Itasca Archery Prostaff
Pro Staff members must exhibit the following attributes:
Character: Honesty, integrity, ethics, and an unselfish attitude are the kinds of character we look for in a Pro Staff member.
Involvement: 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 service.
Knowledge: Pro Staff members should be knowledgeable about archery in general as well as our products and product lines specifically.
Enthusiasm: Pro Staff members should be excited about archery and all of its facets.
Participation: 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 general.
Name: Terry Lewis
Place of Birth: Hibbing, MN
Current City: Iron, MN
Current Age: 40 Years Old
Started Archery: 4 Years Old
Got Started How: My father is a bowhunter. I started shooting with him in the yard around age 4. He started taking me to the local archery club and to the 3D range. I started tagging along with him when he bowhunted from the ground. A few of my earliest bowhunting memories are of him. I watched him harvest a doe from the ground, we had whitetail deer so close to us, we could almost touch them. I also watched an arrow he shot go over a very nice 8-pointers back. From a very early age, I have identified as a bowhunter. Archery is very much a part of my life and will continue to play a large part, for as long as I am physically able.
Equipment Used: -Hoyt Buffalo Recurve, Easton Axis arrows, Hoyt Carbon Defiant, Easton ACC arrows, Trufire release, Black Gold sights, Hunter's Safety System.
Archery Activities: 3D archery with both, a compound and a traditional bow, bowhunting any legal game species, teaching my children, my nephew, and my niece archery.
Achievements: Successful and consistent harvesting of whitetail deer, turkey, and black bear. My best bowhunting moments are shooting a whitetail deer in the back country of Minnesota's BWCA and sitting in a ground blind with my daughter and seeing her excitement when deer are in range.
Future Plans: Continue my journey into traditional archery, hunt full time with a traditional bow and continue to travel the nation to bowhunt and explore wild places.
Name: Dane Benes
Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, MN
Current City: Grand Rapids, MN
Current Age: 34 Years Old
Started Archery: 18 Years Old
Got Started How: Football in high school had taken up most of my fall. Dad had a Darton SL50 in the closet, got it restrung at Itasca Archery and started shooting in the yard. I shot 2117 aluminum arrows, had a 10, 20, and 30 yard pin, practiced for a month and then went bow hunting. I used Muzzy broadheads at first but switched to Spitfires because they flew better.
Equipment Used: Currently shooting a Victory NVX27 for indoor with 4.5" feathers. I shoot Victory X-Ringers for 3D with 4 fletch AAE vanes. Black Eagle X-impacts for hunting, 3 fletch, 4" vanes with 265 grain Tuffhead Meatheads. I use a Trufire hardcore revolution thumb release.
Archery Activities: 5 years shooting 3D at Itasca Archery, 5 years indoor shooting at the Grand Rapids Archery Club. Arrowhead League.
Achievements: My best archery moment was winning the Bowhunter Class Money Shoot at Bowfest 2019. Took second place in Arrowhead Bowhunter class 2019. Our team won first place for three years at Itasca Archery's 3D league; 2016, 2017, 2018. Our team won indoor league for three years at the Grand Rapids Archery Club; 2016, 2017, 2018.
Future Plans: I would love to be able to shoot the Las Vegas tournament as a bucket list item. I would like to instill the love of archery in my two daughters. I want to continue to use archery equipment to fuel my love of the outdoors and hunting. I'd like to have the opportunity to harvest a bull elk with my bow.