Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) is the official record keeper of Michigan’s trophy deer, bear, elk, and turkeys. As the official record keeper, CBM maintains a network of trained measurers across the state of Michigan that measure trophy animals, maintains the records of Michigan’s trophy class big game animals, and recognizes the trophies in publications and events.
CBM is dedicated to collecting and maintaining the records of selected data on legally taken trophy class big game animals. It also accumulates, evaluates, and statistically organizes the above data to provide Michigan hunters, outdoorsman and interested organizations with the information on where trophy class big game have been known to exist, what types of habitat they frequent and the most successful hunting techniques. As the official record keeper of Michigan big game trophy records for deer, bear, elk and turkey,
CBM organizes and conducts competition among licensed hunters of the above game animals, and provides non-monetary, low value awards to the hunters harvesting those trophies, and publishes the Michigan Big Game Records book, showing all big game trophies on record. In addition, it promotes the publication of articles, photos, and selected data in other states to inform outdoorsman, photographers, and hunters about Michigan’s trophy class big game, and assists and cooperates with governmental conservation departments and other sportsman organizations to achieve its objectives.
CBM was founded in 1981 by Paul Jalon and a small group of dedicated sportsman who saw the need for a state record keeping organization for big game animals. After obtaining permission to use the Boone and Crockett scoring system, they began scoring and maintaining records on Michigan’s Deer, and built the foundation of the organization we know today CBM began scoring Black Bear in 1983, Elk in 1985, and Turkey in 1981. Over the years, CBM has built up a network of over 2000 members and 100 measurers, and now maintains over 35,000 records.
CBM is supported by its members. Membership is available to all sportsman who support and abide by federal wildlife and Michigan Game laws. Regular memberships are available for a one, two, or five year period of time, and can be renewed.
Members receive a number of benefits including a subscription to CBM’s official on line magazine, “BUCK FAX”, a four-color trophy commendation arm patch (for those with qualifying entries), a colored CBM window decal for their vehicle, and free entry of qualifying trophies into the record books.
If you are interested in joining CBM or renewing your membership, please this page.
Measurers are the volunteers that form the backbone of the CBM organization. These men and women volunteer to measure animals free of charge, and assist with the running of the organization as a whole. They frequently volunteer to attend and work shows, attend meeting and banquets, and do the little things that keep the organization running.
To find a measurer near you, please click here.
If you are interested in becoming a measurer, please complete the Official Measurer Application Form, and submit it to Mike Heed, or contact us here.
CBM holds an Annual Awards Banquet to award prizes to the annual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in over 133 categories, and in special categories for Youth, Seniors, and Women. CBM also holds board meetings and fund raising banquets, and maintains a presence in several other meetings and shows across the state.
For an overview of events which CBM will attend, please review our calendar.