DSC is pleased to announce DSC Life Member Kaylee Ann Stacy, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, as the 2020 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.
The award is named for Colin Caruthers, the son of Tommy and Pat Caruthers, longtime DSC Life Members who have been integral to the development of outdoor education programs for DSC. Colin was an avid hunter and wildlife enthusiast from an early age. A people person, he thrived on the camaraderie of the hunting lease and enjoyed learning from other hunters. DSC honors this young hunter’s devotion to hunting and conservation through this award.
This honor will be bestowed on Stacy at the DSC Annual Convention, Heritage, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the gala banquet. This event will be held in the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. Following the awards ceremony, there will be a live auction to raise funds for the DSC mission.
An 8th grader at Northwestern State University of Lousiana Middle Laboratory School, Stacy has already established herself as an exceptional hunter and conservationist. She has enjoyed numerous hunts with her family in North America, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. She has had the opportunity to harvest many impressive animals, such as greater kudu, Moluccan rusa deer, chamois, Himalayan tahr and others.
Stacy has already accumulated numerous hunting achievements, including several trophy awards from DSC. She is also a life member of seven hunting conservation organizations including DSC, NRA, RMEF, HSC, SCI, TGR and WSF and a member of DU. Stacy volunteered as an auction assistant at the 2019 DSC Life Member Breakfast.
“We are delighted to encourage young hunters with this honor,” Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award Committee Chair Amy Callendar said. “Kaylee is the type of hunter whose enthusiasm and commitment are infectious, and she gives us hope for the future of conservation and our hunting heritage.”
Stacy said, “I love to hunt with my mom and dad. I am involved in several different hunting and conservation organizations. All of these organizations promote hunters’ safety and awareness, wildlife conservation, and achievement recognition for accomplished hunters. Furthering my skills in hunting are valuable life skills. Hunting and wildlife conservation continues to teach me respect, patience, safety, and self-discipline.”
Stacy’s accomplishments continue outside the hunting world as well. She is an active member of 4-H, a member of the NSU Middle Lab Cheer Team, a member of the Jr. Beta club, a violinist with the school orchestra and is involved in numerous citizenship and community volunteer projects. Congratulations to this outstanding young hunter!
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