LEADERSHIP

We are the traditional bowhunting organization set in the beautiful state of Georgia. We are a group of folks that believe the simple arc of a drawn bow is a beautiful thing. That to go to the woods with simple bows and arrows is one of life’s great pleasures. We tend to rate a hunt’s success by the experience far more than the antler score. We believe skill comes from learning, and animals taken with simple equipment and woodsmanship simply mean more.

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Vance Henry // President

My name is Vance Henry and I reside in Thomson, GA, a small town located just west of Augusta, GA. I’m married to my beautiful wife Khrista. Between the two of us we have four teenage children, of which two are attending college. We are an outdoor family. In my professional life, I’m the General Manager of an Industrial and Commercial HVAC company, responsible for one of five locations.

 

I’ve been Bowhunting since I was fifteen years old. Although I was unsuccessful in those early years, I never gave up. Ultimately, I found success. Somewhere around the mid 90’s I made the decision to quit
carrying a firearm and start carrying a compound bow exclusively for big game. And that’s the way it continued up until a few years ago. Although I dabbled with traditional gear off and on for several years, I finally pulled the trigger and sold everything with a pulley and haven’t looked back since. Today, my preferred weapon is a longbow but I’ll shoot anything made of wood. I’m a huge advocate of understanding the game being pursued. I take pride in constantly practicing the art of becoming a better woodsman. And lastly, I’m a firm believer in close range Bowhunting. The closer the better.

 

In addition to being a proud member of TBG, I have been a member of the Pope and Young club since 2008, an official measurer for Pope and Young since 2010 and a current member of Professional Bowhunters Society.

David Grogan // Vice President

Hi, my name is David Grogan. I am a 56-year-old native of Forsyth County. I have been married 26 years to my wife Julie. We have two daughters, Abby and Anna, both of whom are out of college with teaching degrees. My Dad, my sister, and myself own a waste hauling business called Grogan Disposal Company. My Dad is 82 years old and he amazes me that he can still work
60 hours a week. I have been hunting since I was a kid and started bow hunting at the age of 14. Compound bows were my weapon of choice until I bought a recurve bow back in 2013. I started hunting with traditional bows only back in 2016 and will never look back.

I am a member of the Coal Mountain Baptist Church. I am a regular member of the TBG and a member of the North Georgia Traditional Archery Club and Compton Traditional Archery. I have made many lifelong friends because of traditional archery and I think it’s making me a better hunter on top of that. The future looks very bright for the TBG and the direction that our club is heading in. I will do what I can to promote Traditional Archery and Bowhunting and to preserve what was stated by a few good men back in 1991.

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Matt Brown // Northern Zone Rep.

My name is Matt Brown and I am currently serving the TBG as your Northern Zone Representative.

 

Bowhunting has been a deep passion of mine for 29 years now. Since arrowing my first deer at 14 years of age, I've had a lot of highs and lows in the north Georgia mountains. Chasing whitetails with a bow has been a large part of my life. Though my choice of equipment has changed over the years, my love for an arrow in flight has never wavered. 

 

Sticking the biggest public land buck of my life in September of 2018 left me asking, “Where do I go from here?” January of 2019 found me with a stick bow in my hand. At the age of 40 I'd discovered what my hunting had been missing all along! Why on earth had I been so reluctant to wade into the waters of traditional archery?

 

Not knowing a single person who hunted with traditional archery equipment, I sought out others carrying the simple tools. This venture landed me at a TRADITIONAL BOWHUNTERS OF GEORGIA Southern Zone hunt with Dendy Cromer. This was exactly what I had needed; fellow trad hunters with real world experience who were eagerly willing to share their experiences, tips, tactics and opinions. It was great!

 

Since joining TBG in February of 2019 I've managed to take several deer with my stick bow, I won 3rd place in the Men’s Longbow at the 2021 Dan Quillian Memorial State Shoot amongst some great archers and best of all, I've made some real good friends.

 

When I joined the TBG I had no idea as to what manner of people I'd be dealing with. Thankfully I can say with all honesty that I believe the TBG is made up of some of the finest people to ever sling an arrow. Some of these have become close friends. 

