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SJunior
01-08-2013, 07:20 PM
Anyone know who's left on Martin's staff? With Terhune shooting OK Archery and just saw Gary Studt is now with Prime.

Just curious who's left.

archerdad
01-08-2013, 10:24 PM
have no idea anymore

coastie hunter
01-14-2013, 07:38 PM
I don't think very many shooters. they lost some good guys hard to get feed back when you dont have a pro staff

CarlosII
01-15-2013, 05:18 PM
that's too bad. a long tradition of quality pro staff members looks as if it will be broken.

60X
01-27-2013, 07:26 AM
It's a shame that their pro staff is pretty much a thing of the past. Look back 10-20 years ago and martin had the best shooters in the world.

typically8
01-27-2013, 12:32 PM
It's a shame that their pro staff is pretty much a thing of the past. Look back 10-20 years ago and martin had the best shooters in the world.
Dude....they still do. US!!:cool:

Arrow Splitter
01-27-2013, 08:06 PM
Dude....they still do. US!!:cool:
LOL!! :D I'm a basement champion!!

A.S

Chip
01-28-2013, 04:27 AM
To be honest I have never been influenced by what pro is shooting what brand of bow. I truly feel that the pros can win with just about any bow they choose. I am more of a performance for dollar value type of person. To me success in the field comes from putting the time in scouting and practice. I'll be honest when a deer is coming into my shooting lanes I am a ball of nerves, but once my eye gets lined in the peep I tend to concentrate on fundamentals and settle in. Sorry for the short rant about shooting in the field, but I truly feel repetitive practice is far more important then who shoot what for target or hunting.

SJunior
01-28-2013, 06:57 PM
Not what I asked Chip.

A companies pro staff is a big part of marketing. You may think it is not important but it is, it puts the product in front of a wide range of people in turn peaks the interest of possible customers. The podium does that.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
01-28-2013, 07:05 PM
Not what I asked Chip.

A companies pro staff is a big part of marketing. You may think it is not important but it is, it puts the product in front of a wide range of people in turn peaks the interest of possible customers. The podium does that.

Exactly, one of the best ways do get your product noticed!





Hutch:cool:

CarlosII
02-02-2013, 06:26 AM
I'm down here at the Florida Pro Am...I'm shooting my Scepter V...looking around I feel like the bastard child at the family reunion...a few Ryteras but haven't seen another Martin...sad.

Sonny Thomas
02-02-2013, 07:56 PM
Well, Carlos, if you were at the shop there'd be two Martins ;)

So how are you doing? Hope you're holding own at least.

Heads up here. I entered the Presley's First Annual Indoor 3D. After the first Qualifier with 31 in class and I'm sitting in 6th place. Mercy! Two more Qualifiers, the Final to determine those that go to the Shoot Off for Champion.

alex
02-03-2013, 02:50 PM
A little off topic, but great to see you here again, Sonny!

Sonny Thomas
02-03-2013, 06:02 PM
Thanks, Alex.

CarlosII
02-03-2013, 07:22 PM
i did finally see another Martin...in fact it was a red Scepter.

CarlosII
03-15-2013, 05:44 PM
is Shawn Hatem still the pro staff coordinator?

macflash
03-15-2013, 07:06 PM
LOL, gee wiz bill, can I be one of your pro staff ??:p
oh wait you want them to come to you .. not run away:o
( That was so your kid won't say it LOL)
Yeah the only ones I see anywhere are older pics of the past, even the Nuge is keepin pretty quite on them.
Last thing I read was from 2009 when Laura was a pro staff shooter and shawn became coordinator

SJunior
03-15-2013, 08:18 PM
Heard Shawn is no longer with Martin.

CarlosII
04-04-2013, 01:06 PM
Heard Shawn is no longer with Martin.

i contacted Shawn and you're right, he is not longer the coordinator for Martin.

maybe there isn't a coordinator anymore...any applicants?

Sonny Thomas
04-05-2013, 10:24 PM
Carlos, I doubt any sponsored shooters at this time or applications being handed out.
I can remember Martin (I ain't sayin' how long ago) being at the top of the heap for world wins.

Of Martin shooters;
I can remember young Sally Wunderle being 17 times US Women's Champion (what organization and event I don't remember). Last I heard of her, 3 or 4 years ago, she had shoulder problems. I haven't heard of her doing anything of late, but I don't do NFAA events anymore. And I know of Vic Wunderle, but he shoots them things that don't have wheels. Rumor was that Sally was better than Vic. I still have a Vic Wunderle pencil (still unsharpened) from a benefit for his first go at the Olympics. Expensive pencil, but well worth it.

I met John Wheeler at Metro (and you ;) ) in 2010. He went on to set a new record at Vegas the following year. I don't think he did much after and then went Mathews.

Gary Studt I don't remember at all....

Of Illinois, I've known a few Martin Staff shooters. I know only one that shot a lot of Illinois state ASA events. Self sponsored, I did as well as any of them and probably better, but due to being of age to get the job done, Super Senior ;).

ClydeWigg3
07-12-2014, 11:03 PM
Not what I asked Chip.

A companies pro staff is a big part of marketing. You may think it is not important but it is, it puts the product in front of a wide range of people in turn peaks the interest of possible customers. The podium does that.

I know this is an old thread, but this statement above is one I hear repeated by lots of folks and it make no sense. Tim Gillingham is a friend, but how many people outside of 3D archery know who he is? What percentage of hunters know him? If your object is to sell to 3D archers, rock on. Bow companies through money into 3D when money would be better spent marketing to hunters, who make up the largest majority.

Sonny Thomas
07-13-2014, 10:19 AM
I know this is an old thread, but this statement above is one I hear repeated by lots of folks and it make no sense. Tim Gillingham is a friend, but how many people outside of 3D archery know who he is? What percentage of hunters know him? If your object is to sell to 3D archers, rock on. Bow companies through money into 3D when money would be better spent marketing to hunters, who make up the largest majority.

Well, I think you're off base. More...No. Tons of money is spent advertising hunting bows compared to target bows. Think of the money "thrown" to those people making hunting shows. How many target bow shows do you see? 3D is still considered hunting practice and money is "thrown" to those who rank at the top and get that wanted attention. More, we that target shoot, we just can't walk into any archery shop and find what we want. It's all hunting. By and large target bows, long target stabs, V brackets, back bars, target arrows, and sights have to be ordered. Consider bow hunting accessories are much advertised, sights and stablizer. When's the last time you saw a 30" target stabilizer or $250.00 moveable target sight frame advertised? And then sight frames need scope housing and lenses that may run over $200.00.
My bare hunting bow cost right at $675.00 not including tax. Rest, sights, stabilizer and arrows included to didn't crack $900.00. My target bow lists $920. Add stabilizer, back bars, sights and arrows and I'm over $1500.00...nearer $1700.00.

Paycheck wise of 3D. Only a handful have contracts that allow full time archery. I doubt a dozen. The rest have jobs just like you and me (retired now). Hoyt, Mathews and PSE being the highest paying and supporting 3D through contingency money heads and shoulders above all others.

I see you have Martin listed and no other bow. Where's your complaint coming from?

bfisher
07-13-2014, 11:56 AM
I can see what Greg is saying. Serious 3D shooters don't really need a shop that carries everything they want or need. They know what they want and know where to order it, which is more than likely going to be some place like Lancaster Archery. The average bowhunter, by comparison, needs a shop that stocks the more commonly used hunting equipment/accessories. Even this stuff can amount to tens of thousands of dollars in inventory so a shop owner has to stock what he thinks is going to move out the door.

Think about it. Just take sights for example. There must be 200 or more different sights on the market. There are probably well over 100 different rests. How many shops do you think can stock all this stuff. What's going to sell the most? Hunting supplies, that's what.

Using Sonny's figures a shop might sell a half dozen of those $1500 3D/target setups a year where as he'll sell 100 of those $600 to $900 hunting setups. In all reality where would you invest your money if you were a shop owner?

