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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Innovation, Technology and Scientific Advances

Jay McAninch August 22, 2013

The Pope and Young Club’s Board of Directors recently decided that animals killed by arrows with lighted nocks are not eligible for the club’s record book. This decision expands the list of equipment the Board thinks unfairly assists bowhunters. The other item on P&Y’s forbidden list is crossbows, which is one step worse than the asterisk designating record-book animals taken with compound bows exceeding 65 pounds of let-off. The club will continue debating archery equipment…

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…

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…

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