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The government is us; we are the government, you and I. -Theodore Roosevelt

Boone and Crockett Club Annual Reports

Message from the President for Fiscal Year 2019 

With a rich history that spans three centuries, the Boone and Crockett Club remains the leader in the hunter-conservationist community. Just as our members have done over the past 132 years we continue to work diligently with our partners and allies to influence and shape conservation in North America.

This past fiscal year added to our success story with notable achievements in mission-based activities that included Conservation Policy, Records, Conservation Education, and Hunter Ethics.

In the Conservation Policy arena, we continued our significant interaction with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture and strengthened our excellent working relationships with Secretaries Bernhardt and Perdue.

The Club maintained its presence on Capitol Hill and engaged with Congressional leaders regularly. Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Implementation of the Farm Bill that in part resulted in improvements in Conservation Easements, and a doubling of funding dedicated to enhancing wildlife habitat
  • A Department of the Interior Secretarial order on land disposal that makes public access and hunting and fishing needs a priority
  • Passage of the John Dingle Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, which enhances hunting and shooting opportunities and reforms the Equal Access to Justice Act
  • Engagement with Secretary Perdue through our seat on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council to urge a joint approach to Chronic Wasting Disease between the USDA and Interior that will address financial assistance to states
  • Increased funding for forest restoration and fire suppression.

The Boone and Crockett Club recently concluded 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 did another outstanding job pulling this incredibly complex event together. By all accounts the event was a huge success with over 130 trophy animals on display and attendance in excess of 60,000 people. 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.

Education programs conducted at the Rasmuson Wildlife Conservation Center on the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch have once again set a new record with well over 2,500 participants. Many of these are children and teenagers who experience wilderness and wildlife for the first time. Some of this year’s programs include: Montana High Adventure Base for Boy Scouts, Women’s Hunter Education, Outdoor Adventure Camps, and Learn 2 Hunt: Hunting for Sustainability. Our Conservation Education Programs Manager also presented at the 2019 AFWA Project WILD coordinator conference and taught and demonstrated archery to 45 coordinators from various states using the Boone and Crockett Club’s Archery Mobile.

The new ranch management plan was implemented early this year. Our herd now winters 25 miles away from the TRM Ranch. Thus far the new cattle grazing model is working well and allows the ranch to operate on a more consistent cash flow basis and not be as financially impacted by the unpredictability of weather and cattle prices.

The Conservation Grants Sub-Committee has been working diligently to leverage grant funding by partnering with other conservation groups. Thus far the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has dedicated $50,000 to match our contribution resulting in $100,000 currently available. Other groups are waiting for proposals to be reviewed before going to their respective boards with a funding request.

Priorities for this funding opportunity were developed through working groups coordinated by the CWD Alliance and its partnering organizations. Research priorities were reviewed and edited by members of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency’s Fish and Wildlife Health Committee as well as state CWD researchers and managers. Proposals were due at the end of the fiscal year.

The Club has long been recognized for its leadership in Hunter Ethics and one important aspect of this concept is to protect wildlife populations against poaching.

Towards that end, we hope to expand our Poach and Pay Program into more states. Under this process, baseline restitution and fines will be established for illegally taken wildlife, and for trophy animals, the fine will be based on the B&C score. An important part of this effort will be to educate our judiciary so they better understand that unlawful taking is a crime against all citizens since wild game belongs to the people.

Over the last year, the Boone and Crockett Club has realized success in many other areas including our University Programs, which represent the single largest investment in the Club’s history. Our goal is to continually attract the brightest young people to the strongest universities to work with the foremost wildlife faculty.

Today, we have three endowed chairs, four fellowship programs, with one additional chair in development. To ensure a future where the Boone and Crockett Club remains a leader in shaping conservation policy, Texas A&M is in the process of establishing a dual-degree program, wherein students can earn a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a master’s degree in Public Policy. These multidisciplinary programs are effective in producing future natural resource professionals, who think broadly and strategically about complex issues. We hope to soon expand our programs to include less-traditional fields of study such as law, communications, political science, and public administration.

The Boone and Crockett Fellows Program is a shining example of how the Club is fostering tomorrow’s conservation leaders. Currently the program has 35 fellows throughout the nation and an additional 66 former fellows who are now becoming leaders in the wildlife profession and the broader conservation community.

Regarding Publications, one of our most recent books, North American Wildlife Policy and Law, recently received two Gold Awards at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award ceremony in the Nature and Environment, and Reference categories. The book was also named a finalist for The Wildlife Society’s 2019 Wildlife Publication Awards in the Edited Book category. This unique and comprehensive textbook thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy related to our wildlife. It also reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management. It has been hailed as the definitive volume on wildlife law and policy development.

Club members are also actively working on an updated Strategic Plan to chart our course over the next five years. The intent is to focus on three primary areas of interest as suggested by our membership which include Conservation Policy, Records and Ethics, and Education and Research. The new plan represents a more bottom up approach than our previous version and recognizes the capacity of our committees. The hope is to approve the final version in December 2019.

Comparable to those mentioned above, there are many other programs and activities the Club is formally engaged in which work to promote the conservation of wildlife and habitat, preserve our hunting heritage, and maintain the highest ethical standards of fair chase.

Our work and accomplishments in some way touch every American who enjoys wilderness and wildlife and that would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our membership who donate their time, talent and treasure to fulfill 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

 


 

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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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