National Field Archery Association
Q&A with Bruce Cull, president of NFAA
Editor’s note: The National Field Archery Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the sport of archery, and is the largest field archery organization in the World. Founded in 1939, the NFAA now consists of 49 chartered state associations and nearly 1,000 affiliated clubs. The NFAA is a member of the International Field Archery Association and a national allied organization of USA Archery.
The following acronyms are used throughout the story.
NFAA—National Field Archery Association of the United States, Inc.-Membership Org.501c4
NFAAF-National Field Archery Association Foundation-Public Charitable support org. 501c3
NEYAC-NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center—Subsidiary of NFAAF
Q: The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) headquarters is in Yankton, SD. Why did you feel like South Dakota was a good fit for your organization’s headquarters?
Cull: There were multiple reasons, such as South Dakota and Midwestern hospitality, a geographical-central location, low cost of doing business, employee work ethic, a pro-hunting-shooting attitude across the state, great summer tourist attractions and proximity to the Sioux Falls airport.
Q: Yankton, SD is really working hard to build an archery cluster in the area. Can you talk about that?
Cull: Since the NFAA has moved its National Headquarters to Yankton, the City of Yankton and the State of South Dakota have realized the incredible economic development draw we have by bringing in tens of thousands of people from all 50 states and all over the world. Many of these archers are also involved in archery related businesses or manufacturing. Several of these companies have shown an interest in relocating somewhere with strong archery ties where they can feel welcome, save money and increase their bottom line. The NFAA and the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center make Yankton a natural fit for archery.
Q: What benefits would South Dakota bring to an archery company?
Cull: The entire business and economic environment that South Dakota has is the obvious first consideration. Liberal liability laws, work ethic and pro hunting and shooting just add to the list of benefits. The NEYAC located in Yankton is a prime consideration for any archery related business. Yankton has a strong and successful history in manufacturing and the surrounding workforce to support a company’s growth.
Q: What are the new trends in the archery industry?
Cull: Archery has grown drastically in the last few years and has actually split into bowhunting and target archery divisions. Both divisions continue to grow at a rapid pace. There has been a huge increase in youth and especially girls due to Hollywood, and more specifically the Hunger Games series.
Q: What got you interested in archery?
Cull: At a very young age of eight I began shooting a bow with a friend of my father’s. He was a PE teacher in our local school and he taught the archery class. I was like many that enjoyed the instant gratification of hitting the bullseye and the rest is history! There is a special “something” when you first shoot a bow and you are shooting basic starter equipment-watching the arrow that you control to hit its mark is moving. It is a true “romance with the flight of the arrow.”
Q: Can you tell me about the shooting range in Yankton and how it is used to help train Olympic athletes?
Cull: ANEYAC has the first indoor 90 meter archery ranges or only two in the U.S. The Easton Foundation has partnered with NEYAC to provide one of the greatest archery specific facilities in the World, composed of over 90 acres and located within the city limits of Yankton, SD. NEYAC has an indoor 90 Meter Range, two Olympic outdoor fields, four 28-target field ranges and 3D bowhunter ranges. We are open 363 days a year and seven days a week until 9 p.m. We have some of the best certified coaches available and offer group classes and individual training and coaching. Our programs are designed and follow the requirements of USA Archery for recurve bow and Olympic training or NFAA for compound competitive training.
Q: What are the benefits of being a NFAA member?
Cull: The NFAA is the largest archery association in the US with organized affiliates in all 50 states and the Archery Association of Europe (AAE). We have almost a thousand clubs and proshops throughout the US. The NFAA offers all disciplines of archery (field, indoor, 3D and target) and tournaments on the club, state, sectional and national levels. We also have an extensive bowhunter awards advancement program for those that participate in the legal hunting of game animals with the use of bow and arrow. Bowhunter-Archery liability insurance is a very lucrative membership benefit that is very beneficial to all individual NFAA members.