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The Greene Outdoors, Best Pro Shop in "The Missouri Bootheel"

by John Mueller 12. May 2009 13:11
John Mueller

Casey Greene is a man on a mission. His mission is to have a chain of archery shops selling equipment across the globe. He already sells bows and equipment worldwide out of a corner shop in his Father’s Pharmacy in Steele, MO. I recently worked The Bowtech Interactive Archery Experience Trailer at The Greene Outdoors Shop.

 

Casey’s shop is no ordinary Pro Shop. He runs it from within his dad’s pharmacy. But that doesn’t stop him from having more inventory than almost any pro shop I have ever been in, and not just a few bows in camo, he has most of the bows in the target colors as well.

 

 

One of many of the bow racks in Greene Outdoors.

 Target Colors on many bows.

 

 Along with one of each of the camo options available. No picking one out of a catalog and hoping you like it when it gets there.

 

 

The new Optifade Camo.

He also stocks a full line of accessories, again not just one of each item like many shops have on the wall.

 

The Block Party.

 

Casey had Hans Saunders and the Bowtech Trailer at his shop for an open house last weekend. Before parking at the archery shop Casey had the trailer spend a day at the local High School to promote the sport of archery. Well over a 150, 6-12th graders went thru the trailer and had a chance to shoot the new bows, many shooting a bow for the first time. After leaving the school the trailer was parked right on Main Street across from the Piggly Wiggly.

 The Bowtech Trailer with flags flying high.

 

 The trailer is now equipped with a state of the art digital message board.

Han's favorite, The new message board.

 

The turnout was a little lower than expected because of the nasty weather in the area last weekend. But a good time was had by many.

 

There was also a 3D pop-up tournament going on in the alley along with a novelty shoot.

 Pop-Up in the alley.

 

 Many local shooters and a few not so local archers showed up to try and claim the top prize of $500. The Greene Outdoors Pro Staff of Bobby, Cole and Brian were busy most of the weekend running the pop-up shoot. Bowtech Pro Staffer Cody Walsh drove 6 hours from Springfield, MO to take top honors in the pop-up shoot and he also won the novelty shoot.

 Casey Greene and Cody Walsh and his $500 check

 

 You had to hit a dime size spot on a ground hog target from about 22 yards. The prize for the novelty shoot was a brand new block 4x4.

The groundhog and the dime sized target.

 

Anyone living near the Missouri Bootheel needs to make the drive to Steele, MO and pay Casey a visit. You will be pleasantly surprised to see what is hiding in the back corner of Greene's Pharmacy. You can also pay them a visit at https://greeneoutdoors.com/default.asp

       
Categories: Pro Staff

Giving Back to Archery

by John Mueller 29. March 2009 07:03
John Mueller

            This past weekend I had the opportunity to work in the Bowtech Archery Experience Trailer with Hans Saunders. This man is obsessed with introducing new people to Archery. The Trailer is a 3D range set up in the back of a tractor trailer that is pulled from one event to another by a Big Rig Diesel Truck equipped with living quarters. Hans spends roughly half of the year on the road manning this operation for Bowtech. I met up with him at The Truth and the Outdoors Expo in Union, MO Friday afternoon. This expo was a family oriented event set up at a Christian Retreat Center.

 

 

 

The trailer with the windows closed waiting for the show to start.

 

 

 

The big rig that pulls the trailer from one show to another. And home for the weekend.

 

 

The trailer open for business.

 

 

Targets at the end of the range.

 

 

            This was the first time had worked in the trailer introducing people especially kids to archery. I have worked hunting shows before, but that is mostly talking to hunters about the latest equipment and swapping hunting stories. This was a totally new experience for me. I know we had over 100 young kids and teens come thru the trailer that had never shot a bow in their lives or maybe shot an old recurve in someone’s back yard. To see the excitement on their faces just to be able to hold a real compound bow in their hands was a joy. And when they actually got to shoot the bows and hit the foam animals, sometimes with a little help on the aiming, their excitement made my whole weekend. And some of them left with a smile on their face that will last the whole day. Needles to say we had a long line of people outside of trailer all day long, waiting in the rain at times for their turn to shoot.

One of the teens that had never shot a bow before this weekend.

 

            After working with Hans this weekend, I have found a whole new enjoyment to this wonderful sport of ours. Introducing people to archery is a great way to give something back to the sport that I get so much enjoyment out of and to help promote it in a positive way. If some of the kids that came through the trailer this weekend end up becoming bowhunters, it can only benefit our sport with keeping the tradition alive and growing. Much appreciation goes out to Bowtech for providing the Truck and Trailer along with all of the equipment and to Hans for his passion to recruit new archers to the sport.

 

            Hans, if you are ever in the neighborhood and need someone to help you man the trailer, you have my phone number. Give me a call and I will do my best to make it there and help you out.

   



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