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Pantheon Awards



Presented for the first time at the 2013 GSCO convention, this award symbolizes a new cooperative effort between Grand Slam Club / Ovis and Safari Club International. GSCO and SCI awards are definitely the most desirable in the industry, so it was a natural next move for the two organizations to join forces in recognizing the “Best of the best” world class big game hunters, thus, the Pantheon was born. Individuals who qualify will be inducted into the Pantheon each year.

How was Pantheon chosen as the name for the new GSCO and SCI combined award? The dictionary gives four different definitions for the word Pantheon. One, of course, is “temple.” But the last listed definition is subtle, and a perfect fit for this award: “A group of important people.”

The criteria for the Pantheon are easily defined, but extremely difficult to ultimately accomplish. It takes a lifetime to meet all the requirements for being inducted into the Pantheon. Concerning GSCO’s award family, an individual must reach the highest levels. One must have a Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep; an Ovis World Slam Super 30 of the world’s mountain sheep; a Capra World Slam Super 30 of the world’s wild goats; and the Super Slam of 29 North American Big Game. SCI’s top objective award is the World Conservation and Hunting Award. The requirements for this SCI award are that members must achieve all SCI Grand Slams, and reach the Diamond Level of ALL Inner Circles. This necessarily dictates that one has traveled to all the hunt-able continents and taken all the major big game of the world.

Now you should be getting the picture of just how difficult the criteria for the Pantheon really are. Free of selection committees, emotions, personalities or any other subjective criteria, the Pantheon is a totally objective award, based solely on an individual’s documented achievements.

2017 Archie Nesbitt


There have been major discussions over the last couple of years between the GSCO board of directors and several members concerning Pantheon qualifications for bow hunters. Because of international laws and the difficulty of bow hunting for Ovis and Capra trophies, it would have been impossible for a bow hunter to ever be inducted into the Pantheon. Because of this, the GSCO board voted in 2016 to allow the requirement as concerns the Ovis and Capra trophies to be simply the Ovis World Slam and Capra World Slam of 12 each. The Archery Grand Slam, Super... read more

2017 Jay Link


Jay Link finished all the rquirements for induction into the Pantheon when he completed his Ovis World Slam Super 30 in 2016.  Upon doing so, he became the youngest international hunter to ever qualify for induction. Jay started hunting as a very young person in the middle 1980s.  He became Grand Slammer #1150 in 1996, completed his Ovis World Slam in 2001, and and was assigned permanent Triple Slam #54 in 2004 when he completed his Capra World Slam.  Always faithful to document his progress over the years, Jay has compiled more than 300... read more

2017 Alexander Egorov


2017 Pantheon Inductee Alexander Egorov has the distinction of being the first Russian to be inducted.  He completed Grand Slam #1879 and Triple Slam #184 both  in 2014.  He went on to qualify for the prestigous SCI World Conservation and Hunting Award in 2015 (also the first Russian to acheive this milestone).  It's hard to comprehend how he went from 12 each on the Ovis and Capra list to the Super 30 level for BOTH in 4 short years.  What an amazingly short period of time to accomplish so much mountain hunting.  ... read more

2016 Jim Shockey


Jim Shockey should be a very familiar name to even the most casual of big game hunting followers.  Jim is host of one of Outdoor televisions most celebrated programs; Jim Shockey's Outdoor Adventures.  He also has operated a successful guiding operation for many years.  In spite of these two full-time obligations, Jim still found time to complete and document all the milestones required for induction into the Pantheon.  Jim  completed his Super Slam of North American Big Game in a unique way taking all 29 species (and a... read more

2016 Renee Snider


Who could be more deserving to forever carry the distinction of "First woman ever inducted into the Pantheon" than hunting Legend Renee Snider (CA)?  By now Renee should be getting accustomed to such accolades as she was also the first lady to ever receive the presigious Weatherby Award and is the ONLY lady to have recieved the OVIS.  Renee completed Grand Slam # 927 in 2000, her Ovis World Slam in 2002 and became Triple Slammer #52 when she completed her Capra World Slam in 2004.  She has continued to mountain hunt throughout the years... read more

