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September 10th, 2013

McKinney Elected AHOF President


Rick McKinney, three-time World Champion target archer and U.S. Olympic Archery Team silver medalist, has been elected to a three-year term as President of the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. The announcement followed the AHOF’s annual September board meeting in Springfield, MO. McKinney, who claimed world archery titles in 1977, 1983 and 1885, also captured an individual silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics and shared a team silver medal in 1988. More recently, he was an NBC TV archery analyst during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“I am very humbled and honored to be selected President of the AHOF,” McKinney stated. “Most of the people inducted into the Hall are people I have admired greatly; quite a few have been my mentors. I’m looking forward to moving the program onward and upward to enhance the quality and notoriety of the Hall. Getting industry support is key to our first goal and I am hoping that we can progress at a pace that would make our founder, Dave Staples, proud.”

According to Diane Miller, AHOF Executive Director, other newly elected officers include Vice President Joe St. Charles, and Secretary Jane Johnson. Present Directors completing their current terms include Billy Staples, Ann Clark, Diane Miller, and M. R. James. Former Secretary Marilyn Bentz, who heads the National Bowhunter Education Foundation and served as AHOF Museum coordinator leading up to 2012’s successful opening of the Hall’s Missouri facility, resigned from the Board prior to relocating from Arkansas to South Dakota.

The AHOF previously announced that its latest member, Bob Lee of Wing Archery fame, had been elected to the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. Lee and a yet-to-be named member of the Veteran’s Committee, along with members from the Class of 2014 to be elected early next year, will be inducted at the Springfield facility on August 2, 2014.


July 21st, 2013


Archery loses another legend with the passing of Gail Martin


   Gail Martin, 89 years of age, passed away at Providence St. Mary Medical Center on July 21, 2013. Mr. Martin was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Ukiah, Ore., to Bert and Beaulah Martin. At the age of 1 year, the family moved to Stanfield, Ore.  When he was 12 years old, the family moved to Walla Walla,  Upon graduating from Wa-Hi, he moved to Portland and worked as a welder in the ship yards until 1943, when he joined the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers during World War II.  Eva and Gail met awhen they were 13 years old, and became high school sweethearts. He returned to Walla Walla after the war and married Eva Arbini in February 1946. They made their home on what was then Rt. 2 and raised their two sons, Terry and Dan.


Gail was employed by Safeway in 1946, Coca Cola from 1947-1949, and then became the government poultry grader at the Co-op Turkey Hatchery until he decided to start his own business full time. In 1951, he started the archery manufacturing and wholesale business. At that time it was called Blue Mt. Archery, but the name was changed to Martin Archery three years later. During that time, he designed industry-leading string and fletching equipment. In 1976, Martin Archery purchased the Damon Howatt Archery business in Yakima. Martin Archery now supplies archery equipment worldwide.   Gail proudly served as official measurer of wildlife for both Pope & Young and Boone & Crocket. In 1955, he was inducted into the Bowhunters Hall of Fame. In 1984, he was chosen and honored as the Small Business Man of the year for the entire Northwest. In 2012, he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame. He was very innovative and continually produced new ideas for better archery equipment and products. He was an avid archer, hunter, skeet, trap and sporting clay shooter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and also enjoyed traveling and did so for both business and pleasure.  Surviving are his wife, Eva; two sons, Terry Martin, Dan Martin; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Martin; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Martin and Rose Arbini; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  






July 14th, 2013


Les Brown, life long supporter of the AHOF passes away


Les Brown from Grand Blanc, Michigan passed away at the home of his daughter on July 14, 2013.


 Leslie was born November 17, 1932, in Pontiac, MI, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl and Gertrude (Bigelow) Brown. He worked as a truck driver for Bender and Louden Trucking for many years, until his retirement. After retirement, Leslie went on to work for Loch Lomond Golf Course on their grounds crew. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #332, the Professional Archery Association, and the Flint Bowman Archery Club. Left to cherish his memory are four daughters, Pamela and husband, Clyde Cunningham, Susan and husband, Kirk Alderson, Sally Johnson and Bethany and husband, Richard Schempp; mother of his children, Catherine L. Brown; daughter-in-law, Sandra Brown; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Brenda Lee Burke; son, Charles Herbert Brown and son-in-law, Roger Burke.


