It is a non-profit conservation organization that contributes to the management of North American big game animal populations by keeping records regarding those animals, and including spotting trends and offering data to scientists and wildlife managers.
P&Y is a membership organization that is open to any person that agrees to abide by the rules, policies and ethics promulgated by the Clubs leadership and members. Get started here!
Currently the annual dues for General membership is $45 per year.
First, you get a subscription to P&Y’s Quarterly magazine Ethic that contains articles, information and updates on conservation and bow hunting related laws and regulations. Second, you gain access to a network of bow hunters and outdoors men and women. Third, you are invited to the Club’s biennial convention and other events.
Yes, in addition to General membership, there are other categories: Regular and Senior Membership; and Liftetime memberships.
A Regular member is typically an outdoors man or woman that is passionate about the outdoors, wildlife and bow hunting. In addition to paying annual dues (or being a Lifetime member), a General Member must satisfy other requirements and apply for Regular Membership.
In addition to being a General member for at least five consecutive years, the person must harvest, under the Rules of Fair Chase, three different species with bow and arrow or three animals listed in the Pope and Young Record Book, which can all be the same species. Finally, the person must have either attended at least one biennial convention or made similar contributions to the Club or bow hunting.
That is sort of the “urban legend.” P&Y is so much more. Many people believe the Club is just a bunch of certified “measurers” that score bow hunting trophies for awards. Which is wrong! Yes, the Club does have a bunch of volunteers who have dedicated their own time to learn how to score an animal and who have been certified to do so. And yes, the Club does keep detailed records of the animals that have been harvested and scored. But those records are not just for the hunter. They are used by game commissions and wildlife managers to monitor trends, set seasons and quotas, and for use by scientists and others. And that is only one component of the Club. The Club also partners with youth and other conservation organizations like the American Wildlife Partners and S3DA.
Again, that is wrong. While the Club is thankful for icons such as Fred Bear and Glen St Charles for founding the Club in 1961, the Club has grown and morphed over the years with women, family and youth a major focus of today’s Pope & Young club.