2016 Bela Hidvegi


2016 Pantheon inductee Bela Hidvegi completed his Super Slam of North American Big Game to complete the requirements for the pantheon.  TheSuper Slam is a formidable challenge for any hunter having to travel from Hungary to North America many times made it all the more challenging for Bela Hidvegi.  In addition, this is also the year he qualified for SCI's World Conservation and Hunting Award.  He completed a Capra World Slam back in 2004, an Ovis World Slam in 2006 and in 2008 Bela was assigned #1449 when he comleted his Grand Slam... read more

2015 Alain Smith


2015 Pantheon inductee J. Alain Smith Just like the other two inductees for 2015, it is pretty simple to describe Alain’s accomplishments.  For example, he was the Weatherby Award winner for 2013, and won the Conklin Award for this year.  He completed the Ovis World Slam Super 30 in 2014 and the Capra World Slam Super 30 in 2012. He did not neglect North America along the way, and of course also has the Super Slam. He received SCI’s World Conservation and Hunting Award in 2012.  After winning the Weatherby and being a... read more

2015 Hossein (Soudy) Golabchi


2015 Pantheon recipient Soudy Golabch It is really not difficult to describe this man’s qualifications.  For example, he is one of only five people to have completed the Ovis World Slam Super 40, and he did that way back in 2004.  As for the Capra World Slam Super 30, he got that done in 2012 and it features his world record mid-Asian ibex from Tajikistan.  He received SCI’s World Conservation and Hunting Award in 2013. Ironically, completing the Super Slam of North American Big Game is what slowed Soudy down.  His... read more

2015 kenneth Barr


2015  Pantheon Recipient Kenneth Barr Ken Barr, who coincidentally also won the 2015 Ovis, has obviously hunted the world and done an amazing amount of mountain hunting.  In addition he received SCI’s World Conservation and Hunting Award in 2009, and he was also the 2012 recipient of the Conklin Award.  He completed his Ovis World Slam Super 30 in 2014 and his Capra World Slam Super 30 in 2013.  Of course, Ken also has the Super Slam completing that tremedous milestone with a woodland caribou in 2009.  Another amazing... read more

2014 Rex Baker


2014 Pantheon recipient, Rex Baker   It is hard to even begin the recognition narrative for Rex Baker because of his extensive hunting background.  For all practical purposes he has always specialized in mountain hunting, beginning with his Grand Slam #253, completed in 1978 just two years after he took his first ram.            2014 Pantheon Recipients Dennis Campbell (L) and Rex Baker (R)     Rex had actually completed what would become known as the Ovis World... read more

2014 Dennis Campbell


2014 Pantheon recipient Dennis Campbell Dennis Campbell began hunting with his father as a boy and took his first whitetail deer at age 12. He has continued to passionately hunt whitetails in Alabama every season to this day. His first big game hunt outside Alabama was the year after his graduation from pharmacy school. That was in 1977 when he went to Wyoming and took a four by four elk that he says is still one of his favorite trophies because of his memories of the hunt he shared with his father. This began the long big game huntingcareer for... read more

2013 Hubert Thummler


Hubert Thummler did not get involved with GSCO until the year 2000. He had been extremely involved with SCI and other organizations before that.  When GSCO did appear on his radar, he became a very prolific reporter of his hunting exploits.  He completed Grand Slam #1033 in 1989, but did not register it until 2000.  Likewise, he qualified for the Ovis and Capra World Slams long before joining GSCO and actually documenting them.  He went on to achieve and document an Ovis Super 40 (one of only four people to ever do so) in 2002 and a... read more

2013 Ed Yates


Ed Yates (right) is one of the two innaugural inductees into the PANTHEON. Ed Yates did not begin to hunt extensively until the later years of his executive business career, so he had to pack a lifetime of hunting into a much shorter period of time than most who will eventually be inducted into the Pantheon.  Ed’s first guided hunt came in 1988 at age 46.   During the ten years after the big game hunting bug bit him, Ed literally attacked the world and he had traveled to every huntable continent by the mid-1990s. By the time he... read more