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June 2014
Remington, the iconic maker of firearms, ammunition and accessories, has stepped up as part of the Boone and Crockett Club's "Trailblazers in Conservation" initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles - and the conservation successes long funded through hunting - are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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Four classics in outdoor literature, all digitally re-mastered and newly available from Boone and Crockett Club, top the summer reading list for hunters, adventurers and conservationists.

Each book was authored by a member of the Boone and Crockett Club in the late 1800s or early 1900s and hand-selected for digital re-mastering by a panel of experts on vintage hunting literature. Readers will be taken back to a time when hunting trips didn't happen over a weekend, but were adventures lasting weeks or months. High-quality photographs and drawings from decades long gone are scattered throughout these titles.
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A long winter buried in snow apparently swelled the horns of a bighorn sheep that died of natural causes. The ram was found this spring by Alberta wildlife officials and green-scored as a potential new World's Record. Following the Boone and Crockett Club's mandatory 60-day drying period, the ram's horns lost an astounding four inches in net score. The original scorers reconvened to find that every measurement was smaller on both horns.
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Smith & Wesson, a leader in firearms designed and made in the U.S., has joined the Boone and Crockett Club's "Trailblazers in Conservation" initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles - and the conservation successes long funded through hunting - are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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May 2014
Father's Day is June 15. If you're shopping for a hunter, adventurer, conservationist or reader, the Boone and Crockett Club has five new books that would make perfect gifts.

Brand new are four digitally re-mastered classics in paperback, including:

"A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa" by Frederick Courteney Selous
"Camp-Fires in the Canadian Rockies" by William T. Hornaday and John M. Phillips
"African Game Trails" by Theodore Roosevelt
"The Wilderness of the Upper Yukon" by Charles Sheldon

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The Boone and Crockett Club welcomes leading ammunition brand Hornady to a growing list of partners in Trailblazers in Conservation, an initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.
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News traveled fast when conservationists learned the largest grizzly bear ever taken by a hunter had been entered into Boone and Crockett records. Nearly as quickly, however, came questions about why grizzlies are distinguished from Alaska brown bears. After all, aren’t these technically the same species?
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill to publish details on lawsuits lost or settled by federal agencies that must pay the private legal fees of the other side.

The Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, H.R. 2919 - which passed the House on May 6 by voice vote with support of both Democrats and Republicans - would create an online public database of court cases against the U.S. government.
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The largest grizzly bear ever taken by a hunter has been entered into Boone and Crockett records.

The big bruin, taken in 2013 near Fairbanks, Alaska, scores 27-6/16. It missed the World's Record mark by 7/16 of an inch but landed a spot as the second-largest grizzly ever recorded. The reigning World's Record is a skull found in Alaska in 1976.

Bears are scored based on skull length and width measurements.
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April 2014
A massive bighorn sheep that died of natural causes and was later found by wildlife officials could be a new World's Record, according to the Boone and Crockett Club.

The ram was found in Alberta. The skull now is in possession of provincial officials and will be entered into Boone and Crockett records on behalf of the citizens of Alberta.

"Many hunters are unaware that Boone and Crockett records include many found trophies," said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club's Big Game Records Committee. "The main reason we keep records is to document conservation success. Although they aren't taken by hunters, found trophies are nonetheless an important gauge of outstanding habitat...
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With a hardcover edition nearly sold out, the Boone and Crockett Club has released a paperback version of its latest big-game records book.

The new edition, retitled "Back from the Hunt" and priced less at $29.95, contains the same detailed tabular listings of the 5,000-plus trophies accepted into Boone and Crockett records during 2010-2012, the Club's 28th awards period. Also featured again are more than a hundred stories and essays written by the hunters themselves, hundreds of photos and a full-color section with best-of-the-best field photography.
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March 2014
Concerned about captive deer operations transmitting diseases to wild herds, the Boone and Crockett Club now officially supports state bans on commercial import and export of deer or elk.

The Club also opposes efforts to relax regulation of captive cervid breeding operations or to remove management authority over such operations from state wildlife agencies.

A full position statement, posted here, was passed at the Club’s December meeting.
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Discovering advanced outdoor skills and conservation techniques, all in the wild grandeur of the Montana Rockies, is just part of the charm of four new youth camps offered by the Wild Sheep Foundation and Boone and Crockett Club.

Another charm: The camps are free for selectees.

"Thanks to sponsor Midway USA, the Wild Sheep Foundation is matching grants from partners who are interested in providing a unique learning experience for young people," said Gray Thornton, president and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation.
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Trophies scouted or taken with the assistance of drones/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are not eligible for entry in Boone and Crockett records, the Club announced today.

"These highly sophisticated, remote-controlled aircraft have no place in fair-chase hunting," said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club’s Big Game Records Committee. "The Boone and Crockett Club stands with state wildlife agencies, the Pope and Young Club and hunter-conservationists everywhere who are discouraging the use of drones in hunting."


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Bullet, ammunition and rifle maker Nosler(R), Inc. has joined Boone and Crockett Club's "Trailblazers in Conservation" initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles--and the conservation successes long funded through hunting--are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. A state-by-state table is included in this release.

“People who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and recreational shooting provide a strong foundation for conservation funding in this country,” Jewell said. “The taxes they pay on equipment and boating fuel support critical fish and wildlife management and conservation efforts, create access for recreational boating, and underpin education programs that help get kids outdoors.”
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Bass Pro Shops has joined the Boone and Crockett Club's new Trailblazers in Conservation initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles--and the conservation successes funded through hunting--are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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In recognition of hunters' and anglers' historic and continuing conservation leadership, the American Snuff Company has donated $250,000 to two premiere sporting organizations--the FishAmerica Foundation and the Boone and Crockett Club.

Through online voting, adult tobacco consumers were asked to help the company decide how to allocate its donation. Results: Boone and Crockett received $130,000 while FishAmerica Foundation received $120,000.


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February 2014
Optics icon Swarovski Optik has officially announced its participation in Trailblazers in Conservation, a Boone and Crockett Club initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles-and the conservation successes long funded through hunting-are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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A recent flurry of legislation to benefit conservation and sporting opportunities shows that lawmakers are listening, perhaps more than ever, to the concerns of hunters, anglers, sport shooters and trappers, according to the Boone and Crockett Club.

Boone and Crockett has emphasized sound environmental policy since Theodore Roosevelt founded the club in 1887. It remains the most active hunter-based organization in Washington D.C. today.
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The bipartisan Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act passed the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 5 by a voice vote. This is a show of strong support for the bill, H.R. 2919, by Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN).
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Buck Knives is lending its name and support to Trailblazers in Conservation, a Boone and Crockett Club initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles--and, by extension, the successful conservation programs long funded through hunting--are to thrive in the future, then today's sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.
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The Boone and Crockett Club applauds the U.S. Congress for passing a new Farm Bill featuring reformed Conservation and Forestry titles. With broad bipartisan support, the newly approved Farm Bill is a win for conservation in America.
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The Boone and Crockett Club is commending the U.S. House of Representatives for their work on the Conservation and Forestry titles of the Farm Bill. With broad bipartisan support, the House approved a bill, which is now awaiting Senate approval that features reforms beneficial to conservation in America.

