FAIR CHASE BY DEFINITION
"Fair Chase" is the original code of conduct first used by Boone and Crockett Club members in the early 1890s at a time when sportsmen emerged as the guardians over our game animals and birds. It was defined as the ethical, sportsmanlike, lawful pursuit, and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.
- Offers a historical perspective on hunting and the concept of "Fair Chase"
Reaffirms the vital role hunting plays in the success of wildlife
and habitat conservation systems and how such links to hunters
that adopt a code of ethical conduct
Addresses situations affecting the future of hunting and continued
success of this conservation system
- Illustrates the importance of hunting to our system of conservation on both public and private lands
Over one hundred years have passed since sportsmen first adopted an ethical code of conduct. Technology, society and we have changed. What was once a predominately rural society is now predominately urban, wherein fewer and fewer people have routine contact with the land and its wildlife.
We live in a democracy where in the rules by which we live are determined by majority vote. For those who value hunting, it is fortunate that the majority of the population who do not hunt tolerate or accept hunting. If hunting is to survive to be practiced by future generations, we must preserve, enhance, and protect the image of hunting, hunters, and land stewards as a positive force in wildlife conservation.
The human pressures on our land and the wildlife it supports have increased steadily throughout the period of human habitation. As the human population grows so does our collective need for food, water, land, and fuels. Stepping forward and accepting responsibility for the land and its wildlife made hunters, trappers, and fishermen North America's first modern conservationists. As such we are acclaimed by many for the recovery of hunted wildlife species and the creatures of the most effective system of conservation in the world. This system of wildlife stewardship worked because those who cared the most stepped forward and took responsibility for these resources. This website celebrates this success in conservation and the importance of hunters and land managers in the ongoing conservation movement.