I was over thirty years old when I discovered I had way more than just one brother....
My name is Gene Wensel and I am the PBS.
My love/obsession with the bow has taken me on adventures that I most likely would never have gone on had not the anticipation of being behind a bent bow taken me there. I've always enjoyed the solitude and self-reliance of a remote wilderness hunt but soon realized that bowhunters need each other for self-preservation and the continuation of this greatest of sports. The P.B.S. has the type of bow brotherhood we all desperately need. I'm Ron Crouch and I am the P.B.S.
In 1963 I decided it was time to get serious about about hunting with a bow and have been blessed in many ways by that decision. When I discovered PBS through meeting several members from Ohio I knew it was a perfect fit. We owe a lot to the founding fathers of this organization - THANK YOU. I am Warren Stewart and I Am The PBS.
Hunting with the bow and arrow brings us closer to the marrow of the hunt. It ignites inside us an instinct - born of necessity and fostered over many generations. PBS members embody this hunting spirit and pay homage to the old ways. In a time where people want things easy, I am proud to be a part of an organization that extols the virtues of hard work.
My name is Shan Mandrayar and #IamthePBS
The PBS has put me in touch with some of the finest bow hunters there are. I have forged friendships and brotherhoods through the PBS. The memories I have made with my PBS brothers are top notch. I am William Graves and I am the PBS.
I belong to the PBS because they promote woodsmanship and ethics and a low tech approach to hunting. My name is Anthony Zerello and I am the PBS.
If you desire to learn what true bow hunting is all about, all you need do is spend some time sitting around a camp fire with a couple of P.B.S. members. I'm Randy Brookshier and I am the P.B.S.
The year 2000 was significant for me as far as my hunting was concerned. I knew that I needed more of a challenge. I picked up a recurve and put my compound down for good. A few years later I joined the PBS and
I found a place where people shared my passion for the kind of bow hunting that I do. Simple. Ethical. Traditional.
I am Dendy Cromer and I Am The PBS.
”Those having torches will pass them on to others,” Plato. This saying was a memorial quote of an uncle of mine who was an educator. To me, this applies equally to the PBS organization and it’s membership. Having been as Associate Member for 20 years or so, I am continually impressed by the spirit of generosity that enables so many of us to learn from and live though shared experiences via articles, gatherings, and on hunts.
I am proud to belong to this organization and am most appreciative of those members who choose to lead and keep alive the PBS founding members vision. I am Bill Ritinski and I am the PBS.
As a young(er) adult in the 80’s, I joined The Professional Bowhunters Society primarily to get the magazine. I was craving anything I could read on traditional bowhunting and this was the closest thing to a trad magazine at the time.
After going to a few banquets, I quit living these adventures vicariously though the many contributors and started living the adventures WITH them, which would not have been possible without PBS.
My name is Don Davis and #IamthePBS.
“Since attending my first Banquet, I’ve made many good friends and hunted places that I’ve only dreamed of. I’m Sean Bleakley and I AM THE PBS”
PBS is made up of some of the most hard core bowhunters in the world. Sharing camp with another PBS member is priceless. My name is Bryan Burkhardt and I AM THE PBS.
My M.O. for 90% of my bowhunting involves stick bows, rugged backcountry, like-minded hunting partners, and packstrings of mules. I have been with the PBS for 35 years - and have met great members who became mentors, and so the torch is passed on! PBS is my brotherhood. My name is Jim Akenson and I AM THE PBS
Matt Steed, Gracie Shay Steed, Daphne Steed, Gage Steed, doing what our family loves to do - traditional bowhunting. We are the PBS.
God, Family, Friends and Bowhunting. I am Tim Denial and I am the PBS
I’ve always had a passion for bow hunting - not because of longer seasons or filling more tags - but the experience always thrills me and fills me with joy. Getting close to wild animals is thrilling and to hunt an animal more on his terms than mine - well that requires woodsmanship and plenty of experience. The PBS is filled with men and women of that mindset and who generously share their knowledge and experience. We are kindred spirits and I’m proud to be a member for close to 25 years. I’m Steve Spence and I am the PBS.
There are plenty of bowhunting organizations that focus on killing big animals. PBS is special in that it concentrates on tradition, woodsmanship, shared knowledge, ethics, and our history. I’m Don Thomas, and I AM the PBS.
