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December 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
When did the Boone and Crockett Club first start publishing books about hunting and adventure?
The first book by the Boone and Crockett Club was actually published by Forest and Stream. "American Big Game Hunting" dates back to 1893 and was edited by Club founders Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell. The book, the first in the Acorn series, includes numerous chapters by fellow club members about their big game hunting adventures. Seven more Acorn books were published by the Boone and Crockett Club.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
How long has the Club been celebrating the top North American big game trophies?
Since 1947, Boone and Crockett Club has regularly united the big game hunting community in celebration of our systems of conservation and big game management, the fair chase sportsmen that support these programs, and the trophies. In the beginning, these celebrations were held annually. Since 1971, these celebrations have been held on a triennial basis. All wildlife and their habitats depend on the participation, funding and observation-based input from hunters. Outstanding trophies that exist today are the result of the most success natural resource paradigm in the history of mankind. The 27th Big Game Awards Program will be held in June 2010 in Reno, NV. Visit the official site for our big game awards programs.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Is the Boone and Crockett Club involved with educating our youth about hunting and conservation?
The Club's education program is constructed around a theme of appropriate, and shared, use of natural resources. It specifically integrates agriculture and wildlife conservation. The education program is conducted in various classrooms, but the very best classroom is the TRM Ranch and the Elmer E. Rasmuson Wildlife Conservation Center. The Ranch has an inherent magic that provides a setting for the evolution and discussion of ideas and realism behind multiple-use, sustainable-use, and shared-use issues. The magic comes alive when individuals visit the ranch to participate in an educational function conducted by the program managers. The magic results from the dynamic combination of many influences - the individuals, the activities, and the physical location of the ranch. The personal discovery of our surroundings leads each of us to life-long learning and helps to build self-confidence. The more we know about the environment in which we live, the better idea we have of who we are and our role in the world around us.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Can I join the Boone and Crockett Club?

The Boone and Crockett Club’s Associates Program was created in 1986 for individuals who support ethical, fair chase hunting, and conservation of wildlife and habitat. Anyone can sign up to become an Associate of the Boone and Crockett Club. Your $35.00 goes to support the Club’s ongoing efforts to insure that, not only is wildlife and wildlife habitat given the attention it deserves, but our sporting heritage is preserved for future generations.


FAIR CHASE MAGAZINE – Fair Chase is the official publication of the Boone and Crockett Club. This fulll-color, quarterly magazine is loaded with information you won’t find anywhere else.

ASSOCIATES ON-LINE COMMUNITY – As an Associate you will have exclusive access to the Associates Community of the Club’s web site. This includes searchable field photos, archive of past Fair Chase articles, and your own personal scoring database.

DISCOUNTS – Associates receive a 20 percent discount on select Boone and Crockett Club merchandise and books.

RECOGNITION ITEMS – Associates receive a wallet I.D. card and a Boone and Crockett window decal.

Click to here to learn more about the Club's Associates Program.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Does the Boone and Crockett Club have a position statement about Climate Change?

As a leader in conservation for over 100 years, the Boone and Crockett Club has supported far-reaching conservation policy. Our Nation has benefited from the foresight of great leaders of conservation such as Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and Aldo Leopold – all of whom were Club members. Through the Club, we have built a system of conservation in North America that has restored wildlife populations and habitat, and is a model for the entire world. In this tradition, the Club seeks a climate change policy that protects and builds on America’s investment in wildlife and habitat, addresses forest and rangeland health, and maintains a strong economy while reducing greenhouse gases.

Therefore, while the Club has not endorsed specific climate change legislation, the following principles must underlie any final legislation. In principle, climate change policy should:

Fund habitat mitigation and wildlife population adaptation;

Accelerate conservation and restoration of forests and rangelands (including grasslands and native prairie) to sequester carbon and prevent uncharacteristic wildfires;

Invest in energy conservation and technologies that reduce emissions into the atmosphere; and

Maintain affordable energy sources; ensure that private land fragmentation does not result from higher input costs.

Click here for additional information about the Club's Climate Change Position Statement.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Does the Boone and Crockett Club offer grant support for wildlife and conservation research?

The Boone and Crockett's Conservation Research Grants Program, supported by endowments honoring conservation leaders William I. Spencer and Tim Hixon, assists research projects and graduate students who have chosen careers in the wildlife profession. The Club's tradition of providing research grants dates back to 1948. The Boone and Crockett Club was founded for the primary purposes of halting the decline of North American big game populations and conserving their habitats.

Accordingly, proposed investigations must generally be concerned with native North American big game and/or their habitat relationships. In most recent years, the Club has selected a high-priority research theme and invited proposals from universities in the U.S. and Canada that have graduate programs in wildlife science or management.

The Club’s hunter conservation effort has expanded to include the concept of ecosystem health, of which a vital part is animal and human health. A research theme of wildlife health commences in 2010 to support investigations on wildlife diseases that adversely affect ecosystems, the hunting community, or the management of big game populations. Examples include chronic wasting disease, bovine tuberculosis, and bovine brucellosis, all which have health concerns for humans or domestic animals and pose significant challenges for the management of big game species.

Click here to learn more about the Club's Conservation Grant Program.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Do all three spread measurements add into the final score?

Spread Credit on antlered game seems to be the hardest measurement for the general public to understand. Most times, the number that is entered into the spread credit box on a score chart is the inside spread measurement (D). The only exception to this is any time that the inside spread is a larger number than the longest main beam measurement. In this rare case, the longest main beam measurement is put into the spread credit box instead. For example: If Inside Spread=23" and Main Beams=24" and 25", then Spread Credit is 23 (inside spread measurement). If Inside Spread=26" and Main Beams=24" and 25", then Spread Credit is 25 (longest main beam).

