Category A - Bowhunters showing Excellence in the Field of
Much of bowhunting history can be
traced back to Roy Case, dubbed by his peers as the Father of Wisconsin
Bowhunting. In the 1920's, groups of archers gathered for friendly
competition at local archery clubs and field ranges.
His skill as a field archer drew a
crowd and provided an audience as Case talked up the dream of bowhunting
for big game. Roy Case persisted. Reluctantly, approval was granted so
hunters could use archery gear during the 1931 gun deer season. The total
bag for the season was Case's spike buck.
By 1941, more than 2,000 archery deer
hunting licenses were sold annually. During the mid-1940's, the popularity
of archery hunting in Wisconsin gained momentum and the number of licenses
sold often doubled from year to year, particularly in the years following
the end of World War II.
By the year 2,000, 230,000 archery
licenses were sold in Wisconsin.
Today, bowhunting in Wisconsin is more
popular than ever. Bowhunters currently enjoy the most liberal bag limits
in the history of the sport, a trend expected to continue nationwide.