RAPID CITY, SD (August 7, 2023) – The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) participated in the recent New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) conference in Corning, NY. NBEF Board Member Stephen George was a speaker at the conference and discussed the history of bowhunter education, NBEF and the ongoing importance of New York media sharing bowhunting facts to support bowhunting.

Outstanding member contributions were recognized during the annual banquet and awards presentation. Industry media, corporate partners and non-profit partners met to share information which supports content creation and enhances communicator skills.

NBEF’s message about its safety and success-focused bowhunter ed classes, informational materials, and enthusiasm to support the industry was well received by attendees.

“Bowhunting education founder Bill Wadsworth hailed from New York. He and his early supporters developed and gained widespread adoption of today’s bowhunting education, standards and ethics,” explained Marilyn Bentz, NBEF Executive Director. “NBEF recognizes the role New Yorkers continue to play in bowhunting. NBEF is committed to support outdoor media in portraying bowhunter safety and encouraging bowhunting success.”

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the NBEF,” explained NYSOWA President Chris Paparo. “Collaborations such as this allow both organizations to better educate the public about hunter safety.”

NBEF helps bowhunters learn to be safe, successful and stewards of the sport. NBEF offers bowhunting instructional items, books, videos, 3-D models, apparel and more at nbef.org.

About NBEF

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport are important NBEF missions. The NBEF provides  bowhunter certification standards and class content that states and certain circumstances require in order to bowhunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. Europe and other countries accept the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct IBEP classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.

NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

Learn more at nbef.org.

About New York Outdoor Writers Association

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. was formed in 1967 to improve the art and media of expression relative to the out-of-doors and its enjoyment; to keep the public informed on matters relating to the earth’s natural resources, such as proper management, conservation, use and restoration thereof; to encourage the highest standard of ethics in the use of these resources, to weld into every members character a sense of independence to the end that the flow of their expression on topical matters of interest in the sphere of environmental conservation is without regard to fear of penalty, or favor, either from this association, or any other organization, or governmental unit; to promote integrity in its members, while permitting the freest development of their art; and to work for the intellectual, moral, and literary advancement of all members. Learn more at NYSOWA.



Kim Emery, Firefly Publicity, kim@fireflypublicity.com