Erle Stanley Gardner
Historical Category - Bowhunters
who have impacted the history of the sport.
Writer of Perry Mason Books and TV
History will bare out that sometimes
some of our great bowhunters of the '30s and '40s were overlooked as being
real Legends of our Sport.
Just before Roy Hoff, the owner and
editor of the Archery Magazine, passed away one of his closing
columns with me (Doug Walker) talked about this. I knew about Erle Stanley Gardner's
famous writings of over 200 of the Perry Mason books that later were made
into a TV series with Raymond Burr, and I also remember reading about some
of his bowhunting adventures that were printed in the old Bowman
Review. I even wrote a story myself about Erle Stanley Gardner, about
one of his elk hunts when he successfully took a beautiful 6-point bull
elk (see photo this page).
Back in those days, Erle was more than
going on successful bow hunts, he was writing about them. Anyone reading
any of Erle's stories soon realized that he enjoyed writing even more
about his love for the sport and especially about the camaraderie of a bow
hunt. Erle hunted with many of the greats of our sport - Howard Hill,
George Brommers, Dr. Paul Klopsteg, the Wilhelm Brothers, and Roy Case -
just to name a few.