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2017 ARCHERY WIRE
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2017 ATA SHOW
Industry-leading TenPoint Crossbow Technologies®, Horton Crossbow Innovations®, and Wicked Ridge Crossbows® are set to launch a collection of highly innovative crossbows and accessories at the 2017 ATA Show in Indianapolis, IN on January 10, 2017.

2017 BOWS
Prime Archery®, by G5® Outdoors -- leading manufacturer of premium archery equipment, reveals the revolutionary Centergy Air™ compound bow, which focuses on industry-leading design to create a bow that offers a superior level of balance and stability, with a lighter riser and feel than the Prime Centergy.
The Bowtech Reign 6 and 7 for 2017 are ultra-smooth, quiet, powerful and balanced, dominating every category, not just one.

ARROWS & COMPONENTS
Carbon Express introduces the new PredatorTM XSD – the ultimate penetration in a small diameter shaft, with an extreme .166" inside diameter for increased penetration and reduced wind drift.
With the cables and risers moving closer to the center on most bows, Bohning found that archers were running into clearance issues. With that challenges came the introduction of the new lower profile Heat Vane.

BACKPACKS
MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading backpack company devoted to making mission-specific packs through state-of-the-art load-carrying technologies, announces the company's new relationship with Desolve® Camouflage.

BRANDING
The Dallas Ecological Foundation (DEF), a qualified 501 (c) (3) organization, is changing its name to Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, while its mission remains "to teach outdoor education and to promote and fund conservation of wildlife worldwide."

COLLEGIATE ARCHERY
Currently, 16 colleges compete in the United States Collegiate Archery Association, and the addition of Georgetown makes it 17, joining the University of the Cumberlands and Campbellsville University as conference schools with teams. Nearby Midway University, Union College, Bethel University, and Kentucky Christian University also currently compete with USCAA.

COMPETITION
Shooting his PSE Xpression for Team Denmark, PSE Elite Pro Shooter Stephan Hansen won the gold in World Cup 1, held recently in Marrakesh, Morocco, marking his second consecutive year at the top of the podium in that event.

CONSERVATION
From the northern bobwhite to trout and salmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make wildlife-friendly improvements on working lands.

CWD
The Archery Trade Association advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture in November that it considers chronic wasting disease a serious threat to the nation's wildlife, and believes the USDA's CWD program should adopt stronger regulations to make disease spread rare in wild herds and captive facilities.
As chronic wasting disease (CWD) cases sprout up around the country, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters who travel beyond state lines to follow importing regulations before returning home.

EVENTS
Last week, state legislators from 30 states representing the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) network joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and others from the sportsmen conservation community in Biloxi, Mississippi for the 13th Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit.

GIFT IDEAS
Gifts from Field & Stream will put a smile on any recipient's face this year. The same outdoor clothing and gear worn and used by country music star and Field & Stream brand ambassador, Jason Aldean, will make this a holiday season your loved ones will never forget.
A 1,000 Piece Realtree Puzzle by Turner Licensing makes the perfect Christmas gift for the outdoorsman or woman who has it all.

HUNTING BLINDS
Designed along similar lines as the wildly popular 360 Series Fiberglass Blinds, Redneck introduces the new 6X6 Soft Side Deluxe 360 Series, with spacious 6-foot by 6-foot interior and available with camo or ghillie covers.

INDUSTRY
Parker Bows, a leading manufacturer of high quality compound bows and crossbows as well as RED HOT crossbow accessories, has named Adam Greer as its new Regional Sales Manager for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
PSE Archery has named Dan Janis as new Regional Sales Manager for the Michigan and Ohio territories. Dan is a USA Level II Instructor who started shooting competitive archery in 2007 before turning professional in 2011, with most of that time as a member of the PSE Pro Staff.
Koola Buck, an industry leader in state-of-the-art meat processing products and inventor of the Koola Buck portable refrigeration system for hunters and outfitters, has named Hunter Outdoor Communications as its public relations agency of record.
Ozonics, the industry leader in scent elimination and active scent control technology announces the promotion of Buddy Piland to Vice President of Marketing.

INTERNATIONAL
The World Archery Excellence Centre, a state-of-the-art sports facility dedicated to the development of archery, has officially opened in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne.

