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ELWOOD, Mo. It’s opening day of archery season for deer hunters in Missouri, and many bow hunters turn to a small western Greene County store for all their hunting needs. That family-owned business is still open, despite some major damage to their store.

At Batson Dog and Archery Supply, they want their customers to know they’re still open for business despite the boards on the front of their building.

It’s a very busy time of year for the Batson family. “Guys are procrastinators, so yes, we were in here last night late. Every night this week, we’ve been late, working on guys’ bows and just last minute buying arrows,” says Susan Batson, store manager and daughter-in-law of the man who started it all in 1963, Marvin Batson.

“I was looking at maybe a new sight and a new rest, but they’ve got me all hooked up,” says bow hunter and customer John Mitchell.

They’re still serving customers, despite a wreck last week that sent a car through their front door. “The lady was very nice, and it was just an accident. Accidents happen,” Batson says.

The boarded up building has left some customers confused. “They come open the door; are you guys open?” says Batson.

“I wondered why they were remodeling,” says customer Michael Mello.

But they’re getting the word out with signs and social media as their busiest season begins. Batson says, “Our friends and customers have just been wonderful and just calling over and over again; is there anything we can do?”

Being in business more than 50 years, they have some loyal customers.
“We have customers come from all over. Down into Arkansas and north Missouri, Kansas, they come from all over the place,” says Batson.

Deer hunters are excited to get out in the woods. Mitchell says, “It’s kind of like a family and friend type deal where we can all get out together and enjoy each other’s company and hunt.”

And bow hunters and fishermen, trappers, and dog owners are all pleased to see Batson’s is still at their service. “They’re a local business; they’re not a chain; they have a great layaway program, they know what we’re looking for, and they do service on the spot,” says Mello.

The Batsons say the wreck destroyed a machine that measures the speed of an arrow, so they’ll have to get a new one, and they will have to rebuild the entire front section of their store, but they’re kind of looking forward to the upgrade.


For many years, archery was part of warfare, but with the introduction of guns in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, it started its long decline.. The “archery” of today is more like playing with bows and arrows than it is the historical war archery of the past.


Bill Smith, of Mt. Vernon, Maine, aims his crossbow while practicing at his home on May 9, 2005. (Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press)

A new state law means that hunters in Illinois can use crossbows during archery hunting seasons.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that new law applies to the state’s archery deer season and fall turkey archery season starting Oct. 1 and ending Jan. 14. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill changing state wildlife code to repeal restrictions on using crossbows during archery hunting season.

Crossbows previously were allowed under Illinois law during archery seasons under certain rules, including those age 62 and older and disabled people who qualified for a crossbow permit.

Archery seasons will be closed Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 during in counties where firearm deer hunting is open.


Blue Earth/Le Sueur Counties –

A special archery deer hunt 991 begins this Saturday September 16 in the East Minnesota River Refuge.

The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River.

It is open to archery hunting until Dec. 31 for taking antlerless deer and legal bucks.

Hunter registration or application is required prior to hunting.

The purpose is to assist in the tracking of the deer harvest and deer population in the refuge.

Wildlife Officer Joe Stangel says, “The refuge is unique because it’s entirely private land you have to have permission to hunt it but the special hunt does allow you to take a two deer limit and that deer can be a buck and a doe or two does depending on what you choose to take.”

The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting.

There is no fee for this permit application.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Hunters take to the woods in Missouri again, starting this weekend – with the beginning of deer and turkey season for bow hunters.  It begins the fall hunting season, which includes the firearms deer and turkey seasons, stretching well into autumn.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the archery deer and turkey season is scheduled in two parts this year – Sept. 15-Nov. 10 and again Nov. 22, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018.

In between, the firearms deer season runs November 11-21.

The full schedule:


Archery Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018.
Firearms Turkey Season: Oct. 1 – 31


Archery Deer: Sept. 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018
Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 28 and 29
Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 11 – 21
Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 24 – 26
Firearms Deer Antlerless Portion: Dec. 1 – 3
Firearms Deer Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2018

The MDC says archers are allowed to harvest two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken prior to Nov. 12. Hunters may purchase and fill any number of archery antlerless deer-hunting permits during the archery deer season in all open counties.

