The Bowhunter's Guide To Career Freedom

BF087: Tips For Aspiring Outdoor Writers With Dennis Dunn

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Dennis Dunn is the author of the award winning book “Barebow! An Archer’s Fair-Chase Taking of North America’s Big Game 29“. In today’s show, Dennis share a bit about his 40 year adventure as he pursued the Super Slam with his bare bow. He also provides some tips to those who are currently pursuing or have considered pursuing a career as an outdoor writer.

Guest’s Opening Quote:

“… and be willing to explore and take chances and go to some of these conferences and meet new people, because I guarantee you, you will meet people that will open your eyes and open doors for you to others. The people that you meet there may not themselves open the door for you right away. They may say, you know, here is somebody you should be talking to, here is somebody that that I know will be fascinated by what you are writing about or what you want to write about and could really be helpful to you.”

About My Guest:

Born in Seattle in May of 1940, Dennis Dunn went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard University in 1962, with a B.A. degree and a major in Romance Languages and Literature. He became a middle and senior high school French language teacher, and during this period he earned a Masters Degree in Romance Languages from the University of Washington.

He married the late Jennifer Blackburn Dunn in 1965 and fathered two sons: Bryant in 1969, and Reagan in 1971. Both boys are avid bowhunters and firearms hunters. Bryant currently owns and operates a very successful Outfitter/Guide Service in the back-country of Idaho. He specializes in elk and deer — bow or rifle, as well as in grouse hunting and flyfishing. Sun Valley Outfitters can be viewed on the web at: www.sunvalleyoutfitters.org

Intrigued with politics, Dunn left the teaching profession in 1970, when he was elected Chairman of the King County Republican Party. He served in that position for 6 years, and in 1976 he was elected as the GOP National Committeeman for the state of Washington. He ultimately rose to be a Vice-Chairman of the Republican National Committee, before finally resigning his various Party positions in 1983 and becoming a securities broker. By then, his attention to bowhunting had become a major avocation in life. In 1988, he moved to Vancouver, B.C., where he met Karen, who became his beloved bride in 1989.

A year before returning to Seattle in 1999, Dunn began pursuing actively his passion for opera, and he soon accepted appointment as the Northwest Regional Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. To this date, he still serves as a leader in that organization’s quest to find and promote gifted young opera singers onto the stages of the world’s opera houses.

He joined the Pope & Young Club in 1972, and he has been a Senior Member of that organization since 1985. In September of 2004, Dunn completed a 40-year odyssey when he harvested a male Alaskan Brown Bear on Baranof Island in S.E. Alaska and completed what has become known in hunting circles as the North American Super Slam: the taking of all 29 huntable big-game animals recognized by the Pope & Young Club. Although six other bowhunters had managed to accomplish that feat prior to Dunn, he was the first to complete the Super Slam barebow — meaning no pins, no sights, or other aiming devices. In short, his arrows were guided only by instinct.

Of the 29 Pope & Young species, 17 of Dunn’s original 29 have been listed in the Club’s records. Since the fall of 2004, he has added five more species to the records listings.

Interview Links:

Barebows.com website
Dennis’ email address str8arrows@earthlink.net
Barebows Facebook page
Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) website
POMA on Twitter


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