OAA April 2014 Newsletter

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PDF contains these 2014 Ohio Atlatl Association Events 

(Events to be added when scheduled.)

Please check the WAA Events Calendar for Current Informationwww.atlatl.bravesites.com

Date Location Event Description
April 26 Leo Petroglyph

Ray, OH 45672

(US Rt. 35 to County Rd. 28, left in Leo on Township Rd. 224)

 

Rendezvous at the Rock – Exhibits and entertainment. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

 

June 7 Athens Public Library

Home Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

OAA will host atlatl accuracy contests – Ohio locals, ISAC, IASAC, World Atlatl Day team contests. 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

 

June 13-15 Fort Firelands RV Park

5850 E. Harbor Rd.

Marblehead, OH 43440

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals, Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

 

June 28 Athens Public Library

Home Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Atlatl Educational Day Camp. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

 

July 11-13 Flint Ridge State Park

Brownsville, OH

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

 

August 8 Steve Barnett’s House near Albany, Ohio

 

 

 

That Dam ISAC – IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

5:00 pm – dark (or thereabouts).  Contact Ray Strischek (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or  Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553 more information.

 

August 9-10 Albany Riding Club

Albany, OH 45710

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

 

 

Aug 29 – 31 Flint Ridge State Park

Brownsville, OH

Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-In. – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, flintknapping, crafts, etc. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

 

Sept. 12 – 14 Lake Snowden

Rt. 32

Albany, OH

Sixteenth Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, through Sunday afternoon. Admission fee per car.Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

 

Oct.  3 – 5 Indian Mounds Festival

Connett Rd.

The Plains, OH

Indian Mounds Festival, across the street from The Plains Elementary School.  OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351, or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553 for more information.

 

For more information, contact Ray Strischek, ohioatlatl@hotmail.com  or Steve Barnett barz@juno.com

 

2013 Ohio Atlatl Association Events Schedule

April 27 Leo Petroglyph
Ray, OH 45672
(US Rt. 35 to County Rd. 28, left in Leo on Township Rd. 224)
Rendezvous at the Rock – Exhibits and entertainment. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

June 1 Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701 OAA will host atlatl accuracy contests – Ohio locals, ISAC, IASAC, World Atlatl Day team contests. 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

June 7-9 Fort Firelands RV Park
5850 E. Harbor Rd.
Marblehead, OH 43440 OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals, Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

June 22 Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701 Atlatl Educational Day Camp. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

July 13-14 Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

August 9 Steve Barnett’s House near Albany, Ohio

That Dam ISAC – IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.
5:00 pm – dark (or thereabouts). Contact Ray Strischek (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553 more information.

August 10-11 Albany Riding Club
Albany, OH 45710 OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

Aug 30-Sep 1 Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-In. – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, flintknapping, crafts, etc. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

Sept. 13-15 Lake Snowden
Rt. 32
Albany, OH Fifteenth Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, through Sunday afternoon. Admission fee per car.Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

October 4, 5 and 6 – Mound Festival
Connett Road, cross from the high school
The Plains, Ohio
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

October 25-26 Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski, Ohio Ohio ROAR Days

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, all day Saturday. Camping available.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

2013 Ohio Atlatl Association Events
Events to be added when scheduled.
Please check the WAA Events Calendar for Current Information. www.atlatl.bravesites.com

 

Ohio Atlatl Association Events Schedule for 2011

Posting a tentative 2011 Ohio Atlatl Association list of events (dates and places) from Debbie Andrews, Ray Strischek, Mamerto Tindongan, and Steve Barnett…
  • 4/17 (Sunday)  Wooster
  • 4/30 Leo Petroglyph
  • 5/13  Lake Hope
  • 6/4  Athens Library
  • 6/10-13  Fort Firelands
  • 6/24-25  Athens Library
  • 7/15-17  Flint Ridge
  • 8/12  That Dam ISAC
  • 8/13-14 Albany Riding Club
  • 9/2-4  Flint Ridge
  • 9/16-18  PawPaw Festival
  • 10/7-9 Hocking Hills PowWow
  • 10/15 Hopewell Discovery Days (not yet confirmed)
  • 10/28-29  ROAR
Contact us if you have questions!

NYT: Hunting with Atlatls

Cory here.  Go read this story in the U.S. section of The New York Times today about hunting with the atlatl.

Brief interviews therein with Arron Hendershott (Missouri Deparment of Conservation), Ron Mertz (Missouri Atlatl Association), John Whittaker (anthropologist at Grinnell College), Gene Morris (museum curator in Alabama), and Ray Madden (somehow killed a squirrel with an atlatl) target the issues of hunting with the atlatl and the possible heritage of spear dart throwing.  We’ve pondered atlatl hunting on this blog before.  Funny headline too.  I’m not sure what “heritage” there is to atlatlism either.  But, sadly, Malcolm Gay didn’t provide much description of atlatling as a sport of accuracy or sculpting craft. Those are the biggies for us, at least.