“Members of the Boone and Crockett Club have been working on the Farm Bill for over two years. We are pleased the bill reduces federal expenditures...
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Boyt Harness Co. is the first company to join Trailblazers in Conservation, a new Boone and Crockett Club initiative to unite the hunting community and help it rise to the challenges of a changing world.
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Buck Knives is lending its name and support to Trailblazers in Conservation, a Boone and Crockett Club initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.
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January 2014
A new initiative from Boone and Crockett Club is giving the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry a new way to partner with sportsmen for better scientific wildlife management, balanced policies, hunter advocacy and broader understanding of the applications and benefits of sustainable-use conservation.Club Launches "Trailblazers in Conservation"
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Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced legislation - the "Making Public Lands Public Access Act"- that guarantees funding for improving hunter access to existing public lands. This legislation, H.R. 3962, is supported by the Boone and Crockett Club and other hunting organizations. The bill directs the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to acquire rights of way and other land interests from willing-seller landowners to open access to existing public lands where public access for hunting and fishing is closed or impractical.
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A bull moose taken by a hunter in 2013 in Yukon Territory was verified January 23, 2014, by the Boone and Crockett Club as a new World's Record.
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A Boone and Crockett Club reference book on trophy whitetails has received top honors in a national book awards competition. The Club is celebrating with a just-for-fun trivia quiz based on data that readers could glean from the pages of the heralded book.

Competing against books of all genres, "Records of North American Whitetail Deer" won a Gold Medal in the 2013 PubWest Book Design Awards. It's one of four recent honors for Boone and Crockett-published books. More on that after the quiz.

Three things you didn't know about trophy whitetails (see answers below):
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Controversy surrounds an upcoming fundraiser and hunt for a black rhinoceros, but the Boone and Crockett Club is praising both as positive moves for the future of a critically endangered game species.

During its Jan. 9-12 convention, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) will auction a rhino-hunting permit prescribed by biologists in Namibia. The hunt will be for an old, post-breeding, aggressive bull known to charge and kill younger bulls, cows and calves in Mangetti National Park. Removing these animals increases herd survival and productivity.
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December 2013
Robert Model of Cody, Wyo., has received the Boone and Crockett Club's Sagamore Hill Medal--the organization's highest honor.

Model is only the ninth individual to receive the award since its creation in 1948.

A special honor given for distinguished devotion to the objectives of the Club, founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, the Sagamore Hill Medal is given by the Roosevelt family in memory of past members Theodore, Theodore Jr. and Kermit Roosevelt.
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November 2013
A triennial record 4,921 big-game trophies were accepted into Boone and Crockett Club records during 2010-2012. These latest records are included in a new book that hunters can use to pinpoint North America's hottest areas for trophies ranging from whitetail to walrus.

"Boone and Crockett Club's 28th Big Game Awards, 2010-2012" also celebrates the conservation efforts and remarkable hunts that combined to produce so many trophies during the three-year period. Stories about 95 of the top new trophies are featured.

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Vintage photos of giant mule deer with yardsticks nestled in their headgear. Historic score sheets boasting crazy-wide antler spreads--up to 43-4/8 inches for typicals; 49-2/8 inches for non-typicals. Classic accounts of legendary muley hunts. Such memorabilia and tons more are being released from the Boone and Crockett Club archives in a new book, "A Mule Deer Retrospective." The book also boasts chapters by some of today's most respected mule-deer fanatics: Guy Eastman, Ryan Hatfield, Jim Heffelfinger, Miles Moretti and Wayne van Zwoll. Chapters include topics such as classic B&C award-winning mule deer trophies, history mule deer on the Kaibab Plateau, dozens of vintage photographs from B&C archives, and more.
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September 2013
Conservation groups are gathering behind a Boone and Crockett Club-initiated push to resolve decades of controversy over legal challenges against the US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal conservation agencies.

A joint letter from many of the nation's top wildlife, sporting and conservation organizations is circulating this week to lawmakers in Washington D.C. The letter urges support and co-sponsorship for the bipartisan bill H.R. 2919--The Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act.

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August 2013
A resolution passed by the Boone and Crockett Club board of directors has renamed the Club's triennial youth awards and event in honor of former Club president Jack Steele Parker.

Parker, who passed away recently, was active in Boone and Crockett for 44 years.

At its 27th Big Game Awards in 2010, the Club launched its Generation Next Awards to honor youths who recently entered a trophy into Boone and Crockett Club's Awards Programs. Over the next three years, young hunters age 16 and under entered 152 Boone and Crockett-qualifying trophies. At the recent 28th Big Game Awards Program, the Generation Next Awards sponsored by Leica Sport Optics proved to be one of the event's most popular and inspirational highlights.
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July 2013
The Boone and Crockett Club's recent 28th Big Game Awards established several new benchmarks that event organizers say are a reflection of today's hunters' commitment to conservation, fair chase and the future of these traditions.

Record numbers of exhibited trophies, attending trophy owners, youth awardees, event registrants and sponsors were among the highlights at the triennial event that concluded July 20 in Reno, Nev.

"Boone and Crockett began hosting public exhibitions of big-game trophies in 1947. But I don't think we've ever seen the hunting community more passionate about helping us deliver the message that hunting success follows conservation success--and vice versa," said Club President Bill Demmer.
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Hunting success follows conservation success--and vice versa.

That's the message to be delivered, demonstrated and celebrated through a public exhibition of big game trophies, seminars and other attractions July 17-20 at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.

It's all part of the Boone and Crockett Club's 28th Big Game Awards, a triennial event held at various sites around the country since 1947.

The public-welcome event ($5 daily admission or $10 daily family pass) also includes seminars by hunting and conservation authorities as well as a benefit auction.
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June 2013
Boyt Harness Co. will repeat as a sponsor of one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big game conservation and management--the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20, in Reno, Nev.


The triennial event will be held at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. It features a public exhibition of World's Records, Top 5 trophies and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under during the past three years.
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May 2013
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has added its name to the growing list of sponsors behind one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management--the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev.


The triennial event will be held at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. It features a public exhibition of World's Records, Top 5 trophies and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under during the past three years.



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The Boone and Crockett Club is commending U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) for their work on the Conservation and Forestry titles of the 2013 Farm Bill. Yesterday, with broad bipartisan support, the Senate Agriculture Committee, which Stabenow chairs, approved a bill that features reforms seen as beneficial to conservation in America.


The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry voted 15-5 to advance the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, a Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Thad Cochran. The measure will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
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As the two oldest sportsmen groups with decades of commitment to fundamental wildlife policies, the Boone and Crockett Club and Wildlife Management Institute welcome the initiative of members of the House who have joined to consider the Endangered Species Act. We encourage Democratic members to do likewise and for the two parties to come together on this issue.


Real and imagined fears of "gutting" the Act have squelched this debate and collaterally stopped any improvements as well. To revive a meaningful and helpful debate, there must be positive ideas and a commitment to improving species conservation. We believe better conservation will reduce needless burdens on landowners and other citizens.
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Most elk hunters are happy if their bull scores 300 or better. Most deer hunters can't even picture a whitetail of 300-class proportions.

No wonder.

Since 1830, it's only happened five times.

Of the 13,000-plus whitetails currently honored in Boone and Crockett records, only five--a scant .03 percent--tape 300 inches or more. Remember, 300 inches equals 25 linear feet of antler points, beams, circumferences and spread. Odds of encountering such a colossal trophy in the wild, and taking it in fair chase, are infinitesimally low.
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April 2013
Federal Premium® Ammunition has come on-board as a sponsor of one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management--the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev.


The triennial event will be held at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. It features a public exhibition of World's Records, Top 5 trophies and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under during the past three years.


"Boone and Crockett began hosting public exhibitions of big game trophies in 1947," said Club President Bill Demmer.
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A perspective on manufactured deer, and the purchase of them.

