Glenn St. Charles
- Bowhunters showing Excellence in the Field of Bowhunting
Glenn St. Charles, was born in Seattle, Washington, December 15, 1911,
the son of a timber cruiser who, at the turn of the century, brought his
family from Alpena, Michigan to the timber country of the great northwest.
While still in grade school, Glenn
spent several summer vacations with his dad in timber-cruising camps in
the Kaniksu national Forest of northern Idaho. This was the backdrop for
Glenn to observe ways of the animals of these remote regions — deer, elk,
moose, and bear. He fashioned flies to entice eager trout to the hook. He
became a bowhunter, a bowyer, making hundreds of bows from the
rich-colored yew he found combing the Cascade Mountains. He became a
fletcher, making arrows from the tough spruce and Alaska cedar. He cut
crude blades out of old re-tempered hand saws for broadheads.
Glenn watched bowhunting come to
Washington State in 1938, and after a few years, saw it disappear in one
day by action of the Washington State Game Commission. He was there when
it was reestablished the very next day, due to a plea by Washington
State’s father of bowhunting, Kore T. Duryee. This “bended knee”
experience was forever imprinted in Glenn’s mind — a reminder of how
fragile success can be. He became the watchdog of bowhunting in Washington
State and eventually throughout the country.
When the bow was questioned as to
its being a viable hunting weapon by concerned wildlife agencies
everywhere, St. Charles and his friends found the answer in the Boone and
Crockett record-keeping concepts. Thus the Pope and Young Club was formed
and now stands as the pillar of bowhunting everywhere.
St. Charles is the founder of the
Pope and Young Club. He is an emeritus member of the Boone and Crockett
Club. Throughout his bowhunting career, he has received nearly every award
the National Field Archery Association, the Pope and Young Club, and the
His written words have appeared in
many archery publications for the past sixty years. His video, “Billets to
Bow,” was produced in 1984 to preserve the art of bowmaking. The book
version followed in 1996. He and his wife, Margaret, have been guests and
are members of numerous state bowhunting organizations.
Today, the author’s eight-decade
span behind the bow serves as a bridge between then and now.