Hunting archers today owe a great debt to those early archers who preceded us. We now enjoy liberal archery seasons for all game species due to groundwork established by these pioneers. In the 1920's and 30's archery equipment was considered by many to be ineffective for the humane harvesting of large game animals. Art Young was one of the first of many early hunting archers to show that archery equipment could not only harvest these large and sometimes dangerous animals effectively, but do so humanely.
In 1922 and 1924 Young traveled to the wilderness areas of Alaska and
successfully took with bow and arrow Dall sheep, moose, caribou, goat, and the great Kodiak brown bear. He was also able to capture on film much of these hunts. Young made all of his equipment: Osage longbows pulling 75 to 85 pounds, heavy birch arrows with homemade broadheads, and handtooled leather accessories. These hunts in Alaska, as well as many others made by him in North America and Africa, convinced the skeptics of the efficiency of archery equipment and opened the door allowing all of us to participate in this greatest of all sports...Archery Hunting.