Seeing truly is believing. That’s what happened when Ian Harford showed up at the Texas Hunt Lodge earlier this year with the Rogue .357 and the Benjamin Prostaffer not only made believers of his hosts, but laid the groundwork for what has become the first international record keeping body to recognize airguns as a method of take.
Trophy Game Records of the World bases its scorekeeping on the Burkett System, by Joe Burkett, DVM. Adopted in 1978, the system bases scorres on water displacement and has no deductions for symmetry. The goals is to credit the animal for everything grown.
“We at TGR and Texas Hunt Lodge were not familiar with airguns until Ian Harford came to hunt with us and introducd us to the method,” said Aaron Buckley, owner of Texas Hunt Lodge. “Ian hunted about ten animals while here and we thought it would be a good idea to gather some information from him about the guns.” Ian had a successful Texas safari and bagged:
- Barbado Sheep
- 3-Horn Jacobs Ram
- 4-Horn Jacobs Ram
- Blonde Corsican Ram
- Black Hawaiian Ram
- Catalina Goat
- Corsican Ram (2)
- Trophy Texas Dall Ram
- Axis Deer Doe
Add the animals taken with the Rogue while in Africa the previous year, a reedbuck, red hartebeest and an impala and Bulkley was convinced: Benjamin airguns were for serious hunters.
Airguns were approved for TGR for the 2014-15 season beginning March 1, 2014. The method was announced at the TGR Banquet in San Marcos, Texas last month and is defined as:
A weapon using compressed air (rifle or handgun) that utilizes a minimum of a 30 caliber round. This method of collection may be regulated within your state per applicable wildlife regulations.
According to Bulkley, animals taken prior to the 2014-15 season may be submitted for next year’s record book. Additionally, there will be an “Airgun Hunter of the Year” award presented each year.
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