Category B - Bowhunters who have shown Excellence in the
Design and Manufacturing of Archery Equipment
Robert (Bob) Barrie was born in
Westbrook, Minnesota, (8/28/1941) where his life in archery began. In
1954, at the age of 13, he got his first bow. He took his first deer in
1958. By 1959, he was making his own laminated bows.
In 1961, he went to work for Herter's
Inc., Waseca, Minnesota, as general manager of the Herter's Archery
Division, designing archery equipment including many innovative bows and
accessories. Herter's was well known as the largest sporting goods mail
order company in the world. They manufactured nearly all of their own
hunting and fishing equipment.
Bob's most important contribution to
archery came in 1979 when he ventured on his own and started Barrie
Archery, manufacturers of the world renowned Rocky Mt. Broadhead line. It
was a family business with his wife Connie, daughter Janice and son Bruce.
For over 25 years the company specialize in broadheads. Bob retired from Barrie Archery in 1997, but still
remains active by consulting in broadhead design. He still holds a number
of archery patents.
He shot competitive archery from 1958
through 1978 winning two state championships, one PAA sectional and placed
high in other PAA events. Even though he enjoyed competitive shooting, bow
hunting has always been number one, he considers himself a bow "huntaholic."
All of his big game animals have been taken exclusively with the bow,
including over 20 P&Y class trophies.
Bob has supported many archery
organizations and has served as a board member of AMO and is a senior
member of the Pope & Young Club.
When not designing broadheads or
bowhunting, there's a good chance you can find this 3 handicap golfer on
the golf course, but archery has and always will be his first love.