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What Is Bowhunting?
The values and spirit of bowhunting revolves around such principles as:
  • Challenge
  • Practice
  • Simplicity
  • Perserverance
  • Primitive
  • Skill
  • Discipline
  • Outdoorsmanship
  • Patience
  • Craftsmanship

What are the foundations of bowhunting?

Humans have always been hunters. The bow has been around practically as long as mankind. Save the discovery of fire and the development of speech; mankind has not had a trustier or more important partner in its prospering development. The bow has fed and nourished generation after generation for almost all of the past 500,000 years. Add to that the romantic folklore of Robin Hood and the bows legendary history in warfare (from the Turks and Egyptians to Genghis Khan's Mongols and the Chinese to the Normans and the Royal English). Don't forget the connections to our Native American predecessors. That's quite a history... a history that was practically cast aside by the mid-1800s. Bowhunting was rediscovered in the early part of the 20th Century and has steadily grown in popularity ever since.

Today, bowhunting is considered a specialized form of hunting. Ultimately, it is equipment that defines the endeavor known as "bowhunting" - a bow and an arrow. However, the essence of hunting with the bow and arrow includes so much more than just a choice of hunting weapon.

To view the Equipment Definitions, click here or on the picture below.

To view the Club's Position Statements, click here or on the picture below.


Check Out Your State or Province Bowhunting Organization

Bowhunters of Alabama, Inc. 
Alaskan Bowhunters Association
Alberta Bowhunters  
Alberta Traditional Bowhunters Association
Arizona Bowhunters Association
Arkansas Bowhunters Association
Bowhunting In Arizona
Traditional Bowhunters of British Columbia
California Bowmen Hunters
Traditional Bowhunters of California
Colorado Bowhunters Association
Colorado State Archery Association
Colorado Traditional Archer's Society
Florida Archery Association
Traditional Bowhunters of Florida
Georgia Bowhunters Association
Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia
Idaho State Bowhunters
Illinois Bowhunters Society
United Bowhunters of Illinois
Indiana Bowhunters Association
Iowa Bowhunters Association
Iowa Traditional Bowhunters Society
Kansas Bowhunters Association
United Bowhunters of Kentucky
Louisiana Traditional Bowmen
Maine Bowhunters Association
Maine Traditional Archers
Maryland Bowhunters Society
Maryland Archery Association
Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland
Massachusetts Bowhunters Association
Massachusetts Field Archery Association
Michigan Bow Hunters Association
Michigan Traditional Bowhunters
Michigan Longbow Association
Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc.
Traditional Bowhunters of Minnesota
Mississippi Bowhunters Association
Missouri Bow Hunters Association
United Bowhunters of Missouri
Montana Bowhunters Association
Traditional Bowhunters of Montana
Nebraska Bowhunters Association
Nebraska Traditional Archers
Nevada Bow Hunters Association
United Bowhunters of New Jersey
Traditional Archers of New Jersey
New York Bowhunters
North Carolina Bowhunters Association
Carolina Traditional Archers
North Dakota Bowhunters Association
Traditional Archers Association of Nova Scotia
Archers Association of Nova Scotia
Ohio Bowhunters Association
Ohio Society of Traditional Archers
Oregon Bowhunters Association
Traditional Archers of Oregon
United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Longbow
École d'archerie Traditionnelle de Victoriaville
Saskatchewan Bowhunters Association
Bowhunters of South Carolina
South Dakota Bowhunters, Inc.
Traditional Bowhunters of Texas
Texas State Archery Association
Utah Bowmens Association
Green Mountain Traditional Bowhunters
Dixie Bowmen Archery Club
Virginia Bowhunters Association
Washington State Archery Association
Traditional Bowhunters of Washington
Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club
Wisconsin Bowhunters Association
Wisconsin Traditional Archers
Bowhunters of Wyoming
Wyoming State Archery Association

Photo courtesy of Michele Leqve

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 Pope and Young Club Announces Leading Ladies Outdoors Clinic to be held at the 2018 Bowhunters Rendezvous
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce Tammy Koenig of Leading Ladies Outdoors will be putting on a clinic during the 2018 Bowhunters Rendezvous. The clinic will be titled, "Women Bowhunters - Starting The Right Way."
3/15/2018... »

 Kenetrek Boots Pledges Support For the Pope and Young Club
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the support of Kenetrek Boots through the Club's Corporate Partner Program.
3/5/2018... »

 The Pope and Young Club Announces Support Of Sayersbrook Bison Meat Processors
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the support of Northfork Bison Distributions inc., one of the largest federally approved meat plants in Canada.
3/2/2018... »

 Pope and Young Club Announces 2018 Bowhunters Rendezvous
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce that their bi-annual Bowhunters Rendezvous will be held June 8th - 10th of 2018, at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, Wisconsin
12/11/2017... »
Andrew Ware
Gunnison County, CO
3/9/2018 - 3/15/2018

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