Qualifications

The Whitney-Hill Award shall consist of obtaining the goals set forth in categories A, B, C, D and E.

For all categories, the bowhunter is required to be a Regular or Senior Member of the CBH-SAA Big Game Club. A bowhunter may qualify for the award prior to reaching Regular Member status, but the award will not be presented until the minimum goal of Regular Membership is met.

For all categories, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the CBH-SAA at the time of harvesting the animal(s), or must be a member in good standing with CBH-SAA for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years after entering his qualifying animal(s).

For all categories, all animals must be taken by bow and arrow within the State of California and must meet the category requirements set forth by the CBH-SAA Big Game Committee. There shall be no limit set on the number of awards that are given out or a limit to the number that any one member may receive. There also shall be no maximum limit set on the number of years a bowhunter may require toward achieving this award.

All award applications shall be approved by vote of the current CBH-SAA Big Game Committee. The Big Game Committee and its discretionary decisions are in all respects final in the matters concerning this award. All awards are presented to the hunters at the next awards banquet after the date of their achievement. Banquets are normally held in January of the odd-numbered years.

Categories

Category A:

This award is for a single animal of outstanding size. The bowhunter’s animal must equal or exceed the minimums set forth for each species. Minimum scores shall be periodically reviewed by the CBH-SAA Big Game Committee and adjusted when the need arises. Minimum scores for a Category A shall always be set to extremely lofty goals:

1. Black Bear 21-10/16
2. Typical Mule Deer 170-0/8
Non-Typical Mule Deer 210-0/8
3. Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer 150-0/8
Non-Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer 180-0/8
4. Typical Blacktail Deer 145-0/8
Non-Typical Blacktail Deer 175-0/8
5. Mainland Hog 40-3/16
6. Pronghorn Antelope 83-0/8
7. Typical American Elk 375-0/8
Non-Typical American Elk 390-0/8
8. Typical Tule Elk 325-0/8
Non-Typical Tule Elk 340-0/8
9. Typical Roosevelt's Deer 345-0/8
Non-Typical Roosevelt's Deer 360-0/8
10. Desert Bighorn Sheep 163-0/8
11. Typical Wild Turkey 15-0/8
Non-Typical Wild Turkey 30-0/8
12. Cougar 15-0/16
13. Santa Cruz Island Merino Sheep 134-0/8
14. Catalina Island Spanish Goat 107-0/8
15. Island Hog 35-02/16

Notes:

1) Coyote and Bobcat are not considered for the category A award.
2) Animals used to qualify for this award may also be used for a Category B, C, D or E award.

Category B:

This award is for any bowhunter who harvests and records three (3) animals of the same species, which place in the top fifteen (15) for that species. All three (3) animals must place in the top fifteen (15) of that species at ninety (90) days after the close of the two year competition period ending on June 30th of the next even numbered year. There shall be no limit to the number of years the qualifying bowhunter may need to become a regular member into the Big Game Club.

Notes:

1) Typical and Non-Typical of the same species shall be considered separate species for the purpose of the Category B award.
2) Any member who has received a Category B award must list three (3) different animals which place in the top fifteen (15) in order to qualify for this award again.
3) Bowhunters shall not be considered eligible for the Category B Whitney-Hill Award for periods before its inception in 1983.
4) Animals used to qualify for this award may also be used for a Category A, C, D or E award.

Category C:

This award is for any bowhunter who harvests and records four (4) different animals in four (4) different species categories in which all four (4) animals list in the top five (5) for their respective species. All four (4) animals must place in the top five (5) of that species for at least ninety (90) days after the close of the two year competition period ending on June 30th of the next even numbered year. There shall be no limit to the number of years the qualifying bowhunter may need to become a regular member into the Big Game Club.

Notes:

1) Typical and Non-Typical of the same species shall be considered separate species for the purpose of the Category C award.
2) Any member who has received a Category C award must list four (4) different animals which place in the top five (5) in order to qualify for this award again.
3) Bowhunters shall not be considered eligible for the Category C Whitney-Hill Award for periods before its inception in 1983.
4) Animals used to qualify for this award may also be used for a Category A, B, D or E award.

Category D:

This award is for any bowhunter who harvests and records at least twelve (12) different species with at least nine (9) of those animals which equaling or exceeding the minimums set forth by the Big Game Committee.

Eligible Species:

1. Black Bear
2. Typical Mule Deer
Non-Typical Mule Deer
3. Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
Non-Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
4. Typical Blacktail Deer
Non-Typical Blacktail Deer
5. Mainland Hog
6. Pronghorn Antelope
7. Typical American Elk
Non-Typical American Elk
8. Typical Tule Elk
Non-Typical Tule Elk
9. Typical Roosevelt's Deer
Non-Typical Roosevelt's Deer
10. Desert Bighorn Sheep
11. Typical Wild Turkey
Non-Typical Wild Turkey
12. Cougar **
13. Santa Cruz Island Merino Sheep *
14. Catalina Island Spanish Goat *
15. Island Hog *
16. Coyote
17. Bobcat
* All Island animals shall no longer be accepted as a record book entry. Those animals will be accepted for species credit only.
** The California State Legislature ended the sport hunting of the California cougar after February 28th, 1972.

Notes:

1) Turkey may not be used as a trophy (book) credit species to complete this award.
2) Only one elk entry may be used toward each Category D award.
3) The applicant must record all three (3) island species in the overall count in order to qualify for this award and all three must meet or exceed the established record book minimum score.
4) For the purpose of the Category D award Typical and Non-Typical of the same species shall not be considered separate species.
5) In order to qualify for this award again, the bowhunter must obtain different animals in each species. Animals used toward this Category D award may not be used in a Category E award.
6) Animals that were used for Category A, B, and C awards may also be used for Category D award.

Category E:

This award is for any bowhunter who harvests and records at least nine (9) different species with at least seven (7) of those animals which equal or exceed the minimums set by the Big Game Committee.

Eligible Species:

1. Black Bear
2. Typical Mule Deer
Non-Typical Mule Deer
3. Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
Non-Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
4. Typical Blacktail Deer
Non-Typical Blacktail Deer
5. Mainland Hog
6. Pronghorn Antelope
7. Typical American Elk
Non-Typical American Elk
8. Typical Tule Elk
Non-Typical Tule Elk
9. Typical Roosevelt's Deer
Non-Typical Roosevelt's Deer
10. Desert Bighorn Sheep
11. Typical Wild Turkey
Non-Typical Wild Turkey
12. Cougar **
13. Coyote
14. Bobcat
** The California State Legislature ended the sport hunting of the California cougar after February 28th, 1972.

Notes:

1) Turkey may be used as a trophy (book) credit species to complete this award.
2) Only one elk entry may be used toward each Category E award.
3) Island species cannot be included in the applicant’s book count.
4) For the purpose of the Category E award Typical and Non-Typical of the same species shall not be considered separate species.
5) In order to qualify for this award again, the bowhunter must obtain different animals in each species. Animals used toward this Category E award may not be used in a Category D award.
6) Animals that were used for Category A, B, and C awards may also be used for Category E award.

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