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Research Antlers in Detail Antler Analytica is an antler geek's dream, and the newest addition to our suite of tools in Big Game Records Live. Is it just trivia? Maybe. Or perhaps it may reveal clues into genetics, habitat, and game management practices. Measurements form the foundation of our...
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Motivation to Plan Your Hunting Season Starts Today Presented by Fiocchi You like walrus? How about big whitetails? We hope you like big, state-record black bears because we have those, too, in this installment of More to the Score. Would you sit in treestand while it pours rain and the temps hover...
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A typical whitetail scoring 207-7/8 was stashed in an Illinois basement for 32 years until some electrical work needed to be done. When the electrician saw it, he “went bonkers.” After a long day of hunting pheasants in Lasalle County, Illinois, Sam Aiuppa put the dog away and climbed into a stand along the timber. He replaced birdshot with a slug in his Remington 870 shotgun and waited for evening. It was late November and the peak of the whitetail rut—the perfect time to find a buck with its guard down. After 40 minutes or so, a buck sauntered under his stand. Aippua shot it in the face.
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At the end of the two-day determination meeting, Club officials finally voted on scoring criteria along with book and awards minimums. It was also confirmed that all existing Fair Chase rules and ethics are appropriate for this category.
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Big Game Records LIVE is the next generation of Boone and Crockett Club's Trophy Search, a hunting research tool. With Big Game Records LIVE, we give you access to the Club’s massive trophy database of North American big game. Our founders devised the records-keeping system more than a century ago to measure the success of conservation efforts across the country. Now, these records are available to you by subscribing to Big Game Records LIVE.
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Note: Join the Boone and Crockett Club with confidence : there's no automatic renewal or hidden fees. Your membership is a yearly choice , not an obligation. We'll remind you when it's time to renew, giving you complete control over your membership status. Select from five levels of support: Level...
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The records department of the Boone and Crockett Club recently convened a Special Judges Panel to verify the entry score of a musk ox entry received earlier this year. Two separate teams of judges remeasured the musk ox entry and confirmed its score of 131 4/8 points. The massive set of horns...
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For more than four years, one trail camera was aimed at the same tree 24/7. That camera caught just about every awesome thing that wanders along northwest Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. There are wolves and hares, rutting elk and skunks. There are skittish coyotes, and perhaps the craziest of all, there are bears, lots of bears that love one particular tree.
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With 76 entries and counting, Brian Ross has the largest collection of whitetails belonging to any individual in the Boone and Crockett records. By PJ DelHomme Brian Ross started collecting antlers in 1983 when he was 10 years old. He still has his first set, an eight-point whitetail with a broken...
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By PJ DelHomme Buffalo County, Wisconsin, has produced more Boone and Crockett Club record-book whitetails than anywhere else. It’s the number one county in the number one state, according to Club records. Why? At 78, Tom Indrebo has a memory like a steel trap—at least when it comes to bucks killed...
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With an estimated 34 million whitetail deer running around the U.S. today, it’s hard to imagine that their numbers were down to around 500,000 in the early 1900s. With proper management, numbers rebounded, and hunting seasons followed. Many hunters were happy to snap a few field photos along the...
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As far as I know, I am the only white man who kills tigres with a spear.” —Sasha Siemel
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In the early 1900s, national parks were under constant threat from private industry, which hoped to capitalize on those unique landscapes. Two charismatic members of the Boone and Crockett Club worked the halls of Congress to ensure management of those wonders fell to a new agency that would prioritize their protection.
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More than a century ago, members of the Boone and Crockett Club spearheaded efforts to set aside areas of land and water where conservation of our fish and wildlife is the number one priority. This is how it all began.
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Colorado 1901 Theodore Roosevelt is the only U.S. president with his name in the Boone and Crockett records. And as far as we know, he’s the only hunter to kill a World’s Record with a hunting knife. On November 6, 1900, William McKinley was elected the 25th president of the United States. Theodore...
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In 1887, Theodore Roosevelt returned from his Elkhorn Ranch in the Dakota Territory with an idea. He would assemble a group of like-minded, influential men to turn the tide in favor of conserving our nation’s resources, which, at the time, was vanishing quickly. This is how he did it. Like any good...
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A new tool featured in Big Game Records Live analyzes over 50,000 record-book entries and combines the kill dates with the lunar cycle days. The intriguing results could be used to plan your next hunt. Hunters have always looked for ways to increase our odds of success, which means sometimes we...
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L.S. Chadwick's World's Record Stone's sheep is considered to be the greatest North American big-game trophy ever taken. It has stood at the top spot of its respective category for over 80 years. ​​​​​​​ Lee Sherman Chadwick was enterprising enough to hunt Stone’s sheep ( Ovis dalli stonei ) in...
