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
Cell: (616) 540-6354
Email: scott@wmdshred.com

VICE PRESIDENT/FUND RAISER CHAIR

Scott Wondergem
Allendale, MI
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
Cell: (616) 437-0200
Email: bob@novosadrealty.com

DIRECTOR

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

DONOR CHAIR

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

DIRECTOR

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

DIRECTOR

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

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

Brian Carter
Hudsonville, MI
Cell (616) 450-1625
Email: bcarter031522@gmail.com

DIRECTOR EMERITUS & SCI/MICH. INVOLVEMENT COMM. LIAISON

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

DIRECTOR

Kyle VandenBosch
West Olive, MI
Cell (616) 283-3750
Email: kyle@prototecinc.com

FOUNDING MEMBER

Jerry Bouwkamp
West Olive, MI
*Original Founding Board Member Read More

DIRECTOR

Matt Borst
Allendale, MI
Cell (616) 644-1852
Email: borstma@gmail.com

DIRECTOR & FOUNDING MEMBER

Jerry Bouwkamp
West Olive, MI
*Original Founding Board Member

In Memory of Jerry Bouwkamp

1940 – 2022
Beloved family man, and co-founder of the West Michigan Bowhunters SCI Chapter, and life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, White Tails Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Foundation. Jerry felt the need for a chapter dedicated to the art of bow hunting and began his quest in 1988. He received some resistance from other chapters, but after consulting with many avid bow hunters on the International board, he was granted a charter, dependent on his providing a minimum of twenty five members. Jerry accomplished that task in short order and was given Chapter status in 1989. Since that time, the chapter has grown and has maintained between sixty and one hundred members. Jerry served faithfully as the chapter’s president and board member for many years. Prior to that as a member of the Michigan Chapter, Jerry was very instrumental in the Michigan Involvement Committee’s partaking of the moose transplant from Ontario to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. SCI lost a very dedicated and generous member, who is sorely missed. Jerry is survived by his wife AJ, one son and three daughters.