MISSOULA, MT-Attention big-game hunters: Dec. 31, 2012, is the deadline for entering your trophies into Boone and Crockett records, if you'd like to be included in the Club's 28th triennial Big Game Awards book, banquet, exhibit and conservation data.
The Boone and Crockett scoring and records-keeping program was the first-ever data collection system designed to measure and evaluate the population health and habitat quality of native North American big-game species. This historic info has been used for decades to improve state and federal wildlife polices and management strategies.
Trophy entry materials (official score chart, entry form and affidavit, and photos) postmarked by Dec. 31 will be processed for the next Boone and Crockett records book. The triennial publication will list trophies accepted in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and is slated for release in October 2013.
Of all the trophies entered during those three years, the Top 5 specimens in each of 36 categories of native North American big game will be invited to a special awards banquet, exhibit and other events July 17-20, 2013, in Reno, Nev. The Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards Program will be held at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, where an exhibit of these high-ranking trophies will be open for public display.
"Big game trophies are proof that hunter-supported conservation programs work and that the user pay/public benefit model of wildlife management is the only proven way to sustain healthy and balanced wildlife populations for the future," said Eldon Buckner, chairman of the Club's Records of North American Big Game Committee.
To find an official measurer in your area, visit www.boone-crockett.org
For more information on the Boone and Crockett 28th Big Game Awards event, visit www.biggameawards.com
—courtesy Boone and Crockett Club