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Vista and Federal Sponsor Generation Next Awards

At its recent 30th Big Game Awards at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, the Boone and Crockett Club put the future of conservation on center stage with its fourth Jack Steele Parker Generation Next banquet. The banquet honored young men and women, 16 or younger, from across North America who, over the previous three years, had taken a Boone and Crockett record-book animal.

“It was really special to be a part of this wonderful evening and event,” said Ryan Bronson, Director of Conservation & Public Policy for Vista Outdoor. “Parents were beaming, of course, but everyone was moved by the words, sentiments and maturity of these fine young people. This is in large part why we do what we do at Vista Outdoor–see to it that our young people are engaged, equipped and confident.”

In total, between 2016 and 2018, 175 youth hunters entered their trophies into the conservation records. Thirty-eight of these trophies were on public display in the museum and 47 young hunters and their families were able to attend the banquet and be honored.

Five attendees at the 30th Big Game Awards ceremony.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Richard Hale, Chair of the Records of North American Big Game Committee; Mark Streissguth, Chair of the Records Outreach and Hunter Conservation Ethics Sub-Committees;
Ryan Bronson, Vista Outdoor Director of Conservation and Public Policy; Eldon “Buck” Buckner, VP of Big Game Records; Mike Opitz, incoming chairman of Records of North American Big Game Committee.

 

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