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Derek Ham Named HSCF 2024 President’s Award Winner

(Houston, TX- February 6, 2024) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce HSCF Life member and Board member Derek Ham as the recipient of the 2024 HSCF President’s Award.

The HSCF President’s Award is given each year to acknowledge the outstanding HSCF member whose contributions exceed the expectations of an HSCF member, in support of HSCF’s mission. Individuals receive this award for their leadership, outstanding service contribution, superior performance, team collaboration, and serve as an inspiration to others.

“I am remarkably humbled to have been chosen for this award and what it symbolizes. There are many other equally dedicated HSCF members, and I am proud to be working alongside them to further the message and cause of HSCF. We Hunt. We Give. With sincere gratitude, I want to thank HSCF President Monica Williamson and HSCF,” stated Derek.

“It has been a genuine pleasure working with Derek on the HSCF Board this year. Derek brings innovative ideas to our planning discussions, has served HSCF in many capacities over the years, and is a true believer in what HSCF does to support the future of hunting,” stated HSCF President Monica Williamson.

Derek Ham is an accomplished businessman with a passion for the outdoors, hunting and conservation. He is especially passionate about getting kids and others involved in hunting and guiding them to understand the link and truth between hunting and conservation. He began his first career in Los Angeles working in the music industry. He later moved back to Texas in support of his family and pursued a career in Commercial Construction. Ultimately, his passion for the outdoors led him to Farm and Ranch Real Estate where he currently represents Ruple Ranch & Land.

Derek’s passion for the outdoors was fostered as a young boy by his father who grew up on the famed LX Cattle Ranch in the Texas panhandle. His father set the groundwork for his love of hunting and fishing. Derek has been an avid hunter and conservationist for the majority of his life traveling around the world hunting both unique and more traditional game alike. His most notable hunting accomplishment was being dropped by float plane in Alaska for a week for a self-guided hunt where he harvested the Number 11 all-time Pope & Young Moose with his recurve bow. Among other countries, he has also been a successful hunter in New Zealand, Spain, Greenland and Newfoundland. But, of course, he has and does most prominently hunt in our great state of Texas.

Derek is a Lifetime member Houston Safari Club Foundation where he has chaired the Annual Sporting Clays Event for the last two years raising money for Youth Programs. Prior to his time at HSCF, he chaired the Adventures program for Sky High for Kids where he organized and executed hunts for pediatric cancer patients for over five years.

Derek shares his passion for hunting with his wife Jeni and daughter Sydney. Both of whom have traveled with him on his hunting adventures. He takes care to demonstrate his concern for a healthy wildlife population and ensure that the hunt is more than the harvesting of game but, more importantly, it is about the experience.

About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 625 scholarships totaling $2.8 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.




Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The charitable deduction for contributions to HSCF is the cash amount of the contribution, less the value of goods and services received, to the extent permitted by law. HSCF EIN 74-2177975. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.