Boone and Crockett Club

Founded in 1887
Missoula, Montana

The oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America


  • 1887 Founded by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell
  •  initiator of the first National Parks, including Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali and Grand Canyon
  • the initiator of the first legislation for wildlife
    – Timberland Reserve Bill
    – Yellowstone Protection Act
    – Lacey Act
    – Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    – Alaskan Game Laws
  • champion of the earliest science-based wildlife management efforts and legislation
    – the National Wildlife Refuge System Act
    – the creation of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units

Boone and Crockett Club
250 Station Drive
Missoula, Montana 59801


Edward ‘Ed’ McGivern

October 20, 1874 – December 12, 1957

  • Exhibition shooter
  • – Shooting instructor
  • – 2010 – Inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • – Author: 1938 – “Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting”

Mary Fields

1832 – Dec 5, 1914

“Stagecoach Mary”

  • Born a slave in Tennessee
  • 1865 – freed when slavery was outlawed
  • 1870 – Worked on the steamboat Robert E. Lee 
  • 1884 – moved to Montana
  • 1885 – first African American woman to become a U.S. postal service Star Route mail carrier
  • 1885 – 1889 – 1st Star Route
  • 1889 – 1893 – 2nd Star Route
  • 1894 – opened a restaurant in Cascade, MT Fields would serve food to anyone, whether they could pay or not (closed in 10 months)
  • 1895 – at 60+ years old, Fields was hired as a mail carrier
    This made her the second woman &
    first African American woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service
    At 60 yrs old, she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of six horses
    If the snow was too deep for her horses, Fields delivered the mail in snowshoes
  • hard-drinking, quick-shooting mail carrier sported two guns
    fended off an angry pack of wolves with her rifle
  • 1910 – When the local motel was sold, a stipulation to the transaction was that all meals for Mary Fields would be offered free of charge for the rest of her life
  • 1912 – her laundry business and her home burned down, the townspeople gathered and built her a new home.
  • 1914 – her funeral was one of the largest the town had ever seen
  • 1959 – actor Gary Cooper met Fields when he was a child, and wrote an account of his memories of her in Ebony magazine
  • 2015-2016 – AMC series, “Hell On Wheels”, featured in 5 episodes, Fields is played by Amber Chardae Robinson

“She drinks whiskey, and she swears, and she is a republican, which makes her a low, foul creature.”

schoolgirl’s essay writing about “Stagecoach Mary”

“Born a slave somewhere in Tennessee, Mary lived to become one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38.”

Montana native Gary Cooper