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Saturday, August 30, 2014
"Pope and Young Club News..."
   A complete summary of important Pope-Young Club News

2015 Auction Hunts (8/1/2014 12:54:52 PM)

Auction Update

 

The 2015 Pope and Young Club auction in Phoenix is now only months away. To many convention go-ers, the Club’s conservation fundraising auction is one of the highlights of our 4-day national gathering. The auction is the Club’s number one fundraiser for its conservation projects. Through generous donations from the Club’s members and select outfitters, the Club is able to raise money for much-needed projects.

  

EARLY LIST OF AUCTION HUNTS

 

 

 

5-DAY TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT (2015 or 2016) donated by Bob Keith of the BARNES/KEITH RANCH. (409-719-7514, hisign@aol,com) in San Saba, Texas. The hunt is on a bow hunting only ranch and includes a buck tag and a doe tag, feral hog and turkey. All lodging and meals included. *****

 

6-DAY MONTANA ELK/DEER COMBO HUNT 2015 0r 2016 donated by Mike Parsons of CROW CREEK OUTFITTERS. (406-439-4346 bell47mp@yahoo.com) Fully guided bow hunt for elk and mule deer in Montana. Transportation from Bozeman and everything on the hunt except license fees are included. *******

 

5-DAY CALIFORNIA BLACKTAIL DEER HUNT 2015 donated by Jim and TinaMarie Schaafsma of ARROW FIVE OUTFIITERS. (707-923-9633 arrowfive@hughes.net) 2015 guided early fall bow hunt for Columbia Blacktail deer. Includes tent lodging, meals and transportation from the Eureka/Arcata airport. *****

 

7-DAY WYOMING MOUNTAIN LION HUNT 2015 or 2016 donated by Josh Roth of HOBACK PEAK OUTFITTERS. (307-654-5768, info@hobackpeak.com) 2015 or 2016 mountain lion hunt includes transportation, guides, snowmobiles, etc. Meals are not included. **

 

4-DAY SOUTH TEXAS WHITETAIL HUNT 2015 donated by Pearl and Charles Coker of TC OUTFITTERS. (210-264-8518, ccoker@tcsouthtexashunts.com) Hunt 13,000 low fence acres for P&Y class whitetails. Hunt includes a trophy buck, cull buck, 2 hogs and Javelina. Meals and lodging included. **

 

15-DAY BIGHORN SHEEP HUNT IN ALBERTA CANADA 2015 or 2016 donated by Chad Lenz of SAVAGE ENCOUNTERS INC. in association with BOWHUNTING SAFARI CONSULTANTS (403-844-7603, info@savageencounters.com) Meals, tent lodging and transportation are included on this 15 day bow hunt or rifle hunt for bighorn sheep in Alberta. ****

 

7-DAY ALBERTA MOOSE HUNT 2015 or 2016 donated by Cody Cassidy of BIG KNIFE OUTFITTERS (403-740-6699, bigknifeoutfitters@gmail.com) Hunt moose in the famous Willmore wilderness area of Alberta. Hunt is a horseback, tent camp style hunt. Home style meals included. ****

 

5-DAY SASKATCHEWAN BLACK BEAR HUNT 2016 donated by Fred Lackie of CANDLE LAKE OUTFITTERS (306-491-9750, fred@candlelakeoutfitters.com) Hunt includes lodging, meals and guide fees. Hunt also includes license and tag fees. Transportation from Saskatoon to lodge is included. **

 

6-DAY NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT 2015 or 2016 donated by David McDonald of CONNE RIVER OUTFITTING in association with BOWHUNTING SAFARI CONSULTANTS. (709-882-2470,  hunt@conneriveroutfitting.com) 1x1 guided moose hunt in Unit 26. Hunt area accessible only by float plane. This hunt includes meals and lodging along with airport pickup and return.

 

10-DAY SOUTH AFRICAN BOWHUNT FOR TWO BOWHUNTERS  2015 Donated by Willem Frost. (27-14 779 0969, willem@matlabas.co.za) Hunt includes 5 days accommodations plus trophy fees for one zebra or wildebeest, plus either a warthog or impala per hunter.

 

6-DAY NEWFOUNDLAND SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT 2016 donated by Annie and Otto Roberts of ROBERTS’ OUTFITTING. (709-635-2351, robertsoutfitting@email.com) Hunt includes meals and lodging along with transportation from the airport. This is a two black bear per tag hunt. ***

 

6-DAY PARENT/YOUTH BRITISH COLUMBIA BLACK BEAR HUNT donated by Michael Schneider of DRIFTWOOD VALLEY OUTFITTERS in association with BOWHUNTING SAFARI CONSULTANTS. (250-964-0511, Michael@going-hunting.com) 2x1 black bear hunt includes meals and lodging along with airport pickup in Prince George. **

 

7 DAYS OF TRAPLINE AND DOG SLEDDING donated by Tom Nebbs. (807-737-8176) Spend 5-7 days on a registered trapline in the wilderness of northern Ontario and then spend a couple of days dog sledding. Includes transportation from Winnipeg, Manitoba, comfortable accommodations in a trapper’s cabin, home cooked food.

 

4-DAY ARCHERY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN INDIANA donated by Merk Farms Hunting (502-724-5314, merkfarmshunting@gmail.com) Choice of any Monday through Thursday in October 2015. Guided hunt for whitetails in Harrison County, Indiana, includes lodging and cooking.

 

5-DAY SPECIAL INVITATION WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN WISCONSIN donated by Stan and Carolyn Godfrey (608-687-3080, Godfrey@riverland.org) A five-day, guided whitetail deer hunt (2015) on Stan and Carolyn’s farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Includes staying in their home, meals, as well as treestands and safety harnesses. **

 

4-DAY TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Gwen Hughes-Rickard of the Rio Bonito Ranch (830-481-7494, riobonito@hughes.net) Hunt one of the most prestigious ranches in the Hill Country of Texas. Hunt (2015 or 2016) includes lodging, meals, fishing, guiding, capping and cleaning. **

 

6-DAY EARLY SEASON ALBERTA WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Gunther Tondeleir of Wizard Lake Outfitting (780-984-4868, hunt@wizardlakeoutfitting.com) Early season bowhunt (2015 or 2016) for giant whitetails in northern Alberta. Includes transportation from Edmonton, lodging, and meals. ***

 

6-DAY KANSAS WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Daryll Southwick of Agua Ramon Lodge (970-237-2302, dary.d@icloud.com) 6-day, guided whitetail hunt on private land in Unit 7 near Burr Oak, Kansas. Choose your time between October 23rd and November 22nd (2015). Includes full-service lodge, meals, ladder stands and guiding. Must draw tag.

 

5-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN NEW BRUNSWICK donated by Pierre Roy of PR Guides and Outfitters in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants (506-544-5844, proy@prguides.com) May or early June 2015 black bear hunt. One bear limit. 100% opportunities over last three years. Includes lodging, cooking and transportation from Bathurst (if flying).

 

7-DAY GRIZZLY BEAR HUNT IN ALASKA donated by Tom Gray of Alaskan NW Adventures LLC (907-304-2003, tomnbj@hughes.net) This is a draw hunt for fall of 2016 (though possibly leftover tags could be available for fall 2015 or spring 2016). One non-hunter welcome as well. Includes guiding, transportation from Nome, lodging and meals.


2014 Youth Hunt Give-A-Way (7/15/2014 11:49:08 AM)

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Lighted Nocks will be Acceptable (5/23/2014 2:39:14 PM)

LIGHTED NOCKS WILL BE ACCEPTABLE

 

Standard lighted nocks and bow-mounted cameras will be exempted from the “no electronics attached to the bow or arrow” rule, as a result of changes to the Club’s Bylaws that had passed a vote of the Board of Directors and passed ratification by the voting membership.

 

Since the late 1980s, the Club’s has had a bowhunting equipment definition and Rule of Fair Chase that addresses electronic items. Among other things, it stated “no electronic devices attached to the bow or the arrow.” This is part of the Club’s bylaws constitution and governs the acceptability of animals for entry into the Club’s Records Program (“the record book”).

 

The significant change, the result of much internal discussion/debate over many years, creates an exemption that reads as follow:

 

RULES OF FAIR CHASE #7: [Not] by the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating or pursuing game, or guiding the hunter to such game or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached, with the exception of lighted nocks and recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.

 

DEFINITION OF A HUNTING BOW, EXCLUSIONS #2: Electronic or battery-powered devices shall not be attached to a hunting bow, with the exception of recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.

 

DEFINITION OF A HUNTING ARROW, EXCLUSIONS #1: No electronic or battery-powered devices shall be attached to the arrow, with the exception of lighted nocks.

 

 

 

This change will officially go into effect on August 1, 2014, as new Fair Chase Affidavits are created and distributed to our corps of volunteer official measurers. The change IS RETROACTIVE—meaning that animals previously taken, as well as those taken from this point forward, will now be eligible to be entered into the Records.

2014 P&Y Board Election Results (3/3/2014 8:46:45 AM)

The 2014 election of Pope and Young Club officers and directors has just concluded. Ballots were counted and the results of the election are as follows:

President: Jim Willems (New Mexico)

1st Vice-President: Tom Nelson (Michigan)

2nd Vice-President: John Gardner (Colorado)

Director: Todd Brickel (Colorado)

Director: Doug Clayton (Iowa)

 

Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors. In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward to serve on the Board.


P&Y Members Online Discussion Forum Now Opening (12/4/2013 2:40:29 PM)
Introducing an online discussion forum exclusively for Pope and Young Club Members...an opportunity to network and share bowhunting information among the most dedicated bowhunters in North America.


The Pope and Young Club membership is a fraternity--a community of dedicated bowhunter-conservationists. Collectively, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all things related to bowhunting.  Now, the membership has a community-oriented venue for sharing and seeking tips, tactics, advice and information from, and to, your fellow members.

Being exclusive to current P&Y Members, the Members Forum is accessed by first logging into the Members Area of the Pope and Young Club website. This log-in is found in the upper right corner of the Club's website home page.
 
On the home page of the Member's Only Area, in the upper right hand corner, you will find the button to access the Member's Forum. It looks like the image below.
 
 
Whether you have a question about hunting a specific limited draw unit for elk, or a question about the merits of a specific broadhead, or looking for someone to share a ride to the next P&Y Convention, you'll have potential access to members who know and can help.
 
Not a member yet? Join now at http://http://www.pope-young.org/join.asp.

American Wildlife Conservation Partners (11/18/2013 9:25:55 AM)

Pope and Young Club's Corporate Partners Program (11/13/2013 11:42:21 AM)

Pope & Young Club supports Kicking Bear Camp For Kids (11/7/2013 2:25:24 PM)

The Traditional Journey Continues.... (10/18/2013 9:20:55 AM)

Dressing and Packing Backcountry Game Video (10/18/2013 9:12:27 AM)
If you have trouble viewing this page, please visit it online here.

Join Steven Rinella of the hit TV show "MeatEater"
as he demonstrates big-game field dressing
and packing techniques for backcountry public land hunters.
Produced by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership!

Our thanks to TRCP for involving the Pope and Young Club in this project.

- Click here to view the video - 

http://youtu.be/3HOzXjeyrVg

Rick Mowery names as P&Y Communications/Marketing Manager (10/18/2013 9:09:45 AM)

September 17, 2013
 



The Pope and Young Club has named Rick Mowery as Communications/Marketing Manager.

This newly created position is the result of a commitment by the Club to increase the awareness and understanding of the Club, its mission, programs and principles. Rick's role will focus on heightening the engagement of current and potential members, industry, media and the bowhunting public.

"We are excited to have Rick join our team," said Kevin Hisey, Pope and Young Club's Executive Secretary. "He brings an immense knowledge of the bowhunting community and industry, a wealth of expertise and a lifelong passion for bowhunting."



As Advertising Director for The Bohning Company for the past 17 years, Mowery has cultivated close ties to the bowhunting media and bowhunting's manufacturing base. Rick is also a passionate bowhunter proficient with the recurve, longbow and compound bow. "I love the bowhunting culture, history and people," said Mowery. "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the Pope and Young Club. I've been a fan of bowhunting as long as I can remember and the chance to work with an organization that has defended and protected bowhunting is an honor."

"Expanding our capacity by creating this Communications/Marketing Manager position is something Kevin and the Board have been discussing and planning for," noted Club President Roger Atwood. "I am pleased to see this come to fruition and expect we'll see positive results both immediately and in the longterm. Mr. Mowery and his talents, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm will be valuable assets for our organization. We're glad to have him on board."


Good Luck Out There! (10/18/2013 8:54:12 AM)

 

  • Remember, you are the Pope & Young Club. 
    Be a good ambassador for bowhunting.
  • Mentor at every opportunity, it's our future.
  • Remember, bowhunting is an up close and personal encounter with your prey, an intimate and challenging pursuit. Embrace the entire experience.
  • Be respectful and honor the animals we pursue. 
    They are the reason we go afield.
  • Tread lightly. Be respectful of the land and landowners. 
    In the words of Chief Seattle, "leave only footprints."

"This is the season we look forward to all year! On behalf of the Pope & Young Club, good luck and best wishes enjoying your time afield."
 - Roger Atwood, President, The Pope & Young Club


New P&Y World’s Record Stone’s Sheep Declared! (5/29/2013 3:35:00 PM)

New P&Y World’s Record Stone’s Sheep Declared!

 

This incredible Stone’s sheep was officially recognized as the new bowhunting World’s Record at the Pope and Young Club’s 28th Biennium Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April…after being duly reviewed and verified at P&Y’s Panel Judging Session prior to the convention.

 

The ram’s final score is 179 4/8, besting the previous World’s Record by a whopping 5 inches!  The previous World’s Record (a ram scoring 174 2/8, taken in 1992 near the Tetsa River in British Columbia, by Stanley Walchuk, Jr.) had stood as the WR for 20 years (since 1993).

 

Here’s a bit of Jim’s hunt story in his words:

 

“On the second day of the hunt, we spotted a ram that looked like the 170-class we had set our sights on.  After a six-hour climb, we closed the distance to 200 yards and from this vantage, the ram looked really good.  On our final stalk, we walked within 50 yards of the ram, when he started to chase a ewe.  The left me no choice but to watch his mating game and wait for my golden opportunity.  Eventually, he presented the perfect shot.  When we reached the ram where he fell, our mouths hit the ground in amazement.  The ram was so massive, it looked more like a bighorn sheep!”

 

  

179 4/8

Gathto Creek, British Columbia

2011

Jim Hens


New Roosevelt's Elk World's Record Declared! (5/28/2013 10:53:52 AM)

This incredible Roosevelt’s elk was officially recognized as the new bowhunting World’s Record at the Pope and Young Club’s 28th Biennium Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April…after being duly reviewed and verified at P&Y’s Panel Judging Session prior to the convention.

 

The bull’s final score is 398 1/8, incredibly eclipsing the previous World’s Record by almost 20 inches!  The previous World’s Record (a bull scoring 378 6/8, taken in 1991 in Columbia County, Oregon, by Clifford Hayden) had stood as the WR since 2009.

 

Here’s a bit of Tim’s hunt story in his words:

 

“He stopped just 20 yards from me, and as he grunted, steam bellowed from his nostrils and mouth.  Wide-eyed, he looked to the left and right, and then put his head down and started thrashing the ground with his huge antlers.  Dirt and grass were flying everywhere. I slowly lowered myself, nocked an arrow and hunkered down, waiting for him to cross between the log I was hiding behind and a patch of impenetrable blackberry brambles just 20 yards away.  I waited for a solid minute, then peered through a crack in the end of the log.  He had run back the 200 yards and was standing with the other half of the herd.  In the process of the sneak peek, I spooked all of the cows and calves and blew my cover.  I thought that I had totally ruined what could have been my only shot.

 

Fussing to myself about what had just happened, I watched the drama unfold in the herd as 300-class satellite bulls tried to get near the cows.  The herd bull was frantically chasing them all off.  The herd was generally on the move, with a lot of tension.  The rut was in full swing for the first day since the hunt had started.  The lead cow was uneasy, and wanted to make her way back toward my direction.

 

To my amazement, the whole herd started to cross back; this time, a couple hundred yards from where I had set up.  I knew that I had move quickly or they would disappear into the thick salmon berries.  Most of the herd was making their way back around the base of the hill, but the herd bull stopped pushing the cows around and started to feed out of sight.  I knew he wouldn’t be feeding for long, so I decided to make a quick and risky move.

 

I had no way to get into range without moving through an opening in plain view of some cows.  It was my only shot, though, so I took it.  As I moved, I startled a dozen or so cows and calves.  Hoping to get to the bull before he realized I was there, I quickly closed the distance.  I finally got into position just 12 yards from the quartering bull.  I drew back, settled and made a solid hit.  The shaft buried up to the fletching.  The bull didn’t know what hit him; he trotted off trying to herd up his cows.  He went down within 30 yards of where I shot him.”

 

 

 

 

 

398 1/8

Humboldt County, California

2011

Tim Carpenter


NEW P&Y WOLRD'S RECORD TULE ELK DECLARED! (5/20/2013 11:38:17 AM)

New P&Y World’s Record Tule Elk Declared!

 

Drawing a rare permit, followed by ample amounts of pre-season scouting, positioned California resident Patrick Butler well for the opportunity to take an exceptional Tule elk bull on the opening day of his 5-day August 2010 elk season.  This exceptional Tule elk was officially recognized as the new bowhunting World’s Record at the Pope and Young Club’s 28th Biennium Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April…after being duly reviewed and verified at P&Y’s Panel Judging Session prior to the convention.

 

The bull’s final score is 320 7/8, eclipsing the previous World’s Record by 8 inches.  The previous World’s Record (a bull scoring 312 5/8, taken in 1990 in Solano County, California by Audrey Goodnight) had stood as the WR since we established the Tule elk category in 2009.

 

Here’s a bit of Patrick’s hunt story in his words:

 

We found the bull by himself and vulnerable.  The Susun winds were blowing constant and in one direction, making our approach obvious.  Don and I eased out of a deep dry channel.  I set up on my knees in the grass on the edge, as Don dropped back 30 yards and laid down to call. I was sitting there thinking “I have no shooting lane!”  So I stood up and eased forward in an attempt to find a better position.  Don’s protest came in the form of a cow call.  While I’m not the brightest guy you will ever meet, I figured I knew what that meant.  I quickly backed up and hit my knees where I had originally set up.  The “quickly” part turned out to be a very good decision, because things immediately happened fast!  As I mentioned, the bull was alone and, with the rut beginning, he was in need of a harem.  Evidently, Don sounded like he would make a good candidate.  Within a couple of seconds the bull bugled and moments later I could see antlers over the Tule.  The bull stepped out of the cover at about 10 yards and stopped right in front of me.  Everything had gone perfectly up to this point.  However, the bull was standing with his vitals completely covered by a thick bush.  At full draw, the bull and I were in a standoff for what surely seemed a longer period of time than it actually was.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

320 7/8

Solano County, California

2010

Patrick Butler

 

 

 

 


New P&Y World's Record Dall's Sheep Declared! (5/16/2013 1:39:22 PM)

New P&Y World’s Record Dall’s Sheep Declared!

 

In early August of 2012, Yukon resident bowhunter Dan Reynolds struck out into the Ogilvie Mountains in vast Yukon wilderness in search of one specific Dall’s sheep.  He found that ram.  This exceptional Dall’s sheep was officially recognized as the new bowhunting World’s Record at the Pope and Young Club’s 28th Biennium Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April…after being duly reviewed and verified at P&Y’s Panel Judging Session prior to the convention.

 

The ram’s final score is 174 0/8, eclipsing the previous World’s Record by exactly 3 inches.  The previous World’s Record (a ram scoring 171 0/8, taken in 1988 in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska by Tony Russ) had stood for 24 years!

 

Here’s a bit of Dan’s hunt story in his words:

 

“The area was very difficult to access and it took me two days to get camp in.  The next morning, I set off for the mountain that seemed to be his favourite area for the past three years (yes, I’d seen this ram a few times in years past).  I spotted several sheep way down in the timber just before noon and the ram I was looking for was in the band of four.  I quickly noticed how skinny he was and realized that this ram was in the late stages of his natural life. I decided it was time to make a try for him.  As with most sheep hunting days, the weather was doing me no favours.  There was a cold west wind blowing in fog, rain and even thunder cells from time to time.  I decided to go into the timber with them and see what I could make happen.  At one point, I must have been within 30 yards, but still could not see the rams, so I backed out before they got wise to my presence.  I then decided to ambush the rams when they fed up the mountain later in the day.  Again, luck was not on my side as they fed up the next shale slide over from where I set up.  I climbed back up to the top of the mountain and came down the draw they were feeding up.  When I peeked over, there were all four rams bedded at seventy-five yards.  With a gentle breeze in my face, and time on my side, I decided not to try to push for a shot while the rams were bedded.  I took photos and just enjoyed watching the magnificent beauty of the four rams.

 

Several hours later a thunder cell rolled in and when I felt the air shift and hit me in the back of the neck, I knew things were not good.  The ram startled and jumped up from his bed.  Luck was on my side this time, as the wind quickly changed again and was blowing back down the slope.  This confused the ram and, as he was staring down the slope, the sky unleashed a downpour of rain.  I quickly readied for a shot and the ram moved up the slope underneath me.”

 

 

 

 

 

174 0/8

Ogilvie Mtns., Yukon

2012

Dan Reynolds


Raffle Winners Announced (4/18/2013 11:46:15 AM)
On Saturday evening, during the Awards Banquet at our 2013 National Convention, the Pope and Young Club's 2013 Conservation Raffle winners were drawn.  Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all who purchased and sold raffle tickets helping to raise funds for the Pope and Young Club's Conservation and Outreach programs.
 
GRAND PRIZE:  14-day dream bowhunt for Alaska/Yukon moose and grizzly bear, custom-designed for this fundraiser by Stan Parkerson of Denali Hunts (www.denalihunts.com)
 
     Winner:  Anna Whitehead (Kansas)
 
SECOND PRIZE:  7-day wilderness combo hunt in Alaska for barren ground caribou, black bear and wolf.  Donated by Tom Shankster of Alaska Trophy Hunts (www.aktrophyhunts.com)
 
     Winner:  Lonnie Jenkins (Michigan)
 
THIRD PRIZE:  8-day guided archery elk hunt in Colorado donated by Mike Murphy and Steve Holt of T Bar M Outfitters (www.tbarmoutfittersdurango.com)
 
     Winner:  Randy Reeves (Texas)
 
FOURTH PRIZE:  5-day spot-n-stalk pronghorn antelope bowhunt in New Mexico donated by Christopher Guikema of Compass West Outfitters (www.compasswestoutfitters.com)
 
     Winner:  Matt Karch (Indiana)
 
5th PRIZE:  2012 Mathews HeliM compound bow, donated by Mathews Archery Inc. (www.mathewsinc.com)
 
     Winner:  Dan Landers (West Virginia)
 
6th PRIZE:  Kuiu Camo package, including Guide DCS Vias jacket, Vias camo attack pants, cap, beanie and gloves.  Donated by Jason Hairston of Kuiu (www.kuiu.com)
 
     Winner:  Larry Evans (Missouri)
 
7th PRIZE:  Predator Camo package, including OPT-Series High Plains jacket in 3D Deception Predator camo and OPT-Series High Plains pants in 3D Deception camo.  Donated by Frank Hood of Predator Inc (www.predatorcamo.com)
 
     Winner:  Matt Palmquist (Kansas)
 
8th PRIZE:  Family Tradition Treestands treestand and ladder, donated by Jack Turner of Family Tradition Treestands (www.familytraditiontreestands.com)
 
     Winner:  Mike Smith (Pennsylvania)
 
9th PRIZE:  Nikon 8x42 Trailblazer ATB binoculars, donated by Nikon (www.nikonhunting.com)
 
     Winner:  Lynn Jansen (Iowa)
 
10th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent (bottle each of Cedar, Juniper, Sage and Greasewood), donated by Rex Jensen of Final Step (www.finalstepcoverscents.com)
 
     Winner:  Joan Holland (Nevada)
 
 11th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent
 
     Winner:  Dan Fleming (New Mexico)
 
12th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent
 
     Winner:  Erik Meyers (Colorado)
 
13th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent
 
     Winner:  Nikki Kollol (North Dakota)
 
14th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent
 
     Winner:  Casey Brooks (Washington)
 
15th PRIZE:  Four-pack of Final Step Cover Scent
 
     Winner:  Arnell Galley (Colorado)
 
 
 Again, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this important fundraiser and a special thank you to our partners, Denali Hunts, Alaska Trophy Hunts, T Bar M Outfitters, Compass West Outfitters, Mathews, Kuiu, Predator, Family Tradition Treestands, Nikon and Final Step!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday April 13, 2013 Live Auction (4/1/2013 8:49:27 AM)
GREAT HUNTS - GREAT CAUSE!!

2013 P&Y LIVE AUCTION
SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
DALLAS, TEXAS


ALASKA BLACK BEAR HUNT & FISHING COMBO donated by Homer Ocean Charters

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOLF HUNT donated by Chilanko Forks Outfitters

BRITISH COLUMBIA SPOT N STALK MULE DEER AND BLACK BEAR COMBO HUNT donated by Chilanko Forks Outfitters

CANADA MOOSE HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Ray's Hunting & Fishing Lodge (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

TEXAS WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by the Barnes/Keith Ranch

OSCEOLA TURKEY HUNT IN FLORIDA donated by Tall Tine Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN OHIO donated by Wide Rack Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Roberts Outfitting

ROOSEVELT'S ELK HUNT IN OREGON donated by Spoon Creek Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

MONTANA ELK/DEER/BEAR COMBO HUNT donated by Crow Creek Outfitters

COUES' DEER HUNT IN MEXICO donated by Primero Conservation Outfitters

ALASKA BROWN BEAR HUNT donated by Barela's Alaskan Outfitters
 
SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI donated by Kuru Safaris (in conjunction with World Class Safaris)

SPECIAL INVITATION WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN BUFFALO COUNTY, WISCONSIN donated by Stan and Carolyn Godfrey

CALIFORNIA COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER HUNT donated by Arrow Five Outfitters

SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Ironbound Outfitters

ARIZONA COUES' DEER AND JAVELINA COMBO HUNT donated by Ward's Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

MANITOBA BLACK BEAR HUNT donated by Adrenaline Outfitters Ltd.

PRONGHORN ANTELOPE HUNT IN SOUTH DAKOTA donated by Milliron Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

NEWFOUNDLAND CANADA MOOSE HUNT donated by Tuckamore Lodge (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN MISSOURI donated by Soap Creek Outfitters LLC

OHIO WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Southern Ohio Whitetail

ALASKA FISHING TRIP (halibut, river salmon/trout, 1-day glacier cruise) donated by Alaska Trophy Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

ALBERTA WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Wizard Lake Outfitting

MOUNTAIN LION HUNT IN WYOMING donated by Hoback Peak Outfitters

SASKATCHEWAN WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Candle Lake Outfitters

BOAT-BASED BLACK BEAR HUNT ON KUIU ISLAND IN ALASKA donated by Baranof Expeditions (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA donated by Driftwood Valley Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

ALBERTA COMBO HUNT FOR CANADA MOOSE, MULE DEER AND WHITETAIL DEER donated by Big Knife Outfitters

ALASKA BROWN BEAR HUNT donated by The Perrins Rainy Pass Lodge

BISON HUNT IN THE PINK MOUNTAINS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA donated by Sikanni River Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)

FLY FISHING TRIP ON THE FAMOUS ODELL CREEK IN THE MADISON RIVER VALLEY OF MONTANA donated by Jon Fossel

TEXAS HOG HUNT donated by the Rio Bonito Ranch

NEW ZEALAND RED STAG HUNT donated by New Zealand Custom Outfitters Ltd.

IOWA WHITETAIL HUNT donated by Shermoe Adventures LLC

COLORADO ELK HUNT donated by Lone Star Outfitters

GREDOS IBEX HUNT IN SPAIN donated by Giuseppe Carrizosa

TEXAS TROPHY WHITETAIL HUNT donated by Double T Outfitters

WYOMING MULE DEER HUNT donated by Double Diamond Outfitters (in association with Bow and Arrow Adventures)

WOMAN'S KANSAS WHITETAIL HUNT donated by Chisholm Trail Whitetails

MONTANA ELK HUNT donated by Jack Creek Preserve.  For a youth under 21, a woman, or a man over 65.  Jack Creek Preserve special access.

SPRING MONTANA BLACK BEAR HUNT donated by the Jack Creek Preserve. For a woman or youth.

LIMITED ENTRY CONSERVATION ARCHERY BULL ELK PERMIT IN UTAH (LA SAL UNIT) provided by the Utah Bowmens Association



More details for each hunt: (www.pope-young.org/auction_details.asp)

You can still plan to come to the Convention. Click here for more info:  http://pope-young.org/convention/default.asp
For those that can't be there, if you are seriously interested in one or more of these hunts, you can arrange to bid by phone.  Contact admin@pope-young.org to make the arrangements.

Pope & Young Club YouTube Channel (3/14/2013 8:48:01 AM)
You can now find the Pope & Young Club on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel, view videos, and share with your friends.
 
We've added a lot of the 2011 Convention footage to get everyone geared up for the 2013 celebration in Dallas, Texas. You can view these videos at:
 
 
 
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Convention News (2/7/2013 3:59:47 PM)

Airport Transportation Discount

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(from either DFW or Love Field) for
Pope & Young
Click on the button below to learn about several transportation options these include:
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This is a shared ride service which means that the driver has 25 minutes on airport property from the time the 1st passenger is placed in the vehicle.
There may be other passengers going to various locations.

Exclusive (Private non-stop) Van service for up to 10 passengers.......... $90.00 each way
This shuttle leaves as soon as you or your party boards.

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Outstanding Hunts Added to Auction List (1/25/2013 4:32:56 PM)

2013 AUCTION NEWS

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

 

POPE & YOUNG CLUB CONVENTION

 

HILTON ANATOLE

 

DALLAS, TEXAS

 

  

GREAT HUNTS – GREAT CAUSE!!

 

A significant portion of the money raised for our Conservation Program activities comes from the auctioning of generously donated hunts and select artifacts and handmade items at our biennial convention.  Hunts secured so far:

 

6-DAY SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKA BLACK BEAR & FISHING COMBO donated by Roark Brown of Homer Ocean Charters (907-235-6212, roark@xyz.net)   2013, 6-day, 5-night, vessel-based black bear hunt.  Spring or Fall option (either Homer or Whittier areas).  Lodging on 60-foot yachts, meals and guided fishing included.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA WINTER WOLF HUNT donated by Allan Tew of Chilanko Forks Outfitters (250-296-4773, hunt@chilankoforksoutfitters.com).  7 day, fully-guided hunt for wolves and coyotes (no bag limit), plus ice-fishing.  Hunt can occur between January 1st and March 15th in either 2014 or 2015.  Meals, accommodations (cabins with wood heat and propane lighting), transportation on hunt and to/from Williams Lake, guiding and field care of animals all included.  License and tags not included. * * * * * *

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA SPOT AND STALK MULE DEER AND BLACK BEAR COMBO HUNT donated by Allan Tew of Chilanko Forks Outfitters (250-296-4773, hunt@chilankoforksoutfitters.com).  9-day, fully-guided, bow hunt for mule deer and black bear, includes transportation from Williams Lake, meals and accommodations during the hunt.  Hunt can place in 2013 or 2014.  Dates are 8/31 to 9/8. License and tags not included. A second bear is possible and would require a $1,000 trophy fee. * * * * * *

 

6-DAY CANADA MOOSE HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Ray Broughton of Ray’s Hunting & Fishing Lodge Ltd. (in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (709-635-3628, ray@rayshunting-fishing.com)  A 2013, fully guided (1x1) moose hunt in Newfoundland, includes food, lodging and transport from Deer Lake.  Does not include license and packaging. * * * *

 

5-DAY TEXAS WHITETAIL DEER HUNT (2013) donated by Bob Keith of the Barnes/Keith Ranch (409-719-7514, hisign@aol.com ) in San Saba, Texas.  The hunt, on a bowhunting-only ranch, includes a buck tag, a doe tag, a feral hog, a turkey, lodging and meals. * * * *

 

3-DAY OSCEOLA TURKEY HUNT IN FLORIDA donated by Ted Jaycox of Tall Tine Outfitters, LLC (in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (352-895-6736) Hunt includes food and lodging (3-bedroom lodge).

 

5-DAY OHIO WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Mike Connett of Wide Rack Outfitters (in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (740-853-0016, widerackranch@yahoo.com)  Five day, archery-only hunt includes everything except license, tag and transportation to the hunt.  Located in Gallia County, Ohio.

 

6-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Annie Roberts of Roberts Outfitting (709-635-2251, www.robertsoutfitting.com )  Deer Lake, Newfoundland, black bear hunt in spring of 2013. *

 

6-DAY ROOSEVELT’S ELK HUNT IN OREGON donated by Ken Wilson of Spoon Creek Outfitters (in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants)  (541-404-2733).  Fully-guided bowhunt for Roosevelt’s elk in the Coos Bay region of Oregon.  2013 hunt takes place Monday through Saturday, arranged between August 24th and September 22nd.  Lodging, meals and transportation from Coos Bay / North Bend Regional Airport.

 

6-DAY MONTANA ELK/DEER/BEAR COMBO HUNT donated by Mike Parsons of Crow Creek Outfitters (406-439-4346, bell47mp@yahoo.com).  2013, fully-guided bowhunt for elk, deer and black bear in Montana.  Transportation from Bozeman, and everything on the hunt, except license fees, included.  Cabin lodging. * * * * * *

 

7-DAY BOWHUNT FOR COUES’ DEER IN MEXICO donated by Primero Conservation Outfitters (contact Dirk Dieterich:  719-440-7700, kddieterich@gmail.com). Join in with a large group of fellow P&Y members for a January 2014, 7-day, semi-guided Coues’ deer hunt in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sonora, Mexico. Includes carpooling from Douglas, ranch house lodging and meals. The group splits up and heads to separate ranches (each more than 30,000 acres of arid rolling hills with thornbrush-covered mesas). Each ranch group will have a couple of assistants and a cook (three squares of original Sonoran recipes - mucho caliente!). These ranches have seen very limited hunting in the past. The entire arrangement is part of a large jaguar restoration project being funded, in part, by the Pope and Young Club's Conservation Program. This area has the northernmost breeding jaguar population in North America, and also has ocelot, kotamundis, mountain lion, coyotes, javelina and four breeds of quail.  *

 

10-ALASKA BROWN BEAR HUNT donated by Peter Barela of Barela’s Alaskan Outfitters (907-775-3833, barelaoutfitting@me.com)  A ten-day, guided brown bear hunt near Cordova, Alaska in the spring of 2014.  Hunt includes spike camp lodging, meals, transportation from Cordova and hide preparation/sealing. 

 

10-DAY SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI BOWHUNT donated by Ewoud Derksen of Kuru Safaris (in conjunction with Dr. Chuck Leidheiser of WorldClass Safaris (803-648-6797, wcsafari@gmail.com, www.kurusafaris.com )  8 full days of hunting, with 2 travel days, hunt for plains game for 1 hunter and 1 non-hunter includes 2 impalas, a warthog, kudu cow and blue wildebeest.  Full accommodations, meals and full service of professional hunter and his staff are included.  Additional species available at regular prices.  Transportation to the concession not included. * *

 

5-DAY, SPECIAL INVITATION WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN WISCONSIN donated by Stan and Carolyn Godfrey (608-687-3080, godfrey@riverland.org)   A five-day, guided whitetail deer hunt on Stan and Carolyn’s farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  Includes staying in their home, meals, as well as treestands and safety harnesses. *

 

5-DAY CALIFORNIA COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER HUNT donated by Jim and TinaMarie Schaafsma of Arrow Five Outfitters (707-923-9633, arrow5@me.com )  Five-day, guided early fall bowhunt (late July or early August 2014) for Columbian blacktails, includes wall tent lodging, meals and transportation from Eureka/Arcata Airport. * * * *

 

5-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Mark Pike of Ironbound Outfitters (709-632-8073, www.newfoundlandhunting.com) Spring 2014, 5-day black bear hunt includes 2x1 guiding, meals, modern camp facilities and trophy care.  Does not include transportation to camp (travel to Deer Lake and $200 bush flight from Deer Lake) and license.  *

 

10-DAY ARIZONA COUES’ DEER AND JAVELINA COMBO HUNT donated by Steven Ward of Ward’s Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (520-384-3351, www.wardsoutfitters.com)  December 26, 2013 through January 5, 2014, includes ten days of Coues’ deer and javelina hunting.  Can harvest two Coues’ deer and one javelina.  Hunt includes lodging, meals, guiding and transportation from the airport.  Hunter responsible for $700 trophy fee per deer.  *

 

5-DAY MANITOBA BLACK BEAR HUNT donated by Russ Mehling and Rod McGrath of Adrenaline Outfitters Ltd. (204-392-3337, www.adrenalineoutfitters.ca)  2013 or 2014 (based on availability) black bear hunt.  Includes transportation from Winnipeg, lodging, meals and guiding.  Does not include tag, meat processing.  SEE SPECIAL OFFER BELOW

 

5-DAY PRONGHORN ANTELOPE HUNT IN SOUTH DAKOTA donated by Milliron Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (605-580-8827, www.millironoutfitters.com) August 2013 guided antelope hunt.  Blinds at waterholes and stalk-and-stalk.  Includes bunkhouse lodging, meals and transportation from Rapid City.  Does not include license.

