Traditional Bowhunters of Florida

Friday, August 12, 2005 5:23 PM

Subject: NABC Press Release

NABC Organizational Reps,

Attached is the NABC press release as written by your steering committee that will start going out today to the various bowhunting related publications, and others. The crossbow To Whom It May Concern letter with its 72 signers will accompany the press release as it is referred to in the release.

You are encouraged to widely disseminate both of the attached documents. With this press release the North American Bowhunting Coalition is officially introduced to the bowhunting community. These are exciting times. 

 Onward!!! Stan Rauch NABC Facilitator


Documents of Interest regarding the NABC



Contact: Stan Rauch, NABC Facilitator, 605-847-5121

May 9, 2007 



The North American Bowhunting Coalition conducted its 3rd annual summit meeting of the state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations, and three national organizations, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 29-30.  The organizational representatives received several educational presentations and actively addressed a variety of subjects pertaining to the health and welfare of bowhunting. 

Two new steering committee members were named at the summit to replace Gary Socola (NY) and David Tetzlaff (FL) who have completed their two-year terms.  Joining the six-member NABC steering committee as the Northeast Region Chairman is Mark Scott (NY) and Shane Crochet (LA) as the Southeast Region Chairman.  

The NABC (www.nabowhuntingcoalition.com) was formed in 2005 and is comprised of state, provincial and national bowhunting organizations . It works on behalf of current and future generations of bowhunters to promote, preserve and defend the ideals of bowhunting. 



Oct. 20, 2006

Dear Traditional Bowhunters of Florida, 

The North American Bowhunting Coalition is having a busy year and we like it that way.  In August, 40 representatives from 30 state and provincial bowhunting organizations attended our NABC summit meeting where a great deal of enthusiastic and productive interaction among the many groups took place.  We’ve completed many of the action items from that conference already and look forward to additional dialogue on important bowhunting issues at our spring meeting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

By the way, it’s not too early to start planning for the 2007 NABC Lancaster meeting on April 29 & 30 immediately following the April 26-28 Pope and Young Club convention in the same facility.  You are encouraged to make plans now to have your organization represented at this meeting, which will very likely see the largest attendance to date.  If you have any suggested agenda items please send them to the NABC steering committee as soon as you can.  And remember, the NABC annual meetings are for the direct benefit of the state and provincial organizations so your agenda ideas are highly valued and desired. 

The NABC gives your bowhunting organization a national voice.  We are working on topics such as keeping crossbows out of the archery season, bowhunting opportunities in urban areas, tactics to defeat anti-bowhunting efforts, ways to make your organization more successful and productive, helping the disabled bowhunter, the National Archery in the Schools Program and other areas of direct interest and benefit to bowhunting organizations.

As with any organization, having adequate funding is a reality for the NABC.  Since the formation in August 2005 of this valuable coalition, 28 organizations graciously contributed funding that enabled us to go forward with our consolidated effort to promote, enhance and protect bowhunting.   The TBOF’s generous donation of $1,000 in September of 2005 was immensely appreciated.  We couldn’t have accomplished nearly so much without your support.  We would be pleased if you would consider donating funds again in the relatively near future.  Our priority programs, like our effort to produce and distribute on a CD a program that would help you, and others, assist physically-challenged bowhunters with bow adaptations, are nearing completion.  Your help is needed to complete several of our projects.

The NABC charter notes the desirability of annual voluntary contributions by NABC member organizations, as there are no dues associated with being part of the coalition. 

Please check out the NABC website at www.nabowhuntingcoalition.com. The site details a variety of bowhunting subjects and issues that the NABC has been able to address because of your support.  Together, we’ll speak for North America’s bowhunter. 

Sincerely yours, 

Dennis R. Ballard 

Dennis R. Ballard, Chairman 
NABC Steering Committee 


Contact:  Stan Rauch  (406) 961-3635


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 twangdrb@earthlink.net

Aug. 5, 2005
To Whom It May Concern, 

The representatives of 32 state and provincial-level bowhunting organizations met on April 17-18 in Springfield, Missouri at the first “NATIONAL BOWHUNTING SUMMIT”.  The purpose of the summit was to share information and develop strategies to resolve issues of greatest concern and to establish a permanent communications network of bowhunting organizations that will work together on behalf of bowhunting. 

