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KEEP ELK PUBLIC! The United Property Owners of Montana (UPOM) - a group representing wealthy, out-of-state interests and some resident landowners - filed suit in May 2022 against the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Fish and Wildlife Commission to try to dismantle public elk hunting opportunities throughout the Big Sky State. DONATE TODAY to help maintain the voice of public hunters in decisions on elk management and prevent the privatization of elk hunting in Montana.

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Banquet Menu:

Choice prime rib

Roasted frenched chicken breast in a sage cream sauce

Roasted parsley new potatoes

Herb roasted zucchini and squash

Spring salad and rolls with whipped butter

Dessert by the Northern as well as a live dessert auction

Child Care Available

5:00 – 11:00 PM

$5 per child, includes pizza and a movie

Contact Danielle Dunn to RSVP

406-208-5339

the4dunns@charter.net

Seminars:

Dr. Amy LePage Medical Care in the Field

Michael Francis Wildlife Photography

Dr. Kelly Proffit Wildlife Biologist, presenting latest elk study results

Mike Barrett Silent Stalking Techniques

Sat Banquet Keynote speaker: Roy Roth Alaskan hunter and guide

Click Here for More Information About the Speakers

Schedule:
FRIDAY – March 27
8:00 am-12:00 pm Set-up
10:00 am-4:00 pm MBA Board Meeting
12:00 pm-4:00 pm Manufacturer’s Row Set up by Vendors
1:00-7:00 pm Registration Opens
4:00-9:10 pm Manufacturer’s Row Opes
7:00-8:00 pm Seminar – Mark Baker
8:00 pm No-host bar/Band in the Lounge

SATURDAY – March 28
8:00-10:00 am General Membership Meeting
8:00-5:00 pm Manufacturer’s Row Opens
10:30 am-12:30 pm Seminar
12:00-1:30 pm Ladies Luncheon
2:00-3:00 pm Seminar
3:00-4:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
6:00 pm Silent Auction Closed
6:00-10:00 pm Banquet
6:30 pm Banquet Meal Served
7:15-8:00 pm Keynote speaker Ray Roth – Alaskan hunter and guide
8:00-9:30 pm Live Auction

Any ladies interested in a shopping excursion downtown on Saturday afternoon, contact Jenn at 4060-697-7668 or mtba@mtba.org

 

SUNDAY – March 29
8:00-9:15 am Bowhunter Education Meeting/Breakfast
9:00am-12:00 pm Manufacturers’ Row Opens
12:00 pm Convention Ends

 

 


Dr. Amy LePage

Amy LePage bio photo

WILDERNESS FIRST AID SEMINAR

FRIDAY 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Dr. Amy LePage is an Emergency Medicine physician. She graduated from medical school at the University of Washington and then completed her speciality training in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is an avid bowhunter who lives in Lewistown, Montana with her husband and their two children.

This seminar will provide you with the answers to emergency medical questions that can arise while you are in bowhunting camp. Weather your partner ran a broadhead through their leg while climbing out of a treestand in the Belts or you develop crushing chest pain while scouting in the breaks, Dr. LePage will give you the quick and dirty solutions to “Emergency Medicine in the Field.”

Michael Francis

Michael Francis bio photo

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR

SATURDAY 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Michael H. Francis is a fulltime internationally published wildlife and scenic photographer whose 500,000 plus images express his admiration for all of nature. Mike will be speaking on big game and the similar techniques used for both bowhunting and photography for wildlife approach.

Mike brings his background as a biologist and entomologist to his photos which show extraordinary mammal, bird, reptile and insect behavior as well as striking and beautiful images. Mike is a member and former president of the North American Nature Photography Association and a member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has been published in over 35 single photographer books including Elk Country, Mule Deer Country, Yellowstone Bears in the Wild, Into the Wind … Wild Horses of North America, Bison for Kids, Yellowstone Memories, and many more. Mike’s credits also include thousands of images published in a broad variety of magazines and books including Sports Afield, Audubon, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Ranger Rick, Natural History, Outdoor Photographer, and National Geographic Books. His images are also published in hundreds of calendars, post cards, greeting cards, mugs and even on the sides of Frontier Airline planes.