Tip-to Tip Spread (B) and Greatest Spread (C) are supplementary data that does not add into the final score, but is used as additional information.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Why are there two minimum scores?

Any trophy that meets our Awards book minimum score is eligible to be entered in the Club's Big Game Records Keeping Program. The only difference between the two minimums is that the higher minimum qualifies a trophy for the All-time book, Records of North American Big Game. All trophy owners who have a trophy that scores at or above the Awards or All-time Awards minimum is considered a "B&C trophy" and will receive a wall certificate, have their trophy listed in one issue of Fair Chase magazine and corresponding records book publications.

Click here for a complete list of B&C minimum scores for North American big game.


September 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
How long has the Club been involved with big game records keeping?

Since 1902 - The Club's Executive Committee appointed Theodore Roosevelt to chair the Club's first Records Committee. Their task was to develop a system that would accomplish three objectives in support of an emerging conservation movement.

- Collect and record biological data to support big game species recover, management, and conservation.

- Draw sportsmen into the conservation movement.

- Promote the concept of sportsmanship and fair play by only accepting trophies taken in "Fair Chase" as defined by the Club.

Friday, September 12, 2008
What is the Boone and Crockett Club?
The Club was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and a handful of friends to address the decline in wildlife populations on a national scale and was the first hunter-conservationist organization in North America. Today, the Boone and Crockett Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to hunter and conservation ethics, education, and demonstration.

June 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Do I have to have a trophy in the Boone and Crockett Club Records Book to become an Associate?
No, anyone can join the Club for an annual fee of $35.00. You'll receive four issues of Fair Chase magazine, plus access to searchable field photos and a searchable archive of every issue of Fair Chase magazine.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Is there more to the Boone and Crockett Club than scoring and records keeping?
Definitely. The Club's vision also includes Conservation Policy and Advocacy, Hunter Ethics, as well as education from K-12 through post-graduate programs. Although we are best known for our method of scoring native North American big game and records books.
Friday, June 06, 2008
How long has the Club been keeping track of North American Big Game Trophies?
For over 100 years -- The Club’s interest in evaluating trophies can be dated back to 1891 when Club Members Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, and Archibald Rogers were judges for a trophy competition at the First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition in New York City. In 1902 Roosevelt, Caspar Whitney, and Archibald Rogers were appointed to the Club's first subcommittee on recording measurements of big-game animals. The Club’s first records book was published in 1932. The current system for scoring big game trophies was formally adopted and copyrighted in 1950 after being reviewed by over 250 outdoor professionals including biologists, guides and outfitters, outdoor writers, taxidermists, and museum curators.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Club members played a critical role in the formation of the Sporting Conservation Council.
This group, appointed by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, helps advise the Administration relative to issues involving conservation and wildlife and was instrumental in helping President Bush issue an executive order in August of 2007 that calls for greater cooperation among agencies in this regard. It also called for a Conservation Summit, the third of its kind in our nation's history. The first was under President Theodore Roosevelt and the second under President John F. Kennedy.

May 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Does a trophy have to be taken with a rifle to be eligible for Boone and Crockett Club's Records Program?
No. The Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game Program accepts all legally taken trophies under the rules of fair chase whether taken with a rifle, bow, shotgun, handgun, muzzleloader, or crossbow. Pick up or found trophies are also eligible for entry. The deer shown here is the current World's Record non-typical whitetail, which was found dead along side the road in St. Louis County, Missouri, in 1981. The buck scores 333-7/8 points.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
A Boone and Crockett Club Member helped create the Federal Duck Stamp Program?
The first Federal duck stamp was designed by Club Member and Pulitzer prize winning political cartoonist, Jay N. "Ding" Darling. He was a newspaper reporter, author, and cartoonist. He was also the 1924 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the "best cartoon" published in any American newspaper during the preceding year. He was a leading conservationist with a deep and abiding interest in wildlife. As such, he was probably the first to draw attention to the plight of the Florida Key Deer in the late 1950s. Ding designed the first Federal Duck Stamp in 1934. The Boone and Crockett Club bestowed him with an Honorary Life Membership in 1959.

March 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Do elk and deer always get four circumference measurements?
Yes. In the case of an 8-point whitetail, the G-4 is missing. Instead of looking for the smallest location between the G-3 and the G-4, the measurement is taken at the halfway point between the G-3 and the tip of the main beam. Similarly, on a mule deer with no G-3, the H-3 circumference measurement would be taken at a point halfway between where the G-2 measurement begins and the end of the G-2. For deer and elk, no matter how many normal points it has, four circumference measurements will always be taken per side.

January 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
How and when is a trophy declared an official World's Record?
The final score of a potential Boone and Crockett World's Record must be verified by either an Awards Program Judges Panel or a Special Judges Panel before it is declared a new World's Record. Awards Program Judges Panels are assembled once every three years following the close of one of the Club's triennial Awards Programs. In addition to certifying new World's Records, these panels also verify the final scores of the top 5 trophies entered in each category during the preceding three years and certify them for coveted B&C medals and certificates. Special Judges Panels are convened during the interim between Awards Program Judges Panels with the sole purpose of verifying and declaring new World's Records. In either case, two teams of two judges each measure a potential World's Record. If the scores of both teams verify the original measurement, the panel will declare it a new World's Record. If a potential World's Record is not sent in for verification by one of these two panels, it will never be declared a Boone and Crockett World's Record.

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