 

6-DAY CANADA MOOSE HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND donated by Barb Genge of Tuckamore Lodge (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (888-865-6361, www.tuckamorelodge.com)  Trophy moose hunt in northern Newfoundland (near St. Anthony) includes six days of 1x1 guided moose hunting, lodging, meals and transportation from Deer Lake or St. Anthony.  Hunt can take place in October (during the rut) in either 2013 or 2014.  Does not include license.

 

6-DAY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN MISSOURI (2013) donated by Brian Lindberg of Soap Creek Outfitters LLC (641-895-3224, www.soapcreekoutfitters.com ) Six days of whitetail deer hunting in northern Missouri (on the Iowa border).  Includes DNR cabin lodging.  You can take a buck, a doe and two turkeys.  Does not include tags. *

 

6-DAY OHIO WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Jeff Johnson of Southern Ohio Whitetail (513-310-0319) Semi-guided whitetail deer—October 20-26, 2013.  Includes treestands, cabin lodging (with stove and shower).  Does not include license, meals and processing.  Up to two additional hunters could be added at $1,450 each.

 

4-DAY ALASKA FISHING TRIP donated by Frank Sanders of Alaska Trophy Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (907-252-7413)  5-night, 4-day fishing adventure in Alaska for a father and son/daughter (up to two additional people can be added at a discounted rate).  Trip includes two days a saltwater fishing for halibut, one day of river fishing for salmon or trout and a one-day glacier cruise.  Trip can be arranged in June or August of either 2013 or 2014.  Includes outfitter’s lodge and meals.  Does not include transportation to Soldotna, Alaska.

 

6-DAY ALBERTA WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Gunther Tondeleir of Wizard Lake Outfitting (780-984-4868, www.wizardlakeoutfitting.com)  Early season bowhunt for giant Alberta whitetails.  Dates are September 2-7 in either 2013 or 2014.  All inclusive except for tag. * *

 

7-DAY MOUNTAIN LION HUNT IN WYOMING donated by Josh Roth of Hoback Peak Outfitters (307-880-5768, www.hobackpeak.com)  Winter 2014-15, full-service cougar hunt, includes lodging, all transportation, use of equipment, dogs, guides, etc.  Does not include licenses and cooking.

 

5-DAY ASKATCHEWAN WHITETAIL DEER BOWHUNT donated by Fred Lackie of Candle Lake Outfitters (306-491-9750, fred@candlelakeoutfitters.com)  2013 or 2014 bowhunt for Saskatchewan whitetails, includes guiding, lodging, meals and transportation from Saskatoon.  Does not include license and tags.

 

7-DAY BOAT-BASED BLACK BEAR HUNT ON KUIU ISLAND IN ALASKA donated by Bert Stromquist of Baranof Expeditions (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (907-747-7495, bstromquist@hotmail.com)  Spring black bear hunt on Kuiu Island in southeast Alaska.  Including 1x1 guiding, hunt transportation, lodging and meals.  Does not include license and tags and bush flight to Port Alexander.

 

6-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA donated by Michael Schneider of Driftwood Valley Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (250-361-2079, michaelschneider@telus.net)  Spring 2013 or Spring 2014 spot-and-stalk black bear hunt in the Prince George area of BC.  Includes 1x1 guiding, lodging, meals and transportation from Prince George.

 

14-DAY ALBERTA COMBINATION HUNT FOR CANADA MOOSE, MULE DEER AND WHITETAIL DEER donated by Cody Cassidy of Big Knife Outfitters (936-523-0755, c_cass@telus.net)  Hunt can take place in either 2014 or 2015.  Includes 1x1 guiding, lodging, meals, transportation to/from airport.  Log cabin lodging and home cooked meals.  *

 

7-DAY ALASKA BROWN BEAR HUNT donated by Steven Perrins of The Perrins Rainy Pass Lodge (907-248-7599, theperrins@rainypasslodge.net)  July 28 – August 3, 2013 brown bear hunt.  Including taking a black bear and hunter could take a second bear for $3,500 trophy fee.  Hunt includes lodging, meals, guiding, etc.  Does not include license, tags and transportation to/from lodge. * *

 

8-DAY BISON HUNT IN THE PINK MOUNTAINS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA donated by Mike and Dixie Hammett of Sikanni River Outfitters (in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants) (250-262-5681, dixiehammett@gmail.com)  Bowhunt free-ranging bison in the beautiful and wild north British Columbia country.  1x1 guiding, lodging, meals and transportation from Fort St. John.

 

 

LIMITED ENTRY CONSERVATION ARCHERY BULL ELK PERMIT IN UTAH (LA SAL UNIT) provided by the Utah Bowmens Association.  At the center of some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth lies Moab, Utah.  Famous for its slick rock mountain bike trails, Moab also is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Deadhorse Point State Park on the Colorado River.  To the east of Moab, rising sharply from the red rock plateaus, sits the La Sal Mountains.  Edward Abby, in his book ‘Desert Solitaire’ refers to the La Sals as the ‘island in the desert’.  The impressive landscape of the La Sal Mountains is dominated by 24 peaks greater than 11,000 feet with half of these peaks reaching the 12,000 foot mark. 

 

For several hundred years, the La Sal Mountains were prime hunting grounds for Ute, Navajo, and Piute Indians.  The range continues to support good populations of elk and mule deer.  The elk herd has been managed on a limited entry basis by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources from the initiation of elk hunting in the 1960’s.  The Utah Bowmens Association has received a limited entry conservation archery bull elk permit for the La Sal unit to be auctioned at the Pope and Young Biennial Convention at Dallas in 2013.  The tentative season dates for this permit are August 17, 2013 to September 13, 2013

 

 

 

FOR YOUTH, WOMEN, OR MEN (Over 65):

 

7-DAY MONTANA ELK HUNT donated by Jack Creek Preserve / Jon Fossel.  For a youth under 21, a woman, or a man over 65.  Jack Creek Preserve Foundation special access, archery only, good fishing, cabins. * * * * *

 

 

Asterisk for multi-year donors

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012 Sportsmen's Heritage Act (11/20/2012 12:56:36 PM)

THE SPORTSMEN'S HERITAGE ACT OF 2012 READY FOR FLOOR VOTE IN THE SENATE 


Next Monday evening, November 26th, the Senate will vote on S.3525, known as the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012.  It is important to contact your Senators and ask for their support of this critical piece of legislation.

S.3525 is an historic package of pro-sportsmen bill that will expand, enchance and protect America's hunting, recreational fishing and shooting heritage.  It is widely considered the most important bi-partisan, pro-sportsmen legislation in a generation!  On November 1st, the Pope and Young Club signed onto a letter, along with 45 other hunting/conservation organizations, expressing our support and appreciation to Senate leadership for moving the bill to a full vote.

S.3525 is actually a compilation of about 20 individual bills, highlighted by the following:
 

MAKING PUBLIC LANDS PUBLIC - requiring LWCF funds to be used to secure rights-of-way or land acquisitions to enhance access to existing public lands that currently have restricted access to hunting, fishing and other recreational purposes.

TARGET PRACTICE AND MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING SUPPORT ACT - amends P-R to facilitate the creation and maintenance of shooting ranges on public lands.

POLAR BEAR CONSERVATION AND FAIRNESS ACT - allows the Secretary to authorize permits for re-importation of legally harvested polar bears from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban.

BOWS TRANSPORTED THROUGH NATIONAL PARKS - clarifies and corrects language from 2007 legislation that allows firearms, but not bows, to be transported across NPS lands to access Forest Service or BLM lands open for hunting. **

HUNTING, FISHING AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING PROTECTION ACT - excludes ammo and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act and prevents the EPA from regulating ammo and tackle.

NORTH AMERICAN WETLANDS CONSERVATION ACT REAUTHORIZATION - reauthorizes the critically important NAWCA program for another five years.

 

**We'd like to acknowledge and thank the Colorado Bowhunters Association for their diligent work in championing the correction regarding bow transportation across NPS lands.



Most of this legislation has already passed the House, so consolidation in committee should be straight forward.  Eventual passage of this unprecedented pro-sportsmen legislation will promote, protect and advance our nation's hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come.

Please take a couple of minutes right now to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support S.3525.

If you need the contact information for your Senators, you could use a handy feature on the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance website:
http://capwiz.com/ussportsmen/home/


Pope & Young Club Sponsors National Hunting and Fishing Day (9/12/2012 9:15:13 AM)
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Jarnagin 
Blue Heron Communications 
(800) 654©\3766 
Kevin@blueheroncomm.com 
POPE AND YOUNG SET TO SPONSOR NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY
NHFD to Take Place September 22, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 29, 2012)  The Pope and Young Club will be a key 
sponsor for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, the official federal 
commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation. 
  
NHF Day continues to grow and reach new outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen each 
year with the continued support of generous sponsors. Through licenses, permits 
and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes;
totaling more than $1.75 billion per year for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one 
contributes more for conservation. 
  
NHF Day is set to take place Sept. 22, 2012. 
The sponsorship by the Pope and Young Club supports the Wonders of Wildlife 
museum, the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Springfield, 
Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand 
the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and 
fisheries conservation. 
Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and 
this year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Tony Stewart is serving in that capacity 
and will deliver the message of NHF Day. 
As the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup 
Series, Stewart has won 12 driving championships, including three Sprint Cup Series 
titles, in a career spanning more than three decades.  
Stewart is a champion off the racetrack as much as he is on, and has been recognized 
for his philanthropic efforts via his Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for 
distribution to three specific groups: chronically ill children, drivers injured in 
motorsports activities, and organizations dedicated to the protection of various 
animal species. 
  
"Our mission is to ensure that bowhunting will continue to prosper through future 
generations, and the Pope and Young Club is proud to continue our support of 
National Hunting and Fishing Day." said P&Y President Roger Atwood. "NHF Day is a 
great opportunity to remind folks of the many cultural values that the hunting lifestyle provides, 
including patience, perseverance, skill development and mastery, 
the value of practice, applying personal ethics, and woodcrafts, as well as a true 
understanding and appreciation of the natural world."
  
"The Pope and Young Club has been a proponent of conservation from the day it was 
created," said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of 
Wildlife. "They are exactly why NHF Day is such a big day for sportsmen around the 
country. Through our combined efforts we will continue to conserve our heritage." 
In 1972, Congress formalized NHF Day to remind the public that conservation 
depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every president from 
Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support 
for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective 
grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.  
  
The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2012 includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, 
Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman's Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, 
Yamaha, Pope and Young Club, North American Media Group, Inc, Ducks Unlimited 
and the Izaak Walton League of America. 
 For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org

Jack Creek Preserve has Groundbreaking (6/21/2012 2:29:06 PM)

Outdoor Education Center Groundbreaking

 

Construction has begun on an Outdoor Education Center and interpretive nature trail at Jack Creek Preserve between Ennis and Big Sky, Mont. While fundraising is not complete for the Center it is anticipated that the building will be completed by next spring. The new facilities will be open seasonally to the public and will be available for use year round by educational and community organizations.

 

“These facilities will serve as the nucleus of our educational activities,” said Jon Fossel, Co-Chairman of the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation board. “Our focus is giving young people a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting habitat, conserving wildlife and the role of hunters as conservationists. The new Outdoor Education Center will help us deliver our message in a classroom surrounded by the subjects we’re focused on—habitat, wildlife and hunting. “

 

The Center will have classroom space accommodating 50 people and overnight sleeping space for up to 40, plus displays on subjects such as wolves, logging and forest fires. It intends to utilize a mini-hydro and solar system to provide its electricity and hot water.

 

The new Outdoor Education Center and interpretive nature trail will help the Preserve expand its reach and offer educational opportunities to more students, teachers and other visitors to the region.

 

The Preserve is also discussing with the Forest Service the possibility of opening a seasonal public-use hiking trail connecting the Spanish Peaks trail and the South Jack Creek trail across Preserve land that lies between northern and southern portions of Lee Metcalf Wilderness.   The Spanish Peaks Trail in the northern portion of Lee Metcalf Wilderness and the South Jack Creek trail in the southern portion have always been separated by private land that lies in between. Hikers were forced to go back to the trailhead to access trails on the other side.

 

“The trail likely will be open only during the summer and winter,” said Fossel. “We can’t have people disturbing elk during calving season or hiking during hunting season, for example. We’re currently working with the Forest Service (which manages Lee Metcalf Wilderness) to determine appropriate access periods.”

 

He added, “Were it not for a tremendous array of agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals who have provided so much in the way of guidance, labor and funding for the Outdoor Education Center, it would still only be a dream.”

 

Fossel gave special thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pope and Young Club, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Foundation and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation for their support.

 

The Jack Creek Preserve encompasses 4,500 acres of diverse wildlife habitat ranging from high alpine basins to willow-choked creek bottoms. It was founded in 2005 by the Fossel family to promote wildlife conservation, ethical hunting and youth education.

 

 

For more information, visit www.jackcreekpreserve.org or Jack Creek Preserve Foundation on Facebook.


Bowhunters Again Under Attack by PETA (5/24/2012 2:05:55 PM)

Bowhunters Again Under Attack by PETA

Posted on May 24, 2012

Grab your calendars and turn them back about 20 years, and then you’ll see today’s PETA—a radical animal rights group that continues to oppose bowhunting. PETA has again turned its ire on the bowhunting community. In the small, quaint town of Avon Lake, Ohio, the city council will soon permit bowhunting to help reduce nuisance deer and control population numbers. PETA, however, is trying to overwhelm the town with hatred by its uneducated members.

The Avon Lake City Council recently released full details of its planned deer herd-reduction bowhunt.  You can read the details at:http://www.avonlake.org/images/departments/environmental-affairs-advisory-board/EAAB%20Deer%20Recommendation.pdf. The project is following guidelines of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources, and will also be assisted by a local Gander Mountain store in qualifying bowhunters.

According to PETA’s attack on the proposal and bowhunting:

“Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting. Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries. Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.”

PETA then asks its minions to call and write the mayor and all council members and flood them with hate mail. The real question is why does loud and radical PETA believe it has the right to control quaint and quiet Avon Lake?


2012 NASP Nationals Press Release (5/18/2012 2:35:43 PM)

Press Release
NASP® Archers Set New World Record
2012 NASP® Nationals
May 12, 2012
By: Kevin Dixon, Vice President NASP


The NASP® National Tournament was held Friday and Saturday, May 11, 12, 2012. Friday morning the doors opened at 7:30 am for the 8,171 registered student archers. Nearly 30,000 people witnessed this year's event and waited to see who the Nation's top archers and schools would be.

By 1:00PM on Thursday May 10, 2012 the stage was set and everything was in place for the World's Largest Archery Tournament. A total of 91 Volunteers including 51 students from Alaska and Kentucky had completed all necessary arrangements in record time and everyone was ready for the 2012 NASP® National Tournament.

Of the 8,171 registered archers 7,804 actually participated (only 4.5% no show). This is the highest participation number we have ever had, and everyone was part of setting a new Guinness World Record. The previous record had been held by Mongolia since 2010 at 1024 archers. We surpassed that by the second of nine flights on Friday and wound up exceeding the world record by 6,781 archers.

The Louisville, Kentucky's Exposition Center was again the host location for the 9th Annual NASP® National tournament.  Thanks to NASP® partners; Mathews Inc., Morrell Targets; Easton Technical Products; the National Field Archery Association; National Wild Turkey Federation and a hoard of eager volunteers. The world's largest single archery range was built to entertain the largest archery tournament.  The range featured 1,350 feet of shooting line, 270 lanes and room for 540 archers during each of the tournament's 1-hour rounds (flights).

Every archer in the tournament launched 10 practice arrows and 30 scoring arrows at an international bullseye target from 10 and 15 meters.  No matter the archer's grade, gender, or skill level, each used the same Mathews Genesis bow, Easton aluminum arrows and shot at the same size targets at identical distances.  To maintain an accessible and affordable playing field, enhancements such as sights, stabilizers, or release aids are prohibited in NASP®.  In fact, the tournament format is exactly the same as taught for 2,055,000 student archers in 10,373 NASP® schools during the current school year.

The 7,804 participating 4th-12th grade student archers traveled from 35 states. Alaska sent 27 students as the culminating event to their year of Physical Education archery lessons. 

The tournament was staffed by approximately 200 volunteers.  These dedicated individuals came from the United Bowhunters of Kentucky; Northern KY Bowhunters Association; Kentucky Traditional Bowhunter's Association; Churches; Kentucky State University; and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. Also helping with the tournament were parents, teachers, several friends of NASP® and state and provincial NASP® leaders from across North America.

NASP® students continue to demonstrate archery mastery with ever-increasing scores.  High School Freshmen Tyler Finley from Maysville High School in Zanesville, OH and Matt Wiglesworth of Harrison County High School in Cynthiana, KY tied the NASP® world record score with 298 points (perfect is 300). There were a record 13 ties that needed to be decided before the final standings could be sorted out. Ties occur when archers are matched with the same score and the same number of 10s, 9s, 8s, etc. When all was sorted out, High School Freshman Tyler Finley from Maysville High School in Zanesville, OH won the shoot off and became the 2012 NASP® National overall male archer. The next three places in the High School male division were also tied with 297's.

The tournament's top overall female archer of the tournament with 296 points was High School Junior, Wendi Thomas from Alma Bryant High School in Irvington, AL.

In previous years $14,000.00 in college scholarships have been awarded by conducting the scholarship shoot off. This year, thanks to the generosity of many NASP® Sponsors, those scholarships totaled $50,000.00. Winners of the scholarship shoot of are listed below.

Award Sponsor   MALE
Mathews Archery -   $10,000 ­­  Tyler Finley   Zanesville, OH
Bass Pro Shops  -   $7,500 ­­  Ryan Long   Richmond, KY
Muzzy, Laporte,   
Wildlife Research -   $5,000 ­­  Matt Wiglesworth  Cynthiana, KY
NEET Archery Products   $2,500 ­­  Conner Patterson  Stanford, KY

Award Sponsor   FEMALE
Gordon Composites -   $10,000 ­­  Tymbrie Snobl   Alburnett, Iowa
Morrell Targets   
National Field Archery Association - $7,500 ­­  Wendi Thomas   Irvington, AL
Rinehart Targets   
Shikar Safari -    $5,000 ­­  Mary Aldridge   Frankfort, KY
Saunders -    $2,500 ­­  Macy Robles   Cynthiana, KY


First place teams in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Divisions were:

  • Foley Intermediate School from Foley, Alabama
  • Trigg County Middle School from Cadiz, Kentucky
•  Trigg County High School from Cadiz, Kentucky

 

For complete tournament results visit: www.archeryintheschools.org

The hotly contested Spirit Awards for sportsmanship and enthusiasm went to: Michigan's Hartland Elementary, Michigan's Hartland Middle School, and Alabama's Alma Bryant High School.

Many dozens of exhibitors displayed their archery, outdoor, and 'kid's stuff' throughout the event. Several interactive shooting exhibits were also provided: Archery Golf, 3-D, Pop-Up Targets, Aerial Shooting, Bow Fishing, Recurve Range, and air rifle ranges by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the KY Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.  For the first time ever, students who had completed an on-line Hunter Education course could come to the tournament and complete an air-rifle field course to receive their HE Certification, Free Hunting Licenses, and sign up for KDFWR's mentored hunting program.

Many of these national archers will meet again at the 2012 NASP® World Tournament to be conducted at ESPN's Wide World of Sports near Orlando, Florida on October 4-6, 2012.  In addition to the first class competition will be the second annual 'Cultural Exchange' for students to meet and learn from their NASP® peers in the U.S., Canada, Africa, and New Zealand.

For more information go to:  www.archeryintheschools.org news and events.

Top finishing individuals, teams, and the first ever NASP®/Army National Guard All American Team standings are attached below.


2012 NASP® Nationals Final Results

4th Grade Female
1. 278 Trellis Whaley, Lee County Elementary, Leesburg, GA
2. 276 Holly Snow, Piner Elementary, Morning View, KY
3. 275 Riane Tuthill, Chickasha Middle School, Chickasha, OK
4. 274 Summer Ross, Deputy Elementary, Deputy, IN
5. 271 Kate Douglas, Lake Park Elementary, Albany, GA
4th Grade Male
1. 288 Spencer Bartlett, Cairo Elementary, Henderson, KY
2. 283 Ryan White, Tyner Elementary, Tyner, KY
3. 279 Garrett Richardson, New Castle Christian Academy, New Castle, PA
4. 279 Tristan Blake, Lewisburg Middle, Lewisburg, KY
5. 276 Nate Wood, Holy Name Elementary, Henderson, KY
5th Grade Female
1. 285 Corie Young, Kirksville Elementary, Richmond, KY
2. 280 Anna Ezell, Bluffsview Elementary, Columbus, OH
3. 278 Alyssa Laviana, Woodlawn Elementary, Chatsworth, GA
4. 277 Birdie Maxwell, Parklane Elementary, Lawton, OK
5. 276 Macy Mitchell, Trigg County Intermediate, Cadiz, KY
5th Grade Male
1. 290 Zack Hogan, Richardsville Elementary, Bowling Green, KY
2. 290 Dalton Anderson, Foley Intermediate School, Foley, AL
3. 290 Dalton Hinkle, Cairo Elementary, Henderson, KY
4. 289 Brandon Aldridge, Westridge Elementary, Frankfort, KY
5. 287 Dylan Thompson, Bay Creek Elementary, Loganville, GA
6th Grade Female
1. 284 Riley Link, Holey Name Elementary, Henderson, KY
2. 284 Shelby Anderson, Foley Intermediate, Foley, AL
3. 283 Alyssa Decorrevont, Henderson North Middle, Henderson, KY
4. 283 Faith Terrell, Chandler High, Chandler, OK
5. 282 Kaylin Smith, Trigg County Intermediate, Cadiz, KY
6th Grade Male
1. 294 Logan Geer, New Prague Middle, New Prague, MN
2. 292 Jack Looney, Eagle Mountain Magnet, Batesville, AR
3. 291 Blaise Anton, Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, IA
4. 290 Jacob Morehead, Boonville Middle, Boonville, IN
5. 290 Jaden Carpenter, Jackson County Middle, McKee, KY
Middle School Female
1. 295 Mary Aldridge, Bondurant Middle, Frankfort, KY
2. 293 Macy Robles, Harrison County Middle, Cynthiana, KY
3. 292 Jenna Ischinger, Oxford Central, Oxford, NJ
4. 291 Kaila Cunningham, Trigg County Middle, Cadiz, KY
5. 290 Natalie Owens, Jennings County Middle, North Vernon, IN
Middle School Male
1. 296 Caleb Howard, Jennings County Middle, North Vernon, North Vernon, IN
2. 295 Nich Hope, Muhlenberg South Middle, Greenville, KY
3. 294 Jake Bartlett, Henderson North Middle, Henderson, KY
4. 294 Zac Smith, Ashville Middle, Ashville, AL
5. 292 Kadin Staples, Stuart Pepper Middle, Brandenburg, KY
High School Female
1. 296 Wendy Thomas, Alma Bryant, Irvington, AL
2. 292 Tymbrie Snobl, Alburnett Community, Alburnett, IA
3. 291 Sarah Shipley, Trigg County High, Cadiz, KY
4. 291 Cayla Goodson, Ripley High, Ripley, WV
5. 289 Megan Besecker, Troy High, Troy, OH

High School Male
1. 298 Tyler Finley, Maysville High, Zanesville, OH
2. 298 Matt Wiglesworth, Harrison County High, Cynthiana, KY
3. 297 Ryan Long, Madison Central High, Richmond, KY
4. 297 Connor Patterson, Lincoln County High, Stanford, KY
5. 297 Levi Miller, Meade County High, Brandenburg, KY

Over All Female
1. 296 Wendi Thomas, Alma Bryant, Irvington, AL
2. 295 Mary Aldridge, Bonurant Middle, Frankfort, KY

Over All Male
1. 298 Tyler Finley, Maysville High, Zanesville, OH
2. 298 Matt Wiglesworth, Harrison County High, Cynthiana, KY

Teams:
Elementary School Team
1. 3267 Foley Intermediate, Foley, AL
2. 3247 Eagle Mountain Magnet, Batesville, AR
3. 3243 Woodlawn Elementary, Chatsworth, GA

Middle School Team
1. 3394 Trigg County Middle, Cadiz, KY
2. 3359 Anderson County Middle, Lawrenceburg, KY
3. 3342 Stuart Pepper Middle, Brandenburg, KY

High School Team
1. 3437 Trigg County High, Cadiz, KY
2. 3412 Maysville High, Zanesville, OH
3. 3401 Logan Hocking High, Logan, OH
4. 
Scholarship Award Winners
MALE
$10,000  Tyler Finley ­­ Maysville HS ­­ Zanesville, OH
$7,500   Ryan Long ­­ Madison Central HS ­­ Richmond, KY
$5,000   Matt Wiglesworth ­­ Harrison Co. HS­­ Cynthiana, KY
$2,500   Conner Patterson ­­ Lincoln Co. HS ­­ Stanford, KY

FEMALE
$10,000  Tymbrie Snobl ­­ Alburnett Community School ­­ Alburnett, Iowa
$7,500   Wendi Thomas ­­ Alma Bryant ­­ Irvington, AL
$5,000   Mary Aldridge ­­ Bondurant MS ­­ Frankfort, KY 
$2,500   Macy Robles ­­ Harrison County MS ­­ Cynthiana, KY


THE FIRST ­­ 2012 NASP®/Army National Guard All-American Team
Tyler Finley, Male, 9th Grade, Maysville High School, Zanesville, OH -  298
Matt Wiglesworth, Male 9th Grade, Harrison County High, Cynthiana, KY - 298
Ryan Long, Male, 11th Grade, Madison Central High, Richmond, KY -  297
Connor Patterson, Male, 9th Grade, Lincoln County High, Stanford, KY -  297
Levi Miller, Male, 9th Grade, Meade County High, Brandenburg, KY -  297
Korey McKay, Male, 11th Grade, Ashville High, Ashville, AL -   296
Wendi Thomas, Female, 11th Grade, Alma Bryant, Irvington, AL -   296
Chris Bee, Male, 9th Grade, Hartland High, Hartland, MI -    296
Caleb Howard, Male, 7th Grade, Jennings County Middle, North Vernon, IN - 296
Mary Aldridge, Female, 8th Grade, Bondurant Middle, Frankfort, KY -  295
Justin Mehs, Male, 11th Grade, Anderson County High, Lawrenceburg, KY - 295
Nich Hope, Male, 8th Grade, Muhlenberg South Middle, Greenville, KY -  295
Nathan Freeman, Male, 10th Grade, Tell City High, Tell City, IN -   295
Macy Robles, Female, 7th Grade, Harrison County Middle, Cynthiana, KY - 293
Tymbrie Snobl, Female, 10th Grade, Alburnett Community, Alburnett, IA -  292
Jenna Ischinger, Female, 8th Grade, Oxford Central, Oxford, NJ -   292

The Final Team Score for the All American Team Would Have Been -  3551
The top 12 scores, including at least 4 opposite gender scores, are counted for a team score.
A perfect team score would be 3600 (300 X 12)


April 2012 Press Release (5/15/2012 8:56:32 AM)

Press Release

April 2012

 

Recent history has seen the image of bowhunting as a challenging undertaking by individuals striving to harvest an animal utilizing one’s wits and skills – in close quarters, with minimal equipment – morph into another sport of technological domination over the quarry, thereby rendering everything that attracted pioneers of the pastime and its simplistic pursuits to an almost unrecognizable shadow of its former self. Fueled by industry competition and fed by the natural tendencies of human nature to “solve” the inherent difficulties of its primitive practices, many fear bowhunting’s future holds dim hope for any continuity of its original intent and the corresponding opportunities allowed as such.

 

In light of such concerns, three of the nation’s most respected and premier bowhunting organization have come together to remind and state to all just what bowhunting is supposed to be. Recently, in a joint effort, members of the Professional Bowhunters Society (PBS), the Pope and Young Club, and Compton Traditional Bowhunters crafted a mutually accepted definition of what constitutes bowhunting in its original intent.

 

“Bowhunting big game is an activity that, when compared to other big game hunting activities, offers the animal the greatest opportunity to escape. Therein bowhunting is considered a close range activity that necessitates entering into the proximity of an animal’s defensive senses, thereby risking the discovery of the hunter and so providing the greatest opportunity for the game animal to flee and escape. In concurrence with the teachings of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) and the field experiences of those who created its literature, shots should be limited to reasonable and responsible distances within the hunter’s personal limitations, keeping in mind that bowhunting is getting as close as possible before taking the shot. Under the umbrella of Fair Chase, we define bowhunting archery tackle to be selfbows, longbows, recurves, and compounds that are designed to be shot vertically and are held in the hand, and of which the string is drawn and held by the shooter’s own muscle power. Electronic devices attached to the bow or arrows are not bowhunting equipment.

 

We believe, for reasons of safety and responsible hunting, that arrows should be weighted and matched in relationship to the hunting bow’s draw weight in order to effectively transfer sufficient energy to the arrow so as to achieve good penetration and ensure quick and humane kills.”

 

In their roles as leaders among bowhunting’s finest organizations, and as role models to state organizations and game and fish departments across the country, these three organizations’ hope and intent is that this definition will help in guiding good management decisions and thoughtful considerations into what constitutes acceptable bowhunting equipment and practices.  Furthermore, it should stand as an example to industry innovators and marketers, and advertisers and PR professionals alike, that bowhunting’s image must remain true in its focus and practice if it is to survive for future generations as the distinctly primitive fair-chase endeavor it was intended to be, and not blur the boundaries that separate it from other hunting pursuits.


International Federation Declares USA "Best Nation in Archery Since 2008" (5/3/2012 9:41:46 AM)
USA Archery has been named by World Archery, the sport's international federation, as "the best nation in archery since 2008," contradictory to the traditional wisdom that the sport is dominated by Korea and other nations.
 
In pulling together its research, World Archery took "into account all the results in major archery events since 2008," and the United States tops this ranking ahead of front-runners Korea, Italy and India. "World Archery took up the challenge to measure something really concrete," they explain on their website at www.worldarchery.org.
 
"We measured the results at all the major events in outdoor archery during the current Olympic cycle. The results across all categories: recurve and compound, men and women, individuals, teams and mixed teams."
 
In compiling results, performances at five different types of events were taken into accoutn: World Outdoor Target Championships and Olympic Games; World Cup events; Other Events A (average ranking factor for the individual World Ranking higher than 2.00); Other Events B (average ranking factor between 1.00 and 2.00) and Other Events C (average ranking factor lower than 1.00). Tournaments considered as "Other Events" included Continental Championships, multisport Games and other world-class competitions.
 
"For instance," notes World Archery in its summary, "an individual gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games gives 20 points, and a team one, 25 points. The same at a World Cup stage brings respectively 19 and 23 points. An individual 33rd place at a World Cup gives 1 point. Finally, an individual 1st place at the "Other events C" gives 9 points and a 9th place, 1 point."
 
World Archery's statistician took into account thirty different events, starting with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and including the most recent World Cup Stage, held in April in Shanghai - an event at which Team USA scored seven medals. The U.S. amassed a total of 2978 points, compared to Korea at 2316, and Italy at 1895. Over 100 countries scored at least one point to appear in the ranking.
 
"We're grateful to World Archery for taking the time to compile this ranking, and it's extremely gratifying to see Team USA athletes performing at this level," commented Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. "Under Coach Lee's direction, U.S. archers have made amazing progress, and we look forward to the rest of the 2012 season and beyond."
 
Source material for this press release was compiled from World Archery Communications' original press release. Additional content and quote provided by USA Archery.

2012 P&Y Board Election Results (3/3/2012 2:05:58 PM)
The 2012 election of Pope and Young Club officers and directors has just concluded.  Ballots were counted and the results of the election are as follows:
 
President:                    Roger Atwood (Idaho)
 
1st Vice-President       Glenn Hisey (Minnesota)
 
2nd Vice-President      John Gardner (Colorado)
 
Director                      Dirk Dieterich (Colorado)
 
Director                      Jay St. Charles (Washington)
 
 
Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors.  In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward to serve on the Board.
 
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Northern Plains hit hard by deer-killing disease (2/17/2012 3:03:09 PM)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — White-tailed deer populations in parts of eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months, wildlife officials and hunting outfitters said.

In northeast Montana, officials said 90 percent or more of whitetail have been killed along a 100-mile stretch of the Milk River from Malta to east of Glasgow. Whitetail deaths also have been reported along the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana and scattered sites in Wyoming, South Dakota and eastern Kansas.

The deaths are being attributed to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. Transmitted by biting midges, EHD causes internal bleeding that can kill infected animals within just a few days.

"I've been here 21 years and it was worse than any of us here have seen," said Pat Gunderson, the Glasgow-based regional supervisor for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "Right now it's going to take a few years to get things back to even a moderate population."

In North Dakota, state wildlife chief Randy Kreil described the outbreak as the most extensive and deadly in two decades.

Mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk and pronghorn also are susceptible to EHD, but it is particularly damaging to whitetail herds, animal health experts said. Livestock can be infected but typically show few symptoms.

Researchers say the virus that causes EHD does not infect people and there is no risk of eating or handling infected deer,

More precise estimates of the number of whitetail killed are expected after agencies conduct winter population counts and survey fall hunter success.

Periodic outbreaks of EHD occur in whitetail herds across the country. Wildlife officials say the outbreak in the Northern Plains stands out for the high number of deaths and wide area affected.

Animal health experts suspect it was triggered by an exceptionally wet spring that led to lots of muddy breeding habitat for the biting midges that carry the disease. A warm fall meant the midges lingered and continued transmitting EHD to deer.

The outbreak followed a harsh winter that already had knocked down deer numbers across the region.

In response to those winter deaths, Gunderson said the number of hunting tags offered in northeast Montana was reduced from 5,000 to 4,000. After the EHD outbreak began in late summer, sales of another 2,000 tags were suspended.

In western North Dakota, 1,500 licenses were suspended and the state offered refunds for deer tags already sold. More than 630 people took advantage of the refunds, said Randy Meissner, license manager for North Dakota Game and Fish.

Hunting outfitter Eric Albus in Hinsdale, Mont., said his business ran one archery hunting trip along the Milk River this fall, compared to 40 or 50 hunts in prior years.

"It was horrendous," Albus said, "especially when you couple it with the fact that we lost 40 to 45 percent of our whitetail in the winter."

To satisfy his customers, Albus said he leased alternate properties to hunt on that were up to 350 miles away from Hinsdale.

In southern states where deer have a history of exposure to EHD, death rates from the disease are relatively low, said David Stallknecht with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, which has been tracking EHD for more than 30 years.

Whitetail in northern states are more likely to die because they lack the antibodies from previous exposures needed to help fight off the disease, said Stallknecht, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.

He said a better picture of the outbreak will come later this year, after state wildlife agencies from across the country submit annual animal mortality data to the Southeastern Cooperative

Notwithstanding the disease's economic impacts to the region's hunting industry, Gunderson said the loss of so many deer along the Milk and Missouri rivers could have an upside.

Along some stretches of the river, a combination of animal grazing and ice jams scraping the riverbank each winter have prevented cottonwood trees from regenerating for decades.

After the region's record spring floods allowed seedlings to take root high up on the banks, where they are more protected, Gunderson said a new crop of trees could thrive with so many whitetail gone.

"We won't have the tremendous deer population browsing on them, so hopefully we'll get the cottonwoods along these river bottoms that will take us through the next 100 years," he said.


