Boone and Crockett Club Publishes Definitive Volume on Wildlife Law and Policy Development

Boone and Crockett Club Publishes Definitive Volume on Wildlife Law and Policy Development

MISSOULA, Mont. (July 24, 2018) – The Boone and Crockett Club introduces the first definitive book on wildlife law and policy development with the release of “North American Wildlife Policy and Law.” The comprehensive text thoroughly examines the history and foundation of policy related to our wildlife, and reviews and analyzes major federal, state, and provincial laws and policies important to natural resource management. The volume also delves into the application and practice of policy to ensure the sustainability of wildlife, fish and their habitats.

The Boone and Crockett Club has long been a major force for laws and policy-making involving wildlife. To further their dedication of educating the public, students and professionals on wildlife policy, laws and practices, the Boone and Crockett Club worked diligently with professors of prominent wildlife programs, top-level biologists and natural resource professionals throughout the world to compile a complete reference source for academics, policy implementers, legislators, tribal leaders and everyday wildlife professionals.

“We have worked closely with the brightest minds in the business to create an all-encompassing collection for reference for those who decide how wildlife will be managed and the effects those policies and laws will have on wildlife, habitat and indigenous populations,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Ben Hollingsworth Jr. “For far too long, there has been a gap in providing all the required materials and resources for policy-makers and professionals to make the best decision concerning wildlife.”

The book will also serve as a key textbook for natural resources university baccalaureate programs that fulfill specific academic requirements of international professional societies, most specifically the Certified Wildlife Biologist program at The Wildlife Society.

“This one-stop policy textbook was sorely needed throughout my 40-year career with American and Canadian universities and the U.S. Forest Service,” said Winifred B. Kessler, former university faculty member and co-editor of the new book. “What a wonderful resource for subsequent generations of wildlife professionals.”

“North American Wildlife Policy and Law” addresses the history and foundational concepts of policy, reviews and analyzes major federal and state laws and policies important to natural resource management, and global wildlife policy. It further discusses the application and practice of policy to ensure sustainability of wildlife, fish and the varied aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The textbook similarly provides comprehensive coverage of environmental policy and how it is important for environmental law and science programs.

“I have spent the past 30 years working to advance natural resource policies,” said James L. Cummins, executive director of Wildlife Mississippi and co-editor of the book. “My only training was OJT-on the job. If we, as professionals, want to advance conservation for the next hundred years or so, we must not only be well versed in natural resource policies but understand how and why we got to where we are today. This book does that.”

The book’s extensive coverage makes it an excellent reference for anyone interested in natural resource management, public policy, or environmental law. To learn more about this landmark book, or make a purchase of the hardcover or eBook, please visit here.

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