History of CBM

History of Commemorative Bucks of Michigan

In 1981 our founding Father and first President Paul Jalon and a small group of dedicated sportsmen saw the need for a state recording keeping organization.  Thru their efforts was the birth of  the CBM we know today.  At that time Boone and Crockett had been using there scoring system for about 30 years, so it was the standard everyone aspired to enter.  CBM was given permission to use their scoring system and we have been using it ever since.  Initially only records for deer were measured and recorded.  Black Bear were added in 1983, with Elk following in 1985. Finely Turkeys were added in 1991.  These dates are only when the records for that animal were started, but any animal that meets the minimum is eligible to be enter.  On September 7 1988 CBM was given additional recognization when the Michigan Senate with the Michigan House of Representatives concurring, designated CBM as the “Official Record Keeper of Michigan Big Game”.

From these humble begins CBM has flourished. Today we have nearly 2000 members, over 30000 entries in the record book, and have 134 measurers scattered throughout the state. As always there is no charge for these measurers to measure your trophy. If your trophy meets the minimum standards it is then entered into the record book, again at no charge for members.

Over the years our leadership has changed as some of our founders passed away, or in some cases moved away, but CBM has always been a volunteer led organization.  The backbone of our organization has to be our measurers. These men and women are, at their own expense, trained to measure the various animals and do so at no cost to the hunter.  They work tirelessly at the different shows we participate in and spend countless hours measuring  in their homes and in some cases the hunters home.  Without their efforts CBM would cease to function.