Hunts for Wounded Veterans (1/4/2012 11:39:22 AM)
 
 

Hunts for Wounded Veterans

For the seventh year, the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation will be giving a hunt for either elk or black bear to a U.S. veteran who was wounded and disabled while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Jack Creek Preserve, a 4,600-acre wildlife preserve near Ennis, Montana, consists of wild and scenic mountain country that has been set aside to conserve and protect wildlife and its habitat. The major focus of the Foundation's mission is to provide opportunities that give young people a deeper understanding and involvement with habitat and ecology, wildlife management, ethical hunting, hunter conservationists, and bowhunting. Among the Foundation's board of directors are representatives of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pope and Young Club.

Rich in natural resources, the landscape provides a wildlife corridor between the northern and southern portions of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The Foundation directly supports young hunters and others by offering bowhunting opportunities for elk, deer, and black bears. Hunter success is generally about 30%. A 7x7 elk was taken in 2008 that scored 385.

The opportunity to participate in one of these high quality hunts will be given free to a U.S. military veteran that was wounded and disabled while serving in either Iraq or Afganistan. The 2012 hunt will be for archery bull elk, rifle cow elk, or spring bear (bow or rifle).

Assistance is potentially available from the Foundation to help with travel expenses assistance or with the purchase of the license if needed. The JCPF is able to accommodate a veteran who may have suffered severe physical disabilities.  Cabin lodging will be provided and Foundation personnel will assist the hunt recipient to ensure that he or she enjoys a truly outstanding hunting experience.             

The deadline to apply for the hunt is Feb. 1, 2012. An application can be downloaded from www.jackcreekpreserve.org, or obtained by request via e-mail (info@jackcreekpreserve.org) or regular mail (Jack Creek Preserve Foundation, P.O. Box 3, Ennis, MT 59729).

 

The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation is a 501c3 organization that conserves and protects wildlife and its habitat.
It also provides educational opportunities that give young people a deeper understanding of and involvement with:
Habitat Ecology and Conservation; Wildlife Management; Hunter Conservationists; Ethical Hunting; and Bowhunting.


It's Time for Christmas Shopping (11/21/2011 10:54:39 AM)
Now is the perfect time to finish your Christmas Shopping with the Pope & Young Club's Gift Shop!
 
Place your orders online by December 5th to ensure delivery by December 24th! Orders will be able to be placed after that, but expidited shipping options may need to be considered at that point!
 
The NEW 7th Edition Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America was published earlier this year and includes all entries of all species through December 31, 2010. This would make an excellent Christmas present! Of course, the Value Set (a set of all currently available record books) would also be a wonderful idea for any bowhunter, and at only $195, you save $120!
If your loved one prefers clothing, we suggest our new Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt, or our Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. We also have new Jersey shirts that are very popular with everyone, and our traditional polo shirt has been upgraded to a very nice new Moisture-wicking material without an increase in price! The new maroon polo shirt, also comes in a Ladies' cut as well.
If you would like to help your bowhunter celebrate the Pope & Young Club's 50th Anniversary, check out the brand new 50th Anniversary Commemorative print, "The Spirit Lives", a stunning painting that caputres bowhunting's history and spirt by renowned wildlife artist, Michael Sieve. You can also order a special Commemorative 50th Anniversary cap!
 
Place your order today, and make it a Pope & Young Club Christmas!
 
 

National Hunting and Fishing Day (9/21/2011 9:13:38 AM)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Jarnagin

Blue Heron Communications

(800) 654-3766

Kevin@blueheroncomm.com

 

POPE AND YOUNG CLUB TO SPONSOR NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY

NHFD to Take Place September 24, 2011

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (August 31, 2011) —The Pope and Young Club will be a key sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the official federal commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation.

 

NHF Day continues to grow and reach new outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen each year with the continued support of generous sponsors. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one contributes more for conservation.

 

NHF Day is set to take place Sept. 24, 2011.

 

The Pope and Young Club is one of North America's leading bowhunting and conservation organizations. Founded in 1961 as a nonprofit scientific organization, the Club is patterned after the prestigious Boone and Crockett Club. The Club advocates and encourages responsible bowhunting by promoting quality, fair chase hunting, and sound conservation practices.

 

The sponsorship by the Pope and Young Club supports the Wonders of Wildlife museum—the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Springfield, Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.

 

Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and this year T. Boone Pickens is serving in that capacity and will deliver the message of NHF Day.

 

A strong advocate for alternative energy in the United States, his renowned “Pickens Plan” is designed to decrease dependency on foreign oil while harnessing domestic energy alternatives such as wind power. He is the author of “The First Billion is the Hardest” and “Boone Pickens: The Luckiest Guy in the World.” Pickens also is a noted philanthropist, his gifts to charitable causes exceeding $700 million.

 

“In our 50th Year of ensuring bowhunting’s existence for future generations, the Pope and Young Club is proud to continue our support of National Hunting and Fishing Day,” noted P&Y President Roger Atwood. “NHF Day is a great opportunity to remind folks of the many cultural values that the hunting lifestyle provides, including patience, perseverance, skill development and mastery, the value of practice, applying personal ethics, and woodscraft, as well as a true understanding and appreciation of the natural world.”

 

“The Pope and Young Club has been a proponent of conservation from the day it was created,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of Wildlife. “They are exactly why NHF Day is such a big day for sportsmen around the country. Through our combined efforts we will continue to conserve our heritage.”

 

In 1972, Congress formalized NHF Day to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.

 

Sponsors for NHF Day 2011 continues to grow, and includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman’s Channel, Realtree, Cabela’s, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Izaak Walton League of America, Pope and Young Club and Fresh Air Educators.

 

For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org and check out our Facebook page.

 

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100 Years Ago Ishi Stepped Out of Wilderness (8/30/2011 9:30:15 AM)
August 29, 2911, 100 years ago, news was starting to spread about Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indians, stepping out of the wilderness and into the 20th Century in northern California.
 
As our Fall bowhunting seasons convene, we, as Pope & Young Club members and bowhunters, should take this opportunity to reflect on our bowhunting history and heritage, and how significant the date, August 28, 1911, one hundred years ago was to us.
 
The Member's Only Area on this website contains articles about Ishi, including the original newspaper article written about his appearance.
 
To commemorate this important date in our history, several members, led by Glenn Hisey, made a trek over the weekend down into the rugged Ishi Wilderness to walk in Ishi's footsteps and "find the spirit" of Ishi. Also in the Member's Area, you can read Lou Compton's captivating article on their journey celebrating the 100th Anniversary of this moment and view incredible photos of this trip.
 
Check back into the Member's Area over the next few weeks, as we will continue to post articles marking Ishi's travels from Oroville, California, his journey to San Francisco and his life there.
 
Saxton Pope, Ishi's medical doctor and friend wrote upon Ishi's death:
 
"And so, stoic and unafraid, departed the last wild Indian of America. He closes a chapter in history. He looked upon us as sophisticated children - smart, but not wise. We knew many things, and much that is false. He knew nature, which is always true. His were the qualities of character that last forever. He was kind; he had courage and self-restraint, and though all had been taken from him, there was no bitterness in his heart. His soul was that of a child, his mind that of a philosopher."

Pope & Young Club Announces 3 New World's Records (8/11/2011 8:48:02 AM)

Pope & Young Club Announces

3 New World’s Records

 

CHATFIELD, MN — Three new World’s Records were officially recognized during the Pope and Young Club’s 27th Biennial Convention and Awards Banquet in Rochester, Minnesota, this spring. 

 

Species:           Non-typical Coues’ Deer

Score:              127 1/8

Location:         Gila County, Arizona

Bowhunter:     Nathan LaCost

Year:               2008

 

This Coues’ deer (the small subspecies of whitetail deer found in the arid southwest—Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico) bested a World’s Record that had stood since 1989.

 

Species:           Typical Mule Deer

Score:              205 0/8

Location:         Hermosillo, Mexico

Bowhunter:     George Harms

Year:               2009

 

This gigantic mule deer exceeded the previous world’s record that had stood since 1979 (a mule deer from Colorado).

 

Species:           Alaska-Yukon Moose

Score:              249 1/8

Location:         Earn Lake, Yukon

Bowhunter:     Real Langlois

Year:               2008

 

Like the other two, this new World’s Record exceeded one that had stood for a long time.  In fact, many believed the 248 0/8 bull that Michael Cusack shot in 1973 would stand as the world’s record Alaska-Yukon moose forever. 

 

 

 

Just over 100 of the biggest and best animals taken in the last two years were requested and received for verification by the 27th Biennium Panel Judging Session prior to the Minnesota Convention.  These outstanding specimen represented all 34 categories of North American big game and were displayed in an unforgettable public exhibit during the four-day convention that was the Pope and Young Club’s big 50th Anniversary Celebration.


Delisting of Wolves moves forward (7/14/2011 3:55:10 PM)
A coalition of sportsmen’s groups working toward delisting of recovered gray wolf populations from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) sent a letter to Rep. Mike Simpson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, and committee member Rep. Cynthia Lummis last week, supporting their efforts in advancing Sec. 119 of the 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill, approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee, to address the issue of recovered wolf populations in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region. 
 
In the letter, the coalition, which includes the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), National Rifle Association (NRA), Safari Club International (SCI), Boone and Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Wild Sheep Foundation, American Sheep Industry Association, Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Pope and Young Club, states, “We will continue to support any legislative efforts which take us closer to complete delisting of recovered populations, including delisting entire states that include or border core populations in order to allow the state(s) to more easily carry out their professional wildlife management responsibilities.”
 
“Like the provision dealing with delisted wolves in Montana and Idaho that our coalition supported and was passed into law this spring, this is another step in returning management of this species back to state wildlife managers where it belongs,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.
 
“Removing  recovered wolf populations  from Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region  will reduce risks to both people and wildlife in these areas and return balance to these ecosystems, further advancing our goal to delist all recovered gray wolf populations ,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist.
 
Sec. 119 of the 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill would remove gray wolves delisted under ESA in Wyoming or in any of the states within the range of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment from judicial review if the state has entered into an agreement with the Secretary of the Interior to authorize state management.
 
"This is a states' rights issue now and it is time for the states to manage wolves as other wildlife,” said David Allen, President and CEO of RMEF. “Science clearly shows that gray wolves have recovered".
 
“We are appreciative of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus members who have worked tirelessly to ensure that management of wolves is returned to the states,” said SCI President Kevin Anderson. “We’ve already seen that the delisted area is too small to contain the large and growing wolf population, so we welcome this further progress.”

FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS (6/7/2011 12:07:33 PM)
Fathers Day is Fast Approaching
Put these great Fathers Day gift ideas from the Pope and Young Club on your wish list!

7TH EDITION ALL-TIME RECORD BOOK
The new 7th Edition record book was just released this spring.  Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 7th Edition, includes entries up to January 1, 2011.  A 904-page, hardbound book, this is a must-have for every Pope and Young Club member.
This special volume in our six-year cycle of record books is dedicated to our founder, Glenn St. Charles, and honors our 50th Anniversary.  The exceptional editorial content includes the beginnings and roots of our organization, a history of our Conservation Program, the history and evolution of the Records Program, testimonials from many members, and much more.
 
$43, plus shipping
(Also available in our long-running Gold Label Collectors Set series, of only 200 numbers.  A numbered set of a special leatherbound edition of the 7th Edition record book, paired with a matching number of the new 50th Anniversary Commemorative Print...see below...available for $225.  Some non-reserved numbers are currently available.)

50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PRINT
"THE SPIRIT LIVES" by MICHAEL SIEVE
In honor of our 50th Anniversary, reknowned wildlife artist and longtime Pope & Young Club member, Michael Sieve, created this outstanding painting that captures the spirit of bowhunting and harkens back to our pioneers and history.  The Club produced a limited edition of 500 prints (the first 200 numbers being matched up with the leatherbound edition of the new record book, as the new Gold Label Collectors Set).
 
$125, plus shipping (unframed, shipped flat)
Image size: 24" x 20"

MAROON CLUB POLO SHIRT
New to the Clubs line of clothing is a maroon polo shirt.  Perfect for dress or casual, this sharp-looking polo shirt sells $35 (including standard shipping).
 

$35 (including shipping)
 
Also worth noting are a few other new items:
* a high quality logo decal - $5
* a bold, unique and attractive jersey shirt - $75
 
Orders can be placed:
1.  On-line in the Gift Shop of the Clubs website (www.pope-young.org...click link below)
2.  Over the phone at 507-867-4144
Expedited shipping options (UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail) are also available.


American Broadhead Collector's Event (6/6/2011 9:19:59 AM)
The Pope & Young Club is pleased to be hosting the annual meeting of the American Broadhead Collector's Club (ABCC). The annual event will take place at the Pope & Young Club's national headquarters and Museum, Wednesday (June 8th) through Saturday (June 11th).
 
The event will bring broadhead collectors from all over North America, and even as far away as Australia and Europe, to display their collections and share in the camaraderie of dedicated bowhunters. All bowhunters are interested in broadheads and this is THE event to see the most and the most-rare broadheads anywhere. In addition to displaying the collections, there is always an active barter and trade exchange of rare heads.
 
The displays are open to the public, and P&Y Members are especially encouraged to stop in and take part. Whether you're a novice broadhead collector wishing to identify some head, a collector seeking to score a trade, or a bowhunter simply interested in seeing some rare artifacts or meeting bowhunters from other parts of the country, this is a very unique opportunity.
 
Of course, the added benefit is time to take in the full Pope & Young Club/ St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting while you're here.
 
Hours for this event are:
 
Wednesday, June 8th - 8am to 5pm
Thursday, June 9th - 8am to 5pm
Friday, June 10th - 8am to 5pm
Saturday, June 11th - 8am to 5pm
 
Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting
273 Mill Creek Rd.
Chatfield, MN 55923
507-867-4144
 
We'll see you in Chatfield!

Congress May Axe Subsidies for Activist Groups (5/26/2011 8:18:42 AM)
MISSOULA, Mont. (May 25, 2011)--Legislation to be introduced today in
Congress could axe what has amounted to federal subsidies for environmental
extremist and animal rights groups making big business out of suing the U.S.
government.
The legislation, a House Resolution and companion version in the Senate
titled Government Litigation Savings Act, would amend the existing Equal
Access to Justice Act (EAJA). Though well intended, abuses of EAJA have
escalated into a serious conservation issue with long-term consequences.
Costs of defending unnecessary lawsuits against federal agencies such as the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are an increasing drain on conservation
funding and agency personnel today.
The Government Litigation Savings Act was prompted by a coalition (member
list below) of wildlife, agriculture, energy, mining and other
resource-based groups led by Boone and Crockett Club.
Club President Ben Wallace said, "We take very seriously the fact that
taxpayer money and sportsmen-generated funding intended to support
conservation are being wasted. We thank Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and
Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) for introducing a bill that offers hope
for reforming EAJA back to its original purpose--and relief for the most
successful wildlife conservation system in the world."
Lawmakers will hold a press conference today at noon (ET) to announce the
legislation.
The coalition formed following a Boone and Crockett Club investigation of
federal statutes that enable ongoing litigation at a high cost to wildlife
and the American taxpayer. Club President Emeritus Lowell E. Baier, a
Maryland-based attorney, led the effort over the past year. His preliminary
findings are reported in two articles available free at
www.boone-crockett.org. Baier also employed two full-time attorneys to
research EAJA's initial Congressional intent, its judicial interpretation
and application, abuses, loopholes and possible remedies by Congress.
EAJA was written to reimburse legal costs incurred by private citizens and
small business that successfully sue federal agencies for non-compliance
with federal law and regulation. Recipients were to include private citizens
whose net worth was less than $2 million, and for-profit organizations with
net worth of less than $7 million. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations were
totally exempt from these limits. However, America's two largest animal
rights groups, with 2009 combined net assets exceeding $209.6 million and
cash balances exceeding $44.5 million, now enjoy significant subsidies
through EAJA by taking advantage of their exemption loophole.
For example: In 2008, an animal rights group won a legal ruling regarding
wolves and petitioned a federal court in Missoula, Mont., for $388,370 in
attorney fees. The judge awarded $263,099, which was based on an hourly rate
of $300--even though the EAJA limit is $125 per hour.
In 2007, the same plaintiff was awarded $280,000 following a similar case in
the Great Lakes area.
The defendant in both cases was the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, whose
budget--regardless of whether it's spent on wildlife or lawyers--is financed
by a combination of sportsmen fees and tax dollars.
Taxpayers bear all EAJA reimbursements to plaintiffs.
Indirect costs are considerable, too. Nearly all resource management
proposals are now subject to ever-higher hidden fees as federal agencies
spend more and more time and resources on elaborate environmental impact
statements and other attempts to "suit proof" their decision-making
processes. In some cases, where the intent of the lawsuit is to stop a
proposed federal action, the delays and costs to a federal agency can derail
time sensitive projects even if the eventual court ruling goes against the
plaintiffs.
Coalition members (to date) endorsing the Government Litigation Savings Act:
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Sheep Industry
Archery Trade Association
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Bighorn Mountain Coalition Boone
and Crockett Club Bowhunting Preservation Alliance Campfire Club of America
Catch-a-Dream Foundation Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Dairy Producers of New Mexico Dallas
Safari Club Delta Waterfowl Foundation Family Farm Alliance Hawaii
Cattlemen's Association Houston Safari Club Idaho Farm Bureau Idaho State
ATV Association Intermountain Forest Association Masters of Foxhounds
Association of America Montana Logging Association Montana Wood Products
Association Mule Deer Foundation National Association of Conservation
Districts National Association of Forest Service Retirees National
Cattlemen's Beef Association National Farmers Union National Rifle
Association National Shooting Sports Foundation National Trappers
Association National Union of Land and Water Rights New Mexico Cattlegrowers
Association New Mexico Federal Lands Council New Mexico Wool Growers Inc.
North American Bear Foundation
North American Grouse Partnership
Oregon Cattlemen's Association
Orion-the-Hunters' Institute
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
Pope and Young Club
Public Lands Council
Quality Deer Management Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Safari Club International
Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Wyoming South Dakota Department of
Agriculture Stewards of the Sequoia Sustainable Forest Action Coalition
Texas Wildlife Association The Society of American Foresters Theodore
Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Tread Lightly!
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
United States Cattlemen Association
Utah Cattlemen's Association
Western Business Roundtable
Western Institute for the Study of the Environment Western Legacy Alliance
Wild Sheep Foundation Wildlife Forever Wildlife Management Institute Women
in Timber Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Wyoming Farm Bureau

About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes
guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in
North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase
sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include
enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali
national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and
National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey
Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the
cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is
headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.

New All-Time Record Book Released (4/18/2011 8:52:42 AM)
On April 6, 2011, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 7th Edition was released. This book contains entries from the inception of the Pope & Young Club in 1961 to December 31, 2010. The price of the 7th Edition is $43.00 plus shipping. It can now be ordered on-line (check the gift shop area of this website), by mail (Pope & Young Club, PO Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923) or phone (507) 867-4144. Order your copy today!
 

Raffle Winners Announced (4/14/2011 12:10:04 PM)

ANNOUNCING 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEGA-RAFFLE WINNERS

 

On Saturday, April 9th, 2011, the Pope & Young Club 50th Anniversary MEGA-Raffle winners were drawn. Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big thank you to all who purchased tickets and helped raise money for the Pope & Young Club programs.

 

GRAND PRIZE: All-expense paid dream hunt in British Columbia! A 10-day, 1x1 fully guided bowhunt for Canada moose, Rocky Mountain goat and American elk with Tuchodi River Outfitters from September 10-20, 2011. Hunt provided by Larry Warren of Tuchodi River Outfitters (www.tuchodiriveroutfitters.com) in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants (www.bowhuntingsafari.com)

 

Winning ticket # 071065

 

SECOND PRIZE: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Ext. Cab pickup truck! A two-year, 24,000 mile lease. Vortec 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management, 6-speed automatic, work truck preferred package, heavy-duty trailering package, with remote keyless entry. Provided in cooperation with Vikings GMC Truck of Rochester, Minnesota (www.vikingauto.com)

 

Winning ticket # 186911

 

THIRD PRIZE: African Safari! An 8-day all-expense paid safari to Namibia with Dries Visser Safaris. 2011 hunt includes gemsbuck, red Hartebeest, warthog, springbuck and Steensbuck or duiker. Package includes all transportation costs. Hunt donated by Dries Visser (www.dvisser-safaris.co.za) in cooperation with Gene Wensel.

 

Winning ticket #008777

 

FOURTH PRIZE: Arizona mule deer and javelina combo hunt with Wards Outfitters. 5-day, 1x1 guided hunt in southern Arizona for either mule deer or Coues’ deer, plus javelina. Hunt donated by Steven Ward of Wards Outfitters (www.wardsoutfitters.com)

 

Winning ticket #012462

 

FIFTH PRIZE: South Texas whitetail deer hunt on the Schaar Ranch. 5-day, guided hunt includes 1 buck, 1 doe, 1 feral hog, 1 javelina and 1 turkey. Hunt donated by Ronnie Bradford of Woodsey Too Treestands (www.woodseytoo.com)

 

Winning ticket #151621

 

SIXTH PRIZE: Specially-designed and crafted 3-piece takedown Silver Fox longbow, made and donated by Abe Penner of Cari-bow Custom Bows (www.cari-bow.com) Premium riser, veneer over bamboo core, antler tips and limb wedges.

 

Winning ticket #034696

 

SEVENTH PRIZE: Mathews Monster 7.0 compound bow. The 2010 McPherson Series Monster 7.0 features the revolutionary AVS Technology for perfect cam timing, a forgiving 7 inch brace height, 65% or 80% let-off, the Harmonic Dampening System and the vibration-killing Harmonic Stabalizer. Donated by Mathews Archery (www.mathewsinc.com)

 

Winning ticket #110377

 

EIGHTH PRIZE: Leupold Golden Ring Binoculars, 10/17x42mm. Donated by Teddy Carlson-Brown, contestant on the first season of “The Ultimate Sportsman” hunting/fishing show.

 

Winning ticket #067629

 

NINTH PRIZE: P&Y 50th Anniversary limited edition commemorative bow #199/200. A specially-designed Damon-Howatt recurve bow created by Gail Martin of Martin Archery (www.martinarchery.com)

 

Winning ticket #120404

 

TENTH PRIZE: Woodsey Too Treestand. Donated by Ronnie Bradford of Woodsey Too Treestands (www.woodseytoo.com)

 

Winning ticket #066726

 

Congratulations again to all the winners and a HUGE thank you to all our partners. 

 

Keep checking back for more information on the 50th Anniversary Pope & Young Club Convention coming soon!


Rooms Still Available (4/1/2011 5:37:14 PM)
There are still rooms available at the Kahler Grand Hotel within the Pope & Young Club Room Block for next week's Convention!
 
Call the Kahler at 1-800-533-1655 to reserve your room today!
 
Room rates:  
Deluxe: $129
Standard: $89
Economy double: $69
 
To ensure the reduced room rate and availability, be sure to indicate that you are attending the Pope & Young Club Convention!

NEW AUCTION HUNT (3/28/2011 4:53:45 PM)
 
 
Hunt Auction for the
 
Pope & Young Club Trust Fund

7-DAY BOWHUNT FOR COUES' DEER IN MEXICO

Join in with a large group of fellow Pope and Young Club members for a January 2012, seven-day, semi-guided Coues' deer hunt in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sonora, Mexico (about 200 miles south of Douglas, Arizona). Includes carpooling from Douglas, ranch house lodging and meals. The group splits up and heads to separate ranches (each more than 30,000 acres of arid, rolling hills with thornbrush-covered mesas). Each ranch group will have a couple of assistants and a cook (three squares of original Sonoran recipes - mucho caliente!).

                                                   
                            

 
These ranches have seen very limited hunting in the past. The entire arrangement is part of a large jaguar restoration project being funded, in part, by the Pope and Young Club's Conservation Program. This area has the northernmost breeding jaguar population in North America, and also has ocelot, kotamundis, mountain lion, coyotes, javelina and four breeds of quail.
 
Last year's group of 25 bowhunters got 16 Coues' deer!
 
              

 
This terrific and unique opportunity was donated by Dirk Dieterich (719-440-7700) and Harv Ebers.
 
This live auction takes place at the Friday Recognition Banquet, April 8th, during the upcoming P&Y Convention and 50th Anniversary celebration. Absentee bidding can be pre-arranged through the Club's headquarters (507-867-4144).
 
 

 

 


2011 Convention Big Game Exhibit Hours (3/22/2011 10:58:16 AM)
April 6-9, 2011, the Pope & Young Club will be hosting it's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Convention at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. There will be many special events taking place throughout the week. One of the most exciting exhibits to see is the Big Game Display, featuring 102 of the top animals entered during the 27th Recording Period (2009-2010). This display will be open to the public:
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 10AM to 10PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 8AM to 10PM
  • Friday, April 8, 2011 from 8AM to NOON and 1:30PM to 5PM
  • Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8AM to NOON

The big game display, outfitter booth area, seminars and various meetings and receptions can all be attended by either purchasing full Convention Registration ($40.00) or by purchasing a day-pass which will sell for $15.00 per day. Either of these options will be available at the Registration Booth in the main lobby of the Mayo Civic Center. Youth 18 years of age and under will be registered for FREE!

To view the full week's agenda, visit the convention area of our website.


Friday Banquet and Saturday Luncheon now SOLD OUT (3/21/2011 3:52:29 PM)
The 50th Anniversary Celebration and Convention for the Pope & Young Club is shaping up to be the BIGGEST EVER!
 
As of this time, at the upcoming convention in Rochester, Minnesota, the Friday Evening Banquet/Glenn St. Charles Memorial is now SOLD OUT! The Saturday Luncheon featuring Michael Waddell is also SOLD OUT as of this time.
 
We hope you have all gotten your tickets and we look forward to seeing you in Rochester in two weeks!
 
Also, we should let you know that we still have tickets available for sale for the Friday Luncheon and the Saturday Evening Banquet - so get your orders in for those soon!

Seminars at 2011 Convention (3/11/2011 12:26:05 PM)

GREAT SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

 

“Glassing for Trophy Animals”

by Duwane Adams

Wednesday, 2:00pm

 

Learn the proper techniques for glassing.  Duwane will cover when to, where to, and how to effectively cover an entire mountain side, the most useful optics and much, much more.

 

If hunting were an addiction, then Duwane Adams is definitely an addict.  He’s been hunting the West since he was old enough to have a license.  And, has been guiding hunters for more than 30 years, with great success at spot and stalk.  Effectively glassing for large, mature bulls and bucks is both a science and an art.  Duwane will share his secret strategies.

 

 

“The Humorous and Dangerous Sides of Bowhunting”

By Fred Eichler

Wednesday, 4:00pm

 

Fred will share some stories about situations he’s gotten himself into in a lifetime of hunting.

 

Fred Eichler is owner of Fulldraw Outfitters.  When he is not guiding hunters he splits his time between hunting, wildlife photography, freelance writing and trapping. He is the Traditional Editor for Bowhunter Magazine.  His articles and photos have appeared in numerous magazines and he’s  also written a book titled, “Bowhunting Western Biggame”.  He is the host of Easton Bowhunting TV and Predator Nation on the Sportsman’s Channel as well as a guest host on Muzzy Bad To The Bone Bowhunting TV. He resides in Aguilar, Colorado with his wife Michele, their three boys, eleven hounds, one yellow lab, six horses, twenty chickens, one goat and an ugly cat.

 

 

“Travel Tips for Hunters”

By Pat Lefemine

Thursday, 1:00pm

  

 

“Field Care of Hides/Capes/Meat”

by Barry Smith

Thursday, 3:00pm

 

Proper care of hides, capes, antlers/horns and meat is essential to a successful completion of a hunt.  Easy rules of thumb and helpful tips will be discussed.  Barry will also highlight field dressing options for many different scenarios.  He’ll even share a few cooking tips so the whole family can enjoy the end of a hunt.

 

Born and raised in South Dakota, Barry Smith cut his teeth on taxidermy in Denver starting in 1975.  In 1979 he started Alpine Taxidermy as a fulltime business.  Barry has been a bowhunter “since birth”, and is a Senior Member and Official Measurer for the Club.

 

 

“Bowhunting with Independence”

Thursday, 3:00pm

 

A Panel of experienced women bowhunters will discuss the challenges and excitement facing women wanting to explore more “independence” in their bowhunting adventures.

 

 

“The Digital Age of Photography”

By Bill Kinney

Friday, 1:30pm

 

I used Nikon equipment, both film and digital. In 2006, I switched to cmplete digital capture, a much better tool for getting sneaky bucks photographed. My passion for photographing wildlife will translate into excitement for filming hunts, from screaming elk to river bottom whitetails there is always a great picture just around the corner.

 

When not out bowhunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, shed antler hunting or running with the kids, Bill is out photographing wildlife. Often times his photos are used in many of the largest outdoor magaines like Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Deer & Deer Hunting, Petersen's Bowhunting, and many others. Since 1990, Bill has published Bill Kinney's Trophy Whitetail Deer Calendar.

 

 

“Survival Myths and Misconceptions”

By Peter Kummerfeldt

Friday, 3:00pm

 

Peter is the owner of OutdoorSafe Inc. — an organization that conducts outdoor safety skills seminars, survival training programs and travel safety seminars throughout the United States.  Peter grew up in Kenya, East Africa and came to America in 1965 where he joined the Air Force.  He is a graduate of the Air Force Survival Instructor Training School and has served as an instructor at the Basic Survival School, Spokane Washington, the Arctic Survival School, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Jungle Survival School, Republic of the Philippines.  He also served for twelve years as the Survival Training Director at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 30 years of service.  In 1992, concerned with the number of accidents that were occurring in the outdoors each year, he started the Survival Consultant Group and later OutdoorSafe Inc. and has since addressed over 30,000 people as the featured speaker at numerous seminars, conferences and national conventions.  His efforts have reduced the number of people becoming injured, ill or dying in the outdoors each year and have heightened traveler’s safety awareness especially when traveling overseas.

 

 

“Bowhunting Alaska on Your Own”

By Ed Schlief

Friday, 3:00pm

 

Have you ever dreamed of going to Alaska to bowhunt for moose, caribou or black bear but didn’t feel that you could afford the cost of hiring a professional hunting guide?   Or perhaps you are the type of independent, self-sufficient person that would rather have the satisfaction and challenge of “doing it yourself?”  This seminar is for you.  Ed Schlief will present a realistic, informative and entertaining overview of topics from transportation choices, game populations and availability, meat and trophy preparation, clothing, bowhunting equipment and a “whole bunch of stuff” that you never thought of that could make your Alaskan bowhunt a “trip of a lifetime.”

 

Ed ran away to Alaska forty three years ago from his home state of Illinois simply because he wanted the excitement of hunting and fishing on the Last Frontier. During this time, Ed has taught on the high school and college level, served a tour as an infantry medic in Vietnam, was a commercial fisherman, real estate developer, paramedic and firefighter, assistant hunting guide specializing in brown bear, fishing lodge owner and lastly, the founder of Alaska Bowhunting Supply.  Although he has not been everywhere in Alaska, he has hunted and fished from Ketchikan to Kotzebue.  In his early years in the state, Ed killed moose with the rifle to feed his family but it wasn’t until he picked up the bow that he actually learned to hunt them.  He lives with his wife, Siri, in their home in Anchorage.

 

 

“Calling All Critters”

by Wayne Carlton

Friday, 4:30pm

 

Learn how to call all critters to the bow.

 

Wayne is a 35 year veteran of mastering the art of calling elk.  He was the first to market the diaphragm elk call and has designed many others.  He’s been a Board member of the RMEF and the NWTF and continues to work with both to further the efforts of conservation.  He’s hosted the “Elk Country Journal” TV show and is an accomplished singer/songwriter.

 

 

“P&Y Conservation in Action:  Jaguar Recovery”

by Ron Thompson

Friday, 4:30pm

 

Can the hunting of prey on a sustainable basis become a model for increasing a population of a threatened large apex focal carnivore - the jaguar?  Bowhunters have supported such a model in North America for more than a century for wolves, brown and black bears and mountain lions. Now that all of America's large carnivores are on the increase due to healthy, yet hunted, prey populations and sound management, bow hunters should ask themselves what they can do for wildlife conservation beyond the borders of the United States and Canada. Learn what Pope and Young Club members are doing just south of the border to assist with wildlife conservation efforts for all wildlife species.

 

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology, Ron has worked as a wildlife biologist and range conservationist for the U.S. Forest Service. Currently he is the statewide biologist for managing mountain lions and black bears within the Game Branch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.  During a short hiatus from the Department, Ron worked as a contract biologist capturing and radio collaring mountain lions for research projects in the Tucson area and on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.  As a past biologist for the Turner Endangered Species Fund he assisted with a project to restore a subpopulation of desert bighorn sheep on a private ranch near Engle, New Mexico, through the application of an adaptive management strategy for mountain lions.  For the past 7 years he has been working with private ranch owners in Sonora, Mexico, within an established wildlife management area.  Conservation efforts are directed at working with ranchers who live on working landscapes in the presence of livestock and sustainable wildlife resources to better manage large carnivores.

 

 

 

“Bowfishing 101”

By the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association

Saturday, 11:00am

 

Come join Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association members to learn about one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the nation.......Bowfishing!  Learn how this addictive sport can assist you with your hunting and shooting skills during the off season.  Imagine sitting in a boat during the summer using your hunting skills to harvest fish which can grow to 40+ pounds.  Whether you looking to just get started or you are a seasoned veteran we will have something for all. Information about equipment, boats, and technique will be just some of the items talked about.

 

The Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association (LLBA) was started in 2005 to improve bowfishing rights in Minnesota, including legalizing night bowfishing statewide which we accomplished in 2009.   And although we have made some great progress we continue to work at making Minnesota a better bowfishing state.  If you bowfish in the land of 10,000 lakes we encourage you to become a member and join in the fight to improve the sport.  

 

 

“The Science of Scent Control”

By Gary Reed

Saturday, 4:30pm

 

Scent control is even more important to those who have to get close – Archers.  Most of what we really know today related to a whitetail’s or other large mammal’s olfactory capabilities is based on Nobel Prize winning research by Buck and Axle in 2004 and is still evolving.  The science side of scent control has also evolved and enables us as hunters to make informed decisions separate from the advertising and marketing platforms.   The material and discussion will center on facts based in science and current research.

 

Gary is the General Manager and COO of Dead Down Wind. His responsibilities include working with microbiologists, medical skin tissue specialists, research and development consultants, chemists, production and quality control processes. Gary has invested more than 20 years in the sporting goods industry with companies like the Brunswick Outdoor Recreation Group, MotorGuide and Zeiss Sports Optics, in addition to Dead Down Wind. Gary lives on Lake Truman in Missouri, surrounded by 50,000 acres of public hunting ground and 50,000 acres of water for year round activities and is a graduate of Maryville University.

 

 

“Surviving a Wilderness Emergency”

By Peter Kummerfeldt

Saturday, 4:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS:

We’ll have 2 special, limited-attendance workshops during the convention.  You’ll need to sign up for them during the convention at the registration table.

 

 

“Map and Compass Skills”

by Dave Doran

Friday, 1:30pm

 

Back again from the last convention due to its overwhelming response:  How to get around in the outdoors and get back home.  Nearly every hunter carries a compass, but many don’t know how to use it sufficiently.  Using a variety of compass styles, we’ll cover terminology, declination, bearings, parts of a compass and how to orient the compass with a map.  We’ll then move on to have you apply some basic compass skills using different map types, while learning what scales and datum are and how to navigate in the outdoors using these tools.  Dave will also mention how a GPS can interface with a map and compass, as well as map programs for the computer.  Sample maps and compasses will be provided.

 

Dave Doran, from Bend, Oregon, is a former teacher and recently retired from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.  Dave has taught a wide variety of outdoor skills and hunter education workshops to people of all ages.  He has bowhunted in Canada and many western states, returning home (or at least back to camp) safely each time…because of his map and compass skills.

 

 

“Elk Bugling”

by Wayne Carlton

Saturday, 11:00am

 

Hands-on, interactive session on learning how to call elk, or refining your existing abilities, from a master.  First, you will learn how to make the necessary and various sounds (grunts, chuckles, pants, screams, etc.) and then learn when and why to use them.

 

 

“Dutch Oven Cooking”

By Guy Perkins

Saturday, 11:00am

 

 

 

 

KIDS’ WORKSHOPS – “Arrow Building”

By Dale Voice

Friday, 3:00pm and Saturday, 2:00pm

Limited to 12 kids each day (sign up at Registration)

 

Building the modern hunting arrow.  We will discuss a little history about arrows and the transition from wood to aluminum to carbon shafts.  We’ll discuss why we fletch an arrow and the different options in fletching materials.  Each youth will get the opportunity to build their own arrow and take it with them after the workshop.  A great opportunity for the youth.

