Literary Critics Honor Boone and Crockett Club Book

Literary Critics Honor Boone and Crockett Club Book

Boone and Crockett Club
Boone and Crockett Club

MISSOULA, Mont.— -( Hunting usually isn’t top-of-mind conversation in America’s literary circles, but that may be changing as a book published by Boone and Crockett Club continues to garner national honors and awards.

Hunting the American West explores the pursuit of big game for life, profit and sport from 1800 to 1900. The book focuses on hunting in the 19th-century, a period in which hunting evolved from a subsistence activity to a sport of aristocrats to market-driven devastation of wildlife resources. This saga ultimately led to the rise of the hunter-conservationist movement and the founding of the Boone and Crockett Club.

“We’re thrilled with the national attention and accolades this book is receiving because it reflects so favorably on hunters and conservation,” said Julie Houk, director of publications for the Club.

Recent honors for Hunting the American West include:

2009 Spur Award—Best non-fiction historical book, from Western Writers of America.

2009 Outstanding Books of the Year, Gold Award—Best regional non-fiction, from Independent Publisher Book Awards.

2008 Silver Medal, Book of the Year—History, from ForeWord magazine.

2008 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist—Large format cover design, from Independent Book Publishers.

2008 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist—Oklahoma Center for the Book, Library of Congress.

Authored by Richard C. Rattenbury of Edmond, Okla., Hunting the American West draws extensively on vivid accounts from participants and observers along with abundant historical photos and illustrations. The book affords rare insight to the methods, motives and character of big game hunters in the Old West.

The book is hardcover, 12 x 8.75 inches with 416 pages and 425 color and B&W photos and illustrations. It is available at retailers nationwide and also can be ordered directly from Boone and Crockett Club. The price is $49.95 (Club members receive a discount).

To order the book or inquire about becoming a Boone and Crockett Club associate, visit the Club’s web site at or call toll-free 888-840-4868.

About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship, and is the universally recognized keeper of the records of native North American big game. Member accomplishments include protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the National Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For details, visit