MISSOULA, Mont. (Dec. 28, 2012)—The Boone and Crockett Club is mourning the passing of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the famous military leader known as “Stormin’ Norman” and remembered as a luminary in conservation, hunting and shooting sports.
Schwarzkopf, a regular and emeritus Boone and Crockett member, died yesterday in Tampa from complications from pneumonia. He was 78.
“Everyone knows Schwarzkopf was a great general, but few know in retirement he turned into a great spokesman for conservation, and the hunting and shooting sports industry. He was especially involved with the NRA and introducing wounded veterans to the shooting sports,” said Marine Colonel Craig T. Boddington (retired), a Boone and Crockett Club professional member.
Schwarzkopf was heavily involved in the Boone and Crockett-led effort to preserve Theodore Roosevelt’s historic Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota, a place known as the “Cradle of Conservation.” Additionally, he was affiliated with the Nature Conservancy and served as a national spokesman for grizzly bear recovery efforts.
Schwarzkopf, who told fellow Boone and Crockett members that he preferred his nickname “the Bear” over “Stormin’ Norman,” follows a long list of military heroes who also served wildlife conservation as members of Boone and Crockett Club, including:
· B&C founder Colonel Theodore Roosevelt
· Lt. Col. Archibald Rogers
· Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
· Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
· Gen. Philip Sheridan
· Air Force Gen. James H “Jimmy” Doolittle
· Army Gen. Matthew B. Ridgeway
Schwarzkopf, a 1956 graduate of West Point, capped an illustrious 35-year military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991.
Schwarzkopf hunted extensively across the US, Africa, Germany and the Middle East.