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Pope and Young Club


A non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of bowhunting.


Established in 1961, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics, and wildlife conservation. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with the bow and arrow.


A fraternal membership-based organization, made up of dedicated bowhunter/conservationists with a number of different programs including Records Program, Conservation/Outreach and Education Program, Museum Program and the promotion of Fair Chase and Ethics.


Records Program - The Pope & Young Club is recognized as the official repository for records on bow-harvested North American big game. Together with the Boone & Crockett Club, we maintain the long-standing, universally-accepted scoring system and set the standards for measuring big game animals. Through the Records Program, the Club records for posterity scientific data on North American big game taken with bow and arrow. Conservation/Outreach and Education Program - Our conservation program is about leading by example. We support, with financial assistance and moral support, a wide array of projects and programs around North America in efforts to enhance and protect wildlife conservation and our bowhunting heritage. Museum Program - The Pope & Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting is located at the Club's national offices in Chatfield, Minnesota. The foundation of the museum is the largest collection of bowhunting related artifacts and memorabilia anywhere in the world. Fair Chase and Ethics - The core values of the Pope & Young Club's membership revolve around the principles of high standards of conduct and ethics in our hunting lifestyle. Fair Chase is the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit of free-ranging wild game animals in a manner which does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal.


To ensure bowhunting's existence for future generations by preserving & promoting its heritage and values.