Rocky Mountain States Add to Upswing in North American Trophies

Rocky Mountain States Add to Upswing in North American Trophies

890 Rocky Mountain hunters will be awarded Boone & Crockett distinction at the 27th Big Game Awards

MISSOULA, Mont.--Across North America, Boone and Crockett trophy entries have risen 400 percent over the past 30 years, including almost 3,000 entries in the past three years alone. This striking upward trend shows wild, free ranging, trophy animals are more plentiful today than ever before--a tribute to modern conservation and management programs.

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The Rocky Mountain States are a contributor to this continental upswing in trophy production.

In fact, when the Boone and Crockett Club publishes its upcoming 27th Big Game Awards Book, which will list trophy-class big game specimens taken from Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2009, The Rocky Mountain States will be represented by 890 (Wyoming 205, Montana 142, Colorado 127, Arizona of those nearly 3,000 total entries.

From that giant collection of trophies, the Top 5 specimens from each recognized species and category are being invited to appear in a free public exhibition of world-class antlers, horns, and mounted specimens. This triennial event, the Boone and Crockett Club 27th Big Game Awards, is slated for the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., June 22-26, 2010.

InterMedia Outdoors, publisher of Rocky Mountain Game and Fish, is a sponsor of the event.

"Our exhibition is a tradition that dates back to 1947. That's when we began inviting the public to see the trophies that B&C honors as symbols of conservation success, as well as the hunters that we acknowledge for achievement under the highest tenets of fair chase and hunting ethics," said Eldon Buckner of the Boone and Crockett Club.

This year's ceremony, for the first time, will also honor hunters 16-years-old and under who've entered a trophy into Boone and Crockett's records during the past three years--and there were an amazing 74 of these successful youths in the awards period.

Boone and Crockett Club recognizes 30 hunted big-game categories, including bear (four categories: Alaska brown, black, grizzly, and polar), bison, caribou (five categories: barren ground, central Canada barren ground, mountain, Quebec-Labrador, and woodland), cougar, deer (five categories: Columbia blacktail, Coues' whitetail, mule, Sitka blacktail and whitetail), elk (three categories: American, Roosevelt's and tule), moose (three categories: Alaska-Yukon, Canada, Shiras'), musk ox, pronghorn, Rocky Mountain goat, sheep (four categories: bighorn, desert, Dall's, and Stone's), and Pacific walrus.

Six categories of antlered game are classified as either typical or non-typical.

Here are the Rocky Mountain regions top trophy entries for each species and type taken from Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2009. Listings marked with an asterisk (if any) indicate an overall Top 5 specimen invited to appear at the Boone and Crockett Club awards event in Reno:

ARIZONA
COUES' WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
127 2/8 Coconino, AZ Frank A. Macias 2008 *
127 0/8 Coconino, AZ Brian C. Balmer 2008 *

COUES' WHITETAIL (NON-TYPICAL)
132 6/8 Cochise, AZ Joshua J. Manning 2008 *

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
413 2/8Coconino, AZ William R. Dandy Eric Olson 2008
404 1/8 Graham, AZ Duane Chapman 2007 *
403 1/8 Gila, AZ Dan J. Agnew 2008 *

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
441 3/8 Navajo, AZ William H. Junell 2008 *

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
203 3/8 Mohave, AZ Michael J. O'Brien 2008

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
262 4/8 Coconino, AZ Jason G. Carter 2007 *

BLACK BEAR
22 6/16 Gila, AZ Adam R. Powers 2009

COUGAR
15 Apache, AZ Todd Kokaly Bill Brown 2007

PRONGHORN
91 6/8 Coconino, AZ Reid Rush 2008 *90 4/8 Coconino, AZ Jack K. Himes 2007 *

BIGHORN
194 3/8 Greenlee, AZ Edward L. Turner 2007

DESERT BIGHORN
178 7/8 Pima, AZ Sarah Dawe 2007

BISON
125 Coconino, AZ Patrick Cooley 2007

COLORADO
WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
173 3/8 Prowers, CO Kathryn K. Sanner 2007

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
400 4/8 San Miguel, CO Dillon Z. Sanders 2007

