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    One of the most influential bowhunters of our time passes into legend.
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | All News

     
  One of the most influential bowhunters of our time passes into legend. 

There will be a memorial service for Jim Dougherty at 10am on October 16th at the LDS chapel at 12142 E. 7th, Tulsa, Ok.

Jim's family welcomes you to come pay tribute to the life of this incredible bowhunter that touched the lives of so many and influenced us all.

"I knew Jim for over 30 years and he always treated me with respect and I enjoyed several hunting camps with Jim over those years. He was the first person in the Archery Industry to call me Tommy instead of Tom and I always smiled when he did, as only my Mother called me Tommy. I would sit like a kid in the room and listen to him tell stories about hunting Catalina, working for Ben Pearson and hunting Africa.
Though we were competitors during my days at Frontier Archery, he never treated me as a threat, but as a friend and fellow bowhunter. In later years he was on the Pro Staff of Cabela's and I looked forward to seeing him at the ATA show each year to renew that agreement and catch up on his health and his hunts.
I was sitting in a treestand when I heard the news, hunting elk over a waterhole and it was the perfect place to reflect on how much I admired Jim and his legacy in Archery. I will miss him dearly."
- Tom Gallagher, Cabela's, Retired

"What most people can't fathom simply because of their age is that Jim Dougherty was a pioneer in the true sense of the word. All of his early bowhunting success was accomplished with what were, by today's standards, crude equipment – recurve bows, wooden shafts before the initial Easton aluminum arrows came on the scene, heavy broadheads that had to be hand-sharpened, finger tabs, no rangefinder. Thus, they had to get close which meant they learned to stalk in close on cat's feet.
Camouflage? They mostly hunted in blue jeans, work shirts, and a cowboy hat. Tree stands? Not yet mass produced. Ground blinds? Only if you built one yourself. Scent control? That would be keeping the wind in your face. Game cameras, aerial photos, and other modern scouting tools? You were lucky if you could find a decent topographic map. Cell phones? When they made a call it was often on a party line shared with neighbors. When they went to Alaska, northern Canada, Africa, it truly was like flying to the moon."
- Bob Robb, Editor, Grand View Outdoors


 
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