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Martin comfortable in variety of hats

Thursday, August 21, 2008

During the past half-century, Jerry Martin has worn a variety of hats and worn them all well.

From the straw hat of a Missouri farm kid to the crisp pomp of a U.S. Navy white, from a dusty cowboy Stetson to the sweat stained cap of a brick mason, Martin has worn them all.

During most of this time he was also wearing the cap of husband and father.

Martin also spent a great deal of time chasing Bass Pro fishing caps that flew off his head during bass tournaments he fished in.

However, it is the RedHead camo cap that Martin has worn the longest, and that hat is what most of the world knows him by.

Since 1987, Martin has directed his time, wisdom and energy toward building the hunting side of Bass Pro Shops, under the RedHead brand name.

Deciding this could be accomplished more efficiently with help, he handpicked the Captain's cap, the National RedHead Pro-Hunting Team that has become the most recognized group of highly-skilled professional hunters ever to be assembled in the industry.

In 2005, with an eye toward the future, Martin once again started a nation-wide search, this time for teenagers with a genuine love of hunting and fishing.

Thus, the successful Next Generation Team was born.

For the past 10 years, Martin has switched caps a lot, working both on-screen and in the production department of the super-successful, award-winning Bass Pro TV Hunting programs.

While Martin is a passionate hunter with unparallel successes from Alaska to Africa, he never passes an opportunity to put on his mentoring hat to help a kid or new hunter achieve their own success.

Aware of the fact that conservation is the responsibility of all who love wildlife and the outdoors, Martin socked down his conservation map and went to work supporting such groups as the NWTF and Quail Unlimited.

He presently serves on the board of directors for the fast-growing Quality Deer Management Association.

And now to add to his collection, Martin will be wearing a Legends cap, for he is truly a Legend of the Outdoors.

Jerry Martin is the son of Lewis Martin and the late Neva Martin.

He graduated from Thayer High School in 1965.

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