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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,…

Discussing America’s Future: Ryan Seems Ready. Who Else?

Jay McAninch August 16, 2012

America awoke Saturday, August 11, to find that Congressman Paul Ryan, a seven-term Wisconsin Republican, had joined Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as the vice-presidential pick. For bowhunters, this was exciting news. Bowhunting is one of Ryan’s passions, along with his Insanity workouts, his family and, oh yeah, the nation’s financial woes. In fact, Ryan has earned the respect of colleagues, the media and most economists as a policy expert. He’s especially renown…

Elite Archers: Lives of Dedication and Sacrifice

Jay McAninch August 4, 2012

As the first week of the 30th Olympiad ends and our USA Archery team members make their last appearances, everyone is asking them, “what now?” With several young archers on the team and many of us wanting to see the US increase our medal haul at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio, I assumed many would be back in training soon. After all, isn’t that what world class archers do? What few of us know is that sports, at the highest levels, is not only a full time job for the athlete but…

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