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Of all of the well-documented hunting exploits of President Theodore Roosevelt, it is ironic that the most famous of his storied adventures was an unsuccessful black bear hunt in the swamps of Sharkey County, Mississippi. On November 14, 1902, Roosevelt traveled from the White House to Mississippi...
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The Club has long been recognized for its leadership in hunting and conservation ethics. The Club’s Fair Chase statement was the cornerstone of the establishment of game laws, which included regulated hunting seasons, bag limits, and the abolishment of commercial market hunting practices at the turn of the century. To this day it promotes ethical, fair chase hunting, which is a critical part of a broader conservation ethic.
FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals. HUNTER ETHICS Fundamental to all hunting is the...
FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals. THE FAIR CHASE HUNTER: Knows and obeys the law,...
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First Adopted December 7, 2013 - Revised June 21, 2016 - Reviewed April 15, 2016 - Updated May 20, 2021 Situational Overview As a means of separating the actions of commercial market hunters from those of sportsmen, an ethical code of hunter conduct was discussed at the first meeting of the Boone...
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In February of 1986 the Boone and Crockett Club began publishing the Associates Newsletter to distribute to Associates of the Boone and Crockett Club. Fair Chase evolved from this original newsletter in 1994. Published quarterly, Fair Chase magazine is the official publication of the Boone and...
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SCIENCE BLASTS By John F. Organ, B&C Professional Member Gordon Batcheller still hunting for moose in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Excerpt from Fall 2019 issue of Fair Chase In the last issue of Fair Chase , I wrote about how we may transform the way we communicate the results of hunting...
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Effective Date: June 12, 2017, Revised June 6, 2019 Situational Overview Lead is a toxic substance that can create health issues in wildlife and people when ingested or inhaled. The use of lead-based hunting ammunition has become the subject of much debate, focusing on the existence, extent, and...
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Effective Date: August 1, 2019 Situational Overview Baiting is a broad term that generally refers to the use of natural or unnatural food attractants placed in a specific location by hunters to attract and draw in a targeted game species for harvest. Though considered a longstanding and traditional...
According to the Boone and Crockett Club animal rights and anti-hunting groups have again misconstrued the meaning of Fair Chase. This time, it involves baiting, which they claim should be banned because it is not Fair Chase. The Club has a history of defining what is and is not Fair Chase, and has...
Craig Boddington (left) joins B&C's Director of Big Game Records Justin Spring, and incoming Big Game Records chairman, Mike Opitz on the stage as they present Gregory Smith with the Fair Chase Award. The name Boone and Crockett is most often associated with Theodore Roosevelt, conservation,...
According to the Boone and Crockett Club, more states are being forced to take a closer look at how information gained from GPS technology is being used to hunt big game species. The issue is making its way onto the dockets for some state legislators and governors to decide. The state of Montana...
Animal rights groups attempting to end all public hunting is nothing new. Their most recent efforts have focused on banning local contests that encourage hunters to help reduce coyote overpopulation. Some states are now considering these bans primarily based on a question of fair chase. Animal...
The Boone and Crockett Club today took a moment to reflect and celebrate the release of the 100th issue of its publication, Fair Chase. The magazine serves as the official publication of the Boone and Crockett Club and has been published quarterly for its membership since 1994. "The Club is most...
Fair Chase , the official publication of the Boone and Crockett Club announced the results of the second annual Swarovski trophy field photo competition. All trophies that were accepted in 2010 were eligible and automatically entered into the contest. Judges fore the contest included Fair Chase...
The Boone and Crockett Club announced its support for a new fair-chase policy recently adopted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. The new policy for hunting and angling in the state is in response to emerging technologies that have the potential to undermine the long-standing traditions...
The Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, has released a comprehensive essay on fair chase, the first and longest standing honor code in North American hunting. "Millions of hunters worldwide practice fair chase, many without even knowing this...
The Boone and Crockett Club has teamed up with Blaser and Leupold to ask the question, "What does fair chase hunting mean to you?" The partners are sponsoring a new essay and video contest beginning July 23rd with all submissions due by Dec. 1, 2015. For either the best essay or video, the winner...
The Boone and Crockett Club, Blaser USA and Leupold and Stevens are pleased to announce the winner of the Fair Chase Essay Contest conducted online last fall. "We suspected this would be popular, but had no idea just how popular," said Keith Balfourd, the Club's director of marketing. Simply put,...
Shooting, hunting and outdoor industry and communications veteran Doug Painter has been named editor-in-chief of Fair Chase, the official publication of the Boone and Crockett Club. Painter will oversee content and design of the quarterly publication. Since 1994, Fair Chase has delivered hunting...
By Daniel A. Pedrotti Jr. B&C Regular Member - Chair of Hunter Ethics Sub-Committee The hunt at its most fundamental level is defined in and by the relationship between man and beast . . . between predator and prey. There is an intrinsic, irrefutable and intimate connection that cannot be...

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