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A Three Generation Ohio Hunt
How the Crossbow Recruits and Retains Hunters
Thanks to the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Apprentice
Hunter Program and the state’s liberal crossbow
regulations,TenPoint CEO, Rick Bednar and his 82-year-old
father, 2007 Archery Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Bednar,
were able to hunt deer for the first time this October
with Rick’s two sons, Phil and Steve.
Phil is a senior business major and starting shortstop on
The University of Akron’s Division I, Mid-American
Conference baseball team. Steve is a senior at Stow High
School in Northeast Ohio where he competes as one of
the top golfers in the state and is regularly the top scorer
on the basketball team.
While the two boys have talked many times over the
years about going hunting, their school and sports
schedules left them little time to take Ohio’s required
Hunter’s Education course or to schedule a practical time
to hunt with their dad. Ohio’s Apprentice Program and its
liberal crossbow regulations came to the rescue.
The Apprentice License is available to residents and nonresidents
who have never taken a hunter education course.
Apprentice hunters must be accompanied by a licensed
hunter over age 21 and they may purchase the Apprentice
License up to three times. The theory behind the program,
of course, is to overcome the objection of having to invest
the time in a hunter’s education course in order to find out
if you like the sport.
The second factor that set the stage for the Bednar family
hunt was the crossbow and Ohio’s crossbow regulations.
At 82, Bill Bednar is no longer able to hunt with a recurve
or compound bow. Phil and Steve have never had the
time to become proficient with a compound bow. And,
Ohio’s regulations allow unrestricted use of crossbows
during archery season.
Was the hunt a success? Yes and no. Granddad Bill and
Dad Rick passed on some shots, but Phil tagged-out with
a “first-time” 8-point and a doe, and Steve took a doe and
has been hunting weekends ever since determined to
harvest a bigger buck than his older brother.
When Phil occasionally makes it home on weekends for a
good home-cooked meal, the friendly sibling “trash talking”
now centers on deer hunting.
We think we can count on two new enrollees in Ohio’s
Hunter Education classes next year.