Category A - Bowhunters showing Excellence in the Field of
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.