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Old 02-21-2005, 01:30 PM
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Old 03-15-2005, 11:33 AM
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Bow hunting in the Northeast will be defended by Fiah and Wildlife. Due to the high population in some areas it is the only option for deer control. Here in Maine we have many area's that bow hunting only, those areas have a 26% succes rate, compared to about 25% for gun hunters. Is the Hsus a threat, you bet. We just defeted thier anti bear hunting referendum, but it cost us $1.7 million to do it. Don't give them an inch, it's best to start getting funded now for the fight. You'll be glad you did.
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:44 PM
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One thing to remember that as much as we hate to admit it, there are some firearm hunters that would like to see us out of "their" woods with our longer, and sometimes earlier, seasons. The anti's are banking on the fact they may be a little short-sighted and not fight for the bowhunters. They should realize that if we are gone, they have lost a lot of support when the anti's come afer them. They have made no secret about it that they believe we are the weakest link. I am pretty old and it may not affect me as I probably hunted my last season last year (we'll see), but I have a son that I would like to see being able to keep hunting. Eider brought up a good point - we may have won some battles, but the dollar cost was very great. I think they figure they can wear us down, or break us.
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:09 AM
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Do any of you realistically see your state's F&G dept. giving up bow hunting revenue or any facet of their ability to manage the herd ?
I feel the same way and pray to God we are right.
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Old 06-11-2005, 06:18 PM
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Don't say I never did nothing for ya Vic.


Summit Attendees:



Sincere thanks to everyone for their attendance and valued participation in the first-ever National Bowhunting Summit held in Springfield, Missouri on April 17 and 18. Based on the interaction of everyone at the event and your comments on the critique form, it seems to be accurate to say that the summit was immensely successful. There were 32 organizations represented from 27 states and 1 Canadian province.



Attached is the roster of attendees with contact information. With a major purpose of the summit being to establish a means for the state/provincial-level bowhunting organizations to network with each other on bowhunting issues, the summit roster will serve to enhance that initiative.



The following are the major follow-on action items resulting from the summit:



1. A press release on the National Bowhunting Summit will be released soon and will be sent to you when it is finalized and released.



2. This message and the press release will be sent to the state/provincial level bowhunting organizations that were not able to attend the summit in Springfield. It is apparent that we want to bring the remaining groups into the coalition so all of the state/provincial organizations have the opportunity to be involved and to be part of the overall communications link and networking system.



3. The proceedings of the summit will be compiled, written up and sent to you as soon as that project can be accomplished.



4. Per the groups' desire, a letter will be sent to the Archery Trade Assocation (ATA) in response to their crossbow position statement. It was felt by the summit attendees that it is vital that the ATA be advised that the state/provincial bowhunting organizations are unanimously opposed to crossbows being allowed in bowhunting only seasons. The letter will be signed in the form of listing the organizations that were represented at the summit.



5. It was apparent that due to the extremely high interest in the crossbow issue that the majority of the agenda items that were submitted by the state groups did not get addressed due to time contraints. These were all important items and they need to be given priority at the next gathering of the state/provincial organizations.



6. There was an extremely strong desire to convene another summit prior to this fall so additional coordination and an effective course of action could be identified with regard to effectively combating the incursion of crossbows into the bow seasons. The desire to address the other agenda items that were submitted by the states as noted in 5 above also need to be given priority. It was determined that the next gathering needed to be in advance of the next round of legislative and game agency meetings so the groups could be prepared as it pertains to crossbows.



7. Due to the high demand for a follow-on Bowhunting Summit in the relatively near future, that event is planned to be held on August 6&7 at the Pope and Young Club's headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota.



8. There was concensus that additional good data is needed to be able to be more effective in preventing crossbows in the bow seasons. To assist in obtaining that data it was determined that the coalition should explore the possibility of Roy Marlow updating the crossbow data that he did several years ago, and likely also providing additional data. Roy advised that the coalition needs to decide what type of testing or data collection is desired and when that is known he will put a proposal together. It is anticipated that the proposal will be presented at the August meeting so the coalition as a whole can decide on the desired data collection approach, and also address the issue of funding for the project. It seems that an action item for everyone at this time is to submit what you believe would be valuable crossbow related data that should be obtained.



