FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 12, 2005
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
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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