Former Windsor resident William Mordell of Sharpsburg, Ga., was honored in July by the Boone and Crockett Club, the nation’s most prestigious conservation and big-game hunting organization, for his pronghorn at a special dinner for youth hunters during the club’s 28th Big Game Awards in Reno, Nev.
Mordell’s trophy scored 80 Boone and Crockett points. As a young person under 16, the club gave special recognition to Mordell and 19 others from 160 young sportsmen who harvested a Boone and Crockett qualifying trophy between 2010-12.
The Boone and Crockett system of scoring big-game trophies originated in 1906 as a means of recording details on species thought to be disappearing because of rampant habitat loss and unregulated hunting.
William, 15, is a sophomore at Northgate High School in Coweta County, Ga. He harvested the antelope in September 2010 on Elk Mountain in Wyoming. William and his grandfather, the late Jerry Barber of Spray, Ore., both hunted and harvested their first antelopes on that trip.
William’s dad, Mike Mordell, hosted them on the hunt and served as photographer and coach.
“It was a memorable hunt for all three,” said William’s mom, Traci Mordell.
The Mordells lived in Windsor for 12 years — June 1999-June 2011 — and were very active in the school district and Windsor community. They moved to Georgia in June 2011 because of Mike’s job. William attended Tozer Primary School, Mountain View Elementary School and Windsor Middle School.