Monday, June 25, 2012

Social Circle Ace Archery Grand Opening

This past Friday was the Grand Opening of Social Circle Ace Archery in Social Circle, GA. The archery department is run by Steve Pittman who is the former owner of 12 Point Archery in Covington. Ace has had a great sporting goods department and a good firearms selection for quite a while, and now they are taking on the archery world. They are carrying Hoyt, Bowtech, Mathews and PSE bows, as well as most of the top accessories. Their prices are great and Steve is a top-notch bow technician.

Rev. Daniel Gissendaner from BowTech.

Travis "T-Bone" Turner from Realtree and the Bone Collector made an appearance, as well as Terry Rohm from Tink's. I was able to get T-Bone to sign my Hoyt CRX. T was as down to earth as you can get, and treated everybody there like they were the hunting celebrity. T-Bone and Steve are lifelong friends and Steve actually convinced T-Bone to get his first bow. In T-Bone's words, "Steve created this monster."

Travis "T-Bone" Turner and me.

T-Bone's autograph on my Hoyt.

I also had a chance to meet Big John Chandler from Georgia Archery. I discovered his website a few weeks ago, and put a link to it under my "Friends." Big John does a great job covering Archery shoots and events around the state of Georgia. He talked about some of the plans he has to grow his site and I'm excited to see how it turns out. He'll be posting a video of his coverage of the event soon.

Jay Maxwell's 2007 Fulton Co. buck

There was quite a turnout for the grand opening, including some local news sources. Hopefully word will get out about this great shop and business will continue to grow. If you live or travel through Central Georgia, be sure to stop by Social Circle Ace Archery and give Steve a shout.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Supportive Family

Tomorrow is the Grand Opening of Social Circle Ace Archery in Social Circle, GA. I'm looking forward to meeting Travis "T-Bone" Turner and other industry reps. Also, my pastor Rev. Daniel Gissendaner will be there representing Bowtech. Should be a great time!

Here's a great story by my aunt Terry Carter about her support of her husband and son's hunting lifestyle. It's a great piece (not just because she's my aunt) and a reminder of how important a supportive family can be to us outdoorsmen and women. It goes a long way to keep us focused on the task at hand and ultimately can lead to higher success rates.

My mom has always supported my dad and me in our hunting and fishing endeavors and has even participated herself on many occasions. In fact, she's more into fishing than my dad! Hunting has always been his thing, and she has always been thrilled to cook any and all game we brought home, including a few jackrabbits. Click here to read Stuart's Story.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

U.S. Military Sports Sponsorships

The National Guard has been a huge supporter of FLW Outdoors for a long time and more importantly they have the absolute best soldier marketing program in the country allowing them to constantly recruit and staff a major portion of our military manpower. This recruiting effort has our forces at near record strength. It is my opinion that we should leave a good program alone and let them continue to do their job in the best way they can. Please consider sending this to the anglers in your state and ask them to participate in saving this valuable program.


An open letter to FLW fans concerning legislative attempts to prohibit military spending on sports sponsorships 

On May 17 the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill prohibiting military spending on sponsorship of professional sports. Specifically, the amendment co-sponsored by Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., singles out motorsports, fishing, mixed martial arts and wrestling.

The U.S. military is an all volunteer force and sports sponsorships have long been part of the marketing mix that allows recruiters from every branch to consistently hit the enlistment numbers needed to maintain that force. Despite this fact, Kingston and McCollum feel compelled to micromanage how the Pentagon spends its recruiting dollars, randomly pulling sports sponsorship from the mix.

The 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill is now headed to the Senate. If the House version of the bill with the Kingston-McCollum amendment attached passes, every branch of the U.S. military will lose a critical recruiting tool. For the National Guard, however, it will be particularly devastating since states are prohibited from purchasing television and/or radio airtime according to National Guard Regulation 601-1, 7-6, (4).

The National Guard restructured its marketing plan in 2006 to include partnerships with FLW, NASCAR, Motocross and other sports properties that provide valuable national media exposure in addition to direct access to potential recruits at hundreds of events nationwide. Since that change, National Guard strength has grown to record levels.

In fact, according to retired Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn: "2006 was a watershed year in terms of revitalizing the ARNG strength maintenance program and growth in end-strength. We obtained the required resources and provided programs that will enable the ARNG to succeed. The ARNG now has the most experienced leadership and its youngest soldiers in its 370 year history."

The National Guard generated 26,342 leads through its FLW sponsorship in 2009, 22,709 in 2010 and 28,673 in 2011. These are a direct result of FLW's promotion of the National Guard through social media, websites, television, print, tournaments and co-branding with other FLW partners. Additionally FLW provides the National Guard with retention and soldier recognition programs, including Soldier Appreciation Tournaments and the Wounded Hero Fishing project, that help ensure continued service by quality enlisted and officer personnel.

Let your senators and representatives know that Congress should not be micromanaging the Department of Defense, especially when it comes to recruiting, and the Kingston-McCollum amendment should be stricken from the 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill.

A similar amendment sponsored by McCollum was defeated last year. With your help, we can defeat this amendment as well and continue to allow recruiters to build rapport with potential recruits based on shared interests and common experiences instead of relying solely on traditional media buys.

Thank you for your support.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Big Game Treestands

I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed a sponsorship agreement with Big Game Treestands. Big Game Treestands products have been recognized with a variety of annual awards including the 2012 Bowhunting World Reader's Choice and Inside Archery Best Buy Award in 2011. In addition to high quality, affordable treestands, Big Game also produces ground blinds, Eyecon Trail cameras, and many hunting accesories.

I'll be joining a nation-wide team of 6 pro-staffers, including hunting and MMA celebrity Tim Sylvia. If you follow MMA or have seen some of the later Drury Outdoors episodes, you've probably seen Tim. The Drurys and Pat and Nicole from DrivenTV, both on the Outdoor Channel, use Big Game Treestands.

I killed my very first Whitetail while sitting in a Big Game ladderstand, and that's why it's truly an honor for me to be working with them now. In addition to bringing us 6 guys on as Pro Staff, Big Game is really ramping up their advertisement on the Outdoor Channel, and also sponsoring racing teams Dollansky Racing and Swindell Motorsports. This is shaping up to be a big year for Big Game Treestands and I look forward to working with them in years to come!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Did you know I was a Wrapper?

Custom arrow wraps really dress up your arrows and allow you to personalize them to your taste. I got some new wraps for my hunting arrows from Onestringer Custom Wraps, and put them on last night along with some Norway Fusion vanes. My wraps say "Up and Adam," surprise, surprise. Check out the gallery on the Onestringer website, or have them make a custom design for you.

I also got some new strings from ProLine Custom Bowstrings that I'm going to have put on soon. Once I get them installed, I'll do a full review on them. Both strings are made from BCY's new 8190 material and are ProLine's "Streak Freaks" whcih have one dominant color and a few strands of a minor color thrown in. 8190 is a new material on the market that is getting great reviews. ProLine can make you a bowstring in just about any imaginable color combination. They also make the stock string for several bow manufacturers.

Today was the monthly Christian Bowhunters of Georgia 3D Shoot, and although I got to pick up my plaque for my 1st Place finish last month, it's safe to say I will not be picking up another one next month! I really struggled today and realized I have developed a case of target panic. I couldn't seem to hold the pin on target and wanted to hold low every time. As a result, many of my shots were low. I know it's mental and I've got to get over this quick! I'm going to be woodshedding this week to work out any kinks in my form and technique, and kick this thing before it gets a hold on me. Any tips on curing target panic would be greatly appreciated.