Boone and Crockett Club

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Boone and Crockett Club
Logo of Boone and Crockett Club
Formation December 21, 1887; 130 years ago (1887-12-21)
Founder Theodore Roosevelt
Type 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization
Headquarters Missoula, MT, USA
Website www.boone-crockett.org

The Boone and Crockett Club is an American nonprofit organization that advocates fair chase hunting in support of habitat conservation. The club is North America's oldest wildlife and habitat conservation organization, founded in the United States in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt. The club was named in honor of hunter-heroes of the day, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, whom the club's founders viewed as pioneering men who hunted extensively while opening the American frontier, but realized the consequences of overharvesting game. In addition to authoring a famous "fair chase" statement of hunter ethics,[1] the club worked for the expansion and protection of Yellowstone National Park and the establishment of American conservation in general. The Club and its members were also responsible for the elimination of commercial market hunting, creation of the National Park and National Forest Services, National Wildlife Refuge system, wildlife reserves, and funding for conservation, all under the umbrella of what is known today as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.[2]

Key members of the club have included Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, Madison Grant, Charles Alexander Sheldon, William Tecumseh Sherman, Gifford Pinchot, Frederick Russell Burnham, Charles Deering and Aldo Leopold.[3]

Today the Club continues its role as a think-tank, known to the public primarily for maintaining a scoring and data collection system by which native North American big game animals are measured and tracked as a gauge of successful wildlife management.

The structure of the Club consists of 17 staff members, 100 Regular Members, 159 Professional Members, and thousands of Club Associates.

The Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana, which is also the home of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Club History

In December, 1887, Theodore Roosevelt proposed the formation the Boone and Crockett Club at a dinner at his residence in New York City. In January, 1888, the Club was organized with the following officers and members:

  • President: Theodore Roosevelt
  • Secretary: Archibald Rogers
  • Members:Albert Bierstadt, Heber R. Bishop, Benjamin F. Bristow, J. Coleman Drayton, D.G. Elliott, George Bird Grinnell, Arnold Hague, James E. Jones, Clarence King, Wm. H. Merrill, Jr, Thomas Paton, John J. Pierrepont, W. Hallett Phillips, E. P. Rogers, Elliott Roosevelt, J.E. Roosevelt, J. W. Roosevelt, Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, W. A. Wadsworth, Bronson Rumsey, Lawrence Rumsey and W.D. Pickett.

The club was devoted to the following objectives:

(1) To promote manly sport with the rifle.

(2) To promote travel and exploration in the wild and unknown, or but partially known, portions of the country.

(3) To work for the preservation of the large game of this country, and so far as possible to further legislation for that purpose, and to assist in enforcing the existing laws.

(4) To promote inquiry into and to record observations on the habits and natural history of the various wild animals.

(5) To bring about among the members interchange of opinion and ideas on hunting, travel and exploration; on the various kinds of hunting rifles; on the haunts of game animals, etc.

Education

The Boone and Crockett Club offers many educational camps and workshops through the Boone and Crockett Club Education Programs [4] held at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch [5] in Dupuyer, Montana. These education programs at the TRM Ranch are not federally funded. They are supported by the Boone and Crockett Club and by private foundations committed to K-12 education.

The Club's Lee and Penny Anderson Conservation Education Program is located on the Club's 6,060 acre working cattle ranch, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch (TRMR) and bases out of their 5,000 sq. ft. Rasmuson Wildlife Conservation Center (RWCC). The RWCC's typically operating season is from April 1 - October 31. A variety of educational programs are offered during this time including but not limited to K-12 Conservation Education related field trips, the Boone and Crockett Club's own Outdoor Adventure Camps (5-day residential camps for middle school and high school aged youth), a nationally accredited Boys Scouts of America High Adventure Camp called MOHAB (Montana High Adventure Base), a series of hunter education courses, shooting sports events and is available for rental to public, private, NGO, agency and other groups.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Boone and Crockett Club | Fair Chase Statement | Wildlife Conservation | Deer Hunting | Elk Hunting | Big Game Hunting". Boone-crockett.org. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  2. ^ The Wildlife Society - The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Public Trust Doctrine Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ American Big Game: Members of the Boone and Crockett Club
  4. ^ "Boone and Crockett Club | Education | Wildlife Conservation | Deer Hunting | Elk Hunting | Big Game Hunting". Boone-crockett.org. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Boone and Crockett Club | Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch | Wildlife Conservation | Deer Hunting | Elk Hunting | Big Game Hunting". Boone-crockett.org. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

External links

  • Boone and Crockett Club's Official Website
  • Boone and Crockett Club's Historical Records (University of Montana Archives)
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