 

Dale resides in Cadillac, Michigan, with his wife of 35 years.  He is the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for the Bohning Company.  Dale started bowhunting in early 80’s and has harvested many species of North American game including Whitetail, Caribou, Black Bear, Antelope, Turkey, Hogs, and a variety of small game.  “When I’m not hunting, I have a passion for fishing.” 


2011 Archery Hall of Fame Banquet (3/7/2011 3:47:50 PM)
The 2011 Archery Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is now officially SOLD OUT! On the night of Thursday, April 7, 2011, the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. will be inducting two bowhunters into the Hall Class of 2010. Inductees are G. Fred Asbell, past P&Y President and longtime Board memer, and Will "Chief" Compton, who mentored Dr. Saxton Pope and Arhtur Young in the 1910's. There was a limit of 300 tickets and those were available on a "first come, first served" basis.

NASP School Invitational Shoot (3/1/2011 4:29:50 PM)

 

NASP Schools You Are Invited!

Free...Indoor 3-D Fun Shoot...April 8, 2011

9AM to 3PM

Mayo Civic Center

30 Civic Center Drive SE

Rochester, Minnesota

 

Founded in 1961, as a non-profit scientific organization, the Pope and Young Club is one of North America's leading bowhunting and conservation organizations. The Club promotes and participates in improving sound wildlife conservation and wise use of our natural resources.

 

Come Enjoy:

* 3-D shooting at 10 to 15 yards

* Bring your own NASP bows/arrows or borrow ours

* Shooting the indoor course will take about 60 minutes for the group

* Running from 9am to 3pm

* You will have a guided tour of the North American big game display

* Educational seminar about America's Wildlife Conservation

 

The first 10 Schools to RSVP and bring at least 20 students

will receive one free Genesis bow for their School's Program!

 

RSVP by April 1st

Phone - 507-867-4144

Email - admin@pope-young.org

 

In Association With: National Archery in the Schools Program

Sponsored by: Faribalt Archery Club, Delta Targets, Minnesota NASP


Respected Access Is Open Access (2/2/2011 5:49:14 PM)
Tread Lightly! and a consortium of the nation's most influential hunting and shooting sports organizations have released a new print public service announcement (PSA) encouraging responsible behavior on public lands while camping, hunting or enjoying any type of outdoor recreation. The new PSA is another tool created for land managers and media outlets as part of the education and outreach campaign called "Repected Access is Open Access".
 
The new PSA features a litter ridden campsite with the message "Don't Trash the Tradition," designed to inspire outdoor enthusiasts to pick up litter and leave public and private lands better than they were found. This is the ninth PSA created for the Respected Access is Open Access campaign with other PSAs available addressing vandalism, illegal dumping and straying from the trail.
 
Additional education and outreach campaign updates in 2011 include more print sizes available of existing PSAs, five web banners, and an extended outreach at hunting events including attendance at this year's popular hunting and shooting enthusiast trade show, the SHOT Show.
 
Built on extensive research, the campaign was officially launched in September, 2009 to reduce litter, property and natural resource damage, unsafe shooting practices and visitor conflicts as a means of helping to maintain, even enhance, access to public and private lands.
 
"The campaign was created in partnership with the hunting and shooting community, but the message that responsible behavior leads to continued access should resonate with all those who enjoy recreating in the outdoors," said Lori McCullough, executive director of the nonprofit Tread Lightly!. "Hunting and camping are some of America's favorite pastimes, yet the litter that makes its way to our favorite places is tarnishing the tradition and the reputation of the groups that enjoy these opportunities. Our hope is that by bringing these issues to light we will have a big impact in helping keep the outdoors healthy, open and litter free."
 
The campaign is currently being funded through grants from Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., through its OHV Access Initiative, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International, National Wild Turkey Federation, Boone and Crockett Club, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. This newest PSA was made possible through the generousity of the Dallas Safari Club.
 
Tread Lightly! created the Respected Access campaign at the request of the Federal Lands Hunting and Shooting Sports Roundtable. Its members include the Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Boone & Crockett Club, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Nation Wild Turkey Federation, Pope & Young Club, Public Lands Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International and the Wildlife Management Institute, as well as the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and US Fish & Wildlife Service and others.
 
The PSAs are available for download from the website: www.respectedaccess.org Web visitors can also download recreation tips, order decals and find social networking links.
 
The group is seeking additional funding sources to achieve its education and outreach goals. More information about getting involved with the campign can be found at www.respectedaccess.org.
 
Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship. Tread Lightly!'s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly! offers unique programs and services to help remedy current recreation issues.
 
In 2006, a consortium of fish and wildlife conservation organizations and three federal land management agencies signed the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing & Shooting Sports Memorandum of Understanding. As a result of this agreement, the Federal Lands Hunting and Shooting Sports Roundtable was created to focus on improving access and opportunities for hunters and recreational shooters across America. The Respected Access education campaign is one of the Roundtable's top initiatives.
 
The organizations and agencies signed on the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing & Shooting Sports MOU are: USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management, USDI Fish & Wildlife Service, American Sportfishing Association, Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Bear Trust International, Boone & Crockett Club of America, Bow Hunting Preservation Alliance, Campfire Club of America, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Conservation Force, Dallas Safari Club, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Sheep Foundation, Houston Safari Club, Izaak Walton League of America, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, National Rifle Association of America, National Shooting Sport Foundation, National Trapper's Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, North American Bear Foundation, North American Grouse Partnership, Orion - The Hunter's Institute, Pheasants Forever, Pope & Young Club, Public Lands Foundation, Quail Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International, Sand County Foundation, Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, Texas Wildlife Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Whitetail Unlimited, Wildlife Forever and the Wildlife Management Institute.

Conservation Awards Nominations Needed (1/6/2011 9:02:34 AM)

CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 

NOMINATIONS NEEDED

 

The Pope and Young Club sponsors three Conservation Achievement Awards:  the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award, the Pope and Young Club Conservation Award and the Stewardship Award.  These awards are presented every two years, with the next presentations during the Club’s 27th Biennium Convention in Rochester, Minnesota, April 6-9, 2011.

 

LEE GLADFELTER MEMORIAL AWARD

…recognizing a wildlife professional who had made a significant contribution to bowhunting and wildlife conservation.  Lee Gladfelter, a dedicated bowhunter, official measurer and wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was killed in an auto accident on a hunting trip.

 

Past recipients include:   1995 – Jay McAninch (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources); 1997 – Robert McDowell (New Jersey Department of Fish and Game); 1999 – Dr. R. Ben Peyton (Michigan State University); 2001 – Eric Kurzejeski (Missouri Department of Conservation); 2003 – Dr. Dave Samuel (West Virginia University); 2005 – Gary Alt (Pennsylvania Game Commission); 2007 – Frank Rice (deceased – Pennsylvania Game Commission); 2009 - Ken Mayer (Nevada Department of Wildlife).

 

POPE AND YOUNG CLUB CONSERVATION AWARD

…recognizing a person or organization for achievements in the promotion of the future of bowhunting/hunting, the image of bowhunting/hunting and the conservation and wise use of our natural resources.

 

Past recipients include:  1993 – AMO’s “Save Our Heritage” Program; 1995 – Wildlife Legislative Fund of America (now known as the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance); 1997 – Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program; 1999 – National Bowhunter Education Foundation; 2001 – Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; 2003 – Boone and Crockett Club; 2005 – Roy Grimes (of the National Archery in Schools Program); 2007 – Dennis Ballard; 2009 - Kelly Semple.

 

STEWARDSHIP AWARD

…recognizing a bowhunter or bowhunting organization who has conveyed, by their actions, a positive, good-citizen image to the hunting and non-hunting public.

 

Past recipients include:  1995 – Indiana Bowhunters Association (fundraising for the Riley'’ Children'’ Hospital in Indianapolis); 1997 – United Bowhunters of Connecticut (fundraising for the St. Judes Children’s Hospital); 1999 – Cheff Center Bowhunter Tournament (annual 3-D shoots to raise funds for handicapped therapy); 2001 – Rob Evans and Dr. A.S. Leonard (“Hunt for a Cure,” the A. S. Leonard Research Fund Drive); 2003 – Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (serving over 12 million servings of venison to the hungry in the last six years); 2005 – Camp Compass Program (providing an opportunity to urban and suburban youth to experience outdoor recreation and the wonders of our natural resources); 2007 – Ray Howell / Kicking Bear Foundation; 2009 - New York Bowhunters, Inc..

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MEMBERS:  If you know of an individual or organization worthy of consideration for one of these recognition awards, please consider nominating them.  These awards are intended to recognize worthy actions by specific individuals/entities AND also to elevate the exposure and importance of being involved in activities to protect our future!

 

Send the nomination and supportive detail to Kevin Hisey, Executive Secretary, at the Club’s headquarters or to Mike Schlegel, Conservation Committee Chairman.

 

DEADLINE:  March 1, 2011


Deadline for Recording Period and New Record Book (12/27/2010 3:04:47 PM)

Deadline for Recording Period and New Record Book

December 31, 2010 is the deadline for entries to be submitted for the 27th Biennium, as well as for inclusion in the 7th Edition all-time record book, "Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 7th Edition."

Just a reminder to everyone that the 27th Recording Period (2009-2010) is nearing its deadline. In order for your animals to be included in the 27th Biennium, you will need to have them measured and the entry materials in the mail, postmarked no later than December 31st (AND in our office no later than January 7, 2011).

This is also the deadline for entries to be included in the upcoming edition of the all-time record book (published every six years). Again, entries MUST be entered by December 31st (meaning postmarked no later than December 31st AND in our office no later than January 7th) to be included in this book.

The 7th Edition all-time record book will be published this winter and will be unveiled at our convention in Minnesota (April 6-9, 2011). It will be available for sale starting at that time.

The end of the Recording Period marks the deadline for animals to be entered and eligible to be invited in for the 27th Biennium Panel Judging Session and Awards Recognition and display during the Convention.


NEW SHIPPING OPTIONS (12/1/2010 10:55:28 AM)
Just in time for all your Christmas shopping, we now have new shipping options available on our website, and also for placing orders over the phone. You will now be able to determine how fast you would like to receive your order of books, shirts and other Pope & Young Club merchandise. You can choose regular shipping, Priority shipping, or 3 different options available from UPS. Get your Christmas orders in early, and avoid the rush! For all Pope & Young Club members - watch the Members Only area for an important announcement! For those of you that aren't members - JOIN TODAY!

ATTENTION OUTFITTERS (11/17/2010 3:21:49 PM)
Due to space availability, we will again be able to offer an Outftter Booth Area during the 50th Anniversary convention which will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, April 6-9, 2011. This is a great opportunity for convention attendees to explore hunting opportunities with respectable outfitters. The Outfitter Booth Area will be in the same room as the Big Game Exhibit, the center of attention at the convention.
 
Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this grand event.
 
For full details, please contact Glenn at Pope & Young Club Headquarters by calling (507) 867-4144 or email at glenn@pope-young.org.
 

Check out the Convention Page (11/5/2010 10:58:05 AM)
From the Pope & Young Club's website home page, click on the banner for the 2011 Convention celebrating our 50th Anniversary! This will take you to the Convention page of our website where you will find timely information about the convention. More information and the ability to order tickets for the Convention will be coming soon, so be sure to check back occasionally.

Calling for Order in Wolf Debate (10/27/2010 11:32:42 AM)
Many hunters are rightfully angry that a federal judge has put the gray wolf back under federal protection based on legal technicalities. Taking management away from state authorities allows wolves to multiply and spread. Wolves are already so plentiful they are cutting down herds of elk, moose, and deer, and are also killing livestock and pets. Wolves need to be controlled and we must continue toward that goal in an orderly fashion.
 
We sportsmen want to bring wolves under state management because this will sutain wolves, control the problems that wolves cause, and protect wolves from poachers. To do so, we look forward to working with other affected citizens, government, and other allies to clear up the legal technicalities and finalize the transfer to state management.  This way wolves will be managed the same way as other wildlife based on the best available science with protections against illegal killing.
 
State management of wolves is best for the wolves and people, and wolf populations are so large now that the time is past due.
 
State management will be the best deal wolves have ever had. Wolves have never been managed sustainably in the lower 48 states. State and federal governments purposefully eradicated wolves, and then restored them under complete federal protection. This full protection has restored wolf numbers far beyond recovery goals; all 6 states with gray wolves in the lower 48 have at least doubled the number of wolves beyond their recovery goals. Idaho is at least 8 times over its goal. There are about 3,000 wolves in Minnesota, 600 each in Wisconsin and Michigan, at least 800 wolves in Idaho, 500 in Montana, and 300 in Wyoming.
 
Switching to state management will not be easy: federal and state managers have tried it 3 times in the last 7 years, having each effort struck down either because the law was fuzzy on how it could happen or too strict about why it cannot. These intrepretations in federal district court ae the latest examples of judges second-guessing government experts - an error for which the next highest appeals court has admonished its judges.
 
To achieve state management, hunters need to turn their anger into passion, speak up, and ask for hard but fair commitments from state and federal government. We need passion the way Theodore Roosevelt had passion in creating American conservation, which is our legacy and heritage to perpetuate. We need to stay in the arena of debate and decision and stay out of the bogs of blame and bad-mouthing. It is self-defeating to blame or antagonize federal and state officials. They agree with us on what needs to happen and we need their help. We need hard commitments from them to try new approaches within current law and, ideally, to change law and policy to close loopholes.
 
This complex task is already underway through a cooperative partnership between the state and federal governments. The Obama Administration has already filed an appeal of the recent federal court ruling. States have petitioned for greater management authority. Legislators from Montana, Wyoming and Idaho have begun meeting to devise a solution and have invited the federal goverment's participation. We appreciate these straight-up attempts that demonstrate the resolve of our government. We acknowledge the sovereign authority of each state to manage its own laws and budgets.
 
Finally, as we seek hard commitments from government, we also need to draw a hard line for ourselves: we are sportsmen, not wolf-haters. Statements on the Internet about poaching wolv are an affront to the American conservation ethic. Illegal killing is wrong, self-defeating, and exactly opposite of how sportsmen creating conservation and the privilege of ethical hunting in the first place. Hunters in America fought poachers and pushed for laws to regulate hunting. Later, sportsmen paid fees and taxes on our own licenses and equipment to fund wildlife restoration that brought wildlife back to abundance, including the game we hunt. Ours is a history of self-restraint adn respect for wildlife.
 
Today we are asking for wolves to be brought under modern state management. We will pursue this goal with the diligence we take to hunting itself, working professionally with the agencies, seeking allies, and pushing forward the policies that will prevent this tragedy from happening again with other wildlife.
 
Boone and Crockett Club
Lowell E. Baier, President
 
Mule Deer Foundation
Miles O. Moretti, President/CEO
 
Pope and Young Club
Roger Atwood, President
 
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
M. David Allen, President/CEO
 
Safari Club International and Safari Club Internation Foundation
Dr. Larry Rudolph, President
 
Wild Sheep Foundation
Gray N. Thornton, President/CEO
 
Wildlife Management Institute
Steven A. Williams, President
 

Glenn St. Charles Memorial and Tributes (10/20/2010 3:45:32 PM)

 

POPE AND YOUNG CLUB
NEWS

 


October 20, 2010


 

Glenn St. Charles Memorial and Tributes

As follow-up to the initial news of Glenn's passing, we noted that the Club would be passing along further information about arrangements as they were made available.


MEMORIAL SERVICE

A Memorial Service is planned for November 1, 2010, in Seattle, Washington.

Family and friends will be gathering for a Memorial Service at 3:00pm at the Normandy Park Community Club, 1500 SW Shorebrook Dr., Normandy Park, WA 98166


TRIBUTE

The St. Charles Family and the Pope and Young Club would like to encourage all members and friends to join us at the Club's 50th Anniversary Convention next spring for special tributes honoring the life and legacy of Glenn St. Charles.

2011 Pope & Young Club Convention
50th Anniversary Celebration
April 6-9, 2011
Mayo Civic Center
Rochester, Minnesota

More information about the convention will be sent to members in late November. Also, watch for details on www.pope-young.org


REMEMBRANCES

Those wishing to, can make memorial gifts in Glenn's honor to the Pope & Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, or a Club fund of your choosing (Museum Fund, Conservation Fund, Trust Fund).



Jack Creek Preserve Foundation Offers Hunt (10/20/2010 9:10:31 AM)
For the sixth year, the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation will be giving a hunt for either elk or black bear to a U.S. Veteran that was wounded and disabled while serving in either Iraq or Afganistan.
 
The Jack Creek Preserve, a 5,000 acre wildlife preserve near Ennis, Montana, consists of wild and scenic mountain country that has been set aside to conserve and protect wildlife and its habitat while also developing into a Youth Education Center. The major focus of the Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities that give young people a deeper understanding and involvemet with habitat and ecology, wildlife management, ethical hunting, hunter conservationists, and bowhunting. Among the Foundation's board of directors are representatives of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pope and Young Club.
 
Rich in wildlife resources, the landscape provides a wildlife corridor between the northern and southern portions of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area. Bowhunting for elk and black bears is the primary hunting being conducted as part of the Foundation's efforts to directly support young hunters and others. The auctioned elk hunts that have been provided by the Foundation to various national organizations have consistently sold for several thousand dollars. Hunter success is generally about 50%. A 7x7 elk was taken in 2008 that scored 385.
 
The opportunity to participate in one of these high quality hunts will be given free to a U.S. military veteran that was wounded and disabled while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The 2011 hunt will be for either archery-only bull elk, rifle cow, or bow or rifle spring bear.
 
Assistance is available from the Foundation in the form of either travel expenses assistance or helping with the purchase of the license. The JCPF is able to accommodate a veteran that may have suffered severe physical disabilities. Cabin lodging will be provided and Foundation personnel will assist the hunt recipient to insure that he or she enjoys a truly outstanding hunting experience.
 
The deadline to apply for the hunt is Feb. 1, 2011. Applications can be obtained by e-mailing the Foundation at info@jackcreekpreserve.org or through the mail to Jack Creek Preserve Foundation, P.O. Box 3, Ennis, MT 59729.

2010-2011 Conservation Grants (10/13/2010 3:48:41 PM)

Pope & Young Club Announces this Year’s Conservation Grants

 

CHATFIELD, MN — The Pope and Young Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.  The Pope and Young Club Conservation Program, with a budget for the year of over $117,000.00, includes Grants awarded to the following projects and programs in areas of education, pro-wildlife management, pro-bowhunting, research and partnerships:

 

·                     National Archery in the Schools Program

·                     Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance

·                     The American Wildlife Conservation Partners

·                     United States Sportsmen’s Alliance

·                     Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

·                     Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

·                     University of Nevada - Bighorn sheep disease research project

·                     Alaska Fish & Game Dept. – wood bison recovery project

·                     Green River Valley Land Trust – pronghorn migration project

·                     Primero Conservation Outfitters – jaguar research project

·                     National Shooting Sports Foundation – public schools conservation videos

·                     The Archery Hall of Fame & Museum

·                     Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation

·                     Jack Creek Preserve Foundation – youth conservation & bowhunting education

·                     National Conservation Leadership Institute

·                     P&Y / NASP Equipment Matching Grants Program

·                     National Bowhunter Education Foundation’s Project STAND

·                     The Kicking Bear Foundation

·                     Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

·                     Ballot Issues Coalition

·                     National Hunting & Fishing Day sponsorship

·                     Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program

·                     Orion, the Hunter’s Instititute

·                     Sportsmen’s Legacy Foundation

·                     Center for Wildlife Information – Be Bear Aware Program

·                     Unallocated – defense of bowhunting and defense of bowhunting-only seasons

 

The Pope and Young Club has given well over a million dollars in funding to conservation projects around North America.

 

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

 

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Jack Creek Preserve Seeking Execuive Director (9/24/2010 11:29:47 AM)
Jack Creek Preserve, a southwest Montana conservation foundation seeks motivated self-starter to lead foundation. Responsibilities include expanding conservation education programs, facility development, fundraising, budgeting and financial management. Salary commensurate with experience. Email info@jackcreekpreserve.org for more information.

P&Y Founder, Glenn St. Charles, passes (9/20/2010 10:05:09 AM)
 
In Memory of our Founder
Glenn St. Charles
1911-2010
 
It is with immense sorrow that we share with you the news of Glenn St. Charles passing. After a short illness, Glenn passed away on September 19, 2010, at 6:20am. All of his family was with him at the time. He was 98 years old.
 
At this moment, arrangements are pending. Additional information will be provided by the Club as it becomes available. In the meantime, those wishing to express condolences can do so by sending them to admin@pope-young.org, which will then be forwarded to the family.
 
 
"The Pope & Young Club wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the St. Charles family. This is also a tremendous loss for the entire bowhunting community. The Pope & Young Club lost a father figure. The bowhunting community, shaped by more than five decades of Glenn's influence, lost a guiding force," said Pope & Young Club President Roger Atwood.
 
A bowyer from the 1940s when modern-day hunting with the bow and arrow was still in its infancy, St. Charles became a staunch and driven advocate for the sport. His vision for bettering the image of bowhunting and proving the effectiveness of the bow and arrow...the very creation of the Pope and Young Club...was integral in the establishment of bowhunting seasons and the acceptance and popularity that bowhunting has since garnered. His work as Hunting Activities Chairman of the National Field Archery Association in the 1950s led to the development of the bowhunting records program, the subsequent founding of the Pope and Young Club in 1961, and the creation of a bowhunting ethical code and Rules of Fair Chase. His efforts and devotion to the cause of bowhunting spanned over eight decades. A legitimate iconic figure, St. Charles was one of the last true bowhunting pioneers.
 
M. R. James, President of the Archery Hall of Fame, and Past President of the Pope and Young Club, added "Glenn St. Charles will be remembered by many as a talented bowyer and founder of the Pope and Young Club. Rightfully so. But for his close friends and family, he will be fondly recalled a man who accomplished much more during a long and active lifetime. Father and father figure; fierce advocate and tireless defender of the sport he loved; pioneer bowhunter and visionary leader; outspoken conservationist; promoter of fair chase hunting; loyal friend and wise mentor; without question; Glenn St. Charles left his indelible mark on archery and bowhunting. He will be missed, but his place in our sport's rich history is secure."
 
 
 
 

2010 NABC Meeting (9/16/2010 12:57:36 PM)

Pope & Young Club Hosts 2010 North American Bowhunting Coalition Meeting

 

On August 14, 2010, North American Bowhunting Coalition (NABC) held its 2010 annual meeting at the Pope & Young Club Headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota. 16 representatives of state and international organizations attended.

 

NABC Chairman Mike Brust presided over the meeting with an over-riding theme of communications.  The group discussed better mechanisms for the NABC, itself, to increase its exposure, presence and influence on the national stage.  Significant time was spent relating best-practices among the state groups concerning use of newsletters, websites, chatrooms, and technologies for communicating with individual members.  The groups also discussed methods for reaching out to game agency personnel, game commissions and state legislators.

 

An update was provided on the ominous storm of crossbow incursions in archery-only seasons.  Much discussion ensued on approaches that are working, approaches that aren’t working and how this can be dealt with proactively in the future.  The difference between issues affecting this dilemma in the Eastern U.S., versus the Western U.S., were duly noted.

 

P&Y Executive Secretary Kevin Hisey gave a presentation on bowhunting history, in recognition of the Club’s upcoming 50th Anniversary.  A catered dinner, with an entertaining round of story-telling, concluded the meeting. 

 

Organizations present included: the Alaskan Bowhunters Association, Colorado Bowhunters Association, Illinois Bowhunters Society, Kansas Bowhunters Association, Maryland Bowhuntes Society, Minnesota Bowhunters Inc., United Bowhunters of Missouri, New York Bowhunters Inc., North Dakota Bowhunters Association, Traditional Archers of Oregon, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association, Professional Bowhunters Society and the Pope & Young Club.


Pope & Young, NHF Day to Help Educate Public (8/26/2010 9:14:03 AM)

Pope and Young Club, NHF Day to Help Educate Public

http://www.nhfday.org/Page/Press-Release-Pope-and-Young-Club-NHF-Day-Educate.aspx

 

 

 


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Demonstrating its commitment to help educate the American public about the value of hunting to wildlife conservation today, the venerable Pope and Young Club has renewed its sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

 

NHF Day, set for Sept. 25, 2010, was formalized by Congress in 1972 as an annual reminder that conservation depends on leadership and funding from hunters and anglers. Presidential proclamations, public celebrations, skills demonstrations, welcoming opportunities to try sporting pursuits, and more helped make NHF Day the most effective grassroots effort in history to educate citizens about hunting, fishing and conservation.

 

Pope and Young Club's sponsorship supports the continuing educational efforts of Wonders of Wildlife, the official home of NHF Day in Springfield, Mo.

 

Wonders of Wildlife develops communications tools, PSAs, posters and other promotional items, event planning guides, event handouts and much more--all designed to help deliver the message that, even today, nobody does more for conservation than hunters, anglers and sport shooters. Hunting and fishing licenses, along with excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels, together generate $100,000 every 30 minutes--totaling more than $1.75 billion per year--for fish, wildlife and habitat.


Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife said, "We're grateful for this renewed partnership with Pope and Young Club. Bowhunting has deep connections to not only outdoor traditions, but also to conservation and management of the wildlife resources that all Americans enjoy. We're pleased to include the voice of archers among the sponsors of our educational initiatives."

 

"Hunting--and bowhunting in particular--provide many significant cultural values. Among those values are practice, patience, perseverance, skill development and mastery, application and enhancement of personal ethics, woodscraft and outdoorsmanship, as well as understanding and appreciating the natural world," noted Pope and Young Club Executive Secretary Kevin Hisey. "In the years to come, public awareness of hunting's cultural values will be integral to the survival of our hunting heritage."

 

The entire USA Shooting Team is serving as honorary chair for NHF Day 2010. With 103 Olympic medals for rifle, pistol and shotgun marksmanship, the U.S. excels in few sports more than shooting. Only track and field, swimming, diving, wrestling and boxing have been more prolific medal producers for Americans. In fact, shooting ranks ahead of gymnastics, figure skating, volleyball and more than 30 other Olympic sports. Most members of the current USA Shooting Team are active hunters and anglers, blending a passion for the outdoors with winning on the world stage.

 

The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2010 includes Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, Cabela's, GunBroker.com, Yamaha,  Pope and Young Club, Izaak Walton League of America, and Academy Sports + Outdoors.

For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org.


New Jersey Bear Hunt Approved (8/12/2010 4:03:21 PM)
After five years of political stonewalling, New Jersey sportsmen are going to be able to go on a bear hunt.
 
On July 21, the commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bob Martin, announced his approval of the state's new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy. Part of the management policy will include a six day December black bear hunt that coincides with New Jersey's firearm deer hunting season.
 
The road to the bear hunt has been long and winding with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance foundation (USSAF) involved every step of the way in defending New Jersey sportsmen and scientific wildlife management principles.
 
In 2006, Lisa Jackson, the former DEP Commissioner and now head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cancelled the hunt. In response to this action, the USSAF, along with Safari Club International and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs filed a lawsuit against the state to challenge the decision to stop the bear hunt.
 
That November, the state Supreme Court refused to consider an emergency injunction that would have compelled the commissioner to proceed with the 2006 hunt. In subsequent years, the DEP continued refusing to authorize a bear hunt despite evidence of increased human-bear interactions and calls by state legislators to bring it back.
 
 

Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Appointments Announced (7/23/2010 2:11:32 PM)

 

Salazar and Vilsack Announce Appointments to Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

 

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointments of 18 people to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, a group created earlier this year to advise the two departments about recreational hunting and shooting sports activities and associated wildlife and habitat conservation.

 

“Inspired by the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt, hunters long have taken the lead in the conservation of our nation’s wildlife and its habitat, and I am pleased so many of the leaders in our nation’s hunting and conservation community have accepted an invitation to serve on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council,” said Salazar. “At the recent America’s Great Outdoors conference, President Obama said that few pursuits are more satisfying to the spirit than discovering the greatness of America’s outdoors. I look forward to working with the council to help fulfill my generation’s obligation to ensure that the next generation enjoys a thriving wildlife heritage.”

 

"Maintaining and conserving wildlife habitat and water resources that are so important to America's hunting and angling heritage in the face of today's conservation challenges requires a coordinated effort between federal, state, and local officials and partners in the private sector,” said Vilsack. "The members of Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council will play a crucial role in our ongoing efforts to improve the health and management of America's public and private lands."

 

The secretaries announced the appointment of the following individuals – whose terms begin immediately – to serve on the council for a two-year term:

 

  • M. David Allen (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
  • Jeffrey S. Crane (Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation)
  • Robert R. Fithian (Alaska Professional Hunters Association, Inc.)
  • John E. Frampton (SC Department of Natural Resources)
  • Thomas Franklin (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership)
  • Ron Heward (rancher, Bates Hole/Shirley Basin Sage Grouse Working Group)
  • Robert Manes (The Nature Conservancy)
  • Frederick D. Maulson (Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission)
  • Tommy Millner (Cabela’s)
  • Robert Model (Boone and Crockett Club)
  • Joanna Prukop (Freedom to Roam)
  • Stephen L. Sanetti (National Shooting Sports Foundation)
  • Larry Schweiger (National Wildlife Federation)
  • Christine L. Thomas (College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin)
  • George C. Thornton (National Wild Turkey Federation)
  • John Tomke (Ducks Unlimited)
  • Howard K. Vincent (Pheasants Forever)
  • Steve Williams (Wildlife Management Institute)

 

The council is an official advisory group under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that will help to promote and preserve America’s hunting heritage for future generations. It will also provide a forum for sportsmen and women to advise the federal government on policies related to wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that (a) benefit recreational hunting; (b) benefit wildlife resources; and (c) encourage partnership among the public, the sporting conservation community, the shooting and hunting sports industry, wildlife conservation organizations, the states, Native American tribes, and the federal government.

 

The new council replaces and improves upon the previously existing Sporting Conservation Council by expanding membership to include the hunting and shooting sports industries, as well as including broader representation from the nation’s major hunting organizations. The council’s charter also more clearly defines its responsibilities in supporting the public, the sporting conservation community, the shooting and hunting sports industry, wildlife conservation organizations, and the State and Federal governments.

 

The five federal agencies playing a key role in supporting and maintaining America’s hunting heritage – the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency – will appoint organizational members to the council to provide additional support, guidance and coordination.

 

 

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Jack Creek Youth Camp (6/22/2010 3:04:15 PM)

Jack Creek Preserve Foundation & Pope and Young Club & Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Jack Creek Youth Camp

July 15,16,17 & 18, 2010

Who: Youth between 12-18 years old

Where: Ennis, Montana

Join in the fun! Activities will include camping, fishing, photography, archery, bugling, wilderness survival skills, tree stand safety, and hunting skills.

For more information contact:

Email: info@jackcreekpreserve.org

LaDonna: (406)452-5351

Alde: (406)682-7645

Camp limited to first 50 entries received

***Entries due July 1***

 


Great Outdoors Month, 2010 (6/11/2010 9:50:06 AM)
GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH, 2010
 
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
 
America's vast and varied outdoor spaces are a source of great national pride, and we have long strived to protect them for future generations. Our lands and waters provide countless opportunities for exploration, recreation, and reflection, whether in solitude or with family and friends. During Great Outdoors Month, we renew our enduring commitment to protect our natural landscapes, to enjoy them, and to promote active lifestyles for ourselves and our children.
 
Our outdoor spaces include the farms, ranches, rivers, forests, and working lands that are integral to our culture and economy, as well as our National Parks, local parks, fishing holes, beaches, and other favorite spots that provide space for us to stay active and healthy. These places are especially important today, as an increasing number of Americans, especially children, fall into unhealthy sedentary lifestyles.
 
This year, I launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to foster innovative, community-driven strategies to protect our natural spaces, and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. We are addressing the conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through partnerships with ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and conservationists; State, local, private, and tribal leaders; educational and service programs like AmeriCorps; and business representatives and other stakeholders. To learn how you can join this effort, visit: www.DOI.gov/AmericasGreatOutdoors.
 
The America's Great Outdoors Initiative also builds upon Let's Move, First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to help our children eat more nutritious foods, lead healthier lives, and increase their physical activity. Exploring beyond the walls of their homes and schools will help inspire our children to move, run, play, and thrive. I encourage all Americans to visit www.LetsMove.gov to learn more.
 
In these difficult economic times, renewing our commitment to our natural places will foster jobs in the tourism and recreation industries while conserving our great outdoors. Moreover, as Americans, we are responsible for protecting our heritage, including the raw beauty of our lands and waters. Together, let us rise to meet that responsibility and safeguard our cherished outdoor spaces for our children and grandchildren.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to continue our Nation's tradition of conserving our lands for future generations.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

50th Anniversary Convention (6/7/2010 10:41:14 AM)
The 2011 Convention will be held in Rochester, Minnesota April 6-9, 2011.  The Pope & Young Club will be celebrating its' 50th Anniversary in 2011.  The convention will be held at the Mayo Civic Center, in Rochester, with nearby hotels all connected by sky-way.  We will be highlighting the history of the Pope & Young Club with tours to the nearby Pope & Young Club Headquarters and the Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting in Chatfield, Minnesota...just a short 20 minutes south of Rochester.  Mark these dates now and keep looking in the mail and on the website for more information coming late this year.

Introducing the new Board of Directors (5/12/2010 4:01:05 PM)
The Club is pleased to announce and introduce its 2010-2012 Board of Directors.  The results of the 2010 election of officers and directors, tabulated and announced in March, yielded the following:
 
President                        Roger Atwood (Rexburg, Idaho)
1st Vice-President          Glenn Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)
2nd Vice-President         Mark Steffen (Hutchinson, Kansas)
Director                          Doug Clayton (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Director                          Tom Nelson (Grand Ledge, Michigan)
 
They join the following, who remain on the Board:
 
Past President                 M. R. James (Bristow, Indiana)
Director                          Andy Carpenter (Southlake, Texas)
Director                          John D. "Jack" Frost (Anchorage, Alaska)
 
Additionally, the following have been appointed to positions on the Board:
 
Executive Secretary        Kevin Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)
Treasurer                        R. Craig Oberle (Mellette, South Dakota)
Conservation Chairman   Mike Schlegel (Grangeville, Idaho)
Membership Chairman    Ron Rockwell (Castle Rock, Colorado)
Records Chairman          Mike Kistler (Brownstown, Illinois)
 
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2010 Election Results (3/3/2010 2:56:09 PM)
The 2010 election of Pope and Young Club officers and directors has just concluded.  Ballots were counted and the results of the election are as follows:
 
President:                    Roger Atwood (Idaho)
 
1st Vice-President       Glenn Hisey (Minnesota)
 
2nd Vice-President      Mark Steffen (Kansas)
 
Director                      Doug Clayton (Iowa)
 
Director                      Tom Nelson (Michigan)
 
 
Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors.  In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward to serve on the Board.
 
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Winning Raffle Tickets drawn on Christmas Eve Day (12/26/2009 12:18:07 PM)
The winners were notified Christmas Eve afternoon. 
 
The winner of the Grand Prize, an African safari with Chattaronga Safaris, was Jack Culpepper of Texas.
 
The winner of the 2nd Prize Buffalo County whitetail hunt was Adam Moleski of British Columbia.
 
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US Congress Recognizes Sportsmen Contributions (12/23/2009 2:21:01 PM)

Monday, December 21 (Washington, DC) - The United States Senate on Friday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 374, recognizing the cooperative efforts of hunters, sportsmen's associations, and other organizations to establish programs that provide game meat to feed the hungry across the United States.

Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Senators Blanche Lincoln, Tom Harkin, Saxby Chambliss and Debbie Stabenow introduced the resolution recognizing the efforts of hunters, sportsmen's associations, meat processors, hunger relief organizations, and state agencies that make the program such a success.

"As the number of hungry people continues to rise, the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program is helping bring food to those most in need and is a wonderful example of neighbors helping neighbors, said Lincoln. "After my family's recent deer hunting trip, my sons were able to donate their own game and experience the joy of giving."

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar resolution, H.RES.270, offered by CSC Member Rep. Phil Gingrey, along with 43 co-sponsors, earlier this year.

House Resolution 270

Senate Resolution 374

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Protecting our Hunting and Fishing Heritage (11/9/2009 3:57:54 PM)
In a letter to Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, that committee's ranking member, 40 national sportsmen's organizations--including the Pope and Young Club--urged Congress to pass legislation to protect hunting and fishing on public lands.
 
The Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act will protect recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
 
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2009 Museum Fundraising Raffle (10/16/2009 10:20:29 AM)

A once-in-a-lifetime, dream African safari is waiting for you!  Experience the classic, be-treated-like-royalty safari adventure.

