Boone and Crockett Program

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The principles of conservation that emerged during the 20th century are among the greatest ideas of humanity. The origin of these ideas can be traced to the Boone and Crockett Club.  Nearly all of the larger species of birds and mammals nearing extinction at the close of the 19th century are re-established and their conservation is central to the American experience. Yet, the continuing importance of wildlife conservation faces enormous challenge from our rapidly expanding human populations.  Recognizing this need, the Boone and Crockett Club is building a network of University Programs dedicated to attracting the brightest students to the best universities to work with the foremost faculty in North America. 

Michigan State University is proud to host a strong, multifaceted Boone and Crockett program. The program promotes the development of the conservation leaders who will be at the decision-making tables in the next generation when big issues about the future of our wildlife legacy are being made.  Our programs emphasize education in science, leadership and communication.

The Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation is an endowed position supported by a collaboration between Michigan State University and Boone and Crockett Club members. Dr. William Porter was the first Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation at MSU. He and his students focused on game-changing issues now reshaping wildlife conservation: land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, shifting patterns in weather and climate, and changing conservation policy.  

The Boone and Crockett Wildlife Outreach Specialist is a position supported by a partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The specialist is focused on public outreach and engagement to promote and improve joint stewardship of our natural resources.

The Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center is recognized as a center of excellence and serves as a catalyst for advancing the power of quantitative methods for informing decisions in wildlife conservation. The Center is pioneering innovative tools and new solutions for some of the most complex issues of today: land-use change, climate change, wildlife disease and wildlife stewardship.

The Boone and Crockett Undergraduate Internship is designed to articulate the history, policies and significant impacts the Boone and Crockett Club has had on conservation in North America and encourage students to become leaders who will enhance the stewardship and vitality of our wildlife and fisheries resources in the future.

Executive in Residence at MSU is a position that is housed in MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. Mr. Mark Rey, former undersecretary for natural resources and environment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the inaugural Executive in Residence at MSU.

The William A. Demmer Scholars Program was established in 2009. Since its inception, more than 200 undergraduate students have been selected through a competitive process to enroll in a federal natural resources policy course taught in Washington, DC each summer. While enrolled, students are placed in paid natural resource policy internships with the federal government, nongovernmental organizations, and trade associations.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship is focused on the need for scholarly activity in the arena of conservation leadership. This endowed fellowship prepares students for leadership roles in natural resource through experiential participation in conservation of our natural and environmental resources at scales ranging from local to global.

The Boone and Crockett Club Distinguished Lectureship Series offers public seminars and lectures by leading conservationists to stimulate and enhance the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.  Students, faculty and administrators have the opportunity to meet with and exchange thoughts on how best to address the challenges of conservation and sustainability of our natural resources.

John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center is a fully endowed, world-class facility dedicated to many of the same principles as the Boone and Crockett Club: promotion of firearms safety, hunter safety, wildlife management education and shooting sports skills development.