Thirty years ago this October, Joe Hamilton of South Carolina organized the first gathering of volunteers who would become known as the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). Throughout this year, QDMA will be celebrating this milestone in its history, most notably at the QDMA National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 19-22.  


Thunderous applause, oohs and awes filled the Old National Centre Theatre in Indianapolis this past January as the Fifth Annual Badlands Film Festival Presented by Garmin played on the big screen. An annual event during the week of the ATA tradeshow, the Badlands Film Festival has become a must-attend affair.


Stewards of Wildlife Conservation, a non-profit organization based in Uvalde, Texas, has received two Vega Digital Awards for its inspirational and inspiring video on its Rhinos Forever program. The video can be seen at and on their YouTube channel at 

Pheasants Forever’s largest event, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, recently concluded in Sioux Falls as thousands of upland supporters flocked to the Sioux Falls Convention Center. During the event, three local chapters from throughout the nation were praised with top honors for their volunteer efforts over the past year in the categories of habitat projects, membership, and conservation advocacy. 


The largest field on record is scheduled to participate at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2018 World Elk Calling Championshipsin Sandy, Utah. The annual competition takes place March 16-17 at the Mountain American Expo Center (9575 So. State St.) as part of the Salt Lake City International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE). 


The USA Indoor Nationals and NFAA Indoor Nationals took place over the weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, and resulted in a dominating performance by Elite Archery pro staff members and six podium finishes. 


Union volunteers in the Henryetta Area will volunteer their time and trade skills through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) program to complete one final project at Nichols Park in Henryetta, Oklahoma, that will increase public access to the park and lake. To celebrate the newly restored park, the USA will host a family fishing day and a formal dedication following the completion of the project.  


Can-Am Sales Group, LLC., is pleased to announce that retail & sales executive Mike Santos has joined the growing team at Can-Am.  

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) announces Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as this year’s honorary chair. NHF Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of fishing and hunting with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting fishing- and hunting-related events. The annual celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. 


The International Hunter Education Association United States of America (IHEA-USA) is conducting a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Applications are being accepted now through March 31st, 2018.


TRUGLO® seeks Director of Engineering.  TRUGLO, Inc. is a growing and established brand in the archery and firearms industries. TRUGLO, Inc. offers an innovative product portfolio, servicing a vast outdoor-centric customer base. In addition to the TRUGLO brand, TRUGLO, Inc. owns and operates the APEX GEAR brand. APEX GEAR offers a premium archery-centric accessory portfolio to the demanding archery enthusiast.


Lancaster Archery Supply, the world’s largest archery supplier, is looking for several people who are knowledgeable and passionate about archery to fill key, full- and part-time positions in our Pro Shop and a full-time position in our Customer Service Department.


Pnuma Outdoors and L-AV8™ announce a limited time offer of 15% off any Rogue Series product infused with L-AV8 IE Technology.  Act now to take advantage of L-AV8 IE Technology that unlocks 8 core benefits – Increased Strength, Improved Hydration, Better Sleep, Greater Flexibility, Reduced Surface Inflammation, More Energy, Faster Recovery, and Increased Endurance

CenterPoint Archery is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of the Aspen™ takedown recurve bow. This versatile, lightweight bow is a functional blend of both new and existing technology and features premium traditional finishes. 

Easton Technical Products®, the industry leader in innovative arrows and archery equipment, introduces the HEXX™ FOC. The HEXX™ FOC is made using ultra lightweight carbon that shoots flatter for archers looking for ultimate speed from their bows.

New for 2018, Can-Am off-road has added a Bed Tool Box accessory to fit its Defender side-by-side vehicles. The tool box easily installs in all Can-Am Defender models and is a great weather-resistant storage option for tools and gear.  

Redneck® Outdoors is pleased to introduce Redneck Blind Awnings.  The heavy-duty window awnings are perfect for the hunter or cameraman looking for extra protection from the outside elements.


Real Avid introduces the new Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit, a tool that has a built-in light to help you see the carbon and dirt your missing while cleaning firearm components.

BioShield is a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients and therefore 100% safe to use on skin and clothing. BioShield has a pleasant citrus smell unlike most insect repellents. BioShield is safe to use on infants, children, pets, horses, cows, any mammal effected by insect

Bear & Son Cutlery, a favorite among the knife community, continues to produce quality made pocket knives with their new 205R Rosewood.  This new lockback embodies American craftsmanship and functionality matched with the best materials available to create a handy outdoor knife.

Bugout Gaiters in Realtree Xtra by Outdoor Research add an extra layer of protection against pesky instects during your time outdoors. InsectShield® technology helps protect against mosquitos, ticks and other biting insects, including those that can carry disease.  

To meet a wide variety of hunting situations, Advantage Hunting Blinds makes a range of blinds in different configurations: the Dual-Threat Bow/Gun Combo Blind, the 2-Person Advantage Hunting Blind, the Whitetail 2-person Blind, and the Whitetail 4-Person Blind. Various options allow these blinds to be elevated, or used on the ground depending on the habitat of the hunting situation.


 Parker Bows, the leading manufacturer of high quality Compound bows and Crossbows as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories has launched a new state-of-the-art website with enhancements to better serve its retail and customer base. 


Arizona Mule Deer.Org (AMD), whose focus is the recovery of Mule Deer in the state, conducted their first official Board of Directors’ Meeting in Deer Valley, Arizona on March 1st.  The Board had a busy night, adopting the organization’s bylaws, electing its first-ever slate of Officers, and attending to other organization business. Annual membership dues were set at $40 for Individuals and $1000 for a Lifetime membership. 

