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About Boone and Crockett Club - Hunting and Ethics

One of the original objectives for founding the Club over 130 years ago was "to promote manly sport with the rifle." We've evolved considerably since then, but hunting is still forefront in our mission.

Surveys indicate that only about five percent of America’s population hunts. Those same surveys indicate that another five percent are against any kind of hunting. The 90 percent in the middle? They’re on the fence about it. Relatively few Americans understand that hunters are responsible for the lion’s share of funding for state wildlife management agencies. That’s by design. The Boone and Crockett Club’s founders were hunters who understood that conservation isn’t free. And they worked to create a system of conservation that is paid for by those who care about it most. 

Today, as it was a century ago, hunting is so much more than a funding mechanism. It’s a way of life. It’s how we put food on the table. It’s how we start a conversation with the one other person wearing camo standing in line at Disney World. In addition, ethical hunting, self-imposed restrictions and adhering to Fair Chase principles are points of pride for the hunting community, a tight-knit community of which Boone and Crockett members are at the forefront. 

The Origins of Fair Chase

The earliest recorded usage of the term "Fair Chase" is in the fifth article of the Boone and Crockett Club’s constitution, adopted in February of 1888. At this time in history there were no laws governing the taking of game for food or for sport. Water-killing deer (driving deer with hounds or pushers into lakes where shooters waited in boats to either shoot, club or cut the throats of deer) was a widespread practice, especially in the Adirondacks. Read More

Why Are We Focused On Hunter Ethics and Fair Chase?

Because hunting is too important to be lost over misconceptions and a poor public image due to the unethical behavior of a few. Read More

Hunter and Conservation Ethics

The Club has long been recognized for its leadership in hunting and conservation ethics. The Club’s Fair Chase statement was the cornerstone of the establishment of game laws, which included regulated hunting seasons, bag limits, and the abolishment of commercial market hunting practices at the turn of the century. To this day it promotes ethical, fair chase hunting, which is a critical part of a broader conservation ethic. Read More

B&C World's Record Gallery

We all know there is more to hunting and conservation than the final score of a big game trophy. However, it is important to take a look at the history of records keeping and celebrate those big game trophies that hold the top spot in their respective categories. These records are part of a large data set that measures conservation success. Read More

Field Judging - Whitetail Deer

The first thing you will notice about a large whitetail buck’s rack is the overall height and width, followed by the number of points, and mass. When assessing a potential trophy’s score, we need to look at the lengths of the main beams, lengths of the points, the inside spread of the main beams, and the mass or circumference of the main beams at four locations. Learn more about the different components that contribute to the overall score for a whitetail and other big game animals recognized by B&C. Read More

Big Game Profiles ®

Big Game Profiles® presented by the Boone and Crockett Club is a one-of-a-kind documentary series celebrating individual species of North American big game. From ancient history to present day science and conservation, from biology and habitats to action-packed hunting excitement, these insightful videos provide hours of entertainment covering big game recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club. Read More

North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

Natural resources, including wildlife represent the health and wealth of a country and its people. We are fortunate in North America to have a proven system that not only recognizes these values, but also provides for and directs the proper use and management of these resources. Read more about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, Sportsmen, and the Boone and Crockett Club. Read More

Big Game Records Live

Big Game Records LIVE is the next generation of Boone and Crockett Club's Trophy Search, a hunting research tool. With Big Game Records LIVE, we give you access to the Club’s massive trophy database of North American big game. Our founders devised the records-keeping system more than a century ago to measure the success of conservation efforts across the country. Now, these records are available to you by subscribing to Big Game Records LIVE. Read More



Today’s hunters follow the ethics and laws first established by the Boone and Crockett Club. 


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