Attention big-game hunters: Dec. 31, 2015, is the deadline for entering your trophies into Boone and Crockett records, if you'd like to be included in the Club's 29th triennial Big Game Awards book, banquet, exhibit and conservation data.
The Boone and Crockett scoring and records-keeping program was the first data collection system designed to measure and evaluate the population health and habitat quality of native North American big-game species. This historic info has been used for decades to improve state and federal wildlife polices and management strategies, and to recognize those sportsmen and women who were fortunate enough to take a record book animal.
Trophy entry materials (official score chart, entry form and affidavit, and photos) postmarked by Dec. 31 will be processed for the next Boone and Crockett records book. The triennial publication will list trophies accepted in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and is slated for release in October 2016.
Of all the trophies entered during those three years, the highest-ranking specimens in each of 36 categories of native North American big game will be invited to be on display at a special trophy exhibit, awards banquet, and other events in Springfield, Mo., in July 2016. The 29th Big Game Awards exhibit of trophies will be open to the public at the new Bass Pro Shops America's Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. A trophy display featuring B&C trophies taken by young hunters 16 years old and younger will also be on public display.
To find an official measurer in your area, visit www.boone-crockett.org. For questions regarding entering your trophy call B&C at (406) 542-1888.
For more information on the Boone and Crockett 29th Big Game Awards event, visit www.biggameawards.com.
"The existence of big game animals large enough to qualify for B&C are proof that hunter-supported conservation programs are working," said Eldon Buckner, chairman of the Club's Records of North American Big Game Committee. "Whether intentionally being selective in hunting for a mature male animal, or just plain lucky, or both, the Club's records data shows what we're doing right and what can be improved upon with regard to managing these great animals in healthy populations."
The 29th Big Game Awards banquet is being sponsored by Vista Outdoors. The Jack S. Parker Generation Next youth banquet is sponsored by the Wild Sheep Foundation.
For more information on the Bass Pro Shops America's Wildlife Museum and Aquarium visit www.wondersofwildlife.org
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