In addition to taking photos throughout the world Mike leads photo tours to Alaska, Africa, Yellowstone, Texas, North and South Dakota and other locations. He enjoys sharing his love of wildlife with experienced and beginner wildlife photographers of any age. His insights into animal behavior and broad experience make for a rich photography tour experience.

Mike began his love of photography in Yellowstone National Park where he worked for fifteen seasons managing hotels and lodges for the concessionaire. He actively hiked and climbed mountains throughout Yellowstone and in doing so began his career in taking photos over 30 years ago. In addition to taking photos of the wildlife and scenery Mike has an extensive Yellowstone ephemera collection and with two other Yellowstone enthusiasts he has published the Yellowstone Postcard Checklist a must for Yellowstone postcard collectors.

Mike is a strong supporter of new photographers entering the field. He has sponsored both high school and college students in the North American Nature Photography Association Scholarship programs. He regularly gives speeches and slide shows for photography clubs and schools. Mike is happy to share his experience with those who love wildlife and cameras.

Mike lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife Tori and daughters Elizabeth and Emily. He shares his backyard with a variety of birds and his 25 turtles and tortoises.

Mike Barrett

Mike Barrett bio photo Colorado 2011 muley

SILENT STALKING TECHNIQUE SEMINAR

SATURDAY 1:0PM-2:00PM

Mike Barrett harvested his first mule deer with a recurve in 1967 and has used recurves ever since. Spot and stalk muleys are what gets Mike going. According to Mike, “Having a big mule deer at 15 or 20 yards and taking his picture then leaving without him knowing I was there makes my day.”

Mike just harvested his 19th bull elk with a bow this year. This bull was the first ever that Mike has called in and shot. Although Mike has tried other methods such as hunting from a treestand, his success comes from many years of spot and stalk hunting which Mike will be sharing during his seminar. Mike has pursued mule deer in 9 states and provinces, but as Mike says, “this only proves experience but not necessarily success in all of them.”

Mike lives in Dayton, WY, only eight miles from Montana and southeast of Billings. Mike takes advantage of his proximity to Montana to hunt there whenever possible.

Dr. Kelly Proffitt

Kelly Proffitt bio photo

BITTERROOT ELK & LION STUDY SEMINAR

SATURDAY 2:30PM-3:30PM

Kelly Proffitt is a wildlife research biologist at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Kelly, along with other at FWP and University of Montana, initiated the Bitterroot Elk Project in winter 2010-2011. Kelly completed a PhD in Wildlife Biology at Montana State University in 2008 and began working at FWP in 2009.

Keynote Speaker – Roy Roth

Roy Roth Caribou 2014 bio photo

Roy Roth has been a DIY backcountry bowhunter for the last 25 years. He, his wife, and three kids live in Wasilla, AK, where Roy is a successful big game guide. After moving to Alaska twenty-one years ago, Roy discovered a bowhunter’s paradise. Being able to hunt trophies like Dall sheep, mountain goat, and brown bear every year was like a dream come true. Roy has successfully harvested multiple trophies with both compound and traditional archery equipment.

LIVE AUCTION HUNTS

  • Matlabas Game Hunters – Africa – One blue wildebeest or zebra Plus one warthog or steenbok or impala or bush duiker Plus daily rates for the first four days, for each of two hunters during a minimum ten day safari for plains game in the malaria-free Matlabas Bushveldt, Limpopo province, South Africa – day of arrival and departure included. Additional hunters and non-hunters are welcome to join the safari in which event standard rates will apply to them.
  • Donation Value: US $5370

    Matlabas 2015 Hunt

  • HUNT AfricaNamibia donated by Christie’s Adventures and Box M Hunts – Africa -3 day 2 Night hunt for 2 hunters.

Namibia Hunt

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

Antelope bronze head study

  • Value $800. Sean Dunn and the Davis Family began donating this art to the MBA four years ago in honor of, Bill Davis (the artist) who passed away unexpectedly. Bill, Sean’s father in law, was a driving force behind Sean and his family starting in traditional archery, which Sean now works to pass on to many others via social and youth programs. It’s a nice way to remember Bill to promote the sport he loved and passed on to his family.

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Skyblade Knives – Todd Orr

  • 50/50 donation. Model: Madison 4 – Redwood Burl handle – 4″ blade – CPM S35VN Stainless steel blade and a custom sheath by Madison Saddlery. Comes with a Lifetime Warranty value at $330.


