Boone and Crockett Club's new text book is a definitive treatise on natural resource policy and law in North America and a vital resource for undergraduate curricula and wildlife professions. This comprehensive text thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy, reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management, and most uniquely discusses application and practice of policy to ensure sustainability of wildlife, fish and their habitats.

Hardcover ($95) – eBook ($80)

8 x 10 inches – 648 pages

Over 200 color photos

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Meet all three editors and several of the contributing authors on October 10 at The Wildlife Society's 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland! Join us in the Boone and Crockett Club Booth from 1 to 3 p.m. Books will be available for sale at a special conference price, while supplies last.


Bruce D. Leopold recently retired after three decades of service at Mississippi State University, where he was the Sharp Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Executive Director of the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts, and former head of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Wildlife Society as well as a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club.


Winifred B. Kessler held faculty positions at the University of Idaho, Utah State University, and University of Northern British Columbia. She served 21 years with the U.S. Forest Service, retiring as a regional director for the Alaska Region. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Wildlife Society and the 2017 recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award. She has served as a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club since 1993.

James L. Cummins is Executive Director of Wildlife Mississippi. He formerly worked in the United States Senate. Cummins conceptualized and worked to pass legislation to protect, recover, and enhance forests, wetlands, prairie, wildlife, and endangered species, primarily with private landowners through the federal tax code and the Farm Bill. He is a Regular Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and currently serves as the club’s Vice-President.

More About the Book

A basic understanding of wildlife law and policy is essential knowledge for anyone who aspires to work in wildlife management and other natural resource fields. Now, for the first time, students and professionals have all the information they need in one comprehensive volume.


Since its founding in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club has been a major force for laws and policies to secure the future of North America’s wildlife and wild places. The Club’s contributions run like indelible threads throughout the fabric of North America’s conservation history. It is most fitting that this comprehensive treatise was conceived and created by the Boone and Crockett Club.


The book begins by examining the need for, and history of, wildlife policy and law; wildlife and gun ownership; wildlife law enforcement; constitutional authorities and jurisdictions; how laws and policies are made; statutory law and agency rule-making; relationships of Indigenous peoples to natural resources; and subsistence resource use. Building on this foundation are detailed sections addressing:


  • The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
  • Jurisdictions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with detailed coverage of key federal laws
  • The roles of state and provincial agencies, Native American tribes, and conservation organizations
  • International wildlife conservation
  • Policy jobs in conservation
  • Roles of politics, professionals, and the public


The book’s extensive coverage makes it an excellent reference for anyone interested in natural resource management, public policy, or environmental law.


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Authors and Editors

Contributors include professors from prominent wildlife programs across the country and throughout the world, biologists holding top-level jobs in government agencies, and current natural resource professionals on the ground in Washington, D.C., including:

David Anderson | Carol Bambery-Frampton | James R. Barborak | Perry Barboza | Leonid Baskin | Jack Blackwell | Annie Booth | Robert Brown | Mitchell Butler | Gerhard Damm | Warren Eastland | Margaret Everson | Tom Franklin | Kathryn Frens | Julio Gallardo | Jon Gassett | Gary Goodwin | Klaus Hackländer | Jim Heffelfinger | Serra Hoagland | Koichi Kaji | Steve Kessler | Misook Kim | Greg Knadle  | Shi Kun | Lyle Laverty | Russ Mason | Arthur Müller | Bruce R. Muir | Howard P. Nelson | John Organ | Gabriel Paz | Kurtis Jai-Chyi Pei | Louie Perry | William F. Porter | Ron Regan | Mark E. Rey | David Rippeto | Andrew Smith | Gary Taylor | Daniel Tihanyi  | Christopher Topik | Arie Trouwborst | Francisco Vilella | Chase Voirin | W. Alan Wentz | Nicholas Wiley | Steve Williams | Jeremy Witte

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