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Tony Schoonen

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Tony Schoonen

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Chief Executive Officer, Boone And Crockett Club www.boone-crockett.orgTony was born and raised in Butte, Montana. After graduating high school, he attended two years of college at the Montana School of Mines and then in 1982 moved to the University of Montana. In his senior year he started a film production company, Stoney-Wolf Productions. Stoney-Wolf rapidly expanded and became known for outdoor productions for home entertainment and commercial theatres. The company was also often hired to film under severe and dangerous conditions. After selling the company in 1997, Tony chose a second career in the NGO world of conservation, working first for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as their Vice President of Marketing and Communications, then for Wonders of Wildlife as their executive director, and finally for the Boone and Crockett Club as their Chief Executive Officer, a position he currently serves. Tony married his wife Jennifer in 2004 and is the proud father of two girls. He hunts and fishes as much as time allows and includes his family whenever possible. All enjoy the great outdoors and share the same passion for wildlife and wild places. Tony is a National Conservation Leadership Institute Fellow from Cohort 3. He regularly uses this adaptive challenge training as a part of his job and as a volunteer Board member. Tony currently serves on four boards: Wonders of Wildlife, National Museum of Forest Service History, and the Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council, and the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. Besides raising his family, Tony’s passion is to continue to play a role in the conservation and conservation education movement and apply his knowledge and experience to help ensure a wildlife legacy for future generations.


3 Apr 2021

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S3 E12 - The Boone & Crockett Club's CEO, Tony Schoonen

Mule Deer Foundation - Talking Mule Deer Podcast

The Boone and Crockett Club’s CEO, Tony Schoonen – Season 3 Episode 12 – June 18 This week, we are pleased to welcome our partner in conservation, Tony Schoonen the Chief Executive Officer of the Boone and Crockett Club. Tony gives us a little bit of the Club’s history and how it was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. He explains how the Club was started by “people of influence” and the bylaws today continue to have just 100 regular members, along with a strong group of professional members, who help steer policy and priorities for the Club. Tony also talks about the Boone and Crockett records program and how that was established not just to honor the largest animals, but also a science-based process to evaluate the health of ecosystems and the wildlife that live there. From there, we discuss Boone and Crockett’s Hunt Fair Chase program and the fundamental ethics of fair chase hunting, as well as their new Poach and Pay program that is intended to increase detection and prosecution of poaching. These efforts also help to protect the image of all ethical hunters. We wrap up talking about the 30th Big Game Awards program and the Boone and Crockett National Collection of Heads and Horns at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Tony and Miles Moretti wrap up by talking about the overall health of mule deer and that, while there are concerns like Chronic Wasting Disease, that there are still outstanding mule deer bucks being harvested in recent years.


18 Jun 2020

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0089 - Fair Chase and Hunter Ethics with Boone and Crockett Club's Tony Schoonen

Your Mountain

Tony Schoonen, Chief of Staff of the Boone and Crockett Club, joins the podcast from the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Omaha. Topics include: Teddy Roosevelt; history and structure of the Boone and Crockett Club; use of technology in hunting; the Club's fair chase mentality; and more. This influential sporting organization, is also the nation's oldest. That history, and Tony's expertise, creates a very entertaining discussion.  


24 Mar 2020

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EP 021: Randy visits with Boone & Crockett Club Tony Schoonen and Keith Balfourd

Hunt Talk Radio

Topics covered include Conservation versus Environmentalism, history of conservation in America, Boone & Crockett Club history, record keeping, definition of "trophy hunting," hunting as a right or privilege, Conservation as "wise use," hunting motives that have public approval.  the 77% in the middle, social media and the hunting message, do we have some bad actors, Cecil the Lion, fair chase, and the message hunting media should be providing.

1hr 39mins

11 Mar 2016

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