ANOTHER PIONEER HAS LEFT US........RIP Gail Martin
by Dan Fitzgerald
Archery & Bowhunting has come a long way since I started over 60 yrs ago, hunting with fashioned long bows and cane & cedar arrows. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined how archery technology would take us to where we are today.
Whether you are a beginner or a veteran bowhunter or archer, you, like myself, owe a debt of gratitude to those who I consider founding Fathers of archery & bowhunting equipment.
How well I remember back in the day when the Compound Bow made it's debut, WOW!! Things in the hunting industry would never be the same...
I had always hunted with traditional equipment, but I was open to change. I am fortunate to have met and become friends with some of Archery and Bowhunting's founders, designers, engineers, and manufacturers, which helped pave the way for those who would follow.
How thankful I am for those great men, such as: Hollis Wilbur Allen (inventor of the compound bow in the 60's), Earl Hoyt, Tom Jennings, Ben Pearson, Pete Shepley, Gail Martin, Fred Bear, and now Matt McPherson, a very good friend. I remember when we used to get together at the archery events back in the early days, before bowhunting was even popular. I remember these men and many others giving of their time to share their visions. It gave me great inspiration that I have since passed on to my son, Guy.
I personally regret having lost even one of these great men. Most recently, losing yet another pioneer and friend, Mr. Gail Martin. Wow, that takes me back to the ole Cougar & Cougar Magnum! Man, did I keep the freezer full using those bows!
Gail is gone now, but his legacy will live on, as long as we have the freedom to bow hunt and shoot our bows - a freedom that Gail himself spent a lifetime protecting and crusading on behalf of. I believe that Gail helped set the bar very high, as far as the standards that others would follow, on into the future.
As dedicated bowhunting and archery crusaders, Guy and I never take for granted what these men and these companies have done and continue to do, to help ensure that we are armed with the best archery equipment available, in order to take our prey down as quick & clean as possible.
As for myself, Guy & the rest of my family, we thank God for these men and their visions. We offer our gratitude for helping make it possible for us to earn a living as a full time professional bowhunters for all of Guy's life and the majority of my adult life.
THANK YOU Pioneers. Thank you, Gail. Rest in peace.
Your Bowhuntin' Buddy,