Saxton Pope

Nearly all hunters have heard Saxton Pope’s name; but few know much about this highly accomplished archer, physician, and author, who has been called the Father of Modern Bowhunting.

Saxton Pope was born in Texas in 1875, the son of a U.S. Army surgeon.  When a man grown, he followed in his father’s footsteps: he went to medical school, graduating from the University of California in 1899.   He practiced his healing profession in the San Franscico area until his death in 1926…

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Dr. Pope, Surgeon

When Saxton had grown, he followed in his father’s footsteps: he went to medical school, graduating from the University of California in 1899. He set up practice in Watsonville, a small city south of San Francisco. He married a medical school classmate, Dr. Emma Wightman. They had four children. In 1912, he moved his practice to San Francisco, where be became a teacher of Surgery at the Medical School.

He lived and practiced in San Francisco until his death from pneumonia in 1926.

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In the summer of 1911, an lone Indian wandered into the white man’s world. He was Ishi, last of the Yahi tribe of Northern California. Ishi was taken to live in San Francisco. When he became ill, Dr. Pope was called to provide his medical care. Ishi and Saxton became close friends. Ishi taught his doctor friend to shoot the bow and hunt in the Indian way.

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An Introduction to Saxton Pope's Adventures Afield

This is the introduction of the full length cd “Saxton Pope’s Adventures Afield”. This audio account includes the chapters “Hunting with Ishi”, “Cougar Hunt”, “Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt” and much more.

If you have any interest in bow hunting, or hunting big game, or just want to learn more about Saxton Pope download your copy today!

The Adventurous Bowman

Read from Saxton Pope’s book The Adventurous Bowman from 1925. This book is not published anywhere and with permission from Saxton Pope Enterprises we will allow our readers a chance to read the book in its entirety. Check back weekly for a new chapter. Please enjoy.

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Dr. Pope

Dr. Pope

This portrait of Saxton Temple Pope, M.D. depicts a mature and forthright physician in the prime of his career.  The tabs listed above provide access to his writings about his medical career, but also the ‘wit and wisdom’ section reveals that Dr. Pope was very capable of light-hearted moods and good humor.




Ishi was Dr. Pope’s patient, but also his companion.  Dr. Pope learned to make bows and arrows in the Native American way from Ishi.  The image is a mural of Ishi on the high wall of a public building in Oroville, California, where Ishi  ‘walked into American civilization’ in 1911.



Saxton Pope draws his longbow!  His dedication to archery is the reason why some have called him the Father of Modern Bowhunting.  Note the tab above, which is a window into Dr. Pope’s timeless book, Hunting With The Bow And Arrow.


Adventures Afield

We have compiled some of the most important accounts of the timeline in the life of Saxton Pope. This audio recording will lead your through the life and times of the father of modern bowhunter. Purchase ‘Adventures Afield’ and enjoy the journey.

'Adventures Afield' An audio account of Saxton Pope

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Purchase the Adventures Afield audio book and start your adventure immediately. Follow the life and times of Saxton Pope from his days a surgeon to the time he met Ishi and through his days hunting and perfecting his bowhunting skills.

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Flight of the Arrow

The flight of the arrow is symbolic of life itself.  It springs from the bow with high aim, flies toward the blue heaven above, and seems to have immortal power.  The song of its life is sweet to the ear.  The rush of its upward arc is a promise of perpetual progress.  With perfect grace it sweeps onward, though less aspiring.  Then fluttering imperceptibly, it points downward and with ever-increasing speed, approaches the earth, where, with a deep sigh, it sinks in the soil, quivers with spent energy, and capitulates to the inevitable.