Fred Bear, born in 1902 in Pennsylvania, is a renowned archery legend.
Growing up in Michigan, his love for the outdoors translated into a deep passion for archery.
Joining Bear Archery Company in 1927, he revolutionized modern archery techniques and founded the Michigan Longbow Association.
Besides being a master archer, Bear was an author, filmmaker and prolific hunter, leaving masterpieces like “Fred Bear’s Field Notes.”
He also ventured into music, pioneered the modern recurve bow and was a fan of the movie “Jeremiah Johnson.”
A member of the Safari Club International, Bear’s legacy continues through the Fred Bear Museum and Foundation.
He was honored in multiple sports halls of fame before passing in 1988.
I have made a list of the top quotes by Fred Bear.
Best Fred Bear Quotes
I hunt deer because I love the entire process. ~ Fred Bear.
If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it. ~ Fred Bear.
Not only is bowhunting fun and a real challenge, but it’s good for you. ~ Fred Bear.
The preparation, the excitement, and sustained suspense of trying to match my woods lore against the finely honed instincts of these creatures. ~ Fred Bear.
When a hunter is in a tree-stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God. ~ Fred Bear.
If some of our young people, in search of thrills, want thrills, let them go up to the Northwest and get involved with the Grizzly Bear, the Polar Bear and the Brown Bear. They will have fun, and it will purify their soul. ~ Fred Bear.
A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be. ~ Fred Bear.
I come home with an honestly earned feeling that something good has taken place. It makes no difference whether I got anything; it has to do with how the day was spent. ~ Fred Bear.
If some of our teenage thrill seekers really want to go out and get a thrill let them go up into the North West and tango with a Grizzly bear, Polar bear, and the Brown Bear they will get their kicks and it will cleanse their souls. ~ Fred Bear.
The very remoteness kindles the imagination of the adventurous hunter. From the top of any mountain the challenge extends far and wide, until the mountains meet the sky. ~ Fred Bear.
Top Fred Bear Quotes
The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind. ~ Fred Bear.
I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow. ~ Fred Bear.
I hunt because I love the entire process: the preparations, the excitement, and sustained suspense of trying to match my woodslore against the finely honed instincts of these creatures. ~ Fred Bear.
Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow. ~ Fred Bear.
If you consider an unsuccessful hunt to be a waste of time, then the true meaning of the chase eludes you all together. ~ Fred Bear.
Hardships are quickly forgotten. Intense heat, bitter cold, rain and snow, fatigue, and luckless hunting fade quickly into memories of great fellowship, thoughts of beautiful country, pleasant camps, and happy campfires. ~ Fred Bear.
Famous Fred Bear Quotes
There’s more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of the gun. ~ Fred Bear.
A downed animal is most certainly the object of a hunting trip, but it becomes an anticlimax when compared to the many other pleasures of the hunt. ~ Fred Bear.
Immerse yourself in this outdoor experience. This will purify your soul and make you better. ~ Fred Bear.
Go out with a good state of mind, respecting the wildlife you hunt and the forests and fields you cross. ~ Fred Bear.
I feel like one of God’s chosen people, having had the opportunity to share, with many fine companions, these varied and lovely realms of our natural world. ~ Fred Bear.
When bow-hunting, you find you get closer to the woodland critters. The flora and the forest floor becomes clearer. You look at things more closely. You’re more aware. You know the limited range of the bow is only 40 yards or so. You must try to outwait that approaching deer. Careful not to make the slightest movement or sound hoping that your scent won’t suddenly waft his way. That’s when you’ll know for sure and appreciate deeply what bow-hunting is all about. ~ Fred Bear.
Popular Fred Bear Quotes
There is nothing they seem to enjoy more than telling tall tales around a campfire or talking about archery to others. It would be difficult to find a more interesting group of people. ~ Fred Bear.
The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind ~ Fred Bear.
If asked to sketch a picture of the typical archer I would be hard put. They seem to come in all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. Inwardly they seem to have in common a love for the outdoors, a reverence for wildlife, and a close tie with history. ~ Fred Bear.
You can learn more about hunting deer with a bow and arrow in a week than a gun hunter will learn in his entire life. ~ Fred Bear.
So these were the 26 top Fred Bear quotes on hunting, life and bows.