A new regulation this year limits hunters to two antlered deer during the archery and firearms deer seasons combined. Archers can also harvest two turkeys of either sex. Both may be taken the same day. Bow hunters can use a longbow, compound bow, recurve bow of any draw length or a crossbow. Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights and atlatls are also allowed.
Hunters can purchase permits at any Missouri Department of Conservation office, area vendors, or  online at

More on deer season dates, limits, permits and regulations can be found here  

Turkey season limits, permits and regulations can be found here


5-year-old Chrukuri Dolly Shivani made two records in archery on Sunday and secured a place in the India Book of Records and the Asian Book of Records.


Shivani became India’s youngest archer in 2015 when she scored 200 points by shooting at targets placed at the distances of five and seven metres.

In her first attempt, the girl shot 103 arrows at a target placed 10 metres away in just eleven minutes and nineteen seconds. In her second, she shot 36 arrows at a target placed twenty metres away in five minutes and eight seconds. Her total scored rounded to an applause-worthy 290 points out of 360.

The Vice-President of India, Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter to congratulate the young archer.

Others soon joined in to hail Shivani’s achievements.

Shivani is now gearing up for the 2024 Olympics. She currently trains at The Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.

Shivani has archery running in her blood. The girl hails from a family of archers where her dad – who tragically died in a car accident – was an international archer and coach.


Are you fired up to try archery but aren’t sure where to shoot? Don’t worry – you have plenty of options even if you don’t have a backyard range.

Having an archery range at home is a luxury, not a necessity. If you live in an apartment or a neighborhood that isn’t archery-friendly, you can visit a number of other locations to shoot.

And as a bonus, practicing archery at these places is a great way to immerse yourself in the local archery community.


A great way to get involved in archery is through a private or group lesson. Group lessons are a low-cost way to try the sport without a big commitment. Photo Credit: ATA

A great way to get involved in archery is through a private or group lesson. Group lessons are a low-cost way to try the sport without a big commitment. You can rent equipment during a group lesson until you buy a bow of your own. You can find the archery infrastructure you need along with professional instruction at an archery shop.


There are several archery programs that provide group instruction. Some programs to look for in your community are Explore ArcheryOlympic Archery in SchoolsNational Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), Adult Archery Achievement and Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD). These programs offer professional instruction in a safe environment and are an easy way to get involved in archery.

Explore Archery is an interactive, educational archery program that gives folks a chance to try archery and explore its benefits. There are five different Explore Archery events to match anyone’s needs. The events include Try Archery, a 1-day camp, a 1-week camp, a 6-week Camp and birthday parties. Talk to your local archery store to find out more about Explore Archery.

Olympic Archery in the Schools (OAS) is for middle and high-school students that are interested in pursuing archery. The program teaches the fundamentals of Olympic-style archery and provides students with competitive opportunities. Through OAS, they’ll compete against other participating schools in individual and team competitions. Find an OAS program near you here.

NASP is a great way for young archers to take their first step into the world of archery. The program takes place during school and teaches the basics of archery and safety. There are also competitive opportunities at the state and national level. To get information on NASP in your area contact your state coordinator here.

JOAD is a youth archery program that focuses on target archery. Archers of all skill levels receive instruction and guidance from certified instructors. JOAD programs meet after school or on weekends, and are a great way to try target archery, build camaraderie and enjoy the sport. Archers can enjoy the sport for leisure or compete in one of the many JOAD events. USA Archery also has an adult archery program that provides adults with all the same benefits. You can find a JOAD program near you here.

Once you’re involved in archery, you’ll need a place to practice such as indoor range, community archery park or archery club.


An indoor archery range provides all-year and all-weather practice. If it’s raining, freezing or dark, you still have a dry, warm and well-lit area to do archery. If you visit an indoor range that’s part of a shop, there will be a fee to use the range based on the amount of time spent shooting. Photo Credit: Archery Excellence Center

An indoor archery range provides year-round, all-weather practice opportunities. If it’s raining, freezing or dark, you still have a dry, warm and well-lit area to do archery. These ranges are typically found at archery shops and clubs. If you visit an indoor range within a retail store, expect to pay a fee based on the amount of time spent shooting. It’s a small price to pay to have a place to practice – especially in lousy weather – and there’s archery professionals on-hand to help you out.


