Archery practice range at the Olympic Games in St. John's Wood, London.

Archers: Ultimate Intimidators

Jay McAninch July 27, 2012

Janet and I entered our room at the Danubius Hotel in St. John’s Wood, London and opened the curtain to a view of the Olympic archery practice range. The first thing I noticed was the wide range of colors: all the individuals in their team uniforms, the white spires on the tent-like resting areas and the lush green grass. Of course, I’m always in awe of the distance they shoot: 70 meters on this range. All day groups shot and then took the long walk to the targets to pull their arrows…

Bowhunting and Archery or Archery and Bowhunting?

Jay McAninch July 25, 2012

Our journey to London to watch the Olympic archery competition was only a few hours underway when I realized what a “fish out of water” I would be. For all the years of my long love affair with archery, I’ve never stepped up to the line, pulled back my bow and shot against anyone for the best score. I’ve never shot in a tournament, a club event or even against a friend for pocket change or backyard bragging rights. Why? Because I’m a bowhunter. Bowhunting has been my…

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Language Matters In Politics

Jay McAninch April 27, 2012

As we start down the home stretch toward November’s election, the balance of power in the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives is up for grabs. With growing numbers of non-English-speaking groups becoming a factor in political races, how do we ensure all U.S. citizens have effective opportunities to register, learn the details of elections, and cast free ballots in this important election? I ask because I noted a headline from California last week in which the secretary of…

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…

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