Boone and Crockett Annual Report

Message from the President/CEO

FY 2016 Annual Rep

Our fiscal year (FY) 2016 was another successful one for the Boone and Crockett Club. As you review the annual report, you will understand the magnitude of our accomplishments for the year in fulfilling our Club’s vision and mission.

Financially, Club operations had a good year and ended in the black. We have established a budget for FY17 that projects a small net revenue for the Club. The Foundation also had another good year, and I would encourage you to read Ben Hollingsworth’s detailed summary of the Foundation’s accomplishments.

We are working to finish our online database and infrastructure rebuild, which includes a new website platform. This rebuild process has taken longer than anticipated, but we are on track to bring this project to closure in 2017. We are confident this rebuild will substantially enhance the efficiency of Club operations while appealing more to our website users. The digitalization of the Club’s records database, in particular, will create easier access for research.

Relative to our university programs, we signed an agreement with the University of Georgia to establish a Boone and Crockett Endowed Chair position at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Significant fundraising has begun under the leadership of Jeff Watkins, Greg Schildwachter, and Brian Murphy. Due to the retirement of Dr. Paul Krausman, the University of Montana hired Dr. Josh Millspaugh to take on that position. He officially began working at the university in August 2016.

Another significant event in FY16 was marked by the relocation of the National Collection of Heads and Horns from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, adjacent to Bass Pro Shops flagship store, in Springfield, Missouri. This relocation will generate more exposure for the collection and our Club than we experienced while being housed at the center in Cody. We appreciate Bass Pro Shops’ cooperation and financial support of this transfer.

In the last fiscal year, the Boone and Crockett Club continued to increase the utilization of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch and the Rasmuson Wildlife Conservation Center. In the 2016 summer season, we had more than 2,000 visitors compared to 1,800 visitors in 2015. The programs we offer are varied, including the Montana High Adventure Base for the Boy Scouts of America and five Outdoor Adventure Camps, which exposed youths ages 5 to 17 to outdoor experiences they may not have otherwise experienced such as firearm safety and training. In the shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October, the Club offers K-12 programs at the ranch and center. We also host several NGOs and agencies for meetings and conferences, as well.

The fair chase focus group, appointed by Past-President Bill Demmer completed a fair chase essay, which has been added to our website in an attempt to refine the club’s philosophy and value of the concept of fair chase and ethical hunting. It is a great resource document for us to reflect upon and utilize in order to develop position papers in our communication to the public relative to the importance of highly ethical hunting standards. Since the essay was completed, the focus group has been dissolved.

The Club established the Thought Leadership Council to focus on making sure wildlife and their related habitats are conserved and cared for into the future. This council will work to identify long-term strategies that guide shorter-term strategies. We tend to focus on the near term and do not spend enough time looking beyond the 3- to 5-year time frame that most strategic plans cover. We have met twice thus far and will continue to meet twice a year.

We revised three position statements on fair chase, second amendment rights, and predator management. These areas were, and still are, important to inspire hunting and land ethic, support our second amendment and its role in conservation, and support wise management of predators. In order to share our message to a broader audience, we have substantially enhanced our social media capability. Numbers relative to our digital marketing effort include the following:

  • Boone and Crockett Facebook fan base is at 250,000-plus,
  • Facebook reach averaged more than 300,000 individuals per week,
  • Website traffic is about 181,000 visitors per quarter.

I think the above numbers demonstrate how we have enhanced our digital communications in order to keep pace with all generations, and also how far we have come in terms of the associated “reach” goal in the club’s strategic plan.

Presidential election years are the breakpoint between our mid-range agenda. We are proud to say that most of our priorities for the period of 2012-2016 are poised for final passage. The Sportsmen’s Act, forest policy reform, and the re-delisting of the gray wolf are all included in the final congressional negotiations going into the close of the 114th Congress.

The four-year period of our own agenda coincides with the publication of a new agenda from the American Wildlife Conservation Partnership (AWCP). The AWCP began at Club headquarters in 2000 with the first publication of its agenda, titled “Wildlife for 21st Century” (W21 for short). It is now in its 5th edition, and we, with our wildlife conservation partners, have met with the transition teams of both presidential campaigns. This is the earliest we have ever presented W21 and marks another step forward for the effectiveness of AWCP.

We are operating at a high functional level now in both the executive branch and Congress. Going into the next Congress and a new presidential administration, we must confront the poor state of working relationships within and between members of Congress and the agency officials with whom most of our work is done.

This is my last annual report, and I certainly have enjoyed serving as your president. My term will come to a close in December 2016. Be assured that the leadership continuity of the Club is intact, and we will all continue to work hard to fulfill the vision and mission of the Club.


Morrison Stevens, Sr.
Boone and Crockett Club

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