Category B - Bowhunters who
have shown Excellence in the Design and Manufacturing of Archery Equipment
Gail Martin is one of our club's
original Charter members and is also the Owner/President of the famous
Martin Archery. He is 79 years young and can be reached at 3134 W. Highway
12, Walla Walla, WA 99362-9594.
He got started in archery by shooting his brothers bow, way back in 1937.
While he enjoyed shooting, it was an on and off kind of thing during those
early years. After high school he went into the Armed Forces and served
for three years during World War II. In 1946 he started shooting again and
this became the start of a long career in archery.
Gail and his wife Eva started Martin Archery over 50 years ago. No other
archery manufacturer has operated for so long under one ownership, one
leadership and under one roof for so long. They now have three generations
of Martin's in the business. They also hold 24 patents. You can see their
extensive line of equipment and history at www.martinarchery.com
Gail has been a member of the "Blue Mountain Archers" since 1948
and was president for two years. He has also belonged to the
"Washington State Archers" for 52 years and is an official
measurer for "Pope and Young". He also received the
"Washington State Life Time Achievement Award" in 2003 and is in
the "National Bowhunter Hall of Fame".
He has been collecting broadheads since 1946 and his favorite book is
Bowlo. He has an extensive library of archery magazines and books and also
Gail likes to try out different heads for hunting so he can see which
perform best. He has had lots of opportunity to do this since he hunts
most North American game and has hunted most of the northwest states,
Texas, Canada and Africa. He has hunted for deer, elk, caribou, antelope,
bear, mountain lion and many African animals. Even after hunting all over
the world, his favorite animal and method is deer, by still-hunting.