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The Professional Outdoor Media Association's (POMA) 2015 Pinnacle Award honorees were announced by Kevin Tate, vice president of media production at Mossy Oak, during POMA's 10th Anniversary Business Conference in Springfield Mo. on Friday, March 20.

The 2014 ASA Shooter of the Year Levi Morgan scratched his way back to the leader board after two tough rounds to land what he described as a very unexpected victory at the second ASA event of 2015.
More than 1700 shooters showed up in Louisville, Ky. last week to test their skills and equipment against the X-Ring in the second leg of the NFAA 3-Star Tour.
USA Archery looks at the potential for inclusion the compound bow in future Olympic competition in an interview with Tom Dielen, Secretary General of World Archery, the international federation for the sport of archery.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded grants totaling $279,733 to fund 20 conservation projects that will improve more than 23,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the state of Oregon.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter-harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2014–15 season as part of a CWD surveillance effort.

Prime Total Archery Challenge -- fueled by Mtn Ops -- is coming to 7 Springs Resort in Seven Springs, Pa. on June 5-7, bringing participants the greatest possible outdoor 3D archery experience.
The Field & Stream-Outdoor Life Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo has several new items at this year's event, set for April 10-12 at the Alliant Energy Center of Dane County in Madison, plus the return of long-time popular favorites.

Lancaster Archery Supply, a leading archery distributor with three e-commerce websites built on Magento Enterprise, is seeking a Web Developer with expert knowledge of PHP to support critical web maintenance and development functions at its Leola offices, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pa.
Kinsey's, a leading distributor to the outdoor and archery industry located in Mount Joy, Pa., is seeking an Archery Buyer responsible for maintaining and analyzing inventory levels, product selection and vendor programs.
Lancaster Archery Supply, an-industry leading archery distributor and retailer located in Lancaster, Pa. is currently seeking full and part time retail salespersons to provide clients with excellent customer service and technical expertise.
Vista Outdoor is seeking a Sales Representative in their Overland Park, Kansas location. The Sales Representative is responsible for the buy group channel of trade and will sell company products and/or services to assigned accounts within the territory working closely with Vista Sales staff, key dealers and corporate offices.
Lancaster Archery Supply, located in Leola, Pa. has an immediate opening for a detail-oriented person to work as an order puller in its pick/pack operation.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for more than 40 summer positions at its three downtown Detroit parks and recreation facilities, offering valuable work experiences in areas from customer service to park operations and building maintenance.
Lancaster Archery Supply, located in Lancaster, Pa., is currently seeking an Archery Instructor to facilitate all Archery Academy programs with the goal of creating a lifelong passion for archery within all students by teaching and inspiring.

Those student archers competing at the 2015 National Archery in the School National Championship (NASP) in Louisville, Ky. May 7-9 will have the opportunity to try the Olympic-side of archery by shooting a recurve bow and competing in a Team Round Match, hosted by The Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS).
Students discuss the competition at archery tournamentLast spring, when the Department of Natural Resources held its first statewide archery tournament for youngsters in the National Archery in the Schools Program, just over 400 youths signed up to come to Central Michigan University to shoot. This year, more than 600 youngsters registered.
More than 700 students from across South Dakota will have a chance to show off their archery skills at the 6th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament March 27-28, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
A total of 1,056 archers from 38 schools qualified to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament Saturday, March 21 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Hunter Safety System has introduced the new Nite and Day Trail Markers, carefully selected colors of day-glow orange and chartreuse that provide extremely high visibility in daylight hours, and easy to find in the dark with the beam of a flashlight.

The Pope & Young Club announced this week Wilderness Athlete, "The Authority on Outdoor Performance Nutrition," has become the organization's newest Corporate Partner.

At a recent workshop held in Miles City, a group of individuals from around the region were recognized for their years of dedication as instructors for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Hunter Ed and Bow-Hunter Education programs.

Outtech, a sales and marketing group maintaining a portfolio of brand leaders across the categories it represents, has announced the promotion of Nick French to the newly created position of Outdoor Division Sales Manager.

Ozonics is the scent elimination product for hunters that actually deals with a hunter's human scent zone, transforming human scent molecules into molecules unrecognizable to deer.

The deadline for college students interested in applying for Safari Club International Foundation conservation scholarships will be April 15, 2015.

ODFW and Oregon Bow Hunters will be teaching archery for beginner and intermediate shooters on the third Saturday of every month (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) from March through November at the EE Wilson Wildlife Area Archery Range in Monmouth.

If it's big game bowhunting, Tom Miranda, host of "Mathews Territories Wild," likely has done it – including arrowing Africa's Big Six, 15 SCI Slams and is nearing SCI's World Hunting Award with bow & arrow.
Jim Miller, creator of Tex Mex Outdoors appearing on Hunt TV, has announced that experienced bowhunter and decorated military veteran Brandon Archer will serve as co-host beginning with fall 2015 programming.

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, together with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, introduced on Wednesday the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, which would allow the use of wildlife management and conservation techniques on the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park.
Over the past decade, SCI Chapters and SCI Foundation have helped finance the management and upkeep of the wood bison herd in Alaska and now will participate in the second phase of this historical event — moving bison to the wild.

35th Annual NFAA Indoor Nationals Dedicated to Bennie Mooer
Editor's note: Last week's 35th Annual National Field Archery Association "5-Spot" Indoor Nationals in Louisville, Ky.— attracting some 1,700 participants — was dedicated to the memory of the late event founder, Bennie Mooer. -JRA

Bennie and family as he receives the Compton Medal of Honor, the NFAA's highest award for service in archery.

