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I just got this press Release -
Also found an article on the local paper -

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060821/SPORTS07/60821031...

WORLD HUNTING ASSOCIATION TO SWITCH FORMAT

DETROIT, Mich. (August 21, 2006) – The World Hunting Association today announced that the organization will shift to a traditional harvest format in time for the organization’s inaugural tournament this fall. The announcement was made by World Hunting Association commissioner David Farbman.

“Over the past two months, we have met one-on-one with fellow hunters, major hunters’ rights organizations, industry leaders and top outdoor journalists from all over the country to gain their perspectives. Consistently, their major concerns centered on the proposed use of non-fatal darting,” said Farbman. The WHA is committed to growing the sport of hunting and increasing participation among youth, women and minority groups. We regret that the darting format upset other individuals with those same goals,” said Farbman. “The WHA is made up of longtime hunters who are incredibly passionate about the sport. Everyone associated with WHA wants what is best for hunting. We feel confident we are now on the right path.”

The organization has also altered the competition’s prize money structure, eliminating a bounty level system, and offering awards based on a more general point system. The first tournaments in 2006 will be held at Lost Arrow Ranch in Gladwin, Michigan. The use of the 1,000 acre preserve for the tournaments not only allows for a controlled competition, it also insures that the tournaments will not adversely impact wild game populations or infringe upon hunting opportunities on public and private land for regularly licensed hunters.

The World Hunting Association is committed to education and elevating awareness of hunting via its interactive Web site and televised tour events, offering fans an opportunity to step inside the lives of eight diverse professional hunters from across the United States. Individual hunting strategies, techniques, and skill sets will all be showcased. A key goal of the organization is to recruit and retain more youth, women, minorities and non-hunters into the sport and reverse a two decade-long decline in hunting.

The hunting tour will feature 12-day tournaments during which the pro hunters can take up to six deer—four does, one management buck and one trophy buck. Certain bucks that are featured and studied on the internet portal (http://www.worldhunt.com) will not be eligible for harvest during competition, but the hunters can gain bonus points for bringing the deer into effective range and capturing the footage on camera. A bow, rifle and a muzzle loader will be used over the course of the tournament: At least one deer must be taken with each of the three throughout a competition.

Set to launch in mid-September, the official interactive domain (http://www.worldhunt.com) replaces the organization’s temporary website. The new online experience boasts numerous high-tech multimedia features unlike anything else offered within the hunting community -- making the thrill and tradition of hunting accessible to everyone across the globe. The user-friendly site provides hours of streaming footage of the tournaments, exciting interactive games and other innovative features.

About the World Hunting Association
The World Hunting Association™ (WHA) is a global competitive sporting establishment dedicated to organizing and promoting the sport of hunting and conservation and growing youth and non-hunter participation. The World Hunting Association includes a ground-breaking, professional, competitive hunting tour, spotlighting professional tour hunters from all over the United States who will compete with cameras present at all times. WHA will incorporate several patent-pending technologies that will enhance the viewer experience. More information about the World Hunting Association is available at http://www.worldhunt.com.

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Isn't this still structured as a competition Think So they still want to teach our kids that hunting is a competition Talk to the Hand Did I miss something or is the only difference killing the animal instead of darting it? If so, I think they missed the critisism sad

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Well said, redrider.

No matter how much they polish it, a turd is still a turd. eye roll

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"A key goal of the organization is to recruit and retain more youth, women, minorities and non-hunters into the sport and reverse a two decade-long decline in hunting. "

Great, they want to promote affirmative action in hunting. I am sorry I am against all forms of racism and anything that is geared specifically to someone's race is racist.

I don't think the decline in hunting is related to lack of interest, but more to lack of opportunity that doesn't cost a large sum of money. Decrease urban sprawl and increase public land and you'll increase hunting.

Yep, this is one organization that won't get my support.

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CVC wrote:
"A key goal of the organization is to recruit and retain more youth, women, minorities and non-hunters into the sport and reverse a two decade-long decline in hunting. "

Great, they want to promote affirmative action in hunting. I am sorry I am against all forms of racism and anything that is geared specifically to someone's race is racist.

I don't think the decline in hunting is related to lack of interest, but more to lack of opportunity that doesn't cost a large sum of money. Decrease urban sprawl and increase public land and you'll increase hunting.

Yep, this is one organization that won't get my support.

You are missing the point. It does say "youth" as well as women, minorities and non-hunters....The key point is youth recruitment. Decreasing urban sprawl and increasing public land means you are increasing costs. Increase the number of hunters and you increase the number of dollars for state wildlife agencies to spend on conservation and habitat restoration.

Calling that statement "affirmative action" is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard.

The point is by creating a competitive hunting tournament (viewed on TV and Internet) you have a chance to increase awareness through entertainment. In case you dont have kids, you need to talk to someone that does. Kids DO NOT spend time in the outdoors and their parents are getting divorced more and more which takes away the opportunity you and I had when our fathers took us hunting. The only way to get kids attention is by entertaining them. Kids dont see hunters as role models and I think if you create characters they can relate to and look up to they will want to join a hunters ed class and go hunting. If you dont understand that logic you are out of touch with todays youth. Plain and simple.

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redrider wrote:
Isn't this still structured as a competition Think So they still want to teach our kids that hunting is a competition Talk to the Hand Did I miss something or is the only difference killing the animal instead of darting it? If so, I think they missed the critisism sad

Life is a competition. Im sure you dont want dodge ball in schools either Think

There is nothing wrong with showing kids a competition in hunting. They see it in anything else. So what if they go out in the woods in pursuit of big bucks. We all know it wont be easy to shoot one so during their pursuit of those big uns they will learn so much sitting in that tree stand all day freezing their butt off. And guess what, they wont be on the street smoking dope either....So if kids start hunting and their goals are to be a professional hunter and only shoot big bucks or maybe they even only want to practice QDM like the tournaments are set out to do, then why would that be bad to portray to kids?....At the end of the day, we win if we get them out in the woods. I want to hear a better suggestion for youth recruitment because this is the only out of the box thinking that has been done in this sport for the past 20 years.

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Bowsmacker, I am sure you have heard far more idiotic statements than my affirmative action one considering your minored in heavy drinking in school Shame on You!

Seriously, the fact that it wants to increase youth interest does not negate the fact that it is singling out groups of people for inclusion based on race. This is what affirmative action does. It promotes the interest of groups based on race, thus excluding another because of their race.

How is decreasing urban sprawl and increasing public land increasing cost? If I want to hunt, e.g., elk in CO I can pay $6-8,000 to hunt on private land or I can pay the hunting license and not much more to hunt on public land.

You suggest that you need to entertain children to get them interested in hunting and to a certain degree you're correct. But, I seriously doubt that children who do not hunt will watch the show and then if they do, I doubt that it will inspire them to go hunting if they don't have a family member that hunts to take them.

It is my educated guess that this show will flop.

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