The legacy that Kevin Hisey left is very difficult to follow. We wanted to honor him by naming the youth awards program after him. He sadly passed away in 2015. He leaves an exceptional legacy to follow. Glenn Hisey his father was very honored and gave us his blessing.
Kevin was a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed each of them. He began his career at the Pope & Young Club in 1992 working side by side with his father Glenn Hisey and later his sister Karla Hamersma. Kevin held many positions while working at the club and in 2000 he became Executive Secretary; which was the longest spell in the club’s history. Kevin was greatly appreciated by everyone he had the opportunity to visit. He knew everything about how the club worked and was very efficient in doing it.
By naming the youth program in his honor, we hope that parents and youth of today and in the future will learn about Kevin’s love of the outdoors and fair bowhunting. Staying involved with today’s youth will uphold your dreams of keeping youth involved in the outdoors and archery. This will lead to a great future for young bowhunters.
The club has worked very hard to try and keep our young hunters involved in fair bowhunting. We hope this new program will do just that. Starting not only with big game prizes, but also upgrading their bowhunting skills with a small game prize program adding various prize tiers and giving them a more involved feel.
Kevin Hisey’s youth program is very simple and everything can be done online.
First Harvest Prize (any legal big game or small game in their respective states)
Recognition: certificate sent by email + photo on the youth ethic gallery/website
Fee: $5 per entry
twoNorth Dakota Grant
Big 3 Award (3 of either sex from North American big game and wild exotic species)
Recognition: mailed certificate + challenge coin + photo on youth ethics gallery/website
Fee: $10 per entry
The Small Game Slam award is equal to 5 of the 10 listed below.
Recognition: mailed certificate + challenge coin + photo on youth ethics gallery/website.
Invited to Biennial Convention Youth Presentation (small plaque given to attendees)
Fee: $10 per entry
3rd prize list of animals;
Bowfishing (legal fish in the respective state)
We felt this was a good representation of some easy goals and some challenging ones.
You don’t have to be a member to participate, but we’d like all young people to join. It is a very low cost of $10 per year.
As a club, the youth look has always been there for the youngsters to use. The problem we were seeing was that we had a membership for them and let them see what the club was about. That wasn’t enough, so we put together a program that not only let them see that we support conservation and fair hunting, but also wanted them to be as involved as they wanted.
We need to show our youth that supporting them and the club is a great way to keep conservation alive while giving them a goal to aim for from their own backyard. Now that we have started this journey with our youth, we want to show them that staying in the club not only as a youth, but also as an active adult member. We think this is a great way to introduce them as young as they are and show them that this program and the Pope & Young Club have been and always will be a vital part of bowhunting and conservation.
Since the inception of the Pope & Young Club in 1962, club members have utilized the support of not only hunters and bowhunters, but businesses and corporations alike. We have several programs to help support conservation and bow hunting. Some examples are membership, both youth and adults, the Fred Bear Society, our corporate sponsorship program, conservation program, registering an animal if it’s in the record book, or just a nice donation. Anything that helps the club support bowhunting helps tremendously.
I hope to see many of you along the way. Good luck and hunt hard.