I have lived in north Idaho my whole life. I have five kids and a loving wife who all enjoy the outdoors. I live for chasing elk in September and following my hounds after lions all winter. I am Jeremiah Dehnert and I am the PBS
For so long I felt pretty alone in my feelings of what felt right and wrong in the woods and in pursuit of our chosen animals to hunt. I was, and still am, pretty much a loner but it’s such a great feeling when I read writings by Barry and Gene Wensel, Doug Borland, Don Thomas, or the late Jay Massey, as well as all the every day average folks like myself. I know I’m part of a family, a family of shared morals and ethics who’s bowhunting passion is the same regardless if it’s on a dream distant hunt or a local one which I can better relate to. I am Dave Lay and I’m proud to be the PBS.
I grew up in south eastern Kentucky in the 70’s and 80’s. As a a kid I was always shooting bows and arrows or making arrows out of river canes, but As I got older there was not much opportunity to hunt big game because of the strip mines and coal mines so I hunted small game. Now that I’m older and lived in several different places I’ve had the chance to hunt for large game and I still love doing it with a bow. I joined PBS just recently at the TN.classic, I never heard of this organization before but after hearing what it was about and what it stood for I was happy to join. I am Jeff Evans and I am the PBS
It happened at seventeen when my friend, Pete, challenged me to shoot a kangaroo at what later stepped out to be 136 paces. I launched an arching arrow, we heard a loud thud and wondered what had happened. The animal turned sideways and in the morning sunlight saw the arrow, up to the fletching, had center punched it. It took three hops and fell over cold dead. Needless to say, I’ve been an archery addict ever since.
My name is Nick Horton and I am the PBS.
Growing up, I was the only bow hunter in my family. Luckily, I found the PBS at a young age and was mentored by several members. In a sense you could say I “grew up PBS”. To me the PBS is synonymous with adventure, serious bow hunting and most important of all: family. Join us and see for yourself. I’m Ben Pinney and I am the PBS.
I originally joined the PBS to glean knowledge about solo adventures I wanted to do. Little did I know the places it would take me and the life long friendships I would make. I am Brad Hawkins and I am the PBS.
I was attracted to the PBS because they represent and promote ethical, fair chase hunting, be it with traditional or conventional equipment. In addition, the camaraderie, knowledge sharing and Gatherings inspired me to become a life member. I encourage like mined bowhunters to join the PBS.
I AM MIKE SCHLEGEL AND I AM THE PBS
Over the last thirty years, I have been fortunate enough to have shared campfires in south Georgia with PBS guys from all over the country, and not only are they passionate bowhunters, they are just good and interesting folks. My name is Sam Roberts, and “I am the PBS.”
Coming from a non-hunting family, my preoccupation with hunting with a bow was always considered kind of strange. I was introduced to the PBS in the mid-nineties by a neighbor and friend and finally found a group of friends that share the same passion for bowhunting that I have. Attending the banquets with my wife is a highlight of our year. Over the years we have met some wonderful people. I am blessed to count some of the best bowhunters in the world as my friends. What a great ride! I’m Dennis Filippelli and I am the PBS
My first exposure to PBS was a phone conversation with Paul Brunner. I had seen the column in Bowhunter Magazine, but paid it scant attention. He thought PBS was the type of organization for me. Initially, I received the PBS magazine and marveled at the adventures shared by the members. In the early 90’s through my travels and relocation, I met guys like Jay Massey, Doug Borland, Dick Robertson, Pat Cebuhar, and Jerry Pierce. They all happened to be PBS members. We had an almost immediate connection and shared passion. Since then I have been fortunate to hunt all over the country and share camps with many PBS members. They have been and still are some of my best friends and men of extreme character. You won’t be disappointed. I am Mark Viehweg and I am the PBS
I have been using traditional archery equipment since I was a young boy. Love to see the flight of the arrow as it heads towards its target. Proud to be a member of PBS! I'm David Reese and I AM THE PBS!
I have been amazed at the people and places that the simple bow and arrow has allowed me to see. Some of my best friendships and hunts have happened due to my membership with the PBS. You’ll find nothing but hard core bowhunters and more importantly genuinely great human beings when you get involved with the PBS. My name is John Deitterick and I am the PBS.
I have crossed paths with true bowhunting legends through PBS. I have talked tactics, swapped stories and shared laughs with some of the best to ever nock an arrow. Men with high character and unshaken ethics who embrace the challenge and respect the game we pursue. I'm Clay Burkhart and I am PBS.
“ I’m apart of the PBS for the relationships and combined wealth of knowledge. I’m Josh Cox from North Carolina and I am the PBS!”