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
203 Montrose, CO Kenneth W. Canterbury 2008

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
306 3/8 Douglas, CO Kyle Lopez 2007 *

BLACK BEAR
22 9/16 Mesa, CO Donald W. Foster 2007

COUGAR
15 10/16 Rio Blanco, CO Greg Wisener 2008 *

PRONGHORN
86 Park, CO Norman S. Cavanaugh 2009

BIGHORN
189 6/8 Huerfano, CO Douglas L. Weller 2007

SHIRAS' MOOSE
182 2/8 Larimer, CO Rylan Rudebusch 2007 *

ROCK MOUNTAIN GOAT
51 2/8 Clear Creek, CO Donald E. Perrien 2007

IDAHO
WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
170 4/8 Shoshone, ID George F. Bourgeois III 2007

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
375 1/8 Bear Lake, ID Friend C. Estus 2007

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
398 Cassia, ID K.C. A. Ramsey 2008

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
190 4/8 Shoshone, ID Justin W. Wilbur 2007

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
249 6/8 Bonneville, ID James C. Smith 2007

COUGAR
15 14/16 Idaho, ID Rod E. Bradley 2007 *
15 9/16 Owyhee, ID Justin D. DeCroo 2007 *

PRONGHORN
84 6/8 Blaine, ID Robert L. Hartwig 2008

BIGHORN
184 7

/8 Nez Perce, ID Tamara M. Coleman 2008

SHIRAS' MOOSE
178 Caribou, ID Susan A. Remer Shappart 2007 *

MONTANA
WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
165 1/8 Rosebud, MT Patrick J. Bannon 2007

WHITETAIL (NON-TYPICAL)
195 3/8 Valley, MT Sue A. Kinney 2008

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
391 6/8 Big Horn, MT Salvatore Blancato 2008

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
407 7/8 Custer, MT Timothy M. Donnelly 2008

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
196 1/8 Missoula, MT Brink W. Kuchenbrod 2007

BLACK BEAR
20 2/16 Gallatin, MT Steve R. Kuchinsky 2008

COUGAR
15 8/16 Lincoln, MT Mel K. Siefke 2008

PRONGHORN
87 6/8 Carter, MT Patrick R. Hansen 2008

BIGHORN
204 2/8 Fergus, MT Toni L. Sannon 2008 *
202 7/8 Blaine, MT Debby L. Perry 2008 *
202 2/8 Fergus, MT Patrick L. White 2009 *

SHIRAS' MOOSE
160 7/8 Beaverhead, MT Kurt D. Rued 2007

ROCK MOUNTAIN GOAT
52 Chouteau, MT David J. Muckey 2007

BISON
120 Big Horn, MT John L. Lundin 2008

NEVADA
AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
397 6/8 Lincoln, NV Brandon L. Fordin 2007

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
386 6/8 White Pine, NV Garth Carter 2008

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
191 4/8 Lincoln, NV Kaylee C. Teel 2008

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
221 5/8 Lincoln, NV Tyler D. Kearney 2007

COUGAR
14 10/16 Washoe, NV Todd D. Hoftiezer 2008

PRONGHORN
88 4/8 Humboldt, NV Maria A. Gaspari-Crawford 2007

BIGHORN
196 Elko, NV William R. Balsi, Sr. 2009

DESERT BIGHORN
182 2/8 Nye, NV Joseph L. Maslach 2008 *

ROCK MOUNTAIN GOAT
53 4/8 Elko, NV Don J. Dees 2007 *

NEW MEXICO
COUES' WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
114 Hidalgo, NM Roger A. Roan 2007

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
376 5/8 Catron, NM Debra A. Jameson 2007

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
403 6/8 Mora, NM Zane T. Streater 2008

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
203 2/8 Rio Arriba, NM Rod Pinkett 2007

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
241 3/8 Rio Arriba, NM John J. Gisi 2008

COUGAR
15 5/16 Rio Arriba, NM James S. Davis 2009

PRONGHORN
90 4/8 Otero, NM Donald E. Perrien 2008 *

BIGHORN
184 2/8 Taos, NM Greg A. Strait 2009

UTAH
AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
397 4/8 San Juan, UT Kelly L. Beckstead 2007

