The Pope and Young Club’s founders established a unique membership structure that rewards longevity as both a bowhunter and as a Club supporter.
All persons join the Club as a Youth Member or as a General Member. Membership is unlimited in number.
There are no requirement to join as a General Member. One misconception is that entering an animal in the record book constitutes membership in the Club. That is not true---membership in the Pope and Young Club and the Club’s Records
Program are two entirely separate identities. Membership is currently $45.00 annually (though, we do offer an introductory membership offer, attached to the Fair Chase Affidavit, for someone who is entering an animal into the Records Program
who is not currently a member. It is a reduced rate of $30.00 for that first year.)
At any time, a Member may initiate the process to advance to Regular Member. A Regular Membership Application can be requested from the Club’s administrative office (or download an application from the web site) and can be completed when the Member
has met the “hunting requirements” for Regular Membership. On a periodic basis, Members who have met all of the advancement requirements are then reviewed (through a balloting process) by the voting members for acceptability as Regular Members.
The voting members consist of Regular and Senior Members.
Regular Members can later advance to Senior Member.
Requirements: Any person under the age of 18 may join the Pope and Young Club as a Youth Member. Youth Membership will not count towards advancement to Regular Membership.
Procedure: Simply complete a membership application, either hardcopy or on-line.
Requirements: There are no requirements for a person to join the Club as a General Member.
LIFETIME GENERAL MEMBER
Requirements: Requirements for Lifetime General Member are the same as for Membership. Lifetime General Membership is available either to existing Members wishing to renew at this designation or to someone just joining the Club.
Procedures: A Member may initiate the advancement process at any time, by requesting, completing and returning (to headquarters) a Regular Member Application. The application can be completed whenever the applicant has met the participation, “hunting” and sponsorship requirements for Regular Membership. Once the application is received by the
Club, the member goes on a “waiting” list until such time as the “seniority” requirement (5 years as a Member) has been met.
Once those steps have been taken, the candidate is then prepared for the “peer evaluation” vote by the existing Regular/Senior Members.
Procedures: A Regular Member must apply for Senior Membership by requesting and completing a Senior Membership Application. A Senior
Membership Committee (made up of existing Senior Members) will review the application to ensure minimum participation requirements are fulfilled. Once the time requirement has been met, the candidate’s name is sent on to the existing Senior Members
The challenges facing bowhunting’s future are ever evolving. Anti-hunters and activists continue to work to destroy our heritage and redefine our way of life. Many of the privileges hunters enjoy are being trampled, but we will not let our heritage be destroyed. We will not forget our history. We will not permit these challenges to diminish the vital role bowhunting plays in our culture. For over 60 years, Pope and Young has procured and preserved the records of bowhunting and bowhunter’s greatest accomplishments. Under our watch these records will not be erased. Collectively, Pope and Young members will not allow our hunting privileges to be reduced or forgotten. Bowhunting’s long, proud heritage will not be destroyed.
Today we continue our 60-year long mission with a new brand and a renewed commitment.
A mission that seeks to Preserve, Promote, and Protect Bowhunting.