 

Or, how about a private-land, Buffalo County, Wisconsin whitetail deer bowhunt?

 

Here is a terrific chance for you to win either of these bowhunting adventures!

 

The Pope and Young Club is announcing its 2009 Museum Raffle, generating much-needed funding for the Museum of Bowhunting and its outreach programs. 

 

Our Grand Prize is simply incredible! It’s a fully guided 8-day SAFARI in South Africa with Chattaronga Safaris.  Not only could this adventure be for you, but it could also include an additional hunter AND two non-hunting guests!  The package includes a gemsbuck, a blue wildebeest, 2 impalas and 2 warthogs for each hunter.  Additional species can be added at your expense.  We’ll cover the transportation costs for the winner (the additional guests would travel at their own expense).  As we’ve offered with past raffles, in lieu of choosing the hunt, the grand prize winner may elect to receive a payment of $5,000 cash.

 

The Second Prize is a semi-guided 5-day private land whitetail deer bowhunt in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, compliments of Curt and Mary Rotering.  This is an outstanding opportunity to chase record class whitetails in one of the very best areas in the country!  This adventure can take place in either 2010 or 2011.

 

For more details, click on the raffle banner on the home page or click here:

http://www.pope-young.org/pdfs/raffle/Raffle_Flyer_web_10-2009.pdf

 

Tickets are available from now until December 23, 2009.  The drawing will be held on December 24, 2009, at the Pope and Young Club’s headquarters and Museum.  Donations are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25.  To purchase tickets:

 

a.)  follow the links on the raffle banner above to order online in the Gift Shop

b.)  go directly to the online Gift Shop:  http://www.pope-young.org/gift-shop.asp

c.)  call 507-867-4144 to order by credit card over the phone

d.)  to have blank tickets sent to you (to complete and return with check or money order), email admin@pope-young.org

 

  

The Club would like to thank our partners Chattaronga Safaris and Curt and Mary Rotering for the generous contributions of the prize hunts.

 

Note that 100% of the raffle proceeds will be used in support of the Museum mission of increasing the awareness and appreciation of our bowhunting history and heritage.

 

This important fundraising activity not only supports the day-to-day operations of the Pope & Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting (which is open free to the public), but is integrally-important for our ability to expand and enhance the program.  Specifically, it will go towards expansion of the museum building, remodeling the special displays area, and the continued development and production of in-depth wildlife conservation themes, displays and educational material, specifically designed for children and youth.

 

Located in southeastern Minnesota, just minutes off of Interstate 90 south of Rochester, the Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting is open weekdays 8am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm.


3 Reasons for Americans to Respect Hunters, Anglers (9/23/2009 3:09:35 PM)

3 Reasons for Americans
to Respect Hunters, Anglers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Sept. 26, 2009. Congress formalized the annual celebration 37 years ago but organizers say hunters and anglers deserve America's respect now more than ever.

"Recent-year surveys show nearly 8 in 10 Americans approve of hunting and more than 9 in 10 approve of fishing. That's strong support. But, when viewed in the context of a recession and other modern headlines, our sporting traditions look even better today," said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo., the official home of NHF Day.

She added, "On NHF Day, I hope people will pause to reflect on hunter and angler contributions to society. And for those of us who've long understood and enjoyed these passions, share the pride by introducing someone new to hunting, fishing or shooting."

Here are three reasons for the American public to value hunting and fishing today:

Economic Impact
No bailouts needed here. Hunting and angling together are an economic force worth $76 billion a year. In 2010, America's economic stimulus package will generate its highest level of federal spending at $236 billion—but hunters and anglers will spend almost a third of that amount all by themselves. A Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation report shows if hunters and anglers were a nation, their Gross Domestic Product would rank 57 out of 181 countries. About 1.6 million jobs depend on hunters and anglers. Gas stations, stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses benefit, especially in rural America. And these recreations are comparatively recession proof. In the first half of 2009, hunting and fishing license sales actually gained 7.6 and 5.4 percent, respectively, over 2008, say the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Wildlife Management
Rabies, crop damages, nuisances. Hunting helps control these wildlife issues and many others—none more dramatic than highway accidents involving deer. White-tailed deer once were on the verge of extinction but rebounded behind historic conservation efforts. Today, deer numbers are skyrocketing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates 1.5 million deer collisions occur each year. Over 200 people are killed annually. According to a Western Transportation Institute calculation that includes costs of emergency response, injuries to driver and passengers, damages to vehicle and more, the 2009 average cost of hitting a deer is $6,600. Total public cost: $9.9 billion a year. Now consider that, nationwide, for every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six. Imagine the human casualties and costs if hunting ended.

Conservation Funding
What if Congress announced a tax increase to cover $2 billion in annual expenses for conservation programs? Don't worry. Hunters and anglers are already paying that tab. For the privilege of consuming surplus, renewable game and fish resources, hunters and anglers purchase licenses. They also pay special excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels. Combined, these fees generate $100,000 every 30 minutes, more than $1.75 billion per year, for wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs. Hunters and anglers also contribute another $300 million a year to nonprofit organizations that extend conservation benefits even further. Results have brought many species—turkey, elk pronghorn, Canada goose, wood duck and others—and their habitats from vanishing to flourishing. These efforts enabled restoration of other species such as wolves. America's living landscape is a precious asset for all citizens who enjoy wildlife and wild places.

Country music star Luke Bryan is serving as honorary chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2009.

NHF Day sponsors include Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela's, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich, Yamaha and Pope and Young Club.

For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.


2009-2010 Conservation Grants Awarded (9/4/2009 2:08:36 PM)

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.

 

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Club co-sponsors National Hunting & Fishing Day (8/7/2009 12:11:40 PM)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Bowhunting is deeply engrained in traditional outdoor sports and conservation, a proud heritage promoted and protected by the Pope and Young Club. Today the Club is announcing a new partnership to help strengthen these efforts—a sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day for 2009.

NHF Day, formalized by Congress in 1972, has been called the most effective grassroots effort in history to educate the American public about hunting, fishing and conservation.

Always the fourth Saturday in September, the 2009 celebration is slated for Sept. 26.

“It’s gratifying to welcome new sponsors, and the Pope and Young Club is the latest national supporter for our continuing efforts to build public appreciation for traditional outdoor lifestyles and their ties to healthy fish, wildlife and habitat. We’re appreciative of the Pope and Young Club’s leadership,” said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo.—the official home of NHF Day.

Wonders of Wildlife is developing new ways to deliver the NHF Day message. For example, free, downloadable hunting and fishing communication tools, tips, handouts and more for students and public speakers are now posted to www.nhfday.org.

Such efforts are designed to pass the word that nobody does more for conservation than hunters, anglers and sport shooters. Hunting and fishing licenses, along with excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels, together generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for conserving fish and wildlife resources.

“The Pope and Young Club is proud to proclaim its public support of National Hunting and Fishing Day. We stand shoulder to shoulder with millions of sportsmen and women in paying tribute to our nation’s first and oldest outdoor pastime. Our NHF Day sponsorship represents a serious commitment to assisting in the organized efforts to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations to enjoy, and we are immensely pleased to be a part of this vital campaign,” said Pope and Young Club President M.R. James.

Country music star Luke Bryan is the honorary chairman for NHF Day 2009.
The growing list of sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day includes Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela’s, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich, Yamaha and the Pope and Young Club.


For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.


Club Recognizes Conservation Achievement (7/14/2009 11:50:48 AM)

CHATFIELD, MN — At its national convention this spring, the Pope and Young Club recognized Dr. Kenneth Mayer (Nevada Department of Wildlife), Kelly Semple (from Alberta) and the New York Bowhunters, Inc., for achievement in pro-bowhunting and pro-conservation efforts.

 

Kenneth Mayer receives the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award

 

In recognition of lifelong commitment to bowhunting efforts by a professional wildlife biologist, the Pope and Young Club presented the 2009 Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award to Kenneth Mayer, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.  In receiving the award, Ken mentioned that this was special and humbling because he had personally worked with Lee Gladfelter prior to his passing.  In making the presentation, P&Y Conservation Chairman Mike Schlegel noted Ken’s years of service in the California Department of Fish and Game, his 11 years on the American Archery Council’s professional wildlife management team, his service on the Wildlife Society’s technical review committee “The Use of Bowhunting in Wildlife Management,” and his involvement in the 1st National Bowhunting Conference in 2001.

 

 

2009 P&Y Conservation Award presented to Kelly Semple

 

The Club’s Conservation Award is presented biennially to recognize achievement by a person or organization in the promotion of the future of bowhunting and hunting, the image of bowhunting and hunting, and the conservation and wise use of our natural resources.  The 2009 recipient is Kelly Semple of Edmonton, Alberta.  Kelly has been a high-profile spokeswoman for the future of hunting and conservation issues in Alberta for more than two decades.  Principally, she is the executive director for the Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation. Through the foundation, she is heavily involved in youth mentoring and women-in-the-outdoors programs.

 

 

New York Bowhunters, Inc. receives the Stewardship Award

 

Given to a bowhunter or bowhunting organization that, by their actions, has conveyed a positive, good-citizenship image to the bowhunting and non-hunting public, the 2009 Stewardship Award went to the New York Bowhunters Inc.  As the state bowhunting organization in New York State, they are involved in a plethora of activities.  Of special note are their Urban Deer Committee, their Erwin Bowhunting Program which addresses deer-vehicle accidents and property damage, their physically challenged bowhunter program (promotion of adaptive equipment) and their strong youth programs.

 

 

The Pope and Young Club’s Conservation Achievement Awards are presented biennially at the Club’s national conventions.  Nominations are open for the 2011 presentations.  Send nominations to the Club’s headquarters.

 

 

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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.


Four New Worlds Records Announced (6/9/2009 2:56:19 PM)

Four new World’s Records were officially recognized during the Pope and Young Club’s 26th Biennial Convention and Awards Banquet in Denver, Colorado, this spring. 

 

Species:            Polar bear

Score:              26 10/16

Location:          Cape Brown, Northwest Territories

Bowhunter:       Jimmie Ryan

Year:                2008

 

 

This bear bested a World’s Record that had stood since Richard McIntire’s Alaska polar bear shot in 1958 (which was tied by a 2002 bear from Nunavut).

 

Species:            Roosevelt’s elk

Score:              378 6/8

Location:          Columbia County, Oregon

Bowhunter:       Clifford M. Hayden

Year:                1991

 

 

 

The gigantic coastal rainforest elk exceeded the  previous world’s record by over 11 inches (367 3/8, Tillamook County, Oregon, Dale Baumgartner, 1985).

 

Species:            Tule elk

Score:              312 5/8

Location:          Solano County, California

Bowhunter:       Audrey Goodnight

Year:                1990

 

Audrey’s bull is the first declared world’s record for a new record book category that was formally introduced last year.  Found in central California, Tule elk are an elk subspecies that exhibit the similar crowning point structure as do Roosevelt’s elk, found on the west coast further to the north.  Since establishing the category July 1, 2008, the Pope and Young Club has accepted 22 Tule elk entries into the Records.

 

Species:            Desert Bighorn sheep

Score:              178 6/8

Location:          Hidalgo County, New Mexico

Bowhunter:       Jim Hens

Year:                2007

 

 

 

New York state bowhunter Jim Hens traveled to New Mexico on a lengthy hunt that resulted in a ram that narrowly surpassed the previous world’s record (178 2/8, Tiburon Island, Mexico, George Harms, 2000). 

 

Just over 100 of the biggest and best animals taken in the last two years were requested and received for verification by the 26th Biennium Panel Judging Session prior to the Denver Convention.  These outstanding specimen represented all 34 categories of North American big game and were displayed in an unforgettable public exhibit during the three-day convention in Denver.


New Whitetail Deer Record Book Available (5/14/2009 8:22:53 AM)

Just released, Bowhunting Records of North American Whitetail Deer, 3rd Edition, is an 850-page hardcover book listing more than 45,100 whitetail deer and Coues' deer entries from the Records archives.  Included are all entries accepted into the Records Program through January 1, 2009.

A must for any hunter's or whitetail deer enthusiast's personal library, the whitetail deer record book is designed as a handy, information-packed resource tool.  State and provincial listings are separated and ranked in numerical order by final score.  Scientific data gleaned from the scoring forms in the archives, including final score, length of main beams, inside spread, number of points, county where harvested, hunter's name, year taken, all-time rank and state rank, are given for each specimen listed.

The listings are enhanced with portrait photographs of the largest deer, typical and non-typical, for each state and province.  Also featured are dozens of quality, full-color field photos and entry density maps for each state. 

Several educational and entertaining chapters are included.  Topics include: aging deer on the hoof, ground hunting, scrapes and rubs and the biology of how an arrow kills.  Also included are stories about the first modern-age bowhunting season and Mel Johnson's 44-year-old typical World's Record.  

A CD of the records is included with this record book.  The CD contains a digital version of the whitetail deer record book (in .pdf format) as well as the records information in database format (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and comma delimited files).  Popularly sought-after and requested, this format allows users to personally sort the data fields at their choosing on their PC.  Copyright issues do not allow for the reproduction or dissemination of this information.  

Order your copy(s) today!  The book sells for $43.95(including shipping) and can be ordered on this site in the Merchandise Section, or by phone at 507-867-4144, or by sending a check or money order to:  Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.


2009 Conservation Raffle Winners Announced (4/30/2009 8:39:36 AM)
The Pope and Young Club's 2009 Conservation raffle, an important biennial fundraising event for the Club's conservation program, concluded with the drawing at the 26th Biennium Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 25th, in Denver, Colorado.
 
The winner of the Grand Prize was Crist Newcomer of Pennsylvania.
 
The Grand Prize was a 7-day, fully-guided, hunt for Alaska/Yukon moose in the Yukon Territory with Ceaser Lake Outfitters.  The hunt was provided by Ruth and Terry Wilkinson of Ceaser Lake Outfitters, in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants.
 
The winner of the Second Prize was Lynda Denton of Indiana.
 
The Second Prize was a 5-day, semi-guided bowhunt for prongohorn antelope on the Spearhead Ranch in Conserve County, Wyoming.  The hunt was generously donated by Frank, Elaine, Keith and David Moore of the Spearhead Ranch.
 
The Pope and Young Club congratulates the two winners and wants to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported this fundraising effort by purchasing and/or selling tickets!  We would also again like to acknowledge and thank our partners, Ceaser Lake Outfitters, Bowhunting Safari Consultants and the Spearhead Ranch, for making this such a successful raffle.

Great Seminar Schedule Awaits Convention Goers (4/14/2009 9:53:48 AM)
 
To download the details of the Seminars and Agenda, please visit http://www.pope-young.org/convention/Convention_Seminars_20091.pdf.

Convention: Overflow Hotel Arrangements (2/23/2009 3:39:33 PM)
The Crowne Plaza Hotel reports that we have now booked all hotel rooms for our convention dates.  Overflow hotel arrangements have been made at the Hyatt Place Denver Airport and the Sleep Inn.  Both of those hotels are just 2 blocks away from the convention at the Crowne Plaza, and both offer a great reduced rate for Pope and Young Club convention attendees:
 
 
HYATT PLACE DENVER AIRPORT
16250 E. 40th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
303-371-0700
 
Rate:        $99.00 (be sure to indicate the Pope and Young Club Convention in order to obtain the reduced rate.  Standard rate is $189)
 
Distance from Crowne Plaza:  2 blocks
 
*  The Hyatt Place offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.
*  The Hyatt Place is offering a special complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the Crowne Plaza, upon request.
 
 
SLEEP INN
15900 E. 40th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
303-373-1616
 
Rate:      $65 (queen single)
              $75 (double)
(be sure to indicate the Pope and Young Club Convention in order to obtain the reduced rate.)
 
Distance from Crowne Plaza:  2 blocks
 
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Instructor Training Workshops Offered at Convention (2/18/2009 1:46:18 PM)
Two valuable, full-day workshops for archery and education enthusiasts during the Pope and Young Club's 26th Biennium National Convention in Denver, Colorado, April 23-25, 2009.
 
NASP BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
 
NASP President and Co-Founder, Roy Grimes, will be conducting a NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training (BAI) workshop on Thursday, April 23th.  This full-day course is available to anyone.  Pre-registration is required.
 
Thursday, April 23rd
7:45am - 4:45pm
All archery equipment and training materials will be provided
Cost is $80 per person
Class size is limited to the first 12 registered persons
To register, contact Kevin Hisey at the P&Y headquarters (507-867-4144, kevin@pope-young.org).  Deadline is April 1st.
Certification card issued for those who pass
Must be at least 18 years of age to attend
 
 
NBEF TREE STAND SAFETY INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP
 
Marilyn Bentz, NBEF Executive Director, will be hosting and conducting a day-long class on tree stand safety certification on Wednesday, April 22nd.  This class is available to anyone interested in tree stand safety, but is especially designed for NBEF bowhunter education instructors.  Pre-registration is required.
 
Wednesday, April 22nd
8:00am - 5:00pm
Limited to 25 people.
Cost is $30 per person.
To register, contact Marilyn Bentz at NBEF (479-649-9036).
 
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Fantastic Hunts to be Auctioned Off (1/26/2009 11:04:37 AM)

2009 AUCTION HUNTS

 

A significant portion of the money raised for our Conservation Program activities comes from the auctioning of generously donated hunts and select artifacts and handmade items at our biennial convention.  Hunts secured so far:

 

7-DAY ELK & MULE DEER COMBO HUNT (2009 or 2010) donated by Stockton Outfitters LLC (406-782-9532, info@stocktonoutfitters.com) in Butte, Montana.  Guided, 1 on 1, back country wilderness combo hunt in the Pinflar Wilderness Area in southwest Montana.  Guaranteed license.   

 

3-DAY COLORADO WILD TURKEY HUNT (2010) donated by Michele and Fred Eichler of Fulldraw Outfitters (719-846-2545, fredeichler@hotmail.com) in Trinidad, Colorado.   Guided turkey hunt includes bunkhouse lodging and meals. 

 

 6-DAY CARIBOU HUNT IN QUEBEC (2010) donated by Jack Hume Adventures, Inc. (450-562-3832).  Semi-guided two-caribou hunt is all inclusive from Schefferville (license extra).

 

5-DAY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT (2009 or 2010) donated by Bob Keith of the Barnes/Keith Ranch in San Saba, Texas.  The hunt, on a bowhunting-only ranch, includes a buck tag, a doe tag, a feral hog, a turkey, lodging and meals.

 

7-DAY PINK MOUNTAIN (BRITISH COLUMBIA) FREE RANGE BISON HUNT donated by Katie and Dean Roe of MVP Outfitters (Canadian Mountain View Paradise) (250-427-5528, info@mvpoutfitters.com)  Free range bison hunting opportunities for bowhunters are rare.  Hunt the only free range herd in British Columbia.  You will fly to Ft. St. John and hunt from a comfortable log lodge while enjoying home cooked meals.  Bison are plentiful and tags have been recently increased from 6 to 12.  Hunt available dates in 2009.  License and tag fees and cutting/wrapping of meat are not included.

 

6-DAY MOOSE HUNT IN ALBERTA donated by Eric Rauhanen of Silver Fox Outfitters (780-723-3598, hunting@telusplanet.net) 2009 moose hunt (exact dates to be arranged) in the Edson area of Alberta.  This 2 on 1, tent-camp hunt includes everything from Edmonton, except the $800 moose license.

 

5-DAY COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER HUNT IN CALIFORNIA donated by Jim and TinaMarie Schaafsma of Arrow Five Outfitters (707-923-9633, arrow5@hughes.net) Fully guided and outfitted.  Choose between the following dates:  July 24-28, 2010 or August 5-9, 2010.  Lodging, meals and transportation (from the Eureka/Arcadia airport) included.

 

7-DAY SPOT AND STALK MULE DEER AND BLACK BEAR COMBO HUNT IN BC donated by Allan Tew of Chilanko Forks Outfitters (250-296-4773, hunt@chilankoforksoutfitters.com)  Exciting, action-packed spot/stalk hunting in Central British Columbia.  Hunt dates are September 1-7 in either 2009 or 2010.  Tags and


travel to Williams Lake are hunter’s expense.  Lodging, meals, other transportation, field care of meat and trophies all included.

 

6-DAY COUES’ DEER HUNT IN MEXICO (2009 or 2010) donated by Enrique Molina (520-980-6834, 011-52-1-662-256-5119, chairababi@hotmail.com) A guided Coues’ deer hunt (and javelina) in the mountains of northern Sonora, Mexico, on a 30,000-acre exclusive hunting ranch.  Everything is included:  modern ranch facilities, bed linens, bottled water, beer, cape and meat care, license, tags, importation paperwork, pick-up and return to Tucson airport.  Treestand or ground-blind hunting over waterholes and spot-and-stalk hunting, if preferred.

 

6-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN ALBERTA donated by Gunther Tandeleir of Wizard Lake Outfitting (780-984-4868, hunt@wizardlakeoutfitting.com) Spring black bear hunt in northern Alberta includes 2 bear tags and a wolf tag.  Wall tent lodging, cooking, transportation to and from airport and guiding included.   Late May 2009 (to be arranged).  License and GST not included.

 

7-DAY EXCLUSIVE COUES’ DEER HUNT IN MEXICO (2009 or 2010) donated by Sergio Jimenez of the El Plomito Ranch.   Be treated like a king, staying in a mansion with servants and special attention on the private conservation-managed El Plomito Ranch owned by the Sadas.  Fully guided seven day hunt, primarily waterhole hunting.  Transportation from Hermosillo or Tucson included.

 

10-DAY BEAR BONANZA IN THE ALASKA RANGE (combo hunt for brown bear, grizzly bear, black bear and caribou) donated by Steve Perrins of The Perrins Rainy Pass Lodge (www.theperrinsrainypasslodge.com) This is an incredible opportunity!  The chance to hunt and harvest both a brown bear and a grizzly bear on the SAME hunt, in addition to a black bear, is rare indeed!  Hunter responsible for his own license/tags and travel to the main lodge.  The second brown/grizzly bear would require an additional $3,500 trophy fee.  Rainy Pass Lodge is located in pristine wilderness and unsurpassed scenic beauty on the historic Iditarod Trail some 125 miles northwest of Anchorage. Hunt dates:  September 24 to October 3, 2009.  Approx. value:  PRICELESS!

 

6-DAY OHIO WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by James McCollum of Licking County Whitetails (330-603-5725, www.lickingcountywhitetails.com)  An archery whitetail deer hunt slated for October 25-30, 2009, includes lodging, meals, transportation and transportation from Columbus Airport.  Over-the-counter license not included.

 

SASKATCHEWAN WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by Rob Nye and Donnie Sealy of Canadian Trophy Quest (870-774-6101, www.canadiantrophyquest.com ).  5 ˝ day, fully guided whitetail hunt in 2009, guided by Rob Nye.  Lodging, meals and guide service included.  Travel to lodge is not.

 

5-DAY ADAMS COUNTY, OHIO WHITETAIL HUNT donated by Scott Heatley of Beech Ridge Outfitters (570-772-7825, www.beechridgeoutfitters.com) October 26-30, 2009.  Guided, stands, lodging and non-resident license fee are included.  2 meals included…full kitchen available.  Hunt to be filmed by Wolf Creek for “The American Archer.”

 

5-DAY KANSAS WHITETAIL HUNT donated by R. L. Foster of Trophy Class Outfitters (256-891-2200, www.trophyclassoutfitters.comtrophyclass@charter.net).  Hunt takes place October 31 to November 4 in either 2009 or 2010.  5-day, fully guided rut bow hunt on 10,000 acre ranch in the Flint Hills area.  Lodging and transportation after arrival provided.  Meals available at local restaurants.  Draw required.

 

 

FOR YOUTH (under 21), WOMEN, OR MEN (Over 65):

 

7-DAY MONTANA ELK HUNT donated by Jack Creek Preserve / Jon Fossel.  For a youth under 21, woman, or man over 65.  Jack Creek Preserve Foundation special access, archery only, good fishing, cabins.

 

FOR YOUTH:

 

6-DAY SPRING BLACK BEAR HUNT IN MONTANA donated by Jack Creek Preserve / Jon Fossel.  Unguided…up to 2 adults can accompany.  Spot and stalk bear hunt in May or early June (either 2009 or 2010) on the special access Jack Creek Preserve.  Bears of all color phases are around.  Cabin facility.  Bring your own food and camp equipment.

 

COLORADO BOWHUNTERS ASSN. FUNDRAISING:

 

COLORADO ELK HUNT donated by Tim Resch of Estes Park Outfitters (970-215-7064, www.estesparkoutfitters.com)  5-day, guided elk hunt in the Roosevelt National Forest.  Lodging, meals and hunt transportation provided.

 

WYOMING WHITETAIL DEER HUNT donated by David Nelson of Nelson Outfitters (307-672-6996, www.nelsonoutfitters.com) and Matt Burrows of Stick & String Outfitters (303-816-1136, www.bowhuntingoutfitters.com)  4-day hunt taking place in November of 2009 or 2010.  This guided, Region Y (Sheridan) archery hunt includes hunt transportation and accommodations.

 


Win a Dream Hunt in the Yukon! (1/14/2009 11:31:17 AM)
What bowhunter wouldn't love to win an opportunity to hunt giant Alaska/Yukon moose in the Yukon!  Or, how about a great antelope hunt in the heart of Wyoming!  Here is a terrific chance for you to win either of these all-expense paid bowhunting adventures!
 
The Pope and Young Club's 2009 Conservation Raffle is going on right now.
 
The Grand Prize is a fully-guided, 1x1, 7-day hunt (bow or rifle) for moose in the Yukon with Terry and Ruth Wilkinson of Ceaser Lake Outfitters.  Taking place October 1 - 7, 2010, the grand prize includes all transportation and license expenses.  OR, the winner may elect to receive $5,000 cash instead of the hunt.
 
 In association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants, one of its top recommended outfitters, Ceaser Lake Outfitters, has elected to partner with the Pope and Young Club to raise money for conservation.  Your moose hunt will take place in the remote Yukon wilderness during prime rutting time...the ideal time for moose hunting.  The Wilkinsons have a long history of successfully guiding bowhunters to outstanding moose.  Incidentally, can be a bow hunt OR a rifle hunt, and grizzly, black bear or wolf can be hunted too on a trophy fee basis with prior arrangement.  This is an all-expense-paid trip of a lifetime and includes travel to Watson Lake, YUK, lodging, bush flights, license and other fees.
 
Hunt arranged by:
Ceasar Lake Outfitters
Box 228
Watson Lake, YUK Y0A 1C0
867-536-2174
 
In association with:
Bowhunting Safari Consultants
PO Box 23906
Eugene, OR 97402
800-833-9777
Mark Buehrer: bohuntrm@tvwatch.net
 
 
 
 
The Second Prize is a semi-guided, 5-day bow hunt for pronghorn antelope with Frank, Elaine, Keith and David Moore on the Spearhead Ranch, near Douglas, Wyoming.  This fantastic Converse County antelope hunt can take place in either 2009 or 2010 (exact dates to be arranged).  All transportation and license expenses are included.   This hunt is donated by longtime P&Y Member and supporter Frank Moore and his family, who has extensive experience with antelope and mule deer and a great reputation as a guide and outfitter.
 
Hunt donated by:
Spearhead Ranch
3493 Ross Rd.
Douglas, WY 82633
307-358-2694
 
 
 
Tickets are available until the deadline of April 20, 2009.  The drawing will take place at the Club's 26th Biennium Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 25th, during the 2009 Pope and Young Club Convention in Denver, Colorado.  Need not be present to win.  Donations are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25.  Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking on the Raffle icon on the Club's home page, or by contacting the Club headquarters at 507-867-4144.
 
The Club would like to sincerely thank our partners, Terry and Ruth Wilkinson of Ceaser Lake Outfitters, Neil Summers and Mark Buehrer of Bowhunting Safari Consultants, and the Moore Family for the generous contributions of the prize hunts.
 
100% of the raffle proceeds will be used towards the Club's Conservation Program, in support of wildlife conservation, education and pro-hunting projects around North America.

Seeking Graphic Design Specialist (11/20/2008 4:20:23 PM)

Seeking Graphic Design Specialist         

 

Chatfield, Minnesota-based, non-profit organization seeking creative person to handle in-house graphic design / layout.   Job duties will include, but are not limited to:  graphic design and layout of advertisements, brochures, handouts, signage, etc. , web-based activities of a similar nature and assist in the development of marketing approaches.

 

Must have demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, current publishing software (such as, but not limited to, Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop).  A high level of writing and editing skills are beneficial.  A working knowledge and experience with DreamWeaver, html or equivalent also desired.  Education requirement:  Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design or equivalent.   Ideal candidate is detail-oriented, has good communication skills, as well as the ability to take direction and work independently.

 

˝ time position.  Salary/wage is dependent on experience.  Potentially, this could be either an in-house position or a home-based position requiring periodic travel to administrative offices. 

 

Inquire at (507) 867-4144

Kevin Hisey

Kevin@pope-young.org

 

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Whitetail Deer Record Book Deadline Approaching (11/14/2008 2:48:10 PM)
December 31, 2008 is the end of the 26th Recording Period (Biennium).  To be included in the 26th Biennium, and thus be included in the new edition of our whitetail deer record book...3rd Edition of Bowhunting Records of North American Whitetail Deer...entries must be postmarked by December 31st and in the office before January 7th.  There will be no exceptions.  To ensure their acceptance, please double check to make sure all entries are complete prior to being sent.
 
The new whitetail deer record book will be released in late April, at the Club's national convention.
 
The top entries during the 26th Biennium in each of the categories of big game (including all pending World's Records) will be requested for panel verification and subsequent exhibit at the Club's national convention in April.  The Convention dates are April 23-25, 2009, in Denver, Colorado.
 
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Convention Approaching - Mark Your Calendars! (10/24/2008 4:11:17 PM)
Mark your calendars now for the 26th Biennium Pope and Young Club Convention and Awards Banquet!
 
Denver, Colorado
April 23-25, 2009
 
Our 2009 celebration of bowhunting is a unique and entertaining, do-not-miss event.  Join our hosts, the Colorado Bowhunters Association, and bowhunters from throughout North America for our biennial get-together.
 
26th Biennium Big Game Exhibit - the best of the best, award winners and new World's Records
Membership Meetings
Luncheons
5th Trust Fund Golf Tourament
2009 Conservation Auction
Georgetown Sheep Viewing Tour
Receptions
Educational seminars and workshops
Recognition Banquet
Entertainment
Conservation Raffle Drawing
26th Biennium Awards Banquet,
and much more!
 
 
REGISTRATION:  Official invitation and registration packets will be mailed to the membership in December.  Convention information and details will also be available on the web site.
 
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Club Reps attend White House Conference (10/9/2008 1:36:32 PM)
On August 16, 2007, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order entitled "Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation."  The Order called for federal agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.  The order also called for a policy conference to lay the foundation for a ten-year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan.
 
One hundred years ago, in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt convened a similar conference of Governor's to address the pressing conservation/hunting issues of the time.  This year's historic occasion is in keeping with that tradition and legacy.  The White House Conference was the culmination of efforts by the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (of which the Pope and Young Club is a partner) and the Sporting Conservation Council.
 
Club 1st VP Glenn Hisey, our Conservation Committee Chairman Mike Schlegel and our Executive Secretary Kevin Hisey (along with Board Member Doug Clayton, who was representing the North American Bowhunting Coalition) attended the two-day conference in Reno, Nevada, to represent bowhunting.
 
In the months preceding the Conference, experts from the federal agencies and non-profit conservation and sportsmen's organizations crafted and developed white papers addressing major issues and challenges facing wildlife and hunting.  The conference focused on an action plan centered around these key challenges:
 
  • Improving and enhancing the American system of wildlife conservation funding
  • Wildlife habitat conservation
  • Perpetuating Hunter Traditions: access to public and private lands
  • Preserving the traditions of hunting: education, recruitment and retention
  • Federal, state and tribal coordination
  • Climate change and wildlife effects
  • Energy development and wildlife conservation
 
"This was a historic event addressing the next century of hunting and wildlife conservation.  It was certainly a 'big deal' that we were there," noted 1st VP Glenn Hisey.  Conservation Chairman, Mike Schlegel added, "this was an unparalleled opportunity to participate in and contribute to shaping a 10-year plan for conservation in North America--in fact, a vision for the entire 21st Century."
 
Key federal attendees included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Shafer, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality James Connaughton and Vice President Dick Cheney, who in his closing session remarks unveiled the Bush Administration's plans to open 7 million new acres of private lands to hunter access via the Conservation Reserve Program and to protect an additional 4 million acres of wetlands over the next 5 years.
 
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Recognize Hunting as an American Tradition (9/24/2008 2:43:48 PM)

"Anyone who has ever cast a line and felt the tug of a feisty bass, or aimed true and savored a fall feast of venison, will understand the powerful lure of hunting and fishing--and grasp their place in American culture," noted Dr. Michael Hutchins of the Wildlife Society.

Saturday, September 27th, marks the 26th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day.  It was established by an act of Congress in 1972 to celebrate hunters and anglers and their contribution to wildlife conservation.
 
This day is meant to serve as a public reminder that hunters and anglers are America's premier conservation supporters.  Through licenses and excise taxes, they now generate $100,000 every 30 minutes for fish, wildlife and habitat programs--benefiting all citizens who appreciate wild things and wild places.
 
The impact of hunting and fishing on our economy is staggering.  America's 34 million hunters and anglers contribute $76 billion to the national economy each year through taxes, fees, equipment purchases, travel and other related expenses.
 
The National Hunting and Fishing Day organization urges you to celebrate the day by:
 
1.  Introducing a newcomer to the outdoors.
2.  Visiting your sporting goods retailer, treat yourself to a new piece of hunting, fishing or shooting gear, then get outside and enjoy it.
3.  Organize, volunteer or attend a National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration in your area.
4.  Remember those whose service to our country prevent them from joining us afield this fall.  Appreciate the freedoms that make hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation possible.
5.  Log on to www.nhfday.org to learn more.
 
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$111,000 in Conservation Grants Given this Year (9/3/2008 11:45:51 AM)
Pope and Young Club Conservation Program grants, totaling over $111,000.00, were awarded to the following projects and programs in areas of education, pro-wildlife management, pro-bowhunting, research and partnerships:
 
National Archery in the 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 and Wildlife Agencies
Ballot Issues Coalition
Arizona Fish and Game Department / Purdue University - deer DNA research project
Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Absaroka elk research project
Judy Kovar's Hunting Heritage Programs
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry 
National Shooting Sports Foundation (public schools conservation videos)
Orion the Hunter's Institute
The Archery Hall of Fame
Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
Alaska Fish and Game Department - wood bison restoration project
Jack Creek Preserve Foundation - youth conservation and bowhunting education
Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign
Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Trust - public documentary
North American Bowhunting Coalition
Youth Conservation Education Portal
National Conservation Leadership Institute
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 six years to conservation projects around North America.
 
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Virginia Court Victory for Bowhunting (8/21/2008 4:02:30 PM)

In a ruling likely to provide a national precedent, the Virginia Supreme Court in mid-July upheld a lower court’s ruling that bowhunting is a safe, science-based tool of wildlife management, and that local authorities cannot stop citizens from bowhunting deer on their property when hunting itself is a right conferred by the state’s Constitution.

After being alerted to the dispute by Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia (SWMNV), the Archery Trade Association (ATA) brought legal action against the Reston Homeowners Association in January 2007. ATA won the case in Fairfax County court in December 2007, as well as its request to recover more than $50,000 in legal fees.

As a result, bowhunters are returning to Reston’s woodlots. “This important precedent for bowhunters and homeowners wouldn’t have happened without the ATA,” Eric Huppert, president of SWMNV, said. “The ATA took on the fight on behalf of property owners and bowhunters. Homeowners in Fairfax County now know there’s a safe, court-approved, scientific way to solve deer-damage problems in suburbs.”

Jay McAninch, the ATA’s President/CEO, said the victory’s importance has national significance because it strongly endorses Virginia’s right-to-hunt Constitutional amendment and the state’s wildlife-management program that relies on bowhunting in urban areas. McAninch said the Virginia Supreme Court reinforces four critical points:

-- First, bowhunting in urban areas can be done safely without harming people or property.

-- Second, individual property owners can use bowhunters to address their deer-damage and nuisance problems.

-- Third, wildlife is a public resource that’s held in trust and managed for the public’s benefit.

-- And four, individuals or a homeowners’ association cannot usurp local or state authority, or use the courts to shut down or interfere with a legitimate bowhunting program.

“When people or groups violate these historical, well-established lines of authority and take actions based on personal opinions, it’s going to cost them,” McAninch said.

