Those that attended Dwight’s induction have been (left to proper) Dwight’s daughter, Margie, his grandson, Dieter, Dwight’s daughter Emily, and Dwight’s spouse, Laura, who’s holding her late-husband’s plaque. That’s me within the again, then Founder M.R. James and Writer Jeff Waring.

Again in Could, one thing occurred that doubtless flew below the radar of most bowhunters. Dwight Schuh, my predecessor as Editor of Bowhunter Journal, was inducted posthumously into the Archery Corridor of Fame.

A few of you may say it was about time. Nevertheless, Dwight was inducted into the Bowhunter Corridor of Fame approach again in 1997. At the moment, the 2 Halls of Fame have been separate entities, with the Archery Corridor of Fame largely centered on the business and aggressive archery. Since then, the 2 have develop into one — and The Archery Corridor of Fame (AHOF) is now a vacation spot, with a showcase museum at Bass Professional Outlets’ Springfield, Missouri, headquarters.

Writer Jeff Waring and I flew to Springfield to attend Dwight’s induction, which was purported to occur in 2019. Like most issues, two years’ price of AHOF inductions have been postponed as a result of pandemic. In consequence, the listing of inductees from 2018 and 2019 mixed this spherical to incorporate PSE Founder Pete Shepley; Eastman Outdoor Founder Bob Eastman; trick-shot and showman Bob Markworth; Black Widow Archery Founders, “The Wilson Boys;” SpinWing Vane inventor Richard Carella; and our pal Dwight Schuh.

5 of the six AHOF inductees have been represented on the ceremony, together with Dwight’s spouse, Laura Schuh, Dustin Fridkin for the Wilson Boys, Bob Markworth, PSE Founder Pete Shepley, and Bob Eastman, founding father of Eastman Outdoor.

Fame is now not what it as soon as was. At this time, you want solely make a couple of clicks in your laptop exhibiting you doing one thing memorable and BOOM! — you’re immediately well-known. A pair a long time in the past, you earned your notoriety by interacting along with your friends on a extra private degree. They got here to know you thru years of non-public appearances, correspondence, and studying your tales and articles written about you. It took effort and time to develop into “well-known,” if that is sensible. Again then, being well-known took laborious work!


Dwight Schuh achieved that, and in my thoughts, his notoriety was real amongst his fellow bowhunters. It’s all the time unlucky when somebody receives their well-deserved recognition posthumously, however from the Bowhunter Staff’s standpoint, no person deserved this honor greater than Dwight.

Our journey to Springfield additionally allowed us to see the Schuh Household once more. Dwight’s spouse, Laura, and daughters Emily and Margie, together with grandson Dieter Berriochoa and Dwight’s shut mates, Ron and Tanja Smith, additionally made the journey from Nampa, Idaho. Naturally, we have been additionally excited to go to with different members of the Bowhunter Household, like Dr. Dave Samuel (AHOF class of ’07) and famend whitetail artist Chuck Denault and, after all, it was a thrill to observe Bowhunter Journal Founder M.R. James unveil Dwight’s plaque.

This etching of Dwight Schuh now hangs within the Archery Corridor of Fame Museum at Bass Professional Outlets in Springfield, MO. Dwight was inducted for his “affect on the game” and as a “contributor to the game.” Sufficient stated.

Dwight’s contributions to bowhunting are engraved for eternity on that stunning museum plaque. Highlights embody: 40-plus years as a profitable freelance outside author/photographer, editor, columnist, and public speaker; “Bows and Arrows” Editor for Sports activities Afield; Outside Life Western Editor; and Editor of Bowhunter Journal from 1996 to 2011. Dwight authored 9 books on archery, bowhunting, and do-it-yourself backcountry looking, and he was a Senior member of the Pope and Younger Membership. Dwight additionally efficiently took 22 of the 29 North American huge recreation species with bow and arrow.

Whereas these {qualifications} are impeccable, those that knew Dwight personally knew him as a person who outlined integrity and ethics. He was intense, dedicated, and pushed — all qualities each bowhunter ought to try to own. To me, Dwight was a mentor, colleague, pal, and somebody I appeared as much as from the day I made a decision to order my first bow in 1980. By no means did I think about I’d comply with in his immense footsteps, which I do know can by no means be crammed. I nonetheless miss Dwight however, in some methods, he’s nonetheless proper right here with me.

M.R. James’ presentation on the Saturday night time induction ceremony was one in every of honor and respect. He considers his hiring of Dwight Schuh as his successor to be the very best transfer he ever made. And I’d need to wholeheartedly agree with that evaluation.

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