The Archery Trade Association Board of Directors has adopted new guidelines for press badges, and beginning with the 2017 ATA Trade Show, press members must register in advance and pay a badge fee.
Elite Archery announced that it will be launching its line of 2017 bows in conjunction with the Archery Trade Association's annual meeting held in Indianapolis, Ind. , Jan. 1-12.

The new line of Rage jackets, t-shirts, polos, hoodies and hats for men and women are designed to deliver a unique combination of style and comfort while showing off brand loyalty any time of the year.
PNUMA Outdoors, a Spirit inspired, solution-driven, technologically superior hunting apparel brand featuring a Lifetime Guarantee and direct-to-adventurer pricing with no retail markup is slated to launch July, 28, exclusively at

When it comes to consistency and convenience, Clean Shot's Lock-N-Load® inserts are second-to-none and completely eliminate the need for glues, epoxies or bonders to hold the insert in place.
With the recent introduction of eight new true color designs in the Blazer® Vane line Bohning has decided to introduce True Color Wrap Vane Combo kits that give end users everything they need to fletch up a dozen arrow shafts with the ever popular True Color Blazer® Vanes.

Following the organization's summer board meeting in Washington, DC, July 11-12, the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Board of Directors has released a position statement concerning air rifles that shoot arrows as projectiles.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's #HuntingIsConservation social media campaign, designed to educate hunters and non-hunters alike, reached more than 7.4 million* people since its launch in January.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is releasing details about the two-year, multi-state investigation that solved the case of a large, trophy-quality mule deer poached in November of 2014 involving a Colorado outfitter and his three out-of-state employees.

Robinson Outdoor Products, owner of the industry leading ScentBlocker® brand of scent control liquids and hunting apparel, announces expansion of its "Back To Main Street" (BTM) exclusive dealer program for 2017.

Lancaster Archery Supply announces it is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Spider Vanes, from the company's home base in Slovenia.

Rinehart Targets and the Rinehart R100 announce the addition of the Crested Butte, Colo. shoot to the 2016 schedule, Aug. 13-14 at the beautiful Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The late summer/early fall planting season is quickly approaching, and preparing a good seed bed is an important and often underappreciated step of the planting process.

The LaCrosse AeroHead Sport Realtree Xtra camo boot has all of he comfort and durability of its predecessor, the 2013 AeroHead, but it's lighter weight and more flexible, while featuring AeroForm technology.

Coax pressured, call-shy bulls in close with the new Duel Game Calls Pro Series Bugle with patented Dual Chamber Technologically and interchangeable color-coded reed system.

For this year, the Platinum Series Spec Ops FHD trail cameras have been equipped with a series of new features designed to continue taking the Browning Trail Camera experience to unprecedented heights.

Nature Blinds, makers of natural-looking and effective hunting blinds, has created The Drifter, the perfect tool for hunters to help conceal their presence on the move.

Crosman Corporation, maker of the Pioneer Airbow®, has released an official response to the Archery Trade Association's position statement that the device fails to qualify as archery equipment in the opinion of the archery industry's primary trade association.
Michigan based outdoor lifestyle marketing firm, Hatch Marketing Group, has announced a strategic partnership with Millennium Outdoors and will serves as the Agency of Record for Millennium Treestands, Ol' Man Outdoors, The Claw, and Millennium Marine brands.
eraDyne Outdoors, LLC, has announced that Aaron Van Rossum has been appointed to the position of sales operations manager, effective immediately.
BIGshot Archery introduces its newest team member, Rick Risner. In his new role, Risner will strengthen the support needed to effectively manage BIGshot's increase in target sales.

New to the extensive line of Browning knives for 2016 are the Steel Sharp models available in fixed blade skinner and fixed blade drop point models.

The ultra-rugged and lightweight Helium™ XL Hang-On Treestand by Hawk provides you with the portability you desire without sacrificing the features you need.
Mossy Oak has joined Smith's, a trusted name in the sharpening industry for over 125 years, to offer Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® and Break-Up® Pink sharpeners for outdoors enthusiasts.

This year marked a year of records for the National Archery in the Schools Program in Indiana, with 2,066 competing in the state target tournament, 446 competing in the Second Annual NASP®/IBO Challenge, and Ashlie Garrison of Castle Middle School becoming the champion NASP middle school female archer in the world.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted an Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) coaches conference July 15-16 to indoctrinate new coaches and assist veteran coaches in learning about the latest techniques and programs in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) currently has 281 schools trained in the program with around 20,000 students participating each year.

From the latest bows, rifles and riflescopes to the best in coolers, boots, camo and smart accessories, the ScoutLook Ultimate Elk Hunting Gear Guide is designed to help you prepare not only for elk season, but also adventurous backcountry hunts for a wide variety of Western big game including mule deer and pronghorn.

The Boone and Crockett Club's recent 29th Big Game Awards established several new benchmarks that event organizers say are a reflection of today's hunters' commitment to wildlife and habitat conservation, fair chase and the future of these traditions.
Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Michael Grimsley as the new S3DA South Carolina State Coordinator, following the departure of Chris Jones, due to an employment change.