NEW PRODUCTS
Six Pack Fitness Realtree® Meal Prep Bags ensure that no matter where you are – in the woods, at camp, on the water or in the field – you'll always have a fresh, healthy meal with you.

ONLINE
Wiebe Knives®, makers of intuitive and reliable knives and skinning tools for diehard hunters and trappers, announces the recent unveiling of the company's new website, WiebeKnives.com, as a one-stop answer for hardcore hunters and trappers seeking the best tools available for their trade.

ORGANIZATIONS
Salt Lake City, Utah: The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced that Robert Weekes, former Chief Marketing Officer for USA Shooting, will be joining the organization as its new Director of Marketing and Development.
Merritt Compton of Trumansburg, NY, has been named Conservation Chairman of the Pope and Young Club., succeeding Denny Ballard.
Pape's Inc, in Louisville, Ky. served as host to Scholastic 3-D Archery's inaugural National Coordinators Conference, attended by state and regional coordinators from 22 states.

PARTNERSHIPS
Scholastic 3-D Archery will be partnering with NFAA to help spread the S3DA program into the western US, hosting a Western U.S. Indoor National Championship in conjunction with both the NFAA Vegas shoot and the Western U.S. 3-D National Tournament.

PRO STAFF
Nathan Brooks, part of the professional archery community for many years and well respected as one of the best archers in the profession, has announced he will be an Elite Archery sponsored shooter, effective immediately.

PROMOTIONS
More than 10,000 photos have been submitted on Facebook and Instagram with the #Diverge5 hashtag, and the SITKA Team has selected 30 Finalist photos (www.sitkagear.com/diverge) – 10 in each category of Big Game, Whitetail and Waterfowl.

PUBLISHING
F+W Outdoors, parent group of Deer & Deer Hunting, announces the addition of John Skrabo to its national advertising sales staff. Skrabo will serve as national sales manager, alongside Michael Cassidy, vice-president of sales and business development.

RECOGNITION
World Archery has announced the finalists for the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards and six U.S. archers are in the top five of their category.

RETAILING
Specifically designed to get retailers up and running with just a couple of training videos, ATA ePRO software is intuitive to use, and proven to work over the past year by more than 50 archery dealers. Make plans to learn more at the ATA Show.

SAFETY
Hunter Safety System has launched a new instructional video specifically covering the safest method to hang a ladder stand, on the popular video-sharing website, YouTube.

STATES
Michigan educators with students in grades 9 through 12 can register for a free elk education program designed to fit into a busy school semester while still meeting educational standards.
With over 70% of New Hampshire's land in private ownership, private lands are an important part of our outdoor recreation community. Without these generous landowners, we would all find it hard to hunt, fish, snowmobile, hike, watch wildlife, and geocache.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $88,203 in grant funding to assist with habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects across 2,784 acres in Nevada.
Dead gray foxes displaying symptoms of Canine Distemper have been reported recently in the Upper Connecticut River Valley and southern New Hampshire, according to the NH Fish and Game Department and the NH Department of Agriculture.

TELEVISION
Outdoor Channel viewers will find plenty of adventure, thrills and some laughs every day of the week throughout December 5–11. 
The week on sportsman Channel: Stalking Buffalo on "Apex Predator", Hunting Grizzlies in British Columbia on "MeatEater", and a Friendly Fan Competition on "Pigman".

An Archer's Holiday Gift Guide
Editor's note: Our friends at Lancaster Archery Supply who have been outfitting archers of all shooting disciplines as well as archery retailers, clubs and organizations since 1983, have compiled a list of gifts that just might be perfect for your favorite arrow flinger this Christmas season. (With a special thanks to P.J. Reilly.) - JRA

If you're looking for the perfect gifts to buy those special archers in your life this holiday season, Lancaster Archery Supply has you covered.

We know that scrolling through the thousands of items on www.lancasterarchery.com can be a daunting way to find a gift.

So our experts here at Lancaster Archery put their heads together and came up with gift suggestions that are sure to put smiles on the faces of a broad range of archers.

We've broken them down into six different archery style categories, so you can pick from whichever archery style matches the archer for whom you're buying a gift. And we've got gift suggestions for under $50 and over $50.