If you have been around the NFAA over the past few decades, you may have heard the name Bennie Mooer. Not only did Bennie serve as nearly every position in the organization but he was also a major advocate for starting the NFAA Indoor National tournament. Bennie was instrumental in the growth and success of the 5-spot tournament and without him the tournament may not have grown to the Indoor Nationals you know today. In return, the NFAA would like to dedicate the 35th Annual Indoor National tournament to the late Bennie Mooer.

As a young man Bennie worked for an oil company around the Newton, KS area. He played baseball for that company's industrial league team and enjoyed hunting quail and pheasants and wetting a line when the opportunity arose. His love of archery began in 1963 when a good friend and high school coach introduced him to the sport. He found the sport gave him an opportunity to spend quality time with his family.

Sometime along the way of life he and his wife Bonnie moved to the Great Bend, KS area. He began his own construction business and as a side gig started officiating high school and junior college football and basketball throughout central Kansas. He officiated games for nearly 30 years.

Bennie was elected President of a local club, Cheyenne Archers, in 1966 then followed up with Midwest Councilman in 1966 where he served 11 years. He held the position of Vice President of Tournaments for Kansas Archers Association from 1966-1968 and KSAA President 1968-1970. After 1970 he slowed his NFAA activity to just being a councilman and competing for seven years.

During that time Bennie and Bonnie became involved with Polka dancing and belonged to a group that went to dances regularly. Bonnie said she had the frilly dresses and Bennie's shirts always matched her dresses. They traveled to different towns for the Polka dances.

In 1977 Bennie received the NFAA Medal of Merit. In 1978 he ran for Vice President of the NFAA and was elected. This was a very busy time because the NFAA was working on building a new headquarters in Redlands, CA. Bennie assisted with building permit issues and worked on starting a National Indoor Tournament.

In 1980 the NFAA held the first National Indoor Tournament in Omaha, NE. The weekend was a terrible one, weather wise, as a blizzard hit Kansas and Nebraska; still approximately 500 brave souls attended. Bennie continued to grow the tournament over the next 16 years as the Indoor National Tournament Planner/Coordinator.

In 1983 Bennie traveled to California several times trying to get the building permit for the new headquarters building. Because of his construction history he was able to deal with getting the necessary permits and the building was completed in early 1984 and occupied by the staff.

Bennie was awarded the first Clyde Miller trophy in 1983 for an individual who most resembled the ideals of Mr. Miller in working for and recognizing the everyday archer.

Bennie was elected KSAA President in 1984-1986. He also served as NFAA President from 1984-1989 and Immediate Past President from 1990-1994. Bennie was awarded the first Presidents award in 1993 and the NFAA's highest honor, the Compton Medal of Honor, on March 26, 1994. He attended 24 Directors meetings in a row and was a Councilman from 1998-2002. Bennie continued attending all national tournaments until his health no longer permitted it. After the NFAA bought The Vegas Shoot, Bennie and Bonnie continued attending the shoot overseeing the bow storage.

He and Bonnie attended two world tournaments, one in Sweden and one in Scotland, while promoting Field at the World level. He always promoted the NFAA scholarship fund and was a certified instructor.

Bennie continued serving archery at the state level giving up the state Treasurer position in May of 2011 at his request. He passed away in July 2011 during the week of the National Outdoor in Yankton, SD. KSAA has missed his presence at their shoots and meetings.

- John and Judy Doub

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Mar. 27
Oklahoma State NASP Championships
River Spirit Expo Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Mar. 27 - Mar. 29
Mar. 27 - Mar. 29
Missouri Outdoors Expo
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo.
Mar. 28
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland Middle School, Hartland, Mich.
Mar. 28 - Mar. 29
Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Outdoor Expo
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Ariz.
Mar. 28 - Mar. 29
IBO Kentucky State Championship
2500 Handy's Bend Rd., Wilmore, Ky.
Apr. 10 - Apr. 12
Apr. 10 - Apr. 12
IBO Spring National
Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV
Apr. 11 - Apr. 12
Rinehart R100 Tournament
Smokey Valley Archers, Lindsborg, Kan.
Apr. 15 - Apr. 18
Pope & Young Club 2015 Convention
Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, Ariz.
Apr. 18 - Apr. 19
Apr. 18 - Apr. 19
First Dakota Bank Archery Classic
Yankton, SD
Apr. 18 - Apr. 19
Rinehart R100 Tournament
Cinnamon Creek Ranch, Denton, Tex.
Apr. 24 - Apr. 26
ASA TRU Ball/Bear Archery Pro/Am
Laurel County Fairgrounds, London, Ky.
Apr. 25 - Apr. 26
May 1 - May 3
NFAA National Marked 3D
Straight Arrow Bowhunters, Redding, Calif.
May 2 - May 3
Rinehart R100 Tournament
May 7 - May 9
May 7 - May 9
NASP/IBO 3D Challenge
Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Ky
May 15 - May 17
1st Leg IBO Nat'l Championship Triple Crown
White River Bowhunters, Bedford, Ind.
May 23 - May 24
Rinehart R100 Tournament
May 30 - May 31
Rinehart R100 Tournament
June 5 - June 7
Prime Total Archery Challenge
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Pa.
June 6 - June 7
Rinehart R100 Tournament
June 12 - June 15
2nd Leg IBO National Championship Triple Crown
Gem City Outdoorsmen, Fairview, Pa.
June 20 - June 21
Rinehart R100 Tournament
June 26 - June 28
June 27 - June 28
Rinehart R100 Tournament
July 4 - July 5
Rinehart R100 Tournament
July 18 - July 19
Rinehart R100 Tournament
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