It all starts here--uncertainty is the denominator of the hunt equation. There are many factors that comprise the balance of the equation like knowledge, skill, effort and plain old luck. But uncertainty is the wondrous, magical element of the hunt that compels us to spend remarkable amounts of time and money and, more importantly, heart and soul. It is the spontaneous quality of hunting that distinguishes it from any other pursuit in life and it is why the trophy means so much to us. Nowhere does the proper calculation of the hunt equation include human manipulation of the animal or the circumstance.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (April 6, 2013)--Camo giant Realtree has joined a prominent and growing list of sponsors for one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management--the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev. The triennial event will be held at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. It features a public exhibition of World's Records, Top 5 trophies and records-book specimens taken by hunters age 16 and under during the past three years.
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Bowhunting is absolutely vital to conservation today. The Boone and Crockett Club is acknowledging this too-often underappreciated truth with a tip of the hat to the upcoming 2013 biennial national convention of the Pope and Young Club.

The event is set for April 10-13 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

"Every two years, Pope and Young hosts the premier celebration of bowhunting's contributions to conservation and the big-game trophies that result," said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club's Records Committee.
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March 2013
Young hunters age 16 and under have taken 152 Boone and Crockett-qualifying trophies over the past three years.


That total represents a 126 percent increase over the previous three-year period.


Each trophy will be listed in the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards book due out later this year, and each young hunter has been invited to display their trophy at one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management--the 28th Big Game Awards event, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev.
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February 2013
An Indiana sportsman has recorded the second- largest whitetail deer ever taken by a hunter, according to Boone and Crockett, which compiles such records for conservation, management and historical purposes.


The buck's antlers are the largest non-typical antlers recorded in more than a decade and only the fifth ever to break the 300-inch mark, with a final score of 305-7/8.


The hunter, Tim Beck, bagged the buck on Nov. 17, 2012, in Huntington County, Ind.
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2/8/2013 - What's In A Name?
December 1887 - Shortly after Theodore Roosevelt convinced his friends that they should take up the charge to put a halt to the destruction of America's wildlife, their first order of business was to name this new fraternity of sportsmen.

The founders decided on Boone and Crockett - two illustrious names from the country's frontier past, names that are synonymous with America's pioneering vitality and with rugged individualism, the very personification of the soul of Nimrod, the hunter.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (Feb. 1, 2013) New research shows that Boone and Crockett-class trophies have become more plentiful, and that average scores of record entries have declined by only insignificant amounts, over time.

Researchers studied trends in the size of trophy horns and antlers using Boone and Crockett Club records. Results, published by The Wildlife Society in the Feb. 2013 issue of Wildlife Monographs, did show that trophy size of North American big game declined in 14 of 25 categories, but only by an average of 1.87 percent for antlered species and 0.68 percent for horned species, between 1950 and 2008.
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January 2013
In December 1887, Theodore Roosevelt invited George Bird Grinnell and nine other friends to a dinner party at his home in New York City. The guest list included writers, scientists, explorers, military leaders, industrialist, and political figures. The one thing that they all shared in common was an enthusiasm for big game hunting and each had traveled extensively in the West.
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MISSOULA, MONTANA- A hunter, angler and businessman, Bill Demmer of Lansing, Mich., has been elected president of America's first conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club.

Theodore Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887.