 

With stick bow in my hand & the true spirit of bowhunting in my heart I am proud to say that I am a Traditional Bowhunter of Georgia. 

Dendy Cromer // Southern Zone Rep.

Hello All!! My name is Dendy Cromer, Southern Zone Representative for the TBG. I’ve been the Southern Zone Rep for several years now and I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve our membership in that capacity. I’ve been a bowhunter most all my life, and I made the switch to traditional gear right around the year 1999. I’ve never looked back. For me, It IS what bowhunting is all about. I’m thankful  for the people who took the time to teach me and show me what it’s all about- and now I’d like to pass on what knowledge I have to anybody who is interested. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. Stay safe, God Bless, and Happy Hunting!!!

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Buck Ernst // Central Zone Rep.

My name is Buck Ernst. I have been a resident of Georgia all of my 45 of my 48 years. I have been a traditional bowhunter since 1985. My father was a trad guy and started me with a Red Wing hunter in the 7 th grade. I have never hunted with a compound, but do not see anything wrong with them - they have advanced our sport tremendously. I mainly hunt here is Georgia and on public land for deer and pig. I have shot one small bull Elk in Colorado with a recurve many years ago. I love this sport of bowhunting and especially traditional archery.

 

As central Zone rep I will hold numerous hunts thru the year to provide ample opportunity for everyone to have a chance to attend and hangout, hunt or even learn something. I encourage those who are interested in traditional bowhunting but not quite there yet, to come to these hunts and see what its about - hunt with your current weapon of choice. Just come!!

Tony Smith // Youth Program Coordinator

Hello guys and gals. I've been the TBG youth program coordinator for the last several years and I've been abundantly blessed by the many young kids (and adults) we've had the opportunity to introduce to the joys of traditional archery. I feel it is our responsibility to make sure folks these days don't lose touch with their basic traditional skills and values. Life is all about endeavors that bring us joy and allow us to serve our fellow brothers and sisters. That is our hope and the mission of the TBG youth program.

P.S. We've been blessed in the last couple years to add a second equipment trailer to compliment our program in the southern part of the state. It is manned by Ed Sandefur.

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Gene Bramblett // Editor

My name is Gene Bramblett and I am currently serving as the editor of the TBG newsletter. Previously I served two terms as the Northern Zone Rep. I have been the editor since January of 2019. I have been married to my wife Connie for over 42 years and we have two grown children and one granddaughter.

I started hunting as a teenager and have loved it all since that time. I didn’t start bowhunting until age 50 and picked up a longbow at that time. I love everything about bowhunting and rarely use a rifle any longer.

As your editor, I am responsible for putting the newsletter together each quarter. I look forward to receiving stories and photos from TBG members of items of interest to traditional bowhunters. Some of those stories and photos make their way onto our website as well. Let us know what you’re up to with traditional archery and let others have the chance to read all about it.

Lee Camp // Treasurer

My name is Lee Camp. I am serving as the secretary/treasurer for TBG. I am married to my wife Amanda and we have two grown sons, Jared and Justin. I am semi-retired from over 20 years in the semiconductor manufacturing / fiber optic industries. I started shooting bows with an old Wing recurve when I was about 10 years old. This was before anyone had heard of a compound bow. When compounds came on the scene sometime in my early teens I saved my money and bought a 6-wheel Bear Whitetail Hunter. I took some deer with it over the years, but pretty much had to put it and my hunting aside when I joined the military. I returned from the Army in 1989 and had developed an interest in traditional archery again. I went and met Dan Quillian at his shop in Athens and that was it for me. I have been hunting with a traditional bow ever since and joined TBG soon after.    

 

Traditional bowhunting has been a major part of my life. Most of my hunting has been in Georgia, Florida, Texas and Colorado. I also occasionally build a bow or two when life permits.  My focus in addition to regular duties of secretary/treasurer will be to help the TBG leadership continue to grow and promote the great experience of hunting with simple traditional equipment.  I think it is important as we move forward through changes in technology, social media and the desire for immediate gratification of today, that we maintain the core values/integrity originally set forth in the TBG bylaws.   

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