Young Hunter Award Winner Named

DSC is pleased to announce DSC Life Member Grant E. Stepan, of San Antonio, Texas, as the 2019 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 Stepan at the DSC annual convention, Mogambo, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 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.


A freshman at Texas A&M Kingsville studying range and wildlife management, Stepan has already established himself as an exceptional hunter and conservationist. Stepan began hunting at age six with his father and has since been on many hunts with him and the rest of the family in North America, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. He has had the opportunity to harvest a number of impressive animals, such as greater kudu, nyala, eland, gemsbok, zebra, wildebeest and others.

Stepan is especially proud of establishing the Central Catholic Woods and Waters Club as a high school student. Club members work toward the mission of “expanding the appreciation for the blessings of the outdoors through stewardship, conservation, ethical sportsmanship and camaraderie.”


Stepan is a member of DSC, NRA, NWTF and CCA. His accomplishments continue outside the hunting world as well. He is an Eagle Scout and JROTC First Sergeant. Congratulations to this outstanding young hunter!

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