Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to assist physically disabled persons with actively participating in bowhunting and archery sports. A major emphasis is placed on reaching people with disabilities who have never been exposed to the greatest recreational therapy in the world – bowhunting and archery.
Disabled and able-bodied sportspersons who need assistance, or wish to be a part of helping others are invited to apply for membership. The annual fee is $15 for an individual, $100 for corporate/organization memberships and $500 for an individual life time membership.
Newly injured and inexperienced sports-persons with disabilities are provided critical information and services through PCBA and its members. We demonstrate how they can learn to shoot a bow and hunt, regardless of their impairment.
PCBA serves as a national clearinghouse on techniques, opportunities and adaptive equipment for challenged archers. This information is provided at no charge to individuals, organizations, manufacturers, and archery dealers upon request.
with able-bodied bowhunters, fellowship is emphasized and promoted through special social events and hunting opportunities. Members of PCBA develop a great bond among one another.
According to the National Health Survey conducted 1983 to 1985, over 20 million US citizens have serious long-term physical impairments that would adversely affect their ability to hunt and shoot a bow. Before the founding of PCBA, there was no central source of information for the disabled archers and bowhunters in that population. With today’s technology and the committed bowhunters we have in the US and Canada, there is no reason why a disabled person should not be able to participate in our great sport, if he or she has the desire to make it happen for them.
PCBA continuously seeks the help of manufacturers, archery and hunting organizations, research facilities, and experienced hunters, so we can work together to improve the quality of life for others through bowhunting.
We work closely with hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. A large percentage of people who work within these institutions are non-hunters. Through matched involvement with PCBA and the patients of the facilities, nurses, doctors, therapists, and administrative personnel are introduced to bowhunting in a very positive manner. This is one of the many ways PCBA does its part in promoting a positive public image of the sport.
PCBA promotes the use of the crossbow by persons with certain permanent physical disabilities who need to use it. A win-win situation can be achieved when disabled archers and state bowhunting groups work together to institute regulations allowing challenged archers to hunt with crossbows.
PCBA produces and distributes a quarterly newsletter, “The Good News” that features personal stories with photos, newly field-tested archery and adaptive equipment, hunts and events, outfitters and guides who have accessible hunts and areas throughout the U.S. for the physically challenged, as well as important, timely information.
PCBA also has for sale a new DVD which shows our members hunting with some of the adaptive equipment and how to use it safely. Each DVD is $5 plus shipping and tax if PA resident.
Our programs are made possible by contributions from companies, organizations, and individuals who generously support us. As support builds, we will continually extend our efforts and services offered to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Individuals and companies wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the PCBA “General Fund” to help keep the tens of thousands of physically challenged updated on new products, equipment, accessible hunting areas, guides and outfitters and accessible competition courses. You can also donate into the PCBA “Sponsorship/Scholarship Fund”, ($550) which helps PCBA members attend various PCBA hunts throughout the U.S. This fund pays for harvesting of their animals and food. No transportation is covered.