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.he
“The Club is most noted for publishing our records book on native North American big game, which we’ve been doing since 1932,” said Ben B. Hollingsworth Jr., president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “We’re also an organization made up of committed and influential hunter-conservationists who believe strongly, as our founder did, in ethical fair chase hunting being a critical part of an overall conservation ethic. Fair Chase keeps our members up to date on the latest news and stories about big game hunting, and today’s conservation challenges and what’s being done to address these challenges.
Hollingsworth Jr. said, “Many people believe that you must have a trophy listed in our records book to become a member of the Club. This has never been the case. Anyone who is interested in wildlife conservation, big game, and fair chase hunting can join as a B&C associate to be part of our efforts. The vast majority of our members are simply passionate about hunting and conservation and want to join because we carry on the traditions and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, including a fair and sporting approach to hunting.”
Theodore Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887 as the first national organization to address the decline of wildlife populations, especially big game species, and establish a new relationship between man and wildlife natural resources, known simply today as conservation.
“Conservation would not have become the overarching principle for the management of wildlife if it were not for sportsmen,” Hollingsworth Jr. explained. “When this new principle was first being promoted to save what was left of dwindling wildlife populations, sportsmen of the day would not have had the credibility to be heard if it were not for their ethical code of conduct that represented a level of self-restraint, respect for the hunted, and a commitment for the future. That’s what conservation is.”
To join B&C and receive Fair Chase magazine, visit http://bit.ly/FairChase.
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in North America and helped to establish the principles of wildlife and habitat conservation, hunter ethics, as well as many of the institutions, expert agencies, science and funding mechanisms for conservation. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.