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Boone and Crockett Rejects Captive-Deer Trophy Scoring

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The Boone and Crockett Club has disavowed the use of its name and scoring system in conjunction with captive deer and elk, according to an official resolution presented and signed by Boone and Crockett Club President William A. Demmer.Boone-Crockett Logo Demmer said, “With the growth of the deer-breeding-and-shooting industry, and modern marketing and selling of ‘shooter bucks’ raised in captivity and graded and sold using B&C scores, it was time to make this unauthorized uses of our scoring system more widely known.” For nearly 100 years, Boone and Crockett’s record books and B&C scores have been considered the gold standard for evaluating and verifying the trophy quantity of wild, native North American big game taken under fair chase conditions.

The resolution was ratified at Boone and Crockett’s 127th annual meeting, which concluded earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Fla. The resolution reads:

“The Boone and Crockett Club scoring system exists to document the successful conservation of wild game animals in North America. The Boone and Crockett Club objects to and rejects any use of or reference to the Boone and Crockett Club or its scoring system in connection with antlers/horns grown by animals in captivity.” “To maintain the purity of this data set, and to ensure its usefulness for conservation professionals, the club has always excluded farm-raised big game from its records program,” Demmer said. “Including unnaturally produced or genetically manipulated specimens would taint one of the longest-running conservation programs in existence.”

The Club’s records program was established in 1906 as a way of detailing species once thought headed for extinction. The club, based in Missoula, Montana, supports use of scientifically guided wildlife management techniques to enhance or restore big game populations and other species at risk.

However, the club condemns artificial enhancement of a species’ genetic characteristics for the sole purpose of producing abnormally large antlers to increase commercial value. Demmer said the Club strictly opposes any attempt to legitimize the trophy quality of pen-raised animals or put-and-take shooting operations by associating either with the Boone and Crockett Club.

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Comments (13)

  1. Game preserve’s, the fenced in kind area problem in Michigan. The hogs escape and plague the farmer. Here we have national forests and plenty of spaces to hunt. To claim a trophy rack from a game farm would be like getting a big fish from the trout farm you take your grandkids to. Good job B&C Board.

  2. I also applaud this decision. Despite being a “non-hunter” ( as opposed to an anti-hunter) I do have an interest in the NATURAL genetic selection process, and the following of that phenomena by Boone and Crockett. Captive hunting is murder, not hunting. I can understand it for non native species, and their containment to prevent another crisis like the pythons in the Everglades. But to improve a species for the vanity of man is a crime against nature and should be outlawed.

  3. Hurray!! I watched several Elk with one 350+ Bull being transported by semi heading south through Denver two years ago. As a Bowhunter for the last 40 years, I felt a great deal of sadness at the thought of those guys being transported to be “hunted” on some game farm. I’ve had four major back surgeries and over a dozen knee surgeries and I still hunt public land alone. Even taking a cow is a source of pride and a feeling of accomplishment that I can’t imagine a checkbook and fence can ever equal. I’m glad to see that B&C didn’t fall into the pit which I feel is fenced hunting. Not only for the “game” but for the so called “sportsmen” which take animals in that manner.

    1. @Robert Orth
      Hey Bob,
      I don’t get the oppertunity to hunt as often with a bow as I’d like but do like to try my hand at Sitka Blacktail from time to time or Elk in the lower 48 when the oppertunity presents.
      I wanted to tell you to keep on kerping on! That kind of invasive surgery can cause one to “slow down” and stop doing what they enjoy and it’s encouraging to some of us to hear these stories as we pack a bottle of pain killers away for this years hunt.
      Hope your Bow hunt was successful this season, have a pleasant Holiday.
      The snow is getting good in Steamboat and “the mountains call and I must go” regards, Pete sends…

  4. @ Jim: These animals are little more then “specialty bread” petting zoo animals, they have no survival instincts as if they would have if they were born in the wild. A blithering idiot, would have no problem killing one of these animals. Because the “fear factor” has been breed out of them, there little more than “babes in the woods” waiting to be killed.

  5. Since B & C records are based on wild game animals taken under “Fair Chase” conditions it would not be appropriate to contaminate the record books with canned hunt results. Additionally, even if genetically highbred Deer and Elk are hunted on very large (1,000+ acre), high fenced ranches, their records should be kept separate with a separate scoring system since these animals are not truly raised in the wild. I have hunted on large acreage, high fenced ranches that were so thick with brush that 40 yards would be considered a long open shot. We consider that hunting to be fair chase and the deer thereon were all native so I would not have a problem with some one submitting a trophy sized buck to B & C under those conditions.

    1. The line has to be drawn somewhere and it seems that any fence line is a good place to do it. Its either open country or a ca tainted compound. 1000 acres is just a bit more than 1.5 square miles. If you fence it in in such a manner that nothing can get in or out without Hunan intervention then the line must be drawn at the fence where this issue is concerned. I agree that within such a large contained area or larger that “Fair Chase” might well be archived. But the fence remains a man imposed disruption of the natural course. The very definition of B&C rules and grading are clear, now, more than ever. There can be no degrees or exceptions to the governing rules as they have been applied for since 1906. If it’s not “open range” defined as range that does not inhibit or contain by man made means the movement of wildlife that reside upon it, then the B&C rules and scoring can’t apply. To do so would taint the data base that has so carfully been assembled and maintained.
      However, it would I belive be in the best interest of the B&C Association to create a data base for those animals grown and harvested INSIDE the fence. Thus data is significant and important if for no other reason that it be tracked and reported, and avail bile for public use.
      Who better but B&C to construct maintain and administer such a Data Mine? They already have the greatest expierance in doing so. If for no other reason then that this kind of record and information whould assist in the protection and stewardship of the “open range” environment OUTSIDE of the fences. A longer view of this issue and possible solutions may be worth consideration here. Just simply ignoring what’s inside the fence as not within the guidelines of one set of rules dosnt mean that that data and its collection isn’t important as well.
      Sorry Jim, I’m not in disagreement with you but think that it should be two distinct scoring systems, rules and record keeping to keep each side of the fence as clear as possible.

  6. Captive breeding of sporting game has always not been a favorite of mine.
    With today’s scientific advances we can genetically alter almost anything(if there is economic gain involved it becomes very bad). From selective breeding to hormone therapies and surgical alterations it is not at all good for the hunting sports.
    Landowners, farmers and enthusiasts have all considered games as a cash crop just like their grains and livestock.
    There does come a limit on intervention. I still believe in restoration of specie but not in release and harvest.

  7. As a North American hunter is applaud and support this position and statement by B&C.
    The future of our wild life and hunting will not be found in a feed lot.

    1. @et
      Best laugh so far today!!
      But I’m thinking you ment “Feed Lot” not a Dairy Farm! Shooting a Dairy Cow is more than just.wrong, it’s like twisted! Semantics, I’m sure.
      I got and agree with your point however, 100%

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