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Our system of conservation and wildlife management in North America is based on the principle that someone will take care, and that someone will be trained professionals. While citizen conservation is a very important part of the overall process, we rely on expert agencies in a coordinated effort to do the heavy lifting, day in and day out. This system has proven its worth for more than a century. The cornerstone of this system is education and career guidance.

Since the early 1900s the Boone and Crockett Club has been at the forefront of educating conservation leaders, those whose career trajectories place them in positions where they can act on their passions, practice stewardship, apply best science, and advocate policy.

Annual Report of Boone and Crockett Club

University Programs 2014

Paul R. Krausman
Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation
University of Montana


Program activities by the numbers
Research Funding - 4 projects (desert mule deer, Sonoran pronghorn, desert bighorn sheep,
Columbian black-tailed deer); total funding of $158,000.
Proposals Submitted - 1 proposals total funding ~$50,000.
Publications - 2 books under contract; TWS/JHUP Series Editor of 5 books; 3 book chapters, 10
peer-reviewed publications; >10 peer-reviewed papers in press; 2 popular articles.
Professional Presentations/Posters - 2 presentations, co-presenter on 4 papers, and 2 posters.
Presentations to Policy Makers - 1 presentation.
Graduate Student Advising - 1 M.S. student, 4 other graduate committees.
Teaching - 1 course taught by B&C Professor.
Professional Engagement - 1 international committee; Past President, TWS; 3 consultancies.

New research (brief description of one notable project)
I have been asked to assist with the research endeavors and administration of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun, India, and apply for a Fulbright Research Specialist position in 2015 to spend up to 6 weeks helping researchers. The application is completed and I will be notified in the coming months if I am selected for this opportunity. I have worked with Indian wildlifers for over 2 decades and the Fulbright will be an opportunity to complete some projects and initiate new ones related to big game in Asia.

New publication (brief description of one notable publication)
SINGH, R., Q. QURESHI, K. SANKAR, P. R. KRAUSMAN, AND S. P. GOYAL. 2014. Population and
habitat characteristics of caracal in a semi-arid landscape, western India. Journal of Arid
Environments 103:92-95.

This is one of a series of papers examining the habitat use of predators in India. The studies were developed years ago but it took time and money to obtain the necessary manpower and techniques to provide insight into the relatively unknown habitat characteristics of caracals. Life history characteristics and habitat relationships of tigers, stripped hyenas and snow leopards are other studies that originated along with the one cited above.

Graduate student advising
I am currently on a sabbatical-like research appointment and am working on Columbian black-tailed deer on Whidbey Island, Washington with one of my M. S. students.

Teaching activity of B&C professors and those in his/her lab
Krausman, P. R. The upshot-applied wildlife management and conservation (undergraduate/graduate). 69 students.

Professional engagement with policy makers and outreach activities as related to Boone and Crockett mission [brief description of one notable activity]
My activity with The Wildlife Society is important in reaching out to the next generation of wildlife professionals and involvement with key policy directors. I have been instrumental in communicating with national and international policy makers towards enhanced wildlife management now and into the future in North America and the world. In addition I have been instrumental in the promotion of the establishment of bison on the landscape in Montana and have been part of a team of over 40 scientists that are encouraging policy makers (e.g., Montana Governor Steve Bullock) to become active participants in bison establishment (e.g., Krausman et al. 2014. Montanans can meet challenge of bison restoration. Missoulian. 14 November 2014: B-4).

It has been an honor to be the Boone and Crockett Professor at the University of Montana since 2007, but I will leave the position in August 2015. Thus, this is my last annual report to the Boone and Crockett Club.

William F. Porter
Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation
Michigan State University


Program activities by the numbers
Research Funding - 18 projects totaling $1,910,941
Proposals Submitted - 3 proposals totaling $162,500
Publications - 6 published, 3 in press, 12 in submission, 4 popular articles published
Professional Presentations/Posters - 32 presented
Professional Mentoring - 2 Postdoctoral Scholars, 1 Assistant Professor
Student Advising - 8 PhD students, 8 graduate steering committees; 6 undergraduate
Instruction - 3 course taught (Williams, Stevens), 1 workshop (Parent)
Professional Engagement -4 national committees, 4 regional committees, 1 board of directors,
1 executive committee, 2 consultancies.

New research (brief description of one notable project)

Estimating Black Bear Abundance
Black bear abundance is highly variable across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, thus creating a variety of challenges for managers. This project uses genetic data from bear harvest records and hair snares to estimate and map the abundance of black bears across Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This project seeks to provide information for evaluating current Bear Management Unit boundaries, for assessing localized bear-management issues or changes in public attitudes towards bears, and for evaluating localized effects of bear harvest.

New publication (brief description of one notable publication)

Snow, N. P., D. M. Williams, and W. F. Porter. 2014. A landscape-based approach for delineating hotspots of wildlife-vehicle collisions. Landscape Ecology. 29(5):817-829.
An estimated 2 million deer-vehicle accidents occur each year, causing $8 billion in damages. The intent of this research is to identify the landscape characteristics that can be used to predict areas of higher accident frequency. The study examines collisions across the Midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa) and shows that accident-prevention efforts could be much more effectively localized to have greater impact.

