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The Draw: An Award-Winning Film About Bowhunting

Amy Hatfield April 19, 2015

Hunting is different things to different people. Everyone in the archery and bowhunting industry has been around hunting enough to know that. But set aside four-plus minutes to watch “The Draw,” a short film about bowhunting, and there's a good chance you'll think: “That’s it. Right there, that’s what hunting is to me.”   The viewer never sees the deer in this video. Ha, that’s boring, right? Except it’s not. It’s perfect. The…

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Get Explore Bowhunting In Your Neighborhood

Amy Hatfield March 14, 2015

The Explore Bowhunting curriculum was created for schools (in-school and after-school programs), community-based programs like Scouts, 4-H and summer camps. City and county recreation programs also adopted Explore Bowhunting, and it complements programs at nature and outdoor-education centers. The curriculum is primarily offered through state wildlife agencies, so how can individual hunters, archery shop owners or any other ATA member get Explore Bowhunting into the hands of students and/or those…

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Explore Bowhunting: But What Do the Kids Think?

Amy Hatfield March 13, 2015

Explore Bowhunting’s 23 lessons are flexible and it’s the flexible nature of the curriculum that defines its value. Lessons can be taught weekly for a school semester, or as part of a weeklong summer program in camps or recreation programs. That flexibility came through careful planning. First, Explore Bowhunting was developed in response to a 2005 survey that found 63 percent of students surveyed wanted to learn to bowhunt. Then, before Explore Bowhunting’s launch, the ATA conducted…

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Hunting Is “Sign” Language

Amy Hatfield March 12, 2015

Where does bowhunting begin? Is it when you rise and dress, before climbing behind a frost-covered windshield and driving to the woods? Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to leave your keys in the house because your best hunting spot is on the back 40, just a walk away? We could work through a mess of scenarios and toss around possible starting points. Each has merit. Maybe a bowhunt begins with sign: a track, scat or rub. It could start at the archery range in summer, while ticks still thrive…

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