Colorado Bowhunter of the Year
Prestige and Confusion
 

The CBA Bowhunter of the Year Award, is the most prestigious award presented by the Colorado Bowhunters Association, and may be the most misunderstood.  Some of this could be due to the title as it could imply that the winner had a very successful hunting season.  While bowhunting success is certainly a consideration; the award is really much, much more.
The CBA Bowhunter of the Year Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Colorado Bowhunters Association, and may be the most misunderstood. Some of this could be due to the title as it could imply that the winner had a very successful hunting season. While bowhunting success is
certainly a consideration; the award is really much, much more.

The sport of bowhunting depends on dedicated volunteers who are willing to strive to see it passed on in a positive light for future generations. The Bowhunter of the Year was first established in the early 70’s to recognize an individual for service and leadership to the CBA. The Bowhunter of the Year was also to be a successful bowhunter. The past winners of the Bowhunter of the Year Award are premier examples of these dedicated individuals. This recognition is awarded annually to an individual member who has been selected from that year’s nominees. Any member in good standing may nominate another for consideration. Previous winners of the award select the new winner each year after scoring all nominees against a defined list of criteria.

The criteria to be considered include:
  • What the individual has contributed to bowhunting in Colorado.
  • Effectiveness and accomplishments while serving bowhunting, archery, and the CBA.
  • Educational clinics and seminars.
  • Literary contributions.
  • Programs or events developed or involved in.
  • Leadership abilities and special accomplishments.
  • Evidence of commitment and accomplishment.
  • Supporting memberships in bowhunting, archery, wildlife and conservation organizations.
  • Office held within the CBA and other bowhunting, archery, wildlife and conservation organizations.
  • Sportsmanship and personality.
  • Dedication to bowhunting responsibilities.
    • Conduct afield
    • Peer respect
    • Number of years bowhunting
    • Contributions to bowhunting outside Colorado
  • Animals taken during bowhunting career.
    • Big-game animals taken in Colorado
    • Big-game animals taken outside Colorado
    • Small-game animals taken
    • Game farm (exotics) that are not classified as protected game in the state taken will not be considered
As you can see, there are considerable criteria factored into the selection process for this once in a lifetime award. What follows is a compilation of our best and most dedicated bowhunters. 
 
1974 – Marvin Clyncke 1998 – Dave Culter
1975 – Ted Grover 1999 – Dean Derby
1976 – Lee Kline     2000 – Wayne Depperschmidt
1977 – Dave Zahn 2001 – Dale Petefish
1978 – Ron Breitsprecher 2002 – Rob Musser
1979 – John Rhine 2003 – Grant Adkisson
1980 – Chuck Hutton 2004 – Rod Washburn
1981 – Doy K. Curtis 2005 – Jeff Lampe
1982 – Larry O. Baker 2006 – Mike Dziekan
1983 – Tony Seahorn 2007 – Troy Cunningham
1984 – Dave Buttermore 2008 – Gary Renfro
1985 – Shari Fraker 2009 – Lyle Willmarth
1986 – David “Jake” Powell 2010 – Paul Navarre
1987 – Lloyd Wood 2011 – Brandon Powell
1988 – Terry Bridgeman 2012 – Carol Ashurst
1989 – Barry J. Smith 2013 – Dennis Howell
1990 – Dean Burke 2014 – Roger Trudell
1991 – Kurt Keskimaki 2015 – Tom Behunin
1992 – Mick Davis 2016 – James Gilmore
1993 – Dennis Hansen     2017 –Byron Dean
1994 – Conrad Dreher 2018 – Todd Brickel
1995 – Ron Rockwell 2019 – Rick Davis
1996 – Bob Radocy 2020 -  Craig Kimball
1997 – Mike Powell 2021 - TBD