Gary "Butch" King - Master Guide
World Record Trophies and Major Hunting Awards
Receiving recognition and awards for achievements that could not have been possible without the talent, hard work and loyalty of others, does not quite seem fair. If left to me alone, these prestegious awards would not be hanging on the wall at the lodge. It is only through a lifetime of association with the best talent in Alaska's guiding industry that I have been rewarded with a distinguished career. If not for the years unselfish dedication and determined efforts of Alaska's finest Bush Pilots and Guides: "Wild Bill" Lomax, Brad Adams and Dick Oien and guides: Michael Mackay, Jim Tilly, George Wescott, Marty Zjanc Jesse Gallagher and Jeff Douglas and of course my mentor Lee Holen, who gave a 12 year old camp boy the opportunity of a life-time, all of this would not have been possible. And of course my wife and business partner, Kathy without whom, I would have been on a mission without purpose. You are all the very best of the best and I accept these awards on your behalf. Thank each of you for your many years together. You've made me look good! I need to also thank the many big game hunting clients who have flown and hunted with us over the years. Without you, there would not have been: a purpose to pursue the game, a reason to put together the team or an opportunity for us all to live our dream. You,our hunters, have made it all possible. Last but not least, credit must be given to the following hunting, fishing and outdoor organizations for their part in world wildlife conservation and the preservation of the hunter, and our way of life.
Safari Club International Record Book shows only eleven Alaska Brown Bear in the 30 Inch Class - We have taken 5 of them..
See a listing of our TEN FOOT CLUB of Alaska Brown Bear, taken by our Clients, (128 members)
The Largest Moose Ever Taken: The Rose Bull 81-7/8 inches - Taken by Mark Rose at Wildman Lake Lodge in 2006, Gary "Butch" King - Master Guide, #1 Boone & Crockett 25th Trophy Awards.
Our first SCI World Record was taken by John Smoll in 1994, scoring 30-06/16. That record stood for two years, when Brad Adams guided our Norwegion hunter, Jan Erik Blom to the new SCI World Record in 1996, scoring 30-08/16. At that point, we had number one and number two, just ahead of our former #3, which scored 30 inches even, taken by Peter Ma. All three of these trophy Alaska Brown Bear received the most prestigious, "Best North American Trophy", award from Safari Club International.
In 1998, our hunter Al Landerville tied our first #1 with another brownie scoring 30-06/16 SCI, not far from Wildman Lake Lodge itself. Now more than a decade later, we again break all recent records, taking our second largest ALL TIME Alaska Brown Bear. Brad Adams was the Registered Contracting Guide on the hunt, meaning he supervised the hunt, select the area, made the plan and flew hunter Albert Carlton and guide Lance Kronberger into a camp that Brad Adams and Butch King have hunted from for years. It was a cold spring, not much was moving, but on the 8th day, this monster bruin came saundering down the valley and wound up in the top of the Safari Club Record Book, proving that these are still the good old days.
Alaska Professional Hunter Association Award Top Trophies taken by our Clients over the years, Gary "Butch" King - Master Guide - Brad Adams & Bill Lomax, Registered Guides. Below is a montage of awards we have received over the years. Ironically, a few seasons we forgot to make our brow bear trophy submissions on time to APHA. Each times we would have received Awards for Brown Bear for those years: Check our Ten Foot Club for the evidence.