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Upgrading My Shooting for Africa

Jay McAninch July 14, 2014

While preparing for my bowhunting trip to South Africa, I worked to improve my shooting skills, which have been geared to whitetail hunting since my youth. I concede, however, that I seldom shot archery during the 20-plus years I spent raising my family, serving my community and pursuing my career. Further, as a stalwart bowhunter who shot only to bowhunt, I rarely practiced beyond 20 yards and never shot at deer beyond that range. I’m a conservative shooter – a practice reinforced by…

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The Hunger Games Impact on Archery: Bad or Good?

Jay McAninch June 30, 2014

I recently was interviewed for an article about the impact of “The Hunger Games” on kids. The author asked how this movie and similar movies and TV shows affected archery. I repeated what I’ve said often since the “The Hunger Games’ original release in 2012: “We’ve seen an unprecedented surge in archery interest.” In the same article, the author quoted others who attributed increased archery participation to NASP, more interest in bowhunting, and kids…

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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…

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