There’s plenty of great new archery and bowhunting gear to be found at this year’s ATA Show in Louisville, Kentucky, but to narrow things down, the Archery Trade Association has once again announced their best of the best awards, as well as their Impact awards.
The ATA recognized two individuals and three organizations in its Impact Awards program. Additionally, three products in the Featured Product Showcase won an award and six products received awards through the New Product Launch Showcase.
Impact Award Recipients
The ATA created the Impact Award program to recognize those who use their voice or platform to inspire others to participate in archery and bowhunting. “Impact” means having a strong effect on someone or something. Individuals and companies that worked to grow archery sports were eligible. A nominee’s impact could be driven by creativity, service, technology, engagement, longevity, sustainability, and overcoming adversity or awareness. The award recipients are:
- Individual: Rob Kaufhold
- Individual: Tim Thomas
- Nonprofit: Whitetails Unlimited
- Retailer: Straight 6 Archery
- Manufacturer: Hunter Safety System
Featured Products Showcase Award Recipients
The Featured Products Showcase serves as a product preview for attendees. Exhibitors could submit products to be put on display in the Featured Products Showcase. Each product was automatically entered to receive a Best in Show award. Buyers voted for their favorite products on Day 1 of the Show. The winning products are:
- Gold: JAKT Tag – Game & Fish Smart Tags by JAKT Gear
- Silver: Digital React 1 Pin by Trophy Ridge
- Bronze: Epsilon Arrow Rest by Hamskea Archery Solutions, LLC
New Product Launch Showcase Award Recipients
The New Product Launch Showcase allows exhibitors with products released at the Show or with products released after Oct. 1, 2021, to enter to win a Best in Show award. Over 100 products were submitted between both categories. A team of industry judges selected products that exemplified innovation to receive an award.
Products Introduced at the Show
- Gold: Carbon Fiber Saddle Hunting Platform by Tethrd
- Silver: The Stock Arrow by Swhacker Broadheads
- Bronze: JAKT Tag – Game & Fish Smart Tags by JAKT Gear
A big congrats to all the winners at this year’s show. The innovative products brought to the table, as well as the impact made by leading individuals, continues to take the archery industry to new levels with each passing season.