ABAM Newsletter November 2017

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Important  Upcoming Dates

12-Nov-17 MB Games – West Region Prep Camp 2 1:00 PM Neepawa Collegiate
12-Nov-17 MB Games – Winnipeg Blue Region Prep Camp 3 5:00 PM Heights Archery
18-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 1 10:00 AM St. Laurent School – St. Laurent, MB
18-Nov-17 MB Games -West Prep Camp 3 1:00 PM Birtle Collegiate
18-Nov-17 Winnipeg Blue Prep Camp 4 5:00 PM Heights Archery
19-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 3 1:00 PM St. George, MB
19-Nov-17 Heartland – Indoor 18M Shoot 5:00 PM Heartland
23-Nov-17 Interlake – Indoor 18M Shoot 6:30 PM Heights Archery
25-Nov-17 MB Games – East Region Prep Camp 1 10:00 AM Selkirk
26-Nov-17 ABAM Awards / AGM & Fall Board Meeting 11:00 AM Sport for Life
26-Nov-17 MB Games – West Prep Camp 4 1:00 PM Neepawa
26-Nov-17 MB Games – Winnipeg Gold Region Prep Camp 2 5:00 PM Heartland Archery
3-Dec-17 Heartland Vegas Shoot 5:00 PM Heartland
3-Dec-17 Winnipeg Blue Qualifier TBD Heights Archery
7-Dec-17 Interlake – Indoor 18M Shoot 6:30 PM Heights Archery
9-Dec-17 MB Games – East Qualifier 10:00 AM Happy Thought School – East Selkirk, MB
10-Dec-17 South Qualifier 1:00 PM D & G Archery
For all upcoming events, please visit the ABAM Event Calendar at:


Recent Results

(Click event to be linked to results)

2017.10.29    Indoor 18M    Team Heartland   

For more results please visit
the ABAM Results Pages at: 


Passing of Roger Garrod



It is with a heavy heart that the Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba announces the passing of Roger Garrod, a great man and ambassador to the sport of Archery. Roger was a tireless volunteer and archer of many disciplines, during his years of involvement he served on multiple provincial and national committees, was a provincial coach, coach educator, as well judging  provincial, national, and international events. More recently, Roger had been an integral part of his local club, the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters as it increased events and development, as well a driving force behind getting Archery back in the Manitoba Games. Roger will be missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Roger’s family and in particular his wife Helen.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12 in the Qualico Family Centre by the duck pond in Assiniboine Park. This information is also posted on the Cropo Funeral Chapel website.

To view announcement published by World Archery, please click the link below: 

To view Roger’s Obituary, please click the following link:



Manitoba Government - Big Game Hunter Preference Survey


Attention all Bowhunters:

The Province of Manitoba has recently published a series of surveys in order to collect feedback from Manitobans regarding Hunting & Angling Preferences. Question 6 of the Big Game Hunter Preference asks "Should the use of crossbows be allowed during archery deer season?" 

The question content states: 

 Currently, only bows (e.g., longbows, recurves and compound bows) can be used during archery deer season. Crossbows can be used during the muzzleloader and general deer seasons. Bows require the hunter to draw the arrow immediately prior to shooting. Due to the close proximity of hunter and animal, this motion often alerts the animal and results in unsuccessful harvest attempts. Crossbows are loaded well in advance of shooting and thus don’t have this additional challenge. It is generally accepted that it is easier to become proficient with a crossbow as compared to archery equipment. 
The success rate for archery hunters has been increasing over the past 30 years due to advances in archery equipment technology. Adding crossbows to the archery deer season would result in more hunters and harvest during the deer archery season. 
Note: This question is specific to the archery deer season only.

Supporters say:
•   Crossbows are similar to bows (e.g. limited range) and should be grouped with bows. 
•   Some other jurisdictions allow crossbows in archery seasons.

Opponents say:
•   Crossbows are not true archery equipment and have a significant advantage over bows due to how they are pre-loaded and fired.
•   Adding crossbows to the deer archery season will increase hunter uptake during this season and may lead to future restrictions to reduce harvest during archery season (e.g. reduced season length).

ABAM's Bowhunting Principles State: 

“Crossbow Policy Statement

For the purpose of ABAM, a bow shall be defined as a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow
that is hand-held and hand-drawn, and that has no mechanical device to enable the hunter to lock the bow at full or partial draw. Other than the energy stored by the drawn bow, no device to propel the arrow will be permitted. Consequently, ABAM does not consider the crossbow to be a hunting bow and will not accept any trophies for awards collected by crossbow hunters. Further ABAM considers the use of crossbows during bowhunting seasons to be a serious threat to the future of bowhunting. ABAM therefore states the crossbow should not be considered for use in any bowhunting only season. Also, the Club enforces that crossbows for hunting be restricted to firearms or Muzzleloader seasons in Manitoba.”

General Survey Information & Links

"Manitoba Sustainable Development is seeking input on a number of hunting and angling topics. Your feedback will help inform future management actions. The Wildlife and Fisheries Branch has created three short surveys related to big game hunting, game bird hunting and recreational angling. Anyone who is interested can complete one or more of these surveys. However, each survey should only be completed once. Every submitted survey needs a valid email address to be accepted.

