Oklahoma's first archery park opened with a $40,000 grant from the Archery Trade Association and city assistance. The park will be open daylight to dark year-round for archers and bowhunters, and is free to use. Coweta schools were the first in the state to implement National Archery in the Schools, which could provide a built-in fan base for the park. More than 400 schools in Oklahoma now have NASP programs.
Few people know more about precision archery than Olympic silver medalist Jacob Wukie. So, who better than Wukie to open an archery shop specializing in repairs and fine-tuning in his hometown of Oak Harbor, Ohio? The Olympian said he can order bowhunting equipment, and hopes to establish an archery range and begin coaching soon.
As part of Cabela's Fall Great Outdoor Days event series, an archery seminar for women was held Aug. 18 in Billings, Mont. for those interested in learning more about archery equipment and shooting techniques. Seminar participants join the fast growing number of women getting involved in archery. A recent national archery survey shows that 5.8 million women enjoyed the sport in 2012.
The first nationwide archery survey showed that 18.9 million Americans age 18 and older participated in archery and/or bowhunting in 2012. The Archery Trade Association (ATA) recently released the results of the new survey, which was conducted in the same way as Gallup polls. The findings about archery participation and equipment use are scientifically accurate and not estimates from other data.
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In Virginia, Stafford County Parks and Recreation classes have taught 733 participants about Explore Bowhunting since 2011.