Sonny Thomas
07-13-2014, 04:28 PM
Boys, I was noting hunting and 3D target bows as to advertising dollars 3D dollars. And while I'm at it, it's not just bow manufacturers that shell out 3D dollars. Sight, arrow, rest companies and more hand out contingency money. For ASA, cities or parks get contracts. Dollar value I don't know, but restaurants, motel and tourist attractions well support these city/ASA contracts. Metropolis, the city, had up for grabs $10,000.00 for the city shoot with a one time entry fee of just $20.00! Don't tell me it was out of the kinds of Metropolis's heart....

Having been a manager of small shop I knew not to carry target items or bows. For special order target items I required 50% down before I ordered.

Yes, Lancaster is the place to order target items, but the problem is we can't try out the item, even if just hands on. We buy it, it's wrong for our target set up, we're stuck with. Just last year I bought a "you gotta have" Doinker Supreme Fatty stabilizer. It felt "junk" just holding my bow. One shot and it's now basking in the sun over in Hawaii...if the new owner hasn't pitched in the ocean or some volcano.

And for the bow hunting advertisement....How much was Laura getting from Martin back then? Said inexpensive photo shoot models get $275 per hour and usually one and two days longs. Yep, just hunting shows take hours and days of film footage before you get a 30 minute show. And the cost of hunting bow ads in those magazines. Lord! Those full page glossy ads aren't cheap by a long shot.

otisT
07-13-2014, 06:14 PM
lololol..... Sonny, if you'd allow me, may I shorten your post down to where most anyone should be able to understand ?? I'll take that as a 'yes';

"Follow the money."

Sonny Thomas
07-13-2014, 10:49 PM
I know this is an old thread, but this statement above is one I hear repeated by lots of folks and it make no sense. Tim Gillingham is a friend, but how many people outside of 3D archery know who he is? What percentage of hunters know him? If your object is to sell to 3D archers, rock on. Bow companies through money into 3D when money would be better spent marketing to hunters, who make up the largest majority.




I am not sure if you even know what your talking about at this point, you do not make any sense.

Have a nice day

All that I replied was to the above bold. Hunting bows get the biggest chunk of publicity/advertising dollars, period. Bow companies that support 3D do so for a reason.

Still, the subject can not be held to just 3D. It has to include the paper target crowd. Winners of Vegas having been walking away with some $40,000.00 for some time for 3 days "work." Somebody is paying for Dave Cousin, Eric Jones, Chance Beaubuef and more to compete around the world, not just in the United States. Yes, all they have to do is show up, because everything is paid for...flights, rooms, eats, drinks, entry fees and whatever else. Again, bow companies and archery related companies foot the bill for a reason.

2011? Martin Platinum Staff Shooter John Wheeler sets new record at Las Vegas. Gail Martin presents John with $300 per each of John's three 300s and gives John a Shadowcat with dip scheme of $100 bills. Betcha Gail did that for a reason... Anybody can kill a deer. I've averaged right at 3 deer per year for the last 3 years and I'm not a deer hunter...Throw a target up and I'm there. The hell with the deer.

otisT
07-14-2014, 11:38 AM
I think a big part of what Sonny is saying is;
Pete Shepley, Hoyt and Mathews are not stupid in how they spend advertising dollars. They didn't get to be the 'Big Three' by being so. A small part of the industry, perhaps, but target shooting makes the 'news'. A guy with a twenty-nine inch tree stand bow sees Hoyt win an Olympic medal with a sixty inch Hoyt recurve will tell his buddies "See, that's why I shoot Hoyt!! They're darn sure shooters!" Everyday consumers, of which I include myself, will equate more with the brand name than the actual bows themselves. Last winter I watched several target competitions on the computer and found myself pulling for PSE to win simply because I like PSE, and Martin wasn't on the line to root for. The type of bow didn't matter, the brand name did. Good publicity sells. Winning recurves get the brand name out there and that helps sell hunting bows - likewise with 3D bows that win, make the 'news'. Don't believe me; ask Pete why PSE puts big money into maintaining target teams. {:>).... best to all... o

Montalaar
07-14-2014, 12:11 PM
It's quite funny to read what you are arguing about, as from my location and thus point of view everything is completely vice versa.

