I wanted to share a few pictures from last weekend's United Bowhunters of Missouri Festival. The weather really sucked but we had a good turnout anyway. It was great to see many old friends and make some new ones!
Our favorite award to give out each year is the MDC Agent of the Year Award. We agonize over choosing between several deserving candidates and this year the award went to Agent Willie Carr of Jasper County. Congratulations, Agent Carr!
This year's winner of the Black Widow Bow raffle is lifetime UBM member and past UBM Board member, Ron Mackenberg. Here is Ron, sporting a nice Stetson, with UBM Board member, Joel Davis.
The annual photography contest we have always has a lot of participation and here are a couple of those winners. Past UBM president, Brian Peterson, won the Outdoor Theory category. Member, Cody Hasson, took the top prize in two categories, Wildlife and Bowhunting Related.
Each year we give out the Fred Bear Award to the person who has taken a game animal that we feel best exemplifies a trophy for that species. This year's winner was UBM Board member, Bob Burns. Bob killed a nice 10-point whitetail that easily made the P&Y record book.
Our banquet speaker this year was Neil Byce III, Director of Operations for Bear Archery. Mr. Byce has worked for Bear Archery for over 40 years and he took us on a fascinating trip over the history of the company as seen through his eyes. Neil is also passionate about fly fishing and here he is with some gifts the UBM bestowed upon him as a gesture of our appreciation.
An award we don't give out every year is the Youth Bowhunter of the Year. However, this past season, we had a young man who not only proved his mettle in the field, but also contributed to the club whenever he got a chance. This lad is 14 year old, Cole Davis, who killed a nice 7-pointer on his very first bowhunt. Then he wrote up a great article about the hunt for the club newsletter which is something that I can't get most adults to do! To sweeten Cole's accomplishment, the folks at Black Widow gave him a nice bow and some archery equipment to go along with the plaque. Congratulations, Cole!
As if they don't do enough for us, Black Widow also gives away a bow and arrows to some lucky youth attending the banquet. This year's winner was Joshua Haden. His father told me that this was the first Festival that they had ever attended. I bet they'll be repeat customers now!
And lastly, here I am accepting the Bowhunter of the Year award. I guess the field of choices must have been pretty slim this time around! In any event, I was honored and humbled to receive the prize and I am proud to be part of such a great organization.
Darren, Thanks for sharing very cool event for sure. And congrats sir!! All the best this year!
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Looks like a great time. I am anxiously awaiting our West Virginia Bowhunters annual banquet where we also have a great turnout every year. It is like a big family to our members.
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