MISSOULA, Mont. (March 20, 2019) – The Wild Sheep Foundation added its name to what is expected to be a long list of supporters for North America’s longest-running celebration of big-game conservation and management, 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 records book specimens taken by young sportsmen age 16 and under.
“The theme for this celebration is ‘North American Big Game, More and Healthier Than Ever,’” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. “There is no better example of this fact than bighorn sheep, and we can thank the sportsmen of the Wild Sheep Foundation for this.”
The Wild Sheep Foundation is sponsoring the event’s Big Game Awards Banquet set for Saturday, August 3. The banquet will honor these exceptional animals, including a new World’s Record bighorn ram, and the fair chase sportsmen who harvested them.
When the Wild Sheep Foundation was formed in 1977 there were an estimated 25,000 bighorn sheep in North American. Today this number is 85,000.
“The conservation ethic and history of the Boone and Crockett Club is beyond reproach,” said Gray N. Thornton, president and CEO of the Wild, Sheep Foundation. “We have had the honor to conserve wild sheep across the globe with a conservation foundation undoubtedly constructed by the original founders of the Club. Although wildlife conservation can be difficult at times, the legacy established by those before us has kept our efforts on track, and the path forward evident. This event is truly a celebration of the magnificent wildlife we all have worked so hard to conserve, and we couldn’t be more honored to participate as long times friends, partners, and sponsors of the Boone and Crockett Club.”
Brady added, “Not everyone is a hunter, but those who are have a special relationship with nature and an understanding of what it takes to keep wildlife thriving. Some gather together and go a step farther by committing time and resources to ensure someone is paying attention to a particular species. That’s the story with the Wild Sheep Foundation and their efforts on behalf of wild, mountain sheep. We’re proud to have them as a partner in this celebration.”
The public exhibit within the museum will be open from May through August 4. Nearly 140 outstanding specimens are expected, as well as more than 325,000 curious visitors.
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.
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 is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.