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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...
FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals. THE FAIR CHASE HUNTER: Knows 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...
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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...
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...
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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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