Archery Hall of Fame – Dec 2009

Archery Hall Of Fame

Archery Hall of Fame – Dec 2009

By Diane Miller – AHOF

Dec 8, 2009 – 4:07:53 PM


Dr. Samuel is an accomplished educator with a doctorate in Wildlife Biology.

Hall of Famer Dave Samuel Receives QDMA Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

 During the Quality Deer Management Association’s 9th Annual National Convention, Joe Hamilton, QDMA’s founder and Director of Education for the South, presented Dr. David E. Samuel with the Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award.

Each year the award is given to a QDMA member who has dedicated his life and career to wildlife management in general and deer management in particular, making a significant impact in deer management, deer research, deer hunting, and advancing the mission of the QDMA.

He marked his professional trail with hundreds of published articles, academic relationships with a host of graduate students, and service to natural resource organizations. Dr. Samuel has served as a mentor to countless hunters and has been a staunch advocate of the QDMA and QDM ever since he first  recommended the philosophy to readers of his magazine column in 1990.

After presenting the award to Dr. Samuel, Joe Hamilton said, “Aldo Leopold, renowned Father of Wildlife Management and the nation’s first university wildlife professor, was the consummate educator. Professor Leopold would have been proud of Dr. David E. Samuel’s lifetime accomplishments with an emphasis on education. His prowess as a hunter is unquestionable, but it is his reputation as an educator that singled him out of the masses as a deserving recipient of the QDMA’s most prestigious award.”

Hamilton’s statement speaks for the commitment to and the impact of Dr.        Samuel’s lifetime dedication to wildlife management. Named after Mr. Hamilton, the award is the highest honor bestowed upon a QDMA member. Acceptance of the award puts Dr. Samuel in an esteemed group of only a handful of Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients who will forever be remembered and appreciated by the Quality Deer Management Association for the advancement of the mission of the organization.

Dave was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame with the class of 2006.

For interview go to:   Dr. Dave Samuel – Straight Talk

Maurice Thompson, AHOF Class of 1972 inducted into the Charter Class of the Indiana  Conservation Hall of Fame on September 25, 2009


James Maurice Thompson (September 9, 1844, Fairfield, Indiana – February 15, 1901) was an American novelist.


Raised on a Georgia plantation, Thompson first pursued a career as a lawyer. In 1871 he opened a law practice with his brother, William Henry Thompson. He was drawn away from the field of law by the success of articles and short stories published in the New York Tribune, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s Monthly.

 As a writer, Thompson became well known as a local colorist, his works ranging from local history to articles about archery. His first book, Hoosier Mosaics, published in 1875, was a collection of short stories illustrating the people and atmosphere of small Indiana towns. He followed it with a successful compilation of his published essays, The Witchery of Archery, which was well received for its wit and use of common language. At this same time, Thompson also published several collections of naturalistic poetry, though they weren’t well received at the time.

Thompson wrote the poem “To the South” that was reprinted in George Washington Cable’s influential and controversial essay, “The Freedmen’s Case in Equity” in 1885. This poem expressed Thompson’s reaction to the freeing of the slaves, and implied that some other Southerners were not as angry about the overturning of that institution as Northerners presumed.

Through the 1880s, Thompson moved into the realm of fiction. His early works featured the common thread of simple southern life, taken mostly from Thompson’s childhood. With his 1886 semi-autobiographical novel, A Banker of Bankersville, he returned to his Indiana roots. Arguably his most successful and well-known novel came with 1900’s Alice of Old Vincennes. The novel vividly depicted Indiana during the Revolutionary War.

Thompson died shortly after its publication, on February 15, 1901, of pneumonia, aged 56.


The Witchery of Archery From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 When Thompson wrote The Witchery of Archery, he filled it with various stories, many of which were humorous. However, it also gave practical advice on the sport, such as the manufacturing of archery paraphernalia and how to use the equipment while hunting.

The Witchery of Archery was accredited for returning the sport of archery to public interest. Some of this was due to rifles bringing back bad memories of the American Civil War. By 1880, with the book less than two years old, patents relating to archery items greatly increased. More than any other book, The Witchery of Archery led to the increased interest in archery for the next half-century.

A year after The Witchery of Archery was published, Thompson was selected as the first president of the National Archery Association, largely due to the book. A writer of several books, Thompson seemed to show little pride in writing The Witchery of Archery. On the title pages of his various works, he would list several titles he authored, but never did he list The Witchery of Archery. 

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