2006 New Jersey Bowhunters Hall of Fame Inductee William "Bill" Wadsworth's Hall of Fame plaque is accepted by his widow Bobbi with (R to L) Jack Spoto and Phill Muller
Bill was born and spent a portion of his life in the Syracuse New York area before moving and settling in Piscataway, NJ.
Bill Wadsworth spent 36 years of his life as an executive for The Boy Scouts of America. He was the founder of The National Bowhunter Education Foundation. He was also the founder, President, and Life Member Central New York Bowmen. For the New York State Field Archers he served as the Vice President for Bowhunting. He was the Chairman for National Field Archery Association Bowhunting & Conservation Committee.
Bill was the recipient of the 1st Pope & Young Club Conservation Award. He also received the North American Association of Hunter Education's Gladney Davidson Award. He is a member of The North American Association of Hunter Education Hall of Fame, as well as The Archery Hall of Fame. This excerpt from Marion Ray James’ Book 45 Unforgettable Bowhunters shows Bill’s commitment and dedication to Bowhunter Education
“As he Lay dying a New York City hospital bed in January 1991 William Wadsworth the man known as the Father of Bowhunter Education wrote the sobering farewell message to a select group of his most loyal and fervent disciples. "Educating bowhunters is the most important thing we can do to assure that bowhunting has a future. I'll soon be leaving you and I'm concerned that this important work be carried on. Its up to you, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation's Board of Directors, volunteers instructors, everyone associated with the sport to support our education efforts. Please pass this on to the gang and tell them I'll always be with them." He was and is with us. Then and Now.”
The NJBHHoF thanks M.R. James for graciously allowing us to use this excerpt.
2006 New Jersey Bowhunters Hall of Fame Inductee Robert McDowell with his wife Jan and (L to R) Jack Spoto and Phill Muller