Graduate student advising
Students completed in the past year
Brigham Whitman - Master of Science. Thesis title: White-tailed
deer movement and habitat interactions prior to death in central New York. Current position: Program Specialist, Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Marta Jarzyna - Doctoral of Philosophy. Studied the interaction of climate change and land-use
change on wildlife. Current position: Post-doctoral Associate, Yale University
Nathan Snow - Doctorate of Philosophy. Studied the landscape-scale variables
that predict where moose- and deer-vehicle accidents are most likely to occur.
Current Position - Research Associate, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ft Collins.

Current graduate students
Andrea Bowling - Fourth-year doctoral student studying the harvest potential of wild
turkeys in New York and across the Great Lake States
Andrew Crosby - Third-year doctoral student examining the landscape-level impacts of
energy development on wildlife in the Great Lakes.
Sonja Christensen - Second-year doctoral student examining repopulation of areas suffering
heavy mortality from epizootic hemorrhagic disease in deer
Bryan Stevens - second-year doctoral student examining population dynamics of wild turkeys and methods for achieving sustainable harvest
Kathryn Frens - first-year doctoral student examining the role of the mixture of public and private lands, and the influence of land-use regulation on wildlife habitat
Rebecca Cain - first-year doctoral student examining causes for long-term geographic patterns
in records of trophy white-tailed deer across the Great Lakes region.

Courses taught by the B&C professor and those in his laboratory
Williams - Population Ecology, 50 students. Undergraduate course introducing students to tools,
concepts and power of population analysis in wildlife management

Notable professional engagement and outreach activities that support B&C strategic goals
Established the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center at Michigan State University.
The mission of this Center is to provide advanced methods in mathematics, statistics and modeling to understanding wildlife ecology with specific focus on the challenges inherent to the conservation of wildlife resources. Research findings are integrated with new educational programs designed to inspire as well as train students and practicing professionals. Ultimately, this research and educational engagement is envisioned to involve work throughout the Great Lakes States and beyond, and influence policy makers and other stakeholders on a national level. At its core, the mission invests in people, seeking to enhance the suite of scientific, communication and leadership skills that are essential to successful conservation of wildlife resources.


Jordan Pusateri Burroughs
Boone and Crockett Club Wildlife Outreach Specialist
Michigan State University


Gourmet Gone Wild ®
Introduces non-hunting and angling audiences to wild fish and game as a local, unique, sustainable food source and connects with those people interested in gaining a greater connection to their food. The program showcases wild fish and game as a healthy and delicious cuisine that can be prepared easily at home. The GGW program seeks to challenge the popular myths that wild game is tough, hard to cook or "gamey" as well as quashing other stereotypes typically associated with hunting. During each GGW event, participants sample professionally prepared wild fish and game entrees paired with local wine and beer, while learning about the health benefits of eating local and the role hunters and anglers play in conserving natural resources. Participants receive a cooking demonstration by our GGW professional chef, who showcases how wild proteins can easily rival non-game options when properly prepared. Follow-up events, like Gourmet Gone Wild-er, are designed to expose interested locavores to the exquisite gourmet and recreational opportunities that abound in Michigan's woods and waters.

We held a dozen Gourmet Gone Wild events in various Michigan cities by working with young professional groups in Michigan's more urban areas. Through these events, we've connected with people that are underrepresented in the conservation community in order to enhance their interest and support for hunting, angling, and conservation.

In order to become more fiscally sustainable, we've started marketing our program for private, commissioned events. These events look much like our Gourmet Gone Wild non‐profit events in that we reach out to nontraditional constituencies, but instead we ask a reasonable fee for our services in order to support our non‐profit programmatic work. Our net income for these events has been almost $3,000, with more commissioned events planned in the upcoming year.

We've also launched our Gourmet Gone Wild in the Kitchen cooking class program in 2014, with the demand for more! These events are a great way for people to learn about the importance of hunting, angling, and conservation, while also obtaining a hands‐on learning experience of processing and cooking wild protein.

Gourmet Gone Wild collaborated on the Club's first-ever cookbook, Wild Gourmet. Our GGW Chef, Dan Nelson, provided recipes, assisted with the content for the meat commodities poster and wrote an in-depth and fully illustrated chapter on processing and butchering wild game. We look forward to selling the posters and cookbook at upcoming GGW events.

Mentoring of MS student, Kate Julian
Kate conducted in-depth interviews with members of community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs and food co-operatives in southern Michigan to better understand local food consumers' perceptions about eating wild game meat and hunting, and to assess the potential to engage with this audience to recruit new hunters or hunting supporters. Kate will graduate from MSU with her Master's degree in December 2014. Kate is a Park Ranger/Visitor Services Specialist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge in the La Crosse District.

