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State of the Industry

Jay McAninch June 25, 2013

Much has happened since I last assembled data about the state of the archery and bowhunting industry. In November 2011 I wrote, “Bowhunting drives our industry.” At the time, that was the continuation of a 35-year trend. In March 2012, “The Hunger Games” movie was released. Archery suddenly became the craze among teenagers, especially young ladies. Our sport quickly became a feature of movies and TV shows (“Brave,” “The Avengers,” “Snow White…

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…

Although studies and surveys vary, the trend toward bowhunting growth that began back in the mid-1980s continued in 2011.

State of the Industry

Jay McAninch November 7, 2011

Once a year, I like to sit down and review all data available about archery and bowhunting to see if I can make sense of where our industry is going. Unfortunately, we don’t have major surveys to use and there aren’t readily available retail sales figures to review. Thus I’ve simply considered all the information, developed some thoughts about those data and assembled what follows as the best status report on the archery and bowhunting industry I can offer. First and foremost,…

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