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 hunt 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 in Europe.
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.