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Currently there are 31 classes in ASA. If a Sr. Bowhunter class were to be created, it would avg in the top half within 2 years. Maybe even the top 10. But, don't let me bother you with a very probable success story.
Let's do some math. Adding all the other male amateur Sr. classes together for last year (Avg per shoot of course) they averaged 153 per shoot. And I am sure there are 20X times more 50+ year old men out there shooting bowhunting setups. By all means, let's continue to ignore them. And before you dismiss me based on my post count, I have been an ASA life member since the mid 90's.
We created a Sr. BH class several years ago in my home state and it quickly became one of the 5 largest classes.
HOGKLA, Don't get your feathers ruffled by Timbow, he may not be SOY, but he's trying to claim the "Poster of the Year" title! Not sure why anyone would dismiss you on your post count though? Since everyone on the forum started fresh a couple of weeks ago.
However, I tend to agree with him.
To answer your question in a truthful response...I seriously do not believe there has been a strong request...in all seriousness.
There were 12 classes last year that averaged under 20 shooters per class.
Five where youth type classes.
Three were ladies classes.
The other four were, Limited, Crossbow, Traditional, and Sr. Masters.
Does anyone really think they had a strong voice? They were created so family members could have something to do or they were throw back classes to the old days.
I simply think ASA is missing out on a large group of shooters. The over 50 age group of men is LARGE and they seldom travel alone. They have the finanicial means to travel, they love archery, and they already have the equipment to shoot in a bowhunter type class. But, they are tired of competeing against young men with good eyesight and steady hands.
Even though there are many more archers shooting pins in the world, ASA basically has 4 classes for adult pin shooters, Bow Novice, Hunter, Unlimited, and Women's Bowhunter.
And us old guys would probably bring family and friends that would increase numbers in the other classes. I don't see a down side at all.