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Bob Barrie

Bob Barrie

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. 

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