Boone and Crockett Annual Report

Message from the President/CEO

FY 2017 Annual Rep
ort

As you review this annual report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, you will first see a solid operating performance along with many successful and active programs consistent with our mission. You will also see the outstanding volunteer work of many Regular and Professional Members that makes this Club so successful.

We are advancing on our goals of inspiring ethical hunting, promoting professional expertise, and advocating for effective management of habitat and wildlife. And, we are keeping shop with administrative improvements and continued development of financial security for our mission.

First, we concluded a successful fundraising round for our new program, Hunt Right; Hunt Fair Chase (HRHFC). Launched with the essay “The Boone and Crockett Club on Fair Chase” and with strong support from corporate partners, HRHFC will now cover all our activities in promoting the ethics of hunting in conservation. HRHFC gives us the overall vision under which to inspire ethical behavior through our statements, activities and publications. The campaign website—huntfairchase.com—launched in July.

We have a new position statement out, and if you have not read it, I encourage you to do so. The title is “Lead in Ammunition for Hunting and Shooting.” It is certainly a current hot topic. Visit the Club’s web site to read the full statement.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was also discussed at the Club’s Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, and I’m sure you’ve seen the outstanding series of articles in Fair Chase magazine about this terrible disease. Because of the huge ramifications involved, I have appointed an ad-hoc committee of some of our best and brightest Professional Members to guide the Club in formulating our positions on CWD. Steve Williams and Becky Humphries have agreed to co-chair this group of experts; much more to come on this.

Records entries are on track for another big triennial at the 30th Awards Program in Springfield, Missouri. Mark your calendars for July 2019—you don’t want to miss this. If you haven’t been to the Youth Awards banquet, you owe it to yourself to go. I think it is the highlight of the show. And speaking of a show, the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is now open adjacent to Bass Pro Shop’s flagship store in Springfield. Housed in the museum is our National Collection of Heads and Horns, bigger and better than ever. Bass Pro has been terrific in making this move a resounding success, giving the collection and the Club exponentially more exposure.

Our Publications Program has been busy with two new books in the works—Records of North American Big Game, 14th edition, showing robust pre-sales, and our first-ever college text book, North American Wildlife Policy and Law, forecast to be completed in May 2018. The third book, Boone and Crockett Club’s 29th Big Game Awards, released last fall, is completely sold out!

The Montana license plate project is averaging about $10,000 per month and has brought in $114,700 in net income since inception. Needless to say, this is a welcome addition to cash flow for the Club.

The Associates Committee is hard at work on a new incentive program for Official Measurers to sign up new Associates, as well as continuing to develop editorial content that will education and entertain our readers.

In University Programs, Boone and Crockett Fellows presented four student projects at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference spring meeting in Spokane, Washington. For me it was the highlight of the meeting and really showed us what these programs are all about. In addition, a very successful two-day retreat was held this summer in East Lansing at Michigan State University (go Spartie!).

Conservation Policy, with our new co-chairs James Cummins and Paul Phillips, along with our D.C. team Greg Schildwachter, David Anderson and Mitch Butler, are hard at work with the new administration in Washington. Current priorities are forest health, update of Endangered Species Act, the Sportsman’s Act, and reform of Equal Access to Justice Act. They are looking for Club member participation to really make our impact meaningful, so contact any of them if you would like to get involved.

The 2017 operating results mentioned earlier came in well ahead of budget last year, with our budget goal always to break even. Thanks to staff and the Budget and Finance Committee for the excellent work on the financial end of our business.
All this work is supported by a strong and lean administrative program. One item that was discussed at length in Tucson last December, is the renovation of the manager’s house at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. The renovation is complete and was paid for by members. The total cost was $157,000; 38 members stepped up, including Ed Rasmuson, who made a generous challenge match to fund this project. Ranch Manager Mike Briggs and family have moved back in and are enjoying their “new” home. A big shout out and thank you to all who participated! I witnessed the good work on this project firsthand when Mike and his family were gracious hosts for a great dinner of homemade chili in their home. A tour of the ranch followed the next day that included two wolf sightings.

Work on the infrastructure project (the integrated database powering our web site, big game records, point of sale, and accounting) continues, and we are now actively testing systems. Progress is being made with the balance of the funding coming from the endowment.

The Foundation enjoyed another outstanding year, and I would encourage you to read President Terrell McCombs letter on the following pages of this report. Of special note, the endowment now exceeds $20 million, making the regular distributions to support the Club almost twice what they were just a few years ago.

And finally, a special thanks to the board members of both the Club and the Foundation, and all of the committee chairs who volunteer so much time and treasure on behalf of the Club. You are truly remarkable and what makes this club so special.

I am proud to be a member and especially proud to follow a long line of distinguished gentlemen to serve as your president.

Sincerely,

B.B. Hollingsworth, Jr.
President
Boone and Crockett Club



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