There is no question that Wallowa's Ron King has an incredible talent when is comes to archery and he has now proved it on the national level.
On March 23-26, King attended the 11th annual Professional Bowhunters Society biennial banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the banquet King, who is the owner of Fox Archery, was awarded the Jerry Pierce award for taking first place in the longbow competition in the professional division.
"After being a member of PBS for so many years is really great to get the award," King said.
The top bowyers from across the U.S. compete in two separate divisions - Professional and amateur.
The Pierce award is given to the top bowyer with the best custom-built bow.
For over a quarter of a century, the Professional Bowhunters Society has been at the forefront in the perpetuation of bowhunting.
The Professional Bowhunters Society is an organization of experienced bowhunters and is dedicated to the advancement and preservation of bowhunting as a major outdoor sport.
The PBS encourages the development of skill in bowhunting as well as the exchange of knowledge between bowhunters.
In 1997, King and his wife Debbie joined Fox Archery and became a full partners with Ron Fox and a year later took over the business in its entirety.
King said the primary goal of the company is to create the finest custom bow, made of the highest quality material, unsurpassed in beauty, craftsmanship and performance.
Fox Archery was was the first company to have a full color brochure of its complete line of bows. Soon after the brochure hit the market, the Europeans found out about Fox's bow designs and before long, Fox bows became well known and were rated No. 1 in Europe by well-known archers and dealers.
King was raised in a hunting and fishing family and credits his father for his passion for bowhunting.
"He took the time to instill in me the importance of safety, the balance of nature, and a code of ethics that still guides me today and I'm passing those on to my boys," King said.
To make sure each bow ordered is up to par, King taught himself to shoot both right and left handed so he could personally test each bow before it leaves the shop.
King does a lot of the work on the bows, but his wife Debbie also plays a large part in the building process.
Besides the sanding, she makes all the strings and bow socks, does all the leatherwork, bow signing and related ink work, paper work, shipping and customer contact.
In addition to raising their two sons - Justin and Casey - the Kings started and are heavily involved with a 4H archery club for kids in fourth through 12th grade.