Pantheon Awards 

2024: Justin Ragazzine

Justin Ragazzine grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and started hunting small game and whitetail deer when he was 12 years old. He went on his first western state hunt when he was 18 in pursuit of mule deer in Wyoming and his first hunt outside of the US was an African safari in 2012. 

Every hunter has a favorite animal and destination to which they always want to return, and for Justin that is Africa to hunt cape buffalo and elephant. For him, this represents true hunting in that once the track is found, the hunt begins. It could last an hour or days and he considers this as hunting at its best. 

Justin holds Grand Slam number 1750 and his North American Super Slam, number 114, was completed in just over two years. Justin says his most memorable hunt would be when he took his Rocky Mountain bighorn with a bow back in 2012. The hunt was supposed to only last five days and he finally arrowed a ram on the 15th day of the hunt!

As for the wild sheep and goats of the world, Justin has certainly done his fair share of climbing the world’s peaks. Justin reached number 30 on the Capra World Slam list in 2019 and the last few animals needed for his Ovis World Slam Super 30 came on a whirlwind hunt in November and December 2023 when he traveled to four separate countries in pursuit of wild sheep. In 2023 Justin completed all the requirements for the SCI World Conservation and Hunting Award which is certainly no small feat.

In the photo above, participants in the 2024 Pantheon presentation were, L-R: Safari Club International (SCI) CEO Laird Hamberlin, 2024 Pantheon inductees Gerald Warnock, Justin Ragazzine, Lee Anderson and GSCO Executive Director Jason Price.

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