Interview: Dick Mauch, Bowhunting & Archery Pioneer, Pt #4

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Straight Talk – Dick Mauch Interview, Pt 3, By Frank Addington, Jr.

Frank Addington:  Who all has hunted out of your cabin?

Dick Mauch: Eight distinguished friends, now members of the Archery Hall have signed the curtains, Fred Bear, Glenn St. Charles, Dick Lattimer, Earl Hoyt, Ann Hoyt, Frank Scott, Ann Clark, and George Gardner.   Chuck Saunders and our Bowhunters Who Care Board were too hurried at the end of hunt to draw and sign the BWC insignia, so just put their names and dates on an entry door trim.   Bob Kelly hunted plum Creek with us twice before the cabin was built when I had my little Forester trailer camper in use.  Kelly had a planned hunt with the White Hat Gang, Dick and Glenn but had to cancel because of recurring illness.

K. K.Knickerbocker and Dick Mauch after a successful bird apiece sharptail grouse walk.

 

Other friends who have shared the camp and decorated these now famous curtains, Ben Rogers Lee, World Champion and greatest turkey caller ever, also my partner in the Lee Turkey Call Company which I had helped Ben to acquire.   Earl Groves and Rob Keck had numerous spring hunts from the cabin.  Include LSU fan Sunny Gilbert and wife Dee among Nat’l Wild Turkey Fed. Legends adding to our history.

I first met Mike Hayden, former Governor of Kansas who was at the time, the active first Under Secty of Interior in George H. Bush administration when I was a board member of the Nebraska Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Niobrara Preserve.    Mike, and two of his former teacher Presidents of Fort Hays College, Dr. Gerry Tomanick and Dr. Bill Jellison, (both renowned Grassland specialists) had come to the Conservancy’s Ibarra preserve to advise and consult with Neb. Director Vince Shay.   It was also during grouse and chicken open season, so a hunt was scheduled on the conservancy for grouse, but a different area needed for greater Prairie chicken hunting.   My south Rock/ Loup County pastures and adjacent CRP grounds had good populations, so I was enlisted.    We had a great day with Bills’ Springer, Dutchess, and my 2 Vizlas, “Sheeza and Duke”, and each filled his own limit of 3 birds by early afternoon.   New friendships formed, and Merriam Turkey hunts planned.  During a hunt with our new friends in Kansas, we met Bob “HeDog” Henderson and he became a regular with Mike and Gerry.   Bob Henderson was instrumental in discovery and recovery of near extinct Black Footed Ferret.   Bill has suffered a stroke, which ended his hunting activity, and Gerry Tomanick died in 06.    Mike was Exec Director American Sports Fishing Assn following the service with Interior Dept., and then became Director of Game and Fish for State of Kansas, a position he continues to work.   I should add, he is one fine turkey caller using a wing bone call of his own make and design.

A Frog Crossing sign south of the cabin was placed in memory of Margaret St. Charles.    Jay and Joe St. Charles have signed in, Fall Turkey and deer hunting with Ben Lee, Dan and Gail Martin and Glenn following the Fort Robinson Antelope you read about in Little Delta book.   Another of the original Pope & Young Board was George Moerlein.  Fond memory of George serenading the coyotes one moonlit evening, marching in front of the cabin while playing his bag pipes.

Cliff Hollestelle, master bird carver, sculptor artist did some drawing on a curtain. Larry Porter, Outdoor editor of Omaha World Herald was mentored by Dick Turpin and me in Flint Lock Muzzle loader deer hunting, and drew a nice typewriter to commemorate the events.

Dick Mauch and Art LaHa, Arts 1963 visit.

 

Two ladies turkey hunters shot flint muzzle loading shotguns.   Phyllis Speer, who does or did a cooking TV show for Arkansas Outdoors, and Zoe Caywood came on a hunt arranged for them with Dick Turpin.   Zoe had successfully taken all the species of turkey toward a Slam with flintlock muzzle loading shotgun except the Merriam.   She completed it on her hunt as our guest.   Rain created a tough challenge for keeping powder dry.   Zoe completed her slam when weather finally cleared to become the first to accomplish it using a flint lock black powder shotgun.  Phyllis also used a flinter to get her long beard Merriam.  She hunted from Turpins Home created Burlap turkey blind, and the flash of ignited powder at her shot set his blind on fire.

