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Media Direct’s Bowhunting Roundtable took place on May 24-26 in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. A handful of members of the outdoor media gathered at the Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center to meet with manufacturers and learn about exciting new products.

 

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There were blue skies and fun to be had at the Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center.

 

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Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center has an extensive library of rare and ancient books on archery.

 

These opportunities are always amazing for outdoor writers because it gives us the chance to meet face to face with the experts and specialists behind some of the industry’s most cutting edge products. This intimate gathering provided an amazing setting to ask questions, test gear, and learn firsthand about the inspiration behind it all.

Hoyt

Don’t get frightened, this cat in the Hoyt factory front lobby has already been arrowed and stuffed.

 

Hoyt

The Inside Archery and Bowhunt America team meet with some of Hoyt’s key team members. From left, Daniel Allred, Mike Luper, Sherry Krenz, Randy Walk, Steve Mack, Jeremy Eldredge and Travis Reginek.

 

In a stroke of good luck and expert planning, both the Easton and Hoyt manufacturing facilities were a stone’s throw away from the Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center, providing us with the opportunity to tour the factories. It was truly amazing to see all the hard work and technology behind the products from these facilities. We often take the polished, finished result for granted. Seeing the dedication and processes behind it all shed a new light on these two great companies.

Amazingly, Media Direct’s Mark Sidelinger and Kim Cahalan also managed to bring a great deal of fun to the table in addition to the in-depth learning experience. The first night of the event was marked with a game of ‘archery tag’. This new sport has been making a lot of waves and is steadily growing in popularity. Outdoor writers and manufactures split into random teams, got geared up, and went at it in a battle of tactics, precision and teamwork. On day two, after meeting with manufacturers and touring Easton and Hoyt, our group had the pleasure of receiving recurve lessons from none other than Olympic gold medalist Jay Barrs. We then put our newly polished skills to the test on Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center outdoor range in a head to head shooting competition. Finally, we rounded out the gathering with a clay-pigeon style areal shooting practice.

 

 

 

Hoyt

Steve Mack takes a shot with a Hoyt Carbon Defiant.

 

Media Direct

Travis Reginek with a box of new-for-2016 6mm Full Metal Jackets.

 

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Nick Andrews of ScentLok talks to Daniel Allred about ScentLok’s new Nexus Active Wear.

 

NAP

The innovative Spitfire DoubleCross broadhead from NAP.

 

Tenpoint

Steve Mack got the chance to test out TenPoint’s Carbon Nitro RDX on the outdoor range.

 

Wildlife Research Center’s Scent Killer line

Wildlife Research Center’s Scent Killer line in front of the Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center outdoor range

 

 

Media Direct

The innovative new Vertigo Hybrid changes colors in different temperatures to suit multiple environments.

 

 

Easton

Jay Barrs’ gold medal from the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea

 

Media Direct

Mark Sidelinger practices his shooting skills with the rest of the group.

 

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Easton Salt Lake City Archery Center’s massive indoor range.

 

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Sherry Krenz puts her recurve skills to the test on the outdoor range.

All in all it was a memorable and enlightening event. I think it’s safe to say that we all feel truly blessed to be working in this amazing industry.