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
478 5/8 Piute, UT Denny Austad 2008 *

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
209 Garfield, UT Del R. Brady 2008 *

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
238 6/8 Emery, UT Guy C. Webster 2007

BLACK BEAR
21 Garfield, UT Merlynn K. Jones 2007

COUGAR
14 15/16 Utah, UT Robert M. Heiner, Jr. 2008

PRONGHORN
83 6/8 Carbon, UT Boyd R. Roberts 2007

BIGHORN
193 4/8 Uintah, UT Mike Kemery 2007

DESERT BIGHORN
168 Garfield, UT Paul C. Anderson 2008

SHIRAS' MOOSE
173 1/8 Weber, UT Lawrence M. Kochevar 2007

ROCK MOUNTAIN GOAT
51 Summit, UT James N. McDonald 2007

BISON
121 4/8 Grand, UT Mike Coelho 2008

WYOMING
WHITETAIL (TYPICAL)
167 6/8 Natrona, WY Darrell R. Hartsell 2007

WHITETAIL (NON-TYPICAL)
196 6/8 Goshen, WY Joseph M. Mladenik 2007

AMERICAN ELK (TYPICAL)
386 Johnson, WY Charlie Carter 2008

AMERICAN ELK (NON-TYPICAL)
413 6/8 Sheridan, WY Gary D. Schock 2008

MULE DEER (TYPICAL)
196 4/8 Lincoln, WY Jack T. Kendall 2009

MULE DEER (NON-TYPICAL)
243 6/8 Wyoming Unknown William D. Lancaster 2008

BLACK BEAR
20 10/16 Teton, WY James J. Farmer 2009

COUGAR
15 Carbon, WY Dean R. Parker 2007

PRONGHORN
91 2/8 Natrona, WY Michael J. Wheeler 2008 *

BIGHORN
182 1/8 Park, WY Susan B. Smith 2007

SHIRAS' MOOSE
171 Teton, WY David F. Bishop 2008

BISON
133 2/8 Teton, WY Edward D. Riekens, Jr. 2007 *
126 0/8 Teton, WY Gerald C. Newmeyer 2007 *
125 4/8 Teton, WY Gil A. Winters 2008 *

"The states and provinces on this list are producing the best of the best right now. Boone and Crockett records are an indicator of habitat quality and on-the-ground performance of conservation and management programs, so we congratulate these respective wildlife agencies and hold up their work as a model for the 21st Century," said Buckner.

About the Boone and Crockett 27th Big Game Awards
As a testament to the success of our systems of conservation and game management, the Boone and Crockett Club recognizes outstanding examples of native North American big game and tho

se fair chase sportsmen and sportswomen who have participated in these systems at the Club's Triennial Big Game Awards programs.

The event starts with a free public exhibition featuring the top 5 records book trophies in 36 categories from across North America that were entered and accepted between 2007 and 2009 plus a variety of seminars, other exhibits, and awards presentation banquet. The 27th Big Game Awards, hosted by the Boone and Crockett and InterMedia Outdoors, is set for June 24-26, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

This tradition of celebrating excellence in public wildlife managed by state, provincial, and federal agencies on behalf of its citizens dates back to 1947 and is cause for celebration. The Boone and Crockett Club is annually receives four times the number of records book qualifying trophies today than it did 30 years ago. This means wild, free ranging, trophy-class animals are more plentiful today than ever before.

The Boone and Crockett system of scoring big game trophies originated in 1906 as means of recording details on species thought to be disappearing because of rampant habitat loss and unregulated market and subsistence hunting. Science-based conservation efforts led and funded by license-buying hunters brought those species from vanishing to flourishing. Boone and Crockett records remain a classic gauge of the success of habitat and management programs. In addition to its prestigious history and tradition, the Boone and Crockett Club's scoring system is strongly associated with the highest tenets of fair chase and hunting ethics.

Registered attendees can also enjoy raffles; an auction featuring top quality hunts in top trophy regions across the continent, and an awards banquet and ceremony on June 26.To learn more visit www.biggameawards.com

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