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  Ann Weber Hoyt
    1922 - 2008 

Class of 1972
Bowhunter, Competitor, Coach, Contributor to the Sport

"Described by many as the greatest female archer of all time ".

Ann (Weber) Hoyt is to archery what Patty Berg and Babe Zaharias were to golf.  In over 20 years of competition in National and World Tournaments Ann has finished first eight times, second seven times and third three times.  She has won the Eastern Target Championship 15 times and held the World’s Target and World’s Field Champion titles.

 In 1955, Ann became the first woman to win both the National Target and Field Championships.  In 1958, Ann led the United States Women’s Team to a first place in the World Tournament in Brussels finishing second herself.  She repeated this feat in 1959 at Stockholm where the U.S. Women’s Team again finished first, with Ann this time winning the individual competition.


She also held hundreds of local, state and sectional tournaments titles.  She has rewritten the record book over and over with her brilliant shooting.


  Ann competed in over 70 National Archery Association Championships, more than any other woman in the history of the National Archery Association.,


The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Ann Hoyt in 1985.


After 48 years in Archery – the first 22 years in intense competitive shooting both target and bare-bow field – about 30 years or so in sporatic bowhunting (with 12 deer – 1 fox and a variety of lesser game) and 42 years in Archery production, sales and management – to pick a single highlight from these wide and varied experiences is most difficult. 


The most rewarding surprise in my career was the telegram I received from Dave Staples announcing my nomination to the Archery Hall of Fame, Class of 1972. 


Notes of Interest 

  • NAA Champion, 1940, ‘46, ‘47, ‘52, ‘53 and ‘55

  • First Woman To Win both National Target (Freestyle) and Field Championships (Barebow) in Mid-1950s

  • International Field Archery Champion, 1959

  • World Champion, 1959

  • Manager of the US Olympic Archery Team, 1984

  • Recipient, NAA’s Thompson Medal of Honor, 1984 

  •  More Than 65 Years’ Service to Archery

  • Wife of 1977 Archery Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Hoyt, Jr.




1953 NAA Championships, (note the feet of the shooters)



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Ann's Memorial page






World Team - 1959

Ann and AHOF Executive Director Diane Miller at 2006 Hall of Fame Museum Dedication, Springfield, Missouri



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