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NHF Day Welcomes Boone and Crockett Club Support, Ethic
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club is bringing longtime advocacy of hunting and conservation, as well as timeless messages on fair-chase hunting ethics, into its new sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
The annual commemoration is set for Sept. 26, 2009.
“We’re pleased to be a part of NHF Day because it’s Congress’ way of celebrating the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. It’s a system that relies on hunters and anglers for funding and input. It’s the most successful conservation model the world has ever known, and it was originally envisioned by Roosevelt and other early leaders of the Club,” said Tony Schoonen, chief of staff for Boone and Crockett Club.
The Club’s sponsorship supports Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo., the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Wonders of Wildlife is devoted to building awareness of how hunters, anglers and sport shooters pay for conservation. Through licenses, permits and special taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for fish, wildlife and habitat.
Congress formalized NHF Day in 1972 as a public thanks to hunters and anglers.
Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife said, “National Hunting and Fishing Day is also widely seen as a great time to introduce newcomers to the outdoors. We’re happy to offer Boone and Crockett Club information on land and hunting ethics as a tutorial for novices as well as mentors.”
Fair chase, as defined by the Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.
Fundamental to all hunting, says the Club, is the concept of conservation of natural resources. Hunting in today’s world involves the regulated harvest of individual animals in a manner that conserves, protects, and perpetuates the hunted population. The hunter engages in a one-to-one relationship with the quarry and his or her hunting should be guided by a hierarchy of ethics related to hunting, which includes the following tenets:
1. Obey all applicable laws and regulations.
2. Respect the customs of the locale where the hunting occurs.
3. Exercise a personal code of behavior that reflects favorably on your abilities and sensibilities as a hunter.
4. Attain and maintain the skills necessary to make the kill as certain and quick as possible.
5. Behave in a way that will bring no dishonor to either the hunter, the hunted or the environment.
6. Recognize that these tenets are intended to enhance the hunter's experience of the relationship between predator and prey, which is one of the most fundamental relationships of humans and their environment.
For more information, visit the Boone and Crockett Club web site at www.boone-crockett.org.
Country music star Luke Bryan is the honorary chairman for NHF Day 2009.
The growing list of sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day includes Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, The Sportsman Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela’s, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich and Yamaha.
For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.