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A.T.B.A. Co hosts N.A.L.S. 2015
This year the ATBA was invited by the Rocky Mountain Longbow Association (RMLA) of Calgary to be partners with them in co-hosting the 2015 North American Longbow Safari (NALS). NALS is an international event attracting traditional archers from the United States, Canada, and as far away as Germany, Australia and the Bahamas. This year marked the 33rd NALS and was held just outside Calgary in the rolling hills near Millarville, July 4 & 5th.
Co-hosting NALS provided the ATBA a great opportunity to promote the organization, its beliefs and values. It also provided a great opportunity to do additional fundraising selling our gun and other raffle tickets at the event. Most of all it was a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shooters from across North America.
The partnership was a great success and the ATBA was well represented at the event. We would like to see this partnership grow and be able to increase our exposure in the traditional archery community. Please take a moment to view the photos. Let us know what you think
OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY
What began as the vision of 7 men (John Schneider, Jeff Lander, Jack Kempf, Yves Blouin, Dwayne Hicks, Gun Lemke and Gary McCartney) to have a traditional-only bowhunting organization became a reality on April 5, 2003. This milestone was celebrated at the Annual General Meeting in March 2013 in Red Deer. What better way to do that than to participate, which we did, in the Mother-of-all-Shoots which was on at that time. Since it’s beginning the association had grown to a community of 96 members in 2012 and the following year surpassed the 100 mark in membership. The primary goal from the outset, of giving traditional bowhunters a way to connect with each other on a province-wide basis for camaraderie was being realized/ enjoyed. From the vision to the hard work of many individuals the ATBA has become a classy organization providing benefits to the traditional bowhunting members and wider community. And what’s special about it is the people you come to know, admire and enjoy under the auspices of the ATBA.
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A.T.B.A. Celebrates it's 10th Annual Heritage Classic Jamboree
This event was celebrated at Bella Rosa Ranch near Sundre, on August 2-4, 2014. It was a time for the traditional archery community to once again join together under the banner of the ATBA - to enjoy one another, all the while doing what we love, shooting our traditional bows. This we all did, from individuals to families, the youngest to the eldest amongst us - about 140 registered shooters.
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1st Outstanding Service Award
Jack Kempf first recipient of The Jack Kempf Outstanding Service Award that was named in his honor. Jack kempf embodies the intention of this award through his outstanding contribution to the ATBA and the traditional bowhunting community. [+more]
1st ATBA Group Hunt (2003)
We only had six members show up for the hunt but I think for the most part everybody had a good time. We had expected more people to come later in the hunt but the weather held some people at home. Yves Blouin, Jack Kempf, Gun Lemke, Terry Brew, Karl Hermans and myself were on hand to attack the critters of the Pembina.
The weather didn’t really co-operate with us. Wind, rain and occasional sunshine kept the vegetation wet and animals spookie. Everybody saw critters but only Yves had a real good chance at any critters. Yves had a whitetail doe with two dappled fawns with her come up and check to see what he was up to. Yves could have taken a shot at the doe but opted to leave mama alone to bring up her fawns. A good decision in my mind. Yves also had a sneak on a whitetail buck but that ended up with the deer leaving for no apparent reason and fed away without Yves getting close enough for a shot. Yves did manage to find a nice whitetail shed though during his stalk. He was nice enough to give it to Jake for his rock garden and then on our way home that antler put a very nice hole right in the bottom of my brand new water jug. Terry saw a bear that he could have made a move on but being the bear guide that he is decided that he has seen enough bears for the year and let it go on about it’s business. I’m not sure just where Karl went hunting but every time he got back to camp he was soaking wet. He earned the name “swamp dog” for his efforts. Gun put in a good effort to try and find something to shoot at but was skunked. Personally I think it was his hat that kept the critters away but who knows for sure. As for me, I was kept busy driving the “old guy” back and forth to the Wolf Lake campground so he could take care of business. You know how old people are and when the call of nature hits you’ve got to move in a hurry.
Anyway the hunt ended without any damage being done to the game population. We sat around a few campfires during this hunt, Jake was our designated fire starter, and told a few stories and generally had a good time. We’ll be having another hunt next year and Yves has promised to bring along more coffee next year.
I’d like to thank all the people who put forth a big effort in putting this inaugural hunt together. Yves had a very good crew working on this event and it was well worth the effort for those of us who partook. Bryan Down built some really nice ATBA signs for us to put on the roads to get people to the hunt site. Pat Ward announced the event to the club over the internet. Randy Hermann pointed Yves in the right direction in finding the spot that we camped at. And of course Yves who went out and spent time and money looking the countryside over and finding the camping spot and area to hunt in. It is a group effort like this that will make this ATBA organization take off and become one of the best clubs in Alberta.