The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reports runaway success with its efforts to grow archery less than a year after it joined forces with the Archery Trade Association to hire a specialist to run the program. Leaders in Texas are setting up archery programs for long-term success and capitalizing on increased interest in archery and bowhunting by following three principles: educate leaders, promote bowhunting and build facilities.
Copper John Corp., an Archery Trade Association member, has something to be proud of: a new deal with Troy Gentry of country music duo Montgomery Gentry. Gentry is an avid hunter and co-owns patented bow site technology with Jeremy Hall, inventor and owner of ATA-member retailer The Archery Den in Franklin, Tenn. Gentry and Hall finalized a licensing and promotional agreement with Copper John Corp. of Auburn, N.Y. The deal also includes a celebrity endorsement for Gentry.
Bowhunting doesn't often lead a hunter to marshlands, but it does when there are gators in the water. Some bowhunters are finding themselves hooked, while archery shops are using this unorthodox hunt to engage their customers and put green backs in the bank.
Someone put it like this: “Mobile is the needle, social is the thread.” Smartphones lend themselves to apps, and some of the most popular apps are created for social media. Plus, if you’re using a smartphone, Twitter and Facebook are convenient ways to get information. Facebook has its “news feed,” which streams posts from your friends and company’s you “like,” while Twitter’s “timeline’’ streams tweets posted by those you follow.
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At least nine schools will add Explore Bowhunting to their existing Outdoor Adventures program (run by Dallas Ecological Foundation).