Glassen Scholar Internship: Review of the Michigan Hunter Safety Program
During the summer of 2014, I worked with an undergraduate in Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU to examine the Hunter Safety Education Program in Michigan. My intern attended a handful of hunter safety courses across the state and engaged in informal dialog with students, instructors, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff. Through his participation, he gained a better understanding of how classes operate and what students are learning in order to better evaluate the uniformity and effectiveness of the program. He developed a report with his findings and presented his recommendations to the Michigan DNR.

Food for Thought: Increasing Return on Investment by Reaching Out to Recruit New Adult Hunters
On Tuesday, March 11th during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, I co-organized a workshop on adult hunter recruitment. The workshop focused on why a paradigm shift from youth-only recruitment and retention programs is important to agencies, NGOs, industry, and the broader conservation community. Attendees learned how to effectively reach, recruit and train new adult hunters, and workshop presenters shared examples of successful pilot programs that can be provided for any agency or organization to pilot.

Mark Rey
The Demmer Scholars Program
Michigan State University


The Demmer Scholars Program has been underway at Michigan State University since May 2009. The course work and internships provided through the program have exposed students to an array of natural resources management challenges; and introduced them to a range of working professionals and policy makers.

During the summers of 2009 - 2014, a total of 137 students were selected through a competitive process to enroll in a federal natural resources policy course taught in Washington, D.C. While enrolled, the students were placed in paid, natural resource policy internships with the federal government, nongovernmental organizations, and trade associations. We plan to admit another 28 students into the program during the summer of 2015.

The course is taught in the classroom and through visits with policy makers and field trips in and around Washington, D.C. The student/interns learned from a broad array of elected officials, policy makers and natural resource professionals. They also met with Boone & Crockett Club members working in the area at a dinner with the heads of all four of the federal land management agencies.

During the summer of 2010, we added 6 Mississippi State University students to the course and increased the number of internships to 25-28 students. Student/interns from both universities are interacting with, and learning from, students from a different region, with different natural resources issues. The students made lasting friendships that they can maintain over time and space using social media that this generation has clearly mastered.

At our meeting in Napa in 2009, we heard from two of the 2009 students about their experience. Hannah Abou el Seoud and Nate Lyman gave us a moving review of their summer, calling it a once in a lifetime experience -- a view widely shared by the other student/interns.

The reviews from the intern sponsors of the students sent to them have been similarly enthusiastic. Comments about our Demmer Scholars from sponsors along the lines of: "he was the best intern we have ever had," were not uncommon. Thirty of our Demmer interns who have finished their academic studies have relocated to Washington, D.C. to start their careers in full time, professional positions in government or the private sector. More will follow. We are educating the next generation of natural resource leaders, and they are starting to take their places.


Christine L. Thomas
Dean, College of Natural Resources
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point


Douglas R. Stephens Boone and Crockett Club Fellow Program

Current Stephens Boone and Crockett Fellows:

Michelle Willis
Year in School: Junior
Major: Wildlife Ecology - Research & Management
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas

Nathan Francois
Year in School: Junior (Spring 2014)
Major: Wildlife Ecology - Research & Management
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Updates from Past Stephens Boone and Crockett Fellows:

2013 Stephens Fellow - Nathan Francois (Ring-Necked Pheasant research)
• Graduating December 2014 (B.S. Wildlife Ecology - Research & Management)
• Presented research at 2014 CNR Student Research Symposium
• Best Undergraduate Presentation award at the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual
• Publication anticipated (co-author)
• Job search in progress; hopes to work in northeast Wisconsin
• Graduate school a possibility

2012 Stephens Fellow - Tessa Hasbrouck (Bobcat research)
• Graduated May 2014 - Cum Laude (Wildlife Ecology - Research & Management and Biology)
• Presented research at 2014 CNR Student Research Symposium
• 2014 Clive A. David Memorial Research Scholarship Award (top research award)
• 2014 Chancellor's Leadership Award Recipient
• Recently completed a project with Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game
• Applying for research tech position with martens in Maine

2012 Stephens Fellow - Danielle Berger (Northern Bobwhite research)
• Graduated December 2012 (Wildlife Ecology - Research & Management and Biology)
• 2012 Chancellor's Leadership Award
• 2012 Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award (Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference)
• Current position: ESL Instructor - Tokyo, Japan
• Future plans:
Complete Japanese Language Certification before returning to U.S.
Attend 5th International Wildlife Management Congress - Sapporo, Japan, July 2015
Attend graduate school to pursue a Master's and PhD in ecology or human dimensions of
natural resource management

David Hewitt
Texas A&M University - Kingsville


Endowment pledges are currently being completed for the B&C Fellow at TAMUK and we will have everything in place to start the first student in 2015. We used the fellowship to match $480K in PR funds through Texas Parks and Wildlife for a 5-year study of the effects of agriculture on mule deer movements and survival in the TX Panhandle. We will be advertising for a student soon.


Thomas Maness
Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean
College of Forestry
Oregon State University

No Report

Tarla Rai Petersen
Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation
Texas A&M University
No Report

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