Adult and Youth Bow Hunter of the Year
These are the NBHA’s most prestigious awards! A Custom Silver Belt Buckle is given to commemorate the accomplishments of the individuals who win these awards.
The Bow Hunter of the Year is given to the individual that has shown outstanding dedication to the sport of archery throughout the year. The award is based on an archer’s accomplishments at harvesting game, along with their overall involvement in the sport of archery. Points are given for the number of days spent in the field, attendance and participation in NBHA events, participation in wildlife conservation, archery and bow hunter education, as well as for the animals one has harvested. The entire Bow Hunter of the Year criteria was updated in 2014, so don’t miss an opportunity to apply for this great award!
If you wish to apply, download the pdf form and email it at
The deadline for applying is March 29th of each year.
Please send the application information to Chris Jasmine @ email@example.com and /or to the NBHA Secretary, at NBHA Secretary C/O Wasting Arrows, 8975 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite A8 Reno NV 89521
NBHA DOC Holmes Award
Purpose of the Award:
This award is given to an NBHA member who harvests the largest deer in the state of Nevada each year. You must be a member of the NBHA at the time of harvest. The winner receives a large revolving trophy with their name permanently engraved. They also receive a plaque and patch that they can keep forever.
History of the Doc Holmes Award:
Doc Holmes was a doctor who lived in Incline Village. Doc Holmes, along with Don Heidtman and Gene Dalpaiz, were all instrumental in forming the Nevada State Archery Association. Doc Holmes was very active first in the Washoe Bowmen and then the Silver Arrow Bowmen. He was a long time active member of the Silver Arrow Bowmen and also served on the State Board in the early years of the Nevada State Archery Association and the Silver Arrow Bowmen. Late in life he became very ill and was diagnosed with cancer. His participation in Club activities at this time became limited. State Board Members acted upon the suggestion of the Silver Arrow Bowmen and the vote was unanimous to honor Doc with this award. It was decided at the awards ceremony that it would be named after him and became the Nevada State Doc Holmes Award to honor him for his years of dedication. It was presented to him at the Annual State Archer Tournament. Possible Silver Arrow Bowmen members that were responsible for submitting his name for this award were Paul "Zoomer" Sumerack, Gary Woo, Don Heidtman, Gene Dalpaiz, as well as some of the other old timers.
How to Apply for the Award:
To apply for this award simply fill out the information listed below and submit it with an official P&Y score sheet and fair chase affidavit to Chris Jasmine – Bow Hunting Records Chairman - (775-340-2714) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Deadline is April 30th. Please send the same information to the NBHA Secretary at NBHA Secretary C/O Wasting Arrows, 4855 Joule St, Reno, NV 89502
NBHA George Craft Award
Purpose of the Award:
This award is given to an NBHA member who harvests the largest Out of State deer each year. You must be a member of the NBHA at the time of harvest. The winner receives a large revolving trophy with their name permanently engraved. They also receive a plaque and patch that they can keep forever.
History of the Award:
George Craft was born in Freemont, Nebraska, and came to Las Vegas early in the 1960s. He became active in the Las Vegas Archers in 1963 and served on the Board for the Club and later became active in the State Association. He was instrumental in putting on the only National NFAA Tournament to ever be held in the State of Utah at Cedar City, Utah. He continued to serve on the State level and was elected Councilman for the Southwest Section. Early in 1970 he became very active on a National level and later was elected President of the National Field Archery Association around 1976. George was a robust individual and enjoyed outdoor activities. He never missed a tournament. Shortly after being elected President of the NFAA his friends and family were shocked when he suffered a heart attack and passed away. Marlene Crim, the Southwest Council Person for the NFAA, requested that the NBHA create this award in his memory. During his term he and Marlene Crim were instrumental in saving the NFAA from financial disaster. He was honored by the NFAA for his service.
How to Apply for the Award:
To apply for this award simply fill out the information listed below and submit it with an official P&Y score sheet and fair chase affidavit to the NBHA Secretary C/O Wasting Arrows, 4855 Joule Street, Rno, Nevada 89502 – Deadline is April 30th.
Nevada Game registry and award certificate:
Any NBHA member who takes a big game animal during the year is eligible for a Big Game Award Certificate. These big game animals can be harvested in Nevada or any other part of the world. Simply submit your name, a picture and information about the species harvested to the NBHA Secretary and you will receive recognition and an award certificate at the Bowhunter Jamboree Banquet. If you also supply a P&Y score sheet the animal can be entered into the NBHA Game Registry.
Call with any questions (775-343-5045). The same March 31st deadline applies.