Any Brushes with GREATNESS ???
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From: Bou'bound
06-Mar-08
Without naming names (which would surely shut this thread down in record time) can you tell of any brushes with famous or well known hunting industry personalities you have had in the field?

Any shared camps etc. Could be writer, TV guy, industry mogul, etc.

How did it go and what was your impression.

Let's try to stay away from the "I knew a guy at the gas staion who had a cousin who cut the hair of the mechanic of the cable guy for so and so famous hunter and he said they guy bla bla bla.......

From: Elk Dog
06-Mar-08
Shared an afternoon shooting bows in camp with Tom Jennings on a blacktail hunt in Northern California. He was a true gentleman.

From: CPAhunter
06-Mar-08
I have hunted with my dad a few times. That's great enough.

From: kellyharris
06-Mar-08
Hey bou,

This past season while I was in camp I turned around and your not going to believe who I saw? As I turned around I was looking at the most amazing hardest hunter I have ever witnessed in my life!!!! I was so shocked at seeing him a had to do a double take to make sure it was truly him that I was looking at and I was sure it was the greatest hunter I had ever witnessed. I simply knew I was staring in amazement at the greatest hunter I had ever seen because it was then I relized I was looking in the Mirror. LMFAO

From: Shedrock
06-Mar-08
Sam Fadala lives 5 or 6 blocks from me.Great down to earth guy.

06-Mar-08
Shared my camp at Galbraith Lake in the Brooks Range with General Chuck Yeager one fall. He was on his way out to hunt sheep with another outfitter, but was "weathered in" there. Great guy.

I guided football coach/TV commentator Dick Vermeil on an elk hunt in Montana years ago. He and I got along well because I was the only one in camp who neither knew nor cared about football and Dick was on vacation and didn't want to talk about football!

Outdoor Channel personalities generally make me nervous, but Jay Gregory (Wild Outdoors) is scheduled to come hunt bear with us this Spring and so far he seems fairly civilized and personable.

Campfires are a terrific social "equalizer!"

Pete

From: chip
06-Mar-08
Met Greg Miller and Gary Clancy on a muzzleloading hunt in Nebraska, Tom Miranda in Wyoming and Roger Raglin on a whitetail hunt in Colorado. The first 3 were very down to earth but Raglin was hard to take for a week. He hunted the eastern plains of CO and never got out of the truck except when they kicked up a deer in the river bottoms.

From: Rob Nye
06-Mar-08
I've guided some "famous" bowhunters over the years; M.R. James, Tom Nelson, Dwight Schuh, G. Fred Asbell are some of them. All real nice guys, down to earth and "just another bowhunter" while in camp, although they have a few more hunting yarns to tell than most of us "regular" hunters. All of them took time to mingle with the other hunters in camp, no elitist attitudes were ever evident. The current bowhunter magazine TV staffers Jeff Waring, publisher, Brian Fortenbaugh assistant editor and Curt Wells, equipment editor are also great fellows to share a camp with if you ever get the chance. Years ago I spent several days bear hunting and bowfishing carp with Judd Cooney, another good guy and excellent outdoorsman.

From: kellyharris
06-Mar-08
actually My 1st turkey hunt was with the Moore Twins Gregg and Garry Moore. I was fortunate to be on the same team in our outdoor shooting league as well

06-Mar-08
Met Christy Canyon while in Seattle at a party.

06-Mar-08
Oh yea, Tom Hoffman is a friend and stayed here at the house with me last Summer and a few years ago Randy Ulmer was here at the house before we went on a moose hunt. Both about as Top Shelf as they get. Met Danny Moore in MT and he's too modest! Christy was still the best looking but that would be like throwin a hot dog down a hallway!

From: 11 points
06-Mar-08
Being involved with the state hunting organization, I have met and hunted with a couple.....

Ted Nugent, Dwight Shuh, Tom Jennings, MR James, Randy Ulmer, Larry D Jones, and Chuck Adams. One was a little more radical than the others, can you guess which one??

From: 7Days
06-Mar-08
5150bowhunter.... You Win !!!!!!!!

06-Mar-08
hmmmmmmm, well, quite a few listed above also, plus quite a few not listed yet! But, to me they are just everyday people! But some have 'walked the walk and talked the talk' more so than others not in the industry. (Bow Hunting Industry). I respect each and everyone of them on a seperate scale.

"Greatness"....I guess is in the eye of the beholder!

Some very fine people in The Bow Huntig World! Most are Top Notch and very normal. It's the love of The Bow & Arrow that drives them! It's that love of Bow Hunting that brings us all together!

"PAT" has brought us ALL together also! Even though most 'popular' bow hunters don't partake of this site for comments. But trust me, some 'troll it' regularly! Not much gets by the others and they know what's going on here too! The BowSite is very highly respected within the industry. "Pat" has become one of the "GREATS" because of cyber-space and his business of Promoting Archery/Bow Hunting World Wide thru the birth of The BowSite.

Thank You "PAT"! -}}}}}}}}------------>

From: Wirehair
06-Mar-08
LMAO Frank! I needed that, thank's!

From: sixby
06-Mar-08
I've shot IBOs with the best. All great guys. You'd know them all by name but not a pretentious guy in the bunch.

From: bigriver
06-Mar-08
I spent a week caribou hunting with Pat in `06 & a week with Fred Asbell caribou hunting in `99. My results were better with Pat. I was to date my most enjoyable hunt & no snakes!!

From: Bou'bound
06-Mar-08
I guess the "without naming names" thing was not clearly articulated since it was the first three words used in the initial post.

i should have made it more obvious i guess LOL!

oh well, at least nobody has gotten mean yet.

From: Willieboat
06-Mar-08
Frank, thats over the top.

Got to hunt Kodiak twice with Dr. Jack Frost and Darre Collins. Two super slammers in the same camp!! man were the stories good.

From: Deflatem
06-Mar-08
I dated a Penthouse Pet for a while. That was pretty Great!!!!!! Then She dumped me, but i'm OK with the memories.

From: Bigdan
06-Mar-08
I have meet lots of Bowhunters being a Senior member of P&Y you meet lots of them. I have not met many of the Movie star bowhunters meeting Fred Bear& Jim Dougherty was the best

From: Genesis
07-Mar-08

Genesis's embedded Photo
Genesis's embedded Photo
Showed a bear and his cubs around Kansas once

From: nomad
07-Mar-08
At the first or second Kzoo traditional expo several years ago I met and BS'ed with Don Thomas, Tj Conrads and Dick Robertson all together. Even gave Don Thomas a dip of snuff. They teased him about how he allegedly quit dipping, I said, apparently he just quit buying. They got a good laugh out of that. That was cool, shooting the breeze with these guys that I am always reading about. They're just regular Joes that found a great way to make a living with what they love.

07-Mar-08

Thunderflight@work's embedded Photo
Thunderflight@work's embedded Photo
I was returning from Camp Ours and met up with a celeb in Umiujaq.

H didn't chat long because he was headed out to one of the camps.

He seemed like a great guy and later on sent us some Duncan Doughnut gift certificates.....8*)

From: 11 points
07-Mar-08
Names should be ok, these people deserve recognition because of what they have done for our sport. Without them, bowhunting would still be a sport that is not seen as it is.

When you sit down and talk to these people, it is like you have known them for years.

From: 11 points
07-Mar-08

11 points's embedded Photo
11 points's embedded Photo
Guess the bowhunter on the right.....

