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B&C Position Statement - Canned Shoots

Effective Date: June 6, 2012 - Reviewed: June 11, 2013

Situational Overview

A canned shoot (or canned hunt) is the practice of pursuing and killing any big game animal kept in or released from captivity to be killed in an artificial or bogus hunting situation. In canned shoots, the game lacks the equivalent chance to escape afforded free-ranging animals, virtually assuring the shooter a certain or unrealistically favorable chance of a kill. Canned shoots are of great concern to the Boone and Crockett Club because the non-hunting public may confuse ethical fair chase hunting with canned shoots, which is a gross misconception.


The Boone and Crockett Club is opposed to canned shoots because they create an artificial relationship between predator and prey. The Club upholds the moral principle that hunting is justified under the conditions of Fair Chase because of the value of the predator-prey relationship experienced when a hunter pursues game under conditions native to the animal. Consistent with this position, the Club will not include in The Records of North American Big Game any animal taken in a canned shoot. 

The Club recommends that all hunters and hunting clubs or organizations discourage the practice of canned shoots because it violates the principles of fair chase. 

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