MISSOULA, Mont. (April 3, 2019) – The Dallas Safari Club has joined the growing list of sponsors for one of North America’s longest-running celebrations of big game conservation and management – the Boone and Crockett Club’s 30th Big Game Awards, 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 records book specimens taken by young sportsmen age 16 and under.
“Every once in a while it’s a good idea to reflect on the achievements sportsmen have made in recovering and conserving big game species and their habitats,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. The healthy game populations we have today didn’t happen by chance or by a natural process, as many people now believe or are being led to believe. It took purpose and commitment primarily by members of the hunter -conservationist community. Our Big Game Awards celebrate this fact.”
The public exhibit within the museum will be open from May through August 3. More than 140 outstanding specimens are expected.
“DSC is proud to partner with the Boone and Crockett Club on its 30th Big Game Awards,” said Corey Mason, executive director for the Dallas Safari Club. “The Awards represent the success of North American wildlife management and should be celebrated by all that care for and have invested in wildlife conservation. Further, the lands, landowners, hunters, conservation organizations and agencies that have produced these exceptional animals are to be applauded for their dedication to stewardship and wildlife conservation.”
Brady explained, “Hunting in North America has a significant influence on hunting around the world, because so many Americans hunt here and abroad. That being said it follows that the manner in which habitat and big game are managed in North America would have a significant influence on wildlife conservation internationally. The Dallas Safari Club has had an extremely positive impact on game management globally and we couldn’t be more pleased to have this leading international hunting and conservation organization join us in this celebration.”
Boone and Crockett Club began keeping trophy records in 1906 as a way of detailing species once headed for extinction. Today, trophy data reflect population health and habitat quality. Biologists compare and contrast records to improve local management strategies as well as state and federal wildlife polices.
The Dallas Safari Club joins Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, the Wild Sheep Foundation, and Federal Premium Ammunition as 30th Big Game Awards sponsors.
More information on the Boone and Crockett Club 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 is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.