Archery parks usually contain several targets at multiple distances for shooters of all skill levels to enjoy their time with their bow. Contact your local parks department to find out if there’s an archery park near you, or ask an archery shop in your area. Photo Credit: Rice Lake Archery Park

If you have a public archery range in your neighborhood, consider yourself lucky. These parks are a special treat for community members. Like at any public park, read the guidelines posted at the range before shooting. Respect the rules, and take care of the archery park as if it’s your own backyard. Contact your local parks department to find out if there’s an archery park near you, or check with your area archery shop professionals.


Archery clubs are member-run organizations that have archery facilities available to their members. See if your local club holds a 3-D or field archery shoot that’s open to the public. Attending one will allow you to check out the club and meet the members. Photo Credit: Julie Robinson

One of the most common places to practice is at an archery club. These member-run organizations typically have well-developed archery facilities and will often host events.  If you find a nearby archery club, check their website or contact the club president for a list of upcoming events.

These clubs sometimes hold a 3-D or field archery shoot that is open to the public. Attending one of those events will allow you to check out the club and meet the members. Archery clubs usually have membership requirements. Some clubs charge an annual membership fee, while others charge a fee and require members to help maintain the club.

Archery isn’t only accessible to people who have large yards or farms. If you live in an urban area, the best way to discover how to start archery is to find an archery shop. They are plugged into the local archery scene and can steer you in the right direction. With their help, you can unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life with some much needed archery therapy.


TenPoint Carbon Xtra CLS Crossbow Package with RangeMaster Pro Scope and ACUdraw System Laminated Stock.
Credit: MidwayUSA

The legalizing of crossbows for all was expected to become law, the only question was whether Gov. Bruce Rauner would sign it or it would simply become law in time for the Oct. 1 opener of the archery seasons.

On Monday, it was announced that Gov. Rauner had signed HB 2893.

Here is the announcement from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

New State Law Allows All Hunters in Illinois to Use Crossbows During Archery Seasons

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois may use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the Illinois Archery Deer Season and the Illinois Fall Turkey Archery Season beginning on Oct. 1.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.

Illinois law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by persons age 62 or older, and those persons with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  In addition, the previous law allowed certain youth hunters to use crossbows, and allowed all archery hunters to use crossbows beginning the Monday after the second firearm deer season.

The 2017-18 season dates for archery deer and fall turkey archery hunting in Illinois are Oct. 1, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018.  Archery seasons will be closed Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3 during the Firearm Deer Season in those counties open to firearm deer hunting.


Archery builds concentration, hand-eye coordination, and mental toughness. Adding physical conditioning to these attributes will make you a better archer and make archery more fun.

Archery is addictive and it’s hard to put the bow down once you get started. Increasing your strength and stamina will give you better control over your shot and allow you to shoot longer, which means more fun.

Building strength in your shoulders, lats, back, core and glutes will get you archery fit and range ready. Here are 5 great strength and conditioning exercises you should have in your workout to maximize your archery performance.


The single arm dumbbell row helps strengthen your rhomboid and arm muscles, which you use to draw your bow. This exercise will help you shoot longer and increase your draw weight.

To perform the single arm dumbbell row:

  • Lean over and place your arm on a flat bench.
  • Try to keep your back as close to parallel with the ground as possible.
  • With your free hand, grab a dumbbell and hold it with your arm extended.
  • Pull the dumbbell up to your ribs while maintaining good postural alignment.
  • Lower the dumbbell until your arm is fully extended.
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps, repeat with the other arm.
  • Rest for 60 seconds and repeat 1-2 more sets.


Strong shoulders aren’t necessary for archery, but increasing shoulder strength can help stabilize your bow. This exercise creates strong shoulders and it will make them mobile as well as balanced. Dumbbell side raises are a good unilateral exercise to keep your shoulders strong and healthy.

To perform a dumbbell side raise:

  • Stand in the upright position while holding a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Bend the knees slightly and keep your back straight and shoulders back.
  • While keeping a slight bend in your elbows, raise each of the dumbbells until they are parallel with the floor.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps, then rest for 60 seconds and repeat 1-2 more sets.


The Romanian deadlift, commonly referred to as an RDL, is a staple exercise for athletes from all backgrounds. As you’ll learn in archery lessons, your stability starts with your stance. A strong foundation for your shot means more accuracy and easier shooting.