The ruling caps a long-running legal dispute that began in 2005 when homeowners in nearby McLean, Virginia, got a court injunction to shut down a bowhunting program run by the SWMNV. With the ATA’s help, a local judge tossed out the McLean injunction and bowhunters returned to the woods.

Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said it’s difficult to overstate the victory’s importance. “Virginia has 7.1 million people, with urban folks moving into suburban and rural areas with little knowledge of wildlife management or bowhunting’s safety record,” Duncan said. “We can now point to this benchmark ruling and say, ‘Before you try to outlaw bowhunting and demonize it, realize it’s a vital part of Virginia’s game-management program and it’s protected in our state Constitution."
 
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Chronic Wasting Disease Info Available (8/8/2008 12:13:02 PM)
The Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance (of which the Pope and Young Club is a partner) has made available a free video called "Shedding Light on CWD."  This online video can be seen at www.cwd-info.org
 
The video presents current and comprehensive status information on Chronic Wasting Disease and shows proper field-processing techniques for deer, elk and moose harvested in CWD-positive areas.  35 minutes in total length, the video has 19 different chapters that can be viewed separately to allow users to access targeted information that pertains to their specific question or concern.
 
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Make Plans Now for 2009 Convention (7/25/2008 9:47:27 AM)
Mark your calendars now for our big biennial national celebration of bowhunting!  With the scenic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our 26th Biennium Convention and Awards Banquet will have a special "Colorado" flare.
 
April 23-25, 2009
Crowne Plaza International Airport
Denver, Colorado
 
It is our pleasure to be partnering with the Colorado Bowhunters Association as our host for this landmark event. 
 
This is definitely a do-not-miss event!  Whether you come to see the big game exhibit, the seminars and workshops, the outfitters or the entertainment, it's the camaraderie among bowhunters from all across North America that makes these conventions unforgettable.
 
26th Biennium Big Game Exhibit - 100+ of the best of the best from the last 2 years, award winners and new World's Records
Membership Meetings
Trust Fund Golf Tournament
Receptions
Luncheons
Seminars/workshops
2009 Conservation Auction
Outfitters Area
Photo and Art Contest
Raffle drawing
...and much more.
 
Formal invitations will be sent to Pope and Young Club members in December.
 
 

New Category for Tule Elk (6/26/2008 2:50:42 PM)
After several years of discussion and study, the Pope and Young Club has just approved the establishment of a Tule elk category for the Club's Records Program.  This is the first introduction of a new category since Central Canada barren ground caribou was separated from barren ground caribou in 1993.
 
This category goes into effect on July 1, 2008 and the minimum entry score requirement will be 225 0/8. 
 
A specific geographic boundary has been approved, mirroring the boundary established by the Boone & Crockett Club when they introduced the Tule elk category a few years ago.  In general terms, the Tule elk area represents the central portion of the state of California.
 
Any elk from this accepted area, would have previously been entered into the Club's records program as a Roosevelt's elk (because of similar antler configuration and "crowning" tendencies, as well as proximity of range).  Any such entry will automatically be transferred (in house) to the new Tule elk category.
 
A number of specific considerations were involved in this decision.  The last "hurdle" was recently achieved, though...the state of California has now sufficiently "opened up" access to this hunting opportunity for non-residents.
 
This current recording period (26th Biennium) concludes December 31, 2008.  At the conclusion of the recording period, the largest five Tule elk entries will be requested to be sent in for Panel Judging verification and display at the Club's 26th Biennium Convention in Denver, Colorado in April.  At such time, an official first world's record Tule elk will be recognized.
 
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Record Book Recording Fee Increase (6/16/2008 2:19:59 PM)
Effective July 1, 2008, the recording fee for honoring an animal with a listing in the Records Program will increase from $25 to $35.
 
Like everything else, the cost of doing business (from postage to paper costs) continues to rise.  This overdue increase is the first increase in the recording fee since 1988...twenty years!
 
Entries prior to the effective date will continue to be accepted at the $25 fee rate.
 
Any entry postmarked on or after July 1st will be required to have the $35 one-time recording fee...those without it will be returned for the new fee.  Our corp of volunteer official measurers are being made aware of the increase and we expect a smooth transition.
 
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Club Hosts North American Bowhunting Coalition Summit (6/4/2008 3:09:15 PM)

The 2008 Summit meeting of the North American Bowhunting Coalition was held this spring at the Pope and Young Club’s national headquarters and Museum.  34 attendees, representing 29 different bowhunting organizations were on hand to discuss issues relevant to bowhunting and bowhunting organizations.

 

Marilyn Bentz, Executive Director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, introduced the NBEF’s significant tree stand safety campaign, Project STAND.  Tree stand accidents are not only personal/family tragedies, but also have the potential to damage the image of hunting in general.  Instructor training courses are being held and the major marketing campaign is underway.

 

Roy Grimes, National Archery in the Schools Program President, provided an exciting update on progress of the NASP program and ways in which state bowhunting organizations can help assist on the state and school district levels.

 

Several presentations were given and discussions were held regarding such topics as:  improving/enhancing organizational fundraising, auctions and effective communications (e-marketing and websites).  A panel of reps (from NY, MD, MN, LA and MO) discussed recent or emerging crossbow threats in various states and what strategies are in play. 

 

In NABC business news, Lou Leavens (Michigan Bow Hunters Association) was elected to serve as the Midwest Regional Director, replacing Mike Brust (Wisconsin Bowhunters Association) whose term had expired.  A few structural changes were made, including the redefining of the facilitator position as “NABC secretary” and the creation of a Vice Chairman (Chairman elect) position.  These organizational leaders discussed the need to seek future leaders and to focus on developing a sense of responsibility and ownership in protecting bowhunting’s future.

 

There was also plenty of time for networking among the attendees and absorbing some of the rich heritage and history showcased in the Club’s Museum of Bowhunting.

 

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2008 Museum Raffle Winners Announced (4/24/2008 11:34:46 AM)

The Pope and Young Club's 2008 Museum raffle, an important biennial fundraising event for the Club's Museum Program, concluded with the drawing on April 18th, at the Club’s Museum in Minnesota.  The drawing took place during the North American Bowhunting Coalition annual meeting.  More than $47,000.00 was raised to assist the Pope & Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting to carry out its mission of improving the awareness and appreciation of our rich bowhunting history and heritage.

 

The winner of the Grand Prize was Galen Wertz from Maryland.

 

The Grand Prize was a fully-guided, 1x1, 8-day bowhunt for elk in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest with Tim Doud of Bliss Creek Outfitters (www.blisscreekoutfitters.com).  The hunt was generously donated by Tim Doud and Bliss Creek Outfitters.  The grand prize also includes all transportation and license fees, which the Club, itself, is providing. 

 

The winner of the Second Prize was George Ellis of North Carolina.

 

The Second Prize was a fully-guided, 5-day Fall bowhunt for black bear with Wayne Bosowicz of Foggy Mountain Guide Service (www.foggymountain.com) in northern Maine.  The Fall of 2008 bear hunt was generously donated by Wayne Bosowicz.  All transportation and license expenses are included, compliments of the Pope and Young Club.   

 

 

As a longtime member, Mr. Wertz received the books of raffle tickets sent out by the Club at the beginning of the raffle, in November.  He immediately completed and returned his tickets.  The second prize winner, Mr. Ellis, purchased his raffle tickets via the Club’s web site!

 

 

The Pope and Young Club congratulates the two winners and wants to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported this fundraising effort by purchasing and/or selling tickets!  We would also again like to acknowledge and thank our partners, Bliss Creek Outfitters and Foggy Mountain Guide Service, for making this such a successful raffle.

 

 


2008 Election Results (3/6/2008 9:24:21 AM)
The 2008 election of Pope and Young Club officers and directors has just concluded.  Ballots were counted and the results of the election are as follows:
 
President:                    M. R. James (Indiana)
 
1st Vice-President       Glenn Hisey (Minnesota)
 
2nd Vice-President      Susan Barrett (Wyoming)
 
Director                      Andy Carpenter (Texas)
 
Director                      John D. "Jack" Frost (Alaska)
 
 
Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors.  In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward to serve on the Board.
 
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Win a Wyoming wilderness elk hunt or a Maine bear hunt! (12/12/2007 3:55:23 PM)
What bowhunter wouldn't love to win an opportunity to hunt American elk in the wilderness of northwest Wyoming!   Or, how about a spring black bear hunt in northern Maine!  Here is a terrific chance for you to win either of these all-expense paid bowhunting adventures!
 
The Pope and Young Club's 2008 Museum Raffle is going on right now.
 
The Grand Prize is a fully-guided, 1x1, 8-day bowhunt for elk in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest with Tim Doud of Bliss Creek Outfitters (www.blisscreekoutfitters.com).  Taking place in September of 2009, the grand prize wilderness hunt includes all transportation and license expenses.  OR, the winner may elect to receive $5,000 cash instead of the hunt.
   
 
The Second Prize is a fully-guided, 5-day Fall bowhunt for black bear with Wayne Bosowicz of Foggy Mountain Guide Service (www.foggymountain.com) in northern Maine.  The hunt takes place in the Fall of 2008 (exact dates to be arranged).  All transportation and license expenses are included.   
  
 
Tickets are available until the deadline of April 19, 2008.  The drawing will take place at the Club's headquarters on April 19th, during the 2008 North American Bowhunting Coalition annual summit.  Need not be present to win.  Donations are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25.  Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking on the Raffle icon on the Club's home page or directly in the Merchandise Store of this website, or by contacting the Club headquarters at 507-867-4144.
 
The Club would like to sincerely thank our partners, Tim Doud of Bliss Creek Outfitters and Wayne Bosowicz of Foggy Mountain Guide Service, for the generous contributions of the prize hunts.
 
100% of the raffle proceeds will be used towards the Club's Museum Program, in support of its mission to increase the awareness and appreciation of bowhunting's history and heritage.
 
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Major Membership Changes Effective January 1, 2008 (9/19/2007 11:56:54 AM)
Just approved by the voting membership and having been passed by the Board of Directors, sweeping enhancements to the Club's membership structure will go into effect January 1st, 2008.
 
Since its founding, some 46 years ago, the Club has had a very unique membership structure, designed to reward longevity and commitment as both a bowhunter and as a Club supporter.  Everyone initially joins the Club as an Associate Member and then, through time, may advance to Regular Member and later to Senior Member.  Throughout the Club's four and half decades of work on behalf of bowhunting, Regular Membership has been "capped"--initially at 25 individuals and incrementally stepping up to the present 200 individuals.  This cap created a waiting period for Associate Members to advance to Regular Member, thereby, "earning" advancement, more or less.
 
In recent times the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee addressed a number of membership structure issues including significant fluctuations in the waiting time.  Minor changes that had been implemented to create consistent "flow" of new members through the Regular Membership created unwelcome side effects within the Senior Membership level.  Furthermore, the Board stressed its desire to focus on attaining quality members (active, dedicated and concerned bowhunters), versus any focus on membership quantity.
 
Brief Highlights
 
  • No change to the Associate Member criteria (the only requirements are to be a bowhunter and have pursued the challenge of bowhunting long enough to have taken at least one adult big game animal with bow/arrow.)
  • A member shall be an Associate Member for fourteen (14) years before being eligible to advance to Regular Membership (the "old" system had fluctuated from as little as 9 years to as much as 18 years).
  • To qualify for Regular Membership, an Associate Member must:

            1.)  Meet the same hunting requirements as before,

                     a.)  have taken at least 3 different species of N.A. big game with bow

                     b.)  have a least one animal in the record book

            2.)  Attend at least one biennial convention OR exhibit sufficient Club involvement (i.e., official measurer, committee member, convention volunteer, etc.)

            3.)  Exhibit sufficient participation in at least two of the following categories:

                      a.)  Club involvement (if not used to meet requirement #2)

                      b.)  State/local bowhunting organizations

                      c.)  Mentoring

                      d.)  Conservation activities

  • As before, a peer review of prospective Regular Member candidates is conducted.  A vote on new Regular Members, by the voting membership, will be a "yes" or "no" vote (i.e., no "abstain" option).  The applicant will need to receive "yes" votes totaling at least 90% of the returned ballots to be accepted as a Regular Member.  If the applicant receives less, he/she may reapply in three years.
  • The number of Regular Members shall now be unlimited in quantity.
  • There will no longer be an automatic advancement to Senior Membership (i.e., after a certain number of years).
  • To qualify for Senior Membership, a Regular Member must:

             1.)  Be a Regular Member for at least eight (8) years

             2.)  Meet the same hunting requirement as before (have taken at least four different species of N.A. big game with a bow, and have at least three different species listed in the record book)

             3.)  Have attended at least two biennial conventions

             4.)  Exhibit sufficient Club involvement

             5.)  Exhibit sufficient participation in at least two of the following categories:

                     a.)  State/local bowhunting organizations

                     b.)  Mentoring

                     c.)  Conservation activities

             6.)  Be voted on and accepted by the Senior Membership (a 90% yes vote similar to the Regular Membership vote)

 

Pope and Young Club members are receiving detailed information about this change in a mass email alert, as well as in the next two issues of the Club's quarterly newsletter.

 


New Traditional book and 25th Recording Period Book are now available (6/26/2007 9:31:40 AM)
1.  The long-awaited book, A Traditional Journey, is now available.  It was unveiled at the Club's convention in April of 2007.
 
This is not just a record book, though it does contain a listing of record animals taken with traditional bows.  Instead, it's an epic cross-section of the SPIRIT---the soul---of hunting with the bow and arrow.  Whether you shoot a recurve, longbow or compound, this book will speak to you!
 
  • Thought-provoking chapters and commentary explore the principles and values of bowhunting
  • Hunting stories from five different eras (including original texts from Saxton Pope, Fred Bear, Glenn St. Charles, Nathan Andersohn and Pat Lefemine) compare and contrast the spirit, the excitement and the unique generational language of over nearly 100 years of hunting with the bow and arrow
  • Additional chapters provide a sampling of the finer aspects of the art and craft of bowhunting:  stalking, hunting from the ground, instinctive shooting, the fun of shooting bows, bow building and customizing arrows
  • Contributors include T. J. Conrads, Dale Karch, Monty Browning, Marv Clyncke, G. Fred Asbell, Harvard Ebers, Fred Richter, Fred Eichler, Jay St. Charles, Tom Parsons and Dwight Schuh, in addition to those mentioned above
  • More than 7,750 record book entries taken with a longbow, recurve or selfbow (deadline: 1/1/2007)
  • Full color photos throughout the book
  • A book for EVERY bowhunter's library---interesting, informational, inspiring and timeless

A Traditional Journey is a full-sized, hardbound book, 272 pages in length.  It sells for $36.95 including shipping.

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!  Place your order on the Merchandise Page of the Club's web site or by calling the Club's offices at 507-867-4144.

A DELUXE LIMITED EDITION of A Traditional Journey was also created.  This limited edition features an individually-numbered number page, with the Club's corporate seal, and a slip cover.  The numbers (1 to 200) are reserved for present owners of the Gold Label Collector's series (i.e., owners of the newest, 6th Edition, Gold Label Collector's Set...which is still available...interested parties should call the Club's office).  A few select numbers are, however, available right now for others.  The price is $75.00ppd.

 

2.  The 25th Recording Period Statistical Summary is also now available.  The booklet lists all of the entries accepted into the Records Program during the 25th Biennium (1/1/2005 to 12/31/2006).  This serves as the first addendum to the current all-time record book, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition.

  • Contains 8,354 new entries
  • Announces two new World's Records
  • Feature on Gail Martin's lifetime of hunting
  • Past Ishi Award presentations
  • Distribution and Growth statistics for all species of big game
  • Hunt Characteristic graphs
  • soft cover, bound, 166 pages

The booklet sells for $15.00 including shipping and is available on the Club's web site or through the Club's office.

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2007 Conservation Raffle Winners Announced (5/3/2007 3:40:21 PM)
The Pope and Young Club's 2007 Conservation raffle, an important biennial fundraising event for the Club's conservation program, concluded with the drawing at the 25th Biennium Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 28th, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
 
The winner of the Grand Prize was Don Keady of New Jersey.
 
The Grand Prize was a 10-day, fully-guided, combination hunt for Alaska/Yukon moose and mountain caribou in the Pelly Mountains of the Yukon Territory with Yukon Stone Outfitters.  The hunt was provided by Darwin Watson of Yukon Stone Outfitters, in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants.
 
The winner of the Second Prize was Doug Guise of Pennsylvania.
 
The Second Prize was a 6-day, fully-guided spring bowhunt for black bear in Northern Alberta with Ryk Visscher's Bowhunting Adventures.  The hunt was generously donated by Ryk Visscher.
 
The Pope and Young Club congratulates the two winners and wants to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported this fundraising effort by purchasing and/or selling tickets!  We would also again like to acknowledge and thank our partners, Yukon Stone Outfitters, Bowhunting Safari Consultants and Ryk Visscher's Bowhunting Adventures, for making this such a successful raffle.
 
 
 

Last Call for 2007 Convention (4/10/2007 11:56:15 AM)
The Club's 25th Biennium National Convention and Awards Banquet is April 26-28, 2007, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Don't miss the Club's first convention on the East Coast!  It's going to be a grand time!
 
Tickets are still available and it's not too late to get to the Club's biennial celebration of bowhunting.  Convention invitations were mailed to the membership in January, but if you're in need of a replacement, contact the Club at 507-867-4144, admin@pope-young.org
 
1.  BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS
The convention takes place at the Lancaster Host and Convention Center.  At this stage, the hotel is close to being booked, however ample "overflow" is available at several hotels next door.  The Lancaster Host (if rooms are no longer available there) will automaticly provide you transfer to a neighboring hotel.
 
1-800-233-0121
 
2.  ORDER YOUR BANQUET TICKETS AND CONVENTION REGISTRATION
This can be done through the mail, with a check, by using the registration form, or by calling the Club's headquarters with a credit card (507-867-4144).
 
 
 
3.  BOOK YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Driving - The Lancaster Host and Convention Center, with free parking, is very accessible.  It is located just east of Lancaster on Lincoln Highway (U.S. Hwy 30).
 
2300 Lincoln Hwy E.
Lancaster, PA 17602
 
Flying - The recommended airport is the Harrisburg International Airport.   It is located about 45 minutes from the Host Hotel.  Complimentary Shuttle service is generally provided by Cabela's, Inc.  Shuttle departures from the airport run Wednesday (3pm to 9pm), Thursday (9am to 9pm) and Friday (9am to 6pm).  Return shuttles run all day on Sunday.
 
 
 
 

Pope and Young Club

25th Biennium Convention

and Awards Program

 

Lancaster Host and Convention Center

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

April 26th – April 28th, 2007

 

AGENDA

 

Thursday, April 26th

9:00 am                                                Golf Tournament (meet in Hotel Lobby)

10:00 am – 7:00 pm                             Registration (Ballroom Foyer)

10:00 am – 10:00 pm                           North American Big Game Exhibit (Expo Center)

10:00 am – 10:00 pm                           Outfitter Area (Expo Center)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm                               Seminar:  “Black Bear Biology and Management” by Dr. Gary Alt (Ballroom)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                               Seminar:  “Be Bear Aware” by Chuck Bartlebaugh (Ballroom)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm                               Seminar:  Turkey Calling” by Gary Sefton (Ballroom)

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm                               Opening Ceremonies (Ballroom)

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm                             Reception (Expo Center)

 

Friday, April 27th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm                               Registration (Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – 6:00 pm                               North American Big Game Exhibit (Expo Center)

8:00 am – 6:00 pm                               Outfitter Area (Expo Center)

8:30 am – 11:30 am                              Joint Membership Meeting (Ballroom)

Noon – 1:30 pm                                   Friday Luncheon (Lancaster Showroom)

Presentation:  Len Cardinale—Early Days of P&Y in the Eastern U.S.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                               Seminar:  “Suburban Whitetail Deer Management” by Jody Maddock (Ballroom)

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm                               Amish Tour (departs from Hotel Lobby)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                               Seminar:  “Hunting Ethics and Conservation Heritage” by Jim Posewitz (Ballroom)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                               Reception (Lampeter Exhibit Hall)

7:00 pm – 12:00 am                             Friday Banquet (Lancaster Showroom)

                                                                        Entertainment:  Gary Sefton

                                                                        Conservation Award Presentations

                                                                        Panel Judges’ Recognition

                                                                        Photo & Art Contest Awards

                                                                        Silent Auction

                                                                        Social

 

 

Saturday, April 28th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm                               Registration (Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – Noon                                   North American Big Game Exhibit (Expo Center)

8:00 am – Noon                                   Outfitter Area (Expo Center)

8:00 am – Noon                                   Strasburg Railroad Tour (departs from Hotel Lobby)

8:00 am – 11:00 am                              Associate Membership Meeting (Ballroom)

8:00 am – 11:00 am                              Regular/Senior Membership Meeting (Wheatland)

11:00 am – Noon                                 Joint Membership Meeting Concludes (Ballroom)

Noon – 1:30 pm                                   Saturday Luncheon (Lancaster Showroom)

                                                            Presentation:  Frank Addington, Jr. “The Aspirin Buster”

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                               2007 Pope & Young Club Auction (Lancaster Showroom)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                               Seminar:  “Elk Hunting in Arizona” by Corky Richardson (Ballroom)

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm                               Reception (Ballroom)

7:00 pm – 1:00 am                               25th Biennial Awards Banquet Dinner (Expo Center)

                                                            Keynote Speaker:  Monty Browning

                                                            2007 Conservation Raffle Drawing

                                                            25th Biennium Awards Presentation

                                                            Social

 

 

 

 Come join us as bowhunters from throughout North America gather for a great weekend of fun and fellowship!

 

Any questions can be directed to the Club's headquarters at (507) 867-4144, admin@pope-young.org.

 

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2007 Auction - List of Hunts (4/3/2007 5:03:42 PM)

2007 POPE & YOUNG CLUB CONSERVATION AUCTION

April 28, 2007

2:00pm

Lancaster Host & Convention Center

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

One of the highlights of the Club's biennial national conventions is the Auction.  The Auction takes place Saturday afternoon, during the Club's 2007 Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  This exciting event raises important monies for the Club's Conservation Program, and our efforts in pro-hunting activities, education, bowhunting preservation, research and wildlife management.  The Auction will include a number of generously donated hunts along with many unique, one-of-a-kind or historically-significant items.

 

The following hunts have been secured for the 2007 Auction: 

 

 

5-DAY TEXAS WHITETAIL DEER HUNT (2007 or 2008) donated by Bob Keith of the Barnes/Keith Ranch in San Saba, Texas, (325) 628-3247, www.barnes-keith.com   Hunt Texas whitetails with Tom Nelson on this five-day bowhunt.  The hunt, on a bowhunting-only ranch, includes a buck tag, a doe tag, a feral hog and a turkey.  Dates to be arranged with Tom Nelson.  Lodging, meals and transportation during the hunt are provided.  License/tag not included.  Value approx. $3,000. 

 

 

TWO 7-DAY MONTANA ELK HUNTS (2008 or 2009) donated by Jack Creek Preserve / Jon Fossel (406) 682-7930, fossel711@aol.com   A seven-day elk hunt for a youth under 21, a woman, or a man over 65.  5,000 acre ranch with exclusive access, bordering the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area in southwestern Montana.  Jack Creek Preserve Foundation special access, archery only, good fishing, cabins.  Extra non-hunters welcome.  License/tag not included (hunt is available until tag is drawn—50% first year, 100% second year).  Semi-guided.  Food, cooking and transportation are hunter’s responsibility.

 

 

6-DAY CANADA MOOSE HUNT IN ALBERTA (2007) donated by Eric Rauhanen of Silver Fox Outfitters in Edson, Alberta, (780) 723-3475, hunting@telusplanet.net, www.silverfoxoutfitters.com     2 on 1 guided moose hunt for six days in Northern Alberta.  Tent camp, meals and transportation from Edmonton Airport included.  License not included (over-the-counter).  Dates according to availability.  Value approx. $4,000.

 

 

6-DAY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN SASKATCHEWAN (2007) donated by Kent and Lori Wolowski of Rock Ridge Outfitting Ltd. in Carrot River, Saskatchewan, (306) 768-2617, rockridgeoutfitters@hotmail.com   Six-day Saskatchewan archery whitetail hunt.  Lodging and meals included.  Tags separate (over-the-counter).  Transportation not included.  Dates according to availability.  Value approx. $4,000.

 

 

6-DAY COMBINATION ELK / DEER / ANTELOPE HUNT IN MONTANA (2008) donated by Mike Parsons of Crow Creek Outfitters, (406) 326-2349, www.crowcreekoutfitters.com   Fully guided September 2008 hunt for elk, deer and antelope.  Exact dates to be determined.  Includes cabins, cooking and transportation from Bozeman.  Elk and deer tags are outfitter-guaranteed.  Antelope is unlimited draw (June 1st deadline).  License/tags not included.  Value approx. $6,500.

 

 

6-DAY WOODLAND CARIBOU / MOOSE COMBO HUNT IN NEWFOUNDLAND (2007) donated by Roy Goodwin of Tag-A-Long Consultants, (508) 473-6790 (office), (508) 523-1357 (cell), www.tag-a-longconsultants.com  A terrific woodland caribou hunting opportunity at Dolland Pond, a bowhunting-only camp in southern Newfoundland.  1 on 1 hunt includes full-service lodging, cooking, float plane transportation and tag.  Guides are experienced bowhunters and there’s only 4 hunters per camp.  Can upgrade with a bear.  Pick up and drop at Gander included.  Hunt takes place in 2007, to be arranged.

 

 

5-DAY CALIFORNIA COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER HUNT donated by Jim and Tina Marie Schaafsma of Arrow Five Outfitters, (707) 923-9633, www.arrowfiveoutfitters.com   Fully-outfitted, Northern California Columbian blacktail deer hunt takes place August 3-7, 2007.  Wall tent lodging, meals and transportation (from the Eureka/Arcadia airport) included.  Value approx. $4,000.

 

 

6-DAY COMBINATION ELK / DEER HUNT IN MONTANA (2007 or 2008) donated by Mike Robinson of Thunder Bow Outfitters in Swan Valley, Montana, (406) 754-2701 www.thunderbow.com   2 on 1 guided combination hunt for elk and whitetail or mule deer. Must purchase your own license/tag (tag guaranteed through outfitter).  Lodging, meals and transportation during the hunt provided (arrival at your own expense).  Value approx. $3,350.

 

 

10-DAY AMERICAN ELK ARCHERY HUNT IN ALBERTA donated by Tanner Walgenbach of Center Fire Oufitters in Stettler, Alberta.  September 6-16, 2007.  1 on 1 guided hunt.  Wall tent lodging, cooking and transportation from Calgary included.

 

 

5-DAY SPOT AND STALK BLACK BEAR HUNT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (2007 or 2008) donated by Allan Tew of Chilanko Forks Outfitters, (250) 296-0118, www.chilankoforksoutfitters.com   A fully-guided, five-day, spot and stalk black bear hunt near 150 Mile House, British Columbia.  Arrive on a Sunday, for five exciting days of hunting, and depart on a Saturday.  Cabins, meals and transportation from Williams Lake airport provided.  A second bear can be hunted for an additional $1,000.  License/tag ($300) not included.  Exact dates to be arranged (May 1st to June 30th, in either 2007 or 2008).  Value approx. $2,500.

 

 

OSCEOLA TURKEY HUNT (2008) donated by Hoppy Kemper of Osceola Outfitters (407) 957-3593 www.osceolaoutfitters.com   3 day, 1x1 guided turkey hunt for one mature tom.  Hunter responsible for license and permits.  Lodging, meals and transportation after arrival at ranch is provided.  Dates according to availability.  Near 100% success on the world’s most elusive turkey.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking a chance at another species of wild turkey.  Value approx. $2,000.

 

 

5-DAY IOWA WHITETAIL RUT HUNT (2007 or 2008) donated by Jim Wilshire of Iowa Hills Outfitters, (712) 527-5514.  Hunt Monday to Friday in this archery-only area located 45 minutes north of Council Bluffs in western Iowa.  1x1 fully-guided hunt with bunkhouse lodging, meals and transportation from (and to) Omaha provided.  Hunt available dates in 2007 or 2008.  Licensen/tag not included.  It is a draw (deadline in May), but the hunt can be taken when draw is successful.  One full hunt donated (could be two half-price hunts or three 1/3-off hunts, if friends want to team up).  Value approx. $3,000.

 

 

5-DAY WOMAN’S WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN KANSAS (2007) donated by Greg Hill of Kiowa Creek Outfitters (620) 845-2219, kiowacreekwhitetails@yahoo.com.  1x1 guided whitetail hunt in southcentral Kansas.  Tags/license not included.  It is a draw (May 31 deadline), though landowner tags are possible if draw fails.  Exact dates according to availability.  Lodging, meals and transportation after arrival at ranch included.  Value approx. $3,500.

 

 

5-DAY QUEBEC/LABRADOR CARIBOU HUNT (2007 or 2008) donated by Bernie Dominic of Safari Nordik, (800) 361-3748, www.safarinordik.com   Hunt the Leaf River and George River caribou herds in Northern Quebec.  Two caribou tags are available ($260 each) for this semi-guided hunt.  Wooden cabins, hot running water, generators and excellent food are included.  Transportation from Montreal included.  Hunt available dates in 2007 or 2008.  Value approx. $5,450.

 

  

5 ˝ DAY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN ILLINOIS (2007 or 2008) donated by Greg Guerrieri and Dan Perich of Midwest Trophy Outfitters, (570) 676-5710.  Early November whitetail deer hunt in Fulton County, Illinois (may select dates 2-7 or 9-14 in either 2007 or 2008).  This 3x1 guided, Illinois whitetail hunt includes lodging, meals and transportation after arrival at camp.  License/tag not included—guaranteed draw (June deadline).  Value approx. $2,750.

 

 

5-DAY COLORADO ELK HUNT (2007 or 2008) donated by Walt Isenhour of Lone Star Outfitters, (512) 273-2129.  Five-day, 2x1 guided elk hunt north of Vermejo Park near Trinidad, Colorado.  Tent camp, camping gear, meals and transportation from Trinidad are provided.  License and tag not included (over-the-counter, $498).  Hunt can be taken in either 2007 or 2008—dates according to availability.  Value approx. $5,500.

 

 

6-DAY WHITETAIL DEER HUNT IN ILLINOIS (2007) donated by Jeff Bower of Triple T Whitetails in Barry, Illinois, (217) 653-7600, www.tripletwhitetails.com   A 1x1 fully guided, whitetail deer hunt in Adams County, Illinois.  The hunt taking place October 22-27, 2007.  License is not included, but is a guaranteed draw   Lodging and meals provided.  Transportation after arrival is provided.  Value approx. $2,000.

 

 

10-DAY SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI (2008) donated by Anton Derksen of the Kurumakatiti Reserve, in conjunction with Chuck Leidheiser of World Class Safaris, (888) 395-0714, www.worldclass-safaris.com   African plains game bowhunt on the Kurumakatiti Reserve for one bowhunter and one non-hunting observer.  Trophy fees for an impala ram, an impala ewe, a kudu cow and a zebra are included (all other trophies charged at prevailing prices).  Lodging, cooking and transportation from Johannesburg included.  Hunt available dates in 2008.  Value approx. $9,000.

 

 

 

 

UNITED BOWHUNTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA HUNT DONATIONS

 

5 Day Iowa Trophy Whitetail Hunt with Medicine Creek Outfitters, 515-979-5498, or 641-873-4385, medicinecreekoutfitters@hotmail.com.  This trophy hunt takes place during the first two weeks of November.  Iowa is a draw so the hunt will take place the year the hunter draws a deer tag.  Deer taken on this hunt have averaged 150 inches.  Two Boone and Crockett class bucks were taken in 2006.  Shot opportunities have been near 100%.  The hunt is all inclusive and includes meals and accommodations in a 5000 sq. ft. lodge, airport pick up and return and field care of your trophy.  License fees ($420) are not included.  Medicine Creek Outfitters is a family operation interested in keeping the trophy quality high by keeping the number of hunters low.  Value approx. $2750.

 

6 Day Black Bear Hunt in Alberta with Northern Wilderness Outfitters, 1-888-NOW-HUNT, www.huntingalberta.com.  NWO is known for their giant Alberta Whitetails but they have huge black bear as well.  NWO has been featured on a number of television shows including “Scent-Loks Getting Close.”  Two dozen P&Y class bears were taken in 2006 with 5 Boone and Crockett caliber bears killed as well.  This is a 2 bear limit hunt with 30% of the bears having a color phase.  Shot opportunities have been 200% with 180% success rate.  The hunt includes wall tent lodging with heaters and hot showers, all meals, transportation from the Edmonton airport to camp and return to the airport after the hunt.  Wolf tags are also included.  There is no trophy fee for the second bear.  The hunt can be taken in May of either 2007 or 2008 with dates according to availability.  Value approx. $3950.

 

4 Day Texas Fair Chase Whitetail Hunt with Briley Outfitters, www.brileyoutfitting.com, Day: 325-651-6072, night: 325-374-6867.  You will bowhunt the same ranches where Realtree films each year for their “Monster Bucks” videos.  Promos, Penn Woods, Archer’s Choice and the Mooreheads have also filmed on Briley’s 8 ranches (60,000 acres).  Briley Outfitting also offers hunts for exotics and turkeys.  This donation is a four day management deer hunt for a big 8 point buck.  Mutually agreeable dates of the hunt are between October 1 and 25, 2007.  Shot opportunities on this hunt have been 100% for bucks scoring between 124 and 140.  All meals, lodging and airport transportation are included as is the $1500 kill/wounding fee.  Tags, license and gratuities are not included.  The hunt can be upgraded to a trophy hunt for an additional $1000.  Value approx. $3,000.

 

8 Day Pink Mountain (British Columbia) Free Range Bison Hunt with Sikanni River Outfitters, www.sikanniriver.com, 403-987-4178, sro@sikanniriver.com  Free range bison hunting opportunities for bowhunters are rare.  Hunt the only free range herd in British Columbia.  You will fly to Ft. St. John and hunt from a comfortable log lodge while enjoying home cooked meals.  Bison are plentiful and tags have been recently increased from 6 to 12.  Hunt available dates in November/December of 2008 or 2009.  The hunt includes meals, accommodations at Sikanni River Ranch, and trophy field care.  License and tag fees and non-resident hunter preservation fees are not included.  Value approx. $8,500.

 

 

10 Day Archery Trophy Moose Hunt in British Columbia donated by MVP Guides and Outfitters, www.mvpoutfitters.com, (888) MVP-HUNT.  Hunt one of the top areas in BC for moose, both in numbers and large antlers.  An average moose in this area would score between 155 and 190 P&Y points, with some bulls reaching the 195 B&C marker.  Success rates in this area have been 95%.  “It is our goal to be the one outfitter known for its first class guides, an outstanding hunting area with quality animals and to be second to none in customer service.”  This is a 1 on 1 horseback/backpack hunt, August 23-September 1 or September 1-10, 2007.  Not included in the hunt:  chartered flight ($1,500), additional non-scheduled plane trips, commercial airline costs, accommodations while in Fort St. John, hunting license ($180), tag ($250), 6% Government tax, royalties ($125) and a $125 NRPHF.  Included in the hunt:  transportation to and from the Fort St. John airport, transportation while in the hunting area, meals and lodging, capping and skinning of the trophies, and a hunt you will never forget.  We will welcome a hunting companion for $7,500 and a non-hunting companion for $200/day.  By special arrangement with MVP, you may be able to hunt additional species as well.  Our motto is “Come as a Client, Leave as our Friend.”  Value approx. $7,500.

 

 

Any questions can be directed to Auction Co-Chairmen Roger Atwood (208-356-0794) and Tom Nelson (517-627-9586), or to the Club's Executive Secretary, Kevin Hisey (507-867-4144, admin@pope-young.org).

 

 

 

 


WIN a moose/caribou combo or a black bear hunt! (1/23/2007 12:12:24 PM)
What bowhunter wouldn't love to win an opportunity to hunt giant Alaska/Yukon moose and mountain caribou in the Yukon!  Or, how about a spring black bear hunt in northern Alberta!  Here is a terrific chance for you to win either of these all-expense paid bowhunting adventures!
 
The Pope and Young Club's 2007 Conservation Raffle is going on right now.
 
The Grand Prize is a fully-guided, 1x1, 10-day hunt (bow or rifle) for moose and caribou in the Yukon with Darwin Watson of Yukon Stone Outfitters.  Taking place in September 25 to October 4, 2007, the grand prize includes all transportation and license expenses.  OR, the winner may elect to receive $5,000 cash instead of the hunt.
 
