William L. Searle Interview, June 25, 1994


William L. Searle


Daniel Hall



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William Searle describes his early hunting experiences in hunting, which were influenced by his family’s love of the sport. He tells how he became involved in the Boone and Crockett Club and recalls its transition from gentleman’s club to something more politically and community oriented. He mentions the Club’s purchase of a ranch and research station as well as its creation of a professorship at the University of Montana to further the Club’s conservation efforts. Searle discusses his role as secretary of the Club for ten years, which required him to take meeting minutes and serve on the membership committee. He elaborates on the importance of educating the public about proper and responsible hunting methods, which he especially encouraged when he was the chairman of the Boone and Crockett Foundation. Searle shares stories about hunting with other Club members and describes the careful process of sponsoring and accepting new members into the Club.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; Conservation efforts; Boone and Crockett Foundation; Wildlife conservation; Hunting; Big game hunting; Hunting regulations

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 297-040, 041

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:11:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_040_041.mp3; OH_297_040_041.pdf

William L. Searle Interview, June 25, 1994