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TV Show Features Archery Experts

Viewers tuning in to Bowhunter Magazine's The American Archer on the Outdoor Channel will find a number of archery experts regularly joining Show Host Tom Nelson, of Grand Ledge, Michigan. The American Archer, which began its new season during the last week of June, will run throughout the rest of the year. It debuts Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. EST, and it also runs Tuesday mornings at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 2. (For more details, contact your local cable provider, or tune in via satellite on Galaxy 9, Channel 1.)

One authority you will meet on The American Archer is Technical Advisor Mike Lifford. Since the program's beginnings, Mike has advised The American Archer staff and viewers regarding technical matters. Born into a family of archers, Mike took up the bow and arrow at age 3. Following in his NFAA National Champ mother's footsteps, Mike made his first nationals in the early '70s, and his efforts eventually resulted in two IBO State Championships and four 1st Place titles in IBO National individual and team competitions. A dedicated bowhunter who has taken more than 90 big game animals, Mike truly enjoys sharing his technical and shooting knowledge. Since taking on his first archery student, his son, Doug, Mike has individually coached many other archers, some of whom have gone on to win state and national titles of their own. The staff at Bowhunter is thrilled to have a TV advisor with the skills of Mike Lifford, and we're sure the television audience will enjoy Mike's easy-going nature and straight advice. Tun e in to see what Tom Nelson and Mike Lifford have to say about bow tackle.

Women Hunters Gather

The Dianas, a small, select group of serious women bowhunters, is gathering at the Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Hayneville, Alabama, for an invitation-only deer hunt on October 14-18. The 2000 hunt marks the group's 13th Anniversary. Michigan bowhunter, Kay Ritchie is the president of Dianas.

The Dianas are committed to creating an interest in hunting, especially among women and children. They add one new member each year. For complete information about the group, its activities, and its goals, contact: Ann Clark, 1458 Southridge Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45231; (513) 931-3246;

Clark and Ann Weber Hoyt, both longtime members of the Archery Hall of Fame, are two of the group's most notable promoters. Hoyt, who has been a successful bowhunter for decades, continues to collect game on a regular basis. These two ladies, and the other Dianas, prove that women hunters can be serious about preserving bowhunting's heritage.

Contributed by M. R. James, Founder/Editor In Chief

Editor Wins Awards

On June 26, during the Outdoor Writers Association of America's annual conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, the OWAA recognized Bowhunter Editor Dwight Schuh's writing efforts with 3rd-place awards in two categories for stories appearing in Bowhunter: 1) Big Game Hunting ("The Issue of Bear Baiting," Feb/Mar '99); and 2) Outdoor Ethics ("Codes of Honor," Dec/Jan '99). Congrats, Dwight.

Contributed by Jeff Waring, Managing Editor

Women Enjoy Hunting Website

One day several years ago, young Justin Farmer came to his father, Eddie, and asked his dad to take him hunting. When the dad replied that he didn't hunt, the youngster then approached his mom, Dolores, with the same request. She gave a similar answer and continued to do so, in fact, for two years. Finally, Dolores Farmer could not take any more of the boy's prodding, and she consented to take a hunter education class offered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

By the time the class concluded, Dolores, to her surprise, had become fascinated with the idea of going hunting. But to her dismay, she could find very little information in magazines for novice female nimrods. Farmer, a 40-year-old computer consultant from Salem, Virginia, scoured the Internet and could find nothing there for women hunters, either. So on October 25, 1998, she created her own website:

"Quite honestly, I wasn't prepared for the overwhelming response," Farmer said.

Today, Farmer's website boasts 547 members and sports the largest membership among Yahoo's 208 hunting clubs. In its first 16 months of operation, the site has received 247,000 hits, and 4,860 messages have been posted. Farmer says the youngest club member is an 8-year-old girl and that members live as far away as Europe and Africa.

The website offers a number of features, among them a message board, live chat room, photo album, female-related hunting news, 87 links to hunting-related sites, and an on-line calendar where any member can post such events as dates for club meetings, 3-D shoots, and a host of other activities. For more information, click on

Contributed by Bruce Ingram

Shoot Takes Aim at Disease

The Wapiti Archers of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, are targeting Lou Gerhig's Disease (ALS) during their upcoming ALS Archery Benefit and Rendezvous, Aug. 26-27. It's not too late to join this active Keystone State archery club's fight against ALS. The registration fee is $20, and all proceeds go to Greater Philadelphia Chapter of The ALS Association. The target shooting tournament, children's activities, raffle, and silent and live auctions will take place between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the grounds of the Wapiti Archers on Bethlehem Pike. For more information, contact the ALS Association at (215) 643-5453.

Can Hunting Cut Teen Violence?

"Hunting as Initiation: A Solution to Teen Violence" is the title of a two-day conference slated for Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 13-14, 2000. The gathering features prohunting authorities from throughout the United States, including Dr. Randy Eaton, author of The Sacred Hunt, and Dr. James Swan, author of In Defense of Hunting.

Dr. Eaton, whose article on the same subject appeared in the June 2000 issue of North American Hunter magazine, explained that the conference will evaluate current attitudes about hunting and redefine the scope of future education in contemporary America. "This gathering is important to the future of hunting," Eaton said. "We'll be working with a congressional caucus to draft new legislation for more hunter ed funding. Also, papers and panel discussions will explore differences between young hunters who know the consequences of shooting something, and nonhunting teenagers who are raised on a diet of violent video games and movies and never develop any sensitivity about the consequences of pulling a trigger."

