onX Partners with Boone and Crockett for New Conservation Layer

The landscape of American hunting has changed dramatically since a group of prominent hunters and outdoorsmen joined forces to protect and conserve what little wildlife was left in the country. Market hunters, poachers and irresponsible land use practices decimated a once unimaginable population of animals and sportsmen were some of the only people who cared to see wildlife populations return to America’s prairies, forests and mountains.

Often thought of as merely the Guinness Book of World Records for hunting, The Boone and Crockett Club was the first wildlife conservation organization a young nation ever knew.

Spearheaded by some of the most famous figures in American History, like Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, Gifford Pinchot and General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Boone and Crockett Club saw wildlife as a great treasure of the nation. At the time of the club’s founding, in 1887, wildlife was seen as a limitless resource, a notion that saw some species teeter on the brink of extinction and others tumble over the edge.

The situation was so dire, had the Endangered Species Act been law in 1887, every species of big game we hunt today would have been listed as endangered or threatened.

Relocated to solely live in memory.

A cry went out by some to outlaw hunting altogether.

The club, however, decided the only way to conserve the American species was to well regulate ongoing hunting. Regulated hunting was the only way to maintain interest and importance in wildlife, solidifying hunting as the pathway for wildlife advocacy and a conservation tool.

The club was also largely involved in promoting limited seasons, bag limits, licensing fees and permit ideals, like the Lacey Act, the Pittman Robertson Act, Federal duck stamp and others, to help fund the future of wildlife populations, as well as the notion of fair chase.

The club is also best known for defining what it meant to be a true sportsman—one who hunted for personal reasons and not profit, who abided by a code to follow the rules, hunt with honor and respect, and with a concern for the game of tomorrow. The name given to this code was fair chase.

Record keeping for big game species began after the founding of the club and is often what they are solely associated with today. Many hunters and non hunters alike, however, don’t realize the record keeping process is integral for tracking population trends for all species.

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In the 1950s, through the use of the big game records, conservationists finally saw what they were looking for.

Wildlife was coming back.

Trophy mule deer buck entered in the Boone & Crockett records.

Since then, club records have been used to monitor the peaks and valleys of mule deer populations, the plummeting numbers of caribou and other species as well.

While these records may appear to be a list of names and numbers in a book, they are in a very real sense proof of successful conservation made possible by sportsmen.

Today, the club has a new challenge in ever improving technological advances.

B&C and onX Hunt Look to the Future of Conservation

For a club founded in history and tradition, Boone and Crockett and its members are also well aware that technology and modernization can help strengthen hunting’s core message and base population.

With this knowledge in hand, the club took a partnership with onX Hunt and digitized their trophy records and transferred that data into a heat map, allowing for a comprehensive view of trophy and population concentrations.

Trophy records of animals, which are integral to monitoring big game populations, are now a valuable asset any hunter can monitor and use to their advantage. The new digital database works as a layer for the onX Hunt App and Web Map, showing concentrated areas where trophy class animals were harvested. Whether you are rattling in whitetails in Ohio, glassing the Arizona desert for Coues deer, or watching an Alaskan mountain range for sheep, the layer has trophy data for every North American big game animal you can imagine. The layer is not only perfect for hunters targeting high quality animals in their own state, but also comes in time for those planning to apply for out of state tags.

Screenshot of the onX Hunt and Boone & Crockett Layer in the Midwest.

The Boone and Crockett Layer is available under the Nationwide Layers folder as part of the onX Premium and Elite Membership level. Premium and Elite Members will have full access to this layer as part of our partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club. 

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Last updated: May 2021.