Central Iowa Bowhunt

A Bucket List Hunt

Jay McAninch May 28, 2014

I’ve always had a bowhunting bucket list, but it has changed and varied greatly the past half-century. When I started shooting bows in the late 1960s with my best friend, Jim Braden, our bucket list was to one day hunt and kill rabbits near home in southwestern Iowa. I don’t recall exactly when we bought our Ben Pearson 709 Hunter bows and some Port Orford cedar arrows (was there any other kind?), but I do know they came by mail order from Herter's in Waseca, Minn. Soon after, we…

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ADD: A Modern Epidemic

Jay McAninch May 14, 2014

I’ve decided that most people have attention-deficit disorder, especially as I watch them navigate their days. No matter their age, many seem to think they’re deeply engaged when talking on cell phones to children, family, friends and business associates in airports, hotel lobbies or other public places. Yet I wonder if they’ve truly, meaningfully connected, and are discussing issues with depth and understanding. Most simply move through the day, checking things off their to-do…

Archery, ATA

A Good Defense AND a Good Offense

Jay McAninch November 26, 2013

An old football adage states that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. Those who remember when bowhunting was a new and growing autumn recreation might also remember the NFL for renown defenses like the Doomsday, Killer B’s, Steel Curtain, Orange Crush, Fearsome Foursome, Purple People Eaters and Monsters of the Midway. Over my nearly 40 years in the shooting and hunting world, I’ve engaged in the ongoing “battle” to save our hunting traditions. Looking back,…

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In “Defence” of the Constitution

Jay McAninch October 28, 2013

Considering John Adams’ writings on property rights, freedom and the constitution. The spelling of “defence” was the word type Adams used in his essay, “In Defence of the Constitution” from The Founders' Constitution, Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 15. The word “Constitution” seems to convey an outdated and irrelevant guide to American living. I used it for this blog because it’s the title of a short essay by John Adams, our second president, that…

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