With the recent announcement that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, the Archery Trade Association has received media requests to reference ATA articles and materials about Ryan’s affection for bowhunting and his work as an advocate on behalf of the archery and bowhunting industry.

In response, the ATA has made Paul Ryan-related articles and images available online at archerytrade.org.

A longtime ally of the archery and bowhunting industry, Ryan has regularly stepped forward to help the industry, often on his own. “I like working with the archery industry because it’s a sport that’s done a lot for me,” Ryan told ATA contributing editor, Patrick Durkin, in a piece published in the April issue of “Inside Archery”.

Most recently, Congressman Ryan was awarded the position of Chair of the Honorary Board of the ATA on June 28, in Washington, DC. Ryan was also the lawmaker behind critical legislation in 2004 that closed a tax loophole and fixed other tax laws that applied to archery equipment manufacturers. The loophole once gave foreign manufacturers of archery equipment a 12.4 percent price advantage.

“My colleagues just don’t know archery, yet they’re putting excise taxes on bows, arrows and accessories without knowing what those parts are or how they work,” said Ryan. “Plus, I’m on the Ways and Means committee, so I understand how taxes work. I’ve been able to help when the archery industry needed it. We cleaned up that law to save our domestic archery and arrow manufacturers.”

Through his work with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, which he recently chaired for four years, Ryan met and became friends with ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch, who used to work for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. After McAninch was named ATA’s CEO/president in August 2000, he convened the industry’s first “summit” meeting in December 2001 in Minneapolis. Ryan addressed the industry members assembled at that first Summit and urged them to work together to grow archery and bowhunting.

Never failing to project himself as anything other than the avid bowhunter he is, Ryan requested he be photographed with his bow for a profile piece featuring the Congressman in “Time” magazine’s December 2011 issue.

“I told them I had some photos of a buck I shot with my bow when I was home in Wisconsin last fall,” Ryan said. “They explained that no, they would take the photo. I doubted I could find a way to quickly go out and kill a deer, so I suggested a photo of me shooting my bow. That photo of me at full draw in my office captured my two passions in one photo.”

It’s easier to advocate for archery and bowhunting, of course, when you’ve been part of both for so long. Ryan grew up in a hunting family and started hunting at age 12, but at 16 he lost his father, Paul Sr., who died of a heart attack at 55. With help from his father’s friends, Ryan learned to hunt birds and deer, and shoot archery year-round.

For more information about Congressman Ryan and his commitment to the archery and bowhunting industry, go to the Paul Ryan Resource pages on archerytrade.org. For more information about the ATA, go to archerytrade.org or call toll free (866) 266-2776.

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