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TOP NEWS
Adjustable bow sight technology leader HHA Sports has blended the company’s decades-long experience with single-pin bow sight technology with the versatility of a multi-pin bow sight to unveil the Tetra RYZ and Tetra Max RYZ bow sights. The new Tetra RYZ sights combine a multi-pin sight into a single-pin frame, all with the adjustability and ease of use you’d expect from HHA Sports sights.
COMPETITION
Elimination rounds finished the individual competition at the 2022 JOAD National Target Championship. After two days of qualification, archers went head-to-head in individual elimination matches leading to the crowning of the National Champions.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s (TWRA) Buffalo Ridge Wildlife Refuge in Waverly, TN recently hosted a dual archery event with the TN S3DA’s 3D State Championship and the TN ASA Federation’s State 3D Qualifier.
–Gold Tip®, an industry leader in carbon arrows and bolts, along with Bee Stinger™, maker of the most advanced line of stabilizers and side bars for bowhunting and target archery, congratulates sponsored archers for their top performances at The World Games, which took place July 7-17 in Birmingham, Alabama. During the international match, team members took home two gold and one silver medal in both team and individual competitions.

Over the weekend, Bowtech pro shooter Paige Pearce wins back-to-back NFAA Outdoor National Field Championships! The NFAA hosted its 77th annual Outdoor National Field Championships in Enola, PA, July 20-25, and Pearce topped the podium once again. This is a rigorous, multi-discipline tournament that challenges archers to perform at their best, both physically and mentally.
Bowtech announces Tim “The Hammer” Gillingham taking gold with another outstanding performance. Over the weekend, the NFAA hosted the Outdoor Field Nationals in Enola, PA. This is a rigorous, multi-discipline course that challenges archers to be at their best. Tim put it all together and mastered this difficult challenge taking the top spot.
The fourth stage of the World Cup kicked off in Medellin making this the last opportunity for archers to make their mark on the World Cup stage before the finals in Tlaxcala, Mexico. GAS Shooters made a huge impact at Medellin as they took multiple podiums and broke a world record.
The 20th of July kicked off the NFAA Outdoor Nationals Field Championships held at the Mechanicsburg Sportsman’s Association in Pennsylvania! This was another successful competition for GAS Bowstrings shooters as they held a huge presence at the competition, tallied four different medals, and a broken record.

With the final event of the four-stage Archery World Cup taking place this past week, the pressure was on every shooter to try to earn a slot at the World Cup Finals scheduled for this October in Mexico. Once again, Team Easton produced the results that swept the entire recurve field, and saw yet another new World Record with the Easton X10 from Colombian compound star Sara Lopez—the most-winning archer in World Cup history.
The USA recurve team of Jack Williams and Casey Kaufhold won silver and Williams finished fourth at the World Cup Medellin, the fourth stage of 2022 season.
Team Krieghoff proudly returned from the 2022 World FITASC held in Orvieto, Italy knowing they represented the United States well.
Compound Saturday at the World Cup Medellin saw James Lutz topping the podium individually and taking silver with Linda Ochoa-Anderson in the mixed team competition.

CONSERVATION
Thanks to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) efforts, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Utah Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, and the D. Gary and Mary Young Family, Utah has its first nursery herd for desert bighorn sheep.
EVENTS
The Boone and Crockett Club’s 31st Big Game Awards celebration begins tonight with three days of activities at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and the White River Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri.
The Scholastic Archery Association (S3DA) held their tenth Annual S3DA 3D National Championship in collaboration with the Rend Lake Area Tourism Council, the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the North Marcum Multiple Resource Area in Rend Lake, Illinois. Nearly 700 youth archers from across the nation participated.
Competition Archery Media will provide live coverage of the Archery Shooters Association’s Delta McKenzie ASA Classic in Cullman, Ala., July 28-31.

