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Melissa Bachman is 2023 Banquet Speaker

The Nebraska Bowhunters Association is proud to host Melissa Bachman as our guest speaker for the 2023 banquet.

Melissa Bachman grew up in a time when outdoor television offered a new career path where none had existed before, and in a place, central Minnesota where outdoor dreams can come true.

She was raised on hunting and fishing surrounded and guided by family and mentors to whom the outdoors wasn’t just something you did, it was a way of life.

Bachman pursued her academic life with the very same tenacity she approached her passion for hunting. After graduating with honors and armed with a degree in television broadcasting, and another in Spanish, from St Cloud State University, Melissa set her sights on a career in outdoor television.

She began as an unpaid TV intern driving 150-miles a day to work for free. Within months Melissa was offered a position as a full time producer where she traveled the country filming, producing and editing shows with a variety of incredible hunters on some fantastic adventures.

Although close to her dream job, Bachman truly longed to be the one outwitting her prey, and squeezing the trigger. So she spent every spare moment of her free time arduously filming and editing her own hunts. Finally, with time, patience and persistence, Melissa got some solid shows into the right hands and her wish became reality.

Mentors share. Its what they do, and sharing the great outdoors and the adven- ture is what Melissa wanted to do. Her choice was to do this through television.

Today, Melissa spends over 200 days a year in the field, around the globe filming and producing her series Winchester Deadly Passion in its 11th season. But it hasn’t stopped there.

Her journey and commitment to the outdoors, family, the conservation of nature and sharing have made Melissa an ambassador for the way of life we all cherish. Melissa now calls South Dakota home with her husband Ben Bearshield and their four children.

2023 NBA Awards Banquet

March 3-4, 2023 - Younes Conference Center South, Kearney, NE

This is a member's only event, please JOIN THE NBA online now or when you get to the Banquet.  You must purchase a Banquet ticket to attend the weekend events.

General Information


Banquet Guest Speaker




Bowhunter of the Year

Big Game Awards

Trade Show


Trophy Wall

Merchandise/ T-Shirt Contest

Photo Contest

Conservation Fund Requests

Member Success Slideshow

NBA Scholarship

Board Member Elections

Sponsors Needed

Questions or to Volunteer:  Rick Thaden, NBA Banquet Chairman, 308-293-3788, bowhunt4elk@hotmail.com

About us

In 1984, the idea of an organization that would bring bowhunters together with a common goal to preserve and protect bowhunting was formed and the Nebraska Bowhunters Association (NBA) was born. Now, the NBA is one of Nebraska's premier hunting organizations, with a growing membership, family friendly events, and a firm passion to continue to preserve and promote bowhunting in Nebraska. 

Become a member

Although bowhunting is often a private, quiet affair, members of the NBA benefit greatly from organizing together. Besides the political clout and united front against those opposed to hunting, the camaraderie is perhaps the best bargain for the money. NBA members meet across the state throughout the year at our Banquet in March and Jamboree in August. We would love to have you join us! 

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