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In the beginning....



    The Man,The Legend

Legends together again, Chuck Saunders, Earl Hoyt, Glenn St.Charles, Al Henderson and Frank Scott


Click to enlarge poem written by Diane Miller

Diane Miller, Glenn & Billy Ellis at the 2007 Archery Hall of Fame Induction in Springfield Missouri




From Pennsylvania


As I sit at my computer this morning Glenn’s archery photos pop up on my screen and I realize how much the world has lost with his passing. In the interview we did with a couple of years ago, he said that I made him realize that it wasn’t over until it was over. That God still had plans for him.  


In those two years we accomplished quite a bit, mostly by phone but I learned so much archery history that I never would have known had our paths not crossed. . I learned about the man and his legacy.  I would ask him a question and he would sometimes say, if you look in my book "Bows on the Little Delta" on page will tell the story. His mind was as sharp as a tack, I was so fascinated as to the information we would share.  He has left an void no one can fill and the impact he left on so many people will be remembered long after all those he touched are gone.


To him I was known as “Moose” because of the little moose with a bobbing head that I gave him the first time we met. It was his birthday and I had to fly to Seattle to present him with the Karl Palmatier Award of Merit on behalf of the Archery Hall of Fame.


 Even though I had only known Glenn for  five years,  it seemed like forever. He made me a better person and I am so proud and honored to have been his friend. I wil be forever greatful, I already miss  his nightly phone calls.  “Such a deal.”


Diane "Moose"

Executive Director, AHOF

From M. R. James, President of the Archery Hall of Fame, and Past President of the Pope and Young Club.

 “Glenn St. Charles will be remembered by many as a talented bowyer and founder of the Pope and Young Club. Rightfully so. But for his close friends and family, he will be fondly recalled a man who accomplished much more during a long and active lifetime. Father and father figure; fierce advocate and tireless defender of the sport he loved; pioneer bowhunter and visionary leader; outspoken conservationist; promoter of fair chase hunting; loyal friend and wise mentor; without question, Glenn St. Charles left his indelible mark on archery and bowhunting. He will be missed, but his place in our sport’s rich history is secure.”

Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family on Glenn's passing.  I think that he will live on in his writings.  Especially Chapter 27 and following of "Bows on the Little Delta".  These are the words I have asked my grandchildren to read when they are old enough.

God' blessings to all.
John Rufner

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Glenn St Charles is calm, relaxed and free from the pain and incapacities of aging.  He will forever be hunting with the sun at his back and the wind in his face.  He will be sharing stories around campfires with Saxton Pope, Art Young, Chief Compton, Fred Bear, Ishi and many other bowhunters.  He will be content and secure in the knowledge that he did his very best for bowhunting.  He was truly a great leader.


I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.  He will be missed but never forgotten.  His accomplishments will provide a strong foundation for the perpetuation of the pursuit that we all love, bowhunting.  His legacy will live forever.



 Jack Frost


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One of Archery's last pioneers is gone

Glenn St.Charles passes at 98

Many aspire but  few are chosen..

Pope & Young Founder

It is with great sadness we bring you the news of                 Glenn St. Charles' passing. Glenn passed away September 19th   at 6:20 am in  Seattle, Washington after a short illness. His family  was with him at the time.

             His last words spoken to his son Joe were,                 "Such a Deal".

He left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Glenn will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him.

There will also be a special tribute at the 50th Pope & Young Banquet held this April at their headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota.             More details to follow.

Glenn was born in 1911 in Seattle, Washington, and knew from an early age that the bow and arrow was something he wanted to spend his life exploring.  His father was a timber cruiser and Glenn made many a walk in the woods with his Dad where he learned about the types of trees from which he would later design and make bows.

Founding the Pope and Young Club was one of his greatest accomplishments and also one of his most difficult challenges. In the 1950s, it was obvious that in the eyes of the public bowhunting needed credibility if it was to survive. At that time it was Karl Palmatier, President of the NFAA, who asked Glenn for help in making this possible. Over 50 years later Glenn is known as the man who almost single-handedly made the doubters believe that the bow was a viable hunting weapon.

In 1958 Glenn was awarded the NFAA.’s highest award, the Compton Medal of Honor, and in 1991 he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame. He also was presented with Pope and Young Club’s most prestigious Ishi Award. The list goes on and on.

For more than eight decades Glenn had been involved with the sport he loves.

Webster defines "legend" as something based partly on history but chiefly on popular tradition. To quote Billy Ellis, "There have never been many legends in bowhunting circles.

Many aspire, but few are chosen. A person becomes a legend when the strength of his character causes a whole movement to become better and stronger until it rises to a higher philosophical plain.

Glenn St. Charles has done that for his beloved sport of bowhunting, In this century, our legends have been Ishi, Pope and Young, Fred Bear and Glenn St. Charles."

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As is true with all legendary, larger-than-life people, once they have hunted over their last ridge, arrowed their last big-game animal, and written their last book, the mortal man is gone. Only our bright and shining memories  of them remain.

Glenn St. Charles was a one-of-a-kind person. His passion for archery, big-game hunting, wild places and kindred spirits, shall remain the hallmark of the man, his passions and his legendary life.

Glenn lived a long and productive life. He did what he wanted to do, hunted many of the most fabulous places, and did everything he apparently wanted to do. Very few people have an opportunity to live such an idyllic life, and although his death has taken him from us, I choose to celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing. God bless. --- David Richey

Jack and Susan Reneau of the Boone and Crockett Club send their love to everyone in the Glenn St. Charles family.  Glenn was one of our dearest friends and I know he is happy to be with his beloved wife.  What a long and eventful life Glenn lived.  And, thanks to Glenn’s leadership we have the Pope and Young Club today.


We are driving from Missoula, Montana to attend his memorial service on November 1.


Kisses and hugs,

Jack and Susan Reneau

Missoula, MT

From Austrailia

Diane, Thank you for letting us know. Our condolences to his family, you, your organization and to all those in Archeryland. His passing sees the end of a Traditional Era that may never be seen again. At least Fred has his old hunting partner back again and both their memories will live on. I am personally sad, as I felt I knew him for the last 60 years, yet at the same time he set the bar high enough for others  in the future to try and jump over.

Thank you Diane.

Sadly, Ian Fenton,


From Arizona


Another sad day for our sport. Our most sincere condolences to family and friends. Every time one of our icons departs it’s like a star has fallen from the sky.


Diane, what a beautiful tribute and what a perfect song to mark his passing.  

 I am so grateful you made it possible for us to interview Glenn. Without you we would have never been able to do it, and share his story with thousands of archers/bowhunters. I know this interview will be viewed and reviewed by many more over the next days.


Rich Walton

From Whidbey Island, Washington

I brought my 5th and 6th grade classes to the Northwest Archery Museum near Sea Tac for several years. They would sit at the feet of Glenn St. Charles while he regaled them with stories. I remember fondly his enthusiasm for these young archers. We would return to Whidbey Island full of inspiration for our archery block, and his books graced our library. Thank you, Glenn and family, for the encouragement to continue the practice of archery, and for all you did to develop and sustain this art.

Robyn Jones

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from Dick & Carol Mauch


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Glenn's Grandaughter "A"


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