Historical Category - Bowhunters
who have impacted the history of the sport.
Saxton Pope, M.D.
1875 - 1927
It was Dr. Saxton Pope, surgeon, who
was called in to examine the wild Indian (Ishi) that had been captured in
northern California. A friendship soon came about and started Dr. Pope on
his way, not only learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, but later
becoming one of the most outstanding early-day bowhunters, and a true
legend of our sport.
Dr. Pope inspired Art Young and the two
made many early-day hunts with bow and arrow in northern California. Dr.
Pope later made a famous trip with Ishi up Deer Creek, in Lassen County
which was well publicized. Dr. Pope wrote one of the first books really
explaining modern-day bowhunting, titled "Bowhunting with a Bow and
Arrow" and after this with his hunting companion Art Young, their
bowhunting accomplishments include hunting Africa, Alaska and probably one
of the most inspirational trips of all was the famous grizzly bear hunt in
Yellowstone National Park. They were contracted to bring back grizzly
bears to be mounted life-size and to this day are still shown in the San
Francisco Museum. Dr. Pope died in 1927 a few months after his return from
No wonder the largest and most
recognized bowhunting organization in the world was name after Dr. Saxton
Pope and his friend Art Young, known as the Pope and Young Club.