Our sincere thanks to all who participated in the Hunt Fair Chase Essay and Video contest!

As we had hoped there were many excellent and well thought-out entries, making our job difficult in picking the best of the best. Never-the-less, these eight entries rose to the top.

And the Winners Are:

Video Category

1st Place: Hunter Bodenchuk
2nd Place: Tucker Chase
3rd Place: Lindsay Persico
4th Place: Mike Burnside

Written Essay Category

1st Place: Matthew Heartwell
2nd Place: Don Llewellyn
3rd Place: Taylor Jones
4th Place: Kelly Bingham


We’ll be contacting the winners soon!

Remember, that in addition to the contest prizes, we’ll be sending out decals to all who participated.

We’ll be featuring the winning entries as well as some outstanding quotes on this website and on social media in the near future.

Thanks again for your participation.

Yours in Fair Chase,

Boone and Crockett Club

What does Fair Chase mean to you, and how is Fair Chase important to the future of hunting?


Submit a short essay up to 450 words or a video up to 3 minutes long, and you could win one of the many prizes listed below donated by our sponsors!

A good talking-head video could do well!


Everyone submitting an essay or video will receive a Free Hunt Fair Chase window decal.



1st place video: Sitka Gear Package (approx $2000 value)

2nd place video: Under Armour Head to Toe Hunting Kit (approx $500 value)

3rd place video: Buck Knives Skinners (approx $395 value)

4th place video: Boyt Harness Hard Case (approx $200 value)



1st place essay: Sig Sauer Zulu 9 Binoculars (approx $1500 value)

2nd place essay: Under Armour Head to Toe Hunting Kit (approx $500 value)

3rd place essay: B&C Yeti Cooler (approx $299 value)

4th place essay: Yeti Fully-loaded Bucket (approx $129 value)


All submissions must be received by midnight December 31, 2018.


By uploading your file, you agree to our rules. (Download Rules Here)

Winners will be announced on or before 1/30/19

– Email submissions to: info@huntfairchase.com
– Send entry by mail along with name and phone number to: Hunt Right Essay Contest: 250 Station Drive, Missoula, MT 59801

Fair Chase
Fair Chase is a principle that has guided the ethical conduct of sportsmen in the field for over a century. It was first promoted by the Boone and Crockett Club as a way to separate legitimate sportsmen from being wrongfully associated with commercial market hunters, where ethics and a level of respect for the game did not apply. Fair chase became the code of the sportsmen and closely tied to the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife natural resources. Over time, and where necessary, many game laws were established based on this same principle.

Beyond the laws established to protect game, private property, and human safety, ethics in hunting are very personal. How an individual chooses to hunt and conduct himself or herself is personal. These choices are important, however, in that they collectively reflect the public image of all hunters and hunting.

Fundamental to all hunting is the conservation of wildlife, game species in particular, and the habitats that support them. Hunting in today’s world involves the regulated harvest of individual animals in a manner that conserves, protects, perpetuates and does not threaten the hunted population. The hunter engages in a one-to-one relationship with the quarry, and his or her hunting should be guided by a hierarchy of ethics related to hunting, which includes the following principles:

• Knows and obeys the law, and insists others do as well
• Understands that it is not only about just what is legal, but also what is honorable and ethical
• Defines “unfair advantage” as when the game does not have reasonable chance of escape
• Cares about and respects all wildlife and the ecosystems that support them, which includes making full use of game animals taken
• Measures success not in the quantity of game taken, but by the quality of the chase
• Embraces the “no guarantees” nature of hunting
• Uses technology in a way that does not diminish the importance of developing skills as a hunter or reduces hunting to just shooting
• Knows his or her limitations, and stretches the stalk not the shot
• Takes pride in the decisions he or she makes in the field and takes full responsibility for his or her actions

About Hunt Right, Hunt Fair Chase

Hunt Right, Hunt Fair Chase is an outreach and awareness effort presented by the Boone and Crockett Club and supported by industry, conservation, and media partners. It is intended to:

• Highlight the special nature of hunting and to share what it means both personally to sportsmen and women, as well as the responsibilities that go with being a hunter
• Help promote the values and supports the ethical standards that have long been at the heart of our hunting heritage
• Offer perspectives on hunting past and present, including the concept of fair chase as it relates to an overall conservation ethic
• To have the conversation on why how we hunt matters


Hunt Fair Chase Contest Rules 10-15-2018:

Please read Official Rules before entering the Hunt Fair Chase Contest (the Contest), sponsored by the Boone and Crockett Club (Sponsor). By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements below.  No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.  A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