 A major issue addressed by the summit attendees was the use of crossbows during archery-only hunting seasons.  It was immediately apparent that the attendees were unified as being strongly opposed to the use of crossbows in any bowhunting season.  State and provincial representatives unanimously agreed that crossbows are not bows and should not be allowed in archery-only seasons.

 A hunting bow is recognized as a compound, recurve or longbow that is hand-drawn and that has no mechanical device to enable the hunter to lock the bow at full or partial draw.  Crossbows, on the other hand, are locked at full draw by a trigger, utilize a rifle-like stock, have rigidly controlled internal ballistics, can readily be shot from a rest and typically use a telescopic sight.  A crossbow’s characteristics are so vastly different from those of conventional bows that summit attendees agreed that crossbows would negatively impact bowhunting seasons if allowed in archery-only seasons. 

 While the group recognized and supported the rights of hunters who choose to use other legal weapons in separate hunting seasons, they stood unanimously opposed to any effort to establish hunting season regulations where the ultimate aim is the inclusion of crossbows in bowhunting seasons or in archery-only areas. 

 The below signed organizations and bowhunting-related businesses have joined the National Bowhunting Summit conferees in believing that, in order to preserve the integrity of bowhunting, it is vital that crossbows not be permitted in bow seasons or archery-only hunting areas. 


Alabama Society of Traditional Bowmen 
Alaskan Bowhunters Association 
Alberta Bowhunters Association 
Alberta Traditional Bowhunters 
Archery Big Bucks of Missouri 
Archery Past (OR) 
Association of Traditional Hunting Archers 
Bayou State Bowhunters (LA) 
Bob’s  Archery Sales (CO) 
Bowhunting Council of Oklahoma
Bowhunters of Alabama 
Bowhunters of Wyoming 
Carolina Traditional Archers
Colorado Bowhunters Association 
Compton Traditional Bowhunters 
Georgia Bowhunters Association 
Green Mountain Traditional Bowhunters 
Horse Creek Traditional Archery Club (FL) 
Idaho State Bowhunters 
Idaho Traditional Bowhunters 
Illinois Bowhunters Society 
Indiana Bowhunters Association 
Iowa Bowhunters Association 
Iowa Traditional Bowhunters Society 
Kansas Bowhunters Association 
Lone Star Bowhunters Association (TX) 
Maine Bowhunters Association
Maine Traditional Archers
Maryland Bowhunters Society
Massachusetts Bowhunters Association
Michigan Bow Hunters Association 
Michigan Traditional Bowhunters 
Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc.
Mississippi Bowhunters Association 
Missouri Bow Hunters Association 
Montana Bowhunters Association 
Nebraska Bowhunters Association 
Nebraska Traditional Archers 
New York Bowhunters, Inc. 
North Carolina Bowhunters Association 
North Dakota Bowhunters Association 
Northern Bowhunters Association (AB)
Ohio Bowhunters Association
Oregon Bow Hunters
Pennyslvania Association of Traditional Hunting Archers
Pope and Young Club
Professional Bowhunters Society
South Carolina Bowhunters Association
South Dakota Bowhunters, Inc.
Suburban Whitetail Management of North Georgia
Suncoast Archers, Inc. (FL)
Tallahassee Bowhunters Association (FL)
Traditional Bowhunters of California
Traditional Bowhunter Magazine
Traditional Archers of New Jersey
Traditional Archers of Oregon
Traditional Bowhunters of Florida
Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia
Traditional Bowhunters of Montana
Traditional Bowhunters of Washington
United Bowhunters of Connecticut
United Bowhunters of Illinois
United Bowhunters of Kentucky
United Bowhunters of Missouri
United Bowhunters of New Jersey
United Bowhunters Pennsylvania
Virginia Bowhunters Association
Wakulla Archery Club (FL)
Washington State Bowhunters
Washington State Archery Association
West Virginia Bowhunters Association
Wisconsin Bowhunters Association





The North American Bowhunting Coalition, comprised of state, provincial and national bowhunting organizations, works on behalf of current and future generations of bowhunters to promote, preserve and defend the ideals of bowhunting. The NABC will proactively maintain a strong voice through an effective communications link, organized structure and definitive strategies on important bowhunting issues. 


