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ATA Explore Bowhunting

The Archery Trade Association's (ATA) "Explore Bowhunting" is a suite of courses designed to help instructors, program leaders and educators teach students the basic skills of bowhunting through interactive activities. Note: This is NOT Bowhunter Education or a course where you will learn how to bowhunt. Instead, it will teach you how to teach bowhunting skills to your audience.
9:00a to 1:30p
Sun, September 19, 2021
Immanuel Salas
(512) 902-2890

The Archery Trade Association's (ATA) "Explore Bowhunting" is a suite of courses designed to help instructors, program leaders and educators teach students the basic skills of bowhunting through interactive activities. Note: This is NOT Bowhunter Education or a course where you will learn how to bowhunt. Instead, it will teach you how to teach bowhunting skills to your audience.

The TPWD administered ATA Explore Bowhunting course will teach you how to teach bowhunting skills to your audiences.  Additionally, you will learn how to design, build, run and expand your archery programs and Hunter Education programs.  This is NOT Bowhunter Education or a course where you will learn how to bowhunt. Instead, it will teach you how to teach bowhunting skills to your audience.

The class is designed for formal educators, parks and recreation professionals, outdoor educators, after school groups, community programs, clubs and social organizations.

The class covers:

  • Game Animal Anatomy
  • Animal Calls/Communication
  • Blind Building
  • Camouflage
  • Distance Estimation
  • Minimizing Impact
  • Natural History
  • Optics
  • Pattern Recognition/Interpretation
  • Planning
  • Stalking
  • Track Identification/Animal Sign
  • Determining and using Wind Direction
  • Adrenaline and its effect on archery
  • Shot Placement
  • Reading Arrows
  • Blood Trailing
  • Shooting Positions
  • Field Dressing
  • Bowhunting Equipment
  • Archery Range Setup and Safety
  • Borrowing and using TPWD Explore Bowhunting Equipment and other resources

To register for this class you must already be certified as a USA Archery Level 1 (or higher) or NASP Basic Archery Instructor.  Register with the TPWD  Volunteer Management System and sign up for the Community Archery Classes and Events in North Texas.  Then contact the Community Archery Specialist for North Texas, Immanuel Salas, provide the date you are interested in and proof of your archery instructor certification (Instructor # or ID, etc.).

Recreation professionals and outdoor educators can find information about the USA Archery range format and instructor certification on our Community Archery page.

Formal educators can find information about the National Archery in the Schools Program and instructor certification on our Texas-NASP® page.