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.
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 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 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 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 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
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
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