A scattered group of archery enthusiasts
got together on a cold day in February,
1953 to talk about organizing an archery
The meeting was held in the old library
building at Maywood and Passaic Street in
Maywood. The building has since been torn
down and a small park is in it's place.
No one knew the direction the Club would
take on that day. All those who attended
knew that there was a need to share their
There were not only bow hunters, but there
was interest from target shooters as well.
It may be interesting to note that licensing
for bow hunters had begun only five years
prior in 1948.
And so the BERGEN BOWMEN archery
Club was formed...
Harry Kuhles, Charter member, First
President and First Bulletin Editor
From our 25th Anniversary Bulletin
Back Row left to right:
Ed Nickerson, George Polman, Frank Clines,
In Front: Joe Clines and Harry Kuhles
(Note: Of the six, George Polmen was not a founding
member, the sixth founding member was Frank
|Over 64 years the club has grown and
developed from six people to around ninety or
We invite you to come to a meeting or attend
an event. Our members are more than happy
to answer any questions you may have about
the organization and how you can join.
And so we continue.....
We are a still mixed group of people. We are of a number of origins and many more
occupations with a common bond - archery.
We take up the bow because we love it. Friends may rib us, but they have never held a bow
back and seen an arrow fly to it's destination as we have.
And the bond of friendship is there among our members, because of our love for the bow and
Some of our members fish, some gun-hunt. Sometimes at a meeting an outsider might wonder if
we are a group of anything BUT archers.
But the bow binds us together and we are happier for it.
The Future of the Bergen Bowmen is lost in the pages of the coming years.
As our area grows, we must protect that right to shoot the bow by always making sure that we
have a place to shoot. And that is why we work with the Bergen County Park Commission to
maintain the Campgaw Mt. Archery Range in Mahwah, to ensure that a place exists for our club
and any other archer who wants to shoot there.
We must protect our right to hunt with a bow, a right which is currently under attack by
anti-hunting groups. The Bergen Bowmen have organized with other archery groups and
individuals to provide a united front for this purpose.
We should and do involve our families in our sport, for in our children are the roots of
tomorrows Bergen Bowmen archers.
And the public should know us too. We must acquaint them with us, make them aware that we
are not using the toy store hickory bow and suctioned cupped arrows. They should have the
opportunity to handle the good equipment we use and have a chance to shoot it. For the
uninformed public will be our greatest foe when anti-hunting forces are made to say, "There is
no place to shoot a bow and arrow."
Let us hope, pray and work that we will always be able to use the bow and arrow. That the
heritage of the bow and arrow and the Bergen Bowmen legacy lives on......
|50th Anniversary held in February 2003