private collection of big game trophies from across North America is currently on display at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. Visitors to the museum will be treated to an exhibition of some of the largest specimens in history taken in fair chase over the past three years, including one new World’s Record, state and provincial records, and other high-ranking trophies representing 25 species of native North American big game.
Trophy animals represent the success of North American conservation efforts and the addition of new records demonstrates healthy game populations and their habitats. Such fine representatives of nature would not exist today if it were not for dedicated conservation and wildlife and habitat management programs.
Founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, the Boone and Crockett Club is the nation’s oldest conservation organization that also maintains the records for North American big game species. Every three years it hosts a celebration of hunter-supported conservation with a public display of the largest big game trophies taken in fair chase from across the continent.
“Missouri has a rich outdoor heritage,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady of Anchorage, Alaska. “Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield is the perfect place to host our event and recognize what sportsmen have done to restore, conserve, and enhance these iconic North America species.”
In total, nearly 140 individual trophies are on display in the museum. In the past three years conservation efforts have produced a new World’s record bighorn sheep and an astounding 43 new state and provincial records.
“You don’t have to be a sportsmen to appreciate nature and what it takes to keep wildlife healthy and thriving,” Brady explained. “Regulated hunting is a critical mechanism for conservation and has been for well over a century. The system we have in North America is the envy of the world because it works. It works because of the value we place on nature and an outdoor lifestyle, and what we value, we protect.
The Boone and Crockett Club display is open to the public until August 3. Museum hours are Sunday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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.