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For the Love of Rams - Our friends at the Wild Sheep Foundation wrapped up their “Sheep Show” in January and raised a pile of money for sheep conservation across North America. To recognize a job well done, we found it only fitting to help them celebrate with a little throwback to the old days of sheep hunting. The following photos were hand-picked from Great Rams III and Great Rams IV , published by the Boone and Crockett Club.
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February 07, 2024 The records department of the Boone and Crockett Club recently received a Roosevelt’s elk entry, which, if confirmed by a judges panel, will be crowned the new world’s record. The recent entry was killed by Timothy Carpenter on September 21, 2023, in Humboldt County, California...
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Eight Entries to Cure the Winter Blues Presented by Fiocchi We’ve got a little something for everyone in this lineup of the latest entries in the Boone and Crockett Club records. There’s the second-biggest whitetail to come out of North Carolina and a top-five Montana black bear. And take a gander...
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Hunter Aron Wark (right) and his guide Sam Kapolak with Wark’s musk ox that, if confirmed, will be the new World’s Record. Photo courtesy of Aron Wark. MISSOULA, MT —The records department of the Boone and Crockett Club recently received a musk ox entry, and if confirmed by a judges panel, it will...
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Suppressors, or silencers, have been around for more than a century. According to Hollywood, suppressors are only used by assassins hiding behind full-length curtains. In reality, suppressors are more commonly seen in the field today, being used by hunters. Even Theodore Roosevelt was a fan. He owned three.
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https://www.boone-crockett.org/online-fair-chase-and-hunter-ethics-course MISSOULA, Mont. (June 20, 2023) – The Boone and Crockett Club and the National Rifle Association’s Hunters’ Leadership Forum (HLF) are working together to develop an online education platform to teach hunter ethics. The groups announced today that they have created a partnership for the educational programming to help communicate the importance of Fair Chase ethics when hunters head to the field. The Fair Chase Hunter Ethics curriculum will complement existing NRA hunter education modules to carry a positive message to new and existing hunters, as well as to the general public. The online course is expected to be launched in early 2024.
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Yukon Territory 1950 Outdoor writer and legend Jack O’Connor loved the .270 and hunting North American game. His books and magazine articles singlehandedly launched a thousand hunting trips. This is the tale of his quest for a giant Dall’s ram, which doesn’t go as planned. For those of a certain...
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By Michael J. O’Haco, Jr. 19th Big Game Awards Program | From Legendary Hunts It was the first weekend in August 1985, and I was out of town. I called home because I knew the Arizona hunting permits should be in the mail. My wife Linda said there was good news and bad news: I said I wanted the bad...
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By PJ DelHomme At 22, Arthur Dugmore arrived in New York City with 55 cents in his pocket. From there, he conned his way into a good job and found a calling—producing some of the best wildlife photographs the world had ever seen. Before he was 20, Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore sailed a schooner across...
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Avid Big-Buck Hunters Package All things whitetail! Includes two books, Records of North American Whitetail Deer (6th edition) and Complete Guide to Hunting Whitetails , as well as a whitetail distribution map for your wall. Regular price for these three items - $94.90. Save $21.97 when purchased...
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Bison are symbols of the American West, and market hunting nearly wiped them from the planet. The story of their near-extinction and then of their restoration thanks to members of the Boone and Crockett Club is the story of the first animal reintroduction in North America.
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In 2020, we published Records of North American Whitetail Deer , Sixth Edition. This 700-page whitetail encyclopedia featured 17,000 trophy listings. In addition, we ranked the top 53 states and provinces according to the number of whitetail records listed. Those stats compiled whitetail trophy entries from 1950-2019. Things have changed in just the past three years. States have fallen behind, while others have gained ground.
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While Dustin Huff sat in his treestand in November 2021, all he was hoping to do was kill a deer big enough to beat his personal record of 134 inches.
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Colorado hadn’t seen a state-record ram in more than two decades, and the state has never seen a 200-point ram enter the records. But then, the state saw two number-one rams in two weeks.
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Don't miss out on these great deals! A Mule Deer Retrospective Vintage Photos and Memorabilia from the Boone and Crockett Club Archives Sportsmen with an eye for the good ol’ days of big game hunting will delight in B&C’s visually stunning book focusing on the iconic mule deer of the West with...
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In the near future, we will be hearing more about record-book whitetails coming out of Indiana. Have hunters and wildlife managers there found a sweet spot for the state’s herd? By PJ DelHomme In case you missed it, a 27-year-old Indiana hunter named Dustin Huff recently shot the second biggest...
