Perpetuating and Protecting the Sport of Bowhunting in New York.

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New York Bowhunters Inc. P.O. Box 1157, Canandaigua, NY 14424.


Youth Archery Camp

In the fall of 1992, NYB gave birth to the idea that a camp for young people could help recruit new participants into the sport of bowhunting. Together with a small group of New York State certified Bowhunter Education instructors and assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a program was developed to bring young people from all over the State to week- end long camps and instruct them in the ways of bowhunting and archery.

In the summer of 1993, the very first youth camp was held. The inaugural Camp was at Turkey Trot Acres, a hunting lodge and guiding service in Candor, Tioga County. Six NYB volunteers staffed this first ever Youth Bowhunter Camp instructing the aspiring bowhunters in all aspects of the sport. In addition to a complete New York State Bowhunter Education Course, the young people were given instruction on basic tuning of their equipment and arrow construction from the raw shaft to the completed arrow. The attendees were also schooled on the safe use of tree stands, the difficult art of blood trailing, the effective use of maps and compasses and the importance of ethical behavior when a field.

The Youth Bowhunter Camp program has grown from one Camp in Region 7 to at least one Camp each in Regions 3, 4, 6, 7, 8. This program is provided at no cost to any young person in New York State, aged 11 through 16 years of age. To date, NYB has hosted more than 1800 young people in an effort to secure the future of bowhunting in New York. Camps typically run from noon on Friday till noon on Sunday. All food, lodging, equipment and related materials are provided by NYB. Experience is not necessary and equipment will be provided to campers who do not already have their own gear. Campers who do have their own archery gear are encouraged to bring it to camp with them. Campers need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towels and any personal effects. Both male and female chaperones are present throughout the weekend and we encourage any parents who would like to attend camp to do so.

Youths throughout the state can experience many different aspects of our sport. Activities that may be covered at camp include; lots of practice time on the archery range, aerial targets, bowfishing, seminars on turkey hunting and scents/lures or on how to build a bow, as well as talks by the local Environmental Conservation Officers. Since camp is for both girls and boys, we sometimes experience some competition amongst the sexes. We typically have from 2-5 girls who attend camp and many of these girls turn out to be the best shots and game trackers in camp. We have also had campers who were not interested in bowhunting at all but just wanted to learn about archery. Whatever a camper’s interest may be, we’ll find a place for you at camp.

On the last day of camp, campers typically take their NYS bowhunter certification course, which will allow them to purchase their NYS bowhunting license when they reach 12 years of age. Also on the last day, campers receive nice gifts donated by NYB and many of the seminar speakers or staff. All campers receive an NYB Youth Camp T-shirt and possibly other articles such as hats, compasses etc. NYB’s youth camp program is put on by the most dedicated archers in New York who want to see our great sport passed on to future generations where it will continue to grow and prosper for all to enjoy.

Class time by Certified NYS Instructors

Archery; not just for boys anymore!