The Robin Hurt Award for Plains Game

This award is for the BEST TROPHY OF NON-DANGEROUS GAME taken by the client of a full A.P.H.A member in the current calendar year.

THE RECIPIENT:  Must be a full A.P.H.A. member.

DEADLINE: December 31st for each calendar year.

ENTRIES: Must submit the required additional information. 


The Trophy: 

Both the John Sharp Award for Dangerous Game and the Robin Hurt Award for Plains Game, are again being made by Alaskan blade smith David Mirabile. These knives are forged from high carbon steel, and finished off with Alaska yellow cedar handles covered with Cape Buffalo leather and carbon fiber. Also included is a custom fit, buffalo leather over kydex sheath and a stand for displaying this beautiful knife.


David is an award-winning maker of high-quality knives and swords

used by professionals and collectors around the world. David is also

a past champion on the History Channel, Forged In Fire, Season 4, episode 22. 

To see more of David's work, visit his website:

                                                                                                                                                                  Example of the trophy knives.                    


  • Must be a full APHA member to apply.

  • Awards will be presented at the annual APHA function.

  • All entries must be for animals taken in the calendar year prior to the APHA function and must be received by December 31of that year.

  • All entries must have been hunted on a free range basis and in countries in which the species can be legally hunted. “Canned” hunts will be automatically disqualified. [Note: white rhino must not be from hunts that are limited to a one animal permit where the hunter has no selection possibilities.]

  • A member can enter more than one trophy. Please use a separate submission for each.

  • Scoring will be done by the APHA Executive Committee and will be based on the APHA’s official Parameters For Trophy Judging

  • Executive Committee members will not be allowed to be involved in judging any award in which they have an entry.



*Brief description of the hunt: Points will be awarded for the difficulty of obtaining the trophy; therefore a brief description of the hunt is necessary. Factors that need to be clarified must include the weapon used and whether the trophy was taken using bait, blinds, tracking, dogs, etc. This is a very important part of the judging, so please be as thorough as possible; this DOES NOT need to be written in a “story” format.

Additional Required Information:


  1. Trophy measurements: It is essential that an accurate measurement of the trophy being submitted is included. These measurements must follow the SCI measurement system. Measurements can be submitted any of the following ways:

  2. Fully completed SCI measurement form*, signed by an official SCI measurer (Copies OK)SCI measurement form* filled in and signed by the PH, (Copies OK).

* SCI measurement forms are available for download from or click HERE for official SCI measurement forms.

WHITE RHINO will be judged under the SCI system only and ELEPHANT IVORY will be based on individual tusk weight.

Additional measurements:

LEOPARD: – Body length (nose to tip of tail, not following the contour of the body)

– If possible, accurate weight on a scale (no estimates)

BUFFALO: – Widest width of the horns, as per the old Rowland Ward system

  1. Trophy photographs: Please submit at least 1 quality field photo of the trophy. (The photos may be uploaded via the application form, attached to an email, or mail paper prints.)

  2. Additional photos:

LION: – In order to accurately judge the trophy, additional photographs that clearly show the lion’s face, mane and body are required.

LEOPARD: – Additional photographs that will help authenticate the supplemental measurements need to be included. This may involve the professional hunter holding the leopard in order to give a better idea of scale and body size.

CROCODILE: – For scale a person must be present in the photo.