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Terry Green
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quote:
Originally posted by Dirty Bill:
I was an associate member for several years,but I didn't see any brotherhood going on,except the "famous hunters" hanging together,and the "rich guys" hanging together,patting each other on the back,and ignoring the regular folks.


I went to San Antonio, and I never saw a hint of that. I also didn't know who was 'rich' and who wasn't....didn't ask them their income. Everyone I talked to was very genuine, and took time to chat...don't know if they were 'famous' or not....didn't care. Everyone seemed to be on the same page and having a great time, and glad to be there.

And back to the word 'famous'...how many of the general public know any trad bowhunters that are so called 'famous'?....I don't know any. I know some guys that have been around for a long time, and done a lot for the sport, but none of them ever make the tabloids.....and that's a good thing. [thumbsup]

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Marty
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Ray, Ray, Ray..... This is the Holiday Season. Where's your Holiday Spirit?
The only celebrity I know in PBS is Biggie Hoffman, at least he told me he's one anyway.We were havin lunch at the Bass Pro Shop in Mo. this November and a guy came up to us outside the store and asked if he was Biggie Hoffman the bow hunter.Biggie told me later it happens all the time. He must be a celebrity. I never knew it.

Go to Pittsburgh and make up your own minds!!

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Terry Green
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Hi Marty...good to see you keeping Biggie in check!!!!!

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Mr Terry.....will you turn on the crickets for me - Cade Cabrera

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Steve O
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DB,

That is not what I experienced in SLC last time. I am a NOBODY...my wife and I rode the bus from the airport with with the Wensels (and their VERY tolerant and fantastic wives), they made us feel like family. We went to the dinner Friday night; we didn't know ANYBODY and sat down at an empty table...it filled up with "famous" people and they made us feel like family. We went to the dinner Saturday night and again sat down at an empty table on the other side of the room...the same thing happened [thumbsup] .

All the folks that were in SLC were OK in my (and my wife's) book!

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Forester
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And there is always somebody else to meet. I have made it to two Gatherings and am sure I will meet folks in Pittsburgh for the first time. And I'm sure there will be the instant connection found between hard core bowhunters where ever we meet. One thing about PBS that has impressed me is that the "famous" people have proven to be just regular guys and they treated me like a "famous" person, honestly. We all seem to be equal in our passion and nobody is really making judgements.

Aside from the Gatherings, it seems that the serious bowhunters and conservationists that I meet through other channels (forestry, QDMA, bowhunter ed, etc...) are PBS members. And the PBS members are often involved in state and local clubs promoting bowhunting and archery.

I could sum it up by saying that, outside of home and family, PBS is where I am most comfortable when not in the woods...and PBS is a great group to be in the woods with also.

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Barry Wensel
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I sincerely hope this comes out the way I intend it to. Some of the high profile (and wide profile!) bowhunters were thrust into the limelight simply because of circumstances. I personally enjoy helping others and sharing experiences. The truth is most "celebrity" bowhunters are just regular, down to earth guys who share the love of our sport. We're all human. When one immerses themself into a passion for thirty or forty years, attends annual rendezvous, banquets, shoots, sports shows and deer classics you get to meet and talk with literally thousands of great people. Thousands. I personally lose my voice after a couple days. But the bottom line is somewhere in those multiple conversations you might have offered a seemingly worthless piece of advice that will change some persons life forever. I sometimes get embarrassed when I can't remember a persons name when I should. I'm sure age has something to do with it. In the same respect sometimes too many years slip by between visits, people physically change and I fail to recognize them. I've also found more often than not I end up apologizing to some of my closest friends for seemingly ignoring them when being pulled in different directions by those I don't see as often. So, at the PBS gathering in Pittsburgh this March, please come up and say hello. But also please cut us older guys some slack as there's a fine line between wisdom and senility. bw
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PrarrieDog
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Thanks for the link Kevin. The address I used was taken from the PBS magazine I picked up. I might try again.
Prarrie Dog

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Dirty Bill
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I've been to a few of the banquets.I was in NC in 96.I was also at ogelby park,only about 20 minutes from my place.I've met barry and gene several times,as they used to come to the west virginia bowhuntes association and do seminars.I even know why barry wears his hat sideways.

