In the rolling hills and farmland of southeastern Minnesota, just minutes off of Interstate 90, lies the singular crowning testimony to North America's rich bowhunting heritage---a place to learn about bowhunting's history, a place to appreciate bowhunting's "rediscovery", a place to understand bowhunting's place in wildlife conservation and in our culture.
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WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PIONEER BOWHUNTERS
A maze of exhibits lead visitors through the chronological story of bowhunting's evolution in North America over the last 150 years. Select artifacts behind glass, descriptive storyboards and dramatic dioramas chart the events that shaped bowhunting's evolution. The dioramas feature Ishi (the last truly primitive Indian in North America), Dr. Saxton Pope, Arthur Young, Fred Bear and Glenn St. Charles.
Among the highlights of the collection of artifacts are:
- Items made and used by Dr. Saxton Pope and Arthur Young (handcrafted bows, arrows, points, books, trophies, personal items)
Howard Hill bows, arrows and broadheads
Fred Bear's borsallino hat
Handcrafted bows and personal items of the Club's founder, Glenn St. Charles
The most complete collection of wooden bows (over 200 longbows and recurves made between 1835 and 1950)
- One of the largest and most complete collections of broadheads ever amassed for public display (numbering over 1000)
Comprehensive collection of archery and bowhunting books and magazines
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission is Free (donations welcome)
Address & Contact Information
Pope and Young Club / St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting
(Located at the Pope and Young Club National Headquarters)
273 Mill Creek Road
Chatfield, MN 55923
Phone: (507) 867-4144
US HWY 52 FROM THE NORTH:
Take US52 south into Chatfield. On the north side of town, turn right (west) onto State Highway 30 (between a Dairy Queen and the Val-A Lodge motel). Go about 1/8 mile and turn left (south) onto Mill Creek Road. Pope and Young Club's driveway is immediately on your right.
I90 FROM THE EAST:
Take Exit 233 (St. Charles). Turn left (south) onto State Highway 74. Go 12 miles, into Chatfield. Turn right (north) onto US52 at the stoplight. Go about six blocks and turn left (west) onto State Highway 30 (between a Dairy Queen and the Val-A Lodge motel). Go about 1/8 mile and turn left (south) onto Mill Creek Road. Pope and Young Club's driveway is immediately on your right.
I90 FROM THE WEST:
Take Exit 218, turning right (south) onto US52 and follow the directions above for "US Hwy 52 from the north."