“Since becoming a member of the Professional Bowhunters Society, I’ve made many lifelong friends and strengthened other friendships. The fellowship with like-minded bowhunters of all ages and the willingness of these members to share their extensive knowledge gained through lifetimes of experience are unlike those found in any hunting organization I've ever been part of. I am John Peeler and I AM THE PBS”
At my first PBS Gathering, I walked in and recognized a bunch of bowhunters that I had read about for years. Now several are not only friends, but hunting buddies. I’m Vance Henry, and I AM THE PBS.
"I joined PBS in 1987 and have never regretted it. I urge you to come join the campfire. My name is Bryce Lambley and I AM THE PBS!"
It wasn’t easy finding people who shared the same degree of bowhunting passion and values. The early years were spent hunting mostly on my own and alone because of that. Then I discovered PBS and the door to a new world of bowhunting was opened. I’ve become lifelong friends with some of the most experienced and ethical bowhunters in the world. I’m Russell Lantier and I AM THE PBS.
I am a late comer to this organization but not to bowhunting. I have hunted with a traditional bow for almost 50 years. Next to family, it is my greatest passion. I’m Jerry Russell and I am the PBS.
I have been bowhunting since the early 1970s. When I started, I only knew two other men in our community who had a bow. There were several though who hunted. Those mentors took an interest in my bowhunting exploits and stories. I found as I grew older that I wanted to be around people with like interests and bowhunters who felt the same passion as I did. PBS speakers and writers who shared their stories were those men. In PBS, I found bowhunters with the same obsession and passion that I had for bowhunting. I am Steve Griffith and I am the PBS.
I have been blessed with a beautiful family. I was also blessed with the passion that burns in all of ours spirits, our love for bowhunting. I pray my children and grandson have the same opportunities that we have lived. I am Alan Altizer and that’s why I am PBS
I started shooting a Lemonwood longbow at age 8 and have had a love affair with archery and bowhunting ever since. Now as I age into my early 70s, I have made countless friends through PBS and bowhunting that I would have never known were it not for being a member. I’ve also had the opportunity to hunt in a number of states and provinces in Canada with other PBS friends.
In addition I have been a state certified Bowhunter ed instructor for over 25 years and I also train both people and dogs to track and recover wounded big game with dogs. I am one of the founding members of New York Bowhunters and served as their President, VP and on the board for over 20 years. I’m a supporting member of the Pope and Young Club, a member of the United Blood Trackers a life member of 2 chapters of Deer Search. I’m also very involved with my local rod and gun club and serve on the board of directors of the Fabius-Pompey Outreach program to help those who may be “food challenged”.
Today, I spend more time passing on my love of the outdoors and bowhunting to my granddaughters and others. I am Walt Dixon and I am the PBS.
Like most, I started hunting with a rifle, then went to a muzzleloader for more challenge, then a modern bow, a recurve, and finally, years ago, began making all of my own primitive equipment. I’ve made hundreds of bows and arrows but have always been driven to do so by the challenge of the hunt. My name is Hatchet Jack Keener, and I am the PBS.
I am passionate about bowhunting. It is something I think about every day and it is a way of life for me. Bows, arrows and bowhunting is something I enjoy year-round. It is hard to find hardcore bowhunters that share my same values. Well, I found them in the PBS. The PBS is a collection of some of the finest bowhunters that I have ever met. It is a brotherhood of people that understand bowhunting and thoroughly enjoy it in its purist form. They hunt for the right reasons. The PBS motto is “Knowledge Through Experience”. This fellowship of like-minded bowhunters and their desire to pass on their knowledge that they have gained through their experiences is not commonplace in many organizations. You are always welcome at any PBS campfire. If you are a hardcore bowhunter and you have a true passion for the hunt and you hunt for the right reasons, you have a lot of friends in the PBS. My name is Tom Mills and I am the PBS.
I had never ever thought of being anything else but a hunter when I was growing up in the Mississippi Delta. Being a full time bowhunter with my own homemade equipment the last 30 years takes a back seat only to my faith, family and friends I have met through PBS along the wooded path of life. No other organization of hunters has the experience , knowledge and passion for hunting animals close than a PBS member. I am Joey Buchanan, I am the PBS.
