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Digital and Social Enlightenment

Jay McAninch November 12, 2014

When I first heard the terms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine, I thought of Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Italian and other languages. I know none of them, and I’m not alone. Such deficiencies are common in the shooting, hunting and conservation world. Meanwhile, our 21st century customers are always live and connected as they communicate and conduct business with all those tools. How can that be? My generation was consumed with keeping our kids from playing “mindless video games,”…

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Archery Lessons From a 7 Year-Old

Jay McAninch September 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, my 7 year-old grandson Frankie came to visit and he reminded me about why I do what I do and why it’s critical that — despite the stress of our business-related responsibilities — we succeed at growing archery and growing and protecting bowhunting. During his visit, Frankie didn’t ask me to do anything special or buy him any expensive equipment. He just did what we all did when starting out: he simply shot his bow, became enamored with hitting the target…

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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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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 The word “Constitution” seems to convey an outdated and irrelevant guide to American living.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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