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. 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.