It’s been said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But when you examine the bowhunting pedigree of a seasoned hound such as Art Heinze, it becomes obvious the old tricks work just fine.
At the ripened age of 73, Heinze is still planning to arrow more big game. He’s hunted with stick and string for nearly five decades and tagged more than 30 Pope and Young and six Boone and Crockett records encompassing a dozen species. His brown bear still ranks among the top in the world.
Heinze was a pioneer in the outdoor video industry, a state barebow broadhead champion and national barebow 3-D champion. Heinze was a National Field Archery Association Master Bow Hunter, both Big and Small Game, and with a total of 32 kills scoring a minimum of 125, holds the most archery-only whitetail deer in the Illinois record books.
While the numbers alone are impressive, there is more to this story than a guy who killed a bunch of critters. Heinze was born of a different time and amid a unique era few today can comprehend and none will ever experience again.
The game has changed, and with it, the opportunities to repeat this lifetime of success.
A Lifelong Passion
Heinze was born in April 1940. World War II was but a fledgling conflict, yet the entire globe was about to undergo catastrophic death and destruction of the likes never before seen.
While good and evil battled on distant shores, the folks in America lived out their days under an umbrella of scarcity. The minimum wage was a whopping 43 cents per hour, and only half the homes in this country had indoor plumbing.