There is no feeling on earth like using your skill to work ten yards from a big game animal, then picking
a spot, drawing back a simple longbow and sending a successful arrow on its way. Our members live
for that feeling, and recognize that the satisfaction in a successful hunt is directly related to the effort put
forth. For more than fifty years, the members of the Professional Bowhunters Society have been
dedicated to the protection and promotion of bowhunting’s traditional values as a sport where success is
based on skill, woodsmanship, and patience. Our members are passionate bowhunters who spend a
tremendous amount of their time roaming wild places with a simple stick and string. Our motto is
KNOWLEDGE THROUGH EXPERIENCE. Why? Because we don’t look to technology to solve all of
our bowhunting challenges - we strive to become better, more knowledgeable bowhunters.
The Professional Bowhunters Society is not for all everyone. We attract those who live to hunt with a
simple bow and arrow, not the casual bowhunter or the foam puncher who hunts a couple of weekends a
year. Most of our members, 95% of whom shoot traditional equipment, tend to be the movers and
shakers who are involved in their state bowhunting organization, in youth and church archery programs,
and support other mentoring activities because in this day and age many folks never get exposed to the
concepts we believe in - short-range bowhunting based on skill and woodsmanship. And we mentor
each other too. If a southern member wants to increase his knowledge about elk for an upcoming trip,
he has a network of experienced members who will be happy to help. PBS is a big family, we hunt
together all over the country, share our experiences, and sometimes even fight a little like all passionate
folks. Our members are our most valuable asset.
Should you join the PBS family?
If you are a dedicated traditional bowhunter, or want to learn about a simpler, more satisfying way to hunt, there is no better resource than the PBS. We have an outstanding magazine with articles by some of the biggest names in the traditional bowhunting community, a Biennial Gathering featuring speakers and seminars (see link for information, and numerous Regional Membership Hunts offering a great chance to not only chase critters, but to make some new friends. And finally, the best reason to join is simply to get to know and network with some of the best, most knowledgeable people in bowhunting.
It is the purpose of the Professional Bowhunters Society® to be an organization dedicated to the preservation of bowhunting’s traditional values and to attract members who vow: