2016 BOWS
Resembling Darton's flagship 3800, just on a smaller scale, the Exciter has its own exclusively designed version of Darton's Patented Dual Sync Cam System.
The HALON's all-new CrossCentric2 Cam employs a partially concentric string payout to produce a stealthy draw and delivers speeds up to 353 feet per second.
Refusing to let a devastating 2015 factory fire slow its momentum, Martin Archery this week released four all­‐new compound bows for the exciting 2016 Martin product line.
Xpedition Archery believes the bow you shoot separates you from the rest of the crowd -- and the colors you fly while competing should be distinctive as well.

Make The Archery Wire Part of Your 2016 Media Plan
It's media-planning time for many archery and sporting goods companies, and we'd like to encourage you to make The Archery Wire part of the advertising or PR plans for your company or clients in 2016. The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will begin its calendar-year billing in just a few short weeks, and we'd like to discuss your options for promoting your products and company to those working in archery industry. Please contact editor J.R. Absher at to find out more.

In order to accommodate new and existing customers, Próis Hunting Apparel plans on shifting focus to consumer shows rather than trade shows for 2016, opting to forego the ATA Trade Show.

Available in a variety of Realtree camo patterns, the True Pursuit Insulated Bib heavyweight hunting overalls are designed with HydroProof™ Ultra fabric for waterproof protection and WindDefense technology to keep cold air away from your body.

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) is reminding hunters that their deer donations are desperately needed to provide nutritious meat to the hungry and homeless this winter.

USA Archery has announced its 2016 events schedule for the Collegiate Archery Program in which there will be five regional events, collegiate divisions at all four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Series Events, U.S. Indoor National Championships, and the season-finale U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships.

The national team for USA Archery is called the "USAT," or United States Archery Team, and it consists of the best senior, para, junior and cadet archers in the country.

Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties have been declared a Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state's ongoing efforts to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Though no new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have been found in New York deer since 2005, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) continues to take the threat of CWD very seriously.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports that mule deer harvested in far West Texas are required to be submitted for testing under TPWD's Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan protocols.

The 2016 DSC convention and expo – Texas' biggest showcase of hunting, sporting and outdoor adventure – returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas Jan. 7-10.

MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading pack company with multiple product lines focused on function, comfort, quality and durability, has expanded its line of packs for 2016 to include five hunter-specific offerings in the new Wilderness Series.

Chevalier Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations announces the hiring of Jake Meyer, its newest public relations and marketing specialist.

Kinsey's, based in Mount Joy, Pa., is currently seeking a full-time sales professional to work as a part of the internal sales team, in an effort to create and maintain sales accounts.
Kinsey's Outdoors is currently seeking a candidate to fill an open position of Sales Manager to take charge of managing staff, assigning short- and long-term objectives, maintaining inventory and displays, assisting customers with selections and purchases, and developing and training the staff.

Members of the Senate Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) hailed the bipartisan passage of the Sportsmen's Act of 2015 by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The Grand Canyon Bison Management Act requires the U.S. Department of Interior and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to coordinate on a plan that allows sportsmen with valid state-issued hunting licenses to assist in management of the bison population.
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed S.556, a package of bills that comprise the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015, a measure to ensure future access to federal public lands for generations to come.

Meopta USA extends its popular MeoPro® HD binocular series with the addition of the new MeoPro 8x56 HD -- ideal for glassing in extreme low-light conditions thanks to the light gathering ability of its large objective lens, advanced fluoride high-definition optics and MeoBright™ multi-coated lenses.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation lauds the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for using scientific practices and procedures to remove wolves from state Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) announced this week that Arthur Dick of North Carolina has joined its National Board of Directors.
For the third consecutive year, Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) and SCIF Sables has awarded scholarships to African students studying conservation and anti-poaching at the Southern African Wildlife College.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has announced that Roland Dugas of Louisiana has joined its National Board of Directors.

In designing the 2016 Wilderness Series, MYSTERY RANCH melded decades of pack-building craftsmanship and Load Carriage™ know-how into these purpose-built tools.

Ti Outdoors, maker of state-of-the-art simulated firearms and archery shooting systems created by the founder of Ti Training, Greg Otte along with President and CEO, J Dart , has announced its partnership with Gemini Southern in an effort to accelerate growth.

Beginning now through the end of November, Steel Will Knives is celebrating the holiday season with its largest sale of the year by offering 25% off the entire inventory.

Prime Archery welcomes professional archer Martin Damsbo, a 30-year-old archer from Denmark, to its competitive archery team as the newest Prime Pro!

