From the desk of the Executive Director
When President Theodore Roosevelt developed the Boone and Crockett scoring system many years ago he had in mind developing a record keeping system that would insure the preservation of each species of animals found on the North American continent. Never in his wildest imagination did he ever believe that record keeping would become as competitive as it is today.
Many scoring systems have come and gone but only a few manage to stand the test of time. Having said that, the Trophy Game Records of the World’s system has been around since 1978 when Dr. Joseph Burkett developed the system using the metric system and displacement of water to give an animal total credit for everything grown. Unlike the Boone and Crockett method, the TGR system has no deductions for symmetry.
There is also no minimum score for achieving status in the record book. The ranking of each animal is judged as a diamond, gold, silver, and bronze. The Technical Committee believes that every animal is a trophy to the hunter that pursued it and harvested it under fair chase conditions. The size of an animal is not nearly as important as the conditions surrounding the hunt.
With that all being said, the TGR record book that is published annually, is a record keeping system that is the most accurate measuring system in the world and truly honors each animal based on its own merits. An animal, taken under legal and fair chase conditions is a trophy to the hunter that harvested it, whether that animal achieves diamond or bronze status. The Technical Committee has taken great care in preserving the system as Dr. Burkett designed it years ago, for you the hunter. The record book is a true measuring stick that will stand the test of time and help insure the preservation of the species for years to come.
The Trophy Game Records of the World has been taken to the next level with our new “Online” record book. High tech has definitely come to the record keeping business and this will allow hunters to review and keep up with the status of their trophies on line. The EWA is very proud of this new system and we hope that all those hunters who enter their trophies into the TGR record book enjoys the convenience of the online system.
On behalf of the Exotic Wildlife Association and the Trophy Game Records’ Technical Committee, we thank you for your support and participation and remember to always hunt safe and hunt ethical.
Exotic Wildlife Association