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Innovation, Technology and Scientific Advances

Jay McAninch August 22, 2013

The Pope and Young Club’s Board of Directors recently decided that animals killed by arrows with lighted nocks are not eligible for the club’s record book. This decision expands the list of equipment the Board thinks unfairly assists bowhunters. The other item on P&Y’s forbidden list is crossbows, which is one step worse than the asterisk designating record-book animals taken with compound bows exceeding 65 pounds of let-off. The club will continue debating archery equipment…

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Changing Habits Can Make You Money

Jay McAninch July 18, 2013

An axiom about aging is that we become set in our ways. Things become routine. We find security in daily habits and rituals. Some habits are good and others are bad, but we don’t judge them. They’re just “how we do things.” Bowhunting, for instance, is our industry’s longtime habit. This was natural, considering how compound bows and white-tailed deer exploded simultaneously in the 1970s. By the late 1980s our industry looked much like it does today, with bowhunting…

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State of the Industry

Jay McAninch June 25, 2013

Much has happened since I last assembled data about the state of the archery and bowhunting industry. In November 2011 I wrote, “Bowhunting drives our industry.” At the time, that was the continuation of a 35-year trend. In March 2012, “The Hunger Games” movie was released. Archery suddenly became the craze among teenagers, especially young ladies. Our sport quickly became a feature of movies and TV shows (“Brave,” “The Avengers,” “Snow White…

It’s About the Kind of Country We Want to Be

Jay McAninch October 10, 2012

Editor’s Note: Each section of the article below is an abbreviated version of the complete presidential election piece featured in the next issue of ArrowTrade magazine, which should hit your mailbox by late October. The 2012 presidential election will be an unusual event for me and, by extension, our industry. Why? It’s the first time one of the two presidential tickets includes someone I’ve worked with and know well. I’ve accumulated 14 years of experience with Paul Ryan,…

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