Bryce W. Lambley - Biography
Bryce Lambley was born in 1962 in Blair, Nebraska and with the exception of about nine months as an infant, has lived in the Cornhusker State all his life. “It feels like home,” he says, although he may reopen his options after his nest is empty at home.
The oldest of four sons and a late-arriving daughter, Bryce was introduced to the outdoors at a very early age and it is there that he is most satisfied. The son of a teacher/coach (Fred) and a newspaper writer/publisher (Lois), the apple did not fall far from the tree. Bryce taught secondary social studies and journalism from 1984 to 2017 in eastern Nebraska, one year at Southeast Consolidated School (Stella) and 32 at Fremont Public Schools. He was longtime Girls Track Coach for the Tigers, and also served a stint as Head Girls Cross Country Coach, and coached some basketball as well.
Living just 15 miles east of where he graduated high school in North Bend, and where his parents still reside in Morse Bluff, he has enjoyed long relationships with several landowners who have allowed him to hunt and photograph on their properties.
Bryce has bowhunted big game since 1981, when Wayne State College dropped intercollegiate cross country, giving him time for new adventures while waiting for waterfowl season to start. A new passion was kindled, resulting in over 3,000 documented individual bowhunts for whitetails alone. His Marlin 336C lever-action soon began to gather dust, and bows became his go-to tool in the outdoors. Switching to traditional recurves and longbows in 1988, Lambley enters 2017 in his 37th year of serious big game bowhunting. He has taken 149 big game animals, 135 of those with traditional stickbows, and has done so in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska, Iowa, Manitoba, Alberta, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
He’s also been a prolific writer, penning over 900 weekly installments of his Platte Valley Outdoors column for the Fremont (Neb.) Tribune, in addition to dozens of feature articles for Bowhunter, Traditional Bowhunter, The Professional Bowhunter and other magazines.
He has twice served as Chairman of the Nebraska Bowhunters Association, and is also Regular Member of the Professional Bowhunters Society, belongs to the Compton Traditional Bowhunters, and is a Life Member of National Rifle Association. Additionally he’s held memberships with U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and several state and local wildlife groups. He has been associated with Sitka Gear since 2007, currently serving as a SWAT member (Sitka Whitetail Ambassadors Team).
In 2008, he released his first book, My Neck of the Woods, to strong reviews and good sales. In 2013, Bryce released Platte River Driftwood. He is currently working on his third, tentatively My Bend of the River, as well as several other writing projects in various stages of completion. He also presents to various statewide sporting organizations, local civic groups, and elementary school groups.
2015 found him having another rewarding year with his Pronghorn 'Green Machine' longbow (made by Herb Meland), tagging his largest whitetail ever in September and adding another Nebraska bruiser in November.
Bryce lives on a small, quiet lake at the edge of Fremont with his two daughters, Hayley and Emily. He enjoys bowhunting with traditional equipment first and foremost, but has numerous additional interests including kayak fishing, long-distance running/coaching, collecting outdoor memorabilia (old shotgun shells and boxes primarily), writing about a wide variety of topics, and the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, camping, sporting clays, exploring and canoeing. He also just added an old LC Smith side-by-side to his arsenal of firearms. He currently has one of the largest wooden shotgun shell box collections in the country.
A look at his brothers’ pursuits show a similar family trend. Kevin is store manager for Scheels All Sports in Overland Park, KS. Scott is a biology teacher/coach/taxidermist in Benkelman, NE. Jason is a big game/waterfowl outfitter in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. Sister Megan is also a teacher.
Besides bowhunting, perhaps Bryce’s biggest interest is sharing his passion for the outdoors with other like souls. Whether a serious big game hunter or a kitchen window birdwatcher, readers will feel like they’re on the same wild country adventures or trips down Memory Lane.