The Mule Deer Foundation is the latest to join the growing list of sponsors for the Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards.
A triennial event, the 30th Big Game Awards is being hosted by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's and will take place at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield. Visitors to the museum will be treated to an exhibition of outstanding trophies taken in fair chase over the past three years, including at least one new World's Record, state records, and Top-Five trophies representing 33 different categories of native North American big game. The exhibit will also feature records book specimens taken by young sportsmen age 16 and under.
"When Theodore Roosevelt founded the Club in 1887 to save our big game species from almost certain elimination, Club members at the time quickly realized something of great importance," said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. "Early Club members recognized that if big game population were to recover and thrive, it would take other groups dedicated to the future of individual species."
The public exhibit within the museum will be open from May through August 3. More than 150 outstanding specimens are expected.
"The Mule Deer Foundation is proud to sponsor the 30th Big Game Awards," says Miles Moretti, President/CEO. "MDF has been a long time partner with Boone and Crockett and sponsoring the awards program is just one way we support the principles of Fair Chase and ethical hunting." On a personal note, Moretti continues, "It is an honor to be a Professional Member of the Club."
Brady explained, "Today our conservation community is blessed with a number of dedicated groups like the Mule Deer Foundation. In fact, no other nation can boast such a successful system of wildlife advocacy. I think Roosevelt would be pleased that so many of these groups will be joining in this celebration."
Boone and Crockett Club began keeping trophy records in 1906 as a way of detailing species once headed for extinction. Today, trophy data reflect population health and habitat quality. Biologists compare and contrast records to improve local management strategies as well as state and federal wildlife polices.
The Mule Deer Foundation joins Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's, the Wild Sheep Foundation, Federal Premium Ammunition, the Dallas Safari Club, and Buck Knives as 30th Big Game Awards sponsors.
More information on the Boone and Crockett Club 30th Big Game Awards is available at www.biggameawards.com.