No Archery and Bowhunting Summit this Year
The Archery Trade Association (ATA) will not hold its Archery and Bowhunting Summit meeting in December, and no date has yet been set for a 2014 meeting.
“When we met in Dallas for the December 2012 Summit, we agreed to forgo the 2013 meeting,” said Mitch King, the ATA’s director of government relations. “We’re just reminding and confirming for everyone that we won’t meet this year. We’re also taking suggestions from past Summit attendees about a format and schedule for future meetings.”
King said one proposal was to move the event to May 2014 and continue it as a joint meeting with coordinators of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). That idea has since been abandoned.
“I talked quite a bit with (national NASP director) Roy Grimes about the combined format of the Dallas Summit, and we agreed it didn’t work as well as we had hoped,” King said. “Therefore, NASP will continue independently with its annual coordinators meetings, as they’ve done in the past.”
Meanwhile, the ATA will review possibilities for an annual forum to discuss archery and bowhunter recruitment. “I’m requesting that everyone share their ideas with me so we can discuss the possibilities with our staff,” King said. “Once we evaluate everyone’s ideas for possible Summit alternatives, we’ll propose them and see what everyone prefers. In the meantime, I thank everyone for all they do to promote archery and bowhunting. I hope everyone will help us plan the Summits’ next phase.”
The ATA sponsored the first Archery and Bowhunting Summit in December 2001 at Minneapolis, and held them each December from 2003 through 2012.
If your goals are to increase participation in the shooting sports, hunting and conservation, then the ATA's Archery and Bowhunting Summit is critical to your future. The Summit is the gathering of states and organizations most active in developing and implementing archery and bowhunting programs, nationwide.
Staff from state and federal wildlife agencies, archery and bowhunting organizations — leaders from NASP, ASAP, JOAD, Collegiate Archery, Olympic Archery, Explore Bowhunting — and archery and bowhunting industry companies gather to:
- Review progress in developing, implementing and managing in school, after school and other recruitment and retention programs;
- Review progress in planning, constructing and managing shooting facilities including archery parks and access programs for bowhunting;
- Preview innovative, creative programs and projects that seek to recruit and retain new shooters and hunters;
- Discuss new ideas and concepts, recent trends in participation and concerns about the impacts of the decline in numbers of shooters and hunters;
- Network with individuals to develop partnerships and cooperative programs;
- Discuss priorities for the coming year for staff time and funds to be spent on growing participation.
- Share information, experiences and prospects with professional colleagues.
Did You Know?
Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel helped develop the second edition of the Explore Bowhunting curriculum.