Our purpose as stated in our incorporation papers (1956).
To foster, expand and perpetuate the ancient sport of archery among the people, young and
old of Bergen County; to encourage and provide instruction in use of the bow in the hunting of
all legal game as well as field archery and target archery; to instill a spirit of good fellowship
among sportsmen and women; to acquaint the public with the bow and its use as a practical
and humane instrument, suitable under proper limitations and restrictions for the hunting of
game animals and game birds; to protect, improve and increase the privileges of bow and
arrow hunters; to cooperate with federal, state and local sportsmen's organizations in the
protection and conservation of wild game in its natural surroundings.
And it is still our purpose today.
We are a club of dedicated archers who continue to work hard to ensure that the sport of
archery and the hunting privileges we enjoy will be enjoyed by future generations. We will
continue to promote the sport of archery and bowhunting in a positive manner.
Since 1958, the Bergen Bowmen have been involved in instructing the wise and proper use of
the bow and arrow in the sport of archery and in its use as a wildlife management tool.
We firmly believe in conservation through education which is why we perform archery
demonstrations for the Boy and Girl Scouts as well as many other youth organizations in the
Bergen/Passaic County area. We feel that the general public should be aware about the wise
tool. It is explained in the exhibits that we believe over the years bowhunting has become a
sound tool in wildlife management and we believe it should remain as such.
Starting with founding member and First President, Harry Kuhles, club members over the
years have been NJ Hunter Education Instructors passing on our knowledge and experiences.
We have always worked hard to put competent archers out in the field to harvest animals for
food. We teach respect and ethics in the harvesting of legal game.
Currently the club does not have any members who are active NJ Hunter Education
Instructors. Past instructors included Kathy Bombace, the Bergen Bowmen Treasurer, and
Bulletin Editor and current Bergen Bowmen Secretary Danny Lombardo,and Tom Surlak who
for many years served as chair for our Youth Archery Exhibit Committee. A past member who
was also an Instructor, Jack Spoto, is no longer with the club, but is active with the UBNJ.
We support the efforts of the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the United
Bowhunters of New Jersey, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and the NJ Fish and Game
Council. Nationally we support the Friends of the NRA and the U. S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and
just recently we have supported the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Many of
our members are in some way involved with the mentioned organizations as members, officers
or participants at events.