From: Deerman1
07-Mar-08
Each spring I meet with a whole bunch of celebs.....the men of MHH

;-)

From: JTV
07-Mar-08
Way back when...I sold a salt water fishing Rod/reel combo to Roberto Clemente when he came in to a sporting goods store I was working at. I was in my truck at a Burger King drive thru in Indiana and had Mohamad Ali in the vehicle in front of me when he lived up in Michigan and drove thru on I94 quite a bit. I also got to help Walter Payton hook and unhook a "trout" at the "Sportmart Fishing Pond" back in the '80's as he came thru the Rosemont expo center where they hold a outdoors show yearly....Jeff

From: Bowfreak
07-Mar-08
"Met Christy Canyon while in Seattle at a party."

This is awesome. LOL!!!!

To bad my brother doesn't post here but, he has had more brushes with famous people(so he says) than any person alive. My favorites just to name a few are, Dr. Kevorkian, Sam Donaldson, Jerry Tarkanian and George Clinton.

From: flint
07-Mar-08
Guided Dick Idol for whitetail many years back.

From: Nooner
07-Mar-08
I hunted in SE Iowa, met the guy that sells Mrs. Doe Pee - Sam Collora. Great guy, had me over for dinner, met his family. Extremely generous, and a great hunter.

From: hawg
07-Mar-08
I helped guide a TV personality once on a ranch in Oklahoma. I didn't think much of him as a hunter or a personality, so I won't mention his name.

I met and bowhunted elk with Chuck Adams in Colorado. Although he wasn't THE "Chuck Adams". Just a regular guy with the same name that was willing to share his camp with some "flatlanders". Good Guy!

From: Rocket
07-Mar-08
I spent a week in elk camp this past fall with Phil Phillips. I was guiding other members of the Scent Lok group. Phil is a very down to earth regular guy. Being a former outfitter he is the real deal. I would consider him a friend now and he even came to a PBR I worked during the ATA show in Indianapolis to hang out. I know its a touchy subject here but I truly believe that MOST of the "outdoor celebrities" have done alot of good for our sport by giving it some mainstream attention.

From: JTV
07-Mar-08
My name is Forrest....Forrest Gump.....LOL....Jeff

From: Waterfowler
07-Mar-08
Met Don Thomas in Az on a coues deer hunt. Great guy and ever better writer like hiis articles alot. Also met Mark Kaiser in montana on a muledeer/antelope hunt nice guy to chat with a little on the hyper side.Didnt approve of some of their stuff while videoing.Kinda lets you know what goes on behind the scenes.

From: Bowgramps
07-Mar-08
Did a show once with Becky Hobbs.

From: Hollywood
07-Mar-08
I met a pile of celebrities when I lived in Hollywood. James Coburn was hands down the most charismatic person I ever bumped into, he was just a cool guy. Probably the only celebrity I was ever "Starstruck" over.

Shared a camp with Pat Reeve of 24/7, he was a good guy and have hunted a couple times with Outdoor America's Scott Haugen, he's a super nice guy and has got a great sense of humor.

The only famous person I've ever guided was Senator Ted Stevens in Alaska, we had a great day of fishing, he was very pleasant to have in the boat.

From: Pat Lefemine
07-Mar-08
I sat next to "Uncle Cracker" on a plane - does that count?

From: sharpstick
07-Mar-08
Hey Pat, didn't you go on a date or something with Kristy Ally....LOL

I will await the removal of a star shortly.

Sharpstick

From: Bowfreak
07-Mar-08
That counts!!! LOL

From: Scott
07-Mar-08
I've met Dwight Schuh and Larry d. Jones at the ISB Jamboree once. I also have probably one of the greatest all time archers in my local club... Dee Wilde. I shoot with him a couple times a week. Couldn't ask for a better teacher and all around great guy!

From: Matt
07-Mar-08
I met Wayne Carlton at a gas station in Datil, NM - super nice guy. I hunted with Pat Meitin once, nice fellow, a bit reserved but was cordial and very helpful to provide me with information in the eyars after.

I know I didn't follow instructions, but who am I to break from Bowsite tradition? ;-)

From: chip
07-Mar-08
For what it is worth I drove past the gas station Matt is refering to. And Pat--Who the h#%&l is Uncle Cracker????

From: TD
07-Mar-08
I've brushed with greatness, obviously not so much I got any on me.

I'd have to say the "biggest" was that elk huntin machine Danny Moore! The "most enthusiastic" was this rock n roll guy that was always packin a glock, forget his name. Bob Fromme is a good guy, good shot and and a hard hunter. Can't ask for much more than that.

3 or 4 others that "if you don't have nothing good to say, don't say nothing at all..."

Pat I want to hear about Kristy!

From: R6Rodeo
07-Mar-08
Uncle Kracker- Sang "When the sun goes down" with kenny Chesney

From: kman
07-Mar-08
Uncle Cracker also plays guitar for "Kid Rock". Bawweteba ca dang a dang diddy!!!!

I met Mougsey Bouges (the 5'4" point guard for the former Charlotte Hornets) at a Wal Mart in Charlotte. His kid and mine were riding the little Merry-go-round by the front door. He is very cool and he pumped the quarters into the machine!!!!

Hunted with a few Realtree pros in Iowa. They were very cool but they had a job to do. We talked about everything but hunting (they get tired of people asking them for advice and tips).

BTW if you really want to talk to celebrities....don't ask them about their job or the reason they are famous. Just treat them like anyone else you meet.

07-Mar-08
11 points....Who is the Bow Hunter on the right in your photo??

Dan Moore made the Comment about The Pope & Young Club Membership above.....if you belong and ever get to a P&Y Convention....You will meet some incredable well known and respected Bow Huters!! Denver, Colorado 2009 in April (I think) is the next convention! Be There and meet some great people in Archery/Bow Hunting!...you won't be sorry!

Writers, Bow Hunters, Industry Icons, too many to name. But most are regular down to earth real people!

From: Arrowstorm
07-Mar-08
Not a hunting story...but stood at the urinal next to Frank Scott a few years ago. Met Ted Nugent at a traditional expo. Both great guys.

Arrowstorm

From: No Bark
07-Mar-08
gotta be Dwight...

From: LTG
07-Mar-08
Shared an elk camp with Jim Douherty for week and have 2 good memories: 1) "winning" a shooting contest into a farm pond. Until I realized he had WAY MORE back-up arrows than I did. 2) Having him explain that if you really want to enjoy hunting big game animals with a bow, you certainly shouldn't limit yourself to "book" animals. Define the trophy for yourself and you will keep at it for a much longer time. He took a cow elk the next day because she presented an interesting shot.

From: NYbob
07-Mar-08
I did'nt hunt with him, but met the finest gentleman in the hunting business, Fred Bear, He was great to chat with and he sighned one of his books for my son, which he treasures to this day.

From: Norseman
07-Mar-08
I've pm'd with BB and Bulelk1 before.

From: Beev
07-Mar-08
Waited on Kent Hrbek (Twins 1st baseman) at a country club I was tending bar at. Now he's pretty much a full time sportsman with his own show that's real popular here in MN.

Also met and chatted with Myles Keller a few yrs back. Both were great guys.

