Bowhunting Pioneer Passes Away

Word today that Northwest bowhunting pioneer Glenn St. Charles died yesterday in Seattle. He was 98.

“Such a deal,” were said to be his last words after fighting a short illness.

St. Charles was known as “the watchdog of bowhunting in Washington State and eventually throughout the country,” according to the Bowhunters Hall of Fame, and helped legitimize the method through the Pope & Young club.

Born nearly a century ago, St. Charles first got into bowhunting after peering into Puget Sound in the Fauntleroy area and trying to figure out how to catch the various critters, according to a 2008 interview with Frank Addington Jr. He and some friends fashioned their archery gear out of hazelnut branches, meat-wrapping string, willow staves and headless nails.

“Little did I know at that time that this would be the first of a long life of pleasure with a bow and arrow,” St. Charles told Addington.

After taking his first game in 1934 — a mule deer from the Mad River area of North-central Washington — he went on to hunt caribou, mountain goats, Dall sheep and more.

He opened an archery business in Seattle, designed his own bows and sold Fred Bear bows, and in the late 1950s spearheaded the creation of the Pope & Young Club.

St. Charles also worked on the books Billets To Bows: Sights, Sounds and Smells of Archery and Bows on the Little Delta.

“The author’s eight-decade span behind the bow serves as a bridge between then and now,” says the Bowhunters Hall of Fame in a profile of St. Charles before his death.

P&Y and the Archery Hall of Fame have both posted words on St. Charles passing.

In that interview with Addington, St. Charles gave these last words of advice:

Live life to the fullest, the walk in the woods is a short one, leave things better than you found them, If you are a hunter be proud of being a HUNTER not a KILLER. If you can make even the smallest difference, it is all worth the walk.

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