Join us for our Annual
Bring a hot or cold dish to share –
no desserts please.
Desserts & drinks will be provided.
Speaker: Ray Howell
Ray Howell’s youthful years were filled with boyhood dreams of hunting and fishing, however, these boyhood dreams were not to become a reality until after he turned 18 due to working on his foster parent’s farm. He didn’t have anyone to teach him about hunting or fishing until Tom Poukey, his social worker, took Ray on his first whitetail hunt. He only hunted with Tom and his family four times during his high school years-but he was hooked! He harvested his first deer when he was 19. Ray’s competitive nature led him to become involved with the sport of power lifting and he successfully broke several drug-free State, National, and world records.
Ray and his wife Karen have a family of 9 children. They also have numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They live in Southeastern Minnesota.
Ray has successfully harvested many P&Y whitetails, which are his favorite animal to hunt. Following his boyhood dreams has taken him to the frigid cold and snow of the Arctic, the wilderness areas of Mexico, throughout the forests of Canada, the remote regions of the Yukon, and in many of the 50 states including Alaska on his quest to harvest the 28 North American animals. Travels to South Africa have allowed Ray to harvest a variety of plains game, which has also been a dream come true for him. Ray has written many magazine articles and has been featured on the covers. He has also received several prestigious awards: Outdoor Life Top 25 Readers Choice Award; Pope & Young Club Stewardship Award; and Muzzy’s Tall Man Award. He feels humbled to have received such recognition and gives the honor and glory to God. Realizing his boyhood dreams has not only enhanced his love for the sport of archery and bow hunting but has also provided him the means to mentor many underprivileged youth by introducing them to the outdoors and the sport of bow hunting through the Kicking Bear Ministry. For more information, go to www.kickingbear.org.