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The R3 Plan (Not To Be Confused With RG3)

Shannon Rikard February 24, 2015

Recruitment, retention and re-engagement – the so-called “R3” – are buzzwords in hunting and shooting sports conversations. That’s because industry leaders have collaborated to create an R3 plan that ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch calls the most exciting thing ever to happen in hunting and the shooting sports. That’s a bold statement. By its nature, planning is far less exciting than action. So, how can a plan be that exciting? One word: unity. The plan already…

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New Research: Urban Bowhunts Control Deer, Reduce Lyme Disease

Patrick Durkin October 24, 2014

A long-running research program in two Connecticut communities found that tightly regulating hunts slashed Lyme disease cases 80 percent by reducing and controlling white-tailed deer, a primary host for disease-carrying black-legged ticks. The 13-year study, which ran from 1995 through 2008 in Mumford Cove and Groton Long Point, used hunters to reduce deer densities from a peak of 80 deer per square mile to about 13 per square mile. That decline in deer numbers slashed tick abundance by 76 percent,…

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A Professional Hunter in Africa: What’s That Gig Like?

Michelle Zeug August 26, 2014

The ATA’s Michelle Zeug, who made the recent trip to South Africa along with ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch, offers a day-in-the-life look at the work of a professional hunter and the requirements it takes to become one.

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ATA Gets Behind NDA with $100,000 Pledge

Amy Hatfield August 12, 2014

With a $100,000 pledge, the archery and bowhunting industry has made its support of the National Deer Alliance (NDA) resoundingly clear. The Archery Trade Association’s (ATA) donation is certain to push the NDA in the right direction. “We are very grateful for the ATA’s contribution,” stated Craig Dougherty, Executive Director of the NDA. “Start-up funds are very important to a new organization like ours.”

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