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December 2012
Patriot, Hunter, Conservationist, Husband, Father - 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.
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Attention big-game hunters: Dec. 31, 2012, is the deadline for entering your trophies into Boone and Crockett records, if you'd like to be included in the Club's 28th triennial Big Game Awards book, banquet, exhibit and conservation data.
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With the 2012 elections now in the rearview mirror, many sportsmen are asking what's next for wildlife, conservation, and hunting and fishing as the country moves forward. The good news is, plenty.
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November 2012
A new partnership between the Boy Scouts and the Boone and Crockett Club could make Montana a premier destination for scouts from across the nation. The Montana Council of Boy Scouts of America is assuming operation of a "high adventure base" at the Club's 6,300-acre Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Choteau, Mont. The ranch adjoins the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and serves as the center of summertime scouting activities such as trekking, backpacking, mountain climbing, shooting, wildlife watching and more.
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Populations of bighorn sheep, which once numbered in the thousands, have declined markedly since the latter part of the nineteenth century, and these ungulates face a precarious future. Since the 1920s, considerable money has been spent to restore populations of bighorn sheep into historic ranges. Despite those efforts, from 1923 to 1997, only 41 percent of translocated populations of bighorn sheep were considered successful.
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An historic piece of legislation, drafted and supported by the Boone and Crockett Club and 45 of the nations leading sportsmen and conservation organizations, is set for a vote by the Senate before the close of the 122th Congress.
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This year the Boone and Crockett Club's television show, Boone and Crockett Country, is nominated in four categories at the Sportsman Choice Awards. Vote now!
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October 2012
In commemoration of its 125th anniversary, Boone and Crockett Club has released an historic list of the Top 125 trophy counties across the U.S. The list is based on Boone and Crockett big-game records--trophy data going back to 1830 and long used by conservationists to gauge outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting.
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The discussion that should be had is not about splitting hairs or the mindless and endless consideration of how far is too far. The point is that we are in a relationship with the regal beats we pursue, and this relationship is based on our respect, honor and love of the animals.
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Is Antler Expression Predictable? Effects of Environmental Conditions on Antler Development -- From a tree-stand, a hunter observes a 10-point, 130 inch Boone and Crockett score white-tailed deer walking through a draw. The hunter grabs his rifle but decides not to shoot because the buck appears to be 4-years old and may become a better trophy the following year. Elsewhere, a hunter observes a 7-point 130 inch 4-year old buck making a scrape.
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September 2012
A whitetail deer taken by a hunter in Wisconsin has fallen short of the score needed to become a new World's Record, according to the Boone and Crockett Club. Club officials today confirmed the "Johnny King buck" scores 180 typical points, or 217-5/8 non-typcial points, both of which include shrinkage allowance.
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Odds of you harvesting a Boone and Crockett-class whitetail buck this year: approximately 1 in 20,000. Odds of keeping your trophy dreams alive while browsing the newest "Records of North American Whitetail Deer" book from Boone and Crockett Club: Well, let's just say these odds are exponentially better.
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Missoula, MT - With the requested additional information and materials having been provided to the Boone and Crockett Club's Records Department the decision was made on August 20th to convene a judge's panel to score Johnny King's whitetail deer taken in Wisconsin in 2006.
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August 2012
The Boone and Crockett Club applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its Director Dan Ashe for the delisting today of the Rocky Mountain gray wolf in Wyoming, returning management authority to the state consistent with the 1987 Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan. The gray wolf will become a trophy game animal with the hunting season beginning October 1, 2012.
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Previously David Hewitt discussed preliminary data collected by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute on buck movements using GPS collars. The insights gained began to tell a story of the drive that bucks have to breed during rut. As the rut progressed, movements increased, likely as the result of searching for receptive does as well as tending bonds that are formed for 24 hours when the doe is in heat. Hunters also should take note of how buck behavior changes during rut to maximize hunting success over a short period when bucks seem to go "crazy!"
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Of the 18 conservation leaders selected to advise the Obama Administration on wildlife and sporting issues, 11 are members of the Boone and Crockett Club. That influence is good news for America's hunters because it ensures strong advocacy for high standards in fair-chase sportsmanship, habitat stewardship and science-based wildlife management. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 17 announced appointees to the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.
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Greg Schildwatcher - The Farm Bill, which authorizes many agricultural, nutritional, and conservation programs about every 5 years, has passed the Senate and a similar version awaits consideration on the House floor. There are several points of good news for sportsmen owing to the coordinated work in Washington among several sportsmen groups including the Boone and Crockett Club.
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June 2012
The question isn't what did that buck score? The real question is how did that big deer get there in the first place? Telling the story of historic conservation successes is the hallmark of "Boone and Crockett Country," an award-winning television series with a new network, new host and a new season's worth of adventure and discovery. "Boone and Crockett Country" debuts June 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman.
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Hunting and conservation books and eBooks published by Boone and Crockett Club are being honored alongside general-interest titles in two prestigious international competitions. The Independent Publisher Book Awards and PubWest Book Design Awards are hailing Boone and Crockett publications for excellence in 2012.
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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today offered a package of sportsmen's bills in an amendment to the Farm Bill legislation. One piece of the amendment guarantees funding for improving hunter access to existing public lands. This bipartisan amendment is supported by the Boone and Crockett Club, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and other hunting organizations.
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Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2012)--Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in Billings County, N.D., to its 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list spotlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
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May 2012
MISSOULA, Mont.--The Boone and Crockett Club has launched a series of classic hunting and adventure books now digitally re-mastered as eBooks. Works from Theodore Roosevelt, William T. Hornaday, Charles Sheldon, Frederick C. Selous and others are being converted to high-quality versions for eReader and iPad users. Two titles are available now in the new B&C Classics series. Five more titles are in the works with a new one to be released every 4-6 weeks.
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Studies released independently by Notre Dame Law School and the Government Accountability Office show that environmental groups pad their claims for reimbursed legal fees using a social program entitled the Equal Access to Justice Act, and the U.S. is not keeping track of expenditures. A Notre Dame law review article shows that a 1980 law intended for seniors, veterans, and small businesses is utilized by environmental groups to get pay-backs for their lawsuits as well. A GAO study shows that no one really knows how much money has been spent, but the amounts are at least several million dollars a year.
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Two separate studies from the Government Accountability Offices (GAO) and the Notre Dame Law School confirm that legal fee reimbursements going to environmental groups suing the government, contrary to intent of Congress and without accountability for costs.
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April 2012
A Rocky Mountain goat taken by a hunter in 2011 in British Columbia is the largest of its species ever recorded, according to the Boone and Crockett Club. Club officials today confirmed the goat, a male that scored 57-4/8 Boone and Crockett points, as a new World's Record. Since 1906, the Boone and Crockett Club's scoring system has been used to measure the success of conservation programs across North America.
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The largest elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania, a bull taken by a lucky hunter in 2011, has been confirmed as the new state record. The official declaration was made today by the Boone and Crockett Club. An official measurer determined a final score of 442-6/8 B&C non-typical points, which ranks 9th among all non-typical elk in Boone and Crockett records.
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Boone and Crockett Club leaders are applauding the passage of unprecedented pro-sportsmen legislation in the House of Representatives on April 17. Behind a strong bi-partisan vote of 274-146, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) now moves on to the Senate.
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4/3/2012 - The Deficit Problem
Around this time last year, cuts proposed to the Federal budget seemed to rip into conservation more than other programs. It felt like an 18-wheeler had cut us off on the highway, which is pretty much exactly what was happening: we were, in fact, being pushed around by forces much bigger than we are.
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March 2012
Ducks Unlimited is being honored with the Boone and Crockett Club's Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award, which recognizes and celebrates cooperative partnerships in conservation. DU Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall received the award and recognition during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, March 14, in Atlanta.
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A Powerful New Web Tool Dedicated to Politics from a Sportsman's Perspective: With sportsmen issues becoming more prevalent in today's elections, InterMedia Outdoors is pleased to announce the launch of sportsmenvote.com -- a powerful new website dedicated to sportsmen and the issues that will affect them most in the 2012 election.
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February 2012
Boone and Crockett Club recently added Craig Boddington's Fair Chase in North America to our list of hunting and adventure eBooks. Not since the legendary Jack O'Connor has one outdoor writer captivated readers the way that Craig Boddington has. His delightful anecdotes that accompany vital tips for hunting all species of North American big game make this book a powerfully exciting read for new and seasoned hunters.
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USDA's and the Department of the Interior's Fiscal Year 2013 budgets include a total of $7.5 million of funding for improving hunter access to existing public lands. This new funding is the one of the top priorities for the Boone and Crockett Club and other hunting organizations. The $7.5 million, once it is appropriated, allows the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to acquire rights of way and other land interests from willing-seller landowners to open access to existing federal lands for hunting and fishing where it is closed or significantly restricted.
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In recognition of its 124-year commitment to sustainable-use conservation, the Boone and Crockett Club has received the prestigious Sporting Heritage Award of Excellence from Sporting Classics magazine. Boone and Crockett will be featured in the March/April 2012 edition of Sporting Classics, one of America's finest hunting and fishing magazines.
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January 2012
Trophy whitetail entries from 2011 hunting seasons are beginning to pour into Boone and Crockett Club headquarters. But while the sporting world waits to see which states are hot--or not--producers of giant bucks, North America's overall robust trend in whitetail entries is a story for all conservationists to celebrate. B&C historical records show that trophy whitetails are up 400 percent over the past 30 years.
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In the summer 2011 issue of Fair Chase, I bemoaned the fact that the House of Representatives had offered a fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget that posed draconian cuts in conservation funding. Wiser heads eventually prevailed and federal conservation programs did receive reduced appropriations that limited agency programs; however, the budget did not eliminate programs as submitted by the House.