  1. Eligibility. Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States who currently reside in the US and who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Boone and Crockett Club in the manner and format described. Directors, officers and employees of Sponsor and any of their respective parent companies, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate families of each are not eligible to win any prizes. Limit one entry per person. Any person found to be using multiple entries will be disqualified. The prize winner for the Contest will be determined by selection from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via Boone and Crockett Club Facebook Page and website (huntfairchase.com) within 30 days of the end of the promotion period. If a prize is returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within 5 days after delivery of notification, it will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) for the prize will be permitted.
  2. Promotion Period. Contest starts 12:00 am (MST) on October 15, 2018, and ends 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018. All entries must be received during this time and meet other requirements in Official Rules to be eligible to win prizes.
  3. How to Enter.Option #1: Post a maximum of 450 words or up to a 3-minute video describing “What Fair Chase Means to You, and How Fair Chase is Important to the Future of Hunting through Boone and Crockett Club’s Hunt Fair Chase website: www.huntfairchase.com/contest. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM (MST) December 31, 2018. Prizes will be announced on January 30, 2019 on the Hunt Fair Chase website, www.huntfairchase.com/contest. Option #2: Email a maximum of 450 words or a 3 minute video on What Fair Chase Means to You to info@huntfairchase.com. Email entries must be received by 11:59 PM (MST) on January 14, 2019. Option #3: Send via U.S. Postal service or other a maximum of 450 words printed or 3 minutes of video on a USB stick or DVD to Boone and Crockett Club detailing What Fair Chase Means to You to; Hunt Fair Chase Contest, 250 Station Drive, Missoula, MT  Mail-in entries must be postmarked by 11:59 PM (MST) on December 31, 2018 and received by 7 days thereafter.By submitting your entry, you are acknowledging and agreeing that Sponsor has the right to stream your video or post your essay through Facebook or other online platforms, and or publish your entry in Boone and Crockett Club print and electronic publications.
  4. Prizes. Everyone submitting an essay or video will receive a Hunt Fair Chase window decal. Prizes are subject to change based on manufacturer availability. Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of Contest Sponsor.


1st place video: Sitka Gear Package (Approximate $2000 Retail Value)

2nd place video: Under Armour Head to Toe Hunting Kit (approx $500 value)

3rd place video: Buck Knives Skinners (Approximate $395 Retail Value)

4th place video: Boyt Harness Hard Case (Approximate $200 Retail Value)


1st place essay: Sig Sauer Zulu 9 Binoculars (Approximate $1500 Value)

2nd place essay: Under Armour Head to Toe Hunting Kit (approx $500 value)

3rd place essay: B&C Yeti Cooler (Approximate $299 Value)

4th place essay: Yeti Fully-loaded Bucket (Approximate $129 Value)

  1. Entrants and Winner’s Responsibilities. To receive the Hunt Fair Chase decal, or any of the Contest prizes entrants must supply the name, address, city, state, zip code, and email address. Contest Winners are solely responsible for all taxes on prize & other expenses not specifically set forth herein, including but not limited to registration, title, license fees, insurance, & optional equipment (except where prohibited by law), and all other unspecified costs associated with claiming, registering and/or using any prize.
  2. Use of Winners Name, Likeness, etc.Except where prohibited by law, entry in the Contest grants Sponsor a worldwide, royalty free, sublicenseable, fully paid up license to use any and all components of the entry submitted by entrant and entrants’ information, including entrant’s name, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter name, picture, voice, hometown, persona, likeness, written or oral statements and/or prize information, for any and all purposes including, without limitation, for all advertising and promotional purposes in any media.
  3. Disclaimer. Sponsor, Facebook, Twitter, all participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor or by non-authorized human intervention; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
  4. Identity of Entrant. Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. In the event of a dispute about the identity of the entrant, entries made online will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address, Facebook or Twitter account by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address, Facebook or Twitter account associated with the winning entry.
  5. No Facebook, Instagram or Twitter Endorsement. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc. or Twitter, Inc. You understand that by participating, you are providing your information to Sponsor, not to Facebook or Twitter. You understand that by using and interacting with facebook.com, www.instagram.com and www.twitter.com, you are subject to the terms, conditions, and policies that govern the use of www.facebook.com, www.instagram.com and www.twitter.com. You should therefore review the applicable terms and policies for www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com, including privacy and data gathering practices, before using or interacting with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  6. General Release. By entering the Hunt Fair Chase Essay Contest, participants assume sole liability for and agree to indemnify and hold Contest Sponsor, prize sponsors, their affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any and all claims from any liability whatsoever. And waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
  7. Selection of Prize. Actual model, color, size and features of the items in the prize awarded will be selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion and may vary from photos used in print, electronic, or online advertising.
  8. Miscellaneous. In the event a new law or legislation goes into effect that will make this contest illegal, Sponsor will stop the contest early prior to it going into effect and draw a winner. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserve the right to change Official Rules at any time and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any entrant’s participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, or Sponsor otherwise become incapable of running the Contest as planned. If terminated, Sponsor may determine a winner from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action.
  9. Sponsor. The Boone and Crockett Club, 250 Station Drive, Missoula, MT 59801