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Boone and Crockett Club Annual Reports

Message from the President for Fiscal Year 2020 

Even with the universal chaos and disruption triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, this past fiscal year will be acknowledged as a time of accomplishment and achievement for the Boone and Crockett Club and the entire conservation community.

Our membership and staff have done an outstanding job staying focused on our priorities and goals and out of necessity became very innovative and creative to carry on our good work particularly during the last half of the fiscal year. We excelled in numerous mission-based activities including records, conservation policy, and conservation education, as well as mission-support activities such as budget management and infrastructure development. Some of these accomplishments are highlighted below and discussed in more detail elsewhere in this report.

In August 2019, the Boone and Crockett Club hosted the 30th North American Big Game Awards at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. Our Records and Records Outreach committees, as well as staff, did another outstanding job pulling this incredibly complex event together. The event was a tremendous success with over 130 trophy animals on display and attendance in excess of 60,000 people. The highlight of the event was the Jack Steele Parker Generation Next Youth Banquet where 46 hunters 16 years old and younger were recognized for their record-book trophies taken in Fair Chase hunts.

Our Big Game Awards Program has developed into a spectacle unique in North America. It is an event that celebrates the success of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and other visionary concepts in conservation founded and implemented by our predecessors in the Boone and Crockett Club.

With all the divisiveness that permeates Washington, D.C., it’s often difficult to recognize, or even believe, that important bipartisan work still gets done resulting in effective and impactful legislation. Yet the 116th Congress has thus far established itself as probably the most prolific and productive in enacting important bipartisan conservation legislation in decades and the successes of this fiscal year represent the culmination of many years of diligent work put forth by our Regular and Professional Members.

The most significant bill this year is The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This was passed by the Senate, followed by the House in July and was signed into law by President Trump on August 4. Anyone who enjoys the great American landscape will benefit, as this Act will likely be considered the most significant conservation achievement of the 21st century. The bill includes $6.5 billion allocated over five years towards repairing degraded infrastructure in national forests, national parks, the Bureau of Land Management lands and national wildlife refuges. In addition, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be fully funded at $900 million annually in perpetuity. Much of this funding will go to improving recreational access to public lands.

Other significant conservation policy work the Club has been engaged in includes big game migratory corridors, opening national wildlife refuges, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, chronic wasting disease, and the transportation bill’s wildlife crossings. These issues are discussed in detail elsewhere in this report.

As anticipated last spring, the current social environment has disrupted the educational programs at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch for the summer. This season was scheduled to be our busiest to date. While the near future of in-house, face-to-face educational programs appears uncertain, the conservation education program at the Ranch remains committed to bringing wildlife experiences to the public by offering quality content through a virtual format. In May, we launched our new Trail Camera Virtual Curriculum for 5th - 8th graders. It aligns to national science standards and can be used anywhere across the globe bringing actual trail camera photographs from the TRMR into classrooms. Additional details on this and other conservation program activities are highlighted elsewhere in this report.

Like so many other nonprofits, our revenue has been severely affected by the current crisis. The Club board and staff recognized likely outcomes early, so decisions were made in April to minimize current and future spending. Even with the changes in anticipated income, the board still managed to recently approve a balanced budget. Our Budget and Finance Committee, committee chairs, and staff did an outstanding job working through a very difficult budget cycle.

After several years of diligent work, the Boone and Crockett Club’s new website went live in May.  The new site is outstanding and contains a wealth of information about the history and current activities of the Club. The site can be accessed at www.boone-crockett.org and includes hundreds of pages of content including these highlights:

Even with the turmoil encountered during FY 2020, the Boone and Crockett Club, along with its conservation community partners, achieved tangible successes in policy, education, outreach, wildlife health, and publications. Our good work continues to benefit all Americans who enjoy our wild landscapes, and this would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our members, associates, and others who believe in and support our mission. For that, I want to humbly express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you.    

Sincerely,

Timothy C. Brady
President
Boone and Crockett Club


 

The following Boone and Crockett Club Annual Reports are available for download in PDF format:

 

 

 


Copies of the Boone and Crockett Club's 990 and audited financials are also available upon request. Contact Jodi Bishop at 406/542-1888, ext. 212. 

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