he Robert M. Lee Foundation has joined a growing list of sponsors of the Boone and Crockett Club’s 30th Big Game Awards, which is scheduled for August 1-3, 2019, in Springfield, Missouri.
A triennial event, the 30th Big Game Awards is being hosted by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s and will take place at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield. Visitors to the museum will be treated to an exhibition of outstanding trophies taken in fair chase over the past three years, including at least one new World’s Record, state records, and Top-Five trophies representing 33 different categories of native North American big game. The exhibit will also feature record book specimens taken by young sportsmen, age 16 and under.
The Robert M. Lee Foundation is sponsoring the event’s Fair Chase Award and providing travel assistance for young hunters invited to attend and have their trophies honored, in addition to sponsoring the North American Caribou display in the museum exhibit.
“Bob Lee was one of the early adopters seeing value in the Club’s big game records program and its ties to the conservation and management of these species,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. “He was a valued member of the Club, and we’re pleased to see that his foundation is carrying Bob’s legacy forward.”
Bob Lee passed away on January 28, 2016. Of his many contributions, his appreciation and passion for collecting fine sporting arms are featured in such books as, The Art of the Gun and Magnificent Colts.
Lee’s wife and newly appointed Regular Member of the Club, Anne Brockinton Lee said, “Bob cared deeply about wildlife, hunting, conservation, and the Club’s big game records program. As a publisher of books on fine sporting arms and hunting, we recognize hunting as a significant mechanism for conservation. We often do not think of big game trophies as proof of successful conservation but we should. I’m proud to continue to share the importance of conservation and Fair Chase for the future of sportsmen and women, something important to Bob, myself, and our foundation.”
The Fair Chase Award is given every three years to the sportsman or sportswoman who best exemplified the tenets of Fair Chase as set forth by the Club’s founder, Theodore Roosevelt. The award will be presented during the 30th Big Game Awards banquet on August 3, 2019.
The public exhibit within the museum is open through August 3. Nearly 130 outstanding specimens are on display.
The Robert M. Lee Foundation joins Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, the Wild Sheep Foundation, Federal Premium Ammunition, Dallas Safari Club, Buck Knives, the Mule Deer Foundation, NRA and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as 30th Big Game Awards sponsors.
More info on the Boone and Crockett Club’s 30th Big Game Awards is available at www.biggameawards.com.
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 continues to be the leader in the hunter-conservationist community through its’ work in Conservation Policy, Conservation Education programs at major universities, Hunter Ethics, and Research, and collaboration with similarly focused organizations. The Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.