March 18, 2021
By Sam Forbes
It’s 2021—we’ve all adapted, and conservation organizations have adapted, too. Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and Pheasants Forever all had to cancel in-person fundraising events. Each organization has, in some way, shape or form, begun offering virtual events for supporters to “attend” during the pandemic. But nothing can quite compare to the excitement of the Boone and Crockett Club’s most recent online auction. America’s premiere big game conservation organization is now open for online bidding.
Hosted on Gunbroker.com, the auction features a wide selection of high quality and collectible merchandise and is open to the public. Bidding opened on March 7th 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.
Here at Petersen’s Hunting, we think President Roosevelt would be proud, not only of this adaptation to modern times, but also of the unwavering efforts of sportsmen and women across this country. The hunting and wildlife conservation community has, yet again, shown that in times of unrest there is nothing more crucial than protected wild places and native animal populations.
In the past, the Boone and Crockett Club funded numerous national landmarks and conservation efforts with your donations. It is the accumulation of many supporters that has allowed the Club to found the U.S. Forest Service, develop modern game laws and even establish Glacier and Denali national parks. Imagine what will come next.
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