Word From Ken Watkins - President / IBO

By its charter, the International Bowhunting Organization’s purpose is “To promote, encourage and foster the sport of bowhunting; further bowhuntereducation; act as a political coordinator and liaison for the protection and advancement of bowhunting; -- function as a clearinghouse for essentialbowhunter information; and -- adhere to the basic ideal of the unification ofbowhunters.”

Soon after its inception, the IBO launched the Triple Crown of Bowhunting, consisting of three national tournaments hosted in separate states. Utilizing identical rules and classes, the Triple Crown culminates with the crowning of national champions of various age, sex and equipment classes. The series continues to expand each year and has become the undisputed indicator of the best individual performers and equipment in the sport of 3-D archery.

In 1989, the IBO World Championship established a series of sanctioned tournaments worldwide in which participants may qualify to compete in an annual finale to be held in a large and accommodating, destination-type venue.

Presently, hundreds of local and regional bowhunting clubs host qualifying events.
2009 marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of the International Bowhunting Organization. Much about the IBO--and modern bowhunting--has changed significantly since 1984, as have the challenges that face the future of the sport.

Though the attacks against bowhunting perhaps have not been as dramatic or received as much media coverage as those against firearms hunters, gun owners and gun makers, they have become a modern-day fact of life for those who hunt and enjoy all aspects of shooting sports.

As game agencies are increasingly recognizing that bowhunting can play an important part in modern suburban wildlife management, bowhunters must be ready to do their part in the evolution as well--playing a pro-active role in the process and providing the best-trained, best prepared and most ethical bowhunters to take part in forthcoming programs and efforts.

With its existing network of bowhunters, club affiliates and archery retailers, the IBO helps coordinate the dissemination of data and contact points to those regions and organizations who are faced with the need for urban hunting programs with a proven track record of success.

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