9. A sign-on letter/position statement will be prepared for the bowhunting organizations to have in helping to effectively address the crossbow issue in their own states. The high value of sign-on letters, which are commonly employed throughout the conservation/hunting community especially on the national level, is that when a particular state goes to their legislature, game agency, etc., they can have a letter/position that is not only signed by them but by a very large number of other organizations. This provides a significant amount of leverage and influence. For administrative purposes, sign on letters do not contain signatures per se but simply a listing of the organizations that support the letter/position. As it pertains to crossbows, this correspondence will need to be very carefully crafted. It will then be sent out to all of the state-level and provincial-level bowhunting organizations where they will have the opportunity to sign on, or not, as a supporting organization.



10. Due to common bowhunting concerns and issues within geographical regions, there was a desire to form a means whereby bowhunting organizations could communicate more efficiently with each other on a regional basis. Immediately following the adjourment of the summit, additional interaction was held on this subject and point persons for the regions were identified. Please feel free to advise the overall coalition of the names of the point persons, and any other information, or simply proceed as desired on a regional basis.



Thank you again for everyone's participation in the summit!



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Old 06-15-2005, 05:20 PM
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We lost the spring bear hunt here in Ontario a couple years ago. They certainly had a part in that. We also have some high population regions in southern Ontario, and I certainly hope that our ministry of Natural resources defends bowhunting if the humane society starts putting pressure up here.
I'd like to take humane society folks for a tour of and abatoir, and then ask them which practice, bowhunting or an abattoir, shows more respect for the animal.
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:38 AM
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Thanks a bunch for the update mhogan!!
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:51 AM
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NORTH AMERICAN BOWHUNTING COALITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 12, 2005
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Contact: Stan Rauch (406) 961-3635




NORTH AMERICAN BOWHUNTING COALITION FORMED

Chatfield, MN - A meeting of the state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations was held at the Pope & Young Club’s headquarters in Chatfield, Minnesota on August 6th & 7th to further address important bowhunting issues that were identified at the National Bowhunting Summit held in Springfield, Missouri last April.
Attended by 41 representatives of 33 organizations in 29 states and Canadian provinces, the Minnesota conferees completed a crossbow position statement, were taught by experienced bowhunting activists how to strengthen their political skills and how to build a more effective bowhunting organization. They addressed the increased anti-bowhunting threat, began work on a program to assist physically challenged archers to shoot modified conventional bows and developed plans to prepare a position paper on high fenced hunting. Dr. Dave Samuel served as moderator for the conference.
The attending organizational reps of the National Bowhunting Summit group established the North American Bowhunting Coalition (NABC). Denny Ballard, of Missouri, was elected chairman of the coalition’s steering committee. A significant action taken was to assign boundaries to four NABC regions that encompass the entire North American continent. All state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations are automatically part of the NABC by virtue of their status as a state or provincial-level bowhunting group.
The overall purpose of the NABC is to provide a communications link and organizational structure whereby the state and provincial organizations can effectively work together to provide strong support for the welfare of bowhunting throughout the United States and Canada.
Denny Ballard, NABC’s new chairman says, “It’s hard to believe that, up to now, three million bowhunters in the U.S. and Canada have had no national level representation in matters that have directly affected their sport. That day has passed as the North American Bowhunting Coalition will provide a forum for bowhunters, through their state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations, to protect and support bowhunting as national issues are deliberated. It’s only fair and right that the men and women that have been pulling the load for bowhunting over the years have a say in where their sport is heading.”
As the result of the National Bowhunting Summit meetings it was abundantly clear that the organized bowhunting community is strongly opposed to the growing trend by game agencies of permitting crossbows to be used in bow seasons. A position statement on the crossbow issue was developed and was signed on to by 72 bowhunting organizations and bowhunting related businesses. The position taken is that, “crossbows are not bows and therefore should not be permitted in bow seasons or in archery-only hunting areas.”
“Our coalition organizations are the bulwark of bowhunting,” Ballard said. “They have opened the entry gate for thousands of new archers to enter our sport throughout decades of service to their local communities and have been reliable partners of our state game agencies as well. We know bowhunting and have earned our place at the table. Crossbow hunting has not.”
“We see dangers, too, in promoting the commercial profiteering of crossbows at the expense of our natural resources,” Ballard said. “It’s a slippery slope. No user group exists for crossbow hunting and yet the public trustees of our natural resources are being pandered to by crossbow manufacturers and the commerce of hunting to allow crossbow hunting in bow seasons when no public interest exists.
For the protection and welfare of bowhunting’s future, the North American Bowhunting Coalition looks forward to working with the many entities that comprise the continent’s bowhunting community.
NABC chairman Denny Ballard can be contacted at [email protected].



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Old 10-02-2005, 07:14 AM
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seems to me they have been trying to shread the constitution for years.
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Old 10-09-2005, 09:06 PM
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I WILL BE at that meeting!
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