Current Itasca Archery Pro Staff
Rex Waters, Gene Storlie, and John Grooms
Not Pictured: Dan Gorath
Rex Waters is 44 years old. He began shooting
and hunting deer at the age of 12 in Grand Rapids,
Michigan on his grandfather's farm. Rex saved
his own money from his chores and bought his first
bow, a Bear Whitetail Hunter. In 1982, his
family moved to Floodwood, Minnesota where he
continued bowhunting on the family dairy farm.
Rex has been shooting at Itasca Archery since 2004
and in the 3D League for the past four years.
He is also a member of the Grand Rapids Archery
Club. He tries to compete in all local archery
tournaments, from Duluth to Bemidji down to
Brainerd. Rex is an Intermediate Archery
Instructor recognized by USA Archery and the
National Field Archery Association. He has
shot Hoyt bows for eight years. His current
bow is a Hoyt Katera and he will so be moving to the
new Hoyt AlphaBurner this season.
Gene Storlie is 35 years old. Having grew up
in a military family, he moved a lot when younger,
often times to places where he was unable to hunt.
At the age of 17, he first tried bowhunting with an
PSE he bought at a local pawn shop; unsure of how to
properly set it up, he grew frustrated and gave up
bowhunting for a few years. During those years
off of hunting, he joined the Army and got married.
He got back into archery seriously five years ago;
at that time he promised that from that point on, he
would use only the top-of-the-line bows and
equipment. Since he made that promise, archery for
Gene has been much more fruitful, such as shooting a
196 inch whitetail. He also takes pride in
helping out the Grand Rapids Archery Club with their
tournaments and youth programs. He also
considers himself addicted to competitive archery;
he will shoot any kind of tournament that he as time
to attend. His current bows are a Hoyt Vantage
Elite, Hoyt AlphaMax, and he intends on getting a
John Grooms is 23 years old. He was born and
raised in Cohasset, Minnesota by his parents, Rob
and Debbie. He is married to his wife,
Bethany, and they currently live in Cohasset.
He started shooting bows when he was six years old
when he found an old fiberglass recurve in his
grandfather's shed. He later upgraded to a PSE Fire
Flight that he bought for fifty dollars when he was
thirteen; he harvested his first deer the next year
with that very bow and has bowhunted ever since.
He currently coaches a home school archery team that
participates in the National Archery in the School
Program (NASP); he is a NASP basic archery
instructor. He is a member of the Minnesota
State Archery Association (MSAA) and the Grand
Rapids Archery Club. He shot Itasca Archery's
3D League for the first time, and is now shooting
indoor league at the Grand Rapids Archery Club as
well. His current bow is a Hoyt Contender
Elite and will be getting a Hoyt Maxxis 35 for 3D
Dan Gorath (Not Pictured)
Dan Gorath is 30 years old. He was born and
raised in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where he started
hunting at a young age with his three brothers and
his dad. His first bow was a Xi Silverhawk and
with instruction from his dad, he learned good
woodsmanship and hunting. After a five-year
absence to attend culinary school, Dan returned to
hunting and got his first taste of target archery.
He has shot Itasca Archery's 3D Course four out of
the last five years and is currently co-president of
the Grand Rapids Archery Club. He has shot
Hoyt for the last four years; his current bows are a
Hoyt ProElite for target shooting and a Vectrix for
bowhunting. He is planning on shooting the
AlphaBurner in the upcoming year.
Our chosen Pro Staff members must exhibit the
honesty, integrity, ethics, and an unselfish
attitude are the kinds of character we look
for in a Pro Staff member.
Pro Staff members should be actively involved in
promoting all aspects of archery, such as archery
education, archery leadership, club involvement, pro
shop work, or any other type of archery community
Pro Staff members should be knowledgeable about
archery in general as well as our products and
product lines specifically.
Pro Staff members should be excited about archery
and all of its facets.
Pro Staff members should be able to demonstrate
through their resume a very active archery agenda.
3D shoots, target shoots, hunts, etc. all weigh into
the balance of how much a Pro Staff member appears
to stay involved in the sport and thus is able to be
an ambassador for Itasca Archery and for archery in