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Petersen’s BOWHUNTING Names Humphrey Crossbow Editor

Petersen’s BOWHUNTING – The Modern Bowhunting Authority – has named veteran outdoor writer Bob Humphrey as its new Crossbow Field Editor. In this new position, Humphrey will write The X-Factor crossbow column, a regular department, as well as cover crossbows and crossbow-related issues in a variety of features and product reviews. A long-time BOWHUNTING contributor, Humphrey has written the magazine’s Whitetails column for the last four years, drawing upon his background as a certified wildlife biologist and an avid bowhunter.
“Bob is certainly no stranger to our readers, and his extensive field experience with both vertical bows and crossbows made him the obvious choice for this new role,” BOWHUNTING Editor Christian Berg said. “Bob is one of the few upper-echelon outdoor writers who embraced crossbows early on and has distinguished himself as one of the most knowledgeable voices on the subject.

“The popularity of crossbows has exploded in recent years, and as states continue to liberalize crossbow-hunting regulations, we expect that trend to continue. I am confident Bob will do an excellent job serving this increasingly important segment of our audience.”
Humphrey’s first The X-Factor column will appear in BOWHUNTING’s August issue, which hits newsstands July 3.

“By acknowledging the crossbow as a viable archery tool, BOWHUNTING has placed itself on the leading edge of modern bowhunting, and I’m excited to be part of that,” Humphrey said. “I look forward to building on established relationships and creating new ones with folks in the crossbow industry.”

A resident of Maine, Humphrey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a registered Maine guide, a certified wildlife biologist and a full-time outdoor communicator. In 2010, Humphrey was honored as the Quality Deer Management Association’s Communicator of the Year. He has nearly 40 years experience hunting large and small game throughout North America and more than 15 years covering the archery industry for a variety of publications.

Published by InterMedia Outdoors, Petersen’s BOWHUNTING is The Modern Bowhunting Authority. BOWHUNTING keeps readers on the sport’s cutting edge with news and reviews on the latest bowhunting equipment, exclusive gear tests and a steady stream of shooting and hunting advice from leading experts such as Randy Ulmer, Bill Winke, Patrick Meitin, Jim Dougherty and Eddie Claypool. Learn more at


QDMA Names Bob Humphrey Communicator of the Year


BOGART, GEORGIA- Freelance writer Bob Humphrey of Maine has been named by the Quality Deer Management Association as its 2010 Communicator of the Year. This award was created in 2009 to recognize the contributions of outdoor journalists who have done their professional best to circulate accurate information on biologically sound deer management.

The Communicator of the Year award is known as "The Signpost" award, using the name given to the deer communication network that includes rubs and scrapes, and also the name of QDMA's first official membership newsletter. QDMA works diligently to circulate accurate, reliable information to hunters, dispelling many myths and misunderstandings. Humphrey has been a strong ally in this endeavor, generously using his articles, web sites and magazine pages to help promote QDMA as an organization.

Humphrey is a trained wildlife biologist with undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts. Humphrey spent his early years as a technician and, later, as a refuge manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Over time, this humble freelancer became a nationally acclaimed writer known for his in-depth knowledge on white-tailed deer habitat, management and hunting. In addition to his monthly column in Petersen's BOWHUNTING, Humphrey is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Bowhunter, Bowhunting World, Bow and Arrow Hunting, and Buckmasters, just to name a few. Many of his articles over the past few years have actively promoted QDM and the QDMA, for which we are very grateful. 

"Merely to be considered among the list of potential candidates for this award is flattering, but to be selected is an incredible honor," said Humphrey. " QDM truly is the future of deer hunting and I am only too happy to do my small part in helping QDMA educate deer hunters about being good stewards of the land and all the wildlife that live and depend on it."