Fred Bear Archery & Bowhunting Communicator Award

fred bear archery and bowhunting award POMA ATAThe Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and the Archery Trade Association (ATA) created the POMA/ATA Archery & Bowhunting Communicator Award.

The award recognizes extraordinary achievements made in archery-related journalism and in support of the archery sports as defined by the career of Fred Bear.

Through POMA and ATA, media professionals and archery industry leaders partnered to choose the legendary communicator whose career and commitment to archery define the award and its future recipients.


Nominate a journalist

Nominations for the Fred Bear Archery & Bowhunting Award are accepted from outdoor industry professionals year round. To nominate a journalist, simply complete the online nomination form.


Fred Bear Award Honorees

2007 – Jim Dougherty

2010 – Dwight Schuh

2011 – Chuck Adams

2012 – Bill Krenz

The Hat

The symbol of the Fred Bear Archery & Bowhunting Communicator Award is a bronzed, signature Fred Bear Borsalino hat, complete with turkey feather and Pearly Everlasting wildflower adorning the hatband.

When the hat was presented to the first Fred Bear Award recipient, James Dougherty, he said, "I've always wanted one of Fred's hats. Now, I finally have one."