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) was a supporting sponsor of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports’ 2022 National R3 Symposium May 2-5 in Broken Arrow, OK. NBEF exhibited at this recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) event that attracted hundreds of professionals from agencies, non-governmental organizations and industries. NBEF supports the Council’s mission to recruit and retain hunters and shooters while educating the public about hunters and shooters contributions toward wildlife conservation.
INDUSTRY
The Lancaster Archery Foundation is helping a Louisiana 4-H program acquire new targets so it can continue its outreach to local kids interested in archery.
Outdoor Edge, America’s leading manufacturer of knives and tools for all things outdoors, has announced a continued partnership with Jason Bowers, Matt Bullins, Eric Hale and Chris Ward, hosts of Red Rising TV series
JOBS
The Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) is accepting proposals from Florida based companies or individuals through August 20, 2022, for the duties associated with the position of executive director for the organization. The responsibilities for this designation is the overall management of the organization, and leading and directing the implementation of the organization’s philosophy, mission, and strategic goals and objectives. The FOWA executive director position reports to the board of directors and shall help coordinate with and carry out the decisions made by the organization's board of directors to fulfill its function in governing the organization.
Outtech is seeking candidates for Texas Regional Manager. This position will professionally represent the Outtech Outdoor Division vendors to retailers within a territory by providing outstanding sales and customer service.
Pro Sportsman is a dynamic retail company that owns and operates eCommerce websites in the outdoor categories, including its flagship website BowhuntersSuperstore.com. In addition to the eCommerce presence, Pro Sportsman, LLC owns a premiere archery and FFL pro-shop, branded Bowhunters Superstore in Wellsville, PA. Pro Sportsman is growing and seeking a passionate Director of Ecommerce. This role will require an analytical and data-driven approach towards our ecommerce sites and third-party channels. Below is the position summary for any interested candidates to review.
MEDIA
RadCast Outdoors, the podcast that is dedicated to providing outdoor content, recruiting the next generation of hunters/anglers and helping to expand the knowledge of people who participate in those activities, is pleased to announce that the newest RadCast podcast guest is 5-time book author, outdoor writer and distinguished research professor, Mike Arnold.
“America’s Favorite Hunting Couple” Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo are celebrating 18 years of their fan-favorite television series Archer’s Choice with Ralph and Vicki, airing Sundays at 12 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.
Providing cutting-edge content to outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts is what Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) does. As the leading voice and the world’s largest aggregator, creator and distributor of outdoor content, Outdoor Sportsman Group has found a kindred spirit with Field Ethos, the outdoor lifestyle content provider specializing in storytelling, adventure travel, unbiased gear recommendations and unapologetic insights into issues affecting all outdoorsmen and women.
NEW PRODUCTS
Wildlife Research Center® expands more of its premium scents into their popular pressurized spray cans.
Moultrie Mobile, a leading pioneer in cellular trail cameras and all-in-one remote monitoring systems, today announced the release of its latest cellular trail camera, the Edge. Designed with innovative features that enhance performance and user experience, the Edge is unrivaled in ease of setup and includes built-in memory, flexible power options and an all-new Auto Connect Technology.
Global Defense introduces a new apparel line for active women. Topplex USA specializes in Active and Outdoor Women’s apparel for the range, gym, running, biking, or a night on the town.
ORGANIZATIONS
The Boone and Crockett Club thanks the U.S. Forest Service for today’s action to initiate emergency forest treatments to reduce the immediate threat of catastrophic fire in giant sequoia groves. The agency announced that it would be using existing authorities under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to remove surface and ladder fuels on more than 13,000 acres in order to protect 12 giant sequoia groves.
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) sponsored the Professional Outdoor Media (POMA) business conference registration desk this June in Kalispell MT. The event draws industry media, content creators, social media influencers, corporate partners and non-profit partners. Relationships are established and reinforced during the conference’s educational programming, product showcases, interactive camps and social activities.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is proud to announce the appointment of Chief Conservation Officer, Ron Leathers, to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Advisory Group. Leathers was appointed by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for a three-year term extending through March 2025.
A grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will allow the South Carolina Waterfowl Association to bring hundreds of students to Camp Leopold this school year to encourage ecological literacy in students through hands-on outdoor education.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) sponsored a dinner for western state fish and wildlife agency directors and commissioners at the WAFWA summer meeting last week in Oklahoma City. MDF has sponsored the director’s dinner for over a decade to show appreciation for its state and federal agency partners working in mule deer country.
The National Deer Association (NDA) partnered with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) to provide a customized three-day Deer Steward course for AGFC staff and leadership in mid-July. NDA has held custom Deer Steward courses for five other state wildlife agencies, but with 86 certified graduates, the Arkansas course was the largest agency class yet.
In partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a devoted private landowner, Pheasants Forever is proud to announce the completion of a new 13,000-acre Public Land Access Agreement (PALA) adjacent to Fort Peck Lake. Public land users now have access to an additional ~20 square miles of upland bird and big game habitat in northeast Montana for the 2022-2023 season.
The Boone and Crockett Club opposes the ill-named Return Our Constitutional Rights Act (H.R. 8167). The “RETURN Act” would eliminate the sportsmen-supported excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment that provides the vast majority of funding for wildlife conservation.
RECORDS
Pope and Young, America’s leading bowhunting conservation organization, officially announces a newly recognized world record in the Velvet Central Canada Barren Ground Caribou category. Taken in 2005 by Rodney Cockeram at Humpy Lake in the Northwest Territories, this is a trophy like no other.
RETAIL
Outdoor Edge – America’s leading manufacturer of knives and tools for all things outdoors – today announced that the new RazorCape is in stock and shipping. The RazorCape is the latest addition to its trendsetting lineup of knives featuring the company’s patented RazorSafe™ replaceable blade system.
The Easton Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) arrow uses a durable carbon backbone combined with an aluminum jacket to combine into the most effective arrow available to bowhunters.
Hot wings have undoubtably become one of America’s favorite foods. To accommodate this ever-growing craze, Hi Mountain Seasonings is introducing its new Chicken Wing Bundle.
YOUTH
The Pennsylvania Triple Trophy is accomplished by harvesting an Antlered Whitetail, a Black Bear, and a Wild Turkey all in the same license year. It’s a rare and difficult feat for seasoned hunters but made even more special when accomplished by a youth hunter. Recently, 17-year-old Pennsylvania S3DA youth archer Logan Shepard accomplished this task. The Scholastic Archery Association (S3DA) was pleased to award Logan with the inaugural S3DA Conservation Award for his efforts.
 

