To aid scientific study of mature African buffalo bulls.

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. is calling on hunters around the world to take part in its new Dagga Boy Award, which will in turn aid a new scientific study initiative providing invaluable data about the populations of African buffalo across the continent.

Designed to gather scientific data whilst highlighting the importance that a buffalo’s age is more important than its ‘inches’, the biennial award promotes ethical hunting and a healthier, stronger population of all six species of African buffalo. 

Only bulls which have surpassed breeding age and are wild and free-ranging from self-sustaining herds, hunted in an ethical, fair chase, track, walk-and-stalk manner are eligible for entry. To take part, hunters are requested to email a detailed description of a hunt as well as photos of qualifying bulls they have taken in the past 10 years up to the end of the 2021 hunting season. 

For the first time ever and with Rigby at the forefront, this initiative will enable leading buffalo scientists to compare first molar tooth wear with signs of aging for all species of buffalo from all over the African continent and determine at what age other species of buffalo, from other parts of Africa, attain Dagga Boy status. The information collected will ensure more sustainable hunting and the betterment of the species overall. 

The panel of judges is made up of Rigby’s managing director Marc Newton, Dr. Kevin Robertson and legendary PH Robin Hurt. The winner will receive the Dagga Boy Cup and a Rigby .416 Big Game rifle worth £9,150. The Professional Hunter that guided will also receive a Rigby .450 PH rifle worth £8,340. The award will be announced at a cocktail reception to be held in Dallas during the 2022 Dallas Safari Club Convention. All qualifying entrants to the inaugural Rigby Dagga Boy Award, will be invited to the reception.

Entries must be submitted by 15 December 2021 and should be sent to [email protected]. For a full list of entry requirements, terms and conditions please visit:

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Editor’s notes:

  • Founded in Dublin in 1775, the company has more than 240 years of gunmaking experience.
  • Rigby opened its first London shop in 1865 and continued operating out of both offices until they closed their Dublin shop in 1897.
  • The company moved to the USA in 1997, but returned to London in 2013 when it was bought by L&O Group, Germany.
  • Rigby now operates out of a purpose built premise in Pensbury Place, London.
  • In 2013, Rigby recommenced their historic partnership with Mauser, which dates back to the late 19th century.
  • The firm manufactures bolt-action, double rifles and shotguns. Products of particular note include the iconic Rising Bite double rifles and shotguns, fully bespoke London Bests, the award-winning range of Big Game bolt-action rifles and the Highland Stalker.
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