20090713_PYLOGOCHATFIELD, MINNESOTA – The Pope and Young Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The Pope and Young Club Conservation Program, with a budget for the year of over $120,000.00, includes Grants awarded to the following projects and programs in areas of education, pro-wildlife management, pro-bowhunting, research and partnerships:

* National Archery in Schools Program
* Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
* The American Wildlife Conservation Partners
* United States Sportsmen’s Alliance – Bowhunting Rights Coalition
* Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
* Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
* Arizona Game & Fish Dept. / Purdue University – deer DNA research project
* Wyoming Game & Fish Department – Absaroka elk research project
* National Shooting Sports Foundation – public schools conservation videos
* The Archery Hall of Fame
* Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
* Jack Creek Preserve Foundation – youth conservation & bowhunting education
* Youth Conservation Education Portal
* National Conservation Leadership Institute
* Sponsorship of the 75th annual North American Wildlife Conference
* A new P&Y / NASP Equipment Matching Grants Program
* National Bowhunter Education Foundation’s Project STAND
* The Kicking Bear Foundation
* Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow
* Unallocated – defense of bowhunting and defense of bowhunting-only seasons

With these grants, the Pope and Young Club has given more than a half million dollars over just the last five years to conservation projects around North America.

Included in this year’s P&Y Conservation Program plan is significant funding for a new partnership the Pope and Young Club is undertaking with the Boone and Crockett Club on their television program, Leupold’s Big Game Profiles.

Established in 1961, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with the bow and arrow.

For information on joining the Pope and Young Club, please contact: Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923, 507-867-4144, www.pope-young.org