Marilyn is a classy lady – always has been and always will be. She’s a straight shooter (probably why I like her so much) and has been in the outdoor industry for many years, but we won’t get into specific dates. She’s a problem solver, like what I experienced with her at the recent POMA Business Conference when I discuss South Dakota being a potential conference location. She jumped right in and contacted the local Visitor’s Bureau – I think she even had lunch with them! That’s partly a South Dakota thing and partly what Marilyn just does – she gets things done. It is high time we, in the archery/bowhunting industry, pay our respects to her and all of her years of dedication to our lifestyle. Enjoy this quick chat with Marilyn Bentz – Michelle Scheuermann, editor, Archery Wire.

Q: Marilyn, please share with the Archery Wire audience what NBEF does

A: Sure! The National Bowhunter Education Foundation provides the bowhunter certification and class content that some states and certain circumstances require to legally bow hunt. NBEF also provides instructor training and certification. We’re all about helping bowhunters learn to become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport. NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. Europe and other countries offer full reciprocity for the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct IBEP classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization.

Q: And what is your role in NBEF?

A: As the executive director I oversee the program and work directly with state agencies, partners that utilize our program and the NBEF Board of Directors.

Q: So, what's new at NBEF?

A: At the NBEF we realize today’s bowhunter is more socially engaged so we are stepping up our social media and marketing game as well as getting out there in person where the strongest potential for new bowhunters exists. Organizations that support hunting and bowhunting are an important part of our existence. The NBEF has been a Cornerstone Corporate Partner of the Professional Outdoor Media Association since 2005. Organizations such as the R100 tournament scene and NASP events are family friendly and are proven to be rich in bowhunter potential. The NBEF wants to be the resource leader for learning potential and also to recognize their achievements along the way. So, whether that is a sticker or hat at a tournament or presenting a prize at an R-100 event, we want people to know we are here for them! Part of our support also extends to coverage of events via photos on social media and we are creating a new section of our website, www.nbef.org, for people to submit their favorite photos of their bowhunting experiences.