From: St. Croix
07-Mar-08
No, but I once slow-danced with Gloria Estefan in a bar in Itaewon, Seoul South Korea! (My claim to fame)

I guess you might say I've been "HUNTING" for another such opportunity ever-since! LOL

From: sixby
07-Mar-08
Not going to name any names here but I built a shotgun for the largest retailer in the world. I taught the quarterback of a Washington football team how to salmon fish and didn't know who he was until people came down and started to ask for autographs. I told them I didn't sign autographs . LOL Talk about feeling dumb!!!~ Known and spent time with lots of guys that are famous bowhunters and even hunted a couple for blacktails., CAn't name any of their names on here but three of them make world famous elk calls and Three different ones are World Champion RMEF Elk calling contest winners. I almost met Danny Moore. Oops I named a name. Got to stop now. Oh and I read every one of BBs threads. Another name LOL I guided a guy for Roosavelts that has one of the few grand slams on N A game animals. I know a movie maker well enough that he gives me and wife private showings of his movies before he releases them. But the greatest brush with greatness was when I met Jesus. That is great.

From: Charlie - SA
07-Mar-08
Met Bob Lee and his son at south Texas ranch some years back. They drove in for a short hunt a little unprepared for the blue norther that came in that night. Bob and his son were sleeping in the bed of their pickup parked right next to our tent. Shortly after the norther hit they were tossing and turning trying to stay warm. Made so much noise my hunting partner woke up and thinking it was time to get up starting pumping the Coleman stove. That woke me and I looked at my watch and said "Roy, go back to sleep it is 2:00am:-)" Charlie - SA

07-Mar-08
I met Will Primos in the Atlanta Airport and then sat right across the aisle from him on the flight to Salt Lake City. He and his wife were friendly, pleasant and even offered some elk call advise. He seemed to be a nice down to earth guy.

From: manta
07-Mar-08
Tom Miranda made a great impression when he was the "program" at my local Rotary club meeting in the town where he resides. His history as a trapper in his youth and before he became a fulltime hunting pro was interesting in his explanations of how he used these experiences in his later career. I later learned that he has his hair cut at the same barbershop I visit and that he has his bows shipped and set up at the same archery shop that I use.

From: Pat Bischoff
07-Mar-08
I shared a cabin with Matt, Dooner and Tradtech. Good company but Christy Canyon would have been better . LOL.

From: Tradbh
07-Mar-08
I worked at the Mayo Clinic in the `70`s and ran into Fred Bear in the hallway to the bloodbank one day! Unfortunatly he had to be somewhere, and I was supposed to be working, so all we had time for was to exchange pleasantrys, and me to let him know I certainly knew who he was! Wish I`d been on lunch and he would have had the time. I missed out big time!

From: RUPE
07-Mar-08
I've met Tradtech, Pat, Shuteye, and numerous other Bowsite folks.

From: Busta'Ribs
07-Mar-08
Bumped into Myles Keller in a Wal-Mart in Kansas one November. I'd met him before in camp on an Alberta Whitetail hunt and I was surprised that he remembered me. He was buying underwear. Nice guy.

From: bb
07-Mar-08
There has been many but one memorable one without naming names, I sat next to a bald guy that played basketball with the Harlem Globtrotters once on a flight to Philly. I laughed the whole ride.

From: Dirty Bill
07-Mar-08
A lot of these names I don't recognize,but there are many (old timers) that I do know of.

I hunted antelope on the Smith ranch,and Steve Gorr was the "guide". Lol. he had another group of hunters on another ranch and i asked me if I go go it alone.

I said sure,and had the whole ranch to my self for a week. I saw Steve two or 3 times during the whole trip. One was when I first arrived.

Then later I went some where with him in his truck,and he told me story after story.He was a really good guy.

He came into camp toward the end of the hunt,and was happy to see I had got an antelope.

He let me shoot his bow too,it was pretty nice. He is still making them.

I think Steve was probably the first bowhunter I saw a story from in Bowhunter magazine,about hunting Mt. Goat. I've wanted to go after one ever since. That story was printed a long time ago. LOL

Any way,we hit it off pretty well,and I had a good time there.

From: kellyharris
07-Mar-08
If we are just talking celebrities then I would have to say about 5 years ago my wife was in Vegas for work. So I went since the room was free. We stayed at the PALMS So while I was out at the pool all week I met Vince Neil lead singer of Motley Crew and I hung out with him all week and pretty much got trashed the whole time. Completely different person than I thought he would be. Very soft spoken and a nice guy. Also that week I met wally zerbiak, and that freak carrot top as well.

From: M.P.
07-Mar-08
I spent a weekend with the Eichlers this past summer.Very nice people.I shot a round of 3-d with Fred and had a blast.I get to see them again next weekend at our state banquet.

I stayed with Bill Leslie,Rod Jenkins and Dave Wallace at the IBO'S a couple of years ago.Its tough knowing that your are the worst shot in the cabin,lol.

From: St. Croix
07-Mar-08
bb, if you were sitting next to a bald Globe-trotter, you were probably sitting next to Curly O'neal! I always like him and Meadowlark Lemmon when I was a kid!

From: muskeg
07-Mar-08

I have had a few 'brushes with greatness' ... while guiding and back when I was a sealer / flesher / expediter over on the Island .... one that comes to mind is ............ Glenn Berry ........ (grin)

08-Mar-08
Work out with Bill Goldberg in Oceanside, Ca. Actually I wouldn't say I worked out with him but we were in the same gym. Very nice guy and ridiculously strong. He was gracious enough take a photo with me and autographed it. I felt very small next to this guy. I didn't ask him if he was a hunter:(

From: howler
08-Mar-08
Met Fred Bear in 1970 Elk Hunting in Mt. Harpers ridge Missosur Breaks

From: leftee
08-Mar-08
Hunted with Myles Keller for years.Great hunter,smart and down to earth.Have hunted with a couple others I won't mention cause...

Hunted with Otis 'Toad'Smith.One of the worlds greatest-as a hunter but unbeatable as a character.Most likely won't know of or remember him-a shame.He died too young.

I've been fortunate to meet some of the greatest.Fred Bear,Chuck,Wensels,Fred Asbell,Paul Brunner,Paul Schafer,and BiG Dan-he may not remember but it was years ago during a Mt Bowhunters spring meeting.

Fishing world,ha,know almost all of them.Some good some...

Unless they get a 'head',most are just like us.

From: spikehorn
08-Mar-08
Fred Bear

From: glacial21
08-Mar-08
Leftee, I remember Toad Smith from Infisherman TV. He was one of my favorites back when I never missed that show. It would have been fun to sit around a riverbank campfire with him waiting for a big catfish to start tugging. We pulled a 60lb flathead from the Missouri River yesterday (working) - old Toad would have loved that.

From: Bou'bound
08-Mar-08
wasn't toad the guy who had a part of his heart removed and used it for bear bait and killed a bear over it?

From: midwest
08-Mar-08
leftee, That had to be a blast hunting with Toad. Always enjoyed reading Doug Stange's tales of Toad in "In-Fisherman" and he did hog hunting and other seminars at some of the IBA events. What a card! You're right - died too young, but died doing what he loved most.

From: midwest
08-Mar-08

From: midwest
08-Mar-08
Bou, He used it for catfish bait.

From: Bou'bound
08-Mar-08
oh that's right. i saw him talking about it on a video he did on a MB bear hunt with fred asbell and was thinking it was on that hunt.

From: bb
08-Mar-08
St Croix, Yes it was Curley Neal.