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Hunters in the U.S. and Canada are the driving force behind the most amazing system of wildlife conservation ever developed. Because of its resounding success, this North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is now being applied in other countries. Unfortunately, this is a largely untold story as most of the public thinks their government takes care of wildlife using their tax dollars. There is a serious lack of understanding and appreciation for the true history of wildlife conservation.
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Big game species in North America have fascinating survival strategies and few are more interesting than the mountain caribou of the Pacific Northwest. Mountain caribou live in a region that receives snowfall in amounts better measured in feet than inches; 30 or more feet each winter. Unlike most deer species, mountain caribou in these high snowpack ecosystems do not migrate to lower elevations to escape the snow, but instead ascend from early winter habitat in lower elevation to high elevation forests.
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Publishing technology has changed since Boone and Crockett Club released its first book in 1893, but the legendary conservation organization is keeping up with the times through its newly launched eBook store. Four titles are available now. Many more, including some B&C classics, will be added soon.
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Two of the world's premier clubs for hunter-conservationists, Dallas Safari Club and Boone and Crockett Club, have announced a new strategic alliance as "Preferred Conservation Partners." By combining the strengths of their unique memberships and resources, the clubs hope to more effectively sustain the integrity, ethics, stewardship and leadership that made sportsmen the first worldwide voice for conservation. Of specific interest is promoting today's best practices in conservation, wildlife management, public and youth education, hunter advocacy and fair chase.
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December 2011
There was a time in North American history when "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:28 ) was interpreted as, "there for the taking." Somewhere along the way the right to take was replaced with a responsibility to conserve. It may be hard today for the uninformed to comprehend or accept, but those who were among the first to recognize the need for, and practiced conservation were hunters, anglers, and trappers. Sadly, few people today, even among the ranks of sportsmen, know the full story.
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November 2011
The Boone and Crockett Club has announced its support for changing the name of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in honor of the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Legislation to rename the refuge has passed the House of Representatives and Senate. The measure now awaits the signature of President Obama.
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Hunters got a frightening wake-up call earlier this year. Cuts to the Federal budget seemed to rip into conservation more than other programs. It was like an 18-wheeler cutting us off on a highway. Here's what is going on: huge trends in Federal spending that started decades ago are squeezing conservation programs out of the Federal budget. Also, the political blame game is adding pressure as advocates pick sides and make it harder for Congress to reach agreement.
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In testimony before a Congressional committee, Boone and Crockett Club president emeritus Lowell E. Baier told committee members that H.R. 1996, the Government Savings Litigation Act, will help America's fish, wildlife and natural resources agencies do their jobs. The legislation will benefit conservation and sound wildlife management by bringing fairness, transparency and accountability to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).
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October 2011
The Boone and Crockett Club has released a follow-up edition to one of our most popular books, Legendary Hunts. This latest edition includes more than 40 new short stories about the hunts for award-winning North American big game.
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September 2011
The most popular and collectible book series in the Boone and Crockett Club library, "Records of North American Big Game" is now available in its 13th edition. It is the most complete records book available from the world's foremost authority on native North American big game records keeping.
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The Boone and Crockett Club today recognized Montana Senator Jon Tester in a ceremony held at the national headquarters of the conservation organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt. Boone and Crockett Club president emeritus Lowell E. Baier presented Tester with a plaque and words of gratitude specifically for the senator's leadership in the Making Public Lands Public Act (S. 901).
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August 2011
Surveys show that three of every four Americans approve of legal hunting, and support is trending upwards. As long as the majority of citizens continue to see this sporting tradition as fair, safe and meaningful, hunting will remain a privilege of citizenship--as well as a boon to conservation. For hunters headed afield this fall, the Boone and Crockett Club offers 10 ways to help keep the public on our side.
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Based on their words and actions, it is quite clear that some members of the U.S. House of Representatives do not share our concern about conservation. The proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) would have eliminated or reduced funding for some of the most effective conservation grant programs run by the federal government. For example, the proposal would have had severe repercussions on the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, State and Tribal Wildlife Grants, Forest Legacy Program, National Wildlife Refuge System, and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.
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June 2011
FRANZ VOGT'S FEEDING EXPERIMENTS GENERATING RECORD ANTLERS By Valerius Geist -- "Managing with the rifle", a conception which arose in Europe at the turn of the 20th century, contained the notion that the culling of the "unfit" was a genetic upgrading of the population, a means of eliminating genetic degeneracy of deer. The culling of the unfit by predators was to be replaced by culling by hunters. It was trumpeted as the best way to achieve large trophy antlers.
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6/7/2011 - A Passion for Score
Passion for big game and big game hunting is a good thing. This passion is what drove the recovery of big game populations in North America, including whitetail deer, from dismal to thriving. Though when this passion swings too far into allegations of a conspiracy of persecuting one deer it's time to hit "re-set" and step back and look at the bigger picture. Such has been the case with the Johnny King buck taken in 2006 in Grant Co., Wisconsin.
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May 2011
Legislation to be introduced today in Congress could axe what has amounted to federal subsidies for environmental extremist and animal rights groups making big business out of suing the U.S. government. The legislation, a House Resolution and companion version in the Senate titled Government Litigation Savings Act, would amend the existing Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). Though well intended, abuses of EAJA have escalated into a serious conservation issue with long-term consequences.
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Senator Jon Tester, D-Montana, and Senator Jim Risch, R-Idaho, today introduced legislation--the "Making Public Lands Public Access Act of 2011"--that guarantees funding for improving hunter access to existing public lands. This bi-partisan legislation is supported by the Boone and Crockett Club, the National Rifle Association and other hunting organizations. The bill directs the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to acquire rights of way and other land interests from willing-seller landowners to open access to existing public lands where public access for hunting and fishing is closed.
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April 2011
Fair Chase, the official publication of the Boone and Crockett Club announced the results of the second annual Swarovski trophy field photo competition. All trophies that were accepted in 2010 were eligible and automatically entered into the contest. Judges fore the contest included Fair Chase editors and staff and additional guest judges from the Big Game Records Department and Swarovski Optik.
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Leupold and Buck Knives have designated three new products to help generate funding for the conservation initiatives of the Boone and Crockett Club. "Our partnership with these American family-owned companies is a natural extension of the values established by our founder, Theodore Roosevelt, because both Leupold and Buck Knives are companies based on the concept of wise-use of natural resources, as well as on hunter-based conservation," said Boone and Crockett Club Vice President Marc Mondavi.
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Big game animals have more complex interactions with their environments than many of us realize and large mammals, such as elk, have far reaching effects on ecosystems. Both quality and quantity of food are important for sustaining populations of game animals. As elk populations increase, the amount of forage removed also increases, which affects plant growth and diversity.
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March 2011
Boone and Crockett Club is very excited to announce that it recently released a limited edition of the Club's long-forgotten, very first official scoring manual titled, Big Game Measurements, which was published in 1906. This book is a must-have for B&C book collectors and those especially interested in the history of the Club's records-keeping activities.
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The Boone and Crockett Club has presented its Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award to an organization commemorating 100 years of conservation leadership and partnership, the venerable Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). WMI received the award and recognition during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, March 16, in Kansas City, Mo.
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In a letter to Senators Michael Enzi, John Barrasso, and Representative Cynthia Lummis the Boone and Crockett Club, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Safari Club International, and National Rifle Association clarified their position on the delisting of the gray wolf in all recovered wolf populations, including those in Wyoming's northern Rocky Mountains.
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In a letter to Idaho House Majority Leader, Mike Moyle, Boone and Crockett Club president Ben Wallace extended the Club's support of the Bill he introduced that would strengthen Idaho's "no fly and hunt" law from reading just helicopters to "any aircraft." Moyle introduced House Bill 186 over the increasing practice of using aircraft-friendly landscape to exploit a loophole in state law that forbids aerial hunting.
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On the air for less than a year, Boone and Crockett Country has already established itself among the best in outdoor television with two recent honors--a Bronze Telly Award and a Golden Moose Award. Boone and Crockett Country, presented by Leupold, debuted fall 2010 as a television documentary celebrating the best in North American big game hunting and conservation. The series explores wildlife biology, relevant conservation and science-based game management issues, best trophy destinations, and the time-honored, ethical traditions of recreational hunting.
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February 2011
Legal defense costs are an increasing drain on conservation funding today. Alarmed by the trend, the Boone and Crockett Club has launched a new examination of federal statutes that enable ongoing litigation at a high cost to wildlife and the American taxpayer. The Club's primary concern is the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), which reimburses organizations that successfully sue federal agencies for non-compliance with federal law.
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America's premiere big-game hunting historian, Boone and Crockett Club, has announced a new book that traces the evolution of elk hunting and records keeping from the late 1880s through the 1970s. "An American Elk Retrospective" features hundreds of vintage photos, historic score charts, records correspondence and portraits of some of the most significant elk ever taken.
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January 2011
It is an axiom that management for trophy deer, sheep, and goats requires management for older males because antler and horn size increase with age. For example, antlers continue to increase in size each year until white-tailed deer bucks reach at least 5 years of age, bull elk 7 years of age, and bull moose 10 years of age. For this reason, wildlife management programs that seek to produce trophy animals emphasize a low harvest rate of males, or a selective harvest that enables males with the most potential for large horns/antlers to mature.
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A hunter, attorney, banker and businessman from Corpus Christi, Texas, Ben B. Wallace has been elected to serve as president of America's oldest conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club. Theodore Roosevelt founded Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. Its mission includes promoting conservation and management of wildlife and their habitats, upholding the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and maintaining records of native North American big game species. Wallace becomes the Club's 29th president, following the tenure of Lowell E. Baier.
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It's a piece of hunting history; a catalog of conservation successes. The newly published Boone and Crockett Club’s 27th Big Game Awards, 2007-2009 is part of a book series that spans over half a century. With the limited release of hardcover editions already sold out, the Club has made the follow-up paperback edition available for purchase.
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November 2010
