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Message from the President/CEO

FY 2018 Annual Report

As you review this annual report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, I trust you will find it enlightening. You will see a solid operating performance along with many successful and active programs consistent with our mission. You will also see the results of the outstanding volunteer work of many Regular and Professional Members that makes this Club so successful.

We continue to make progress on our goals of inspiring ethical hunting, promoting professional expertise, and advocating for effective management of habitat and wildlife. And we are closely monitoring the financial aspects of the Club with administrative improvements and continued development of financial security for our mission.

B&C’s outreach program, Hunt Right; Hunt Fair Chase (HRHFC), continues to be very successful. Launched with the essay “The Boone and Crockett Club on Fair Chase” and with strong support from corporate partners, HRHFC now covers all of our activities in promoting the ethics of hunting in conservation. HRHFC gives us the overall vision to inspire ethical behavior through our statements, activities, and publications. The term “Fair Chase” has now been copyrighted and trademarked as property of the Boone and Crockett Club.

We have a new position statement on Chronic Wasting Disease, approved by the board on March 29, 2018. Click here the Club’s website to read the full statement.

Record entries are on track for another big triennial at the 30th Awards Program in Springfield, Missouri. Mark your calendars for August 1-3, 2019—you don’t want to miss this. If you haven’t been to the Jack Steele Parker Generation Next Youth 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, adjacent to Bass Pro Shops’ flagship store in Springfield, is now open. Housed in the museum is our National Collection of Heads and Horns, bigger and better than ever. Bass Pro Shops has been terrific in making this move a resounding success, giving the Collection and the Club exponentially more exposure. The museum finished its first year with 1.6 million visitors, twice the projections, and our collection was one of the most popular exhibits.

Our Publications subcommittee has been busy with new books in the works. Records of North American Big Game, 14th edition, sold out the deluxe edition, and we have sold close to 1,000 copies of the Collector’s edition. Efforts are now focused on the paperback sets, and sales are exceeding budget. Our first-ever college textbook and professional resource, North American Wildlife Policy and Law, is now finished, and sales have commenced. Many thanks to our esteemed editors, Bruce Leopold, Wini Kessler, and James Cummins.

The Montana license plate project is averaging about $12,000 per month and brought in around $125,000 in net income for the fiscal year. Needless to say, this is a welcome addition to the Club’s cash flow.

The Associates subcommittee continues to work on an incentive program for Official Measurers to sign up new Associates, which included 375 last year. The subcommittee does an outstanding job of developing editorial content for Fair Chase that will both educate and entertain our readers. The first ever Fair Chase Yearbook was released with the fall issue and has been well received.

Boone and Crockett Club’s University Programs (UP) held a retreat at the Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch in Dupuyer, Montana, in June. The purpose was to bring together UP leaders, Club members, and university administrators to discuss common themes among programs and develop action plans centered on unifying/common goals. There was much energy generated by the meetings and all enjoyed visiting the ranch.

The Conservation Policy Committee, with co-chairs James Cummins and Paul Phillips, along with our Washington, D.C., team Greg Schildwachter, David Anderson, and Mitch Butler, are hard at work with the administration in Washington. Current priorities are to improve long-term land management, the health of federal forests and rangelands, access to federal lands, and federal land disposal/acquisition. They are looking for Club member participation to really make our impact meaningful, so contact B&C headquarters if you would like to get involved.

The 2018 operating revenue mentioned in the financial report 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.

Work on the infrastructure project (the integrated database powering our website, 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 $21 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 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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