Another that comes to mind that we had a lot of laughs over was a trout fishing excursion I had with Norm Van Lier of the Chicago Bulls. His idea of waders was a pair of totes pulled over his sneakers. I ended up piggy backing him across the creek, we did a lot of laughing on that occasion also.

From: bowriter
08-Mar-08
True Story. Okay, in my profession I have known and hunted with a lot of the "celebs". No big deal. Most are great guys. I even once had a date with Morgan Fairchild before the implants. Really, no big deal.

But I am sitting at a community, wild game dinner one night, Headhunter may even have been there. I introduce myself to the guy next to me. He says, "Hi, I'm Chipper Jones." I say, "Pleased to meet you. What do you do for a living?"

God's truth, I am no baseball fan, had no idea who he was.

Then Deja Vu. You'd think I learned. I'm at a writers conferencein AL. I introduce myself to some guy. He tells me his name, which I not only didn't recognize, I can't remember (maybe Pat Riley???). I asked him what he did for a living.

He said, "I'm the governor." I then said. "Of what state?" He said, "This one...you do know what state you are in, don't you."

I addmitted I did. A state of embarrasment.

From: bowriter
08-Mar-08
Might mention, I have yet to see a name mentioned here I would associate with greatness. Just good folks.

From: bb
08-Mar-08
Bowriter, that's funny. That story reminds me of one. Quite a few years ago I was in the cel phone business, when phones were installed in the cars.

We had the Boston Celtics and Bruins as accounts. I sent one of the installers to Boston to install phones in vehicles for the Celtics front office. The salesman we had in Boston was there also. Apparently the installer was doing his thing and one of the customers came over to him and was talking to him about the install. Jim answered his questions and went about his business.

The salesman called me on the phone and was beside himself, he asked me where I found this guy. Apparently the salesman went over to the installer and asked him if he knew he was just talking to Red Auerbach. Jim said who is that? The salesman being from Boston and a rabid Celtics fan just couldn't comprehend that. I told him what do you expect he is from Tennessee. (which is the truth)

From: Boone
08-Mar-08
I was shooting the bull with a guy last fall in our deer camp in Illinois and my friend says, do you know who that Is? Well I didn't, just another bowhunter talking deer, turns out it was Josh Kinney, pitcher from the St Louis Cardinals. I'm not much of a baseball fan and didn't get all giddy. I just wanted to bs deer talk and he did too!

From: INbowdude
08-Mar-08
Met Bobby Knight one time while I was grouse hunting...and I didn't get shot! Go Hoosiers!

From: INbowdude
08-Mar-08

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I did run into this army guy at the SCI show a few years back. Met some presidential Quayle as well. I get to meet quite a few like at the ATA show, SCI show, etc...press pass never hurts.

From: Kodi
08-Mar-08
Met Bill Jordon at Elk hunt in NM.

From: leftee
08-Mar-08
Glacial21 and Midwest,

Yes,Toad was the character of characters.Stange hasn't been the same since he departed.Used to be my elk hunting partner,now he's a workaholic.I see old pics of Toad showing up in InFish mag more often again nowadays.A good thing.

If you know or see Stange somewhere,might be worth asking him about Toads 'pee bottle'on an Ontario bear hunt we took eons ago.

From: Shuteye
08-Mar-08
I know Jeff Hopkins and have been to his house a bunch of times. I caught the snapping turtles out of his fathers duck ponds. Talk about an adventure, going around his farm setting turtle traps and every 3D target know to man in the woods. I have seen all of Jeffs Trophies from 3D shoots and all the animals he has mounted and that is a bunch.

From: chip
08-Mar-08
1964 I was in Acapulco with my parents and went to a cocktail party for the cast of the movie Ensign Pulver. My father knew the producer Josh Logan from his days in WW2. We got an invite and met Burl Ives, Walter Mathau, Tommy Sands, Larry Hagman, Jack Niclolson, James Farintino and a lot of waiters who kept bringing around trays of Margaritas. Their trays of drinks made a real big impression on this 16 year old from NJ. From then on things seem to get quite a bit fuzzy:)

From: BadgerND
08-Mar-08
On a flight to Miami once, I sat between a very well known lingerie model and my wife. My wife was not impressed.

08-Mar-08
Ralph and Vicky from Archer's Choice. Ralph was a great and friendly guy. I honestly think he was thrilled that I knew who he was. Vicky on the other hand....................we all know how women can be. Maybe if had met her on a different day........

From: leftybearfan
08-Mar-08
A friend of mine has guided the Knight and Hale guys a few times over the years. I went over to the lodge one evening to look at a monster another hunter had killed and ended up spending a little time talking to Harold Knight. He seemed like a very down to earth guy. Didn't get to talk to David Hale very much as he was busy taking care of some business.

08-Mar-08
In 1995, as a very green hunter I went all the way to Africa with a little short guy. Then another guy showed up who was a Doctor in his real life and then wrote a book with a kudu on the cover and put my name in it. Darn, you can't go anywhere and keep it a secret. It was a pretty special couple of weeks.

From: 7Days
08-Mar-08
I have a 3 page, hand written letter (to me) from Larry D. Jones. Explaining all the ins & outs of making a hunting video.

From: buglemaster
08-Mar-08
Way before he was sentenced & then crusified right here on bowsite, I spent a week hunting mulies with Dave Holt.Was alot of fun to hang out with & very knowledgeable in anything archery related.Also met Wayne Carlton up in the hills one time.Also a great guy & hands down the best person with a diaphram (in his mouth) that I have ever met.Talked to Dwight Schuh & Jim Horn on the phone & both were very personable & friendly people.

From: mkmgbble
08-Mar-08
1994 ken moody was in bear camp in onterio.i cook him breafast. then in 95 he and pro shooter for high country and film crew, one guy did the whitetails eye to eye . his name excapes me at the moment, but they came to my friends house to film hunt here in erie co. pa (burly hall) i think was the shooter for high country think the other guys mane was (dan prayer) dont qoute me on that on

09-Mar-08
bowriter....we have had some fun huh?

2 of my 'missed ordeals' was.....John Sloan drew guitar musical notes for me on a napkin over a drink or 2 or 3 (in Ohio)........and another time, Chuck Denault drew me a picture of his house layout in New York with the landing pad for the hellicopter and driveway and garage....Ya know, STUPID ME.....I left both of them napkins on the tables..........

Collectors Items and I Left Them!......dhhhhhhh

Like 'bowriter' said above about GREATNESS.....naaa, just good folks!...TRUE!!!

From: houckie
09-Mar-08
Took skipper bettis and his boy colby turkey hunting. called colbys first turkey. Very nice people.

From: PeteO
09-Mar-08
I met Secretary of State Baker while I was still in the Corps and chatted with him one late night while I was on duty and he relaxed with a Budweiser. Very down to earth man and a hunter. Pete

From: mizzoukispot
09-Mar-08
I was in the Orlando airport after the olympics one year and saw the olympic team get off the plane. Michael Johnson, who one 4 gold medals, stopped and stood by me, casually waiting for the plane to empty. I complimented him on winning 4 gold medals and asked him for an autograph for my son. He told me to F%&%& off. Up until that point I had met Tubbs (philip michael thomas), Tiger Woods, and a few other celebrities. Id never asked for an autograph. I wont ever ask again!

From: leftee
09-Mar-08
Steroids and human growth hormone.Nah,just steroids.

From: kellyharris
09-Mar-08
Mizzoukispot!!

