MISSOULA, Mont. (February 26, 2021) - The Boone and Crockett Club has partnered with dozens of iconic brands and generous benefactors to organize its First Annual Conservation Auction. Hosted on Gunbroker.com, the auction will feature a wide selection of high quality and collectible merchandise and is open to the public. Bidding opens March 7th at 7:00 am EST and bids will be accepted until 7:00 pm EDT on March 21 (for firearms) and 7:00 pm EDT on March 28 (for everything else). Proceeds from the auction will ensure that the Boone and Crockett Club's vital conservation policy, research, and education initiatives continue far into the future.
Founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, the Boone and Crockett Club is America's first wildlife conservation organization. In addition to archiving precise records of North American big game, since its inception the Club has played a critical leadership role in wildlife conservation and management. Maintaining the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship across North America, the Club continues to achieve crucial advancements through innovative programs such as Poach and Pay, Hunt Fair Chase, and youth hunting and conservation education efforts.
More than 50 auction items for the Club's Conservation Auction have already been cataloged and more are arriving every day. The items are curated by professional member Dwight Van Brunt of Sportsman's Legacy, a well-known expert in the field of fine firearms and sporting collectibles. Highlights of items in the auction include:
Firearms - Spectacular custom Jack O'Connor tribute .270 Winchester rifle made by Al & Roger Biesen, Winchester pre-64 Model 70, Ruger No. 1s, Mauser M18, and an L.C. Smith shotgun.
Knives from A.G. Russell, Beukes, Buck, Spyderco, and more.
Books - A tremendous selection including North American and African hunting titles with groupings from Amwell Press, Boone and Crockett Club, Briar Patch, and Jack O'Connor, plus individual works from Derrydale Press. Additionally, an inscribed copy of Richard Byrd's Little America is being offered.
Art - Six important bronze sculptures of North American and African big game animals by the late Lorenzo Ghiglieri are included, as is an original grease pencil sketch by Tom Sander.
Additional items include Leupold optics, a Galco leather sportsman's bag, and a guided fishing trip on Lake Chelan, Washington.
A preview of the auction can be viewed at https://www.gunbroker.com/c/article/boone-and-crockett-club/. Those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with online auctions can participate by arranging proxy bidding by a Boone and Crockett Club staff member. For additional information on donations, participation, or proxy bidding, please contact Jodi Bishop at the Boone and Crocket Club, (406) 542-1888 x212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to auction donors to date: CZ USA, Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, Foundation Michelangelo, Terry Fricks, Galco International, Paul Frederick Johnson, Lake Chelan Adventures, William Louis Larson, Leupold & Stevens, Mark Lippincott, Richard McCabe, Richard Nelson, Jeff Olson, Sportsman's Legacy, Spyderco Knives, Stuart Strahl, Trijicon, Inc., Bret Triplett, and Mary Webster.
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.