Another lady hunter who got her Merriam to complete the slam was Susan Brewster, wife of congressman Bill.   She had come to our place with Cindy Marlanee, wife of ex Congressman Ron for this turkey hunt, which had been arranged by two Nebraska Safari club Sables, Gloria Erickson, and De Carlson.  Except for Turkeys, Gloria has had great hunting success.  Read her story in previously mentioned book ‘Thrill of the Chase’,

Seven Lady Diana Bowhunters signing a curtain within the drawing of their emblem were Marilyn Bentz, Judy Kovar, Susan Smith, Marilyn Nicholas, Kathy Bytler, Ann Hoyt, and Ann Clark.  Earl Hoyt, George Gardner, and Bob Bytler accompanied them.   We moved my old Forester camper trailer down for added quarters.  The newly enclosed room on the north side of the cabin got new denim curtains across the center to create two bedrooms.   The game went very nocturnal and although the group hunted hard, no one took a deer.    Judy and Carol might have taken does, but were trophy seekers, passed on shooting which may not have played well with the others who had hoped for an added success story for Diana history.   Judy Kovar is a lady who gives back to teaching in schools and seminars all over the country.  I strongly urge that every nature lover and hunter should read her story in her newly just released book ‘Bowhuntin Spirits, Woods N’ Waters press.

Tailgate mid morning coffee/cookies. 1963 . l.to r. are Bob Munger, Rick Munger, Dick Mauch, Art LaHa (behind seated tail gate), Dick Turpin, Marj Engle and Ruth LaHa, partly hidden by “Rick” Margaret Cooley.

 

Ted Nugent teamed with me for a Nebraska Public TV fundraiser auctioning an opening day firearm season hunt with Ted at our place.   Ed Jukes purchased it for his son.   Ed’s business is manufacturing metal signs; most of his customers are government, city and county.    He was the provider of the Frog Crossing Sign, which is posted on the old willow tree in memory of Margaret St.Charles.    Ed and his son also had their traditional opening weekend hunting permits in the Pine Ridge area west of ours, so they hunted only the first few hours with Ted.  Wayne Westcott, a neighbor and his lady were great fans of Ted’s music.  They shared Sat. evening dinner at the cabin with us.   Ted sat where Fred had been sitting with our Vizsla, Mouton holding his favorite turkey leg.  Ted played his guitar.   He sang ‘Fred Bear’.  It was so moving that Fred’s Spirit really came alive and yes, Ted’s, mine, and Carols eyes all welled with tears.

Frank Adibgton:  Who are some folks that stand out from your years in the archery business?

It probably sounds like name-dropping to begin to name them all and they are so legendary in my time.   You can’t have been involved in Archery and Bowhunting for over 50 years as I have without having met, dealt, hunted, shot arrows, socialized, been involved with Indoor commercial lanes, early AMO boards, Standards committees, and other planned programs to grow our sport, without having developed friendships with the giants of the Industry.

November Bear Archery sales meeting 1962.. Standing, l to r. Dick Mauch, Al Dawson, Roger Thompson, Glenn St. Charles, Doug Walker, Bill Tutt, John Downey,Ralph McCoy, and Bob Winquist. Seated in front, L to R. Clayton Shenk, Ed Marker, Bill Stewart, Fred Bear, Charley Kroll, and Don Koch.

 

BearArchery  had a group of Sales Reps to which I proudly belonged and I recall a fine Compliment I heard given to Fred Bear about the entire group by Margaret “Rick” Cooley.  We were all a great family, and it was not work, it was fun being a part of Bear with the likes of Doug Walker, Glenn St. Charles, Howard Valentine, Bill Sparks, Bob Blair, Ralph McCoy, Bob Winquist, Bob Kelly, Charley Kroll, Roger “Tommy” Thompson, Al Dawson, Bob Ellis, Doug Morgan, Ed Marker, Frank Scott, Clayton Shenk, Hugh “Hoss” Blackburn, Dale Marcy, Jim Pickering, and Sherwood Schoch.   Backing us at the factory in Grayling were very capable friends, Don Sherwin, Plant manager who supervised the construction of a redesigned much improved new razorhead machine.   Howie Hatfield, Service dept. manager handled warrantys & repairs; Bob Smock, purchasing dept.   I spent considerable time and learned much from our bowyers, first Bill Stewart and later Owen Jeffrey.  Bear department heads were Ken Reed, arrows; Tete Hansen, Leather; Tom Peterson, the big punch card accounting machine; Marion (fox’y) Fox, all around maintenance, and his wife, Mildred in the arrow dept. fletched the best arrows; Fred’s, Secretary Miss Lillian Hill, “Gabe” Gabler, Roy (credit manager, Scrooge) Roper, & Don Koch, Comptroller.   These were Dept. Heads and just a few of the people I worked closely with.  Having a senior moment, trying to remember the name of the dear gal who ran the Telephone switchboard.   She died too young with a fast moving cancer.

