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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 The word “Constitution” seems to convey an outdated and irrelevant guide to American living.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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Someone’s Always Watching

Jay McAninch October 8, 2013

I recently spent a week with my 8-year-old grandson Bart, an avid football fan. Unfortunately, my son Ben has brainwashed Bart to believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best team. And while my grandson does enjoy following players on other NFL teams,  he lacks respect for my Green Bay Packers. The highlight of Bart’s week with us was when we loaded Grams into the car and drove to Latrobe, Pa., to take in the Steelers’ training camp. We arrived with Bart knowing most players on…

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