The surveys have about half a dozen questions, each with background information and example perspectives. Please indicate your preference by marking one of the three choices that follows each question and feel free to provide any additional comments. The links to the three surveys are found below.

Please note: A sub-sample of hunters and anglers have been randomly selected from branch databases and mailed a hard copy of the survey. If you receive a hard copy survey, please do NOT to complete the online version.

Online surveys will be accepted until November 30, 2017. A survey summary will be made available in 2018 and posted on this page.

Feedback received from the surveys will be incorporated into the current branch angling and hunting seasons' review process." 

Big Game Hunter Preference Survey (Survey Link)

2018 Manitoba Winter Games Archery



The Manitoba Winter Games Archery Event is seeking female and male archers aged 16 & Under with intermediate to advance skills in recurve or compound archery. The Manitoba Winter Games is a fantastic athletic and character building experience for youth, as they will practice, travel and compete with their fellow team members to represent their home region in Manitoba. This exciting developmental event will take place in Thompson, MB and will include a 3 three day archery tournament starting March 4, 2018. Whether you are a bowhunter or  recreational archer with limited competition experience, we encourage you to participate in your regional preparation camps!

The preparation camps (“Prep Camps”) are hosted by regional coaches and managers with National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) training and is geared toward development of archery skills and introduction to competition. The Prep Camps will prepare archers for the regional qualifier hosted in December 2017.

One of best parts about the Manitoba Winter Games Archery Event is the low cost for the opportunity to participate! There is no cost associated to the participation in the Regional Prep Camps & Qualifier.


Please note, it is not mandatory to attend both Prep Camps, but it is recommended.

For more information on the event, please contact Ryan Van Berkel at the office by email at

or telephone at 204 925 5697

Pre Registration is Mandatory for events. To register for your regional events, please visit our Manitoba Games Page at:



2017 ABAM Awards Lunch -
Nominations Closing This Week!


The ABAM 2017 Annual Awards Lunch & Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday November 26, 2017 at the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame at the Sport for Life Center, located at 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

The Awards Ceremonies will begin at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch at 12:00. The Annual General Meeting will take place following lunch at approximately 1:00 PM.

Nominate a deserving coach, athlete or volunteer! 

The following awards are currently open for nomination:

Target Archer of the Year: In recognition of the Manitoba Archer with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international Target Archery in the past year.

3D Archer of the Year: In recognition of the Manitoba Archer with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international 3D Archery in the past year.

Rising Star Award: In recognition of the Manitoba Youth Archer (Cadet & under) with the most outstanding achievement(s) in provincial, national or international archery in the past year.

Coach of the Year Award: Awarded to the Coach who has contributed the most to developing archery in the province of Manitoba during the previous year.

Volunteer of the Year: Awarded to the volunteer who has contributed the most to developing archery with in the province of Manitoba during the previous year.

To nominate a fellow member for one the above listed awards, please download the Award Nomination Form below and submit via email to no later than Monday November 13.


2017 ABAM Annual General Meeting



Please RSVP attendance at the meeting in person or via teleconference by Friday November 17. Please note, the deadline to submit agenda items or motions is Friday November 17.

The ABAM 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday November 26, 2017 at the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame at the Sport for Life Center, located at 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

The Annual General Meeting will take place following the 2017 Awards Lunch at approximately 1:00 PM.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Executive Committee Positions up for election are as follows:

Please click the position above to be download the position description.


Annual General Meeting Agenda- Coming Soon

Minutes from the 2016 Annual General Meeting

Minutes from the 2017 Special General Meeting 


2018 ABAM Membership Now Available


We are now accepting 2018 ABAM Membership & Club Affiliation Purchase & Renewals. 

Benefits of membership include:

  • Liability Insurance coverage while involved in an archery event 
  • Access to all ABAM Programs such as Archery Development, Tournaments and Provincial Teams
  • Eligible for Awards in Target and 3D tournaments
  • Eligible for Bowhunter of the Year Award
  • You receive ABAM Newsletters & News bulletins with important info in the Archery World and news of whats going on in Archery in Manitoba
  • Reduced entry fees at all ABAM registered Target/3D Tournaments
  • Archery Canada Membership
  • A voice in the archery community at the ABAM Annual General Meeting
  • Eligibility for the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games  

Please note, that the 2017 Individual and Club Membership privileges will expire on December 31, 2017.  As the ABAM membership and club affiliation acts as liability coverage for shooters, clubs and event hosts, we stress the importance of members to renew before the end of December.

The ABAM member cards will be printed and distributed in batches at the end of every month. If you have registered for 2017 Membership and have not yet received a card when attending an event, please note the event organizers will have a list of current members for proof of membership. 
The membership form and online payment and registration option can be accessed at the membership page of the ABAM Website located at Payment options include online payment and registration through a new online member form that will follow the Pay Pal Transaction. As always, we will accept member forms along with cash or cheque by mail. 

We encourage new and existing members to pay and sign up for their membership online as this saves on administrative time and paper. If you would like to pay/renew online, please select a membership option below and click “Buy Now”

You will be prompted to enter payment information, followed by an online membership form.


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