North America’s bowhunting traditions are being pulled in multiple directions by diverse factors such as demographic change, urbanization, loss of available hunting land, the anti-hunting movement, competition with other leisure time activities and a societal structure that is increasingly disconnected from the natural world.  The social environment today is constantly challenging the very fabric of bowhunting’s heritage and creates escalating perils.  The North American Bowhunting Coalition’s challenge is to bring the state, provincial and national organizational parties together, utilizing its collective strength, to work the various issues as a strong and cohesive group, taking an active lead in managing bowhunting’s destiny. 


1. Build unity among coalition organizations and increase collective effectiveness. 
2. Maintain a democratic process/structure whereby important bowhunting issues will be identified and efficiently pursued.
3. Provide a strong force advocating for the future welfare of bowhunting in the United States and Canada.
4. Share information in an effective and immediate way through the NABC 
information network to enable coalition groups to benefit from the 
knowledge and experiences of their peers. 
5. Work with state/federal wildlife agencies and other entities on bowhunting/wildlife 


1. All state, provincial and national-level bowhunting organizations are automatically members of the NABC by virtue of their status as a state, provincial, or national group.  All coalition organizations must have bowhunting as its primary focus. The national NABC organizations are the Pope and Young Club, Professional Bowhunters Society and Compton Traditional Bowhunters. 
2. Each coalition member retains its organizational autonomy. 
3. Differences are respected and no pressure is asserted to conform. 
4. Each coalition member will have a minimum of one NABC representative designated by the individual organizations. 
5. Each coalition organization has one vote, of equal value, on applicable issues presented to the group through the steering committee. 
6. Recommended objectives to be pursued can be brought forward to the steering committee by any coalition organization. 
7. Active engagement by coalition members is strongly encouraged. Direct participation determines the strength and success of NABC initiatives or programs. 


A Steering Committee consists of the NABC chairman, a facilitator and regional chairmen representing the four NABC regions. This committee will plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the NABC. The committee will insure that timely and comprehensive communications occur between the committee and the coalition organizational representatives. 


The NABC will meet annually.  During those years when the Pope and Young Club will hold its biennial convention, the NABC shall meet following the convention on the same site. Off-year meeting sites and dates shall be determined by the steering committee.  Separate regional meetings will be conducted in conjunction with the annual meetings. 


Established as needed by the steering committee.  Membership is voluntary with active participation encouraged.  Committees/task forces will be created to pursue important issues in support of the NABC mission with the goal of developing NABC policy, recommendations and/or support material for the coalition organizations. 


Clerical, meeting minutes, bookkeeping and like kinds of support to be provided by the Pope and Young Club. 


Although not required, an annual contribution of $100 per coalition organization is suggested. 

Disabled Archers

Nov. 2, 2005

NABC Organizational Reps, 

With the continued thrust to inject crossbows into bowhunting seasons, the NABC steering committee feels that it is appropriate to further address the issue as it relates to crossbows and the physically challenged.  In our To Whom It May Concern letter/statement (attached) we intentionally did not include the disabled aspect at that time because the intent of the TWIMC letter was to solely address the crossbow from an equipment standpoint and how it is not a bow and thus should not be permitted in bow seasons or archery only areas. 

The press release from the April 17-18 National Bowhunting Summit states in part, 

“The organizational representatives at the Bowhunting Summit were unanimous in their opposition to crossbows being allowed in bow seasons.  The position taken is that crossbows are not bows and therefore they should not be allowed in bowhunting only seasons, except where the states already have exemptions for qualified physical disabilities”. 

The above position has not changed at all – the NABC will not stand in the way of present laws/regulations that allow disabled archers the use of crossbows in archery seasons.  We will soon suggest available alternatives, however, so that disabled archers can enjoy themselves with modern conventional bows, adapted to their particular disability. 

This adaptive equipment approach was presented in detail at our August 6-7 meeting.   New York, Montana and Kansas have already taken it upon themselves to challenge the idea that a crossbow is always the answer to the disabled archer question. These states have active programs that promote the use of adapted conventional bows, instead of crossbows, for disabled archers. It is the NABC’s intention to establish a program that helps disabled archers realize there are additional choices and if they would like, to help them get properly fitted to an adapted conventional bow.  Providing state and provincial bowhunting organizations with information and a blue print on how to set up this type of program  is an action item from our August meeting. 

Denny Ballard
NABC Chairman