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Boone and Crockett Club Annual Reports

Message from the President for Fiscal Year 2021 

As we wrap up this annual report, we continue to see our world change daily with the influx of a new strain of COVID and a world that is trying to figure out how to react to this ever-evolving disease. Then, along comes Hurricane Ida impacting the coastal areas of Louisiana and the Northeast, another historic wildfire season is underway, and extreme drought has affected much of the West and Great Plains. Despite all these challenges, it has been a very rewarding year for the Boone and Crockett Club in so many ways.

The organizational structure designed to support our new strategic plan took effect on January 1, 2021. This included a realignment of staff, committees, and sub committees into four divisions: Conservation, Communications, Records, and Administration and Finance. The goal is to streamline operations and put additional emphasis on the mission of the Club. In keeping with our new structure, this annual report is divided into each of these four core areas—we hope this helps you to see what the staff is doing to meet the objectives of our new strategic plan.

Our commitment to Conservation policy and education has continued to be a priority for our organization. In this fiscal year, the Club played a key role in the passage of the historic Great American Outdoors Act and the American Conservation Enhancement Act. We reported on these victories in the last annual report even though they rightly should have been included here—however, each were such big legislative victories that we can celebrate once again.

We continue to play a leadership role on policy issues as we have transitioned to a new Administration. The American Wildlife Conservation Partners should have celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2020, but COVID forced us to wait a year—we gathered at Club headquarters in August 2021. We will talk about that in our next annual report, but I will share that our own CEO, Tony Schoonen was elected to serve as the chair of that partnership starting in 2022. The key here is to continue to leverage this group of like-minded conservationists to get things done on a national level and it is exciting to see Tony at the helm.

Also celebrating its 20th anniversary is the Rasmuson Wildlife Conservation Center, which today is doing exactly the work that our members envisioned years ago. In FY21, we directly influenced over 13,000 individuals through the entire gamut of our conservation education programs. Our conservation education program took wings in the challenging COVID year through our virtual education platform, and thanks to generous support from our members and foundations that program will continue to grow.

With the help of our Communications team, we are telling our story more and getting our message to many different outlets and many more people. Our new website has been a huge asset since its completion last year and we continue to regularly improve the content provided on the site. As a result, we are growing our audience daily, our number of visitors is up 60%, and folks are coming more and staying on the site longer. If you haven’t visited the site please do, it will make you proud. We also have seen an overall increase in media visibility and in this fiscal year, stories in the press that mention the Boone and Crockett Club had a potential reach of almost 470 million!

Our Records program continues to drive much of our visibility and our staff works hard to connect the value of big game records as a way to measure our conservation successes. This year, we released the sixth edition of Records of North American Whitetail Deer and the new scoring manual developed in coordination with the Pope and Young Club. We also increased our work to emphasize hunter ethics and fair chase. Of course, next year will be the 31st Big Game Awards scheduled for July 21-23, 2022, in Springfield, Missouri, and we hope you will join us for this celebration.

We couldn’t accomplish any of this without having our staff and committees continuing to make sure our financial decisions are good and productive. Even with many obstacles, we have done well in that arena again and found ways to stay on track for the long-term plan that you said you wanted to see. This annual report shares more details of our finances and I hope you will see that being a member and supporter of the Boone and Crockett Club is a good investment. Through all the changes of our world, this Club and its staff continue to adjust and make the moves that address and improve our position daily.

As we move forward, we will continue to ensure that we are operating within the strategic plan that our members laid out. Over the next year, my hope would be to drive our efforts to new heights and make progress in all areas of the plan we have been tasked to accomplish. I want to find a way to strengthen our University Programs and find new ways of funding so we can continue to expand this area—not just the wildlife side of collegiate training but to develop more scholars that have interest in conservation policy. We must get leaders that understand and can drive the needs of conservation at all levels.

In closing, we hope when you review this annual report you will be proud of our accomplishments. With all the challenges of the past two years, I think you all should be proud of the progress this Club has made. I guess the biggest thing we have missed is being able to get together as friends to share stories. I know that is the part I have struggled with the most and pray that we will all find ourselves in New Orleans in December for the Annual Meeting.

God bless you all, and thanks for all you do for conservation and the Boone and Crockett Club.    


James F. Arnold
Boone and Crockett Club


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