Category C - Bowhunters who have shown Literary Excellence
Advanced the Sport of Bowhunting
Mike Standlund began bowhunting and
writing for outdoor magazines in his mid-teens. Growing up in Minnesota
and Wisconsin, he obtained a degree in journalism from the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1980, financing his education by freelance writing
and trapping. Strandlund spent five years as a newspaper editor in
Wisconsin and five years as a writer and editor for the National Rifle
Association before joining Bowhunting World and Archery Business magazines
in 1990. He was named editor of the titles in 1993 and promoted to
editorial director in 2002.
Mike's writing reflect the true spirit
of bowhunting and it shines through to not only new bowhunters and old
bowhunters alike, it has also reached out to all sportsmen as well.
Strandlund practices both modern and
traditional archery and has bowhunted across North America and Africa. He
counts whitetails, elk, wooden recurves, tight groups, September sunsets
and November daybreaks among his favorite things.
"All the most important things in
life - patience and acceptance, beauty and honor, strength and love,
physical and mental acuity, challenge and compassion - are all distilled
in bowhunting. That's what makes it so fascinating to do, and to write
about," he said.