Category A - Bowhunters showing Excellence in the Field of
Category C - Bowhunters who have shown Literary Excellence
Advanced the Sport of Bowhunting
Doug Walker was among the first few inductees into the
Bowhunters Hall of Fame who were recognized not only for Category A, for
his hunting excellence, but also Category C for his literary excellence.
Prior to the late 1940s, what
few bowhunters there were across the U.S. they could only hunt deer with a
bow during the gun seasons. But through the efforts of so few, an archery
only season was established and in 1949, Doug was one of the very first
bowhunters of record to take a buck deer. during a "Archery
Only" deer season, this was his first big game animal in California
and later he was recognized in their record book as the first and only
bowhunter to take all 13 big game species that could be taken in
1961 - Doug
along with Fred Bear was one of the first regular members of the Pope
and Young Club, also one of the Club's first Board of Directors, in
1970, Doug became a Senior member and was voted on to be Pope and Young's
Big Game Chairman.
Doug is a world class bowhunter with
hundreds of big game animals to his credit - over 50 of them are award
winning trophy class animals and are prominently listed in the record
Many awards of honor hang from the
walls of his office and den. You will see such awards of honor from the
most recognized organizations in the U.S.A. To name a few, Pope and Young
Club, Safari Club International, NFAA and from his home state, CBH/SAA,
Big Game Club.
In 2001, during the World
Archery Festival, the NFAA created the "Grand Master Society,"
their highest of Bowhunting honors. Along with three of his bowhunting
idols, Fred Bear, Ben Pearson and Glenn St. Charles, Doug was named 4th to
be listed on that Roll of Honor.
Also in 2001, Doug received his state's most coveted award, their "Lifetime Achievement
Award of Honor." Doug was the owner and publisher, along with his wife, Betty, of the National Bowhunter Magazine.
The National Bowhunter Magazine is celebrating its 57th anniversary as a bowhunting magazine..
Doug Walker and Fred Bear swapping hats
at a video interview in 1987
Doug Walker with his moose hanging in the tree,
Photo by Fred Bear