The International Bowhunting Organization will hold the 2023 IBO Genesis Indoor World Championship on May 10-12, 2023 in the West Wing of the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is open to all NASP and other Genesis archers per the IBO Rule for the “GEN” class.
Beretta announced that Team Beretta athletes have had a strong performance during the start of the 2023 competition season. In particular, JJ Racaza, a member of the Beretta pistol team, has brought home multiple first-place wins in recent matches since the start of the year.
Pyramyd Air announced the return of The Pyramyd Air Cup, which features Field Target, Bench Rest, and Gunslynger competitions. The event will be held at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter Vincent Hancock—a three-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion—for winning two medals at the 2023 International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup. Hancock brought home a Silver medal in Men’s Individual Skeet and a Gold medal in Mixed Team Skeet with U.S. teammate Kim Rhode.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed have filed their final summary judgment brief with the federal court in Texas in the case of VanDerStok v. Garland, which challenges the authority of the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to regulate items that are not firearms, as if they were firearms.

Subject matter experts and agency personnel will lead virtual and in-person educational sessions on topics relating to federal and state firearm and explosive regulations.
X-Vision Optics and its line-up of thermal optics and infrared products will be on display at the Minnesota Deer and Turkey Classic, Friday, March 10 through Sunday March 12 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.
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Millennium Marine introduces their Gen 2 R-100 Spyderlok pole mount/ track system, designed explicitly for spider rigging, pushing or pulling crankbaits, long-lining, and fast or slow trolling.
The G-450 ground blind chair is extremely lightweight at just 7.9 lbs., has an adjustable padded shoulder carry strap that folds up and allows the hunter to move the chair around comfortably and easily with other hunting gear.

Youth under age 18 on the day of their hunt may apply March 20-31 for reserved youth turkey hunts on DNR properties during the youth turkey hunting season.
Alien Gear Holsters announced a statement on International Women’s Day: “On this International Women's Day, we at Alien Gear Holsters, including our Tactica Defense Fashion line of products, would like to take a moment to celebrate the incredible women who exercise their right to bear arms and protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
TrueTimber announced their support of The Double D Foundation 2023 banquet. TrueTimber will support as a Gold level sponsor, donating $10,000 towards their important mission of protecting the Second Amendment and advancing freedom through shooting sports.
January of 2023 Big Rock Sport's the nations largest outdoor sporting goods wholesaler, added Versaring to their scope ring selection.

Bushmaster announce the addition of Bill Gentry as the company's Director of Sales
The newly-updated TALO website ( aims to be a central digital catalog for current and past TALO Exclusive products and to provide information to our customer base. Additionally, it provides an avenue for product and vendor announcements as well as engagement and feedback with both dealers and consumers.
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Chattanooga Shooting Supplies is seeking to hire a full-time inside sales representative to join our growing team. Ideal candidates would service prospects and customers in California, the Midwest, or New England markets.
The National Account Manager is responsible for meeting their sales objectives at their assigned accounts (Distributor or Big Box Retailer).

Fished in clear water, tarpon can weigh up to 200 pounds, and are violently acrobatic. From chasing tarpon and bonefish in the beautiful backcountry of the Florida Keys to the flats of Grand Bahama Island, Silver Kings delivers excitement and the love of this sport in every episode of Season 8.
RCBS has added three new cartridges to its collection of full-length die sets: 7mm PRC, .360 Buckhammer and .338 Weatherby RPM.
MyOutdoorTV, Outdoor Sportsman Group’s global subscription streaming platform, has more than 20,000 episodes of the best hunting and fishing content available now to YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels subscribers in the United States.
Hawke Optics offers the premium First Focal Plane Frontier 34 Long Range Riflescope designed for extreme long-range shooters.

Voters in the 2023 Archery Trade Association Board of Directors election retained two current Board members and installed one newly-elected Board member.
Domain Outdoors, makers of food plot seed, has signed on as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
As the nation celebrate International Women’s Day and embraces Women in History Month, USA Archery acknowledge the role archery has played in breaking down barriers and leading the way in the pursuit of participation equality.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Peter Churchbourne is an avid outdoorsman, conservationist, and steadfast advocate for all hunters. His passion is anything to do with the outdoors, but most important to him is hunting waterfowl with his labs, chasing turkeys, bow hunting, and introducing new people to the life outside.

