See wildlife, landscape and early bowhunting equipment in action

RAPID CITY, SD (October 15, 2021) – The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) has the unique opportunity to offer this silent movie of Art Young’s expedition to Alaska. Shot in 1923, the footage provides a glimpse into the Alaskan wilderness, wildlife and early bowhunting equipment of that time. Young, one of modern bowhunting’s patrons, bow hunted around the world with Dr. Saxton Pope and Chief Will Compton. Later, Pope and Young’s names were used for the bowhunting records keeping group that measures and maintains bowhunting trophies.

The intention of the film was that it should be sold as a fund raiser for the NBEF.

The Bill Wadsworth family presented the film after discovering the original footage and notes in a cannister when cleaning out the family home in 2019.

Vintage Art Young Alaskan Film

This vintage black-and-white footage captures the Alaskan wilderness and its wildlife including Kodiak bears, moose, bighorn sheep and goats. Watch the expedition bow hunt for sustenance with their self-made equipment. Bows were used for big game as well as fish. Intertitles, common in silent movies, provide insight into the compelling visuals. This 30-minute MP3 file is available on a USB flash drive. A photo of the original cannister, accompanying notes and intro from 1984 are included on the flash drive. Available at Suggested retail $15.00, product #8000.

“NBEF is delighted to make this rare footage available,” explained NBEF Executive Director Marilyn Bentz. “Bowhunting enthusiasts and historians will appreciate this extraordinary video. Sales will help NBEF continue its mission to provide instruction to bowhunters.”

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About NBEF

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport are important NBEF missions. NBEF provides the bowhunter certification standards and class content that some states and certain circumstances require in order to bow hunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. States may have additional requirements. Europe and other countries accept the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

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