 The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has signed on as a Gold Sponsor for the first-ever National R3 Symposium planned for May 21-23, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The Mule Deer Foundation honored its network of chapters and tireless volunteers at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City last month. During the Saturday morning Volunteer Recognition breakfast, the MDF chapters were recognized for their successful fundraising efforts and for getting their hands dirty on volunteer conservation projects.



Trophy Taker, maker of archery accessories for hardcore hunters and medal stand contenders, is excited to announce a new partnership with Gus Congemi, host of Live The Wild Life on Pursuit Channel. 


 Obsession Bows and Trophy Taker are pleased to announce their support of Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) and their mission to educate and promote youth and high school archery. Through their participation as a Gold Level partner, Obsession and Trophy Taker will encourage S3DA member schools and clubs in their efforts to guide youth in the development of the archery skills and ethical bowhunting practices.


Propper International is proud to announce a new partnership with Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), a veteran support organization conceived and organized in 2007 to help the healing and re-integration of disabled veterans and injured active military back into normal American life through participation in outdoor events. 

Prym1 Camo and Seeland today announced a partnership in which Prym1 will be the exclusive licensed camouflage for all of their hunting clothing, equipment and accessories. 

For the past 3 years, Antler King has partnered with UrgeMedia to reach their target audience of hardcore private land hunters. They have renewed their partnership through 2018.


Backcountry Hunters & Anglers commended action in the House Committee on Natural Resources today to unanimously advance legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, or FLTFA, and urged Congress to move this bill to the president’s desk. 



FireDisc® Cookers, the portable propane cooker that’s built to haul with unlimited cooking options, along with CHAMA Chairs, have saddled up with an incredible product giveaway. The giveaway will include the ever-sturdy FireDisc 24” shallow propane cooker in Leprechaun green. 

QuietKat is running a 2018 sweepstakes to win a cutting edge QuietKat Rover equipped with a 750w hub motor, single-speed gearing, and rigid front fork. There is no purchase necessary to win.


Congratulation to John Wheeler of West Virginia on winning the Bowhunter Freestyle Indoor National Championship in Cincinnati on March 11th, 2018. John was shooting his Gearhead T36 and posted scores of 300 - 58X and 300 - 58X for a 600 - 116X for the title.

Rinehart Targets®, manufacturers of the most durable and lifelike 3-D archery targets in the world, has announced its 2018 R100 Traveling Archery Tournament dates and locations schedule.  Starting in March, the Rinehart R100 tournament will travel to 19 different cities across the U.S., setting up the popular event at partnering range locations. 

5 Minutes with Kris Schaff

Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Kris Schaff is a 25-year-old archery phenom, who shoots for Elite Archery (Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Winner’s Choice and more) and USA Archery’s compound team. His 2018 accolades so far this year include a Nimes, France World Archery title, second place World Archery Vegas title, second place Vegas Shoot title, and a World Archery Indoor USA team gold win. When he’s not tearing up the tournament scene, he’s either hunting in his game-rich home state or acing his dad-game. 

Kris – you’ve been shooting professionally since you were 18-years-old – so with roughly six years of experience under your belt (quiver?) what would you tell your 18-year-old self? Or any young tournament archer starting out? 

I would tell myself or any young tournament archer to have fun with it and don’t let your bad days get to you. I think when I was younger I let the pressure get to me and I let the “big name pros” intimidate me. All in all, they are humans and have good and bad days just like myself. So just practice your shot and don’t worry about anyone else but yourself. Your scores will show that! 

Who do you look up to in the tournament world? Who is your mentor? 

In the tournament world, I definitely look up to Logan Wilde.  When I was younger, he was always one pro that would come up and talk to me. As I’ve grown older we have become good friends and I still call him and text him frequently with tuning questions. He’s always been so down to earth and an awesome guy to be around! He’s always positive and has words of encouragement and that’s why I’ve always looked up to him as a pro. 

You are pretty honest on your social feeds showing both the good and the bad that happens at tournaments. How difficult is it to share those photos or stories of tournaments that didn’t go like you planned? What is the reaction from your fans? 

Showing the good is always easy to do because you get so many encouraging and uplifting messages from people, but showing the bad can be a little more challenging. When you didn’t perform like you had hoped, it tends to be difficult to let that go when moving on to the next tournament. When people like, comment, or share those posts, it shows up and it reminds you of the weekend again. Some tournaments it’s easier to look back and reflect on when you shot well or you learned a lot, but some weekends it’s just nice to be able to move on and start fresh the next weekend. Nonetheless, all of my friends, family, and fans keep everything positive and it usually makes for a good few days of practice and a good next tournament.

You are also a big hunter – mostly big game? What have your learned from your hunting experience that helps you in a tournament? Or visa versa – what have you taken from your tournament experiences to help with your hunts? 

I hunt pretty much anything that is in season in my home state of Montana. I’ve never hunted outside the state, but one of these days I would love to venture out and see what other states/countries have to offer. I feel like there is both help from tournament to field and from field to tournament.

I would say from tournament to field would be the most help because I know how to make good shots under pressure and when that animal is coming in to a call or you’re sneaking up on him, your heart is pounding and you are getting that adrenaline rush. This has also helped me in tournaments because you have to be patient in your shot and sometimes while hunting you may have to wait that extra 2 seconds for their leg to move, the breeze to calm down, or wait for the animal to turn their head so they don’t see you draw back. Also from field to tournament, I feel that this has helped with the pressure as well because I started hunting before becoming a pro archer and being in a pressure situation hunting has taught me how to manage and deal with the pressure in the tournament setting. 

Michelle Scheuermann, Editor, Archery Wire


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