 In association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants, one of its top recommended outfitters, Yukon Stone Outfitters, has elected to partner with the Pope and Young Club to raise money for conservation.  Your moose/caribou hunt will take place in the south central portion of the Yukon, which encompasses most of the Pelly Mountains.  This is concession #15, owned and operated by Yukon Stone Outfitters.  It is one of the largest guide areas in the Yukon and may be one of the best.  Scattered throughout the area are more than fifty lakes that give access by float plane.  Right in the middle is the base camp, Lapie Lake.  There are also a half dozen other cabin camps that our hunts will start and end from; however, due to the vast size of the concession, spike camps with be used on most hunts.  The base camp, though rustic, will be comfortable with hot showers, small generators and good cooks.  The Big Salmon River watershed has the highest density of moose in the Yukon.  70% of this wilderness area has not been hunted in recent years.  The area holds good populations of mountain caribou as well, which are resident herds.  Darwin Watson has made a life's work of guiding in the Canadian North and his track record with bowhunter's speaks for itself.
 
Hunt arranged by:
Yukon Stone Outfitters
PO Box 100
Hudson's Hope, BC  V0C 1V0
867-333-0223
250-783-9454
Darwin Watson: hunt@yukonstone.com
 
In association with:
Bowhunting Safari Consultants
PO Box 23906
Eugene, OR 97402
800-833-9777
Mark Buehrer: bohuntrm@tvwatch.net
 
 
 
 
The Second Prize is a fully-guided, 1x1, 6-day bow hunt for spring black bear with Ryk Visscher's Bowhunting Adventures in northern Alberta.  The hunt takes place in May of 2008 (exact dates to be arranged).  All transportation and license expenses are included.  The winner can elect to take a second bear for $750.  This hunt is donated by longtime P&Y Member and supporter Ryk Visscher, who has extensive experience with black bears and a great reputation as a guide and outfitter.
 
Hunt donated by:
Ryk Visscher's Bowhunting Adventures
1166 68th St.
Edmonton, ALB  T6K 3K4
780-462-6611
 
 
 
 
Tickets are available until the deadline of April 20, 2007.  The drawing will take place at the Club's 25th Biennium Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 28th, during the 2007 Pope and Young Club Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Need not be present to win.  Donations are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25.  Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking on the Raffle icon on the Club's home page, or by contacting the Club headquarters at 507-867-4144.
 
The Club would like to sincerely thank our partners, Darwin Watson of Yukon Stone Outfitters, Neil Summers and Mark Buehrer of Bowhunting Safari Consultants, and Ryk Visscher for the generous contributions of the prize hunts.
 
100% of the raffle proceeds will be used towards the Club's Conservation Program, in support of wildlife conservation, education and pro-hunting projects around North America.
 
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Newest All-time Record Book - the 6th Edition (11/3/2006 8:41:54 AM)
Fully updated and released in 2005, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, THE quintessential bowhunting record book, contains comprehensive data on more than 62,000 North American big game animals harvested in fair chase with the bow and arrow.  This 856-page volume includes all animals accepted into the Pope and Young Club's Records archives through January 1, 2005.
 
 
A must for any serious hunter's personal library, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, is a historic bowhunting milestone and an information-packed resource tool.  Scientific data gleaned from the scoring forms in the archives are given for each animal listed, including:  final score, length of main beams (or horns), inside spread, number of points, basal circumference, county and state where taken, hunter's name, year taken and all-time rank.
 
The listings are enhanced with portrait photographs, field photographs and first-person accounts of the World's Records in each of the 33 recognized categories of North American big game.  Also featured are chapters by Dr. Dave Samuel discussing the values of hunting and the stages of a hunter, wrapped around entertaining hunting stories, a chapter on the Pope and Young Club /  St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, and historical data.  The dust jacket features a portion of the Club's newest limited edition Conservation Print, "Slipping up the Backtrail," painted for the Pope and Young Club by wildlife artist Desmond McCaffrey.
 
For the first time, a CD of the records is included with this all-time record book.  The CD contains a digital version of the full record book (in .pdf format) as well as the records information in sortable database format.
 
This book not only recognizes and honors these extraordinary examples of North American wildlife species, it also traces the past and present health of wildlife populations and offers indisputable evidence of the continued success of traditional wildlife management.  Perhaps as importantly, the pages of this publication are a testimonial to the spirit and time-honored traditions of the hunt and harvest.
 
Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, is available for $42.00.  Add $5.95 for shipping.  Send orders to Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.  Visa or Mastercard orders can be placed by calling (507) 867-4144 or by ordering on this web site on the Merchandise Page.
 

2006-07 Conservation Grants Announced (10/13/2006 8:18:34 AM)
The Pope and Young Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2006-07 fiscal year.  Pope and Young Club Conservation Program Grants, totalling almost $100,000.00, were awarded to the following projects and programs in areas of education, pro-wildlife management, pro-bowhunting, research and partnerships:
 
  • National Archery in the Schools Program
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
  • Boone & Crockett Club's Hunt Fair Chase Program
  • The American Wildlife Conservation Partners
  • AWCP - land access web site project
  • United States Sportsmen's Alliance - Bowhunting Rights Coalition
  • South Dakota State University - pronghorn antelope research project
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
  • International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Ballot Issues Coalition
  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept. / Purdue University - deer DNA research project
  • Utah State University - predator / prey interaction (wolf, cougar, elk, mule deer) research project
  • Judy Kovar's Hunting Heritage Program
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation - public schools conservation videos
  • Orion-The Hunter's Institute
  • Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
  • Alaska Fish & Game Dept. - wood bison restoration project
  • Jack Creek Preserve Foundation - youth conservation & bowhunting education
  • Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign
  • Washington State Highway 97A Fence project
  • The Kicking Bear Foundation - youth mentoring
  • Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Trust - public documentary
  • The North American Bowhunting Coalition
  • Unallocated - defense of bowhuunting 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 seven years to conservation projects around North America.

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Jack Creek Preserve Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Youth Camp (10/4/2006 8:52:57 AM)
A highly successful and fun youth camp event was held at the Jack Creek Preserve on July 14-16, this summer.  The three-day camp was attended this year by 56 kids and a volunteer staff of 20 individuals.
 
Groups of eight kids participated in, and rotated between, seven different "stations" including archery, orienteering, game calling, tracking, rock wall climbing, water quality education and dutch oven cooking.  The archery station was very popular, with many of the kids darting back to the range to shoot during any of their free time.  Special evening programs included an educational presentation on the Sioux Indians and a fascinating astronomy presentation under the stars.
 
 
 
The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation is the brainchild of Pope and Young Club member Jon Fossel and his family.  The Foundation is a collaborative effort between the Fossel Family, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Boone and Crockett Club and the Pope and Young Club, aimed at youth conservation education on the Jack Creek Preserve (a 5,000+ acre pristine, mountainous piece of property in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in southwestern Montana). 
 
Three Pope and Young Club members (Jerry Karsky, Ken Lumpkin and Stan Rauch) provided the instruction for the archery sessions of the camp.  The Club has also contributed funding this year for the archery range and archery equipment.
 
Most of the kids in this camp had never shot bows before, but were immediately taken by the activity.  Fifteen kids had.  In fact, those fifteen...from Kentucky, Ohio, Texas and Alabama...were participants in this year's camp due to the involvement in the National Archery in Schools Program.
 
 
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Bowhunting Coalition Meets (9/7/2006 11:53:03 AM)
Forty representatives of 30 state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations attended the annual meeting of the North American Bowhunting Coalition held at the Pope & Young Club's headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota on August 12-13.  Conferees discussed important bowhunting issues and charted action on a number of concerns including assisting the aging and physically challenged bowhunter, Sunday hunting, crossbows in bow seasons and high fence hunting.
 
Rick Story, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, updated the group on anti-hunting initiatives of the Humane Society of the United States and the pressing issues of state-level sportsmen's organizations.  Story highlighted legislation that would expand bowhunting in some states and legislation that would restrict bowhunting in others.  He illustrated the need for members to get involved locally, as well, by focusing on anti-bowhunting ordinances that have been passed in several cities.
 
The state of Alaska will become the 40th state to implement the National Archery in Schools Program, so reported Roy Grimes, NASP National Director.  The rapidly growing school archery program is expected to reach 700,000 students by the end of next year.  Kevin Stay, NASP coordinator for Brennan Industries, maker of the Genesis bow, said nine additional states have a NASP program in the planning stages.
 
Wisconsin Bowhunter Association's Mike and Rose Brust unveiled the NABC's new web site with a live Internet download from www.nabowhuntingcoalition.com
 
Coalition project directors reported on the completion of important action items.  Gary Socola, New York Bowhunters, briefed the coalition members on the CD-formatted "Adaptive Equipment for the Aging or Physically Challenged Bowhunter" program.  The CD illustrates the different ways conventional bows can be adapted for use by disabled and aging bowhunters.  It will be widely distributed and is currently available for download on the NABC web site.
 
Steve Link, Washington State Bowhunters, outlined how state/provincial organizations can increase their productivity and effectiveness.  Link's 14-point presentation emphasized the best practices that have been utilized by successful bowhunting groups.
 
Terry Receveur, Indiana Bowhunters Association, presented a descriptive seminar on high fence hunting and David Tetzlaff, president of the Traditional Bowhunters of Florida, directed a lively discussion following his presentation on the World Hunting Association's concept of competitive, televised hunting.  NABC members universally condemned the WHA's plan to shoot whitetail deer with tranquilizing darts within fenced enclosures, labeling this venture as an affront to fair chase hunting.
 
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Grand Opening - Pope & Young Club eMall (7/10/2006 10:56:20 AM)

A Virtual Mall – Online Shopping Mall - eMall

 

Raising funds to support the Pope & Young Club can be difficult and time consuming. The 4OurCause eMall program makes it easy for our Club to raise funds on an ongoing basis.

The eMall is a FREE and easy fundraising program designed to allow supporters the ability to shop online and at the same time, generate money for the Pope & Young Club, and at no additional cost to you.

Hundreds of name brand online stores and gift cards are available. Great Stores, with great prices, products and services which contribute high percentage commissions from each purchase made through our eMall!

You just click the link on the Pope & Young Club’s home page and go to our branded eMall.

Shopping at The Pope & Young eMall is very simple. Navigation is provided on every page, click on your favorite store, and you will go to the Merchant Detail page. It explains who each merchant is, the products they offer and the percentage amount you earn for the Pope & Young Club while shopping online. At times you have access to special merchant offerings such as discounted prices and free shipping.

The Pope & Young Club will receive 100% of the published amount indicated next to each merchant’s name. No administrative cost or additional fees are deducted from the published amounts. Each merchant pays 4OurCause a commission on each purchase (excluding taxes, shipping, handling & gift wrapping) from this net amount the Pope & Young Club receives its contribution.

  • In today's global marketplace value, quality, customer service and an enjoyable shopping experience are paramount. Now, from the comfort of your home or at work, our stores are always open, availability is guaranteed, there is no pressure to up-sell or add-on items you will never use and you almost always get a better price than at the merchant’s local store.

 

Supporters with Websites, please add a link to The Pope & Young eMall on your site:  

 

The link is: http://www.4ourcause.com/emall/64230

 

Please share the news of the Pope & Young Club’s eMall with family and friends who can shop and support our Club with their own online shopping. Think what an impact their purchasing can make in helping support our programs.  The potential is exciting for The Pope & Young Club as more and more people shop online and become aware their shopping can make a difference. For help adding a link or more information call Kevin at 507-867-4144 or email at Kevin@pope-young.org

 

 

Purchase with a Purpose! ®


P&Y Nixes Proposed "Hunt" Tournament (6/16/2006 9:04:40 AM)

A recent announcement by the World Hunting Association has raised significant concerns within the Pope and Young Club. According to WHA publicity releases, a televised tournament series featuring “professional hunters” is slated for broadcast this coming fall. Competitors reportedly will seek to tranquilize deer within high-fence game farm properties. Lucrative prizes are to be awarded to individuals collecting the biggest or most captive deer during televised “hunts.” Both bows and firearms will be used to deliver the tranquilizing agents.

 

“Hunting is not a ‘catch and release’ proposition,” said P&Y President M. R. James. “Nor is it intended to be an entertaining public spectacle. The Pope and Young Club certainly does not want its organization identified with this type of commercial endeavor, either directly or indirectly. That includes any reference to P&Y-class animals or the use of our measuring system to determine the score of captive deer. This idea flies in the face of the ethical, Fair Chase bowhunting challenges our organization embraces.”

 

Noting that the Pope and Young Club does not accept any captive animals as record book entries, Executive Secretary Kevin Hisey added: “The idea that this concept is just plain wrong goes well beyond the issue of game farms and high fences. Many responsible hunters will view it as an affront to the values, principles, and integrity of hunting so many hold dear.”

 

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2006 Board of Directors (6/16/2006 8:58:39 AM)
The Club is pleased to announce and introduce its 2006-08 Board of Directors.  The results of the 2006 election of officers and directors, tabulated and announced in March, yielded the following:
 
President                        M. R. James (Evansville, Indiana)
1st Vice-President          Stan Rauch (Victor, Montana)
2nd Vice-President         Warren Strickland (Owens Crossroads, Alabama)
Director                          Roger Atwood (Rexburg, Idaho)
Director                          David Coupland (Calgary, Alberta)
 
They join the following, who remain on the Board:
 
Past President                 Donald Ace Morgan (Kearney, Nebraska)
Director                          Andy Carpenter (Southlake, Texas)
Director                          John D. "Jack" Frost (Anchorage, Alaska)
 
Additionally, the following have been appointed to positions on the Board:
 
Executive Secretary        Kevin Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)
Treasurer                        R. Craig Oberle (Mellette, South Dakota)
Conservation Chairman   Mike Schlegel (McCall, Idaho)
Membership Chairman    Mike Kistler (Brownstown, Illinois)
Records Chairman          Glenn Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)
 
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2006 Museum Raffle Concludes - Winners Announced (4/26/2006 2:36:53 PM)

During the Board of Directors annual business meeting, this past weekend at the Club's headquarters in Minnesota, the drawing was held for the 2006 Museum fundraising raffle.  The Grand Prize hunt, a 15-day bow hunt for bighorn sheep in the famous "Canmore Bow Zone" in Alberta, was won by Fernando Semiao of New Jersey.  The Second Prize hunt, a 5-day caribou hunt in the Lac Minto area of northern Quebec, was won by Bob Harris of Indiana.

Thanks to the terrific response from members and supporters who bought and sold tickets, the Museum Raffle produced more than $56,000 in income for the Pope and Young Club's Museum Program!

Special thanks and the Club's deepest appreciation go to Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters (www.savageencounters.com) and Bowhunting Safari Consultants (www.bowhuntingsafari.com) for providing the Grand Prize hunt, and to Greg Bonecutter, Sr. of Tuttulik Outfitters (www.tuttulik.com) for donating the Quebec caribou hunt!  Also, a special thanks to Neil Summers at Bowhunting Safari Consultants for his extra effort in promotion of the raffle.

The mission of the Pope and Young Club's Museum Program is to increase the awareness and appreciation of our bowhunting history and heritage.  This effort includes the Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, itself, and a number of outreach projects.  100% of the funds raised will be put to work on "Phase 2" construction (including display enhancement, more audio/visual work, special exhibit construction and wildlife conservation displays) and development of a traveling Museum display and permanent "satellite" displays in select venues around the country.

Thank you to all who made this a success!  And, congratulations to the winners!

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2006 Museum Raffle (3/16/2006 2:36:34 PM)
What bowhunter wouldn't love to win an opportunity to hunt bighorn sheep in the famous "Canmore Bow Zone" in Alberta---arguably the pinnacle of North American hunting experiences!  Or, how about a caribou hunt in the Lac Minto region of northern Quebec!  Here is a terrific chance for you to win either of these all-expense paid bowhunting adventures!
 
The Pope and Young Club's 2006 Museum Raffle is going on right now.
 
The Grand Prize is a fully-guided 15-day bow hunt for bighorn sheep in the Canmore Bow Zone of Alberta with Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters (www.savageencounters.com).  Taking place in October/November of 2006 or 2007, the grand prize includes all transportation and license expenses.  And, the winner can, at their own expense, add mule deer hunting to the trip as well.  OR, the winner may elect to receive $5,000 cash instead of the hunt.
 
The Second Prize is a semi-guided, 5-day bow hunt for Quebec/Labrador caribou with Tuttulik Outfitters (www.tuttulik.com) near Lac Minto, Quebec.  All transportation and license expenses are included.
 
Tickets are available until the deadline of April 15, 2006.  The drawing will take place at the Club's Board of Directors annual business meeting and the winner's will immediately be contacted.  Donations are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25.  Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking on the Raffle icon on the Club's home page, or by contacting the Club headquarters at 507-867-4144.
 
The Club would like to sincerely thank our partners, Chad Lenze of Savage Encounters, Neil Summers and Mark Buehrer of Bowhunting Safari Consultants, and Greg Bonecutter of Tuttulik Outfitters for the generous contributions of the prize hunts.
 
100% of the raffle proceeds will be used towards the Club's Museum Program, carrying out its mission to "increase the awareness and appreciation of our bowhunting history and heritage."  This includes ongoing construction expenses and special exhibit development at the Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting in Chatfield, Minnesota, as well as the development of traveling museum displays and remote kiosks.
 
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2006 Board of Directors Election Results (3/3/2006 1:50:51 PM)

Ballots for the election of officers and directors were sent to the membership during the first week in February.  The election concluded on March 1, 2006.  The results of the election are as follows:

President:                  M. R. James (Evansville, Indiana)

1st Vice-President:    Stan Rauch (Victor, Montana)

2nd Vice-President:   Warren Strickland (Owens Cross Roads, Alabama)

Director:                    Roger Atwood (Rexburg, Idaho)

Director:                    David Coupland (Calgary, Alberta)

Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors.  In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward offering to serve on the Board.


Foundation to Provide Free Hunt to Wounded Veteran (1/10/2006 11:30:55 AM)
The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation will be giving a quality bow hunt for either elk or black bear to a U.S. veteran that was wounded while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
 
As detailed in a "Spotlight on Conservation" feature (found in the Conservation Section of this web site), the Jack Creek Preserve isa 5,000 acre wildlife preserve near Ennis, Montana that consists of wild and scenic mountain country that has been set aside to conserve and protect wildlife and its habitat while also developing into a Youth Education Center.  The major focus of the Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities that give young people a deeper appreciation and involvement with habitat and ecology, wildlife management, hunter conservationists, ethical hunting and bowhunting.  Among the Foundation's Board of Directors are representatives of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Pope and Young Club and the Boone and Crockett Club.
 
Rich in wildlife resources, the landscape provides a wildlife corridor between the northern and southern portions of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area.  Bowhunting for elk and black bear is the primary hunting being conducted as part of the Foundation's effort to directly support young hunters and others.  The auctioned elk hunts that have been provided by the Foundation to various national organizations have consistently sold for several thousand dollars.  Hunter success is generally greater than 50%.  A 7x7 elk was taken this past fall that scored 368.
 
Now the opportunity to participate in one of these high quality bow hunts will be given free to a U.S. military veteran that was wounded while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  The JCPF is able to accommodate a veteran that may have suffered severe physical disabilities.  Cabin lodging will be provided and Foundation personnel will assist the hunt recipient to insure that he or she enjoys a truly outstanding bowhunting experience.
 
The deadline to apply for the hunt is February 20, 2006.  Applications can be obtained by e-mailing the Foundation at doublef@3rivers.net or through the mail to Double F Foundation, PO Box 3, Ennis, MT 59729.
 
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P&Y Club Awards $85,000 in Conservation Grants for FY 2005-06 (10/28/2005 9:23:38 AM)

The Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.  Grants, totaling almost $85,000 were awarded to projects and programs around North America, as well as Club activities, in areas of conservation education, wildlife management, pro-bowhunting, research and partnerships.

Over the last seven years alone, the Club has contributed more than $500,000 to conservation and pro-hunting projects throughout North America. The following programs/projects/partnerships are receiving grants:

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
  • the National Assembly of State Caucuses Program
  • Ballot Issues Coalition
  • U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance - Bowhunting Rights Coalition
  • American Wildlife Conservation Partners
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation, public schools video series
  • Judy Kovar's Heritage Program
  • Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program
  • International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
  • Archery Hall of Fame
  • National Archery in Schools Program
  • South Dakota State Univ. - pronghorn research project
  • Utah State University - mule deer winter range research project
  • Nevada Dept of Wildlife - deer and elk workshop
  • Arizona F & G Dept / Purdue Univ. - deer DNA research project
  • Alaska F & G Dept - wood bison restoration project
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation - Heritage Trust
  • Wildlands Center
  • Orion, the Hunters' Institute
  • Jack Creek Preserve - youth conservation and bowhunting education 
  • Boone and Crockett Club's Hunt Fair Chase Initiative

2007 Convention Site Announced (10/28/2005 8:34:38 AM)
The Club has chosen Lancaster, Pennsylvania as the site of our next biennial national convention.  This will be the Club's first convention in the Eastern United States in our five-decade history, and we're excited about the opportunities that it presents.  The Club is grateful to the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania who have offered to help host the event.
 
The three-day event, April 26-28, 2007, is the culmination of the Records Program's two-year recording periods, called bienniums.  This is the conclusion of the 25th Biennium.  The convention will include membership meetings, seminars, receptions and banquets, the Auction and much more.  The showcase of the convention is the Biennial North American Big Game Exhibit.  This display will feature more than one hundred of the top animals, from the 34 categories of North American big game, entered during the two-year recording period.
 
Details and invitation packets will be sent to the membership in December of 2006.
 
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North American Bowhunting Coalition Formed (8/24/2005 12:18:16 PM)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
NORTH AMERICAN BOWHUNTING COALITION FORMED
 
Chatfield, MN - A meeting of the state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations was held at the Pope and Young Club's headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota on August 6th and 7th to further address important bowhunting issues that were identified at the National Bowhunting Summit held in Springfield, Missouri this spring.
 
Attended by 41 representatives of 33 organizations (in 29 states and Canadian provinces), the Minnesota conferees completed a crossbow position statement, were taught by experienced bowhunting activists how to strengthen their political skills and how to build a more effective bowhunting organization.  They addressed the increased anti-bowhunting threat, began work on a program to assist physically challenged archers to shoot modified conventional bows and developed plans to prepare a position paper on high fenced hunting.  Dr. Dave Samuel served as moderator for the conference.
 
The attending organizational reps of the National Bowhunting Summit group established the North American Bowhunting Coalition (NABC).  Denny Ballard, of Missouri, was elected chairman of the coalition's steering committee.  A significant action taken was to assign boundaries to four NABC regions that encompass the entire North American continent.  All state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations are automatically part of the NABC by virtue of their status as a state or provincial-level bowhunting group.
 
The overall purpose of the NABC is to provide a communications link and organizational structure whereby the state and provincial organizations can effectively work together to provide strong support for the welfare of bowhunting throughout the United States and Canada.
 
Denny Ballard, NABC's new chairman says, "It's hard to believe that, up to now, three million bowhunters in the U.S. and Canada have had no national level representation in matters that have directly affected their sport.  That day has passed as the North American Bowhunting Coalition will provide a forum for bowhunters, through their state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations, to protect and support bowhunting as national issues are deliberated.  It's only fair and right that the men and women that have been pulling the load for bowhunting over the years have a say in where their sport is heading."
 
As the result of the National Bowhunting Summit meetings, its was abundantly clear that the organized bowhunting community is strongly opposed to the growing trend by game agencies of permitting crossbows to be used in bow seasons.  A position statement on the crossbow issue was developed and was signed on to by 72 bowhunting organizations and bowhunting related businesses.  The position taken is that "crossbows are not bows and therefore should not be permitted in bow seasons or in archery-only hunting areas."
 
"Our coalition organizations are the bulwark of bowhunting," Ballard said.  "They have opened the entry gate for thousands of new archers to enter our sport throughout decades of service to their local communities and have been reliable partners of our state game agencies as well.  We know bowhunting and have earned our place at the table.  Crossbow hunting has not."
 
"We see dangers, too, in promoting the commercial profiteering of crossbows at the expense of our national resources, " Ballard said.  "It's a slippery slope.  No user group exists for crossbow hunting and yet the public trustees of our natural resources are being pandered to by crossbow manufacturers and the commerce of hunting to allow crossbow hunting in bow seasons when no public interest exists."
 
For the protection and welfare of bowhunting's future, the North American Bowhunting Coalition looks forward to working with the many entities that comprise the continent's bowhunting community.
 
NABC chairman Denny Ballard can be contacted at twangdrb@earthlink.net.
 
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New World's Records Announced (8/23/2005 4:10:06 PM)
Among the many highlights of the Pope and Young Club's 24th Biennium Convention in Springfield, Missouri this April, was the announcement of five (5) new World's Records:
 
An Alaska brown bear, scoring 29 3/16, taken by Jack Brittingham near Lake Iliamna in Alaska in May of 2004.  This bear surpasses the previous World's Record by 12/16".  Two brown bears held the previous World Record of 28 7/16 (a bear taken by John D. "Jack" Frost in 1985 and a bear taken in 1995 by Monty Browning). 

Alaska Brown Bear
29 3/16
Lake Iliamna, Alaska
May 2004
Jack Brittingham
 
 A Grizzly bear, scoring 26 3/16, from the Unalakleet area of western Alaska.  The bear was taken in May 2004 by Dennis Dunn.  This bear bested a record that had stood since 1987 (a bear from British Columbia, scoring 25 13/16 taken by Derril Lamb--it was tied in 1997 by a bear taken in British Columbia by Jim Boyer).
 

                               

 
Grizzly Bear
26 3/16
Unalakleet, Alaska
May 2004
Dennis Dunn
 
A Mountain caribou from the Fire Lake area of the Yukon Territory, taken by Pete Cintorino in September of 2004.  The bull has an official score of 416 4/8, exceeding the previous world record of 413 6/8 (a mountain caribou taken by Chuck Adams in 1995 in the Northwest Territories).
 

                       

Mountain caribou
416 4/8
Fire Lake, Yukon
September 2004
Pete Cintorino
 
 A non-typical whitetail deer, scoring 294 0/8, from Greene County, Ohio.  This buck was taken by Michael Beatty in November of 2000.  The new World's Record non-typical whitetail deer exceeds the old one, that had stood for more than 40 years, by a whopping 14 inches (the previous world record was 279 7/8--a buck taken by Del Austin in Nebraska in 1962).
 

 
Non-typical Whitetail Deer
294 0/8
Greene County, Ohio
November 2000
Michael Beatty
 
A bull from Coconino County, Arizona is the new World's Record Non-typical American elk.  It has a final score of 442 0/8 and was taken by Nick Franklin in September of 2003.  This bull exceeds the previous record by over 21 inches.
 
                                   
 
Non-typical American Elk
442 0/8
Coconino County, Arizona
September 2003
Nick Franklin
 
These five extraordinary natural treasures were among the 102 outstanding North American big game animals that were on display during the convention, representing all 33 categories of North American big game.  Those 102 specimen were invited in for panel judging verification and award recognition as the largest animals from the 8,071 entries in the 24th Recording Period (January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004).
 
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New All-time Record Book Now Available (7/6/2005 9:36:31 AM)
Fully updated and just released, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, THE quintessential bowhunting record book, contains comprehensive data on more than 62,000 North American big game animals harvested in fair chase with the bow and arrow.  This 856-page volume includes all animals accepted into the Pope and Young Club's Records archives through January 1, 2005.
 
 
A must for any serious hunter's personal library, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, is a historic bowhunting milestone and an information-packed resource tool.  Scientific data gleaned from the scoring forms in the archives are given for each animal listed, including:  final score, length of main beams (or horns), inside spread, number of points, basal circumference, county and state where taken, hunter's name, year taken and all-time rank.
 
The listings are enhanced with portrait photographs, field photographs and first-person accounts of the World's Records in each of the 33 recognized categories of North American big game.  Also featured are chapters by Dr. Dave Samuel discussing the values of hunting and the stages of a hunter, wrapped around entertaining hunting stories, a chapter on the Pope and Young Club /  St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, and historical data.  The dust jacket features a portion of the Club's newest limited edition Conservation Print, "Slipping up the Backtrail," painted for the Pope and Young Club by wildlife artist Desmond McCaffrey.
 
For the first time, a CD of the records is included with this all-time record book.  The CD contains a digital version of the full record book (in .pdf format) as well as the records information in sortable database format.
 
This book not only recognizes and honors these extraordinary examples of North American wildlife species, it also traces the past and present health of wildlife populations and offers indisputable evidence of the continued success of traditional wildlife management.  Perhaps as importantly, the pages of this publication are a testimonial to the spirit and time-honored traditions of the hunt and harvest.
 
Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, is available for $42.00.  Add $5.95 for shipping.  Send orders to Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.  Visa or Mastercard orders can be placed by calling (507) 867-4144 or by ordering on this web site on the Merchandise Page.
 
 

2005 Convention Highlights (5/25/2005 4:01:55 PM)
From all parts of North America, the bowhunting community recently gathered in Springfield, Missouri for the Pope and Young Club's biennial celebration of bowhunting---its 24th Biennium Convention and Awards Banquet---April 14-16, 2005.  About 1,000 attendees were on hand for a weekend full of activities and camaraderie.  Highlights included:
 
102 of the largest big game animals taken with the bow and arrow in the last two-year recording period, representing all 33 different categories of North American big game, were sent in for Panel Judging verification, five weeks before the convention.  All of these heads were then displayed in an exhibit for public viewing at Bass Pro Shops' Outdoor World during the five weeks leading up to the Convention.  Reportedly, more than 40,000 people were able to view these extraordinary natural treasures!
 
During the Awards Banquet, Saturday night, these outstanding animals were honored with numerical awards in their respective species categories.  Five new World's Records were officially recognized at that time:  an Alaskan brown bear from the Lake Iliamna area of Alaska, scoring 29 3/16, taken in May of 2004 by Jack Brittingham; a grizzly bear from Unalakleet, Alaska, scoring 26 3/16, taken in May of 2004 by Dennis Dunn; a mountain caribou taken near Fire Lake, Yukon, scoring 416 4/8, taken in September of 2004 by Pete Cintorino; a non-typical whitetail deer, scoring 294 0/8, taken in November of 2000 by Michael Beatty in Greene County, Ohio; and a non-typical American elk, scoring 442 0/8, taken in September of 2003 in Coconino County, Arizona by Nick Franklin.
 
Members and attendees participated in membership meetings and receptions.  Tours included Black Widow Bow Company, Wonders of Wildlife, the Fred Bear Collection at Bass Pro, and more.
 
Seminars included "Hunting Alaska on Your Own" by Frank Noska IV, "Bowhunting Dangerous Game" by Chuck Adams, "Shooting and Hunting with Longbows and Recurves" by Dale Karch, "Planned Giving" by Bob DeLaney, Bryan Benchoff and Chase Fulcher, "Rough Country Bowhunting" by Randy Ulmer, and "Whitetail Hunting with a Wildlife Biologist" by C. J. Winand.
 
The 2005 Auction raised more than $80,000 for the Club's conservation and Museum activities.
 
The 2005 Conservation Raffle concluded with the drawing of the winning tickets.  More than $65,000 was raised.  The grand prize was an all-expense-paid, 15-day bighorn sheep hunt in the Canmore Bow Zone of Alberta, with Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters.  The second prize was an all-expense-paid, 6-day elk and deer combination hunt in Montana with Mike Parsons of Crow Creek Outfitters. 
 
During the Friday evening Recognition Banquet, Roy Grimes updated the attendees on the National Archery in Schools Program and thanked the Pope and Young Club for its support and financial assistance the last four years as this exciting program spreads across the country.
 
Jim Range, of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, was the guest keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet.  During his presentation, he challenged all sportsmen to get involved in the stewardship of wildlife and wildlands and to be involved in the legislative process to ensure our heritage for future generations.
 
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Bowhunting Summit Held (4/28/2005 9:34:33 AM)
Hosted and facilitated by the Pope and Young Club, a National Bowhunting Summit was held in Springfield, Missouri on April 17th and 18th.  The historic gathering of the representatives of 32 state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations was for the purpose of sharing information and strategies on a variety of important bowhunting issues.
 
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance provided an update on the substantially increased anti-bowhunting threat as the result of the recent merger of the Humane Society of the United States and the Funds for Animals.  The USSA's pro-active Bowhunter Rights Coalition is designed to fight the anti-bowhunting movement.  All state bowhunting organizations can directly assist in combating anti-bowhunting efforts through their active support of the BRC.
 
To assist the state organizations in being more effective politically, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation presented the CSF's rapidly expanding State Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Program.  States are organizing their sportsmen legislators through the caucus program to increase effectiveness in addressing hunting, fishing and other wildlife related issues at the state level.
 
"Our organization has long wanted a forum such as the National Bowhunting Summit to share ideas and strategies," stated Mike Foust, president of the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania.  "Many of the issues that individual states and provinces face are being experienced, or have been experienced, in other parts of the country.  The summit provided the opportunity to address many of those issues and put in place the means to accomplish effective follow-on networking."
 
The organizational representatives at the Bowhunting Summit were unanimous in their opposition to crossbows being allowed in bow seasons.  The position taken is that crossbows are not bows and therefore they should not be allowed in bowhunting only seasons, except where the states already have exemptions for qualified physical disabilities.
 
To further address important bowhunting issues, the state and provincial organizations will meet again August 6th and 7th at the Pope and Young Club's headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota.
 
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2005 Conservation Raffle Winners (4/27/2005 7:26:52 AM)
The 2005 Conservation Raffle concluded with the drawing of the winning tickets at the Awards Banquet, Saturday April 16th, during the 2005 Pope and Young Club Convention.
 
The Grand Prize of an all-expense paid bighorn sheep hunt in the Canmore Bow Zone of Alberta was won by Mr. Robert DeLaney of Connecticut.
 
The Second Prize of an all-expense paid elk and deer combo hunt in Montana was won by Mr. Jason Black of Alabama.
 
More than $65,000 in ticket sales were generated for the Pope and Young Club's Conservation Program to support the various pro-hunting, wildlife management, education and research projects supported by grants from the Conservation Program.  A big, and heartfelt, "THANK YOU" goes to all the members and supporters who purchased and/or sold raffle tickets for this important fundraising effort.
 
Also, our sincere thanks goes to Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters, and Bowhunting Safari Consultants, for arranging the grand prize sheep hunt, and to Mike Parsons of Crow Creek Outfitters for donating the second prize elk and deer combo hunt.

2005 Convention News (2/2/2005 4:29:39 PM)
 
The Pope and Young Club's biennial celebration of bowhunting will attract Club members and bowhunters from throughout North America to the Ozarks this spring.
 
Invitations and registration packets were mailed to the membership in early January.
 
Dates:   April 14-16, 2005
 
Locations:  University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Missouri
                  Bass Pro Shops and Wonders of Wildlife Museum
 
Registration:  Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance.  Convention registration may be done in advance, or at the door.
 
To request a convention registration packet, please contact the Club's headquarters:
Pope and Young Club
Box 548
Chatfield, MN 55923
(507) 867-4144
 

2005 AUCTION TAKING SHAPE

HUNTS

A significant portion of the money raised for our Conservation Program activities, and for the Museum, comes from the live auctioning of generously donated bowhunts at our biennial convention.

Among the hunts already secured to be auctioned are:

Black Bear Hunt in Newfoundland

Donated by Ray’s Hunting and Fishing / in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants. 2 bears allowed, License and tag included. 2005 or 2006

6-day Mule Deer Hunt in Eastern Colorado

Donated by Adventures Wild / in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants. 2005 or 2006

Two Bull Caribou Hunt in NWT

Donated by Adventures Northwest / in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants. 2005 or 06

7-Day Mountain Lion Hunt in Utah

Donated by Sunrise Outfitting / in conjunction with Bowhunting Safari Consultants. Guided 1x1

6-Day Elk and Deer (Mule or Whitetail) Hunt in Western Montana

Donated by Thunder Bow Outfitters. Archery or firearm.

Woman 5 Day Kansas Whitetail Hunt

Donated by Kiowa Creek Outfitters. 2005 Guided 1x1

7-Day Montana Elk Hunt

For Youth under 21, Women, or Men over 65 yoa. Donated by Double F Ranch / Jon Fossel. 2006-07 Special access, archery only, good fishing, cabins.

Youth 2-Day Whitetail Hunt in Texas

Donated by King Ranch. 16 Years of age or younger. Cull buck, javelina, feral hog.

