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Chuck Saunders

Chuck Saunders

Category B - Bowhunters who have shown Excellence in the Design and Manufacturing of Archery Equipment

Chuck Saunders
July 12, 1913 - March 31, 1995

Chuck Saunders is a name known to everyone in archery. His most famous invention was the Indian Cord Fiber Matts; billion upon billions of arrows have been stopped by this product since its inception in the early '40s. Chuck's lifelong appreciation for the outdoors, led to the eventual founding of the Bowhunters Who Care organization. His sons share his "Think Factory" inventiveness and to date, 55 patents, are in their name. As well as wanting to "make it better or not at all," Chuck realized the need to make archery fun. Thus, the Bow Bird Aerial Target, the Slingshot and Archery SACO Rounds were born. 

During his 50-plus years in the archery industry, Chuck was always very active in the archery/sporting goods industry. Instrumental in forming the Archery Manufacturers Organization (then called AMADA), he was elected president in 1960, and in 1982 was made an Honorary Life Board Member During his tenure with AMO, Chuck served on the first Standards Committee, and also assisted with the photography and writing of the "ABCs of Archery." Chuck earned the Spinks Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sporting Goods Industry.

Archery definitely would not have been the same without Chuck Saunders. His influence on the sport has been widely felt. Chuck Saunders will be missed. 


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