I really want to keep this contest alive. Its a way to give back and have a little fun doing it.
I believe Actionshooter just recieved the travelling plaque. BTKR posted a story of a kid in need of funds to go to the world championships for archery. His profile is a little different than what we have supported in the past. After several inquiries, I think he is the perfect candidate for this charity. I can't think of a better young man for a site dedicated to the men and woman of the outdoors to support. Meet the recipient of this years Joshua Cup.....Sean Elza
Local archer Sean Elza qualified for the World Team Archery Championships in Hungary next month, after winning the National Archery Association Field Nationals and taking first place in the World Team Trials.
He needed to raise four thousand dollars to travel overseas to compete for Team USA, and has already raised more than half of that.
Details of the contest:
Here's the contest......$20 to enter for ALL of your Non-resident/out of state hunts(one fee covers all hunts). Send the money via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
which is our Huntwa account and I'll keep track of the funds to make a bulk payment to our sponsored soul, or contact me via pm and I'll give you my address and you can mail me a check. Some funds will be lost to fees if paypal is used, not much but some. I will collect the funds and about once a week or so, I will send the money to our sponsored soul . Those that enter will be listed in this sticky thread . Currently there is no prize for winning the contest, but we are working on something. Right now its just to help someone, and some bragging rights. THERE IS A TRAVELLING TROPHY, and if actionshooter is so kind, he can get a closeup of it maybe and I'll add it tothis thread.
-The contest will begin with the up and coming seasons 2009 license year. The contest will end midnite Dec 31st. Some seasons will not have run yet or may still be open, but the contest is over at this time.
-Any animal recognized and measured by Pope and Young or Boone and Crocket will be eligible.
-The animals scores will be compared to the world record of each animal for each method of collection and for each category nontyp/typical etc. The score will be turned into a ratio and the one closest to the New world record, or the one that beats the new world record by the largest score. WINS
-Anyone that is hunting a Non-resident hunt is eligible. That means if you are from Montana and hunting Idaho, you are eligible. If you are from Texas and hunting Colorado, you are eligible. If you are from Washington, the animal must be from out of state. Washington state hunters that are interested in donating but are not going out of state can "enter" the contest just for the posterity of it.
Entrys will be judged on the honor system by the Boone and Crockett club or Popes, scoring system. These MUST be fairchase hunts as outlined by those scoring systems.
Similiar to the Washington contest, I would like a committee of judges to be formed. These judges are eligible for the contest. They reserve the right to reject a trophy if an issue arrives or have it measured by another party. (Where's the lawyer, this is a pain to write) If one of the committee members trophies is in the top three, then they will be replaced with another member to take their spot on the committee. The committee will reserve the right to reques tthe top three entries to be officially measured if it is necessary. Sometimes a clear victor rules out the necessity of this step. The officail score sheets will need to be posted prior to the first of March.
The committee reserves the right to adjust or add rules during the contest if needed.
I was going to put a deadline on when your funds needed to be in for the contest, but since this is an honor system, at this time I would like to keep the contest open for more applicants if possible as this is a fund raiser. Funds must be entered prior to the hunt or it will not count. PLEASE have your funds in prior to hunting. You must have your application in before harvesting in order tfor the animal to be eligible for entry into the contest.
Currently, myself, and Robodad will be committee members. If our sponsored soul becomes a Millionaire and is no longer in need of funds, then the committe will reserve the right to help out someone else in misfortune.
If you send me a check, please make sure you note your online name somewhere so I can track it down.