Your story reminds of about 12-13 years ago I went into a local pub for a few cold ones and had a few drinks with Chris Sabo of the cincy reds. Well after alot of talk we started talking about holyfield tyson fight that was coming up. He told me Tyson would kill Holyfield. I said I'll bet you $1000.00 holyfield will TKO tyson. He said shut the f^%# up or else! I said or else what then out of no where he sucker punched me!!! Needless to say he then asked me to go outside so I did. Apparrently he did not know the experience I had that I was confident how I new Holyfield would win. So in the back of the parking lot he finally asked to quit! So I went back inside with a big SMILE on my face and the bar mgr. paid for my whole tab. I found out on the news the next day that the day before he was cut from the reds!! Sounds like he got some bad news twice in one day :)

From: Thumper
09-Mar-08
I missed a 277 million lotto jackpot by three of six numbers......lol

From: 11 points
09-Mar-08
bowriter, did u meet up with Morgan Fairchild or Morgan Freeman? 8*)

From: kellyharris
09-Mar-08
heck tells us details bowriter inquiring minds want to know??? LOL

09-Mar-08
Last year in Wyoming, I ran into bigfoot. I don't know if it was the same one that Fred Eichler ran into though.

09-Mar-08
I have had the enormous good pleaure to hunt with and be befriended by the oldest working guide in Arizona. Nathan Ellis is around 80 and will outwalk half of you. He has forgotten more than you will every know after living his whole life in the canyons and outback of Arizona on a ranch that goes back to his father. The man can call javelina by mouth without a call. He has some hunting stories about some famous bowhunters that are the real stories, and let you know that all that glitters is not gold. He is a nice man,who raised nice kids and lived a great life. If anyone gets the chance to meet him or get him to guide you, you will be pleased.

Steve

From: Ziek
09-Mar-08
I turned down an offer for Larry Jones to video my last Alaskan moose hunt. After talking to the guys he went with, it was a great decision!

From: leftee
09-Mar-08
Just got the facts from an FBI friend.They are 90% certain its the long sought after DB Cooper.Keep it quiet please.

From: leftee
09-Mar-08
Hi.Sorry about that last post,was meant for the Bigfoot thread-although some there have come close to 'greatness' I guess.

From: Hog Guide
09-Mar-08
I saw Neil McCoy while shopping in WalMart and another time playing golf. One late night dinner at Bennigan's in Houston I sat next to the whole Houston Rockets team (back when they were winning championships) and did not know who it was until they were gone. I remember me and my buddy thinking that was sure a table full of real tall fellas! I hunted with Jim at bowhunters paradise. I hear he is reaching legendary status these days!

09-Mar-08
I went quail hunting with Dick Cheney.........and lived to tell about it.

From: Amoebus
09-Mar-08
Who met up with Kevorkian and lived to tell about it?

From: razor
09-Mar-08
Back in the early 90's I was stationed in Alaska in the Air Force at a remote site (Clear AFS) about 70 miles south of Fairbanks. It was right after the first Gulf war. Well, I went to the base in Fairbanks to complete some seperation paperwork and I was standing in the lobby of the Headquarters building, when all of a sudden everyone just sort of disappears. So I'm standing there all by myself and in walks Colin Powell with an entourage of Generals up his butt walking behind him. I had no idea he was even on the base. I was caught off guard so much I forgot to even stand at attention. Guess I kinda looked like a deer caught in the headlights.

From: huntindoc
09-Mar-08
Warren Strickland was in my med school class. Very smart, very quiet and very nice guy.

hd

From: sixby
09-Mar-08
I would have no problem working with Larry Jones at all, He is a super nice person.

From: ursman
10-Mar-08
I shook Fred Bears hand at the 1969 P&Y meeting in Denver. Guided the Nuge in 1975 in Colorado ( now thats an experience!)

10-Mar-08
Amoebus....Kevorkian?... Who met up with him and lived to tell about it?....My wife and I did.....but one of the people at 'his table' didn't fair so well that night....Friday The 13th and a Meeting of The Hemlock Society in Michigan at a plush hotel! That next morning we were getting on a elevator when the 'gurney' with a body bag was being pushed in by EMT's....We got off the elevator and waited for the next one!!

That I think was the Last Anderson Archery Clinic that was held also down the road at Grand Ledge, Mi. That is what we were there for anyway!....good times.

From: Modoc
10-Mar-08
When I was about nineteen I used to do excavation work in Idaho. Found out, after working for a couple of weeks, that I was working for a guy that was stationed in Vietnam with a guy named Oliver Stone. Maybe you have heard of him. Anyway, you may have also heard of the movie Platoon. Well, that was about the platoon those two were togther in. Interesting.

Bussed table for Danny Glover and his daughter (hot!!!) when I was about seventeen. Sat around at a house party and sang Randy Travis songs with a guy who went by the name of Chris Cane. Met the Sweet Valley Twins at the same party.

The inventor of the compund bow, not the guys who stole the patent from him, eats at my dad's restaraunt every week. He is the one who coined the term "reflex, deflex." You might have heard of that one. Hung out and b.s.'d with the sax player of the Dave Matthews Band.

Just a few that I can think of. Nothing campares to the night that I joined the American Legion. I was 23, hanging out with a bunch of old vets. Never had an empty beer glass. Danced with some of the best moving 80+ year olds ever. Best time of my life. That place was full of the coutries greatest heroes.

From: Bullshooter
18-Mar-08
I once met my wife, Morgan Fairchild, (whom I have seen naked!)

Footnote: Jon Lovitz

From: big ter
18-Mar-08
I am in the movie Into the wild with Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn and directed by Sean Penn. Didn't get to hunt with them though. Penn's wife (robyn Wright - Jenny Gump) is a goddess. Shook Michael Jordan's hand when I was in San Antonio in the service.

From: LW
18-Mar-08
At an awards banquet I talked with Henry Winkler and Jane Seymour in an elevator ride. The wife was with me and actually took the liberty of introducing us. My wife asked a tough question right after our conversation, about as difficult as how her bottom looked in her favorite pants-she asked if I thought Jane was pretty. My response, not bad, but not as good as you honey. My wife is gorgeous, but I went to confession the next day:)

From: Proto
19-Mar-08
About 25 years ago I was hunting antelope near Farson, WY and made the mandatory stop at the Mercantile for their famous ice cream cones. Headed back to my vehicle and noticed a familiar looking face sitting outside eating a cone. Got in my vehicle to leave and noticed on the vehicle next to me "Jim Zumbo, Outdoorlife Field Editor"! I was too awe-struck to go over and say high. Been reading his stuff since I could read. Still am.

From: Bowhuntert
19-Mar-08
I hunted with Bill Sweetland For years. Realy great person. The last elk he shot was out of my treestand. When he died, he left my Dad a knife. Have to say that I was sad to see him go, he has been missed ever since.

From: nchunter
19-Mar-08
I met the Knight and Hale crew at a hunting show in Charlotte a few years back. They seemed like down to earth guys, thanking me for even considering their products.But no celeb stacks up to Elmo Bixby who lives in a van down by the river and kills rats at the local dump.