We do not have advertisements for hunting, we have no hunting shows and we see rarely camo bows - only if people are demanding it. Why is that so? Because here hunting with the bow is prohibited, it is forbidden and whoever starts to talk about that will be kind of harassed. Don't dare to even think about that! You get some stuff as people are traveling around to get the possibilities, but only a few.

So in fact we have not that many shops, but mostly medium to larger ones. Any shop has to store a number of target rigs with basic setups and all that stuff you need. And not only brand, but at least 3 or 4 brands, so the customer can choose. Backordering stuff isn't very welcome here, so shops have to keep everything ready to sell, beside some stuff which is not on their list.

The majority here does not watch hunting shows but only takes a look at the pro staff shooters competing all over the world, no matter if Recurve or Compound. Most archers will know the 'big names' from Hoyt and PSE, Mathews is rarely seen over here so most people do not care about them. But whenever there is an international shoot there is a lot of interest focused on that event, and people really care about 'what the pro just said'.

Just my part from the other side of the medal..

otisT
07-14-2014, 12:20 PM
Wow! Thanks for that post, Montalaar; it should give everyone here food for thought, reflection, humility for what we take for granted... Thanks... o

Sonny Thomas
07-14-2014, 08:32 PM
Perhaps answers are not in the right realm of things. "Throw money at 3D." Is it of the big bucks 3D shooters make? I think I noted money, but not in the sense of money to hunters. How would you go about it?

Rambling;

Deer hunting.....4 types? One, the meat hunter, takes anything that will eat. Two, only a buck will do. Three, trophy hunter. Now, the trophy hunter takes what looks impressive on the wall and/or in the record books. Four, the low life, the one that hunter just for the sake of killing something....

Would we go by number of deer harvest per year? Hey, we have to stay with current models of bows. Joe Blow killed 19 deer this year with his [fill in blank]. 19 deer? Probably wouldn't go over with the general public - bad relations already tipsy. Don Hoe killed the new Iowa state record buck with [fill in blank"]. Might go over. Don's brother, no relation (;)), killed new world record buck. Should go over.
Now, x number of state records. How would you pay off? Different with typical versus non-typical? Now, the world record buck should garner top dollar.....But then, record book bucks are sold. This sort of down plays that record book buck. Noted was bucks scoring 200 bring as much as $20,000.00, no questions asked. How many world record bucks are kept by the owner? And then the majority of world record bucks were found dead. I know of one world record buck, still the top deer to beat for archery, was sold for a tidy some. Yep, the man holds the record, but doesn't own the mount. ??? So this buck has been reigning for 47 years. Kinda long dry spell for some one waiting for a pay check from [fill in blank].

Of course deer aren't the only game hunted....Grizzly, black bear, elk and so on....

SJunior
07-14-2014, 10:00 PM
If those of you that think having a Shooting pro staff is unimportant take a look at Elite. They brought on several top archers to help boost the target side of things, guess what it worked!!! TOG is flooded with orders and are going through tremendous growing pains. Mathews bought a large number of shooters long ago and they grew by leaps and bounds.

You get the right people shooting a bow and there will be many followers, plain and simple.

SJunior
07-14-2014, 10:03 PM
BTW I shot 3 ASA Pro/Ams this year and all 3 I can count the number of Martins I saw on 1 hand.

