The 2017 ATA is in the books, and according to the Archery Trade Association, the Jan. 10-12 event at the Indianapolis Convention Center attracted more than 9,700 attendees from 24 countries in addition to 653 displaying companies.

Wildgame Innovations has developed two new incredibly effective vapor attractants that are legal for use while hunting in most states that prohibit baiting, because they can't be consumed and contain no nutritional value.

The Ultimate Guide to Crossbow Hunting by longtime archery and hunting writer Joe Byers is exactly what its name implies and covers all aspects of buying, setting up, sighting in, safety practices, and hunting with a crossbow.

Mayhem, powered by Ultimate Wild®, sets the standard in LED lighting specifically designed and engineered for bowfishing enthusiasts by bowfishing enthusiasts, with the introduction of the Mayhem 100 and Mayhem 50.

Bloodsport is roaring into 2017 with aggressive additions to its popular Gravedigger and Night Fury broadhead lines, and two all-new mechanical heads that will set new standards for accuracy and cutting diameter.

The nation's premiere outdoor and hunting organizations have signed a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee endorsing President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to become the fifty-second Secretary of the Interior.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is providing $25,000 in grant funding to assist the Foundation for Wildlife Management (F4WM) with wolf control efforts in Idaho.

Featuring Split Sec Tech™, The Vital Big Game Folder with tool-less blade replacement features a highly visible, blaze orange handle and the grippy overmold keeps you in control when things get messy.

Flextone introduces an impressive, all-new flock of honest and highly realistic Thunder Series Turkey Decoys for 2017, including the Thunder Chick Feeding Hen, Thunder Chick Upright Hen, Thunder Jake, and Thunder Creeper.
Rinehart Targets continues to diversify the Doloma Decoy line with the introduction of the Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy -- built for an extremely action-packed method of hunting.

The 4th Annual Schweighart Shootout, hosted by Jefferson Middle School's Archery program, will be held Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, at Jefferson Middle School and the Champaign Park District Leonhard Center (near Jefferson Middle School).

Knight and Hale® Game Calls introduces Harold Knight's Legend Series of diaphragm calls, comprised of a group of the dirtiest and most dangerous calls on the market.
The Mantis Pro 400 is a remote controlled caller that comes with 400 preloaded calls that include but are not limited to elk, wolf, deer, turkey, bobcat, coyote, moose, rabbit, duck and fox.
As a truly hands-free friction call, T-Bone's Turkey Magnet provides realistic yelps, clucks, and purrs—without forcing the hunter to take either hand off of the shotgun.
Unlike Knight and Hale's previous offerings of hands-free grunt call, the Bone Collector Line's Buckstop grunt call is an exhale deer call.

New Mirage cameras come with either 14- or 16-MP processors and a choice of a 36-piece high-intensity LED infrared flash array with a range of up to 80 feet, or a super stealthy 42-piece high-intensity invisible BLACK LED infrared LightsOut™ flash array with a range up to 75 feet.
Moultrie introduces the M-40 game camera, sporting exceptionally impressive statistics in two of the top-ranking feature categories that matter most in game cameras: trigger speed and flash range.

The Feed Station Pro offers surprisingly simple versatility, dispensing a variety of feed types, from corn to protein pellets to powder supplements, and food stays dry for long periods of time thanks to water-draining weeping holes.
Moultrie's Deer Feeder Standard is an all-in-one feeder that is designed to be completely reliable, sets up in minutes because of tool-free assembly, and is extremely affordable due to its simplistic and durable design.

Ultimate Wild®, a leader in providing high-quality outdoor and hunting products, introduces an even more powerful option to their popular line of rechargeable performance spotlights – the SL-2000.

Plano Synergy, a market leader across multiple hunting and fishing product categories, has announced the hiring of Courtney Henderson as Senior Director of Marketing, Andy Baumbach as Hunting Marketing Manager, and Lori Goldberg as Retail Marketing Manager.
Ken Jefferies & Associates (KJ&A), a leading manufacturer's representative and marketing firm, is proud to announce the promotion of Taylor Childs from Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations, effective immediately.
Ken Jefferies & Associates (KJ&A), manufacturer's representative and marketing firm, announces that Chris Carpenter, former upper midwest and MINK director of sales for KJ&A has been promoted to vice-president of sales for the firm.

Over the past several weeks, four new NASP® coordinators from the states Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oregon, have come aboard.
The National Archery in the Schools Program announces its plan to provide its next advanced training and networking opportunity for NASP® educators and coaches, July 27-28 in Lexington, Ky.

Six new bows, two ELITE branded accessories and a new arrow line generated a consistent buzz throughout this year's ATA Show in Indianapolis, IN.
New Breed Archery has teamed up with Striker Bows to produce a co-designed, co-branded traditional bow made in the USA, the RK1.

Bee Stinger announces the new Sport Hunter Counter Slide and Sidebar Infinity, new products providing improved accuracy for archers and allowing limitless configurations to customize optimal balance.
Knight and Hale® Game Calls present the Outlaw grunt call—a call with unmatched realism and multiple sound-producing capabilities.
Primos Hunting introduces the newest, most-advanced bowhunting vest available at the 2017 Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in Indianapolis. Primos Bow Vest Gen 2 is loaded with features, like the new adjustable fit system that allows users to tighten, loosen and adjust on the fly for the perfect fit in varying situations.

