The USA Archery Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Program, the first step in certification for thousands of archery instructors nationwide, has been updated to include new program branding and improved course content.

The Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC) at Georgia Southern University, a state-of-the-art instructional facility dedicated to the shooting sports, is open to students and the public. The facility includes training rooms, an archery center and a firearms range.

U.S. National Field Championships wrapped up this week, naming national champions and announcing the highly coveted and prestigious Easton and Shenk Awards.
U.S. archers setting sights on the 2016 Olympic Games caught a glimpse of the competition to come as they took on the world's hottest competition at the Aquece Rio International Archery Challenge at the Sambodromo.

A recent distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will allow the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to carry out the planned transfer of three properties to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

With the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in two captive deer breeding facilities in south-central Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be stepping up efforts to strategically sample hunter harvested deer at a greater level during the 2015-16 hunting season.
Find out the facts at a special Chronic Wasting Disease and Urban Deer Population Management program at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Oct. 2.

Registration for the 2016 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE), to be held Feb. 11-14, 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is now open giving attendees an early shot to lock in their attendance.

Providence Marketing Group, an industry leader in providing full-service marketing and public relations services to clients in the outdoors industry, announces the addition of Luke Hartle as Vice President of Content and Distribution to its growing team of marketing professionals.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands announces the appointment of 15-year industry veteran Mike Auten as Director of Marketing for the Hunting Division.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-quality hunting and outdoor products, has named Kim French as its Vice President of Sales.

PointsNorth's client, a leader in the outdoor accessory market, is seeking an individual yo oversee the marketing plans, packaging and product development for the camping business segment.

Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network's Fall roll-out more with 577 new episodes and eight new series across all three networks beginning on Monday, September 28.

Adding to its diverse line up, for 2016 Bear Archery introduces three flagship bows, three bow models that are offered bow only or as an RTH package in prices ranging from $299 - $599.

New for 2016, Trophy Ridge expands on its popular React® series sights with the new React-Pro 7, the React-One Pro and the React V5.
Hunter's Blend—the popular flavor that is already found in Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky, Snackin' Sticks and Summer Sausage—offers a unique blend of garlic, pepper and a hint of hickory that finishes with a little heat.

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, a leading manufacturer in high performance sports optics, introduces the TERRA ED 32 mm binoculars, in 8x32 and 10x32 mm models equipped with an exclusive Under Armour® Bino Harness, featuring durable, thick hypalon attachments, solid metal hardware and adjustable elastic straps for complete comfort.

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) announces its new logo and a redesigned website. both part of an ongoing effort to refresh the brand and messaging of the organization for a new generation of hunters nationwide.

In an effort to contribute to the fight against breast cancer, Xecutioner is offering the pink version of its most popular mechanical broadhead, the 100-grain Xpandable, at a discounted price of only $34.95 from Oct. 1 through Oct 15.
It's getting down to the wire to enter to win the STYRKA S7 Series 10x42 binoculars for one lucky Facebook fan -- the drawing will take place Thursday Oct. 1.

BIGshot Archery, LLC, creator of innovative archery targets, announces its sponsorship of Total Archery Challenge (TAC), action-packed, family friendly 3D shooting for all experience levels.
DUEL Game Calls has signed with Levi and Samantha Morgan as a 2015 Premier Product Sponsor and exclusive game call sponsor of their adventure archery program, Name The Game®.
As a strong supporter of archery and family values, T.R.U. Ball Archery has stepped forward to help Scholastic 3-D Archery expand archery opportunities for young people.

Deer hunters in northwest Missouri may see deer wearing radio collars when they head into the woods this fall, and the Department of Conservation reports they may be harvested if appropriate to seasons and methods.
An expected 50,000 bowhunters will be hiding among the branches on treestands in timber across Iowa forests and field edges beginning Oct. 1.
South Dakota big game hunters are reminded that it is illegal for anyone to place any salt or salt lick or construct, occupy, or use any screen, blind, scaffold, or other device at or near any salt or salt lick for the purposes of enticing or baiting big game animals to the same for the purpose of hunting, watching for, or killing big game.
October 1 is opening day for several major archery hunting seasons in Oklahoma, and prospects are good for most of those seasons.

This week's Name The Game airs Wednesday, Sept. 30, with professional archers, Levi and Samantha Morgan hitting the road for Paducah, Ky. in search of early-season whitetails.
This week on The Choice, Ralph & Vicki are in Alaska with Renfro's Alaskan Adventures, floating the rivers in an effort to tag one of a brown bear that roams the salmon streams in search of dinner.

