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What Is Bowhunting?
The values and spirit of bowhunting revolves around such principles as:
  • Challenge
  • Practice
  • Simplicity
  • Perserverance
  • Primitive
  • Skill
  • Discipline
  • Outdoorsmanship
  • Patience
  • Craftsmanship

What are the foundations of bowhunting?

Humans have always been hunters. And the bow has been around practically as long as mankind has. Save the discovery of fire and the development of speech, and mankind has not had a trustier or more important partner in its prospering developemtn. The bow has fed and nourished generation after generation for almost all of the past 500,000 years. Add to that the romantic folklore of Robin Hood and the bows legendary history in warfare (from the Turks and Egyptians to Genghis Khan's Mongols and the Chinese to the Normans and the Royal English). Don't forget the connections to our Native American predecessors. That's quite a history that was practically cast aside by the mid 1800s, but was rediscovered in the early part of the 20th Century and has steadily grown in popularity ever since.

Today, bowhunting is considered a specialized form of hunting. Ultimately, it is equipment that defines the endeavor known as "bowhunting" - a bow and an arrow. However, the essence of hunting with the bow and arrow includes so much more than just a choice of hunting weapon.

To view the Equipment Definitions, click here or on the picture below.

To view the Club's Position Statements, click here or on the picture below.


      





Check Out Your State or Province Bowhunting Organization

Bowhunters of Alabama, Inc. www.bowhuntersofalabama.org 
Alaskan Bowhunters Association www.akbowhunters.com
Alberta Traditional Bowhunters Association www.albertatraditionalbowhunters.com
Arizona Bowhunters Association www.archerybowhunters.com
Arkansas Bowhunters Association www.arkansasbowhunters.org
Traditional Bowhunters of British Columbia traditionalbowhuntersbc.com
California Bowmen Hunters www.cbhsaa.net
Traditional Bowhunters of California www.tbcarchery.com
Colorado Bowhunters Association www.coloradobowhunting.org
Colorado State Archery Association www.coloradoarchery.org
Colorado Traditional Archer's Society www.colotradarchers.com
Florida Archery Association www.floridaarchery.org
Traditional Bowhunters of Florida www.tbof.org
Georgia Bowhunters Association www.gbaa.georgiaarchery.com
Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia www.tradbowgeorgia.com
Idaho State Bowhunters idahostatebowhunters.com
Illinois Bowhunters Society www.illinoisbowhunters.org
United Bowhunters of Illinois www.unitedbowhuntersofillinois.org
Indiana Bowhunters Association
www.indianabowhunterassociation.com
Iowa Bowhunters Association www.iowabowhunters.org
Iowa Traditional Bowhunters Society
www.iowatbs.com
Kansas Bowhunters Association www.thekbasite.com
United Bowhunters of Kentucky www.unitedbowhuntersofkentucky.com
Louisiana Traditional Bowmen
louisianatraditionalbowmen.org
Maine Bowhunters Association www.mainebowhunters.org
Maine Traditional Archers mainetraditionalarchers.com
Maryland Bowhunters Society www.marylandbowhunterssociety.org
Maryland Archery Association www.md-archery.org
Traditional Bowhunters of Maryland www.traditionalbowhuntersofmd.us
Massachusetts Bowhunters Association massbowhunters.com
Massachusetts Field Archery Association www.mfaa-archery.org
Michigan Bow Hunters Association www.michiganbowhunters.com
Michigan Traditional Bowhunters www.michigantraditionalbow.com
Michigan Longbow Association www.michiganlongbow.org
Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. www.mnbowhunters.org
Traditional Bowhunters of Minnesota www.traditionalbowhuntersofminnesota.com
Mississippi Bowhunters Association www.mississippibowhunters.com
Missouri Bow Hunters Association mobowhunters.org
United Bowhunters of Missouri www.unitedbowhunters.com
Montana Bowhunters Association www.mtba.org
Traditional Bowhunters of Montana www.tradbowmt.org
Nebraska Bowhunters Association www.nebraskabowhunters.com
Nebraska Traditional Archers www.nebraskatraditionalarchers.org
Nevada Bow Hunters Association www.nevadabowhunters.org
United Bowhunters of New Jersey www.ubnj.org
Traditional Archers of New Jersey www.tradnj.com
New York Bowhunters www.newyorkbowhunters.com
North Carolina Bowhunters Association www.ncbowhunter.com
Carolina Traditional Archers www.thecta.org
North Dakota Bowhunters Association www.ndbowhunters.org
Traditional Archers Association of Nova Scotia www.taans.ca
Archers Association of Nova Scotia www.aans.ca
Ohio Bowhunters Association ohiobowhunters.net
Ohio Society of Traditional Archers www.tradarchers.org
Oregon Bowhunters Association www.oregonbowhunters.com
Traditional Archers of Oregon www.taoregon.com
United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania www.ubofpa.org
Pennsylvania Longbow www.palongbow.net
École d'archerie Traditionnelle de Victoriaville www.archerie-ecole.com
Saskatchewan Bowhunters Association www.saskbowhunters.ca
Bowhunters of South Carolina www.scbowhunters.org
South Dakota Bowhunters, Inc. www.sdbi.net
Traditional Bowhunters of Texas www.tbot.org
Texas State Archery Association www.texasarchery.org
Utah Bowmens Association www.utahbowmen.org
Green Mountain Traditional Bowhunters www.centralvermont.com/gmtb
Dixie Bowmen Archery Club www.dixiebowmen.org
Virginia Bowhunters Association www.vbarchers.com
Washington State Archery Association www.crispie.com/wsaa
Traditional Bowhunters of Washington www.tbwonline.org
Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club www.wi-buck-bear.org
Wisconsin Bowhunters Association www.wisconsinbowhunters.org
Wisconsin Traditional Archers www.wistradarchers.com
Bowhunters of Wyoming www.bowhuntersofwyoming.vcn.com
Wyoming State Archery Association wyoming-archery.org
   




Photo courtesy of Michele Leqve

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