Alaskan Bowhunters Secretary/Director at Large
I took a few years away from the ABA and Alaska to explore Oregon. I decided to live “where the deer and the antelope play” for a change. Soon after arriving, I got appointed to the Board and then elected to President of the Oregon Bow Hunters.
I like to hunt solo, and it took me awhile to find my favorite areas to hunt in Oregon. I quickly found how much I missed Alaska and hunting the Great Land. A new job and new wife kept me in Oregon until it was time to retire. It just took 17 years to move back to Alaska. I now have more years in Alaska (27 ½) than Oregon (17) and my birth state of California (26 ½).
I was one of four bowhunters who got the ABA restarted in 1978. I was elected to be the first Secretary-Treasurer and served in almost every position on the Board for 20 years. The ABA and bowhunting are still two of my highest priorities. I was a Master Instructor for the International Bowhunter Education Foundation. I served on the local Kenai-Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee for 15 years. I have always been striving to increase bowhunting in Alaska. I am a Senior Member of the Pope & Young Club. I have been an Official Measurer for Pope & Young since 1980 and an Official Measurer for Boone & Crockett since 1987, the 100th anniversary.
Our membership started with only four guys but soon expanded. It was great to see how quickly the membership grew. When coming back to Alaska to retire, I couldn’t help but get involved again. I met with our new president Frank Noska and volunteered to help wherever I could.
As Secretary, I am the first touch in contacting the ABA. I want to be available to answer members’ questions. Please feel free to call to say hi. I will always be the guy with an ABA application handy.
Watch as we grow!
~ Don Poole