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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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The Mule Deer Dilemma

Joe Bell July 23, 2014

I’ve bowhunted mule deer all over Western landscapes the past 10 years, traveling across several mountain states, including my own, Arizona, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Based on these on-the-ground assessments, as well as verbal and written assessments from wildlife managers, I’m baffled by the muley’s dwindling numbers. Strong deer numbers prevailed in some regions I hunted, with plenty of good bucks holding in pockets. In other areas, the population was…

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