CLT Bluesman
07-15-2014, 08:19 AM
I think a big part of what Sonny is saying is;
Pete Shepley, Hoyt and Mathews are not stupid in how they spend advertising dollars. They didn't get to be the 'Big Three' by being so. A small part of the industry, perhaps, but target shooting makes the 'news'. A guy with a twenty-nine inch tree stand bow sees Hoyt win an Olympic medal with a sixty inch Hoyt recurve will tell his buddies "See, that's why I shoot Hoyt!! They're darn sure shooters!" Everyday consumers, of which I include myself, will equate more with the brand name than the actual bows themselves. Last winter I watched several target competitions on the computer and found myself pulling for PSE to win simply because I like PSE, and Martin wasn't on the line to root for. The type of bow didn't matter, the brand name did. Good publicity sells. Winning recurves get the brand name out there and that helps sell hunting bows - likewise with 3D bows that win, make the 'news'. Don't believe me; ask Pete why PSE puts big money into maintaining target teams. {:>).... best to all... o
Same thing in NASCAR, we root for the brand.

Sonny Thomas
07-15-2014, 09:27 AM
Seems some here like me are talking about shops and other are talking about the manufacturers.
As far as Martin goes the company is not even a year old at this point and I am sure not ready to through hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay target shooters. I do not think any other manufacturer did either so in time they will build up the pro-staff but it will take time. They are spending money on production and R & D for 2015 which is what they need to do right now. The rest will come in time as it did with everyone else. These things do not happen overnight so down the road I am sure you will see more Martin shooters.

I think we all know Martin is still in the "get their feet on the ground" stage and can't afford those high dollar shooters. We all should remember how it was with the "Guns" of the time. Earl, Gail and Ben were doing the shooting and dang good at it. The last I saw pretty good on staff was Gary Studt and John Wheeler.

Shooter wise here in the forums there has been Don and me giving our competition shooting. Don is still going. I shot Martins from the summer of 2010 thru the end of summer of 2012 and gave much of how I did. All 3 of my Shadowcats did outstanding, knock over quite a high overalls at club events and staying in the upper 3 for State ASA events. Working at a small shop that began with Martins, all those I gave a full house shake down was target accurate...even though I don't care for short ata bows.

Our shop supported Martin shooters that competed even after the shop was no longer a Martin dealer. Virtually free; bow work, indoor practice range, and accessories at cost.

elkslayer4x5
07-15-2014, 12:08 PM
Of course deer aren't the only game hunted....Grizzly, black bear, elk and so on....

No Grizzly hunting in continental US, have to go to Alaska to hunt those bears in the US, Guide required for the non resident hunter. Spendy! Yukon hunts are less costly.

otisT
07-15-2014, 06:53 PM
CLT Bluesman, NASCAR is a great example of companies knowing where to spend their advertising dollars; not only do we root for 'our' car brands, but look at all the seemingly non automotive related companies sponsoring cars. I can see in my minds eye women jumping up and down, yelling, 'Yes!! My TIDE car wins!! My detergent is faster than yours!!'.... 'Congratulations, sweetheart, but ahh ahh, I, ahh... I don't really have a favorite detergent.'
If there wasn't monetary benefit to be had for Tide and similar companies sponsoring race cars, they wouldn't do it; stockholders would see to it.

elkslayer4X5 hits on another good point; even if able, I, most of us, couldn't afford an Alaskan grizzly bear hunt, but PSE or Hoyt probably could send one of their TV stars, IF THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD PAY. "Wow, they hunt grizzlies with PSE bows! Man, they got to be good if they dare put 'em up against ol' Ephraim!!"

As a silly side note; sorry, I can't help myself, I really like this site -> http://www.backcountrybowhunting.com/articles/calc/ <- lol it says, so long as I can keep my kinetic energy above 66 foot pounds, I'm capable of harvesting "dangerous/tough game (Cape Buffalo, Grizzly, ect.)" That is really quite comforting in the off chance a circus train should ever derail in southern Idaho... o

otisT
07-15-2014, 07:17 PM
ON THE OTHER HAND.... thinking back to 1995, here in Idaho, it may not be such a bad idea to have a bow for "dangerous/tough game (Cape Buffalo, Grizzly, ect.)" Especially the 'ect'.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/441850/SHOOTING-LION-LEAVES-HOMEOWNER-SHAKEN.html?pg=all