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of Fame


Erle Stanley Gardner


Historical Category - Bowhunters who have impacted the history

of the sport.


Writer of Perry Mason Books and TV Series


    History will bare out that sometimes some of our great bowhunters of the '30s and '40s were overlooked as being real Legends of our Sport. 

Just before Roy Hoff, the owner and editor of the Archery Magazine, passed away one of his closing columns with me (Doug Walker) talked about this.


    I knew about Erle Stanley Gardner's famous writings of over 200 of the Perry Mason books that later were made into a TV series with Raymond Burr, and I also remember reading about some of his bowhunting adventures that were printed in the old Bowman Review. I even wrote a story myself about Erle Stanley Gardner, about one of his elk hunts when he successfully took a beautiful 6-point bull elk (see photo this page).


    Back in those days, Erle was more than going on successful bow hunts, he was writing about them. Anyone reading any of Erle's stories soon realized that he enjoyed writing even more about his love for the sport and especially about the camaraderie of a bow hunt. Erle hunted with many of the greats of our sport - Howard Hill, George Brommers, Dr. Paul Klopsteg, the Wilhelm Brothers, and Roy Case - just to name a few. 





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