Story by The Outdoor Wire
DSC is pleased to announce 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. The award 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 Cooper at the DSC annual convention,Legacy, on Friday night, Jan. 5, 2018, 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.
Currently a freshman in high school, Cooper has already established himself as an exceptional hunter and conservationist.
Cooper began hunting at age eight 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 brown bear, desert bighorn sheep, Beceite ibex, elephant and lion.
Cooper 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 Ribman brothers raised funds and coordinated efforts to build and install a solar/diesel pump for a pan well in Hwange National Park.
Cooper is a Life Member of DSC, NRA and SCI; he is a Boone & Crockett Life Associate Member and a member of both Purple Martin Conservation Association and Texas Rifle Association.
Cooper’s accomplishments continue outside the hunting world as well. He is an Eagle Scout, an athlete and a writer. Congratulations to this outstanding young hunter!