Virginia Libraries Cater to Teens Hungry for Archery

NEW ULM, Minn. — Teens in Loudoun County can feed their need for archery thanks to a hands-on program based on “The Hunger Games” book series.

Six area libraries will host day-long events incorporating the Archery Trade Association’s (ATA) Explore Bowhunting program, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). [Read more…]

Would you consider this your best hunt?

This is from one of our Winded Bowhunter buds, John.

John Rager 10 Point
John got his early season doe out of the way as we have an “Earn-a-buck” program in Virginia. Then he spent a lot of seat time hunting a big 8 point John had seen around. John let many deer walk under his stand including a piebald 4 pointer that locked horns with a nice 6 pint under his stand, boy that was awesome to see. [Read more…]

EHU Lesson: Archery Hunting

The Ultimate Challenge, hunting the King of the Rocky Mountains with stick and string.  Archery hunting is one of the fastest growing segments of elk hunting in Colorado. The fall colors, crisp air of the high mountains in fall and the test of skill between hunter and animal, stalking to within 30 yards of an elk.  Join Alan Hannasch and Jason Garnett as they provide some insight into the decisions made once you take to the field with a bow.

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Bow Maintenance During the Hunting Season

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

This video is on “In Season Bow Maintenance.” Check out the short video below. Matt Hogue from the Bowcast Pro-Staffillustrates some great tips on three steps to keeping your bow in “form” during the hunting season.

Scent Prevention

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

This video is on “Scent Prevention – The System.” Check out the short video below. Join Anthony and Aneal from BowCast as they talk about scent prevention and the system you should apply before and during hunting activities in the field.

Here is a great follow-up article to this posted by Josh Fletcher on

Community Archery Program Targets Phoenix and Tucson


PHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Archery Trade Association have teamed up to increase archery and bowhunting programs for youngsters throughout Arizona and enhance facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.

Through the agreement, the ATA will provide funding to the Game and Fish Department to double their current archery recruitment staff to include an archery coordinator and a bowhunting coordinator.

“This exciting new partnership with the Game and Fish Department will help grow archery and bowhunting in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix and Tucson areas,” said Mitch King, Archery Trade Association’s director of government relations. “The ATA and its Arizona members, archery manufacturers, and archery shops from across the state are anxious to help the Department reach out to the youth of the state to provide them with a safe and fulfilling recreational outlet.”

The additional staffing combined with the concerted effort between all parties will provide a focused campaign for continuing and growing community-based archery programs like National Archery in the Schools, After School Archery, and Junior Olympic Archery Development.

In addition, the expanded effort will allow the implementation of programs highlighting 3-D archery, bow-fishing, crossbows, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation’s courses, and outdoor skills workshops.

“We now have more than 122 schools participating in the Archery in the Schools Program,” said Game and Fish Assistant Director Ty Gray. “This partnership with the Archery Trade Association will help expand these programs and new ones further into the communities of Arizona to recruit and retain new archery shooters and bowhunters.”

In a multifaceted grassroots system, the Archery Trade Association’s (ATA) Community Archery Program works with state wildlife agencies, local parks and recreation departments, communities, archery shops, clubs, and organizations to expand on the success of the National Archery in the Schools program, a physical education curriculum designed to teach international-style target archery in grades 4-12.

“These are exciting times to see the Game and Fish Department working hand-in-hand with private industry to achieve the same goal,” said Randy Philips, owner of Archery Headquarters in Chandler and an ATA board member.

There are many benefits from shooting a bow and arrow. Although shooting a bow is a physical activity, physical condition is not a limiting factor and allows equal participation. Additionally, shooting sports develop concentration and metal focus, improve self-confidence, teach respect and accountability, and provide a low-impact healthy activity.

To learn more about shooting sports and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, visit

Note to media: For high-resolution action photographs of archery shooting, or live interviews with the department’s archery education coordinator, contact Public Information Officer Doug Burt at (623) 236-7215 or

I stumbled across the Montana Bowhunters Association website


copy-of-mt_bow_assThe Montana Bowhunters Association (MBA) was established in 1973 as a nonprofit organization by and for Montana’s bowhunters. Its sole purpose remains the same today as it was then:  “To unite the state’s bowhunting sportsmen to work towards a common goal of preserving and promoting the sport of bowhunting in Montana.”


In addition to preserving and promoting bowhunting, some of the MBA’s major goals are:

  • promoting ethical bowhunting through education
  • improving landowner – bowhunter relationships
  • a voice in management of Montana’s big game and an opportunity to assist in the preservation of wildlife habitat


Some well know bowhunters, by the likes of Gene Wensel, Patrick Graham and M.R. James have commented and support the MBA.


This is appears to be a stand-up organization and I wish there was an organization in Virginia, that did half this much for hunting!

Multiple Quarters


Mystery RanchHere is a great post from Mark Seacat from Mystery Ranch, that is sure to get you itching for the Elk Season!  I am not sure which photo gets my blood pumping more!!!

Awesome photos Mark!

Read the full article here.

Introduction to Bivouac and Backcountry Bow Hunting

The backcountry bowhunter who wrote this article is extremely knowledgeable on the bivy style hunting. Here is a teaser from last years first post on his blog.

South Cox’s goal in his blog is to help us learn the ropes of backcountry hunting. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or have never spent the night out in the wilderness, I think there will be something for everyone. I invite your questions, comments and critiques. The first several entries I plan on covering gear choices in greater detail than I was able to cover on the podcast. After that Ill go into some specifics about mule deer hunting in the alpine. As I get input and feedback, the blogs will likely take off on other tangents of the readers interests.

Read the full article here.

Montana’s annual hunting regulations are available. Finally!

Montana’s annual hunting regulations are available. Finally. The long-awaited, 120-page, deer, elk and antelope regulations arrived Monday, March 30, at Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices. They should also be at license agents throughout the state. Arriving at the same time were the smaller, 40-page, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat regulations.

The deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses is May 1; for deer and elk permits and antelope licenses the deadline is June 1.