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The Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, was founded by Theodore Roosevelt and a group of friends in 1887 to address the decline in wildlife populations across the country as a result of unrestricted hunting, a policy of destroying the ability of Native Americans to support themselves, and killing for market. The official mission statement of the institution, named for famous outdoorsmen Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, developed out of its original focus on hunting ethics, declares that

It is the policy of the Boone and Crockett Club to promote the guardianship and provident management of big game and associated wildlife in North America and maintain the highest standards of fair chase and sportsmanship in all aspects of big game hunting, ...

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