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RAFFLES

MOOSE HUNT RAFFLE

  • Silver Fox Outfitters Ticket Prices
  • 20$ each or 6 for $100

Two-man, 6-day archery moose hunt valued at $4,500 www.silverfoxoutfitters.com

TENT RAFFLE

5$ each or 6 for $25

  • Sheridan Tent & Awning Wall Tent & Little Amigo Stove
  • 10x12x4 12oz. canvas tent with frame, stovepipe ring with flap, window in back, sod cloth
  • Shipment to locations outside of Montana will be the responsibility of the winner

DEFENSE RAFFLE

$2 ea / 6 for $10 (each item won separately – 4 winners)

  • Knife Set donated by Huntin’ Fool
  • Cabelas 3-D Coyote Target
  • Neotech Bow Carrier donated by Cabelas
  • Denver Bryan Print mounted on canvas
  • Hunter Safety System Harness

CONSERVATION RAFFLE

$5ea / 6 for $25 (1 winner – package deal)

  • 8X42 Diamondback Binoculars donated by Vortex Optics
  • Bino harness donated by Vortex Optics
  • Bridger Ridge hiking boots donated by Kenetrek
  • Cabelas Deluxe game cart donated by Cabelas
  • Denver Bryan Print mounted on canvas
  • Buck Knife Folding Hunter

LEGISLATIVE RAFFLE

$5ea / 6 for $25 (1 winner – package deal)

  • Sitka 90% Jacket – donated by Sitka
  • Sitka 90% Pants – donated by Sitka
  • Sitka Core Zip Tee – donated by Scheels
  • Sitka Jetstream Hat – donated by Scheels
  • Sitka Traverse Glove-donated by Scheels

LADIES RAFFLE

$2 each / 6 for $10 (each item won separately)

  • Stained Glass Window Piece – donated by Bobbi Boege
  • Two Tempur-pedic Pillows – donated by Mattress King
  • $100 Wine Basket – donated by The Wine Market and Deli
  • Denver Bryan print mounted on canvas

YOUTH RAFFLE

$2 each / 6 for $10 (each item won separately)

  • Hoyt Ruckus Jr Bow 9-30lbs – donated by Scheels
  • Youth Block Target – donated by Scheels
  • Dozen Gold Tip Youth Arrows – donated by Scheels
  • Rinehart 9in Field Target Ball – donated by Scheels

HAT RAFFLE – Ticket Information at Convention

  • Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener – donated by Darex
  • Bushnell 8MP Game Cam – donated by Cabelas
  • Cabelas Game Taker Block – donated by Cabelas
  • Denver Bryan print mounted on canvas
  • Buck Knife Paklite Master Field Kit
  • Hunter Safety System Harness

BOW RAFFLE
Ticket Prices – $5 EA./ 6 FOR $25 – Purchase Online

  • SCHAFER SILVERTIP RECURVE- DAVE WINDAUER
    $1000 TOWARD A CUSTOM BOW
    “Paul Schafer, considered by many to be the world’s greatest bowhunter and one of the finest bowyers of modern times, always had his shop open to youngsters. It was in Paul’s shop back in 1987 I was given the opportunity to work off my first Schafer Silvertip Recurve. Upon completing my bow, Paul asked me to remain on working with him, which I gladly did throughout my summers in high school. During those years, Paul mentored me as a father, coached me in bowhunting ethics and of course the art of bow building. I feel fortunate to have had, not only a working relationship with Paul but also a strong friendship that remains a driving force in my life today. Each day as I work amongst Paul’s old tools and machines I am constantly reminded of the incredible man behind the Silvertip and how honored I am to be carrying on his legacy. The Schafer Silvertip is a hunter’s bow, designed for speed, smoothness, stability, durability and beauty. It has a quiet, forgiving design which is favorable in all hunting conditions. You can expect the same level of excellence to continue in each Silvertip, along with innovative change in all my products. Every bow leaves the shop with an eye for beauty, excellence and love of the hunt, in tribute to Paul and in commitment to you, the bowhunter.” – Dave Windauer www.schafersilvertipbows.com

 

