Elmer M. Rusten Interview, June 18, 1979


Elmer M. Rusten


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Elmer Rusten describes growing up in Eau Clair, Wisconsin, where he learned to hunt and fish. He discusses his stance on trophy hunting as a conservation tool, specifically focusing on sheep populations. Rusten recalls his hunting trip to Kodiak, Alaska, where he hunted a trophy bear and met Donald Hopkins, a Boone and Crockett Club member. Rusten discusses his interest in the Club and his time as an official measurer and judge for the Big Game Committee. He also talks about serving as the chairman of the records-keeping program and some of the limits and guidelines that were used to score animals. Rusten describes the transition from keeping records for the sake of having them to using them in a competition-based program. He talks about the Club’s arrangement with the National Rifle Association [NRA] to co-sponsor the North American Big Game Committee. He mentions the origins of the Sagamore Hill Award.


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Document Type

Oral History


Donald S. Hopkins; Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Conservation efforts; Roosevelt family; Trophy hunting; Fair chase regulations; Wild sheep populations; Sagamore Hill; North American Big Game Committee; National Rifle Association [NRA]

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 297-025

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:56:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_025.mp3; OH_297_025.pdf

Elmer M. Rusten Interview, June 18, 1979