Named after the well-known American author, the Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award (PHCHHA) was first announced in Dallas, Texas, at DSC's Annual Convention in 2004. The award is presented each year by Peter’s widow, DSC Life Member Fiona Claire Capstick.


Capstick’s defense of the international big game hunting community and the role of hunting in the conservation of wildlife and its habitat made him a household name. The objective of this award is to bring honor and recognition to an individual, organization or group whose achievements reveal a sustained and significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. Additionally, the winner will have shown long-term commitment to our hunting heritage by pursuing that goal for the benefit of future generations.

The PHCHHA honors the memory of a great man whose writings captured his love of the hunt, his respect for and understanding of wildlife and wild lands, and also promotes the hunting legacy and conservation of our wildlife resources. 


Award criteria include active involvement in: education, hunting, conservation organizations, humanitarian causes, research, permanent endowments, and charitable giving. 


To nominate, a DSC member should send as much background on the nominee as they deem appropriate. All nominations should be received by August 25. 


The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award recipient will be announced and presented the award at an evening banquet during the annual Convention.