Southern Indiana bowhunter earns national awards

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M.R. James received special recognition at the Pope and Young Club's 31st Biennial Convention in Omaha.

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Hoosier author/archer M. R. James received special recognition at the Pope and Young Club’s 31st Biennial Convention held in Omaha, NE, April 10-13.

James, a 2003 inductee into the national Archery Hall of Fame, was presented with the AHOF’s Dave Staples Golden Arrow Award for his lifetime contribution to the sport of archery at a noon membership luncheon on April 12. Later that same evening, during a banquet featuring guest speaker Donald Trump, Jr., the Pope and Young Club announced that James was the organization’s first-ever recipient of the Glenn St. Charles Outstanding Member Award. Founded in 1961 by St. Charles, the P&Y Club is North America’s bowhunting big game record-keeping organization.

James is the founder and longtime editor of BOWHUNTER Magazine, which will mark its 50th Anniversary in 2021. He launched his bowhunting career in Warrick County in 1963 when he tagged his first record book whitetail deer on the final day of Indiana’s annual archery season. He went on to successfully bowhunt a variety of North American big game animals in 35 states and 7 Canadian provinces, collecting numerous trophy-class animals during the past six decades. He also has authored, co-authored, or served as editor of more than a dozen books on hunting with bows and arrows.

A past president of both the Pope and Young Club and Archery Hall of Fame, James retired from BOWHUNTER Magazine in 2006 after 35 years of editorial leadership. Since 2017, he and his wife, Janet, have lived on their Perry County farm, located between St. Meinrad and Bristow, since 2007. Both are natives of Wabash County, IL, where they were married in 1960.

For online information about the Archery Hall of Fame and Pope and Young Club, check and The AHOF Museum is located at the Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, MO. Chatfield, MN, is the home of Pope and Young headquarters and its museum of bowhunting.

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