Boone and Crockett Program

The vision of the Boone and Crockett Program is to integrate science, law and outreach to bring about conservation policies for the wise use and sustainability of natural resources. The initiative links wildlife and fisheries science with business, innovation and applications. Several MSU disciplines, schools and colleges are program partners: the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Law, James Madison College, MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the MSU Graduate School. In addition to campus relationships, the program partners with private and public organizations such as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Hal & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation.

In addition to the Boone and Crockett Endowed Chair in Wildlife Conservation, the program also funds a Boone and Crockett wildlife Extension specialist. The position is a partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club, MSU Extension and the Michigan DNR, and is focused on public outreach and engagement to promote and improve joint stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.

Other key parts of the Boone and Crockett Program include:

Executive in Residence Program

This program brings executives with national or international reputations to campus to share their insights with MSU students, staff members and faculty members from a real-world perspective that links theory to practice.

Mark Rey, the William A. Demmer endowed scholar, is the current executive in residence. Rey works with policymakers, natural resource managers, faculty colleagues and natural resource industries to help make decisions and shape policies related to fish, wildlife and natural resource productivity. He collaborates with the Boone and Crockett Club members throughout the United States as well as with William Porter, Boone and Crockett Chair in Wildlife Conservation at MSU.

Distinguished Lectureship Series

Public seminars and lectures by leading conservationists are open to the public to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.