  • TRAILS END RECURVE- DALE DYE
    $500 TOWARD A CUSTOM BOW
    My bows are built for use, smoothness of draw, speed, and beauty. For a truly custom bow, Trails End bows are built to your request using the highest quality material available. You may request the type of hardwood, exotic or domestic on the order sheet; colored or clear glass; poundage at your draw; style; and size of grip. Put it all together and you will have a custom bow of your design. NO CNC MACHINE WORK HERE. Trails End is a one man shop. I take the time to see that your bow will be unsurpassed in beauty, and equal to all in speed, stability and smoothness of draw. www.trailsendcustomrecurvebows.com

 

  • BEARS PAW CUSTOM BOWS- NEIL JACOBSON
    $500 TOWARD A CUSTOM BOW
    It happens when you pick it up. You turn it from one side to the other, admiring the lines, the perfect exotic woods, and the incredible lightness. You draw it back and realize that it blurs the line between art and function – it fuses power with smoothness. In all the thousands of years of doing this very thing, admiring a well-made bow, perhaps it has never been this good. There is a reason. All Bear’s Paw Bows are custom built – for one person only – by hand, one element at a time. They are unique, designed to an individual’s needs. The bowyer, Neil Jacobson, has hunted extensively with each model, and each custom bow is personally tested for perfect performance. All Bear’s Paw Bows have reinforced tips of antler, horn or mycarta. Recurves have a special wedge built into the limb tip – to maximize the flex in the power area of the limb. Risers are reinforced with accent strips, with an incredible array of contrasting woods available according to your tastes. All bows carry a one year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship. They come with two hand made Fast-Flight strings and a bow stringer. www.bpbows.com

 

  • YELLOWSTONE CUSTOM BOWS- RICH WORMINGTON
    $400 TOWARD A CUSTOM BOW
    I build a high quality bow with excellent shooting characteristics. My bows are known for ease of shooting and are very accurate for hunting and 3-D shooting. They have been used on many successful hunts and also used to win or place highly in 3-D competition. I personally build each bow, one at a time, to your specifications in your choice of many exotic and native woods. I put a lot of attention into detail, beauty and longevity. I will build your bow with the same amount of patience and craftsmanship as if I were building it for myself. I have several different models to choose from. From my traditional Yellowstone Longbow to the three piece takedown Longbow, I guarantee my bows against defects in materials or workmanship for one full year. I will repair or replace at no charge. www.yellowstonebows.com

 

  • PRONGHORN CUSTOM BOWS- HERB MELAND
    3 PIECE TAKEDOWN- $1200 VALUE
    Herb has again generously donated a bow. The bow will be a 3 piece takedown recurve with his Reflex/Deflex riser design. 62″-RH-mid 50s. Impregnated curly maple riser, curly maple veneers – $1200 value. This bow is not exchangeable.

 

  • TOELKE TRADITIONAL ARCHERY – DAN AND JARED TOELKE
    Toelke Traditional Archery, Is a custom Bow shop nestled along the mountains of northwestern Montana. Here we strive to build the best traditional bows available! Longtime MBA supporter, Dan Toelke has again donated a great item to the convention. This will be a reflex deflex longbow – model rdy 43# @ 28” – Myrtlewood. $800 value www.montanabows.blogspot.com

NEW MEMBER RAFFLE

Sign up or renew membership at the banquet by 4PM Saturday to be eligible for the drawing

2015 Donors

Angry HanksASAT Outdoors
Big Bear Sport Center
Big RBuck KnivesBurger Drive
Christies Adventures & Box M HuntsDarex – Work Sharp
Denver Bryan – Images on the wild side
Dr. Camo
Eastman’s
Hunter Safety System
Huntin’ Fool
Jack Creek Preserve
Kinsey’s Archery
Matlabas Game Hunters
MyTOPO.com
ONX Maps
Pronghorn Custom Bows
Riley Stove Company
Schafer Silvertip Bows
ScheelsSheridan Tent & Awning
Silver Fox Outfitters
Sitka Gear
Superior Archery
Tightstop Quiver
Toelke Traditional ArcheryTeam Uptop Gear
Trails End Custom Recurve Bows
Vortex Optics
Water Jet Extreme Technologies
Wine Market & DeliYellowstone Country Bearhunters Association
Yellowstone Custom BowsYeti