Funded through a partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club and American sporting optics maker Leupold & Stevens, a new research program "Poach and Pay," looks to examine the possibility of higher fines as a deterrent to poaching in an effort to curb wildlife crime and more severely punish those who steal valuable conservation resources.

Jim Dougherty: Bows, Arrows and Adventure
Life is gift, and, with bow in hand, Jim Dougherty lived life as one everlasting adventure, sharing it with thousands of nimrods and archery enthusiasts through his words, stories and black and white images appearing in print for more than four decades.

Dougherty, a California native, died in his adopted hometown of Tulsa, Okla. Monday, Sept. 21 at the age of 78. One of the most recognized names in the archery world, he quietly, but bravely battled cancer for the last years of his life.

As a friend of the legendary archery innovator Ben Pearson, Dougherty moved to Tulsa in the early 1970s when Ben Pearson Archery operated under the ownership of Brunswick-Zebco. When the Pearson plant moved to Arkansas, Dougherty remained in Tulsa and opened Jim Dougherty Archery at 4420 S. Mingo Road, a bow-and-arrow business that for many years was the largest of its kind in the Southwest region.

But for many bowhunters who came of age in the 1970s, 80s and beyond, it was Dougherty's written exploits and accomplishments spanning from Catalina Island to Africa — beginning with his lemonwood stickbow and later with a recurve and compound bow —— that sparked and helped fuel their personal interest and passion for hunting with a bow and arrow.

In the world of archery, Dougherty was an iconic bowman hunter whose buddies were other legends of the day, including Pearson, Fred Bear, Tom Jennings and Earl Hoyt. Additionally, he was a record-setting warm-water fly fisher, avid shotgunner and noteworthy predator hunter whose writings perhaps did more to popularize predator calling in the Western U.S. than anyone up to that point.

Dougherty served as board member and later as President of the Pope and Young Club. And during a period when the organization's leadership was noted for being exclusionary and intolerant of certain equipment, Dougherty was known for his compromising and common sense approach to issues and personalities.

As a inductee of the Archery Hall of Fame Class of 1997, Dougherty, forever humble, said "I would like to be remembered as a guy who loved to bowhunt, who did it rather well and who tried to represent the sport properly."

Among the volumes of interesting trivia surrounding Dougherty and his archery, former Petersen's BOWHUNTING editor Greg Tinsley reminded The Archery Wire this week that, as a victim of target panic early in his shooting career, Jim, a natural right-hand shooter, taught himself to shoot left-handed to overcome his affliction.

"Along with all of those who knew him, the Delta Oxbow Rod and Gun Cub where Jim often fished for bass, send their heart-felt condolences and prayers to Jim's beloved wife, Sue, and his large family and his many, many friends," Tinsley wrote.

Current BOWHUNTING editor Christian Berg, called Dougherty's passing last week one that leaves a void in archery that will never be filled. As the magazine's contributor since the first issue in 1988, his iconic "Trail's End" back-page column was one of the most popular departments since its debut in July 1992.

"Jim had an encyclopaedic knowledge of archery history, and he used an intensely personal writing style to educate and entertain fellow bowhunters as they relived his epic adventures, from chasing feral hogs on Catalina Island and bugling bull elk in the Rockies to sitting for whitetails in his home state of Oklahoma and shooting bullfrogs with his sons at local farm ponds," Berg said. "I have heard from hundreds of readers who told me Jim's column was a highlight of every issue and the first place they turned when a new magazine arrived in the mailbox."

Berg said he would always cherish his opportunity to have worked closely with someone of Dougherty's caliber and stature.

"He wasn't just a bowhunting giant; he was a giant of a man, and I respected him as much for his no-nonsense style, brutally honest opinions and devotion to family as I did for his considerable archery and literary talents" Berg said. "Though Jim fought a difficult, multi-year battle with cancer, he never complained. His passion for bowhunting never waned, and his perseverance was an inspiration. There will truly never be another Jim Dougherty, and I am blessed to have been even a small part of his journey through this life."

- J.R. Absher


Sept. 28
Oct. 17
Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games 3D Archery Tournament
London, Ky.
Oct. 17 - Oct. 18
Oct. 27 - Oct. 30
Dec. 3 - Dec. 6
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2015 Elk Camp
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 3 - Dec. 12
RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 11 - Dec. 13
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
Jan. 5 - Jan. 7
Archery Trade Association Trade Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 15 - Jan. 17
IBO Indoor World Championship
Cleveland, Ohio
Jan. 15 - Jan. 17
IBO 2016 Indoor World Championship
Parma Archery, Cleveland, Ohio
Jan. 22 - Jan. 24
Lancaster Archery Classic
Lanco Fieldhouse, East Petersburg, Pa.
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