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Entry forms available in section called METHODS OF MEASUREMENT 

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1. Many official measurers for the Rowland Ward system are available throughout the world to measure trophies, and only trophies measured by Rowland Ward official measurers will be considered for publication. It is the responsibility of the trophy owner to transport the trophy to the measurer.

There is no charge for the measurement of a trophy, although a trophy entry fee is charged by the Editors to cover the publication costs of the entries.

2. Acceptance by the publisher of an entry form for publication carries no guarantee of an exact date of publication.

3. All entries should be on a standard Rowland Ward entry form, or a reproduction thereof, except field measurements of crocodile lengths, which may be on regular stationery.

4. All measurements must be taken with a steel tape or official steel cable approved by Rowland Ward Publications.

5. Measurements may be taken in either centimetres or in inches, and weights may be recorded either in kilograms or in pounds. Publication, in either system, being at the discretion of the Editors. Any conversion of measurements or weights will be made in accordance with a standard conversion table. When using centimetres record to one decimal place, except in the case of skull measurements of carnivores which should be taken to two decimal places; field measurements of crocodilians should be taken to the nearest centimetre.

Weight of ivory should be taken to the nearest half-kilogram; weights falling at or above the quarter-kilo mark will be recorded at the next highest half-kilo, weights falling below the quarter-kilo will be recorded at the next lowest kilo; weights falling on or above the three-quarter kilo mark will be recorded at the next highest kilo, weights falling below the three-quarter kilo will be recorded at the next lowest half kilo. Linear measurements should be taken as follows; generally, measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch except for skull measurements, which should be taken to the nearest 1/16 of an inch; measurements of crocodiles being taken to the nearest

1/4 of an inch. When ivory is weighed in pounds, it should be recorded to the nearest pound, weights falling at or above the half-pound mark being recorded at the next highest pound, weights falling below the half-pound mark being recorded at the next lowest pound.

6. Field measurements of lengths of crocodiles should be taken at the time and place of the kill and should be attested to by the professional hunter, or a witness, and the sportsman. For all other measurements a minimum period of 30 days must elapse between the time the trophy is bagged and when the trophy is measured (or weighed), by which time the natural shrinkage of horns, tusks and antlers is mainly complete.

Elephant tusks weighed in the field are not acceptable, the 30 day drying-out time applies.

7. Every trophy entry form must show the exact locality where the trophy was bagged. Local names are desirable, but are not sufficient. Name of the country must always be given, and the place where the trophy was taken must be tied in with a geographical place name readily identifiable on a standard map of the country involved.

It is sufficient to record simply the location based on the compass quadrant system, e.g. Southwest Sudan .

8. Antlers measured in the velvet will not be accepted for entry.

9. A skull which is damaged, or a horn or antler trophy with a split skull, will not be accepted for entry unless a note is added to the entry form stating that the official measurer is satisfied that the damage, or splitting of the skull, did not increase any dimension.

10. All official measurers, when recording an abnormal, malformed, appreciably unbalanced, or freakish set of antlers or horns, should refer the trophy to the Editor for a decision, with appropriate guiding data and photographs.

11. Side and front view photographs should accompany an entry form whose measurement exceeds the first ten of that species in the current record book. All such trophies must be measured by two official measurers.

12. All entries of which the subspecies is questionable should be submitted together with appropriate photo- graphic material; for example, PeterĀ¹s Gazelle entries must be accompanied by a photograph of the rump area.

13. The minimum dimensions listed herein for acceptance of trophies for entry may be modified at any time at the discretion of the Editors.

14. The only cat trophies obtained in southern Africa which can be proven as wild will be accepted. No captive bred animals can be entered.

15. All colour variations fall within the species or subspecies.

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