From: DRR324
19-Mar-08
my encounters are mostly fishing related. Used to be a sales rep and attended all the sporting goods shows. Sat in the Berkley booth and talked fishing with Al Linder for 3 hours, he bought me lunch and then after the show closed- took me up on the fish tank and we plucked just about every bass out of it for a 1/2 hour. Spent an hour or 2 with each of the following: Hank Parker, Guido Hibdon, Jim Bitter, Dion Hibdon, Mark Martin, Gary Parsons, and a few others. Shared a fish lunch with Al and Ron Linder and Gary Roach. Also met/mingled with numerous athletes at these shows. My worst encounter- was cleaning my booth one evening getting things ready for the next day and Bill Russell walked into the booth next to mine. My Grandma was a DIE HARD celtics fan and she basically bled green, perfect I thought- take home a Bill Russell autograph for her, so I asked very politely if he could sign the show book for my Grandma, told him she lived and breathed Celtic ball through the 60s-70s....his response, "NOPE- I don't do freebie autographs", I'm with most everyone else here- I've been around alot of "famous" guys, and think they are regular joes- so I just said- "well I'll be sure to tell her of your kindness, I'm sure she appreciate your gesture" He looked at me with a funky look on his face, and I just turned around went back to cleaning up...never did tell Grandma about it- didn't want to taint her memories.

From: dennisomfs
19-Mar-08
..have gone up to and shook the hands of many of our troops in airports during my travels....none of the many other celebrities I've shared hunts or fishing trips with can really comptete with that.....

From: Boarhawg52
19-Mar-08
I was sitting in a restaurant in Columbus Georgia after an archery tournament with the Morehead's (who are famous in their own right), Linda Owen, And a few other pro archers when in walks Bill Jordan, Tyler, and T-bone. Bill actually sat next to my mom. And he gave my 3 year old sis his hat. They were all very nice people.

From: Bou'bound
26-Jan-11

From: Clutch
26-Jan-11
Blk bear hunted with Myles Keller----WT hunted with Charlie Rehor--(:^)

From: iowa elkbum
26-Jan-11
Jesus Christ, as my lord and savior. It happened a few years ago in a treestand. True story.

From: C.Beck
26-Jan-11
I been lucky enough to work for Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick, worked for Barry Sonnenfeld, worked for Stephen Spielberg (Didnt Meet him though), Calvin Klein, and a bunch of other "famous" people. But Sarah Jessica..... sweetest, most down to earth person. She gave us all a hug and a kiss in appreciation for our fine workmanship and I was blown away!!!

I have met a few famous hunters..... at trade shows etc. The benoits.....I got to talk to shane and Lanny for a while, no one compares to these salt of the earth types. I had dinner with Bill Winke and a bunch of people from Midwest Whitetail. You cant find a nicer guy!

I would probably trade it all to "meet" Christy Canyon!!! LOL!!!

From: basbh1
26-Jan-11
I have met and talked with Chuck Adams, M.R. James, Dwight Schuh, Larry Jones and Myles Keller I consider them Heroes /Legends /Ambassadors of the Bowhunting world. And I know Greg Miller through a childhood friend of his. Greg grew up and lives not far from where I hunt in Wisconsin and I have pounded some of the same public hunting ground that he has and drank a few beers with him. I hold men like that in very high regard.

From: BOWUNTR
26-Jan-11
I sat next to Mr T at a Denver Broncos game... Ed F

From: Black Wolf
26-Jan-11
Surprised no one has mentioned Gene and Barry Wensel yet, met both of them and shared a camp a few times and what a riot they are. Also Fred Asbel, who was very cordial.

Was backstage at the Grand Ole Oprey and met Roy Acuff and Crystal Gayle and went to dinner several times with Archie Campbell of HeeHaw fame.

Hunted with Dale Larson from Buckmasters a couple of times and what a great guy he is, down to earth and totally unpretentious. Especially for a bowhunter who took four deer in 4 years that scored over 850" net!

Met the golfer Ernie Els while working on his house, another very nice guy. And also coach Lou Holtz while working for him as well.

Met Fats Domino and his band on a plane once 35 years ago and ended up smoking a joint with the band. ;-)

From: Bowbender
27-Jan-11
Met Tom Jennings at the A.B.A. Banquet in 1985, walked up and welcomed him to Alaska and shook his hand. While I was visiting my daughter in San Diego, I went to Proformance Archery and met Bob Fromme had a good talk,then he sold me a new bow! While stationed in Washington D.C. went up to a shoot in Harrisburg and got to shake Fred Bears hand!He passed away that next year. The next person I'd like to meet is Big Dan..who knows it could happen as we live in the same state!

From: Leadspreader
27-Jan-11
I saw myself in the mirror once!

From: arctichill
27-Jan-11
I've met a few "celebrity" hunters at a national RMEF banquet. I've never had the chance to really get to know or share camp with any though. I don't get very excited at the thought, but if I could meet any I think Dwight Schuh and Larry D. Jones seem like pretty good guys. Also, I wouldn't mind hunting with Cameron Haines. Another guy I really want to meet is Aron Snyder (AKA: Elkreaper). We've talked on the phone a few times and I really would be honored to share some campfires with him.

As far as "greatness" goes, I'll tell you what hunting experience comes to mind:

I was living in Ketchikan, AK and was heading out to POW for work. I bought a bear tag (as a NR) so I could spend my evenings looking for bears while I was there. I ran into a few other bear hunters and their guide at the ferry terminal. We got to talking. These guys were waiting on standby. The guide was pissed as they had supposedly lost a few days of hunting due to not being able to board the ferry for reasons I don't recall. The guide said, "If we don't get on today we're just going to set up some bait here (Revillagigedo Island) and hunt these damned bears."

I cautioned him that AK State Law required that bait stations had to be registered in advance. He said he didn't give a $#!% about AK State law. I took a very firm stance in the discussion and continued to warn him.

Anyway, he and the rest of his party made it onto the ferry. During the ride he continued to make arrogant comments regarding his methods of getting his clients trophy bears. Nearly all of his methods were unethical and often illegal. I had no reservations about telling him so. After a half hour or so on the ferry I told him he was a disgrace (almost escalated to a fist fight) in front of his clients and apologized to them for hiring such a pathetic excuse for a guide.

A week later, when I got back to Ketchikan the story was all over the paper. The "guide" (he was licensed in Idaho, but not Alaska) was arrested on a ton of charges and one of the hunters was actually an undercover Alaska State Trooper. As the paper told it, he actually advised the legitimate client to shoot a particular black bear. When they got to the bear the guide said, "Too small, don't tag it. We'll find a better one." The Troopers had been on to this guy for some time, initially for selling guiding services without the appropriate license.

Anyway, I think the undercover trooper was pretty great as I spent a sufficient amount of time with this group and I never suspected the trooper. I suppose I almost threw a wrench in the operation, but in retrospect I was happy that I acted as I did. Anyway, that's the closest brush to greatness I've had while hunting.

From: Ron Niziolek
27-Jan-11
Ed, a Broncos game? Really? ;)

From: Kat Daddy
27-Jan-11
Robert Wood has blessed me with several PM's...

From: archery1
27-Jan-11
Meet a good ole boy named Ben Lee at Bass Pro in th late 80s. Don't know about greatness but would have loved to have spent time around a campfire with him.

From: rooster
27-Jan-11
I've met Gordie Howe a few times.

From: Lon M
27-Jan-11
I watched/heard Barry Bonds drop 3 F-bombs on a young girl and her mother at a Bow shop. don't worry, they were nice F-bombs.

From: BC173
27-Jan-11
I've hunted whitetails with Judd Cooney in Iowa, have met Gene and Barry several times. All three good guys to be sure. Incidentially, I think Bene amd Barry are the two best whitetail bowhunters, period. And second is not even close.

