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Young Archers Compete in “Battle of the Boroughs”

Shannon Rikard March 3, 2014

A mid-February tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., demonstrated how urban settings can foster archery growth and popularity, just as rural America has traditionally fostered a strong tie between its open space and bowhunting.  MyFoxNY reported that the ninth annual Battle of the Boroughs Archery Tournament drew more than 100 students who trained hard for the competition. "Organizers [said] archery is about more than hitting the bull’s-eye. They say it teaches [athletes] focus and…

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Q&A with Jay McAninch: What if Weather Shuts Down the ATA Show?

Patrick Durkin February 24, 2014

Many logical, legitimate “what if?” questions started before the 2014 ATA Trade Show opened Monday, Jan. 6, in Nashville. What would happen if a blizzard forced the Archery Trade Association to cancel the Show? After all, flight cancellations along the East Coast two days before the Show forced many people to fly elsewhere and drive the final 200 or more miles to Music City. And by Sunday, groups and individuals from Minneapolis to Detroit were renting vans and cramming together for…

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Female Bowhunter Wins First NASP 3-D Tournament

Shannon Rikard February 20, 2014

After years of shooting bull’s eyes and months of bowhunting, 14-year-old Laurel Thompson’s practice paid off when she took top honors in her first 3-D tournament. Thompson and more than 50 other students shot at animal-shaped foam targets the first NASP IBO 3-D Challenge tournament, hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in Nashville, Tenn. “Target archery (in NASP) has no sights on the bow and just a tab for releasing,” Thompson said. “Bowhunting has…

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Call of the Wild Beckons Hearing-Impaired Kids

Patrick Durkin February 17, 2014

Agri-science teacher Jim Hall at the Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) has never had a happier headache than the one induced recently by students practicing with elk, crow, deer and turkey calls from the school’s new “Explore Bowhunting” kit. “They about wore me out with those calls,” Hall said with a laugh. “The kids absolutely love the entire Explore Bowhunting program. They love working with the camo, trail cameras, track IDs and everything else in the kit.…

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