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Position Statements

Boone and Crockett Club's positions on the following topics:


The Boone and Crockett Club publishes position statements to inform and educate people about conservation and hunting issues. Thus, there is no charge for personal and non-commercial use of its position statements, but reprinting or re-use of any portions of a position statement shall credit the Boone and Crockett Club as the source. Any such use shall remain subject to all rights of the Boone and Crockett Club.
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...
Effective Date: December 7, 2018 Situational Overview The Boone and Crockett Club, the nation’s oldest hunter-conservationist organization, previously released a position statementregarding its concerns with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Club maintains that CWD poses a significant wildlife...
Effective Date: March 29, 2018 Revised: April 16, 2018 Situational Overview Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a highly contagious, always-fatal disease that affects cervids such as deer, elk, and moose. It is difficult to detect in live animals because there is not a practical test to determine if...
Effective Date: November 29, 2017 Situational Overview Conservation and preservation are the two primary approaches by which natural resources are managed. They are terms everyone has heard of, but for many people they remain loosely defined and not well understood. Conservation and preservation...
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...
Effective Date: December 3, 2016 Situational Overview There are broad misconceptions that exist among non-hunters and within the hunting community itself about big game trophies and hunting. To compound matters, organized groups whose intention is to end all hunting are attempting to sway the...
First Adopted May 7, 2015 – Revised and Approved October 15, 2021 Situational Overview Conservation funding is a considerable challenge for the 21st century, especially for wildlife agencies. For these agencies, services and responsibilities have expanded, but operating budgets have not kept pace...
First Adopted December 6, 2014 Situational Overview The Boone and Crockett Club sets the rules for entering a trophy into its records books. These rules, as stated in the Club’s Entry Affidavit, are based primarily on principles of wildlife conservation and fair chase. The Club’s trophy entry rules...
First Adopted August 19, 2014 Situational Overview The North American 1 Model of Wildlife Conservation is a set of principles that represent values toward wildlife and guides how it is to be appropriately used and managed. It provides a systematic way of understanding many of the conventions, laws...

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