John Rhea Interview, February 17, 1977


John Rhea


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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John Rhea discusses growing up in McKinney, Texas, and later attending the New Mexico Military Institute, Texas University, and finally the University of Vienna. He recalls joining the Boone and Crockett Club in 1961 and how his membership led to his involvement in the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Wildlife Management Institute, and the Aspen Wildlife Leadership Foundation. Rhea describes his time as the Club’s director of membership, its chairman of the Conservation Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, and twice as president. He talks about his involvement in various club projects such as the bighorn sheep transplant project, wild burro and desert sheep studies, and the Craighead grizzly bear study in Montana. Rhea also elaborates on the Rampart Dam Study and how the Wildlife Management Institute, with support from the Club, were able to prevent further construction of the dam. He details the Club’s stance on firearms regulations and its relationship with the NRA.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Theodore Roosevelt; Sagamore Hill; John Craighead; National Rifle Association (NRA); American Committee for International Wildlife Protection; International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; Wildlife Management Institute; McKinney Texas; Wildlife Management Institute; Aspen Wildlife Leadership Foundation; Rampart Dam; Rampart Dam Study

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 297-003, 004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:11:27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_003_004.mp3; OH_297_003_004.pdf

John Rhea Interview, February 17, 1977