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Art LaHa

Art LaHa

Category A - Bowhunters showing Excellence in the Field of Bowhunting

January 9, 1920 - January 31, 1994
Hall of Fame Inductee 1996

This writing recognizes Art LaHa for his bowhunting skills and for his early-day promotion, writings, and teachings that helped make the way for early-day recognition of our sport that gave us some of the nation's very first bowhunting seasons. 

Everyone who knew Art LaHa was aware of his rare and special qualities as a bowhunter. It all started at the age of 12 when a lumberjack friend of his gave him a homemade bow. That experience led him on to becoming a bowhunter champion of the sport. Through his efforts, Wisconsin became the mother state of bowhunting with an annual licensed bowhunting season. Art developed his skill with a bow and took all kinds of North American big game animals - deer, bear, elk, caribou, moose, polar bear, and walrus. Art also guided many hunting parties in Alaska over a 46-year period. 

Art's promotion of bowhunting on a national level began in the 1940s when he was instrumental in developing bowhunting, not only in Wisconsin, but on a national scale. Many of his writings were published in national outdoor magazines. Art was always available to teach and demonstrate his bowhunting skills to organizations throughout the world. One of his most-read writings was a pocket folder titled, Trailing Tips. Art had this printed himself and it soon became a bowhunter's bible and could be easily carried by bowhunters and was commonly found in most bowhunters' back pockets or bow quivers. 

Art's early-day involvement with the promotion of bowhunting started with a chance meeting with Roy Case while they were both bowhunting in Wisconsin. This, and other meetings with fellow bowhunters like Fred Bear and Larry Whiffen, was the inspiration he needed to better work for bowhunting which soon brought about better deer and bear bow seasons in the northeast that most definitely laid the groundwork for other states to follow that eventually brought national prominence nationwide for the sport of bowhunting. 

 


 
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