Recent Impact

We’ve served members and our community for over 30 years, protecting hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation and outdoor education.

Hunters’ rights, wildlife conservation and outdoor education, since 1989

West Michigan Bowhunters is a chapter of Safari Club International (SCI). Our chapter was founded in 1989 and currently has over 80 members. We are committed to protecting hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation efforts. We promote good fellowship among all who love the outdoors and hunting, while sharing hunting experiences and information among our membership. We also help advocate for the wise and sustained use of Michigan’s natural resources.

Additional ways we make a difference in the communities we serve:
• Promote conservation of the world’s renewable wildlife resources, recognizing hunting as one of the many management tools.
• Educate youth, sportsmen and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forests, which are our natural heritage.
• Operate the association as a non-profit organization, consistent with its charitable purposes, while providing enjoyment for our members, always with the goal to helping to conserve the animals that we love to hunt today – for those who will come to love the sport tomorrow.

SCI Hunters Code of Ethics

Recognizing my responsibilities to wildlife, habitat and future generations, I pledge:
• To conduct myself in the field so as to make a positive contribution to wildlife and ecosystems
• To improve my outdoor and hunting related skills to ensure humane harvesting of wildlife;
• To comply with all game laws, in the spirit of Fair Chase, and to influence my companions accordingly
• To accept my responsibility to provide all possible assistance to game law enforcement officers;
• To waste no opportunities to teach young people the full meaning of this code of ethics
• To reflect in word and behavior only credit upon the fraternity of sportsmen, and to demonstrate abiding respect for game, habitat and property where I am privileged to hunt

30%

The percentage of proceeds donated to SCI headquarters each year from our annual conventions fundraiser. We sent checks for $11,030 in 2019 and $20,966 in 2020.

Out-of Door Youth Camp Scholarships

Veterans Outreach

$4,000


Given to academic scholarships to local college students planning to make careers in natural resources management.

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Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Scott Overweg
Hudsonville, MI
Work: (616) 662-8000
Cell: (616) 540-6354
Email: scott@wmdshred.com

VICE PRESIDENT/FUND RAISER CHAIR

Scott Wondergem
Allendale, MI
Home: (616) 892-5800
Cell: (616) 292-6289
Email: wondergem914@yahoo.com

SECRETARY

Randy Roelofs
Hudsonville, MI
Cell (616) 403-0691
Email: randyr@technocoat.com

TREASURER

Bob Novosad
Grand Rapids, MI
Work: (616) 575-0140
Cell: (616) 437-0200
Email: bob@novosadrealty.com

DIRECTOR*

Jerry Bouwkamp
West Olive, MI
Home: (616) 836-4183
Cell: (616) 836-2057
Email: jrbouwkamp@att.net
*Original Founding Board Member

DONOR CHAIR

Douglas Yff
Jenison, MI
Work: (616) 942-6530
Cell: (616) 822-0864
Email: dougyff@yffandscholma.com

DIRECTOR

Ed DeYoung
Hudsonville, MI 
Work: (616) 669-6688
Cell: (616) 293-4835
Email: Edeyoung18@gmail.com

DIRECTOR

Peter Miedema
Holland, MI
(616) 581-1690
Work: (616) 399-3011
Email: longrangearchery2@gmail.com

DIRECTOR

Dr. Tim Meade
Hudsonville, MI
(616) 340-5664
Email: tmeadedds@msn.com

DIRECTOR

Lance DeYoung
Hudsonville, MI 
Cell (616) 491-7970
Email: lancedeyoung@gmail.com

DIRECTOR

John L. Koetje
Byron Center, MI
Cell (616) 437-9235
Email: johnlkoetje@comcast.net

DIRECTOR EMERITUS & SCI/MICH. INVOLVEMENT COMM. LIAISON

Joseph Merrit
Hudsonville, MI 
Cell (616) 430-3072
Email: joemerrit42@yahoo.com