Norb Mullaney has been shooting bows and arrows of one type or another for over 70 years. He started with a hickory self bow at 8 or 9 years of age, progressed through self longbows, a solid fiberglass bow, several commercial laminated recurves, recurves of his own design and building, and several self-built compounds before forsaking bow building to concentrate on technical writing and consulting in the archery field. He began reporting on his tests of bows in Archery World Magazine in 1974. He has been the Director of Bow Testing for Archery World Magazine and subsequently for Bowhunting World Magazine (its successor) since that time.
He has been very active in the area of safety and standards for archery products having chaired the ASTM Subcommittee for Archery Products for 18 years and the AMO Safety and Standards Committee for 17 years. He has authored over 250 published articles and papers dealing with the technical side of archery and bowhunting. Over the years he has tested over 8000 different bow and arrow combinations.
In 2002 Norb Mullaney was elected to the national Archery Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor of the World Bowhunters Chapter of the Safari Club International. He has been an active bowhunter for nearly 50 years and has served as a director of the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association for almost. 30 years.
Mullaney is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin with a major in aeronautical engineering at the University of Detroit and a minor in business administration at Marquette University.