July 29th, 2015
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CHATFIELD, MINNESOTA – In response to the recent press coverage about one of our members and the lion named Cecil, we would like to point out that the Pope & Young Club’s focus is on North American big game species only. We have nothing to do with African game species within our organization.
The Pope & Young Club holds our members to high ethical standards and legal activities. We are presently looking into this issue and when the facts are clear we will act. Until then, we ask that you please refrain from any hateful or threatening comments that all too often follow these situations.
Pope and Young Club, founded in 1961, has long-established, defined and maintained an ethical code of hunting referred to as Fair Chase. Fair Chase is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit of free-ranging wild game animals in a manner which does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal. As such, the Pope and Young Club does not condone any actions in violation of Fair Chase.
All bowhunters, when entering an animal into the Pope and Young Club Records Program, are required to submit an affidavit that attests the animal harvested was taken legally and ethically, in adherence to all game laws as well as the Club’s defined Rules of Fair Chase.
The fair chase philosophy reaches to the very foundations of the hunting spirit; it should be a dominant factor in the personal hunting ethic of every responsible individual; it is key to bowhunting’s future. The fair chase concept extends beyond the hunt itself; it is an attitude and a way of life based in a deep-seated respect for wildlife, for the environment, and for other individuals who share the bounty of this vast continent’s natural resources.