The Carlo Caldesi Award is born from the wish of Lodovico, Livia
and Vincenzo, children of Carlo Caldesi, to remember their father
in the figure of the great shooter, hunter and collectionist that
Since their infancy they spent many days in journeys and hunts in
his company, appreciating and tasting, besides his contagious passion,
his deep hunting ethics.
His adventures and travels belong, by now, to a past time, a legendary
time, which appears still farther than what the real elapsing of
the years indicates. But the elapsing of time, is also subjective
and the remembrances, in particular those personally lived, always
remain live and present, like the persons who disappear for ever,
only if they are forgotten.
Therefore, the Carlo Caldesi Award is a concrete way of keeping
alive in the hunting world his remembrance and is also an expression
of thanks for the fortune of having been able to share so many experiences
and emotions, even only though his stories.
Carlo Caldesi represents in a sober and complete way the best image
of a hunter: sporting, generous, very fond, always far from reasons
of interest and whishes for visibility.
Born in Milan from a family of Romagna landowners, Carlo Caldesi inherits
from his father the passion for hunting and devotes himself successfully
to wing shooting, entering the Italian Olympic Team of pidgeon shooting
and winning the Monaco Grand Prix.
His passion for big game hunting begins in the fifties and becomes
soon the protagonist of his life.
So a sequence of jorneys in all continents begins, in search of more
difficult trophies, achieved with the pleasure of toil and of the of
the confrontation with nature.
Carlo Caldesi lives the hunting expeditions as an adventure in which
he often involves also his wife Mara and his three children Lodovico,
Livia and Vicenzo, all fond hunters.
When leaving he often does not plan his return, which will take place
only when the
is successfully completed….
In the range of a very long hunting career, Carlo Caldesi has made over 200 expeditions
in 40 different countries, capturing 262 trophies among which three tigers,
three times the Big Five, the North American Grand Slam,
14 species of sheep and 11 species of ibex and goats
in the world, besides hundreds of chamois, deer and roe-deer
He has been the first hunter who conquered the Shoan bushbuck and the first
european to hunt in the Northen Territory of Australia.
Of his trophies 129 are reported in the S.C.I. Record Book and 64 are in
the Rowland Ward.
The only Italian to win the prestigious Weatherby Hunting and Conservation
Award in 1981 and later the S.C.I. Hall of Fame Award (1983) and the S.C.I.
International Hunting Award (1987), Carlo Caldesi was also a leader in
conservation and an active member in many hunting and conservation clubs
throughout the world.
Member of the C.I.C., he was among the founders of the Italian Chapter
of the S.C.I.
He died in 1998, at the end of a last satisfactory hunting season.