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Ladies in the Field—When the Boone and Crockett Club was first created, those two dozen men agreed that the first purpose of the Club would be “to promote manly sport with a rifle.” Today, that dog doesn’t hunt as more women take to the field and forest (with or without their husbands). Today, entries into the Boone and Crockett Records by female hunters are commonplace—and they have been for a while. We sifted through the records and Boone and Crockett publications to bring you some of the highlights from more than a century of ladies getting it done out there.
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Stylish Stalkers — There was a time when hunters would don a tie and tuck in their shirt to chase big game—and they would look darn good doing it. For that reason, we sifted through the archives to find some of the best-dressed hunters from the good old days. If you like this slideshow, more of these timeless photos can be found in our Vintage Hunting Album , which makes a great gift or book to keep up at the cabin.
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Smile, You're Hunting — Too many hunting photos show a hunter, for whatever reason, looking downright mad about filling a tag. Why not smile after a successful hunt? You don’t want your great-grandkids thinking you were a complete jerk. As a friendly reminder to have a good time out there this hunting season, we compiled these vintage photos of hunters who look truly happy. We hope you’re glad to be out there, too. Say cheese.
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Eleven Big-game Whoppers Presented by Fiocchi From state-record whitetail pick-ups to nearly World’s Record bison and tule elk, this installment of More to the Score will surely have you wishing hunting season wasn’t coming to a close. The good news? Now is the time to sift through the records to...
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https://www.boone-crockett.org/31st-big-game-awards-merchandise-clearance The bison featured in the logo for the 31st Big Game Awards lived more than a century ago in the Peace River Country of northern Alberta. And you will find the story behind how the bison head became part of the National Collection of Heads and Horns is as wild as the country it called home.
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By Lester A. Kish 21st Big Game Awards Program| From Legendary Hunts To say that hunting is a sport of luck is an understatement. In 1990, I had the good fortune to draw a bighorn sheep permit in Montana’s Unit 213, near Anaconda. With odds exceeding 100 to 1, just drawing the permit was an...
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By Ronald N. Franklin 25th Big Game Awards Program| From Legendary Hunts I had just received the news I had been drawn for one of the toughest units to get a tag in the Arizona draw. I called everyone I knew to pass on my good fortune. Everyone was so excited and ready to help on the hunt. Then the...
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During the fall rut, you will likely hear them before you see them. As two bighorn rams battle for dominance, the crack of their horns will echo through the canyons some call home. If you’re lucky enough to have a tag for one, maybe you’ll see one of these brutes featured below.
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There is a place on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front that attracts all that is wild. It just so happens that this place is on the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch . The place is called The Campsite, and it’s truly special. Here, grizzly bears chase moose, mature mule deer bucks plow through snow drifts, mountain lions slink by at night, bull elk literally run into trees, and so much more. And perhaps the most beautiful thing? It’s all caught on video.
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After a pair of moose lock their antlers and fight to the death in Idaho, a hunter and his daughter attempt to recover the racks and have a day they will never forget. Oh, and one of the bulls is the fourth largest recorded for Idaho and number 16 of All-time.
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Because basketball stars making millions of dollars still miss free throws Excerpt from Fair Chase Magazine By Wayne Van Zwoll, regular contributor, photos courtesy of author Approach ready to fire again, from behind the animal, rifle up front. Save congratulations for later. Why is there time to...
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In the 1930s, Roosevelt Luckey owned a Ford dealership and garage in western New York’s Allegany County. Every year, he’d drive a Ford across the state to the Adirondacks in the northeast corner to hunt deer at a cabin owned by him and a few friends. He killed his first deer there in 1926. He would make the long drive because there were relatively few places open to hunting in New York until the late 1930s. That’s when state game managers opened a short season in Allegany County.
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By PJ DelHomme Boone and Crockett Club members worked passionately to pass legislation in 1906 that would protect sites of cultural and scientific interest, such as Grand Canyon and Olympic National Park. They were called national monuments. Today, members of the Club remain at the forefront of...
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From Toddlers to Tines—The only thing better than sharing the spoils of the hunt with your kids is having them hunt themselves. Passing down the fun of the hunt is a time-honored tradition for many families—and as you can see from this slideshow, it’s been going on for quite a while.
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If there ever was a country that could kill you with kindness, it’s Canada. And the hunting? Let’s just say it’s pretty incredible—and it has been for a long time. We dug through our Vintage Hunting Album to bring you some of our favorite vintage photos featuring some of Canada’s finest trophies from a bygone era. So, crack a Molson and enjoy the photo gallery, eh?
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Classic Elk Images Nothing goes better with fall colors than the quaking of aspen leaves and the scream of rut-crazed bull elk in the mountains. We dug through the archives to find classic photos of elk hunts from yesteryear. You’ll notice classic rifles, plenty of plaid, and big smiles on the faces of successful hunters. May the elk gods be just as generous to you this fall.

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