I've also had the pleasure of working many a gobbler with Robbie Rohm,call maker and camera man for Bowhunter Television.

Have to say though, I lived with greatness for 18 years, until his passing....My DAD. For it was he who instilled in me the love of hunting.

From: Gus
27-Jan-11
Back in the early 90s. my brother and I stayed at a family friend's house in MT where we chased mule deer for a week. the family friend, knowing we were very young and just getting started into bowhunting invited his friend, Archie Nesbitt, to come along and join us. We had no idea, no clue who he was in the archery world at the time. great guy who inspired two young archers at the time.

From: SoDakSooner
27-Jan-11
A freind of mine and his wife were on one of the Browning outdoors shows hunting in New Zealand. Rifle hunters though....

From: Preacher Man
27-Jan-11
Shook Charles Barkleys hand one time. Seemed a nice guy. He was a big....big man.

Bumped into Jackie Bushman once years ago. Didn't get a chance to chat with him but got to talk to his camera guy who was very enthusiastic and seemed a good dude.

From: StickFlicker
27-Jan-11
Have met Chuck Adams several times, live near Randy Ulmer so see him reasonably often, have met Larry D. Jones, Dwight Schuh, Judd Cooney, Fred Asbell, Glenn St. Charles, Ted Nugent, some of the gold medal Olympic Archers, and probably several more. I personally know probably close to a half dozen current P&Y world record holders.

As far as Bowsite greatness, I'm proud to know Roy Grace and was honored to have hunted wtih Big Dan Moore this past year.

Marvin

From: elkmtngear
27-Jan-11

elkmtngear's Link
I got to hang with Steve Miller for a long weekend when a small gathering of fellow Musicians got together at a very cool little studio in Big Sur. Whether he's playing for 30 or 30,000, he exudes excellence in his performances. A very fun guy to hang out with.

My daughter talked with Guy Eastman last weekend for a little while, and gave him a demo of the Slip System with the Elk Butt on it. He thought it was pretty cool. Unfortunately, I was stuck in the booth, and have to live vicariously through her.

Best of Luck, Jeff (Bowsite Sponsor)

From: KJC
27-Jan-11

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I've met lots of guys at shows like Chuck Adams, Lee & Tiffany etc. I met Tom Miranda at the National Trappers Association convention in Mansfield Ohio. I've met Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, the members of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipnot and lots more a couple times when I worked security at Ozzfest. And this guy too. Love him or hate him, he is as genuine as they come.

From: TheSol
27-Jan-11
I've had some good conversations with Wayne Carlton, who is the most genuine person I have ever met.

Sat next to Edgar Winter on a flight to Sydney, Australia in '91 ish and shared a campfire with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in '77. But the best was on the day of the US Bicentennial in Cody, WY, July 4, 1976, when I met and shook hands with the Duke, John Wayne, at the dedication of the Winchester Museum.

I also met the wife of an NFL star back in Omaha in '83 and ended up well...she should have been flagged for illegal use of the hands:)

From: bill brown
27-Jan-11
Shot a big deer a few years ago. Will Clark and Jim Thome dragged it out of the woods and then we spent the night drinking beer, etc, at Jim's place, along with a few others. I listened to a lot more stories than I told. I have known Jim for several years, although not as a close friend. He is the true salt of the earth, always involved in a project to raise money for charity, St. Jude and many others. Will was very entertaining. One of the most enjoyable nights of my life.

From: DaveN
27-Jan-11
I slow danced with Gloria Estefan.

From: Bou'bound
12-Jan-19

From: Dale06
12-Jan-19
Got off a float plane on a Quebec caribou hunt in 1988, Walter Payton was getting on the plane to fly home. Have hunted turkeys and deer in SODAK with Brian Fortenbaugh, current Assistant editor of Bowhunter magazine,. Was antelope hunting in Wyoming in early 90s. Arrowed one, gutted it and was walking along a road to get my truck. Fred Wallace of Bowhunter magazine stopped and gave me a ride. He said send me a pic of your antelope and I’ll put it in Bowhunter. I did nd he I’d. I still have that magazine. Shared an elk camp in Montana with Tink Nathan in early 80§.

From: ELKMAN
12-Jan-19
I hunted with Steve Garcia multiple times.

From: HUNT MAN
12-Jan-19
I got to hunt caribou with Nick Muche twice. Once in 2015 and once in 2018.

From: GF
12-Jan-19
Never sure why threads resurface like this, but I’ll say this...

Over on Leatherwall we have Olympic coaches, national & international champions, world record holders and at least one flat-out, By-God Legend all willing to share their time and expertise.

It's a hell of a resource.

(Thanks, Pat!)

12-Jan-19
Bear with Art LaHa,,,, now that guy was something

From: BOHUNTER09
12-Jan-19
Worked on Jose Oquendo’s bow which someone had really messed up. Also fixed their fishing gear. Nice family

From: kakiat kid
12-Jan-19

From: Rob Nye
12-Jan-19
During 35+ years of guiding in northern Canada I have guided plenty of outdoor writers and TV show hosts. The Bowhunter Magazine crew have all been excellent guys to have in camp: M.R. James, Dwight Schuh, Jeff Waring, Brian Fortenbaugh, Curt Wells, Larry Jones. My friend Tom Nelson the American Archer host is a great guy, funny and down to earth. On one particular hunt I had a client in his mid-twenties who had worked lots of overtime and saved for years to afford a fly-in bear hunt. Unfortunately he was having crap luck at the beginning of the hunt, seeing only a few Booboos. On day 3 i went to pick up Nelson and cameraman. I asked him what he saw and he replied “ A blonde 19 incher.” I asked him hiw far it went after he shot it? He told me he passed it because he felt bad for the young bowhunter having poor luck and suggested I put him there the next day. I did and the young guy killed that bear. Not many hunters would give away a bear like that to a total stranger and I was mighty impressed with Tom’s gesture. Have had a few lesser-known TV guys that aren’t worth mentioning that were totally selfish and felt they should receive special treatment. Has always been my policy to treat every hunter the same and the good (famous) guys wouldn’t have it any other way. Even “Prince Patrick” owner of this site behaves like the rest of us mortals when he is in camp. Haha just kiddin’ buddy!

From: kakiat kid
12-Jan-19
I was in a Manitoba bear camp with Justin Tuck (NY Giant DE), big dude, 6'5" and a hell of a nice man. Poor guy got stung by some type of insect and got a bad reaction and had to leave early. My father caddied for Micky Mantle, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford a few times at Zukor (Dellwood) Country Club in New City N.Y. a few times.

From: Shug
12-Jan-19
Steve (KiKe) Niedzielski let me (made me) buy him lunch one time

From: Coyote 65
12-Jan-19
Rode to Viet Nam with Davy Crockett, and Daniel Boone in 1968. It really wasn't them, it was really Fess Parker. He was going on a USO tour. Sat in the row behind him and I was miserable and I can only imagine him being miserable too as he was 6' 12" and this was a charter flight and they had the plane packed with Fess, a few of us contractors and a bazillion GI's. Signed autographs and had conversations with any one who approached him.

Terry

From: Thornton
12-Jan-19
Harold Ensley at Wal Mart. He was doing fish cleaning demonstrations and he sold me a rod and reel.