Oh well, maybe next time!  Dear pioneers of journalism — we’re happy to provide high-resolution images and rambling interviews.  Just let us know.

Ray Strischek and Flint Ridge Atlatling in The Columbus Dispatch

What did you do this Labor Day weekend?  If you were my dad, Ray Strischek, “former world champion” atlatlist, you made your annual pilgrimage to the Flint Ridge Knap-In and had a ton of fun atlatling, teaching kids to throw with the atlatl, and probably geting really sun-burnt.  (Redheads.  We never learn.)

Many thanks to my buddy, Chris, for sending along a link to some nice atlatl reporting The Columbus Dispatch posted yesterday about the Knap-In and my dad’s 15-year love of the game.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

The demonstrations certainly were a hit with the McMurphy boys; Austin, 13; Trenten, 11; and 9-year-old Ethan were quickly practicing their throwing technique at the large square targets.

Trenten said he could understand why prehistoric people used the weapons for hunting, as even his light throws were burying the spears deep into the thick, fiberboard targets. He soon had developed his own throwing style, and practicing even through a brief downpour.

“You have to keep your arm pointed at the target and move your arm forward like you’re swatting a fly,” he said, demonstrating his style. “It’s pretty easy, and very fun.”

I like that fly-swatting analogy!  I often find it difficult to describe the technique.

If you live in the area and missed the event this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2011.

2010 Ohio Atlatl Association Events

Thanks to Debbie Andrews for this list of 2010 Ohio Atlatl Association Events…  Want to print this out?  Download the PDF here.

(Events to be added when scheduled.  If you have questions, please contact Ray.)

April 24

College of Wooster
Behind Lowry Student Center
Beall Ave/University St.
Wooster, OH

In conjunction with College of Wooster’s Archeology Day, OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Event has moved sites on campus to behind Lowry Student Center. Campus map shows parking off of University Street east of Beall Ave.
May 1-2

Hocking College
Nelsonville, OH

First Hocking College Atlatl Competition, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, 11:am –4:00 pm Sunday. ISAC, IASAC, and Ohio contests both days. Free Camping available.  Contact Corey Merritt (Hocking College Atlatl Club) or Mamerto Tindongan (Ohio Altatl Association).

May 14-16

8th Annual Kentucky Knap-In
Jacobson Park (Shelter 7)
4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd.
Lexington KY

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

June 12-13

Fort Firelands RV Park
5850 E. Harbor Rd.
Marblehead, OH 43440

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

June 25-26

Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00 each day, Friday and Saturday.

July 2-4

Hueston Woods State Park
(Old Softball Field near the riding stables)
College Corner, Ohio

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

July 17-19

Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH
OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

August 13

Steve Barnett’s House near Albany, Ohio
That Dam ISAC – IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

5:00 pm – dark (or thereabouts).

August 14-15

Albany Riding Club, Albany, OH

Eleventh Annual Albany OH Atlatl Contests – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Camping available at nearby Lake Snowden, Albany.
September 3-5

Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH

Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-In. – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, flintknapping, crafts, etc. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

September 17-19

Lake Snowden
Rt. 32
Albany, OH

Twelfth Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl,  through Sunday afternoon. Admission fee per car.

October 29-30

Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski, Ohio

Ohio ROAR Days – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, all day Saturday. Camping available.

Atlatl Hunting

Hi, Cory here (Atlatl Ray’s son) …

So, the other day I saw this video in a forum thread titled “Seven-Year-Old Takes Deer with Atlatl!”

As my Dad (Ray — the owner of this site) used to be a hunter when I was kid but stopped long before he started atlatling, I thought I’d ask him about the video and what he, as an atlatlist, feels primitive weapons hunting policies should consider.

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CORY: Have you seen this video?  What do you think of it?

RAY:  I have seen this video. As far as I know, it’s real. But I can’t imagine that the seven-year-old threw a dart hard enough to clean-kill the deer. Maybe Dad delivered the coup de grace. I didn’t see.

What do you think about it?

CORY: I think it raises some issues — like “should children be allowed to hunt?” and “should people be allowed to hunt with atlatls?” and “is one method of hunting more humane than another?”  You’re an experienced hunter and atlatlist but you’ve never hunted with an atlatl, right?  Do you think hunting with an atlatl is humane or no?

RAY: When talking about hunting with the atlatl, I have always suggested that perhaps states should use the ISAC as a test for who can get a license to hunt deer with an atlatl. Anyone scoring above 70, fine. Below, no.