I guess I let a small number of bad experiences over shadow the good things.I met Glenn St.Charles and he even signed an arrow for me.

I'll be coming up to pittsburgh if I can afford the gas...it's about an hour from me.. :rolleyes

Maybe I'll rejoin even.. By the way how does one become a regular member instead of an ass member... [biglaugh]

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Dirty Bill
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quote:
Originally posted by Terry Green:
quote:
Originally posted by Dirty Bill:
I was an associate member for several years,but I didn't see any brotherhood going on,except the "famous hunters" hanging together,and the "rich guys" hanging together,patting each other on the back,and ignoring the regular folks.


I went to San Antonio, and I never saw a hint of that. I also didn't know who was 'rich' and who wasn't....didn't ask them their income. Everyone I talked to was very genuine, and took time to chat...don't know
I didn't have to ask their income,they let me know it,and it showed very plainly when I sat at their table. I should have sat in the corner somewhere.

Anyway,that was my take on the PBS,but I shouldn't judge the whole club by the actions of a handful of snobs.

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Dirty Bill
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quote:
Originally posted by Ray Hammond:
Dirty Bill,
I'm an absolute nobody...regular folks. Every PBS member I've ever run into has treated me with respect and civility...well except for Marty McMahon but that's another story! HE HE

I have been to a banquet and had everyone speak to me...and none of them knew me from Adam's housecat.

It couldn't have been that you were shy,
could it?

There were 300 people there, and of course, after years of going to these events a great many of them know one another, and when you are able to get together with people you know you reminisce, you catch up...but I bet if you went again and this time tried a little "walking up" to some of the groups that are talking and introduce yourself you would be included right into the conversations...I was.

I tried that a couple of times,it didn't work.I was blown off more than once.I enjoyed the displays and seminars though.
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alligatordond
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DB,

Glad to hear you are willing to give it another try at Pitt. I hope your experience is better. If you see a large Hawaiian looking bowling ball shaped fellow, that would be me. We'll go have a beer and tell lies.

DonD

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Jeff Holchin
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Lots of us are loners, lurkers here on Tradgang, etc. and it is not easy to just walk up to somebody or a group and start a conversation - usually. I have to attend meetings, seminars, and presentations with my job but don't enjoy it because I'm not in love with my job. The PBS and the banquets are different - I am in love with bowhunting and so is everybody in the PBS and at the banquets, so even somebody as shy and "backward" as me can walk up to just about anybody else (famous or not) and talk bowhunting.

My first banquet was in St. Louis and I went with the attitude that I would leave right away if I didn't like the experience. I stayed the entire weekend and have not missed a banquet since..........

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Rick McGowan
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I have been to every single banquet and absolutely have NEVER encountered any big named slobs. At the very first one in Ohio, I knew no one in PBS and very little about it and thats what I expected to find, but I could not have been more wrong, these guys were just regular bowhunters hanging out and shooting the breeze. At breakfast the first morning one of the "bignames", happened to sit at my table and asked me what I thought, I told him that I was totally impressed and intimidated by all the "bignames", he said "me too"! I said, but you ARE one of the "bignames", he said I am no different than you! I have seen kids walk up to Barry Wensel and say, Mr. Wensel can I have your autograph? He said, "its Barry" as he signed their stuff. Don't forget that just because someone may be well known, it doesn't mean they can't be shy and it may well have been two years since they saw their friends last, so its understandable they may want to catch up. I have walked up and introduced myself, politely to many many members of PBS and NEVER been blown off by any of them, but realize that there is a LOT going on during the banquet weekend and they may have things that they need to do. I ran the raffle booth for a long time and I felt bad about not having as much time to talk to many friends as much as I would have liked to. Jut be careful about letting any women you know write letters to the Wensels, those things can stick to you forever!
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Kevin Bahr
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Geez, the only time someone wants my autograph is after they swipe my Visa card...
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Jason R. Wesbrock
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That funny, Kevin. People usually ask me for your autograph too after swiping "my" Visa. By the way, thanks for the Christmas presents.
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