Philip L. Wright Interview, June 21, 1994


Philip L. Wright


Daniel Hall



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Philip Wright discusses his childhood and family life in Nashua, New Hampshire, and recalls his early interest in photographing birds. He tells how studying to become a zoologist, teaching at the University of Montana, and working in the University’s zoological museum led to him to entering various species in the Boone and Crockett Club’s big game species competitions. He talks about being invited to serve as an official measurer for the Club, then joining the Club in 1971. Wright recalls serving on the Conservation and Membership Committees. He talks about the Club’s scoring system and the ways it has evolved over the years. Wright discusses the concept of “fair chase” as well as the practice of “crusting” for moose. He talks about trophy hunting and its effects on poaching. He also talks about the exclusivity of club membership and the Club’s decision to move its headquarters to Missoula, Montana.


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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; Fair chase regulations; Scoring system, Boone and Crockett Club; Trophy hunting; Boone and Crockett Club headquarters, Missoula, Montana

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 297-042, 043

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:43 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_042_043.mp3; OH_297_042_043.pdf

Philip L. Wright Interview, June 21, 1994