Although we like to work with organizations that bring new people into the sport, we also like to reward those organizations that have worked hard to preserve some of the history of the sport. We continue to support organizations such as Pope and Young. Many of our long-time instructors are Pope and Young members and many of the record book big game trophies were taken by Pope and Young members who were graduates of the bowhunter education program.

Q: How did you get into this industry? What is your archery/bowhunting experience? How did you learn?

A: I got into bowhunting when I started a second career 35 years ago. In 1990 I took a bow ed class followed by an Instructor Course. Since then, I have taught classes as well as serving on the NBEF Board of Directors prior to becoming the Executive Director. I have very strong midwestern ties to conservation and bowhunting fits that model. I have bow hunted in many states, primarily for whitetail. I’ve also taken hogs, rabbits, and squirrel with a bow as well as an Osceola turkey with a firearm. My favorite bowhunting location is an old oak grove in Nebraska with a meandering spring-fed creek; it’s idyllic.

I was fortunate both from a career aspect as well as a proficiency aspect to have had extremely talented and knowledgeable mentors. When I got into the industry, Chuck Saunders taught me about the industry as well as many marketing tips which have proven to be timeless. Although there have been many advances to the technology side of archery, the marketing appeal remains the same. The flight of the arrow, regardless of the equipment it is shot from, has a romantic mystic that is not found in any other shooting sport. Advertising needs to sell this and the dream of the sport….whether that dream is every shot in the gold or a trophy animal.

This is a very opportunistic time for not only the sport of archery but the entire shooting sports community. COVID slowed down everyone’s life and reduced distractions that had previously kept people from going outdoors and participating in nature. Some attempts to venturing outdoors were no doubt baby steps. Many people enjoyed the solitude and at the same time the loud chatter of a squirrel or snort of a doe that can be heard when everything else quiets. From our years of experience with new hunters, we know to retain these new outdoor enthusiasts we need to make them successful in their endeavors. If their goal is to put food on the table, we need to have materials available so that they can learn how to be successful quickly. Bowhunting can be a very difficult sport and today’s new bowhunter may not realize that until their first attempts. Our job is to provide tools for their success regardless of their learning curve.

Q: Final words: Anything you wish more bowhunters did?

A: Show you are a responsible hunter by taking a bow ed course! Responsible hunters (bow, crossbow and firearm) leave the woods cleaner and better than they found them. They learn everything possible about tree stand safety, practice to become a proficient shooter, know when to shoot, where to shoot, plan for the hunt and hunt with a plan, know the laws and obey them.

Check out Marilyn’s office – she has quite the memorabilia stacked in a small space. From left to right:

  1. Oval wall plaque. Received when inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, 2005.
  2. Signed Saunders Archery Target Clock. A gift from Chuck Saunders, Christmas 1986.
  3. Ishi bronze (#58) by Max Greiner, former NBEF Board Member. Limited edition used as a fund raiser for the NBEF in the mid to late 80’s.
  4. Various items on file cabinet including a camo moose, ‘target’ pen holder made by Marilyn’s father-in-law to recognize my involvement in the archery industry, a special little friend photo, and resin replicas of ‘famous’ deer….and Ishi.
  5. Certificate of Thanks from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Peer Review efforts, 2010.
  6. Golden Eagle Recurve. Gift from a friend.
  7. Elk Antler and Elk teeth Cribbage set. Crafted as a gift from Lyle Prell, 1997.
  8. Framed eclipse drawing. Created by Marilyn’s Grandson, Hayden, after a trip to witness the solar eclipse, 2017.
  9. Personalized framed turkey feather art by Lynda Wood from Ann Clark during a Diana’s hunt in Wisconsin.
  10. Small replica bow popular in the 90’s.
  11. Three good friends: (L-R) Dick Mauch, Marilyn, Dick Turpin
 
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