Subscriber Roger Gregg says he was overcharged $1,000 for a red stag trophy because his operator intentionally over-scored it and later refused to acknowledge the erroneous score. Gregg hunted red deer in Argentina in April 2011 with Luis Bertone at La Colorada ranch in La Pampa. On the score sheet provided to Gregg, Bertone scored the animal at 361 SCI. çš„ truly doubted the stag was that good, he says. So, he had the antlers re-scored by an SCI measurer in the US when he received the trophy. The score was 316 SCI, which was about what Gregg says he had expected of the trophy. å…¸o make absolutely certain of the score, I made a 200-mile trip to have a Master Measurer with 35 years of experience also measure the stag. The Master Measurer got a score of 322. Luis reaction to the 316 score was that the US SCI measurers do not know how to measure stags. Gregg also submitted a complaint to SCI about the matter, which ignited a veritable firestorm. In the February 2012 issue of Safari Times, published monthly by Safari Club International (SCI), Chairman of the SCI Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee (and longtime Hunting Report subscriber) Herb Atkinson wrote that some SCI members who had taken trophies in South America would be asked to have them rescored. An ad hoc committee reviewed hundreds of Record Book entries from South America and identified dozens of entries that had possibly been scored incorrectly. The committee further concluded that certain outfitters had inflated scores of animals to charge higher trophy fees or to have animals taken with their company rank higher in the record book. In the June 2012 issue of Safari Times, Atkinson announced, çš„t has become very obvious that certain South American SCI Official and Master Measurers have been intentionally scoring trophies incorrectly to make them appear on the Record Book entry form to be larger than they really were. To rectify the situation, SCI inactivated the certification of all Argentine measurers (Official and Master) with the notable exceptions of Eduardo Gerlero and Francisco Minieri. Also, no one directly associated with the hunting industry (outfitters, guides, animal brokers, taxidermists, etc.) will be allowed to become Master Measurers, at least for the near future. Just this past month, SCI started a series of measuring classes in Argentina, conducted by Record Book committee members and department staff to train and re-train all Official and Master Measurers there. Not all previous SCI measurers in Argentina would be able to renew their certificates, however. Atkinson wrote, å±•ritten reprimands and notice of irrevocable revocation of their Official Measurer and Master Measurer certificates have been sent to: Francisco æ’¤aco Pizarro, Luis Bertone, Bernardo Feune De Colombi and Juan Carlos Wagner. Back to the Gregg controversy: Bertone offered Gregg a credit toward a future hunt in a November 2, 2011 email, before SCI conducted its investigation. Gregg responded, çš„ feel the ethics of this matter are more important than the $1,000. Gregg also had some problems with some other charges and shipping issues, but told The Hunting Report, å…¸he excessive score matter really bothers me the most. It is unfair, crooked and really lacks conscience? feel other hunters should be aware of this fraudulent practice. Here at The Hunting Report, we completely agree and will do whatever we can to help keep the process of trophy scoring open and honest. We applaud SCI for its swift and decisive action. We sent Bertone a copy of Gregg's complaint, inviting him to provide his perspective on what happened. At press time, we had not yet received a response. We will add any correspondence we may receive from Bertone after going to print to the file in our database and inform you in the following issue of The Hunting Report. Paid subscribers may request a free email copy of the entire file. (Send request to Ben@huntingreport. com.) We also encourage any Hunting Report subscribers who suspect their trophies from Argentina or any other destination were purposely mis-scored to file a report.