more of the big-5, an additional 50 points shall be awarded bringing the total to a maximum of 230 points.
Selection Committee Discretionary Points
Each member of the committee shall be given 100 points maximum that they may award to each applicant. These 100 points shall be at their complete discretion but the consideration shall be based on the difficulty and sportsmanship of hunts listed for consideration and for the quality of animals collected. This will allow each committee member to distinguish between differing hunt qualities for animals that are subjected to point limits. For example, a judge might award an additional 10 points for a spike or cow elk while an additional 100 points might be awarded for a 7x7 bull. The discretionary points awarded shall be the average calculated by the total points awarded to each applicant divided by the number of selection committee members.
Category 2: Commitment to Wildlife Management
If the applicant is engaged in wildlife management activities they may be awarded a maximum of 50 additional points as determined by the selection committee. Such activities might be memberships in wildlife management organizations including volunteer work for organizations such as the Dallas Safari Club, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, etc. It shall be up to the applicant to signify the relevance and extent of their participation in this category. The number of points awarded to each individual shall be the average calculated by the total points awarded to each applicant divided by the number of selection committee members.
Category 3: Demonstrated Support For Hunting And Shooting Sports
The applicant may be awarded a maximum of 50 additional points for support and participation in activities, which promote the sport of hunting and shooting. These types of activities might include being an NRA firearms instructor, a hunter education instructor, active involvement in programs such as Friends of the NRA, or a competitor in formal shooting disciplines such as IHMSA or USPSA matches. It shall be up to the applicant to signify the relevance and extent of their participation in this category. The number of points awarded to each individual shall be the average calculated by the total points awarded to each applicant divided by the number of selection committee members.
Note: In addition to the recognition by the selection committee, categories 4 and 5 are designed to reward individuals who actively participate in the Handgun Hunter Magazine website (www.handgunhunt.com) and who are recognized by their peers in that community. A web page will be created for each applicant to illustrate the applicant's accomplishments as those accomplishments relate to the application process and categories 1 through 4.
Category 4: Contribution To The Sport Of Handgun Hunting Through Handgun Hunter Magazine
The applicant may be awarded a maximum of 50 additional points for contributing to Handgun Hunter Magazine in the form of member articles. (These are not the paid articles appearing in the interactive edition.) A maximum of 10 points for each article submitted shall be awarded. The articles shall be reviewed by the committee and points awarded based on the overall quality of the article including supporting photographs. The number of points awarded to each individual shall be the average calculated by the total points awarded to each applicant divided by the number of selection committee members.
Category 5: Member Votes
The applicant may be awarded a maximum of 50 additional points by receiving votes from the members at Handgun Hunter Magazine. The actual number of points shall be based on the percentage of total votes cast that the applicant receives during the voting period. For example, if 1000 votes are cast and Joe Sixguns receives 800 of those votes then he receives 80% of the 50 possible award points. The voting period shall run for 15 days after the list of applicants has been officially posted and the application period has closed.