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History of B&C

The Boone and Crockett Club’s history is a 134-year long tale of measured and thoughtful commitment to wild land and wildlife conservation. This commitment balances human and wildlife needs and sees deep value in preserving the hunting tradition. It’s a commitment shaped by visionaries and a common-sense, science-based approach to natural resource management. It’s an effort that has saved many wildlife species from extinction and it’s considered one of our nation’s greatest accomplishments.
Pioneers of Conservation, Our Legacy for Generations: The Boone and Crockett Club’s history is a 130-year long tale of measured and thoughtful commitment to wild land and wildlife conservation. This commitment balances human and wildlife needs and sees deep value in preserving the hunting tradition...
Politicians, Industrialists, Businessmen, Writers, Artists, Explorers, Scientists, Doctors, and Others Band Together to Support Hunting and Wildlife The Boone and Crockett Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt. His vision was to establish a coalition of dedicated...
Wall Plaque on the National Collection of Heads and Horns Listin
Bison herds in North American were nearly decimated during the Era of Extermination due to unregulated market hunting. Two B&C members, Madison Grant (inset) and William T. Hornaday (far right) were integral in the creation of the National Collection. Hornaday served as the Director of the New...
The Boone and Crockett Club is grieving the recent passing of Boone and Crockett Club Honorary Life Member Jack Ward Thomas. The former Chief of U.S. Forest Service and Boone and Crockett Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology at University of Montana lost his battle with cancer on May 26. Along with many environmental conservation leaders, Thomas was a close friend of the Boone and Crockett Club. Honorary Life Member is the highest bestowed by the Club.
Dr. James H. "Red" Duke Jr., physician, television personality, conservationist, hunter and past president of Boone and Crockett Club, died Tuesday, August 25. He was 86.
Eighty years ago - Aug. 22, 1934 - the first duck stamp was sold. Since then, thanks mostly to hunters, the stamps have generated more than $800 million and helped secure over 6 million acres of wetland habitat in the U.S. The Boone and Crockett Club marks that day as a major milestone in the North American conservation movement, and says the 80th anniversary is worth remembering.
The Boone and Crockett Club is joining outdoor enthusiasts across the country in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of a true milestone in conservation and one of America's best ideas - the Wilderness Act. On Sept. 3, 1964, with several Boone and Crockett Club leaders in attendance, President...
December 1887 - Shortly after Theodore Roosevelt convinced his friends that they should take up the charge to put a halt to the destruction of America's wildlife, their first order of business was to name this new fraternity of sportsmen. The founders decided on Boone and Crockett—two illustrious names from the country’s frontier past, names that are synonymous with America’s pioneering vitality and with rugged individualism, the very personification of the soul of Nimrod , the hunter. Both witnessed a land of abundance stripped of its soul and lamented over the progresses of civilization, well before conservation had a name.
In December 1887, Theodore Roosevelt invited George Bird Grinnell and nine other friends to a dinner party at his home in New York City. The guest list included writers, scientists, explorers, military leaders, industrialist, and political figures. The one thing that they all shared in common was...

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-Theodore Roosevelt