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'Trailblazers in Conservation' Adds Buck Knives
Sunday, February 02, 2014

Buck Knives is lending its name and support to Trailblazers in Conservation, a Boone and Crockett Club initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world.

If sporting lifestyles—and, by extension, the successful conservation programs long funded through hunting—are to thrive in the future, then today’s sportsmen must find a way to balance climate change, increased energy development, unmitigated urban sprawl, wildlife disease outbreaks, conflicting policies and a host of other challenges.

Buck Knives’ partnership in Trailblazers in Conservation will help fuel the Club’s work for better conservation polices and hunter access and advocacy, as well as funding new science and an overall awareness of the need for and benefits of sustainable-use conservation.

“Conservation had a beginning thanks to leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell, who formed the original nucleus of Boone and Crockett in 1887. But true conservation has no end. And being effective in a changing world is going to take new vision, commitment and purpose that builds on our historic successes,” said Marc Mondavi, vice president of communications for the Club.

Early Club members founded the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and National Wildlife Refuge system, fostered the vital Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, created the federal Duck Stamp program and developed the frameworks of modern game laws. “Boone and Crockett has been vital to the conservation movement from the start, and we’re positioning to ensure that sportsmen stay crucial long into the future—thanks to continued backing and leadership from Buck Knives,” said Mondavi.

Buck Knives began in 1902, when Kansas blacksmith Hoyt Buck developed a new way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. The company made knives for American troops during World War II, and in 1964 revolutionized the cutlery industry with their breakthrough locking folding system. Fifty years later, the 110 Folding Hunter is still one of the most popular knives in the marketplace. Today the company is run by third- and fourth-generation Buck family members and is a household name among hunters and other outdoor adventurers.

“Thanks to the long standing conservation efforts of the Club, we as hunters are still able to enjoy the resources around us. We congratulate the Club on its many accomplishments over its 125-year history, and are grateful the members of this Club have never wavered in their vision for conservation and environmental stewardship. The entire hunting community owes a tremendous debt to Theodore Roosevelt and all those founding members. Buck Knives is honored to step alongside these trailblazers to ensure hunting remains a central part of our American Heritage,” stated CJ Buck, President and CEO, Buck Knives, Inc.

Buck Knives joins Boyt Harness Co. as the first partners in Trailblazers in Conservation.

Learn more about the Trailblazers in Conservation corporate sponsorship program by contacting Boone and Crockett at (406) 542-1888, ext. 208, or

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