The Mossy Oak® Mastodon extended pack, debuting at Shot Show 2017, makes previously cost-prohibitive western packs accessible to the everyday hunter.
The Monarch X is a daypack/meat-hauler hybrid pack that can be used as a standard daypack, and also gives the user the option to haul out meat after a successful harvest with the built-in stowaway meat shelf.
The Mossy Oak® Pegtooth daypack, being unveiled at Shot Show 2017, is set to revolutionize treestand hunting for bowhunters everywhere.

Bloodsport Archery, makers of quality hunting arrows, announced it are teaming up with two exciting shows: CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany, and Don & Kandi Kisky's Whitetail Freaks.

Bill Lewis of Omaha, Neb., has been named the first recipient of the Mossy Oak ProStaffer of the Year award.

SIG SAUER announces that the KILO lineup is expanding again with the introduction of the KILO2200MR digital laser rangefinder.

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world's leading manufacturer in high performance sports optics since 1846, is pleased to announce Scott Mayer, Assistant Publisher/Multi-Media Editor at Safari Club International, as the 2016 Carl Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year.

As one of the only center-pulling hook-style releases on the market, the single sear driven, inline design of the Talon's head provides reduced string loop torque and exceptional clearance – eliminating accuracy-robbing string misalignment and ticks.

Wildlife Research Center®, the leader in Scent and Scent Elimination will be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo Center for SHOT Show 2017. Drop by booth 1010 to meet Lee & Tiffany from The Crush, Melissa Bachman from Winchester Deadly Passion and Don & Kandi from Whitetail Freaks TV.
Bear & Son Cutlery, a favorite among the knife community, is set to attend SHOT Show and bringing an entirely new look with them. Stop by booth 446 on January 17-20, 2017 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.
SHOT Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Bone Collectors—Michael Waddell, Travis "T-bone" Turner and Nick Mundt—as well as "Shooting USA" host John Scoutten and world-class competitive shooters Jessie Duff, Missy Gilliland and Maggie Reese.

NOMAD Performance Apparel announces its sponsorship of Red Arrow TV, featuring host Kip Campbell.

From the new Quicksilver and Wildhawk for beginners to the more advanced Vertigo and Tomcat 2, every bow in the 2017 Barnett youth lineup comes with everything a young shooter needs to start having fun right out of the package.

Public Land Elk Largest on Record With a Bow
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club announced that an elk from Montana taken on public land during the archery season in 2016 is a potential new archery World's Record typical American elk.

After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the elk's official entry score was confirmed at an astounding 430 inches. The bull was taken on a solo hunt early in the Montana archery season by a resident hunter, Steve Felix, who then brought the bull to the attention of the Boone and Crockett Club, headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

"History was made right here in Montana," said Justin Spring, Boone and Crockett Club's director of Big Game Records. This is the fourth-largest bull in our records, which date back to before 1900, the largest since 1968 and the largest from the state of Montana."

The current B&C World's Record taken with a rifle scores 442-5/8. The second and third largest typical elk were taken before 1900.

"It's a milestone in the success of our commitment to this iconic species," Spring continued. "Animals of this size do not happen by chance. It takes the combined commitment of wildlife managers and biologists, landowners, sportsmen and, above all else, it takes the best habitats we can set aside for elk in elk country."

The last step in the process, in order to obtain an official score for Pope and Young Club World's Record status, is to have the antlers panel scored by a group of highly qualified P&Y and B&C Measurers. This will take place just prior to Pope and Young Club's Biennial Convention and Big Game Awards Ceremony April 5-8, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, where this exceptional animal will be displayed and honored.

Using the B&C scoring system for big game, the Pope and Young Club maintains records for archery taken trophies. B&C records animals taken by all legal hunting methods.

"We're excited, not only for the health of our elk populations and bowhunting, but to be able to share this outstanding specimen with the public for the first time at our biennial convention," explained Joe Bell, executive director for the Pope and Young Club.

The current archery World's Record typical elk scores 412-1/8 and was taken in 2005 from Arizona.

Both organizations point to the fact that a free-ranging elk of this size, living a long life on good habitat, is just one more indicator that wildlife conservation and management is working well.

"Elk of this size are a sign that we're doing something right out there," said Spring. "And the end result couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He's been bowhunting a lot of years and really gets the spirit of the chase, the importance of conservation, and what records keeping is all about-honoring the animal and what it took to make sure we still have elk with us, and the opportunity to see and hunt them."
- Boone & Crockett Club

About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit

About the Pope and Young Club
Established in 1961, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics, and wildlife conservation. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big-game animals harvested with the bow and arrow. To learn more, please visit


Jan. 17 - Jan. 20
Jan. 20 - Jan. 22
2017 3rd Annual Texas Cup (Star FITA)
Texas Archery Academy, Plano, Tex.
Jan. 27 - Jan. 29
14th Annual Lancaster Archery Classic
Lancaster, Pa.
Feb. 4 - Feb. 12
Feb. 10 - Feb. 12
The 2017 Vegas Shoot
South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 16 - Feb. 19
ASA Hoyt Archery Alabama Pro/Am
Foley, Ala.
Feb. 23 - Feb. 25
NABA Reno Show
Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nev.
Mar. 9 - Mar. 12
ASA Team Realtree Pro/Am
Ft. Benning, Ga.
Mar. 10 - Mar. 12
IBO Winter Nationals
Rockdale Shooting Center, Park City, Ky.
Mar. 10 - Mar. 12
Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic
Minn. State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 18 - Mar. 19
37th NFAA Indoor Nationals
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
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