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"If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.  A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be . . . time to commune with your inner soul as you share the outdoors with the birds, animals, and fish that live there." - Fred Bear

“We belong to an era marked by tremendous growth in concern for the natural world, but also an era of unparalleled threats from population growth, industrialization, land development, and loss of biodiversity. People who are deeply concerned about wildlife often disparage hunting and ignore the fact that hunters are probably the largest, most diverse, and most important potential advocates for preservation of natural habitats and protection of wild animal populations. American lands set aside as parks, preserves, and refuges - totaling millions upon millions of acres – demonstrate the hunting community’s early and continuing prominence as a conservation force.  After we’ve lost a natural place, it’s gone for everyone – hikers, campers, boaters, bicyclists, animal watchers, fishers, hunters, and wildlife – a complete and absolutely democratic tragedy of emptiness. For this reason, it’s vital that we overcome our differences, find common ground in our shared love for the natural world, and work together to defend the wild.”  – Richard K Nelson, in his introduction to “A Hunter’s Heart”

 

Teddy Roosevelt Quotes




“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” 
- Theodore Roosevelt






 



"The great primitive outer world is still unconquered, and there are impulses withinthe beast of man not yet measured, curbed and devitalized, which are the essential motives of life. Therefore without, without wantonness, and without cruelty, we shall hunt as long as the arm has strength, the eye glistens, and the heart throbs. Lead On!"
- Saxton Pope-Hunting with the Bow and Arrow







"I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the
animal not only as a target but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature's ways of fang and claw or exposure and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.
- Fred Bear

 

 

 

 

 


To understand the story of the Pope and Young Club, we must begin by looking into the past. There, we will find the underlying purposes and deep-rooted reasons for its creation. To read "Our History, Our Heritage, and Our Heroes," click here or on the story below.
 

 





“I walked boldly out into the open to meet the bears. I practically invited them to charge since they were reputed to be so easily insulted. At first they paid little attention to me, then the two in advance sat up on their haunches in astonishment and curiosity. I approached to a distance of fifty yards, then the largest brownie began champing his jaws and growling: then he ‘pinned back his ears’ preparing to come at me. Just as he was about to lunge forward I shot him in the chest. The arrow went deep and stuck out a foot beyond his shoulder. While this was going on an old female also stood in a menacing attitude, but as the wounded bear galloped past her, she came to the ground and ran diagonally from us. All of them followed suit, and as they swept out of the field of vision the wounded bear weakened and fell less than a hundred yards from the camera.”

- Art Young recounting his Alaska adventures to Saxton Pope





 
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POPE & YOUNG CLUB NEWS | View All

 Kowa Optics Joins P&Y as New Corporate Partner
The Pope & Young Club is excited to announce that Kowa Optics has pledged to support the organization through their corporate partnership program. Kowa Optics has proven their commitment to protecting, promoting, and preserving the passion for bowhunting by joining the club as a Gold level corporate partner.
6/7/2021... »

 Convention is a Go
The 4-day event will feature great appearances by some of the best speakers and personalities in the industry, amazing live and silent auction items, informative seminars, immersive big game display with new world records, fabulous dinners, PYnt nights, and displays and product offerings from some of the top vendors in the industry.
5/27/2021... »

 BREAKING NEWS: The Pope & Young Club Museum of Bowhunting to be Relocated
The Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting to join Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri
5/27/2021... »

 Andrew McKean to Speak at 2021 Pope & Young Convention
Pope and Young, America’s leading bowhunting organization is proud to announce the addition of Andrew McKean to their speaker line up at the 32nd Biennial Pope and Young Convention being held in Reno, Nevada this July 14th-17th,2021.
5/3/2021... »
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Robert R. Spratt
Barber County, KS
5/18/2021 - 5/24/2021



Testimonials | View All
"Lancaster Archery Supply is proud to continue our partnership with the Pope and Young Club as they increase their impact on the positive image of fair chase bow hunting and the future of our sport. We are happy to have LASs very own Chris Scott working to become an official Pope and Young Club measurer to assist bow hunters in our area. We are grateful for all the great things that the Pope and Young Club has done in the past and are looking forward to working with them in future initiatives."
Rob Kaufhold, President of Lancaster Archery Supply
"Stone Glacier is proud to add the Pope & Young Club to the portfolio of conservation organizations we support. It has long been a goal of ours to leverage our business to make a deeper impact on wildlife conservation and the hunting community. As a certified member of 2% for Conservation, it is important for us to expand our reach within the conservation community as our business grows and the Pope & Young Clubs long distinguished history of protecting bowhunting is an easy fit."
Jeff Sposito, Stone Glacier President/CEO
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