Fred Bear’s name has become as synonymous with excellence as it is with archery and bowhunting. Bear, known as The Father of Bowhunting, founded Bear Archery during the Great Depression, and the company still manufactures high-quality hunting and archery products.
An expert marksman, Bear’s natural skill and passion inspired early interest in bowhunting, which fueled the growth of the industry. In celebration of his life and Bear Archery’s 80th anniversary, The Sportsman Channel will air an hour-long special – “Fred Bear – The Father of Bowhunting” – Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
“Mr. Bear paved the way for each one of us today,” stated Jason Pickerill, marketing manager of Bear Archery. “Had it not been for his dedication to our sport, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today. We are proud to celebrate the life of this great man, his work and the 80th anniversary of Bear Archery.”
This special will have interviews from Realtree's Bill Jordan and David Blanton; former employee and Ripcord Arrow Rest Marketing Manager Don Dvoroznak ; Whitetail Properties’ Dan Perez; Bear President Jack Bowman; Major League Bowhunter's Jeff Danker and current Bear employees Dan Massimillo and Neil Byce. Through their stories and recollections they talk about their time with Fred and explain why and how he meant so much to the company, but also to the sport of bowhunting. Viewers will get a chance to see historic film footage, never-before-seen photos and untold stories about the legendary Fred Bear.
Bear Archery was one of the founding manufacturing companies that launched the Archery Manufacturers and Dealers Association, now known as the Archery Trade Association (ATA). Bear Archery representatives also played a critical role in developing the ATA’s Technical Guidelines to ensure uniformity among basic archery categories. With these guidelines, manufacturers and customers know how the industry tests, measures and evaluates its products to ensure consistency and compatibility between components.
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Homepage photo: Donald Dryer/WikiMedia Commons
Homepage Photo Caption: Fred Bear and Jim Henderson, on a Moose Hunt in Ontario Canada in 1943. This was Jim's first Moose and Fred's first Bear. The Moose was mounted finally mounted in 2011 by David Collins Taxidermy in Dothan, Alabama.