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* It looks like America's archers are getting close to having a National Archery Museum, which would also house the Archery Hall of Fame. The AMO is playing a lead role in discussions on this topic. The current proposal places the museum in Grayling, Michigan, but plans are ongoing.

* U.S. Congressmen Jim Barcia (D-MI) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who are bowhunters and co-chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Task Force on Bowhunting, honored AMO President Dick Lattimer with a tribute in the May 4 Congressional Record. The Honorable Jim Barcia wrote, "No one in America or the world has worked harder, nor with as much determination to promote bowhunting and archery as Dick." To those words the Bowhunter staff adds a tip of the camo cap. Thank you, Dick Lattimer!

* The AMO Bowhunter Recruitment & Retention Study revealed that about 644,000 bowhunters hunt wild turkeys. If you've got turkey hunting products for these folks, it's time to focus your advertising.

* The AMO has been a unifying force in the archery/bowhunting industry for over 46 years, and staff members now are looking for any AMO-related minutes or memos from the '50s and '60s for the organization's historical archive. Without a doubt, the AMO has come a long way since being incorporated as AMADA (Archery Manufacturers and Dealers Association) in Iowa back in April of 1954. Today the organization has 570 members from all parts of the archery/bowhunting industry, and besides a super-busy staff of three, the AMO involves 96 people from 72 companies on AMO boards, councils, and committees. If you were active in the AMO's early days, look up your old notes.

* The AMO had a busy spring and summer. The organization helped organize the historic 1st Annual Congressional Bow-shoot, as part of their on-going NSSF "Step Outside" promotions (see page 24 for details), and during the June meetings in Nashville, AMO Board members voted to fund a number of great programs. They included a grant for $22,500 to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Hunter Heritage Foundation effort to recruit youth archers and bowhunters; $10,000 to Russ Wheeler's Outdoor Experience, to introduce inner city youth to archery at Atlanta's Wolf Creek archery facility; $4,000 for Bob Markworth's on-going school assembly archery programs; $2,500 for John Heath's in school programs and demonstrations; $500 to Pennsylvania's Indiana County Sportsmen for Youth efforts to introduce youth to archery; $10,000 to promote an NBEF bowhunter education treestand video; and $20,000 for the American Crossbow Federation's educational and promotional material.
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