The 2015 Pennsylvania Big Game Records book contains more than 4,000 entries in 10 categories: Typical and nontypical deer taken with firearms and archery equipment, black bears taken with firearms and archery equipment, and typical and nontypical elk taken with firearms and archery equipment.

Cabela's will celebrate Black Friday, November 27, by offering customers extended hours, entertainment and up to $15,000 in giveaways and prizes at each of the company's United States locations.

Phoenix-area archers will enjoy a smoother ride down Archery Drive to pursue their sport at Ben Avery Shooting Facility's archery range.
Hunters and landowners in Wisconsin are reminded to be on the lookout for feral pigs as they head into the woods for fall hunting seasons.
DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters and trappers that any coyotes harvested in Delaware must be reported to the division within one business day of take.

Rinehart Targets®, designer and manufacturer of sculpted archery targets, is now offering replacement skins for both the 22- and 26-inch Rhino Bag™ targets.

Primitive Hunting At Its Most, Uh, Primitive
When most sportsmen think about primitive hunting methods for pursuing deer, archery hunting with recurves and longbows or round-ball Kentucky blackpowder rifles might come to mind.

But last month a hunter in the Show-Me State catapulted backward in time – practically to the stone age – by harvesting a trophy whitetail with a device few seasoned hunters have even heard about, much less know how to pronounce or use.

When Paul Gragg first decided to go hunting deer with an atlatl this season, he said his hunting buddies gave him a hard time.

"I heard all the jokes," said the Defiance, Mo. deer hunter. "My friends were all laughing and teasing me about it."

But after downing a 15-point buck with his primitive hunting tool the afternoon of Oct. 24 in St. Charles County, well, let's just say his friends aren't making fun of his choice of hunting method any longer.

With its name derived from an Aztec word for "throwing board," atlatl hunters hook arrow-like hunting darts — more like a spear — into the end of the device, which is generally a wooden piece about two feet in length. The leverage of the atlatl allows them to throw the projectiles much faster and at a much greater distance than one could throw a spear without it.

"When I first started doing it, I thought there was no way this was going to work," Gragg admitted. "But after I practiced it for a little bit I was getting fairly good at it. Once you get the feel for it you can throw them pretty well. You can feel that sweet spot in your motion as soon as you let it go. You know right away whether you had a good throw or not. It's a lot like throwing a baseball."

Currently, only Missouri, Alabama and Pennsylvania permit the atlatl for deer hunting, while a handful of other states list the device as legal for rough fish, some gamebirds and non-game mammals.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports Gragg, 49, is no stranger to hunting the tough way. He grew up on a farm where he was chasing deer with a bow and arrow by the age of 16.

During his adulthood, pursuing trophy bucks has become his passion. Using various methods including muzzleloader and archery, Gragg has managed to bag some big bucks at places like Peck Ranch, Eagle Bluffs and Howell Island Conservation Areas.

"I've been fortunate enough to have good places to go and a lot of time doing it," he said. "I think my top five bucks have an average score of 183 altogether."

Gragg's hard-won trophy using the atlatl scored 169 Boone and Crockett gross points. The hunter said he will have it mounted and find a special place for it on his living room wall, but he's not about to stop seeking the next hunting challenge.

"My goal was not to harvest the trophy that I did, but I just wanted to get a buck under my belt with the atlatl," said Gragg. "I was in complete shock right off the bat."

- J.R. Absher


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.
Dec. 18
Final Wires for 2015
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. 15 - Jan. 17
Jan. 15 - Jan. 17
Houston Safari Club Convention and Worldwide Hunting Expo
Woodland Waterway Mariott & Convention Center, Houston, Tex.
Jan. 22 - Jan. 24
Lancaster Archery Classic
Lanco Fieldhouse, East Petersburg, Pa.
Jan. 29 - Jan. 31
NFAA World Archery Festival
South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 12 - Feb. 14
Feb. 19 - Feb. 21
47th US Nat'l Indoor & JOAD 2016 Nat'l Indoor Championship
Fiskdale, MA; Albuquerque, NM; Newberry, FL and Chula Vista, CA
Feb. 26 - Feb. 28
47th US Nat'l Indoor & JOAD 2016 Nat'l Indoor Championship
Lancaster, PA; Hamilton, OH; Tulare, CA and Lansing, MI
Feb. 26 - Feb. 28
ASA Pro/Am
Foley, Ala.
Feb. 26 - Feb. 28
Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Show
Minn. State Fair Coliseum, St. Paul, Minn.
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