Scoring big game is a practice that dates all the way back to 1830.
Here is a brief history of how we have become hunters who score big game, using it as a conservation effort.
There are over 40,000 entries in the B&C clubs record books dating back as far as a trophy from 1830. Every one of these trophies was scored by a trained volunteer passionate about hunting, big game, and accurate record keeping.
Hunters can commonly keep track of data and use it in an effort to help conservation. Even one of our presidents thought it was a good idea. Teddy Roosevelt felt that keeping records and scoring big game was “the ultimate respect given to a trophy” that was taken in fair pursuit.
It’s not required for hunters, but scoring big game is not only valuable for research and record keeping, it could land you in the record books.
We have new temptations, that if used in excess, can allow us to overwhelm our wildlife resources. But the good news is that despite technical improvements that make the root to success easier, despite the desire to get that trophy, and despite the generations that have passed, fair chase remains. That tells us a lot about what being a sportsman is truly all about.
Thanks to the Boone and Crockett Club’s determination to be a guide for preservation and conservation, generations past and generations to come will be able to enjoy our favorite pastime, hunting.