Stealth Cam, proven through continued innovation and production of quality game cameras and accessories, announces week 5 of its ULTIMATE ARCHERY SWEEPSTAKES.
Under Armour and Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter, announce the Ridge Reaper Forest Mid-West Truck Tour with hunting athletes Sarah and Josh Bowmar from Bowmar Bowhunting.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall involving rope-cocking devices shipped by Crosman Corp. with Centerpoint Sniper 370 crossbows with serial numbers beginning with "015."

The Pope and Young Club announced this week that Glenn Hisey retired from his positions of Executive Secretary and Director of Records on April 4, 2016, after serving the organization for 35 years.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation, and the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department.
Conservation Force, Garden State Taxidermist Association, five individual hunters residing in New Jersey, and a taxidermist residing and working in New Jersey filed suit against the New Jersey Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, to compel an end to New Jersey's ban on the possession, import, export, transport, and processing of hunting trophies of the African "Big Four" (elephant, leopard, lion, and black and white rhinoceros).

On Styrka's Hardcore Pursuit seen on Sportsman Channel this week, the entire HCP Crew is out in full force chasing the Rutting Bucks of The North.
Travel west with the HCP Gang as they chase public land Antelope in Wyoming on property they've never stepped foot on for an exciting DIY Adventure.

With Barnett's versatile Vortex line of compound bows for kids, you can start your child with a quality compound bow that fits properly, doesn't cost a fortune, and adjusts as your child grows.

ATA: Airbow Not an Archery Device
Editor's note: This feature first appeared in yesterday's Outdoor Wire. Crosman Corp., maker of the Pioneer Airbow®, has subsequently released an official response to the Archery Trade Association's position statement. It appears in its entirety elsewhere in this edition of The Archery Wire.

The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow from Crosman: the ATA agrees it is a "new category of hunting weapon" - but that sub category doesn't fall in archery. Pioneer screen capture image from Crosman website.
The Archery Trade Association has issued a statement that should have an impact on one of the most questioned new items introduced in the past year: airbows. They're the precharged pneumatic "bow" that uses 3000 psi compressed air to launch a carbon fiber arrow up to eight times on a single charge- at velocities of 450 feet per second.

When they launched the Pioneer Airbow, Crosman called it "a completely new category of hunting weapon," combining the "power of a rifle, the stealth of a PCP gun and the flexibility of a crossbow."

Now, the ATA has taken the position that, call it what you like, the Pioneer isn't a bow.

In their statement, released midmorning last Friday, the ATA said they'd been asked by its members as well as representatives of state wildlife agencies for its opinion on whether airbows constituted archery equipment.

Citing a lack of "basic components of standard archery equipment" - including a string system and limbs- the decision was that it was not a piece of archery equipment.

Further, the ATA statement continued, "the airbow (unlike archery equipment) is not subject to federal excise tax, the basic funding mechanism for state wildlife agencies, which means no portion of the proceeds from airbow purchases contribute to the state wildlife conservation activities supported by Pittman Robertson funds - at least not to ATA's knowledge."

"As a consequence," ATA writes, "airbows do not appear to be treated as archery equipment by the Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

In that statement, however, the ATA didn't preclude the inclusion of the new devices in hunting seasons, nor suggest in which season they'd belong, choosing to leave hunting seasons and regulations governing the use of hunting equipment to each state's wildlife agency and its hunters.

So where does that leave the Crosman Pioneer- and the celebrity hunters who have used and endorsed it?

That, like the myriad of state hunting regulations, depends on whom you ask and where you're located. Crosman, despite calling the device a "bow" seems to have always considered it an air rifle -although it fires arrows, not pellets.

Their website reminds hunters that, like any other piece of hunting equipment, the bow is subject to myriad state provisions. Those, as the web correctly points out, are the responsibility of the hunter, not the company.

On their site is a map which they say was current of May 10, 2016, which lists the states in which there are big game airgun seasons. With subcategories for everything from whitetail to javelina and alligator, you can check that out yourself at:

Since Crosman's always classified their Pioneer as "an all-new category of big game weapon" featuring "full-length arrows and full weight broadheads" it would seem there's really no reason the company would disagree with the characterization of the ATA.

The matter of state agencies recognizing air-powered weapons as suitable for hunting -and then placing them inside the appropriate hunting seasons- is really the larger question that is, at least for the time being, either subject to interpretation- or unanswered.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd


July 25 - July 29
71st NFAA National Outdoor Field Championships
Darrington, Wash.
July 28 - July 31
Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous
Denton State Park, Ulysses, Pa.
July 29 - July 31
July 30
Rinehart R-100
Sparta, Wis.
Aug. 3 - Aug. 6
Aug. 5 - Aug. 7
ASA Classic
Ft. Benning, Ga.
Aug. 12 - Aug. 14
IBO world Championship & Archery Festival
Seven Springs Mtn. Resort, Seven Springs, Pa.
Aug. 12 - Aug. 14
Aug. 18 - Aug. 21
Potter County Bowhunter Festival
Denton State Park, Ulysses, Pa.
Sept. 9 - Sept. 11
Sawmill Mountain Bow Shoot
Ski Sawmill, Morris, Pa.
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