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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


To foster, expand, perpetuate and educate the practice of bowhunting and conservation of Oklahoma's natural resources.

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Herb Hale Award

Herb Hale


In 1974 when the Bowhunting Council was initially forming an awards program, a decision was made to give the highest award to someone who had contributed to bowhunting through the years and had shown dedication to the sport. The Bowhunting Council was then challenged with naming the award.  The search led the Council to Mr. Herb Hale of Pryor, Oklahoma. 

Herb was born in Bunker Hill, Illinois and in 1906 he moved to Pryor, Oklahoma.  Herb hunted all of his life,  first with a gun, and then with a bow.  Herb thought he first shot a bow in the late 1930's and shot both right and left handed.  Herb made the first bows he used with the help of his Native American friends, as bows were difficult to obtain on the commercial market, and ran a small archery shop from his garage, supplying local bowhunters with equipment.

Herb did not do much field shooting, instead sticking mostly to hunting small game, fish, and deer.  Herb has taken numerous varieties of small game, including crows and ducks.  Although, he had hunted deer over the years, he never harvested one.

Herb was awarded a lifetime membership in the old Oklahoma Bowhunters.  He was a former president of the organization and served on the Board of Governors.  At one time, Herb held the distinction of being the oldest active member of the Oklahoma Bowhunters.  He recieved awards from the Boy Scouts of America for helping boys with their archery at a local boy's home.

Herb helped numerous people get started with archery, supplying them with equipment and encouraging them as he taught them to shoot.  He collected  photographs of bowhunters of his area that stopped by his home to show their kills.  Herb always helped them weigh their harvest and take pictures. 

An old Oklahoma Bowhunters pamphlet listed Herb as a "great supporter of bowhunting". 

Herb Hale with a Stub Tail Moccasin taken at Rock Creek arm of Hudson Lake in 1964. The snake is 4' long and 6" in circumference. 


Long snapping turtle is held by Herb Hale.  This was the largest of eleven snappers and two creek turtles taken in 1954. 

Herb Hale Award Winners


1976 Olen Neal*

1976 John Mott

1976 Royal Woolery*

1976 Miles Been*

1976 George “Pappy” Kennedy*

1981 Jim Revis*

1982 Ida Revis*

1983 John Mott

1984 Bill Murray

1986 Marion Lewis

1987 Al Herrin

1988 Pat Giulioli*

1989 Floyd Warden

1989 Charles DeLong

1990 Rob Ray

1993 Jim Dougherty*

1994 Ken Meyer

1995 Jennifer Willhite

1995 J.W. Willhite

1996 Mike Miller

1997 K.P. Lehman

1998 Jeff Steele

1999 Ted Lehman

2000 Roy Moss*

2001 Don Campbell

2002 Danny Stone

2003 David Key*

2003 Leonard Wolfkill*

2004 Conrad Kleinholz

2005 Rick Berry*

2006 Johnny Pappan

2007 David Teel

2007 Becky Teel

2010 Gayle Steele

2011 Bob Bennett

2013 Lawrence Rexroat

2014 Jerry Stover

2015 Bill Starry