Performing RDLs is a sure way to develop strong glutes, hamstrings, and lower back, which are all important muscles for your stance.

To perform an RDL:

  • Standing upright and keeping a slight bend in your elbow, hold a barbell so it is in line with your hips.
  • Be sure to keep your shoulders back and maintain good postural alignment in your back at all times.
  • Bend your knees slightly and slowly lower the bar to the floor.
  • Once the weight plates touch the ground return to starting position (do not bounce the weight off the ground)
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps, then rest for 60 seconds and repeat 1-2 more sets.

Rowing Machine

If you want to shoot from dawn to dusk then try this exercise a try to boost your archery stamina. The rowing machine increases muscle endurance for many of the major muscle groups and is a great addition to any workout routine.

To use a rowing machine:

  • Carefully sit in the seat provided.
  • Lock your feet into the foot pads.
  • Grab the handle bar in the front of the machine.
  • While maintaining good postural alignment, begin by pushing off with your legs.
  • When you are fully extended, keep your shoulders back and pull yourself back up to the starting position.
  • Repeat for 750 meters at 32-36 strokes per minute.


The forearm plank is a good exercise to improve core stability, strength, and endurance for archery. It’s an isometric exercise, meaning your muscles contract without moving.  If the basic forearm plank becomes too easy of a movement, there are many other variations to make it more challenging.

To perform a forearm plank:

  • Place your forearms on the ground directly under your shoulders.
  • Put your toes on the floor so the only points of contact with the ground are your toes and forearms.
  • Keep your knees, hips, back, and shoulders aligned.
  • Squeeze your glutes and abdomen tightly.
  • Hold this position for 1 minute or as long as you can.
  • Rest for 60 seconds, then repeat 1-2 more times.

The key to any new workout routine is knowing your own abilities and building into the workout. Start slow and know your own limitations. It’s always a good idea to discuss your training routine with your doctor before jumping into a workout. It’s also a good idea to have a trainer show you how to do each exercise and make sure you are performing them correctly.


Use This Archery Tip in Your Practice Sessions


If you’ve shot a bow even a few times, you’re probably familiar with this topic. Target panic can affect everyone if the right conditions are there. It’s the sense that when you draw your bow back, you need to quickly get on target or you’ll lose your shot opportunity. While that could be true if you wait too long, just feeling that emotion causes some unfortunate things to happen with your archery form. That’s what makes this archery tip so important to use in your bow practice sessions. When everything’s on the table and you’re about to take the final shot of the competition or take the shot at an animal, you need to be confident in your compound bow archery form. Are you?

What Causes Target Panic?

Target panic is a result of mind games. It’s all psychological. When you start to lose faith in yourself or believe you might miss a shot unless you quickly touch off a shot on your Block® targets, your compound bow shooting form breaks down and your body unconsciously starts to shake. Just a little at first. But before you know it, your pin is wobbling all over the target, making a steady shot impossible. If left uncorrected, this feeling of anxiety and fear of poor shooting can spread to every time you draw your bow back. Say goodbye bullseyes and dead deer and hello sub-par groupings, embarrassment, and frustration. So what can you do to fix it before it gets to that stage? Check out the archery tip video below.

How To Fix Target Panic

As you can see, being an accurate archer isn’t all about quickly punching the release when your pin drifts over the middle of your target. While bow shot timing is important, good archery should also be about steady consistency. Here’s an archery tip for you to try out.

A great way to overcome this tendency (which is usually learned and built up over months or years) is to practice without shooting any arrows. During the offseason (i.e., summer), commit a couple weeks of your practice time to unlearn what you have learned by using this archery practice drill. Simply draw your Matthews® bow back, settle the pin on your target for as long as you can accurately do so. Do not touch the release and do not shoot the arrow. If the pin starts drifting all over, simply let the bow down and take a break. Take note of how long you can hold the pins steady so you can compare to later on. Repeat this process 50 to 60 times a day and for a few weeks if time allows. Your body will slowly start to get more comfortable with aiming when you don’t have the unspoken pressure of shooting. By the end of your archery practice session, you should notice that you can hold the pins steady much longer on dead center without as much drifting. Compare it to your first time to see how much of a difference it made.


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