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.
Boone and Crockett Club; Conservation efforts; Boone and Crockett Foundation; Wildlife conservation; Hunting; Big game hunting; Hunting regulations
Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 297-040, 041
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)
Searle, William L., "William L. Searle Interview, June 25, 1994" (1994). Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project. 15.