Youth 2-Day Whitetail Hunt in Texas

Donated by King Ranch. 16 Years of age or younger. Cull buck, javelina, feral hog.

 

AUCTION ITEMS

Many other valuable, high-quality or historically significant treasures will be live and silent auctioned. Among others, these include:

A Howard Hill Big Five Longbow, signed by Fred Bear, donated by Andy Carpenter

Cheyenne Indian jacket and two vests, made and donated by Judy Kovar

Elk antler chair, donated by Dave Rogers

Elk antler mirror, made and donated by Doug Kauer

Handmade pine slab table w/Ishi replica arrow inletted, donated by Bill Brown

Collector books, framed prints, handmade quilt, commemorative broadheads/arrows, custom made arrows, crocheted table cloth, signed St. Charles spokeshave and more.

If you have an item or items, or a hunt, that you would like to donate to assist with our fundraising for the Conservation Program and the Museum, please contact Auction Co-Chairmen Roger Atwood (208-356-0794) or Tom Hoffman (518-465-0123).

 

Friday Night Auction

April 15, 2005

Kansas Trophy Whitetail Hunt

Donated by Bill Suenram, Big Dog Outfitters, Kingman, Kansas (620-243-3263). South Central Kansas hunt to be auctioned at the Friday night banquet in Missouri. A six day hunt in Units 15 and 16 with meals, lodging and field transportation. Non-resident transferrable tag is available at $750.00 if you do not draw a Kansas deer tag. Proceeds go to the Pope and Young Club Trust Fund.

 

P&Y to Host 2005 Bowhunting Summit (1/28/2005 10:54:06 AM)
A National Bowhunting Summit will be hosted and faciliated by the Pope and Young Club April 17 and 18 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.  The event will immediately follow the Club's 24th Biennium Convention, to be held April 14-16 at the same location.
 
Designed specifically for the state-level and provincial-level bowhunting organizations, the purpose of the Summit is to share information and strategies on bowhunting issues among the representatives of the attending groups.
 
Although much of the agenda will be set by the organizations themselves, one of the major issues that will be addressed at the Summit is the increased thrust by the anti-hunting movement to ban or sharply curtail bowhunting in the United States.  This as the result of the recent merge of the Humane Society of the United States and the Fund For Animals, with their expressed intent of substantially stepping up efforts against bowhunting.  The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance will lead the session on this vitally important subject.
 
Another major issue that will be an agenda item is that of effectively combating the ever-increasing effort by a segment of the archery industry to put crossbows into bowhunting-only seasons.  Additionally, an informative session will be presented by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation on its rapidly expanding State Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Program.  State game agency perspectives on bowhunting will also be presented.
 
The Summit is anticipated to mark the beginning of a continuing process whereby a forum for networking is established to address issues affecting bowhunting and bowhunters.
 
Invitations have been sent to the state-level and provincial-level bowhunting organizations.
 

2005 Conservation Raffle Begins (12/23/2004 4:21:46 PM)
The 2005 Pope and Young Club Conservation Raffle has begun.  Tickets and flyers have been mailed to the membership.
 
GRAND PRIZE:  a fully-guided 15-day bow hunt for bighorn sheep in the Canmore Bow Zone of Alberta with Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters.  All transportation expenses and licenses included.  Bonus: a mule deer hunt can be included at the winner's expense.  Entire hunt package value is approximately $17,500.  OR, the winner may elect to take $5,000 cash instead of the hunt.
 
The pinnacle of North American hunting experience...
If you are one of the tens of thousands of hunters hoping to get a sheep tage through the state lottery systems...good luck, it can happen.  But here is an alternative that is a "win/win."
 
This year's Conservation Raffle features a bowhunt for bighorn sheep in the World famous "Canmore Bow Zone" (WMU 410 in Alberta).  The hunt is offered by Chad Lenz of Savage Encounters (www.savageencounters.com), in association with Bowhunting Safari Consultants (www.bowhuntingsafari.com).
 
Located northwest of Calgary, Alberta - Savage Encounters finds its home nestled at the base of the eastern foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  This is also home to the well-known sheep area called the Canmore Bow Zone, that has been set aside for "bowhunting only."  This area is one of Alberta's most scenic and, by far, has produced more P&Y bighorns than anywhere else in North America.  Past success in this area has been extremely high...half of the top ten P&Y record book rams are from the province of Alberta and so is the current World's Record.  Although there is no lottery, non-residents are required to have a guide.  Currently there are only eight permits allotted to outfitters for this area each year.  These hunts are expensive, starting at $16,000+ (US) for a 15-day bowhunt...but you can win one by purchasing tickets for the Pope and Young Club's 2005 Conservation Raffle.
 
Chad "Savage" Lenz has lived in, and hunted, this area for more than 30 years, giving him the advantage of experience when it comes to guiding hunters to the best possible locations.  Chad's personal specialty lies in bow hunts.  Having over 20 years of bowhunting experience, his instincts and "know how" will be your best asset in assuring a trophy class encounter of the "Savage" kind.
 
This hunt is a bowhunter's best chance to harvest a mature bighorn ram.  You will start this "big ram" adventure in September and/or October of 2006, but...wait...if you aren't successful, you can return for the rut in November...that's right...you can return again!!  Chad is proud of his Alberta bighorns and offers what no other outfitter has ever done...a second chance!
 
Chad will take you to hunt undisturbed rams in the early season when the weather is favorable; if not successful you can return for the rut.  Your guides and outfitter are all experienced sheep hunters and archers who will put their hearts into the hunt.  Chad has seen what's out there and knows what it takes to put you onto one.  A sheep...a big sheep...a record book sheep.  For more information about the hunt, contact Mark Buehrer from Bowhunting Safari Consultants, (419) 943-3743 or bohuntrm@bright.net
 
 
SECOND PRIZE:  a fully-guided, 1x1, 6-day bow hunt for elk and deer (mule deer or whitetail deer) in central Montana, with Mike Parsons of Crow Creek Outfitters (www.crowcreekoutfitters.com).  The hunt takes place in prime-time September, either 2005 or 2006.  All transportation and license expenses are included.  Hunt package value is approximately $6,400.
 
 
ORDERING TICKETS
Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.
 
You can get your tickets a variety of different ways:
  • Contact the Pope and Young Club to request tickets be sent to you.
  • Order your tickets with a credit card by calling the Club at (507) 867-4144.
  • Order your tickets on-line in the Merchandise Section of the Club's web site.
  • Send a check or money order to the Club.
Pope and Young Club
Box 548
Chatfield, MN 55923
(507) 867-4144
 
The drawing will be held at the 24th Biennium Awards Banquet, Saturday April 16th, during the 2005 Pope and Young Club Convention, in Springfield, Missouri.  Need not be present to win.
 
CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
100% of the funds go directly to the P&Y Conservation Fund to provide meaningful support for wildlife conservation, education, pro-hunting, partnerships and wildlife management projects.
 
Thank you for your support!
 

Deadline for 6th Edition Record Book Approaching (12/21/2004 10:48:37 AM)
December 31, 2004 is the end of the 24th Recording Period (Biennium).  To be included in the 24th Biennium, and thus be included in the new all-time record book, Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America, 6th Edition, entries must be postmarked by December 31st and in the office before January 7th.  There will be no exceptions.  To ensure their acceptance, please double check to make sure all entries are complete prior to being sent.
 
The top entries during the 24th Biennium in each of the categories of big game (including all pending World's Records) will be requested for panel verification and subsequent exhibit at the Club's national convention in April.  The Convention dates are April 14-16, 2005.
 

Membership Dues to Increase / Lifetime Associate Membership Offered (12/17/2004 9:06:49 AM)
Dues Increase
Earlier this year, the Board of Directors approved an increase to the membership dues.  Because this was a change to the Club's By-laws, it then required ratification by the voting members (Regular and Senior Members).  The membership vote has recently completed and the motion passed by a vote of 260 for and 125 against.
 
Effective January 1, 2005:
Associate Membership dues = $35
Regular and Senior Membership dues = $125
 
This is the first increase in membership dues since 1989 and closely resembles the inflationary rate over the same period.
 
Lifetime Associate Membership Offered
The Board of Directors, and then the voting members (by a vote of 283-102), have approved the formation of a Lifetime Associate Membership within the Pope and Young Club.
  • The rate for Lifetime Associate Membership is $500.
  • Lifetime Associate Membership is available either to existing Associate Members wishing to renew at this designation or to someone just joining the Club.
  • Because of our unique membership structure, this is not a true "lifetime" membership.  There is still the ability for someone to advance to Regular Membership, should they choose to do so.
  • Lifetime Associate Members will possess all the benefits of Associate Membership for as long as they live, unless they resign, are removed as a member by Board action, or advance to Regular Membership.  In the event of any of these cases, the paid membership fee is forfeited.
  • Benefits include ongoing Associate Membership without having to annually pay dues, a Lifetime Associate Member engraved plaque, ongoing receipt of the Club's Newsletter and information on Club activities and events.
Contact the Club's headquarters (507-867-4144, pyclub@isl.net) to request an application.
 
 

Emerging Threat to Bowhunting (12/10/2004 4:10:40 PM)
The merger between the Humane Society of the United States and the Funds for Animals was announced on November 22, 2004.  The newly formed mega-animal rights organization revealed that bowhunting would be a priority target.
 
Ten sportsmen's organizations, businesses and publications have launched the first steps in the defense of bowhunting against new attacks against the sport.  The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance convened a conference call in the wake of the announced merger.  Participants on the call included the Archery Trade Association, "Bowhunter" Magazine, Bowhunting.net, "Bowhunting World" Magazine, the Bowsite, the International Bowhunting Organization, National Bowhunter Education Foundation, National Field Archery Association, the Pope and Young Club and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.
 
In the immediate future a plan will be designed and implemented to meet and defeat the threat to bowhunting.  The organizations will be meeting in January to discuss the next steps.
 
The Pope and Young Club will continue to monitor the situation and the needs of the bowhunting community to react, both proactively and defensively.
 

Museum Grand Opening Draws Praise and Excitement (11/15/2004 11:39:49 AM)
The Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting held its public opening on October 2nd with a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and public touring.  More than 450 people came---some locally and some from all parts of the country---for the historic unveiling.
 
Speaking during the dedication ceremony, the Mayor of Chatfield, Curt Sorensen, expressed the city's excitement and anticipation over the opening of this major cultural attraction.
 
On behalf of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam, DNR Director of Communications Mark LaBarbera expressed appreciation for the Club's dedication to outdoor heritage and traditions, plus the societal benefits of connecting people with the environment showcased by the Museum.
 
Club President Donald Ace Morgan noted that this day is not a commencement of activities---instead is just a completion of one phase of the Museum Program development.  Morgan, the Museum Director Glenn Hisey and the Club's Executive Secretary Kevin Hisey spoke about future activities which include, among other things, interactive and audio/visual enhancements to the Museum, creation of wildlife conservation displays, the formation of traveling Museum displays and kiosks and program development for kids.
 
Pope and Young Club Founder, and museum namesake, Glenn St. Charles, was on hand to meet people and sign autographs.  It was a special privilege to have Glenn, at age 94, present to commemorate this culmination of more than four decades of his devotion to protecting bowhunting artifacts.
 
Visitors toured a maze of exhibits showing the evolution and resurgence of bowhunting over the last century.  It is highlighted by five dioramas depicting scenes with Ishi, Saxton Pope, Arthur Young, Fred Bear and Glenn St. Charles.  The museum also includes the largest and most complete broadhead collection available for public viewing anywhere, over 550 longbows and recurves, representative examples of North American big game species, and much more.
 
The Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting has a mission to increasee the awareness and appreciation of North America's bowhunting heritage and history.
 
Museum hours for the winter season are:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm.  Museum admittance is free of charge.
 
The Museum is located at the Club's national headquarters:  273 Mill Creek Road, Chatfield, Minnesota.
 
 

2004 Museum Raffle Drawing Held (10/13/2004 12:27:13 PM)

On October 2nd, during the grand opening of the Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, the drawing for the 2004 Museum Raffle was held.

The winning ticket was for Dick Brakele, of Alberta.  The grand prize was a 6-day combination hunt for elk and deer in Western Montana with Thunder Bow Outfitters.  The hunt was generously donated by the outfitter, Mike Robinson.

Thanks to the generosity of all who participated, the raffle produced more than $39,700 for the Museum Program.

 

 

 


Hunt Fair Chase Campaign Launched (9/23/2004 7:10:00 AM)

The importance of hunting ethics and sportsmanship will be on display like never before thanks to a hunter education program orchestrated by the Boone and Crockett Club and sponsored by various conservation organizations, hunting product manufacturers and the outdoor media.  With ethics and fair chase hunting at our very core, the Pope and Young Club, naturally, is a supporting partner in this program.   

Visit http://www.huntfairchase.com to receive a free Hunt Fair Chase window decal and review information about hunting history, the origins of sportsmanship, and what we can do as hunters to see that our tradition of conservation leadership will continue in the future.


P&Y Club Awards $52,500 in Conservation Grants for FY 2004-05 (9/23/2004 7:09:00 AM)

The Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.  Grants, totaling $52,500 were awarded to projects and programs around North America, as well as Club activities, in areas of conservation education, wildlife management, research and partnerships.

Over the last six years alone, the Club has contributed more than $415,500 to conservation and pro-hunting projects throughout North America. The following programs/projects/partnerships are receiving grants:

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
  • Public Lands Access Study (partnership with CSF)
  • Ballot Issues Coalition
  • U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
  • American Wildlife Conservation Partners
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation, public schools video series
  • Judy Kovar's Heritage Program
  • Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program
  • International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
  • Archery Hall of Fame
  • National Archery in Schools Program
  • University of Alberta - black bear research project
  • South Dakota State Univ. - pronghorn research project
  • Washington Roosevelt's elk research project
  • Utah State University - mule deer nutrition research project
  • Utah State University - mule deer mortality research project
  • Boone and Crockett Club's Hunt Fair Chase Initiative

2004 Museum Raffle (9/23/2004 7:09:00 AM)

To support the ongoing Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum construction project, the Club is conducting a raffle of a 6-day elk and deer combination hunt in western Montana.

The fully-guided hunt is generously donated by Mike Robinson of Thunder Bow Outfitters.  The prize is an all-expense paid trip, thus lodging, meals, transportation, license and tags are all included.  The winner may elect to receive a $3,000 cash prize instead of the hunt.  

Tickets are $5 each or a six for $25 and are available on the Merchandise section of this web site or by contacting the Pope and Young Club at (507) 867-4144, PO Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.  Drawing will be held October 2, 2004.

Your support of the Museum Program is greatly appreciated!


Conservation in Action Summit Attended (9/23/2004 7:06:00 AM)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a Conservation in Action Summit at its National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, May 24-27th.  As a Conservation Partner in the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Pope and Young Club attended the meeting.  Mike Schlegel, the Conservation Committee Chairman, represented the Club.  

The summit's charter was to bring together representatives of various groups to develop and prioritize management action for the Wildlife Refuge System.  Five major management topics were targeted during the process:  wildlife and habitat, wildlife dependent recreation, science, strategic growth and leadership.  Final results are available at http://www.fws.gov.


Appointments to Board of Directors Made (9/23/2004 7:03:00 AM)

Appointments to positions on the Board of Directors were recently made: 

Executive Secretary:        Kevin Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)

Treasurer:                        Doug O'Herron (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Conservation Chairman:   Mike Schlegel (McCall, Idaho)

Membership Chairman:    Harvard Ebers (Sedalia, Missouri)

Records Chairman:          Glenn Hisey (Chatfield, Minnesota)


Changes to Elk Categories Approved (9/23/2004 7:03:00 AM)

Recent action by the Board of Directors, following research and recommendations by the Records Committee, has resulted in the following changes that will go into effect immediately: 

1.)    Name Change from "Yellowstone" elk to "American" elk

Throughout the history of the Pope and Young Club, the categories for the species, wapiti (Cervus elaphus nelsoni and certain related subspecies), have been called "Yellowstone" elk.  These categories will now be called "American" elk to better reflect their range distribution as well as the more common and recognizable name for the species.

2.)    Boundary change for Roosevelt's elk in British Columbia

Previously, the only elk in British Columbia that were within the official boundary of Roosevelt's (Olympic) elk for the Pope and Young Club's Records Program were those elk on Vancouver Island.  For several years the Records Committee has been studying the possibility of extending the boundary to include a small portion of the coastal mainland immediately across from Vancouver Island.   A wide range of considerations are involved in decisions to change boundaries, such as (but not limited to) historical range, present population, outlook for future population, hunting seasons, and presence of distinct geographical and topographical features to divide and separate larger and smaller subspecies to ensure the integrity of specie categories.  

Approval has been given to adjust the Roosevelt's elk boundary in British Columbia.  The exact boundary definition can be obtained by contacting the Club's headquarters.  In general terms, the boundary now includes Vancouver Island and the coastal mainland west of the Coast Mountains from the city of Vancouver north to the Knight Inlet.

3.)    Boundary change for Roosevelt's elk in California

The elk of central California have been popularly referred to as "Tule" elk.  In 1998, after a substantial review time, the Boone and Crockett Club established a separate records category for these elk.  Throughout that same timeframe, the Pope and Young Club reviewed the same possibility, but concluded that there did not exist a sufficient level of category entries, harvested with a bow, to warrant a separate category.  Thus, elk from this range have continued to be listed in the Yellowstone (American) elk category, as they historically were.  However, due to the similarity of antler configuration and the common presence of the "crowning" structure consistent with Roosevelt's elk, the Pope and Young Club is now changing the boundary for Roosevelt's elk in California to include the area designated as "Tule" elk by the Boone and Crockett Club.

The exact boundary definition can be obtained by contacting the Club's headquarters.  In general terms, the boundary includes the previous area of Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties and western Siskiyou County and the "new" area of the Napa Valley south to San Luis Obispo County and east.


Club Position Statement on Recent Rule Change (9/23/2004 7:02:00 AM)

Much has been said in various outlets and mediums over the last few months by individuals expressing opinions about the Club's recent change to the "65% let-off rule" (see below).  In all too many cases, half-truths, fallacies and/or omissions exist.  That is natural and to be expected; however, it has created a perpetuation of incorrect information and/or opinions about the meaning of the change.

In light of this, the Board of Directors felt it necessary to publicly share the Club's position on the change in the following position statement:  

"The Pope and Young Club membership made a change to the Records Program in November 2003 to recognize and honor some animals taken ethically with archery equipment that is legal in the applicable state/province, that were not being honored under the Club's previous rule.  The Pope and Young Club remains committed to the philosophy that reasonable equipment limitations are inherent to bowhunting and necessary to protect the primitive status of bowhunting.  Furthermore, the Club encourages state/provincial game agencies to enact reasonable equipment limitations to protect the primitive status of bowhunting. (2/25/04)"


2004 Board of Directors Election Results (9/23/2004 7:02:00 AM)

Ballots for the election of officers and directors were sent to the membership during the first week in February.  The election concluded on March 1, 2004, with the ballots being counted.  The results of the election are as follows:

President:                  Donald Ace Morgan (Kearney, Nebraska)

1st Vice-President:    Stan Rauch (Victor, Montana)

2nd Vice-President:   Brian Scarnegie (Island Lake, Illinois)

Director:                    John "Jack" Frost, MD (Anchorage, Alaska)

Director:                    Andy Carpenter (Memphis, Tennessee)

Congratulations to those individuals who were elected as officers and directors.  In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who had stepped forward offering to serve on the Board.


Changes to Records Program - % Let-off Rule (9/23/2004 7:01:00 AM)

In an effort to "resolve" a very hotly debated and divisive issue, the Pope and Young Club's Board of Directors has been developing a possible compromise solution to the ongoing debate over the Club's well-known 65% let-off limit on compound bows.

A solution was finally adopted by the Board and forwarded to the Club's Regular Members and Senior Members (voting members) for a vote on a change to the Club's By-laws.  That vote concluded on Friday, November 14th, and the ballots have been tallied.  By a vote of 294-148, the membership passed the motion.

THE CHANGE

The proposal called for a change to the Records Program, whereby the Club would begin accepting entries harvested by compound bows that have let-off greater than 65% (provided they are legal, in the state/province where used, AND meet the Club's remaining definition of a hunting bow).  Any record book entry with a compound bow exceeding 65% in let-off will be listed with an asterisk (*) in the Records and in the record books.

The proposal also called for the production of a periodic, specialty book that would contain only animals harvested with "traditional" bows (recurve bows, longbows and self bows), in addition to them being listed in the all-time record books.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Effective January 1, 2004, the Club will begin accepting entries taken with compound bows that have let-off greater than 65%.

This change is retroactive, meaning that animals harvested in the past can now be submitted for possible acceptance into the Records.

The 65% value remains an important numerical "line," as any entry taken with a compound bow having percent let-off greater than that will be listed with an asterisk.  The Club's definition of let-off remains the same and is an important consideration when accurately completing the entry materials.  The Club's definition matches the A.M.O. standard method of measuring let-off.  It differs from the now-popular advertising definition of let-off, referred to as "effective" let-off.  This is a point all bowhunters need to be aware of---when completing the "Hunt Information Form" on the Fair Chase Affidavit, you need to list the A.M.O. standard let-off for animals taken with a compound bow.

A "traditional-only" record book is intended to be published in 2007, with subsequent editions published on a six-year cycle.  Those entries will remain in the all-time record books, as has always been the case.  The next all-time record book (which has been, and will continue to be, published on a six-year cycle) is due out in the spring of 2005.  The deadline for that book, the 6th Edition of "Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America," is 12/31/04.


National Archery In Schools Program Underway (9/23/2004 7:00:00 AM)

In July the Pope and Young Club awarded a grant to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation in support of the landmark National Archery in Schools Program.

According to a report from KY Deputy Commissioner Roy Grimes, the NASP, which is being piloted in Kentucky, has been expanding rapidly.  In Kentucky, 190 schools have now been enrolled in the program, with 253 teachers certified to present the archery curriculum in the schools.

Alabama and Arizona piloted the program earlier this year, and 19 schools in Georgia have picked up the program already this fall.

Much of the Pope and Young Club grant was utilized in funding a workshop/training program in October, where DNR staff from Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio were training, equipped and motivated to implement NASP in their respective areas.

The National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) is a school program developed according to National Physical Education Standards to teach target-style archery to students in the 4-12th grades.  For more information, visit http://www.kdfwr.state.ky.us.


Strategic Planning Session Conducted - Goals Re-established (9/23/2004 6:59:00 AM)

The Club conducted a strategic planning session late this summer--a goal-setting effort to assist the Club in better serving its mission and its members.  The Board of Directors and ten members from throughout North America were invited to participate in the session at Club headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota.

Through the two days of facilitated meetings, the group worked through various exercises discussing internal strengths, internal weaknesses, external opportunities, external threats, our constituency, and studying the components of the Club's mission.  The group then developed and discussed a list of possible goals for the organization and explored potential objectives for accomplishing such goals.

The Pope and Young Club's mission is "...to ensure bowhunting's existence for future generations."  Following the planning session, the Board of Directors approved the following nine topics as "Goals of the Pope and Young Club" for carrying out our mission:

  • To remain financially stable and independent through aggressive and constant fundraising.
  • To make the public aware of the Pope and Young Club's position on ethics, sportsmanship and bowhunting.
  • To maintain the primitive status of bowhunting.
  • To increase the awareness and appreciation of our heritage and history.
  • To be recognized as the spokesman for bowhunting--politically and socially in North America.
  • To have a membership that supports and promotes the Club's principles and programs.
  • To maintain a scientific records keeping program of North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow under sportsmanlike conditions.
  • To encourage, above all, adherence to a high standard of sportsmanship and ethics.
  • To have an effective conservation program.

The Board then approved the formation of ad-hoc exploratory committees for each goal.  The committees will address and enhance possible objectives, formulate strategies and project potential results, timeframes and costs to accomplish these goals.

Presently, three exploratory committees are working on the topics of financial stability & fundraising; promotion & education; and membership.


CWD Updates (9/23/2004 6:59:00 AM)
Check out the "Conservation Programs" section for recent updates on Chronic Wasting Disease from Gary Wolfe of the CWD Alliance.

New Club Merchandise Available On-Line (9/23/2004 6:58:00 AM)

The following new items of clothing and caps are available for purchase on the Club's web site:

  • Camo Cap
  • Two-tone Cap
  • Leather Cap
  • Dress Polo Shirt
  • Dress Twill Shirt
  • Polar Fleece Jacket

Place your order on the Merchandise Section of this web site or contact the Club's headquarters at (507) 867-4144.


Two Projects Added to Conservation Budget (9/23/2004 6:58:00 AM)

The Board of Directors has approved the addition of two special projects/contributions to the Conservation Program budget for this year.

The Pope and Young Club is providing Sponsor Level support for the 7th Governor's Symposium on North America's Hunting Heritage.  This Governor's Symposium is being held December 3-6, 2003 in Houston, Texas, and is being hosted by Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Building on the success of previous symposia, this event will focus on relevance, ethics, recruitment and retention in assuring the well being of hunting traditions for future generations.

The Club will be participating in a publication being commissioned by the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The NWR system is producing "America's Best Kept Secret", a publication celebrating the centennial of the Refuge System.  The book will detail the refuge system's history, its functions and diverse uses, of which hunting and fishing access is a major focus. The Pope and Young Club will have ad space featuring our mission and a message of congratulations.  The book will be released in March of 2004.  For more information on the 100th Anniversary of the NWR, visit http://www.nwrs100.com.


P&Y Club Awards $66,000 in Conservation Grants for FY 2003-04 (9/23/2004 6:57:00 AM)

The Club has announced its Conservation Program Grants for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.  Grants, totaling $66,000 were awarded to projects and programs around North America, as well as Club activities, in areas of conservation education, wildlife management, research and partnerships.

Over the last five years alone, the Club has contributed more than $363,000 to conservation and pro-hunting projects throughout North America. The following programs/projects/partnerships are receiving grants:

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
  • Public Lands Access Study (partnership with CSF)
  • Ballot Issues Coalition
  • U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
  • American Wildlife Conservation Partners
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation, public schools video series
  • Judy Kovar's Heritage Program
  • Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program
  • International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial sponsorship
  • Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation
  • Orion the Hunter Institute
  • Archery Hall of Fame
  • Kentucky's National Archery in Schools Program
  • University of Alberta - black bear research project
  • South Dakota State Univ. - pronghorn research project
  • Washington Roosevelt's elk research project
  • Utah State University - mule deer nutrition research project
  • Utah State University - mule deer mortality research project
  • Take Pride in America Program

New Whitetail Deer record book includes first-ever CD database (9/23/2004 6:57:00 AM)

Released this spring, Bowhunting Records of North American Whitetail Deer, 2nd Edition, is a 616-page hardcover book listing more than 28,600 whitetail deer and Coues' deer entries from the Records archives.  Included are all entries accepted into the Records Program through January 1, 2003.

A must for any hunter's or whitetail deer enthusiast's personal library, the whitetail deer record book is designed as a handy, information-packed resource tool.  State and provincial listings are separated and ranked in numerical order by final score.  Scientific data gleaned from the scoring forms in the archives, including final score, length of main beams, inside spread, number of points, county where harvested, hunter's name, year taken, all-time rank and state rank, are given for each specimen listed.

The listings are enhanced with portrait photographs of the largest deer, typical and non-typical, for each state and province.  Also featured are dozens of quality field photos and entry density maps for each state.  Three chapters of editorial weaver an important theme for this book--whitetail deer are thriving, populations are exploding and bowhunting, and bowhunters, are keys components of the wildlife management solution, now and in the future.

For the first time anywhere, a CD of the records is included with this record book.  The CD contains a digital version of the whitetail deer record book (in .pdf format) as well as the records information in database format (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and comma delimited files).  Popularly sought-after and requested, this format allows users to personally sort the data fields at their choosing on their PC.  Copyright issues do not allow for the reproduction or dissemination of this information.  

Order your copy(s) today!  The book sells for $37.45 (including shipping) and can be ordered on this site in the Merchandise Section, or by phone at 507-867-4144, or by sending a check or money order to:  Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.


2003 Conservation Achievement Awards Presented (9/23/2004 6:55:00 AM)

The Boone and Crockett Club was the recipient of the 2003 Conservation Award.  With a unprecedented legacy of more than a century of leadership in the conservation community, the Boone and Crockett Club is a fitting recipient of this award.  Their recent activities have included, among other things, the formation of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance and involvement in the formation of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners.  Accepting on behalf of the Boone and Crockett Club at the presentation during the Pope and Young Club's convention in May, were President Bob Model and Director of Big Game Records Jack Reneau.

The Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry Program received the 2003 Stewardship Award.  This model program, spreading across the nation, has had remarkable success in expanding the venison feeding program concept, providing a valuable public service.  Accepting on behalf of FHFH, was C. J. Winand.

Refer to the Conservation Section for more information.


Pope & Young Club Honors Wildlife Professional (9/23/2004 6:53:00 AM)

Dr. David Samuel, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was the recipient of the fifth biennial presentation of the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award.  The Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award recognizes a wildlife professional who, through their efforts, has made a significant contribution to bowhunting and wildlife conservation.  A $1,000.00 stipend accompanies the award.  The presentation was made at the Club's convention in May, in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Club is pleased to be able to recognize "one of its own" with this presentation.  Dave, a Senior Member, had served on the Board of Directors as the Conservation Committee Chairman from 1989 to 2002. He was instrumental in developing and expanding our Conservation Program from a small, isolated program, giving a few select monetary grants to research projects, to a widely recognized presence in the conservation community.  Though his work and achievements are too numerous to list in their entirety, among them include: 30+ years as a wildlife educator at West Virginia University; board member for the National Bowhunter Education Foundation; conducted many bowhunter education workshops internationally to help legalize bowhunting in several countries; governor-appointed chair of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board; 15-year chairman of the Professional Wildlife Management Committee; various committees with the Wildlife Society and hunter education; outdoor writer and author of the book "Know Hunting: Truths, Lies and Myths." 

 

Dr. David Samuel

Lee Gladfelter was a prominent wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  A dedicated bowhunter himself, he did much to better the image of bowhunting in the nation.

 Previous recipients of the award are:

  •         Jay McAninch (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  •         Robert McDowell (New Jersey Department of Fish & Game)
  •         Dr. R. Ben Peyton (Michigan State University)
  •         Eric Kurzejeski (Missouri Department of Conservation) 

Four New World Records Announced (9/23/2004 6:50:00 AM)

Four New World Records Announced

Six weeks prior to the Convention this spring (Madison, Wisconsin), the top entries into the Club's Records Program during the 23rd Recording Period (2001-2002) were requested to be sent in for Panel Judging.  Panel Judging is a verification process to ensure the accuracy of the scientific measurements by which these animals are recorded for historical posterity.  These natural treasures were shared with the public in an exhibit throughout the Convention.  Ninety-seven (97) specimen representing the 33 categories of North American big game were on display and were honored during the 23rd Biennium Awards Banquet, which capped the convention on Saturday night.  Four of these outstanding animals were officially recognized as new "World's Records":

A POLAR BEAR from the Hanley Bay area of Nunavut, scoring 26 6/16, harvested by Edwin DeYoung in 2002, tied the existing world's record.

A BISON from Coconino County, Arizona, scoring 129 6/8, harvested by Duane "Corky" Richardson in 2002.

A TYPICAL COUES' DEER from Santa Cruz County, Arizona, scoring   130 1/8, harvested by Sergio Orozco in 2001.

A NON-TYPICAL YELLOWSTONE ELK from Shoshone County, Idaho, scoring 420 5/8, harvested by Steven Mullin in 1981.

The prestigious ISHI AWARD, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Pope and Young Club, was presented during the 2003 Awards Banquet.  With the recommendation of the Records Committee and approval by the Board of Directors, an Ishi Award was presented to the new World Record Typical Coues' deer (scoring 130 1/8, harvested by Sergio Orozco).  The Ishi Award, which is given in recognition of a truly outstanding North American animal, can only be given once per Biennium and is not always given.  This was the 16th presentation of an Ishi Award in the forty-two year history of the Pope and Young Club.

This extraordinary Coues' deer exceeded the previous world record by over ten inches (119 7/8, 1999, Sonora, Mexico, Jim Ryan).


Moose / Elk Combo Hunt in British Columbia Raffled for Wildlife Conservation (9/23/2004 6:47:00 AM)
The 2003 P&Y Conservation Raffle was a huge success!  Thanks to great support from members and other bowhunters, the raffle generated over $72,000.00 for the Club's conservation projects.

And the winners are...

The winning tickets were drawn at the Club's 23rd Biennium Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 3rd.  Leonard Scarborough, from Pennsylvania, was the lucky winner of the all-expense paid moose/elk combo hunt grand prize.  Collin Weekly, from Minnesota, was the winner of the second prize, an all-expense paid caribou hunt in the Northwest Territories.   

The Club would like to again thank Barry Tompkins of Big Nine Outfitters and Bowhunting Safari Consultants for arranging the grand prize, and Gary Jaeb of True North Safaris for donating the second prize hunt for this conservation fund raising effort!

100% of the raffle proceeds will be used to perpetuate our bowhunting heritage and conservation of North America’s wildlife.


2003 AUCTION GENERATES $82,000 (9/23/2004 6:46:00 AM)

Thanks to generous donors and generous bidders, the 2003 Auction, held on Saturday, May3rd, during the Club's Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, was another exciting and productive event for the Pope and Young Club.

Among the many "one-of-a-kind" and rare, historical items were an Art Young arrow with broadhead, a baleen-backed 1940s Glenn St. Charles static recurve, a broadhead removed from the Little Delta cabin in Alaska where Fred Bear and Glenn St. Charles hunted in the 1950s, a hand-beaded split boar hide Cheyenne Indian jacket, Fred Bear's Borsalino hat, and much more.

14 select big game hunts were also auctioned:

  • a youth black bear hunt in Saskatchewan donated by Lancaster & Fontana Hunting Co.
  • an elk hunt in the Bighorn Mtns. of Wyoming donated by Beaver Trap Outfitters.
  • a 10-day moose hunt in BC donated by Christina Falls Outfitters.
  • a woodland caribou hunt donated by Ray's Hunting & Fishing.
  • a New Zealand red stage, goat and pig hunt donated by Retaruke County Estates.
  • a moose, bear and wolf combo hunt in BC donated by Northern Lights Outfitters.
  • a 12-day mountain caribou hunt in NWT donated by NWT Outfitters.
  • a 10-day African plains game hunt donated by World Class Safaris in conjunction with Huntley Ferreira Safaris.
  • a fall muskox hunt on Victoria Island, NWT, donated by Adventures Northwest.
  • a mountain goat hunt in BC donated by Bowhunting BC.
  • a "grand slam special" moose, whitetail and mule deer hunt in Alberta donated by Savage Encounters Inc.
  • a Montana elk hunt donated by Jerry Malson Outfitting.
  • a private property, Buffalo County, Wisconsin whitetail deer hunt donated by Curt Rotering.
  • a youth mountain lion hunt in BC donated by Tallgrass Outfitting.

The Pope and Young Club wishes to sincerely thank the donors of the wonderful auction items and hunts and the bidders and participants for making this such a success.  100% of the proceeds will be used to further the Club's conservation and museum efforts.


Poster Promoting Ethics Available (9/23/2004 6:31:00 AM)
 

The Pope and Young Club has begun a campaign to heighten the awareness of the importance of adhering to a strong ethical code in hunting.  The above poster, featuring a father and son sharing an outdoor experience, stresses the importance of passing on principles of fair chase and ethics.

This year marks the Club's 40th Anniversary.  Throughout the past 40 years, the principles of fair chase and high ethical standards in bowhunting have been the basic foundations of the Club.  In celebration of this year's significant milestone, the Club is initiating this campaign to spread the message about the importance of ethics in a more pro-active fashion.

The text includes a quote by Aldo Leopold, from Sand County Almanac, "Voluntary adherence to an ethical code elevates the self-respect of the sportsman, but it should not be forgotten that voluntary disregard of the code degenerates and depraves him."  and a definition of Fair Chase--"Fair Chase is defined as 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."

The poster was introduced at the Club's Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, this spring, and in a recent Club newsletter.  It is now available to anyone interested in helping to spread this message.  

The posters, which are 22" x 28", are available for no cost (we do ask for $3.50 to cover shipping--no minimum or maximum quantity).  The intent of this project is simply to get this message out where it can be seen.  We are asking members, and anyone interested in helping, to place these posters in such places as archery shops, sportsmen's clubs, taxidermy shops, regional game agency offices, outfitting camps, etc.

To order, send your request and $3.50 for shipping to:  Pope and Young Club, Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923.  Questions can be directed to:  (507) 867-4144.



 
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