From: Elkoholic
12-Jan-19
We came across Steve West while hunting Southwest Oregon. Turned out he was camped near us and hunting the same area. We asked how they had been doing and he said he had passed on a 5x5 that morning. He said it wasn’t the caliber of animal he was looking for. I watched the episode a few months later. He never even had a shot at that bull before it spooked. I was not impressed with him. Seemed full of himself.

From: Tonybear61
12-Jan-19
Well hunting with Dad and Uncles; fiancée to be wife of course..now my kids and wife.

Went to a meet Nuge at a local archery store my taxidermist owned over 20 years ago. While waiting hung out in front of the store talking to a few nice women who were cutting up some brownies and similar treats for the guest and fans. We talked about a few cooking recipes and the fact they should keep the treats covered until Ted showed up. Either that or the guys shooting leagues would eat them. A short while later Tommy Shaw walked up we talked a little bit then I realized I was standing next to Shermaine Nugent and her girlfriend or sister..You know the one sharing the brownie recipes. Met Ted a short while later, chatted and he signed some autographs.

Also met a classy guy from Texas about ten years ago who helped three of us pack out my buddy's elk in a no vehicle area. 7 hours of backpacks and hand cart. Declined our offer of meat for the effort.

Met the Wensels a few times. On one occasion asked Barry to call my brother who was turning 50 and shot a really nice buck that fall. He did but unfortunately brother's family didn't listen to my cues to stay home and stay off of the phone. So Barry called but had to leave a message. That said, pretty cool to do for one of his biggest fans.

However my best experience was meeting a guy on the way out of the woods one night chatting on the long walk back to the parking area. He hadn't bow hunted in many years due to his wife's cancer, which killed her in her 20s after a long hard fight. She was obviously the love of his life and bowhunting was going to give him some relief from the personal hell he went through.

From: Busta'Ribs
12-Jan-19
Ki-Ke makes everybody buy him lunch Shug! How do you think he got his handle? Actually, you should ask him, if I remember correctly it happend in a Chinese Karaoke bar in Alberta while on a Mule Deer hunt, and it’s a pretty funny story. Anyway, I thought this was an old thread. Sure enough, and I thought my old response was about meeting Myles Keller in the tighty-whity section of some rural WalMart in Kansas or somewhere, but that was before his accident. Man how things can change. I hunted with him up in Alberta for a week too once. He was a really nice guy. What a bad deal all around.

From: jstephens61
12-Jan-19
Met and talked with Chuck Adams a couple times. He is a genuinely nice guy. Met Randy Newberg at a couple RMEF banquets, super nice man. Worked a show with Noel Feather, he’s got a lot of knowledge, but kind of a pig. Dan Fitzgerald is a complete POS. Have met a few more at shows and ATA over the years. Most of the old guard are very personable, TV hunters, not so much.

From: Robear
12-Jan-19
I hunt the same ranches in Kansas as Curt Wells, and have a lot of conversations with him over the years. He is an absolute gentleman and great ambassador of our sport.

From: Single bevel
12-Jan-19
I went to Barry's boot camp. Went over to see Gene's home after a couple great days in the woods. Boot camp was an incredible experience.

My late uncle John Schmiedlin is in the Pa Taxidermy hall of fame, if that counts.

And my buddy Aaron Connelly has won best in world for sculpture at World Taxidermy Convention.

And I once had a very bad dream about Hillary, but we best not go there. I would need to go back to therapy. I'm getting the creeps, again.

From: No Mercy
12-Jan-19
Went to Africa for two weeks with Curt Wells. Had an absolute blast!

I’ve also shared a camp with Kota. Meh.....??

12-Jan-19
Not sure what " greatness " is. There are however many fine people in the hunting fraternity.

From: JAbbott
12-Jan-19
I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express once..

From: jcurri
12-Jan-19
Billy Williams used to hunt pheasants on my grandparents farm. Very nice man.

12-Jan-19
Spent two days in the booth next to Jeff and David Lindsey at Iowa, went to dinner with them and have delivered/picked up deer heads at their farm. 2 of the most genuine and nicest guys I’ve ever talked to. I dont ever watch any TV hunting shows, but I always make sure to watch theirs.

From: Bloodtrail
12-Jan-19
I played professional baseball in the LA Dodgers organization for a while. Met tons of people.....and they met me. :)

But in the hunting world, I hunted with Phil Phillips out west and then took him shark fishing in Rhode Island.

From: APauls
12-Jan-19
Talked on the phone with Jake Ensign once. Still haven't washed my phone ;)

From: Redheadtwo
12-Jan-19
Met and raced as a competitor against Paul Newman. Great fella to talk to! Met Brian Johnson of AC/DC the same way and the same track. Monty Browning is a fine fellow to meet and get to know. Went by his house this morning but it was too early for a visit.

From: Owl
12-Jan-19
If it wasn't 'bou, I'd take umbrage with the word choice of the OP. lol

Back when we were bear hunting in AB a lot, it seemed we bumped into a TV cast on every connector from the states to Edmonton. The only person I went out of my way to meet was Tom Nelson.

The coolest meet and greet belongs to my wife. She met Mikhail Gorbachev walking out of a class when she was in college. Her class just happened to let out right before he was existing the building.

From: elkmtngear
12-Jan-19
Jim Zumbo is an ass.

Got to hang out with Steve Miller at a small studio in Big Sur for the weekend, several years back. Fun guy to hang out with, for sure!

12-Jan-19
Uncle crack is an ol slave driver

From: David A.
12-Jan-19
Ali, Ben Hogan (golfer). Karem (basketball), Paco de Lucia (guitarist), Theodosius Dobzhansky (biologist), and Paul Schafer (bowhunter)...I never ask for autographs but Gene Wensel got Jack Nicklaus to autograph an 8 x 10 color photograph and he sent it to me as I was a serious student of golf swing biomechanics. Now that gesture was cool if not great...Thanks, Gene...

From: drycreek
12-Jan-19
As a matter of fact, I have. Fred Bear (I was 12/13 years old), the Nuge, Larry Weishun, Joaquin Jackson (Texas Ranger, actor, and author) at his home in Alpine, Texas, backstage with Charlie Daniels (3 times), and another well known hunting writer who shall remain nameless because he acted like a prick. All seemed like good guys except the nameless one.

From: Ambush
13-Jan-19
I met Bob Dylan a couple of times!

Well sorta, same as the other few thousand folks that were there too.

From: HeadHunter®
13-Jan-19
Met and hunted with a few well known s and socialized with many and 'some' I'd never accept. It's amazing how the public views their heroes .... one has to really know someone, before they actually know someone! .... jmho

From: bigswivle
13-Jan-19
I got a PM from Pat ounce I think

From: ki-ke
14-Jan-19

ki-ke's embedded Photo
ki-ke's embedded Photo
This guy has been a Bowsite celebrity for many years! His pic from when he was 4 years old is plastered all over the LW! I get to hunt with him now whenever I want!

Great guy and has taught me alot!

From: Brotsky
14-Jan-19
I hunt just about the entire season with a girl who is a legendary bowhunter in her own mind. Does that count? Ha!

From: ki-ke
14-Jan-19

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ki-ke's embedded Photo
First bow, 1st group.....this is the pic on LW

From: Z Barebow
14-Jan-19
Met Abe Meline. (Abe & Son Elk calls) at a trailhead as I was leaving from my first elk hunt. He knew how to make elk sounds! Bought his bugle tube/mouthpiece from him. (1998)

From: Fauntleroy
14-Jan-19
Spoke on the phone with Pat once... Seemed pretty great to me.

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