I met Howard Hill during an evening dinner meal in the Hotel dining room following his shooting demonstration at the First Las Vegas NFAA Colt Sahara tournament, March 16-20, 1962.    Dale Marcy was Howard’s thrower that day.   Dale, Roy Bryan and I hunted together from the Little Delta Cabin in August 1964.     That trip would fill a chapter if I ever wrote a book.

Fred introduced me to William (Bill) Folberth during the 1963 NSGA McCormick place show, Bill held a number of patents, one of his first being the Automobile windshield wipers.  He also had patented the center shot bow.   He told me Fred Bear was the only manufacturer who ever paid his royalties to use that patent.  If my memory is correct, Gene Jones won his first NFAA national shooting a Folberth center shot bow.    Bill invited Fred and me to his room at the hotel to view a detailed working model of a Wankel fully rotary engine and we discussed how much more efficient it was that what was presently powering my airplane and automobiles.   Bill Folberths bow with a slot directly in the middle is pictured in the article by L.A. Quayle, titled ‘Another Archery Paradox’, September 1939 issue of Ye Sylvan Archer.

I met Roy I. Case and Roy Hoff at that Chicago NSGA show at old McCormick place when they stopped by the Bear Booth to visit with Fred.   Until that meeting, I had not known Roy Case was an early pioneer bowhunter.  In addition to bowhunting, we talked about antique tractors and that my father had been an implement dealer for early McCormick Deering and International Harvester.     I believe it was 1964, the year we had the Pope and Young display and the awards banquet during the NSGA.   AMO had paid for the booth; I built the backdrops and planned with the chefs for the banquet arrangements.

Roy Hoff donated a supply of January 64 Archery Magazines with the picture of the big Yellowstone elk on the cover and the pictures and listing of Pope and Young animals inside.  We gave them to the sporting goods dealers/distributors, NSGA members from the Pope & Young Club display at the show.  It is a highly prized edition today because it was the third publication of the records, sort of the 3rd book.

Fred Bear presented the awards after the banquet, including the new record Mountain Goat to his step grand son, Chris Kroll.   Chris modestly remarked that he wouldn’t have had the opportunity if  PB, (Papa Bear), his Grandpa hadn’t broken his rib from a fall over the tailgate of the pickup carrying them up a mountain trail. A highlight on the program was when Glenn St. Charles in a special surprise presented Fred the NFAA Compton Medal of Honor.   Another major event was the presentation of the first evening was  the presentation of the first ISHI award  to Del Austin for non typical whitetail record, nicknamed Old Mossy Horns.

I should also mention that we feasted on Nebraska venison that evening, courtesy of a whitetail doe taken by Doug Walker and my P&Y whitetail buck, hunt recorded in Mungers book.  The Chefs praised the beautiful venison I delivered to their kitchens, and they went all out to prepare it into a variety of delicious menu forms.

The lady I escorted to that awards Banquet was Carolyn Siebrasse, later to become Mrs. George Zanoni.    I met Carolyn when I had detoured to Quincy, Ill. on a flight back to Nebraska from Grayling.  Harv Ebers and I measured her first Pope & Young entry, a big non-typical whitetail.    Carolyn also had formerly accompanied Rick and Dick Cooley on a bowhunt with me around Bassett, Long Pine and Niobrara canyons.   She has long been a senior member of Pope & Young and her story is also in the aforementioned book, ‘Thrill of the Chase’ by Susan Reneau and Kathy Eppling.

I had not used my plane but had come to the Chicago meetings in my station wagon.   I carried home as many of the left over Archery Magazines as I could locate.    I gave them to other Nebraska Archers and later, to dealers I called on in my Bear Sales territory.  Of the very few left, I have doled them sparingly to Pope & Young Convention auctions, and Roy Hoff would be smiling to know the auction values today.

An historic reorganization meeting of the Nat’l Field Archery Assn followed the 1964 NSGA.   I was the Nebraska delegate to the meeting, made many new friends representing their State Organizations and Clubs.  Al Henderson was an Arizona delegate and we hit it off like Bingo from our first introduction to each other.  I still have Al’s letter with complimentary message for my participation, his follow up to cement a new friendship.

Stay tuned for Dick Mauch continued… Part #5

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