The Boone and Crockett Club®
Leupold® is proud of the relationship that continues to develop with the Boone and Crockett Club®, the oldest hunter/conservationist organization in North America. The Club worked closely with Leupold engineers to develop the Ballistics Aiming System, which includes the first optical product to bear the Club’s name: the Boone and Crockett® Big Game reticle. Now, we’re excited to introduce the second generation of products resulting from this partnership.
Leupold has long supported the efforts of the Boone and Crockett Club® because they share so many of our goals and values, promoting the sport of hunting and the conservation of the wildlife that makes our way of life possible. We at Leupold urge you to support their efforts as well.
Hunting is vital to the future well-being of wildlife and humanity. Hunting opportunity is a key element of North American wildlife conservation. When hunting is allowed, wildlife populations thrive in the sunlight of active, well-funded management programs. Experiences worldwide illustrate that when public hunting is not allowed, broad interest in wildlife diminishes and wildlife conservation becomes an exclusive, expensive government function, and a financial burden rather than a self-sustaining activity enjoyed by the people.
Why Big Game Records?
The grave condition of North American big game species at the turn of the 20th century had many responsible sportsmen wondering if these great animals would soon become extinct. With certain species of animal and bird life vanishing, it was determined by Boone and Crockett Club® members that a biological record of the historic range and specimen quality was needed before it was too late. The Club’s Records Program was first developed in 1902 prior to most state hunting laws, regulated hunting seasons, and a clear scientific understanding of big game management. The Records Program’s purposes included:
- Obtaining biological and location data on big game animals that were thought to be vanishing. If recovery of these great animals was to succeed, baseline data was needed.
- Drawing attention to the plight of North American wildlife. The result was a new public awareness, which drew more sportsmen into the conservation movement.
- Promoting the concept of fair chase hunting and ethical behavior. Born from these efforts was the foundation of public stewardship and the realization that wildlife did indeed belong to the people.
Today, the Boone and Crockett Club® continues its records keeping activities as a motivation for fair chase hunting and as a celebration of the successes of North American wildlife conservation. Records books document the history of these successes a system supported by fair chase sportsmen for over 100 years a system we also strongly believe in here at Leupold.