Jim Akenson - President

It is an honor to be entering a second term as the I joined the organization because of PBS’s well-defined focus on bowhunting ethics and education – and in doing & promoting bowhuntingPBS President. My roots in bowhunting are deep and based in Oregon, where I now live again. I started bowhunting 45 years ago as a young teenager with a 50# Herter’s recurve. I went to a compound for about a decade and in the early 1980’s returned to recurves – and longbows, in part through encouragement of one of my mentors, Vern Struble. My favorite places to bowhunt have been in the wilder parts of Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and New Zealand. If I had to pick a favorite species it would be mule deer, closely followed by elk and New Zealand red deer.

I’ve been a regular member of PBS for close to 30 years now. I joined the organization because of PBS’s well-defined focus on bowhunting ethics and education – and in doing & promoting bowhunting (Knowledge Through Experience!). I have shared many of my bowhunts with my wife Holly, in fact, we have lived and worked together for most of our 37 years of marriage! We spent 21 years living and working in the central Idaho wilderness running a research field station for the University of Idaho. I think the #1 most important thing for PBS right now is regaining fraternalism, and it seem the regional program – sporting 25 member hunts for 2015 is stepping (or jumping!) in the right direction.