MISSOULA, Mont. – The Boone and Crockett Club and onXmaps have joined forces to overlay B&C trophy data onto a digital hunt-mapping platform.
“The addition of this nationwide trophy data heat map is just one more tool for our customers to learn everything possible about the areas they hunt or plan to hunt. Now anyone with an onXmaps’ HUNT membership can see ‘hot spots’ for B&C trophy entries anywhere in the lower 48 states for 15 big game species.” Eric Siegfried, founder and president of onXmaps, said.
Boone and Crockett Club began keeping trophy records in 1906 as a way of detailing species once headed for extinction. Today, trophy data reflects population size, health and habitat quality. Biologists compare and contrast trophy records to improve local management strategies as well as state and federal wildlife policies. Now sportsmen can plan their hunts more precisely by seeing where B&C trophies have come from across their state.
“One of our goals has always been to make this data available to everyone,” the Club’s Director of Big Game records Justin Spring said. “Now onXmap users can view mapping overlays by trophy category showing the density of B&C record book trophies over time, right down to the county.”
The new B&C layer is an add-on layer available to onXmaps users for their personal phones or home computers, and it features records for 15 different North American big game species.
“It’s not a virtual records book with names and scores, but it’s a very unique view most big game enthusiasts haven’t seen,” Spring added. “This display of records by species and county gives users a starting place to begin identifying healthy herds.”
Records are maintained to gauge populations of big game. Even if hunting a top-ranking trophy is not a concern, the B&C layer shows where populations have been well managed and where the opportunity for a quality experience may exist–be it wildlife viewing, planning a hunt, or applying for permits.