Federal Premium Ammunition leads what is expected to be a long list of sponsors for North America’s longest-running celebration of big-game conservation and management, the Boone and Crockett Club 29th Big Game Awards, which is scheduled for July 14-16, 2016 in Springfield, Mo.
A triennial event, the Boone and Crockett Club 29th Big Game Awards will take place at Bass Pro Shops and the adjacent, new America’s Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, offering a public exhibition of new World’s Records and Top-5 trophies in all categories of native North American big game, plus records-book specimens taken during the past three years by hunters age 16 and under.
“This event is an opportunity for people to see these honored trophies which symbolize America’s successful conservation system,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Morrie Stevens. “Male specimens that have lived a long life on good habitat to grow large enough to qualify for the book would simply not exist today, or be few and far between if our systems of game and habitat management were not working.”
Federal Premium Ammunition, a Vista Outdoor brand, is sponsoring the event’s Big Game Awards banquet set for Saturday, July 16, 2016. The banquet will honor the hunters and their trophy animals.
Vista Outdoor Director of Conservation Ryan Bronson said, “We’re honored to help build public support and awareness for North America’s model of conservation. We are privileged to assist in showcasing the success stories worldwide as examples of what’s possible in any country that’s supportive of hunting and conservation.”
Stevens added, “By sponsoring our 29th awards, Federal Premium Ammunition is helping make it possible to bring the hunting community together in celebration of conservation and management, which continues to work well today. Thanks to hunters, big game herds are healthier and world-class trophies are more plentiful now than ever before.”
In addition to the trophy exhibition, the event offers registered attendees a chance to enjoy raffles, an auction featuring hunts in top trophy regions across the continent and evening awards banquets and presentations.
In October 2016, the Club will release its newest record book, 29th Big Game Awards. The next edition in the popular and collectible book series will feature over 4,000 new Boone and Crockett-qualifying trophies entered and accepted during the 29th awards period (2013-2015) in 36 different categories of North American big game, from whitetail to walrus.
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.