William Chanler Interview, May 25, 1977


William Chanler


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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William Chanler discusses being born in Gog Magog, Cambridge, England, and moving back and forth between England and Tuxedo, New York. He talks about his early childhood hunting experiences in New York, his interest in bow hunting, and his love for conservation and wildlife management that grew from his time spent hunting in Montana. Chanler talks about his military service in World Wars One and Two, as well as his involvement in the Nuremburg Trials. He describes the packing trips he took with Henry Stimson and Bronson Winthrop, which led to his involvement in the Boone and Crockett Club in 1926. Chanler mentions meeting Theodore Roosevelt before his death in 1919, and discusses how the Club’s values have changed due to its practice of awarding prizes. He recalls the records committee’s role in scoring prize animals and the National Rifle Association’s [NRA] control over the Club’s scoring methods, which he believes has diverted the Club’s emphasis on conservation. Chanler recalls his professional accomplishments, which include the production of the film Silent Enemy.


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Document Type

Oral History


Henry Stimson; Bronson Winthrop; Theodore Roosevelt; Boone and Crockett Club; Conservation efforts; Silent Enemy; Nuremburg Trials; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; National Rifle Association [NRA]; Trophy hunting

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 297-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_007.mp3; OH_297_007.pdf

William Chanler Interview, May 25, 1977