COMPOUND TARGET ARCHERY

UNDER $50:

Every compound target archer has binoculars or a spotting scope to track his or her arrows. Help them keep their glass clean with the Vortex Optics Fog Free Lens Cleaning Kit.

OVER $50:

Compound target archers are going to want to fletch their own arrows, and they're going to want to be able to do so using a variety of fletching styles – 2-inch vanes, 5-inch feathers, etc. - in a variety of configurations. They can do all that and more with Last Chance Vane Master Pro Fletching Jig.


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OLYMPIC ARCHERY

UNDER $50:

Olympic archers spend a ton of time shooting outside on open fields. They need protection from the sun, which they can get with the Lancaster Archery Supply Flexfit Bucket Hat.

ALSO

Olympic archers keep meticulous track of the number of arrows they shoot. This helps them regulate their training through a competition season. They can easily keep track of their arrows with the Booster Arrow Counter.


OVER $50:

Olympic archers can't make adjustments if they can't see where their arrows are hitting, and 70 meters – a common competition distance – is a long way from the shooting line. Help these archers pinpoint exactly where their arrows are hitting the target with the Vortex Optics Diamondback Angled Spotting Scope (20-60x60), and the Vortex Optics High Country Tripod Kit.



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3D ARCHERY

UNDER $50:

Seldom are there racks for hanging up bows on the 3-D archery course. When archers have to pull arrows or wait for their turn at the line, they'll need to set down their bows somewhere. With the TruGlo Wide Limb Bow Jack Mini they can set their bows upright, on the ground, while keeping their cams and accessories out of the dirt.


OVER $50:

There can be a lot of down time on the 3D range, especially while waiting for other archer to take their shots. And there's a ton of gear 3-D archers need to carry – tools for making repairs, rain gear, food, etc. With the Cottonwood Outdoors Spider Shot 3-D Tournament Seat, your favorite archer can carry all the necessary gear, and have a place to sit while waiting at the line.



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TRADITIONAL ARCHERY

UNDER $50:

There's a right way to string and unstring a recurve bow and a wrong way. The Selway Limbsaver Recurve Stringer enables archers to always complete these tasks safely and securely.

Selway Limbsaver Recurve Stringer

OVER $50:

Traditional archers can never have too many bows. They always can use another, so why not buy your archer a killer new setup from TradTech that's suitable for hunting, 3-D shooting or backyard target practice? We're talking about the TradTech Trident 17" ILF Traditional Riser and TradTech Black Max 2.0 Glass/Wood Recurve Limbs.



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BOWHUNTING

UNDER $50:

Bowhunting vehicles stink. It's just a fact of life. Bowhunters spend a lot of time in their vehicles during the season, wearing muddy clothes sprayed with scent lures and other pungent liquids. Help your favorite bowhunter kill vehicle odors with Scent Crusher Ozone Go.


OVER $50:

The newest craze in the trail camera world is for bowhunters to have cameras that will text or email photos straight from the field to their phones, tablets or computers. No longer will they have to drive to their hunting spots and pull SD cards to see what game has been running around. That technology is available with the HCO Spartan GoCam IR Wireless Scouting Camera (Verizon).



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NEW ARCHERS

UNDER $50:

Every archer needs a target to shoot arrows into. The Delta McKenzie Wedgie Bag Target can be set up anywhere, it stands firmly on the ground and is capable of stopping any arrow shot from any bow.


OVER $50:

Want to set up a new archer with a great bow at a great price? The Flame Takedown Recurve Bow is a full recurve setup that includes a riser, limbs, string, nok sets and rest. It's perfect for introducing someone to our favorite sport.

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Dec. 1 - Dec. 10
RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 1 - Dec. 10
Dec. 17 - Dec. 18
Lancaster Archery Academy Winter Warm-up
Lancaster, Pa.
Jan. 8
2017 ARRO Board of Director's Meeting
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 8 - Jan. 9
ARRO Show
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 9
ATA Board of Director's Meeting
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 10 - Jan. 12
ATA Trade Show
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 13 - Jan. 15
IBO Indoor World
XI Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Jan. 13 - Jan. 15
Jan. 17 - Jan. 20
SHOT Show
Jan. 27 - Jan. 29
14th Annual Lancaster Archery Classic
Lancaster, Pa.
Feb. 23 - Feb. 25
NABA Reno Show
Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nev.
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