I was drawn to PBS for the opportunity to hunt in new and exciting places with like minded guys and gals. I found that and a whole lot more. Our motto is knowledge through experience and I never want to stop experiencing. The more knowledgeable I become the more I realize that I am never too successful to learn from others. PBS is full of seasoned, ethical, fair chase hunters and I am proud to belong to such a great organization. I am Tom Jenkins, and I Am the PBS.
I have had the opportunity to chase BIG Ohio whitetails for most of my life. After 30 years of Bowhunting, and most of those with a stickbow in hand, nothing connects my spirit to the forest better than watching that one great shot leave my fingers. The excitement is as enjoyable now as it ever has been. Being a part of an organization that promotes and carries on this legacy makes me proud to be able to say "I'm a member of the Professional Bowhunters Society"! Shoot Straight! My name is Dan Adams and #IAMTHEPBS
One of my favorite things about the PBS is the many craftsmen who make and use their own homemade equipment. I have learned so much from them and their passion fuels mine. I am Brad Jansen and I am the PBS.
For many years, I just assumed that the word, “Professional,” in the name of the PBS organization meant you had to make your living off of bowhunting to be a Member. Finally a friend invited me to take a closer look. Once I did, I realized how ignorant I had been and how much I had been missing. My name is Dennis Dunn, and I AM THE PBS.
I once heard Flip Pallot say something like "to truly love something, you have to know it. And to truly know something, you have to interact with it." The love of everything involved in getting close to wild animals in wild places with a simple bow and arrow is imprinted in the very DNA of this organization...and in me. I am Julian Tisdale and I am the PBS.
I'm proud to belong to an organization with such a rich heritage of goodwill for our sport. The friends that we make here quickly become brothers for life. It's critical now more than ever that we honor and hold in high regard the forefathers of our modern bowhunting lifestyle, and at the same time grow new interest and mentor beginner and youth bowhunters, while appealing to a younger crowd who will be our future. My name is Tim Nebel, and I am the PBS.
I've hunted moose in Alaska, alligator in Florida, plains game in Africa, and whitetails in the back 40 with my PBS brothers. My name is Terry Receveur and I am the PBS
As a member for over 20 years the PBS has connected me all across this nation with like minded hard core bowhunters who share my values. I consider them family! My name is Norm Johnson and I am the PBS!
Membership in PBS has brought me to so many places and afforded me the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many people who I now consider family. I can't even imagine what life would be like without everything I've gained through my membership all of these years. I'm Kevin Bahr and "I am the PBS."
Who would have thought I would travel from Alaska to Africa with PBS members. Many would say why not! I’m Tom Vanasche and I AM THE PBS.
What’s better than packing out an elk from the Rocky Mountain high country? If you are like me and most of your waking moments are spent either bowhunting or thinking about bowhunting, then the answer is spending time with other PBS members at the Banquets, gatherings, archery shoots, and especially on hunts with them. Do yourself a favor and get more involved; the benefits are tremendous. I am Jeff Holchin and I am the PBS.
In a few short years I’ve come to know and appreciate the efforts of the PBS to preserve the traditions of bow hunting as it was intended. I’ve also witnessed first-hand, the ability of this fraternity to forge lifetime friendships amongst likeminded folks. My name is Duane Krones and I am the PBS.
I can’t count the number of great hunts and quality camp fire time that I have had with folks that I met through PBS. My life would be much less rich had I never become involved. My name is Matt Schuster, and I am the PBS.
I have been a hunter/fisher my whole life and never been a part of any group. I joined PBS to support the organization of trad bowhunters. I am a solo hunter, and have thought of joining one of the group hunts, maybe I will someday.
I am proud to be a small part of an organization to support fair chase and ethical hunting.
My name is Bryant Hodges and I am PBS.
My dad got me into the outdoors at a very early age and I immediately knew that it was what I would be for the rest of my life. Bowhunting in particular became a passion around 20 years old and switched to traditional not long after. Growing up, Fred Bear was my idol and I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Bear Archery and have been involved with them for almost 20 years. Bowhunting has been a way of life and is only behind Jesus Christ and family in my life.
My name is Brian Otto and I am the PBS.
Now with over well over 40 years with bow in hand. Being a essential worker in this year of uncertainty. By Gods grace allowing me to see his beauty of sunrises and sunsets and all the adventures across our prairies. I am Mike Dhaemers and I am the PBS.