Congratulations! You finally killed that trophy specimen that eluded you for many seasons and countless hunts. You made celebratory stops at your buddy's house and then the local meat processor. The taxidermist is next. But, unlike your previous hunts, this time there's another consideration -- entering your trophy into the Boone and Crockett Club's records book.
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Browse through our Club's web store to get a complete listing of sale items. Here are some of the highlights -- Select hats under $10 -- Shirts and jackets at 40% off -- Entire stock of Hunt Fair Chase signature clothing items 40% off! Sizes and colors are limited. All sales on clearance items are final.
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11/15/2010 - Help send the message!
Vote for Boone and Crockett Country (Best Hunting and Best Overall Series) for the Outdoor Channel's Golden Moose Awards. The Boone and Crockett Club is striving for a quality brand of outdoor programming. Your vote will help. Read on for details.
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Now is the time for you to urge the Obama administration and Congress to support full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million a year.
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October 2010
Many hunters are rightfully angry that a federal judge has put the gray wolf back under federal protection based on legal technicalities. Taking management away from state authorities allows wolves to multiply and spread. Wolves are already so plentiful they are cutting down herds of elk, moose, and deer, and are also killing livestock and pets. Wolves need to be controlled and we must continue toward that goal in an orderly fashion.
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MISSOULA, Mont.--Since launching in 2002, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) has become a true phenomenon, expanding into 47 states and introducing tens of thousands of students to a traditional outdoor sport. Now, with help from Boone and Crockett Club, NASP has another new chapter--in America's capital. Thirteen educators from nine pilot schools in Washington D.C. were recently certified to bring NASP archery lessons to their students in grades 4-12.
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Elk Reproduction Improved With Mature Bulls -- Trophy animals represent many things. For hunters who harvest an exceptional animal, trophies are the culmination of planning, dedication, and hard work. A trophy is a reminder of all the experiences enjoyed, and sometimes tolerated, during a memorable hunting trip. But a trophy is more than that. Large, mature animals are symbols of excellent habitat and sound wildlife management. They are also indicative of a natural age structure that fosters normal reproduction and thus a productive population.
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September 2010
FROM POPE AND YOUNG CLUB, CHATFIELD, MN -- It is with sadness that the Pope and Young Club shares the news that our founder, Glenn St. Charles, has passed away. Glenn St. Charles, passed away September 19th at his home in Seattle, Washington, after a short illness. He was 98.
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Paul T. Deuling of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, has received the Sagamore Hill Award, the highest honor given a hunter by the Boone and Crockett Club. Deuling received the award, named for the New York home of Theodore Roosevelt, for taking a World's Record mountain caribou in a hunt that exemplifies the sporting values that Roosevelt championed -- fair chase, self-reliance, perseverance, selective hunting, and mastery of challenges.
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July 2010
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have named Bob Model, long-standing member and chairman of Government Affairs for the Boone and Crockett Club, and seven other Club members to serve on a new Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. The council is an official advisory group under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that will help to promote and preserve America's hunting heritage for future generations.
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Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist, published by Boone and Crockett Club and hailed by followers of TR's legendary sporting and stewardship ethos, is receiving national honors for literary and design excellence. The book is the first illustrated biography to offer a sweeping view of the outdoorsman, rancher, adventurer, soldier, statesman and 26th President of the United States.
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The Boone and Crockett Club is now receiving four times more trophy entries than 30 years ago, and Theodore Roosevelt's great, great grandson says hunters who reach this apex are notable beneficiaries of historic conservation successes. Further, the TR descendant says trophy record holders are perfectly positioned to help keep hunters at the forefront of America's resurging conservation movement.
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June 2010
Boone and Crockett Country is a weekly hunting documentary celebrating the best in big game hunting and conservation in North America, where celebrity is the game animals we hunt. Produced by the most widely respected name in big game records keeping, fair chase, and conservation, and presented by America's Optics Authority, B&CC explores all aspects of big game hunting from species biology, favored habitats, and today's best trophy destinations, to the science of big game management, and the time-honored, ethical traditions of recreational hunting.
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May 2010
MISSOULA, Mont.--Conservation groups and the hunting industry are rallying for unprecedented support of an upcoming public exhibit of big game trophies. Hosted by Boone and Crockett Club, the triennial event is a free showing of world-class antlers, horns and mounted specimens from across North America. The exhibit is set for June 24-26, 2010, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev.
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Registration extended to June 3 for Boone and Crockett Club's 27th Big Game Awards Program Banquet and related activities that will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, June 22-26, 2010. You don't want to miss this history-making event. Nearly 100 of the top big game trophies will be on display, as well as a special presentation of B&C trophies taken by youth hunters.
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April 2010
MISSOULA, Mont. -- More and more prominent big game conservation groups are formally endorsing Boone and Crockett scoring as their standard system for measuring North American big game trophies. Boone and Crockett scoring originally was developed as a means of recording data on species thought to be going extinct from habitat loss and unregulated harvest. Today, Boone and Crockett Club records remain a classic gauge of successful conservation and management programs.
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March 2010
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Young hunters age 16 and under have taken 67 Boone and Crockett qualifying trophies over the past three years. Each will be listed in the triennial Boone and Crockett Club 27th Big Game Awards book due out later this year. Included among the youth trophies are a massive Alaska brown bear and the largest non-typical mule deer recorded in 36 years, both of which are Top 5 specimens in their respective categories for the awards period.
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February 2010
We're pleased to announce that registration is now open for Boone and Crockett Club's 27th Big Game Awards Program Banquet and related activities that will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, June 22-26, 2010. Visit our official web site to register on-line or download the registration forms.
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It's the West Point of conservation leadership, an academy built on a foundation of Harvard University academics and Boone and Crockett Club practicality. Now in its fourth year, the National Conservation Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. offers unique advanced-training opportunities for gifted professionals envisioning and shaping the future of America's outdoors. More than 100 selectees have attended so far, representing conservation agencies and organizations nationwide.
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Conservation and Management of Mule and Black-tailed Deer -- Throughout the geographic range of mule deer and their black-tailed subspecies, we see a lot of variation in body size, coat color, antler shape, behavior, and other attributes. The large degree of physical variation observed in mule deer led early naturalists to collect mule deer from a few geographically distant locations and designate them as different subspecies because they differed slightly from one another.
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January 2010
Outdoor Life and its 5.5 million readers have selected Boone and Crockett Club President Lowell E. Baier of Bethesda, Md., as the top conservationist in the third-annual "OL 25" list of people who've had the greatest positive impact on hunting, fishing and conservation. "OL 25" honors conservationists, leaders, innovators and unsung heroes. Along with other nominees, Baier's photo and bio appeared in the December/January 2010 edition of Outdoor Life. Online voting helped decide Reader's Choice winners in each category.
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Ninety years after his death, Theodore Roosevelt remains an American outdoor icon. His hunting adventures are among the best known. His ethics are among the most championed. And he remains among the most often quoted visionaries in all of conservation. But no illustrated biography of Roosevelt as the consummate hunter, outdoorsman and arms enthusiast has existed until now. Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, U.S. president, and hero to hunters and conservationists worldwide.
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Although the venerable .30-06 and .270 remain among the favorites, Boone and Crockett Club big-game records show that hunters with a .300 Magnum are taking more North American trophies than any other caliber. Surprisingly, the second-most-popular trophy-taker isn't a firearm -- it's a bow.
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December 2009
Earlier this month, the Club launched its presence on the social networking site Facebook and gained nearly 400 fans in the first 24 hours. Hunters, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts can become fans of the Boone and Crockett Club and join thousands of other sportsmen who believe in our mission and vision for hunting and wildlife.
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Don't miss out on your chance to become a part of the nation's oldest hunter-conservation organization. Join the Boone and Crockett Club as a Lifetime Associate by December 31st and receive a Boyt scoped gun case and Buck Portable Butcher Shop knife with your paid membership. The Club is a very special group of people who care about conservation, education and ethical hunting. As a Lifetime Associate you'll experience the satisfaction of knowing your dues help finance our efforts to keep you out in the field and enjoying the great outdoors!
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DON'T DELAY! VOTING DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2009. Boone and Crockett Club President Lowell E. Baier of Bethesda, Md., is among several stalwart big-game conservationists named to Outdoor Life's list of 25 people who've had the greatest positive impact on hunting, fishing and conservation. As a way to thank Lowell for his outstanding work in conservation, please cast a vote for Lowell Baier as "Readers' Choice."
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Boone and Crockett Club President Lowell E. Baier of Bethesda, Md., is among several stalwart big-game conservationists named to Outdoor Life's list of 25 people who've had the greatest positive impact on hunting, fishing and conservation. Today the Club congratulated all of the selectees, especially those who've had a hand in North America's unprecedented success in restoring and managing big game populations.
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November 2009
What's the scariest thing imaginable for those of us impassioned about wildlife and hunting and the outdoors? For many, it's the idea that our natural resource legacy will not be left in safe hands. Sportsmen and wildlife professionals recognize that we are in a new era -- a time in which the organizational guardians of our natural resource legacy find themselves facing unprecedented challenges in a rapidly changing landscape. These challenges are exacerbated by the immense leadership void created from vast numbers of retiring baby boomers.
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Courts in a growing number of states are using the Boone and Crockett scoring system to slap poachers with more felony charges, stiffer fines and longer revocations of hunting privileges. Game animals with large antlers and horns aren't just trophies, but valuable conservation resources that warrant harsher penalties for abuse, say Boone and Crockett Club officials. "I can't think of a better use for Boone and Crockett's scoring system than assessing trophy-class fines for poaching trophy-class animals....
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October 2009
In just the past 13 years, modern conservation efforts have produced an amazing 62 new state and provincial records--plus over 3,500 other Boone and Crockett-class trophies--for mule deer and elk alone. These special efforts and animals are profiled in two new books from the Boone and Crockett Club. Records of North American Mule Deer and Records of North American Elk are the first records books dedicated solely to these two species. Previously, mule deer and elk were combined into a single Boone and Crockett volume last printed in 1996.
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MISSOULA, Mont.--The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) has formally endorsed the Boone and Crockett scoring system for measuring North American sheep taken by WSF members. The move follows a unanimous vote by the WSF board of directors.
