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

Jim Dougherty Memorial

Jim Dougherty Memorial page dedicated by the Bowhunting Council of Oklahoma.

Jim Dougherty

1936-2015

Why do I bowhunt? Because I love it. Sometimes I get very frustrated, but I think we are supposed to. After all, we do it because we want to make things a bit more difficult, because we like the challenge,. One way or another I am involved in it – or around it – 24 hours a day. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I would like to be remembered as a guy who loved to bowhunt, who did it rather well and who tried to represent the sport properly.
— Jim Dougherty

Archery Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 1997 - Bowhunter, Contributor to the Sport, Influence on the Sport.

In truth, there are only a handful of bowhunters whose names and faces are instantly recognizable to fellow practitioners of the sport, and fewer people still have given their lives to bowhunting, personally and professionally, blazing a trail for others to follow while leaving giant sized tracks as evidence of their being on this earth. Jim Dougherty is such a man. --- Archery Hall of Fame

Jim Dougherty was the 1993 Herb Hale Award recipient as well as a lifetime member of the Bowhunting Council of Oklahoma.



  • National Bowhunter Education Foundation Board Member

  • American Archery Council President and Vice-President

  • Archery Manufacturers and Merchants Organization Board Member

  • International Bowhunters Organization Board Member

  • Safari Club International Bowhunters Vice-President

  • Archery Incorporated President and Vice-President

  • National Archery Museum Board Member

  • California Bowmen Hunters and State Archery Association Vice-President

  • Bear Archery Bowhunting Council Chairman

  • Professional Archer of the Year 1977

  • California Archery Hall of Fame 1984

  • International Bowhunters Clinic Hall of Fame 1992

  • Safari Club International Bowhunters Hall of Fame 1993

  • Bowhunter Magazine’s 25 Archers for the Ages 1996