Synopsis of Positions
Trophies and Trophy Hunting
What constitutes a trophy is a matter of personal choice and experience. B&C has long supported selective hunting for mature animals that have already genetically contributed to overall herd health. Selective hunting also supports conservation and game management efforts when a balanced age structure within a given big game population is an objective of State wildlife managers. While not every animal taken will qualify for B&C records, any animal taken legally and fairly can be a trophy.
B&C is in support of technological advances in hunting equipment and techniques as long as these tools do not undermine a positive public image of hunting and diminish the skills necessary to be a fair and responsible hunter, or set a bad example for young hunters.
B&C believes that records books represent the history of successful conservation and game management policies that have been supported by hunter-conservationists for more than a century. As such, records books celebrate these programs by recognizing the big game animals taken as a result of science-based game management and successful sportsmen and sportswomen.
B&C does not support programs, contests or competitions that directly place a bounty on game animals by awarding cash or expensive prizes for the taking of wildlife.
Scoring Live Game
B&C is concerned about the growing practice in the use of its copyrighted scoring system to score live game animals that have been tranquilized or constrained for the purpose of establishing the commercial value of an animal or to determine the winner of a contest.
B&C does support the use of all or any part of its copyrighted scoring system by State wildlife officials to determine and assess fines for illegally taken game.
B&C does not endorse the use of its copyrighted scoring system to determine a trophy fee for animals harvested by hunters.
An animal is not a B&C trophy and therefore should not be considered or identified as such until such trophy has been entered, verified, and accepted by the B&C Records Department
The Boone and Crockett Club defines Fair Chase as the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.
The Boone and Crockett Club condemns the pursuit and killing of any big game animal kept in or released from captivity to be killed in an artificial or bogus “hunting” situation where the game lacks the equivalent chance to escape afforded free-ranging animals, virtually assuring the shooter a certain or unrealistically favorable chance of a kill.