Robert C. Reeve Interview, July 12 and 18, 1977


Robert C. Reeve


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Robert C. Reeve talks about his childhood in Waunakee, Wisconsin, where he became known as a champion skunk trapper. He talks about joining the military at the age of 15 before studying law at the University of Wisconsin. Reeve talks about teaching himself to fly in 1926 and, later, flying planes during World War Two and how he became an honorary member of the 317th Tactical Fighter Squadron, earning the nickname Sink Fink. Reeve talks about his experiences in the Boone and Crockett Club and his efforts in getting the fair chase deal passed. He mentions committees he’s supported, including the records committee and his receipt of the first-ever Sagamore Hill medal. Reeve talks about the Club’s conservation efforts related to polar bears, the Craighead grizzly study in Montana, and the Rampart Dam study. He discusses his involvement in other conservation groups such as the Alaska Big Game Trophy Club. Reeve discusses his time as director of the National Rifle Association [NRA] and his views of trophy hunting and the role of hunters in wildlife conservation.


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Document Type

Oral History


Richard Mellon; Charles Frick; Frank Cook; Fair chase regulations; Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Conservation efforts; Northway Airfield; Aviators, United States; Aviators, World War, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945, 317th Tactical Fighter Squadron; World War, 1914-1918; Polar bear conservation; Craighead, grizzly study; Rampart Dam, Alaska, conservation efforts; Trophy hunting

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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 297-010, 011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (35 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:47:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_010_011.mp3; OH_297_010_011.pdf

Robert C. Reeve Interview, July 12 and 18, 1977