Buck Knives had the honor of being a supporting sponsor for the first ever Generation Next Awards Banquet in which the Boone and Crockett Club® recognized youth hunters who took record worthy animals during 2007 to 2009.
The Club® hosts an Awards banquet every three years honoring both trophies and fair chase hunters, followed by the release of its latest records book. This year, for the first time, young sportsmen and women were recognized at an Awards event. CJ Buck, President of Buck Knives, was the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s youth event.
“I was proud to be a part of this, and am pleased to see that a good number of youth hunters took trophy animals and are being taught the principals of Fair Chase,” said Buck. Buck had the honor of introducing each hunter and telling a bit of their story that led them to becoming a record holder.
Over the past three years, 73 young men and women (ages 16 and under) have taken B&C qualifying trophies. One youth took the largest non-typical mule deer recorded in 36 years. Another included a massive Alaska brown bear.
For two years now Buck Knives has been working closely with the Boone and Crockett Club to help support and promote the principals the Club was founded upon. Buck has developed a line of Limited Edition knives to honor the Club and sales from these knives help support the causes of this non-profit conservation organization.
In support of the 27th Big Game Awards, Buck created one-of-a-kind limited edition fixed blade knife featuring the 27th Big Game Awards logo on the blade and a beautiful wooden handle with a Malachite inset. The knife is worth $1,000 and was well received during the auction, raising $1,650.00 for the event.
According to information provided by the Club, 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 harvest. Science-based conservation efforts led and funded by license-buying hunters brought those species from vanishing to flourishing.
Scoring records remain a classic gauge 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.
The new record book will be released in the fall of 2010.