I got my start bowhunting in 1975 at the age of 12 trying to keep up with older brother that had bought a bow. From that time on bowhunting has always been important part of my life. I wat always looking for something to read and learn about. Then in 2009 I learned of the PBS for the first time and joined. I was able to attend my first banquet in Nasville in 2010. Getting to meet and learn from the great group of hunters has been a blessing and the many opportunities that came from that, may have never happened with out that influence and encouragement. My name is David Balowski and I am the PBS
Bowhunting has been a way for me to feel closer to nature, and has been a passion for several years. Through the PBS, I have had the pleasure of meeting some awesome men and women who share the same passions and fair chase values. I am Crispin Henry, and I am the PBS.
From an early age I’ve had the burning desire for all things associated with bowhunting. That passion led me to the likes of Jay Massey, Gene and Barry Wensel, Don Thomas, Paul Brunner and so many other passionate bowhunters. I quickly learned they were PBS members, which in turn led me to PBS. I found a family of folks that bestowed the same passion as me. The bowhunting passion has always been rooted deep within my heart. It’s more than a lifestyle it’s a way of life. With PBS I found people that “get it”. We strive for the fulfillment of full journey. People that understand shortcuts to success isn’t our mission. People from all walks of life with the common goal of walking in harmony with Gods creation up close and personal with a stick and string. So many aspects of the PBS are beyond words. You will regularly hear PBS members say some of their best friendships were forged through association with PBS. If bowhunting is your passion, then PBS needs you and you will find a family of likeminded people. I am Preston Lay and I am the PBS.
PBS is my spiritual bowhunting home. I joined 35+ years ago as a young newbie & attended the first banquet here in Ohio. With the fire already burning strong, but only one notch on my bow, I asked beginner level questions of Roger Rothaar, Paul Brunner, Gene Wensel and others that weekend, all of whom were gracious and patient. Every year, my fire burns a bit stronger; our motto of ‘knowledge through experience’ truly makes sense. Our members represent literally all walks of life, from dairy farmers to doctors, united in our passion for bowhunting, and welcoming of anyone for whom that fire also burns strong. And, PBS is full of friends you don’t yet know! I am Dave Earley, and I am the PBS.
I have been a member of PBS since 2009 and Bowhunting since 1982 Bowhunting and archery is a way of life not just a fad I am proud to be in and organization of likeminded people who share there knowledge and their story to promote Bowhunting. My name is Blake Marsters and I am the PBS
The PBS opened up my bowhunting horizons far greater than I could have ever hoped for. I now have way more options to hunt with the most experienced and ethical bowhunters than I can take advantage of. My name is Greg Szalewski and I Am The PBS.
I’m part of Pope and Young
I’m part of Compton
I’m part of God’s Kingdom
I am Monty Browning and I am the PBS.
I have been a PBS member since 1991 and shared campfires with my PBS family from coast to coast. It is truly one of the greatest organizations of which I’m proud to be called a member. I’m Brian Morris and “I AM THE PBS”.
PBS's greatest asset is its members. I can't count the memories I have hunting and sharing camps with PBS members. I am so thankful I've had the privilege to meet so many over the years. Good people. I'm Terry Green, and I am the PBS.
I joined in 2015 after making a South Louisiana bowfishing trip made up mostly of PBS members. In 2016 I lost most of what I owned in the Louisiana flooding and two weeks later my wife of forty seven years past away unexpectedly in her sleep. Those same PBS friends I met on that bowfishing trip pulled around me and gave me the emotional support I needed to get through a mighty rough time in my life. The PBS isn’t just about the hunt, the bow and the arrow. They are still here for me three years later. I am Ronald Bauer and I am the PBS.
The PBS has become like a family to me. I’ve made amazing friends and had incredible opportunities to spend time with people who share my passion and values. My name is Greg Krause and I AM THE PBS
Years ago I joined PBS as an associate but beyond reading the magazine I never got involved. After a year or two I let the membership lapse. At some point I decided to give it another chance, but this time made the decision that I would attend a gathering and try to really see what it was about. What a revelation that was!
Since my first biennual gathering I have not missed another and I have connected with other members on more hunts than I can count. I've joined other members on hunts throughout North America--to say my hunting experiences have expanded exponentially would be an understatement and the friendships I've made along the way will be with me for the rest of my life.
My name is Joe Lasch and I am the PBS!
I became curious about PBS 20 years ago. My good friend Russell Lantier bought my first years membership and within minutes of my first gathering, I knew I would be a member for the rest of my life! My name is Ethan Rodrigue, and I am the PBS!
Although I've been bowhunting all my life, the PBS has added a lot to the experience, in various ways. I am Tim Jones and I am the PBS.