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MISSOULA, Mont.--The Boone and Crockett Club is pleased to announce the availability of the 6-DVD set of the widely acclaimed television series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." The Boone and Crockett Club applauds the series' treatment of early conservationists and especially Club members who committed their lives unselfishly for the betterment of future generations. The six-episode series directed by Ken Burns is currently airing on PBS.
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September 2009
Hunters can now learn to score North American big-game species for $5 per trophy type. For the first time, individual chapters of the official Boone and Crockett Club scoring manual are being offered as electronic PDF files. Previously, only complete published copies of "Measuring and Scoring North American Big Game Trophies" were available.
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MISSOULA, Mont. -- Free activities, exhibits and attractions for the whole family will highlight a public celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Country Visitor Center on Grant Creek Rd. in Missoula, Montana. The Elk Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club and KYSS-FM are hosting the event.
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By unanimous vote of its board of directors, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has officially adopted the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system for measuring North American trophies taken by DSC members. DSC will use the system for its trophy competition held annually since the 1980s. The formal adoption of Boone and Crockett scoring represents a major switch for the club, which has always used the Safari Club International system.
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August 2009
Consequences of maternal effects on body and antler size of white-tailed deer -- Although only one subspecies of white-tailed deer (O. v. dacotensis) inhabits South Dakota, deer occupying the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota are smaller than those in the eastern portion of the state. What would be the effect of improving nutrition of deer from the Black Hills? Would they increase in size and how long would it take for a change in nutrition to have a positive effect on growth?
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Boone and Crockett Club Vice President of Big Game Records, Eldon "Buck" Buckner, presented the following speech to Western Association Game and Fish Agencies, in Newport Beach, California on July 12, 2009. "I'd like to complement the game departments and commissions for maintaining and administering the world's most successful system of wildlife management for the past 75 years or so, that being the North American Model. But, as I'm sure you all are aware, great challenges lie ahead if that model is to survive. A major challenge is obtaining adequate funding for state agencies responsible for fish, wildlife, and parks, and that's why I'm here today.
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The Boone and Crockett Club has dropped the prices on some of our most popular merchandise items in our End of the Summer Blow Out Clearance Sale. Hats as low as $5, 40% off dress shirts, 50% off fleece, and more.
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised the Senate's confirmation of Sam D. Hamilton as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Sam is a veteran manager, innovative leader, and strong advocate for sound science," Salazar said.
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July 2009
Implications of Fire History for Conserving Bighorn Sheep -- Steep, rocky terrain is widely recognized as an important component of bighorn sheep habitat. Visual openness, however, also is important because it enhances the probability that bighorn sheep can detect and evade predators...
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June 2009
Hunting usually isn't top-of-mind conversation in America's literary circles, but that may be changing as a book published by Boone and Crockett Club continues to garner national honors and awards. Authored by Richard C. Rattenbury of Edmond, Okla., Hunting the American West draws extensively on vivid accounts from participants and observers along with abundant historical photos and illustrations. The book affords rare insight to the methods, motives and character of big-game hunters in the Old West.
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May 2009
In most instances, a confrontation between a white-tailed deer and a black bear would be decided in favor of the bear. Dr. Steve Cote, a scientist with the University Laval in Quebec, has indentified a situation which defies this conventional wisdom. Dr. Cote and his colleagues have been studying white-tailed deer on Anticosti Island, a 3,000 square-mile island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec.
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Boy Scouts across the U.S. have a new destination for trekking, mountain climbing, shooting, wildlife watching and other adventures--the Boone and Crockett Club's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Choteau, Montana. The Club is partnering with the Montana Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to create a "Montana High Adventure Base" at the Club's 6,040-acre ranch. The property adjoins the rugged Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. The camp will meet national certification requirements of the BSA for high adventure camps and Scout-trained leaders....
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April 2009
Most knowledgeable hunters can readily define the Grand Slam -- as far as wild sheep are concerned, that is -- as bagging one each of the four different North American wild sheep, "all having been taken in fair chase by an individual hunter." The four species are the Dall's, Stone's, Rocky Mountain Bighorn, and Desert Bighorn, and once again, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center can lay claim to the fact that a Grand Slam is on view in the Cody Firearms Museum.
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Boone and Crockett Club's Conservation Across Boundaries (CAB) courses are hands-on field courses designed for science teachers interested in integrating fish, wildlife, and natural resource conservation into their classroom curricula. The deadline for 2009 Applications has been extended to May 1, 2009.
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Modern wildlife management through regulated hunting has never pushed any species to threatened or endangered levels, and there's no science to suggest it would happen with wolves, either. The Boone and Crockett Club is offering this simple, historical fact to activist groups threatening new lawsuits designed to forestall state management of gray wolves. "We're calling upon activists to look at the impeccable track record of modern wildlife management, end litigation and join hunter-conservation groups in celebrating the completion of wolf recovery," said Lowell E. Baier, president of the Club.
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March 2009
Boone and Crockett Club's latest publication receives a 2009 Spur Award for Nonfiction-Historical book. Since 1953, the nonprofit Western Writers of America (www.westernwriters.org) has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, selected by panels of judges. Awards, for material published last year, are given for works whose inspirations, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West.
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The Boone and Crockett Club has donated its historic files, letters and photographs to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana. UM archivist Donna McCrea said the University library has sought the prestigious collection since the Boone and Crockett Club moved its headquarters from Virginia to Missoula in 1993.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar affirmed on March 6, 2009, the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Wolves will remain a protected species in Wyoming.
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February 2009
MISSOULA, Mont. -- The Boone and Crockett Club's recent announcement of a new World's Record elk has generated unprecedented news coverage as well as public craving for details about the giant bull. Taken in 2008 by a hunter on public land in Utah, it is the only elk on record with a gross antler score approaching the 500-inch mark, at 499-3/8. Official data dates back to 1830.
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January 2009
Have you experienced a clear night sky full of stars or the wind rustling through the pine trees? Western history books describe wide-open prairies and big skies of Montana that in years past invited pioneers and conservationists out West. The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch is such a place where in the summer youth come to experience a safe getaway full of outdoor adventure and new challenges along the scenic and beautiful Rocky Mountain Front.
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A knife represents a hunter's commitment to utilize the harvest. This timeless truth is the foundation of a new partnership between Buck Knives and the Boone and Crockett Club. Together the two partners have introduced a new Boone and Crockett Classics Series of seven knives honoring heroes of conservation, and Buck is donating a portion of each sale to support the Club's work advancing fair-chase hunting ethics, big-game management and wildlife conservation.
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free, new, online game titled “The Hunter” artfully combines realistic hunting action with the community and functionality of a social networking site. The game, located at www.theHunter.com, is being continually developed by Emote Games with charter partnership from the Boone and Crockett Club. Emote Games is a London-based publisher of dynamic online games. The Club is one of North America’s oldest and most recognized conservation organizations.
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Greater appreciation through increased knowledge -- Theodore Roosevelt was a hunter and a naturalist. Knowledge gained from his time afield fueled TR's zeal for conservation and elevated his appreciation for nature. One of the missions of the Boone and Crockett Club is to disseminate knowledge to ensure that many are passionate about wildlife conservation. Throughout the year, we will be posting Trophy Points articles. The first in this series is "White-tailed Deer Buck Movements During the Rut."
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Montana High Adventure Base - MOHAB is the destination! The Boone and Crockett Club's MOHAB (Montana High Adventure Base) provides an experience for older scouts (13 years plus) like none other in Scouting. The program is built with a Boy Scouts of America participant who has had backpacking experience in mind.
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MISSOULA, Mont. -- Perhaps the largest elk ever produced in the wild -- a Utah bull taken in 2008 by a hunter on public land -- has been confirmed as a new World's Record. The official declaration was made today by the Boone and Crockett Club.
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December 2008
Voice Talent for Leupold Big Game Profiles Nominated -- One of the nation's leading outdoor magazines has for the second straight year identified 25 exceptional individuals for their prestigious Conservationist of the Year Award.
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Following presentations by some of the nation's leading wolf authorities, the Boone and Crockett Club today reaffirmed its position that gray wolves should be delisted and managed as a game species by the states. Experts, including the biologist directing wolf recovery efforts in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, spoke at the Club's annual meeting, which concluded Saturday in Houston.
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The Boone and Crockett Club, along with its television partners, are asking for you take a moment and cast your votes for the television series "Leupold Big Game Profiles presented by the Boone and Crockett Club" to be recognized for excellence in programming during the upcoming Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Awards. Voting closes on December 31, 2008.
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November 2008
The Boone and Crockett Club's Publications Committee is proud to present Hunting the American West -- a thoroughly illustrated, narrative history of big-game hunting in the nineteenth-century American West. For every hunter, conservationist, gun and sporting art collector, or history buff who has dreamed of the epic grandeur and adventure of hunting on the western frontier, this new book from the Boone and Crockett Club is a must read.
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With vibrant photos of North American big game animals, insightful scoring tips and vintage images of award-winning trophies, a new 2009 wall calendar from Boone and Crockett Club makes a great gift for hunters and conservationists.
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October 2008
The Boone and Crockett Club is celebrating the October 25th dedication of the new Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge near Rolling Fork, Mississippi. The 6,600-acre refuge named for the Club's iconic founder is the birthplace of fair-chase hunting ethics--and the Teddy bear.
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America's oldest and most prestigious North American conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club, which was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, will be recognized during the January 8th Saturday Night Gala of the Dallas Safari Club 2009 convention as the recipient of the Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award (PHCHHA).
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When Theodore Roosevelt called the first White House conference on conservation in 1908, America craved wild game but many species were dwindling. A century later, wild game is abundant but now the craving is beginning to subside. In his address to over 500 conservation leaders at last week's White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy, Baier warned, "Diminishing participation in hunting and waning interest and demand for wild game will continue to create complex challenges--including financial, political and judicial setbacks--for all wildlife."
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September 2008
What would America's greatest conservation hero, Theodore Roosevelt, think of the upcoming White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy?

