Dallas Safari Club recently announced DSC Life Member Cooper Ribman, of Dallas, Texas, as the 2018 recipient of the Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award. This award honors young hunters who have met a very strict set of criteria for hunting and academic achievement, as well as community service and leadership. It is named for the son of Tommy and Pat Caruthers, longtime DSC Life Members who have been integral to the development of outdoor education programs for DSC.
This honor will be bestowed on Ribman at the DSC annual convention, Legacy, on January 5, 2018. This event will be held in the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas during the gala banquet.
Currently a freshman in high school, Ribman has already established himself as an exceptional hunter and conservationist. He began hunting at age 8 with his grandfather and has since been on many hunts with him and the rest of the family in North America, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Spain. These opportunities have led him to great hunting accomplishments, most notably a Beceite ibex, brown bear, desert bighorn sheep, elephant, and lion.
Ribman also worked with his brother Tucker, one of the 2016 Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award winners, on the Hwange Conservation Project to support wildlife during the dry season in Zimbabwe. The two raised funds and coordinated efforts to build and install a solar/diesel pump for a pan well in Hwange National Park.
Ribman is a Life Member of DSC, the NRA, and Safari Club International, as well as being a Boone & Crockett Life Associate Member and a member of both the Purple Martin Conservation Association and Texas Rifle Association. His accomplishments continue outside the hunting world, too: He is an Eagle Scout, an athlete, and a writer.
Congratulations to this outstanding young hunter!