The scheduled IBO World Qualifier event on tap for the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Feb. 2-9 in Harrisburg, Pa. will continue under the administration and management of the PA-3D organization, while the IBO has announced it will stand united with those businesses, organizations and individuals boycotting the event.
"Due to the announcement by Reed Exhibitions that manufacturers and vendors with legal modern sporting rifles, accessories, magazines and related items will not be permitted at the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) will not be attending the event.
"The PA-3D Bowhunter's Challenge and IBO Indoor Nationals will take place as previously advertised, albeit without IBO representation. The local PA-3D Bowhunters organization has opted to host and oversee the shooting event on its own. The logistics involved in administering the competition, along with registered participants' concerns with travel plans and airline reservations, are contributing factors for the decision to continue these events.
"Proceeds received by the IBO in shooter fees, along with the Rinehart Target Fee, will be donated to the National Rifle Association specifically to fight the threats to The Second Amendment currently being faced by law-abiding American firearms owners.
"The IBO stands with those who have chosen to boycott the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show and strongly condemns the action taken by Reed Exhibitions.
"We will not stand idly and tolerate the ignorance of political correctness in the face of the truth."