The Boone and Crockett Club has teamed up with Blaser and Leupold to ask the question, "What does fair chase hunting mean to you?"
The partners are sponsoring a new essay and video contest beginning July 23rd with all submissions due by Dec. 1, 2015.
For either the best essay or video, the winner will receive a new Blaser R8 Professional S rifle, a Leupold VX-6 riflescope, and VIP passes to the Boone and Crockett Club's 29th Big Game Awards and banquet in July 2016 at Bass Pro Shops' new America's Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo.
"Fair chase has been an integral part of the hunting community for well over a century," said Boone and Crockett President Morrie Stevens. "It's a topic well established and extremely important to conservation, and we'd like to hear what today's hunters think about it."
Fair chase was first promoted by the Boone and Crockett Club to distance legitimate sportsmen from wrongful association with commercial market hunting and poaching, where ethics, respect for the game hunted and conservation do not apply. In time, fair chase became the foundation of many game laws.
But fair chase ethics also extend beyond laws and regulations.
Stevens explained, "Ethics are the personal decisions we make about how we'll hunt within the framework of what's legal. The choices that hunters make individually also reflect on hunting as whole."
Essays and videos should explore this personal-behavior side of hunting, such as:
• What does "fair" in fair chase mean to you? It's not the same as in sports like football or baseball, where fair means equal. The "fair" in fair chase means honorable, genuine or appropriate. What's your definition?
• How has fair chase influenced your choices about where, how or why to hunt?
• Have you ever allowed an animal to escape rather than break one of your personal hunting rules?
• How does fair chase hunting enhance the overall experience?
For entry instructions and details about the Fair Chase Contest, visit www.boone-crockett.org/fairchasecontest
About the Boone and Crockett Club
North America's first hunting and conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. Its mission is to promote the conservation and management of wildlife, especially big game and its habitat, to preserve and encourage hunting and to maintain the highest ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship. Join us at www.boone-crockett.org.
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