Vermont’s volunteer hunter education instructors are now holding a limited number of courses throughout the state. A person must pass the hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2023-2024 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 14 meeting in Kearney.
Two Nebraska hunters now are owners of new shotguns as the grand prize winners of the latest seasons of the Upland and Duck slams.
Results of chronic wasting disease surveillance from within the Department’s three CWD Disease Management Areas (DMA) for the 2022 - 2023 deer hunting season has resulted in an expansion to include Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington counties for the 2023-2024 deer hunting season..
Terry Coleman, director of Indiana State Parks, has been presented the Great Lakes Park Training Institute’s (GLPTI) highest honor, the Lawson Award.
Waypoint TV is hosting a three-hour Western Obsessions Marathon from 8 to 11 pm on several streaming television services, including the Waypoint TV app or website.
The Department of the Interior has announced it will invest $23 million in landscape-scale conservation and restoration in the Prairie Pothole Region states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ­Division of Wildlife encourages Ohioans to keep wildlife wild by observing them from a distance and reducing interactions with young animals.
Florida residents and visitors are encouraged to grab their phones and go on a wild adventure to complete scavenger hunt missions and discover some of Florida’s best spots to see wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.

Since the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s recent announcement that they were partnering with Grand View Outdoors on a new exhibit area for SHOT Show-an archery area- there’s been a near constant whisper of a single question: “does this mean the NSSF’s going after the Archery Trade Association and their show?”

It’s a rumor that was getting lots of discussion at the recent Safari Club International show in Nashville. One of those conversations included a rather abrupt one I had with an industry person who I quickly discovered was a very loyal supporter of the ATA and their annual event in Indianapolis.

Rather than speculate, I simply reached out to someone who could either confirm an impending conflict or drive a figurative arrow through the rumor: Chris Dolnack, the NSSF’s Senior Vice President/Chief Customer Officer. Not coincidentally, he’s “the guy” when it comes to SHOT Show.

His response to my asking “is the NSSF going after the ATA Show” was as direct an answer as I’ve ever gotten:

“We don’t need, want or have room for their exhibitors.”

So there you go. There isn’t a war brewing between the two trade groups. But that doesn’t mean the NSSF’s not recognizing an opportunity when it comes to archery.

SHOT and the ATA Show have many things in common, not the least of which is a number of major companies that don’t attend.

The reasoning varies, but for some companies, especially those brimming over with government contracts and/or flush existing retail orders that meet or exceed their manufacturing capabilities, there’s simply no reason to attend. And that money can either be saved or applied to other needs.

A majority of ATA attendees are traditional, small archery retailers. And ATA is focused on the needs and purchasing abilities of those traditional shops. That show definitely has more of a small store feel than SHOT’s miles of aisles and nonstop activities.

If ATA’s a locally owned shop, SHOT’s the biggest of big box retailers.

There are fundamental differences between ATA and SHOT. ATA offers a more collegial atmosphere for hanging around (top) but SHOT is better characterized as “miles of aisles.” OWDN photos.

And that’s where the potential rub between the two originates.

SHOT Show isn’t just larger than ATA; it’s exponentially larger. The mere size of SHOT means there is a significant potential crossover between companies and buyers.

When I talked with Dolnack about the inevitability of crossover interest, he responded with a simple rejoinder: “So, there’s crossover, but why not both? Why couldn’t a company do both shows?”

Why indeed. I mean, it sounds good, but there are time, travel and cost factors in play. And it’s magnified for the smaller companies that comprise a majority of archery manufacturers. Working two shows, essentially back-to-back, takes a toll on workers -at home and on the road. And the costs of transporting exhibits between two shows isn’t insignificant.

And, SHOT Show is more expensive than ATA. But as the old saying goes “price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Last year, SHOT Show had more than 17,000 qualified buyers in attendance. Of that number I’m told that twenty-four percent, that’s 4,200 potential customers, expressed interest in crossbows and crossbow sales.

So, why wouldn’t NSSF/SHOT put together an archery pavilion?

Not doing something with archery would be ignoring products buyers in which buyers have already indicated an interest.

So there will be an archery component to SHOT 2024. But it will be housed in the Archery Business Pavilion - with a capacity of approximately 100 10x10 spaces.

That’s not much, especially when it’s considered relative to the 816,000 square feet and 2,500 companies exhibiting at SHOT in January. But it is designed to allow attendees to showcase -and experience -“the latest in archery technology and products.” I’ve been told a number of companies have already confirmed their attendance and have assigned booth spaces. I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with any of them directly, but I’m told the new Archery Business Pavilion’s initial target companies are not current ATA exhibitors.

I’m also curious as to whether any of the companies exhibiting at ATA have made either/or or both-decisions regarding the two trade show opportunities.

When I do, we’ll let you know.

So it appears there’s not an “inevitable” showdown brewing in the archery space. At least not anytime soon.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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