The heart and sole of the Professional Archers Association for over two decades, Les was a walking encyclopedia of archery history. He was one of the first to receive the coveted Karl Palmatier Award of Merit named after his mentor and Hall of Fame member.


A Memorial service was  held at the Flint Bowman Archery Club on Saturday, the 24th of August.


        Memorial contributions may be directed to the Archery Hall of Fame ATTN: Diane Miller, Executive  Director, 58 North Main St. Union City, PA 16438.


click to read tribute


June 20th, 2013

      Dave Richey, AHOF Supporter & noted Outdoor writer passes

     Dave Richey,  a contributing writer for the Michigan Record-Eagle and longtime hunting and fishing writer for the Detroit News, passed away  June 20th at age 73 following a stroke.


     Dave's writing career   started in 1967 and he spent  more than 23 years as a staff writer and photographer for the Detroit News. He wrote an award-winning series that exposed the illegal practice of poaching for profit during his tenure with the Detroit newspaper. He retired from the News in 2003 but continued to work as a freelance writer.


     He wrote over 22 books on fishing and hunting, and thousands of columns and articles for publications in magazines such as  Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield.  Dave was an avid  bow hunter and great promoter of our sport. He will be missed.





February 25th, 2013


Archery mourns the loss of

Tom Jennings

1924 - 2013


 Tom Jennings who passed away at the age of 88 on February 25th.  Known as “Mr. Compound Bow,” Jennings was the first man to mass produce and promote the Compound Bow nationwide.

Click to read Sherwood Schoch's Tribute to Tom Jennings




February 23, 2012


Archery mourns the loss of "Gentleman Jim" Pickering

  Jim Pickering , 72, passs after a long battle with cancer.
  During his career Jim  participated and won many state and national archery tournaments since 1957. He was an avid bow hunter with his trophy animals consisting of moose, mule deer, elk, caribou, bear, cougar and Javalina.
  He  was employed by Bear Archery, Carroll Archery and Hoyt/Easton. 


His influence and honesty has made a mark on many peoples’ lives; his benevolent spirit and love will continue to live on in all of the lives that he touched on a daily basis, "Gentleman Jim"  will be missed  by all who knew him.



Former PAA President, Les Brown. remembers "Pick".

     Of all the memories I have of Archers, the one of their passing brings back the most is when Pick won the 1963 Ben  Pearson at the Michigan state Fairgrounds In Detroit Mich. The heat went out in the old coliseum and it  got down close to freezing.


   During the first round of the day on Sunday I set behind this quiet young fellow with a suite case and two bows right behind the middle targets. We did have a limited conversation but he offered little except that he had a flight to catch and was concerned about getting there on time. He never told me his name. When it was time for the championship line to shoot, I looked down at the targets and there he was on the top target. The rest of the tournament was truly a pleasure to watch. Dave Keaggy had his book Power Archery out by then and a lot of the top Archers had contributed to a shot that had some motion to it. Here on number one target was a young fellow, Jim Pickering shooting arrows and the only way you could tell he had shoot a  arrow was to watch it hit the gold on the old Chicago round. Keaggy was down a couple targets watching closely. “Pick”  won with a 1664 for 2 rounds.

             And now it is sadly history





January 5, 2012


Joe St.Charles Joins AHOF Board of Directors


The Archery Hall of Fame is proud to announce the election of Joe. St. Charles to the Board of Directors.

   The son of Pope and Young founder, Glenn St. Charles, Joe grew up in the archery business and began bowhunting at the age of 11.

   In the 1970’s he began working at the family business, Northwest Archery in Seattle, Washington and started to actively collect old archery literature and equipment.

 In 1983 he begin assembling the St. Charles Museum, which later became the Pope & Young/St Charles Museum and moved to Chatfield, Minnesota.
    An accredited appraiser, Joe  has appraised the collections for Art Young, The Archery Hall of Fame, and Fred Bear, to name just a few

















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