Would Roosevelt be proud of conservation today?

"I'm certain that he'd be beaming," says Lowell E. Baier, president of Boone and Crockett Club, the organization that Roosevelt founded in 1887 to guide wildlife restoration and management.


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For every hunter, conservationist, gun and sporting art collector, or history buff who has dreamed of the epic grandeur and adventure of hunting on the western frontier, a new book from the Boone and Crockett Club is a must read. Hunting the American West explores the pursuit of big game for life, profit, and sport from 1800 to 1900. Backed by years of research, Hunting the American West is among the few scholarly works focused on hunting in the 19th-century, from aboriginal hunters to adventurers to market hunters.
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Washington, DC: The date and location for potentially the most important meeting for the future of wildlife conservation and hunting has been set. The White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy will be held October 1 through 3 in Reno, Nevada. Mandated by the Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation executive order signed by President Bush in August 2007, the goal of the conference is to establish a 10-year plan to improve wildlife conservation and boost hunting opportunity on public lands.
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August 2008
On August 16, 2007, driven by the concerns of the sportsmen and conservation communities, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order that called for federal agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat. The Order also calls for a Wildlife Policy conference to lay the foundation for a ten-year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan. This conference is scheduled for October 2 -3, 2008 in Reno, Nevada.
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Hunters can have their trophies scored by Boone and Crockett Club Official Measurers during special August events at Cabela's retail stores around the country. Official scoring will be offered Aug. 23-24 at all 28 Cabela's locations: AZ - Glendale; CT - East Hartford; ID - Boise, Post Falls; IL - Hoffman Estates; IN - Hammond; KS - Kansas City; LA - Gonzales; ME - Scarborough; MI - Dundee; MN - East Grand Forks, Owatonna, Rogers; MO - Hazelwood; NE - Kearney, La Vista, Sidney; NV - Reno; PA - Hamburg; SD - Mitchell, Rapid City; TX - Buda, Fort Worth; UT - Lehi; WA - Lacey; WV - Wheeling; WI - Prairie du Chien, Richfield.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (Aug. 1, 2008) -- Beginning in August, all 50 Bass Pro Shops stores will have a Boone and Crockett Club Associate Measurer on staff. Scoring on whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, bear and cougar will be offered as a free customer service. To find the store nearest you, go to www.basspro.com and click on Store Locations.
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July 2008
A hunting and shooting sports summit was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado this past June 23-25 hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The Summit gathered leaders from throughout the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry as well as key leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation organizations to address key challenges that face the future of hunting and the shooting sports.
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June 2008
The third season of the Boone and Crockett Club's television series, Leupold Big Game Profiles, will hit the airwaves beginning in July 3 at 8 a.m. EST on The Outdoor Channel. Thirteen new episodes will be on display airing three times a week through the end of the season.
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May 2008
FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources recently announced the establishment of an endowment to create the Charles C. Gates Boone and Crockett Chair for Wildlife Conservation, funded by an initial $3 million gift from the Boone and Crockett Club whose members promote land and wildlife conservation.
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A new award honoring the tenacious, collaborative spirit of America's greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, was presented this week by the conservation and hunting organization that Roosevelt himself founded 121 years ago.
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March 2008
The most up-to-date big game records book available — includes nearly 4,700 trophies accepted in the last three years and dozens of stories about the top trophies.
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February 2008
Boone and Crockett Club President Lowell E. Baier has been named 2008 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year, an honor that comes with a $50,000 grant for a wildlife or habitat project of Baier's choice. The Potomac, Md., hunter was selected over three other nominees in an open-ballot vote on Budweiser's web site. He was honored this week in a ceremony in Las Vegas.
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