Explore Bowhunting is an educational program designed to help instructors, program leaders and educators teach students ages 11-17 the basic skills of bowhunting. The Archery Trade Association has created this program to spark an interest and passion for bowhunting in today’s youth. Through these hands-on experiences students gain confidence interacting with the natural environment and strengthen their appreciation for wildlife and the woods.
Who Can Use Explore Bowhunting?
- Schools – both in-school and after-school programs.
- City and county recreation programs.
- Nature and outdoor education centers.
- Community-based programs such as Scouts, 4-H and summer camps.
- Events, festivals and fairs with an outdoor, hunting or conservation theme.
- Anyone interested in teaching youth how to get close to wildlife, bowhunt, photograph and/or enjoy wildlife.
Explore Bowhunting is offered nationwide through state wildlife agencies. Educators can receive the complete Explore Bowhunting curriculum packet by attending a development workshop. Contact your state wildlife agency to locate and register for an Explore Bowhunting workshop near you.
Find out how programs like Explore Bowhunting create new markets for archery retailers through the experiences of one Michigan retailer as covered by Archery Business magazine in a 2009 feature story. Download the story here.
Awards and Recognition
This project was funded, in part, by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MN M3E), a program supported by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
Coming in Fall 2014: Explore Bowfishing
The exciting and challenging Explore Bowfishing curriculum gets kids outside and shooting archery in a fun, new way. This conservation program raises awareness about invasive and non-native fish species, and explains how the public can participate in bowfishing to help manage fish populations. Explore Bowfishing can help increase demand for archery equipment beyond typical bowhunting seasons. Like Explore Bowhunting, Explore Bowfishing will be offered nationwide through state wildlife agencies. Look for this fast-paced, rewarding program in Fall 2014.
Did You Know?
By 2016, Virginia plans to hold a state Junior Olympic Archery Development state tournament.