Organizations and individuals interested in obtaining information about this important conference -- or making a donation to help fund the event -- can contact Dr. Randy Eaton at (541) 426-2047 or via e-mail at

Contributed by MR. James

Hunting Wishes Can Come True

Hunt of a Lifetime is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to grant critically or terminally ill children and young adults (up to age 21) their dream hunting or fishing trip. The organization is founded in memory of Matt Pattison, a Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, 19-year-old who succumbed to the ravages of Hodgkin's disease in April '99, but who was able to realize his dream of a moose hunting trip with his father. Stepmother Tina Pattison worked tirelessly to find an organization to sponsor the hunt and found success with Clayton Grosso, an Alberta outfitter, and the Wyoming chapter of Safari Out fitters. The Make-a-Wish Foundation was unable to help due to Matt's age (over 18) and pressure from animal-rights activists. (Many of you are probably aware that the Make-a-Wish Foundation has recently adopted new guidelines and will no longer fulfill requests for hunting trips.) Thanks to the efforts of many good-hearted donors, Matt was able to make his hunt in the fall of '98, and he took a record book moos e on the first day of his hunt.

Determined to keep Matt's memory alive and to never again allow the animal-rights movement to deny any family a dream hunt or fishing trip, the Pattisons formed the organization called "Hunt of a Lifetime." For more information or to help in this cause, contact: Tina Pattison, Hunt of a Lifetime, 6297 Buffalo Rd., Harborcreek, PA 16421; 1-800-484-4948 and enter code 0862.

Nugent Rips Drugs, Alcohol

Bowhunting rocker Ted Nugent, who earlier this year was named Michigan Conservationist of the Year, continues to use his celebrity status to present a strong, uncompromising anti-drug, anti-alcohol message during his shows, speaking engagements, interviews, and at his annual Kamp for Kids. As a national spokesman for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Nugent advocates the natural highs found in the outdoor lifestyle.

"I find that if I want to make good music, and if I want to be a good hunter and a good dad, I've got to have my senses finely tuned," Nugent states. "That means no drugs, no alcohol, no poison."

Youngsters attending the annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, including underprivileged inner city kids who are sponsored at no charge, receive hunting, conservation, and recreation education. "These kids gain a new appreciation for the ways of the wild, building strength to resist peer pressure and defy the foolishness of drugs and alcohol," Nugent says. "We teach these kids to be assets to their lives, their families, their communities, and nature."

For complete information about The Ted Nugent Camp for Kids, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, call (517) 750-9060. Sessions are held each summer in Caseville, Michigan.

Outdoor Program Changes Time

Bushnell's Secrets of the Hunt has moved to Saturdays at 12 p.m. (Central Time) for the 2000 season, airing now on the Nashville Network (TNN). The show has a second airing each week on Thursday at 12:30 a.m. (Central). Dave Watson, a well-known outdoorsman and former band member of the Oak Ridge Boys, hosts the show. New for the 2000 season are online chats with Watson, following each episode at 2 p.m. (Central). Viewers are able to log-on to to chat with Watson about the program.

The 2000 season features shows on whitetails, waterfowl, elk, turkeys, and other species. Watson also hunts in Australia, and he hits the woods with Bowhunter's technical guru Dave Holt. Last season, Watson took viewers on adventures around the world from Alaska to Africa.

Watson has announced a new 60-minute videotape, "The Best of Bushnell's Secrets of the Hunt," which captures highlights of the program's first season. In addition to the hunting trips, Watson and other well-known outdoorsmen offer secrets for planning successful hunts. The new video sells for $12.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling. Call 1-800-290-2604, or visit

UBNJ Moves Ahead

The United Bowhunters of New Jersey will gather at their 2000 Jamboree on Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Square Circle Sportsman's Club in Gibbsboro. The event promises fun for the whole family, with 3-D, novelty, and youth shoots, members' meeting, seminars, vendors, raffles, archery flea market, door prizes, big buck contest, catch-and-release fishing, and more. Get involved! For info, contact Phil Tucker, (609) 561-6370 or Jim Winn, (856) 767-1160. The UBNJ recently elected new officers: President Phil Tucker, Vice President Doug Brown, Treasurer Paul Stratten, and Secretary Bill Rickvalsky, plus 9 new Zone Representatives and Committee Members were added to the UBNJ Council. If you'd like to be a part of this growing organization, contact: UBNJ, Phil Tucker, 2013 Apache Trail, Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Lyme Disease Update

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections continue to be a serious health threat in the United States. This should come as no surprise to bowhunters, because nearly everyone in whitetail deer country has either had a tick scare or actually knows someone who has been treated for or has contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a potentially devastating illness physically, mentally, and economically. And, as reported by David L. Weld, executive director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc., in '98 a record high 16,801 new cases were noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without a doubt, many more new cases will result from contact with ticks during late summer outdoor activities -- like shooting 3-Ds or scouting -- and this is especially so in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.

The good news is that prevention and prompt treatment can mean the difference between good health and suffering from a debilitating, chronic, and costly disease. The American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (ALDF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. It's the ALDF's goal to help you avoid Lyme disease. Following are some points of which you should be aware:

* A Lyme disease vaccine (LYMErix) is now available for older children and adults aged 15 to 70. A vaccine for younger children aged 4-14 maybe available soon.

* Everyone, including vaccinated individuals, should continue to check the skin daily for ticks to further reduce the likelihood of getting infected with tick-borne diseases.

* Familiarity with early symptoms of Lyme disease is key to stopping the progression of Lyme disease.

* Ticks and the diseases they carry continue to spread geographically. Lyme disease is now occurring in areas previously thought to be unaffected.

* Lyme disease is much more common than reported case statistics imply. An estimated 80-90 percent of annual Lyme disease cases nationwide remain unreported by physicians.

* The ALDF has a website ( with important Lyme disease information that can help you deal with the Lyme disease threat.
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