Although many Americans face a rude awakening, our society's gas woes may be a boon for archery dealers.

Rising Gas Prices and the Future of Independent Retailing

Jay McAninch February 29, 2012

There’s an emerging trend that could change the business dynamic for archery and bowhunting companies. Rising gasoline prices are no longer a periodic issue. They’re an ongoing problem. Recently released energy projections for 2012 predict that by year’s end gas will cost more than $4 a gallon at the pump everywhere, and nearly $5 a gallon in some locales. Nearly all forecasters agree gas prices will continue rising, especially with growing demands for fuel but also because of…

Today's Financial Puzzle: If we make substantive progress on the country's financial problems, we have a far more ominous problem looming and it's one no one is talking about.

A Looming Liability for 2012

Jay McAninch January 20, 2012

By now, everyone that reads or listens to news of any kind is aware that many think higher taxes on the business community is a major piece to solving the country’s future financial puzzle. One reason? Many businesses like those in the archery industry have had good years despite the daunting financial concerns that burden the United States (and many countries around the world). These concerns are compounded by Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, but also include the annual phenomenon…

Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hunting in his home state of Wisconsin.

How Do You Wear the Bowhunting Label?

Jay McAninch January 3, 2012

For a recent profile in “Time” magazine (“The Prophet,” Dec. 26, 2011), Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., posed for a picture that portrays him not only as a nationally known policymaker, but a proud bowhunter too. The photo shows him in his office wearing the “uniform” of the U.S. Congress – a dark suit – while holding a hunting bow at full draw. The photo’s message is clear and unflinching: Paul Ryan is a congressman, statesman and policymaker…

When human decisions and Mother Nature are involved, things can take unexpected turns.

The Greatest Honor System Ever Created

Jay McAninch December 19, 2011

I’ve come to the conclusion that bowhunting is the greatest honor system ever created. So much of what happens during bowhunting is out of sight and done with equipment that makes no noise, which means: the only version of what transpired on a hunt is the one we tell. Bowhunting is even more of a test of honor since bowhunters are always close to the animals they’re hunting. This means they should be able to make very informed decisions about what they do. When human decisions and Mother…

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