John W. Hanes Interview, December 3, 1994


John W. Hanes


Daniel Hall



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John Hanes recalls his career after serving in World War Two, when he worked with the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], the State Department, and served as Assistant Secretary of State. He describes his involvement with the Boone and Crockett Club and his tenure as secretary in the 1960s. Hanes talks about his contribution to the decision to purchase the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch in Montana as well as the Club’s work with the Nature Conservancy. He discusses the Club’s records-keeping system, which he believes has created undue competition among Club members. Hanes recalls the early days of the club when it was a very small group of men trying to increase awareness for environmental conservation and how he feels that purpose has changed with the addition of new members and the Club’s subsequent expansion. He recalls certain transitions and adaptations the Club has undergone with the tenure of different presidents. Hanes concludes by recalling his role as Club secretary as well as his involvement in the Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and Nature Conservancy.


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Document Type

Oral History


Hunting; Boone and Crockett Club; Trophy hunting; Conservation efforts; Wildlife conservation; Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Montana; Big game 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 297-051, 052

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

01:06:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_051_052.mp3; OH_297_051_052.pdf

John W. Hanes Interview, December 3, 1994