For an admitted “Archery Junkie” like me nothing spells excitement, anticipation and sheer bliss quite like the ATA show. The Archery Trade Association show is the largest showcase for any and all things archery. It is a chance for ATA members, buyers, and media persons like me to get a sneak peak of all the new products slated to hit the market in the coming year. And when I say all, I mean ALL of the new products. Everything from arrow fletching to new the latest flagship bow is unveiled at this annual event.
In addition, just about every hunting celebrity you can think of will be on hand to promote products as well as meet and greet with the fans. For anyone who loves archery, attending the ATA show is like winning a trip to the super bowl. However, as I mentioned, not everyone can gain access to the show. But fret not, because bowhunting.com is going to give you the next best thing to being there.
Over the course of the next few days, myself and other bowhunting.com staff writers will be bringing you pictures and highlights from the 2012 ATA show in Columbus, OH. Complete with show highlights, favorite new gear, and all of the latest info you need to get your “must have” gear-list up and running.
So, grab your pen and paper and be sure to stay close to the computer for round the clock updates. To start things off, here are a few of the items that have caught my eye thus far. Up to date descriptions will follow.
New Easton "INJEXION" micro-diameter arrows have to be seen to be believed! These arrows take the advantages of small diameter arrows to an all new level and will be compatable with a number of NAP broadheads designed specifically for this new arrow; labeled Deep Six or D6. The new NAP broadheads will greatly enhance the performance of the Easton INJECTION shaft.
New ultra-light backpack from Badlands! The "Source" redefines lightweight.
"The Citadel" Hub-Style ground blind that can raise hunter 10 feet in the air or remain at ground level. With true 360 degree rotating seat inside, along with shoot through window mesh all around, the bowhunter is no longer confined to shooting out of one or two windows.
Ultra-realistic "TreeBlind" ground blind comes with a silent window system, hand painted details, and room for two!
New SKB i-series bow case made exclusively for Mathews shooters who want to travel in style and protect their investment.
New TARGET TARP will protect your expensive 3-D target like nothing else.
The ARMOUR DILLO is a ultra-light, 360 degree cam protector that attaches to your bows limb preventing the cam from making contact with the ground.
KABOSS hunting blind ensures that you blend into "life on the farm" while trying to anchor that elusive buck.
New to the backpack market is TENZING. With well thought out and highly functional models to choose from (even some for lady hunters), this company seems to be off to a great start.
Lady hunters no longer have to worry about how they will manage to make themselves "scent-free" without totaly destroying their hair and body thanks to "Just for Does" shampoo and body lotions.
The Cranky is a high performance screw-in climbing stick that comes complete with a built in "crank" that makes attaching the stick the tree virtually effortless. The even come in unique individual climbing steps with a built in hand grip.
Saving the best for last, the new NAP Big Nasty broadhead is one of 4 new broadheads designed specifically for the new Easton INJEXION shafts. Perhaps the coolest part of this particular head is the fact that the broadhead ferrule is actually part of the arrow shaft. Talk about tough and ultra straight. Tommorow...........the new NAP KILLZONE! A 2 inch rear-deploying mechanical.