CORY: Do states test gun hunters?

RAY: It’s been a while since I hunted but I believe licensing requires the hunter to pass “safety classes” in a number of states, if not all states.  Do those classes feature discourses on humanity?  I’m going to guess ‘probably not’ but I don’t know.

CORY: So, do you think hunting with the atlatl should be legal, in Ohio for example?

RAY:  Yes, I think hunting with the atlatl should be legal in Ohio. I think the state should use either the World Atlatl Association’s ISAC (70 or better) or the Ohio Atlatl Association’s Ohio Standard Accuracy (100 or better) as the testing means. Both are posted on the Internet.

CORY: Why do you suggest an accuracy test?

RAY: 1) Because an inaccurate atlatlist is more likely to make a sloppy kill.  2) Because such cooperation between atlatl organizations and the state departments in charge of hunting would be good for the organizations’ growth. More people (hunters) would attend ataltl events just to get their scores recorded.  And 3) … Because accuracy is good for the sport and good for the sportsman.

CORY: Do you think hunters would go for an accuracy test?

RAY: I can understand why hunters would prefer not to have to prove they can hit the broad side of a barn with an atlatl dart.  Does that answer your question?

CORY: You’re concerned about the hunter’s ability to clean-kill.  Is accuracy enough?  Does the atlatl dart hit hard enough?

RAY: Well, if it’s all about “penetration” and clean kills and whether or not the atlatl has enough power or causes undue suffering for the deer, I have personally seen gun hunters blast away with multiple shots from high-powered rifles, shotguns, and pistols at everything from fully grown deer to Bambi babies, only wounding the poor things.  And I think Bob Berg has proven the penetration power of the atlatl with his numerous boar hunts in which his darts pass through and stick out a foot on the opposite side of the boar.

However, if you’re getting back to the question of “should a seven-year-old hunt deer with an atlatl?” … I don’t know.  I’m not even sure where it’s legal for a child that young to hunt, period.

CORY: What about frogs and fish?

RAY: People already hunt frogs with frog gigs. It is not much of a stretch to launch the pole with the atlatl.  And it’s also legal to hunt fish with bow and tethered arrow.  According to my reading of Ohio Fish Laws, “trash fish” (carp) can be hunted with just about anything.  The atlatl was used for fish hunting along the coasts of North and South America for 1000s of years. It is already a proven equipment for that purpose.  However, I would not limit atlatl hunting to fish or frogs.

CORY: Do you think gun and bow hunters should look into the atlatl?

RAY: Yes, give the atlatl a try in a target range, competition setting.  If you like it, lobby for its inclusion in the primitive weapons season. The myth that atlatls would steal deer from archers is insane. Cars kill more deer every year than the number of people attending atlatl events. I estimate that less than 20 percent of atlatlists would hunt anything anyway because most atlatlists are attracted to the atlatl because of its cultural history, not its thrill of the kill.

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Anyhow, I’m Cory.  I help my dad run this site and I like atlatls for sport but I’m not into hunting.  I’m not anti-hunting or anti-gun or anti-weapon but I don’t hunt and I don’t recommend people seek out atlatling as a new venue for killing animals.  However, I would like gun and bow hunters to learn more about the atlatl.  The more popular it gets, the more people are going to try it out — as seen in the video.  I would prefer that their be a legitimate set of rules and testing established state by state to make sure people know how to do it efficiently.

What do you think?

By the way, Thud’s Cave has an amazing list of state laws regarding hunting with an atlatl.

Frozen Atlatls from the Yukon

Cool, extremely detailed article all about atlatl and dart artifacts out in the ice in the Yukon:

Ethnographic and Archaeological Investigations of Alpine Ice Patches in Southwest Yukon, Canada

ABSTRACT. Since the original 1997 discovery of ancient hunting implements in melting alpine ice patches of southern Yukon, approximately 146 well-preserved, organic artifacts have been recovered. Most of the artifacts, variously made of antler, bone, wood, and stone, represent complete or partial examples of throwing-dart (atlatl) and bow-and-arrow technology. Radiocarbon dates obtained thus far range from 8360 BP to 90 BP (uncalibrated). Our research indicates that in southern Y ukon, throwing-dart technology persisted from at least 8360 BP to approximately 1250 BP, when it was abruptly replaced by bow-and-arrow technology. The collection has afforded archaeologists and First Nation researchers a unique opportunity to learn about past hunting technologies and practices and thus greatly improve our understanding of the enduring relationships between humans and caribou.

Downloadable PDF here, courtesy of Greg Hare – Senior Projects Archaeologist, Cultural Services Branch at the Yukon’s Department of Tourism and Culture.