So your dream is to be hunting pro staff for best turkey decoy or someone else in the industry. What does that mean? You gonna see fame? Fortune? Throngs of women chasing you down the street? Probably not. I have been at this game for a lot of years and will break it down for you as best I can. Here we go.
Reasons to be on a Hunting Pro Staff
Manufacturers desire hunting pro staff for a number of reasons, and you need to match your desires with their goals. Your skill set needs to add value to their operation, because if you can’t add value, they don’t really want or need you. If you have never killed a turkey, you cant help a company like best turkey decoy. Even if you are smokin’ hot. Honestly consider what you have to offer the company, and the road will be smooth. Enter with the ‘what’s in it for me’ mindset and your journey will be short lived.
Hunting Pro Staff Face Time
The truth is most outdoor wanna be’s crave some hunting pro staff face time. They dream of having their own tv show, showing up in magazine ads and articles, and working paid appearances at trade shows. It’s a tough road to plow, and to get there you need to have certain assets and skills or you will never make it. If your dream is to be on TV, you need to be an effective an efficient hunter, you need access to quality hunting spots, and you either need to be extremely entertaining, extremely informative, or a good combination of both. Those are the people we like to watch on tv. Entertain or educate me, or lose my spot on the DVR. If you are not the life of the party, or an expert of some hunting niche, 99.999% of the time you will never make the cut. Be honest with yourself from the get go. It’s typically a poor reason to try a pro staff position. If you think you fit the bill, try the route below, and you may be chosen to move this direction.
A passionate genuine love of the sport is great reason to be part of a hunting pro staff
You are already spending all your free time walking and talking the hunting pro staff life, so you may as well try leverage that obsession into more opportunity afield, and a chance to mingle with others of your genetic make up. Seek out companies who manufacture products you love and email and call them on any opportunities. Be persistent, and get to know the decision makers, and start building a rapport with them. Send them success photos (learn to take pictures). If they have a hunting pro staff void in their company, you become a top pick. You will end up working big box events, industry trade shows, posting in forums and representing their company at varied events. They need to know you can represent their company in a positive manner before you are thrown into an unsupervised environment as part of their company. Make sure you are comfortable with the responsibility before accepting the work.
Don’t be looking for a lot a pay from a hunting pro staff. You may get some mileage and a room reimbursed from time to time, but you real paycheck is opportunity. You are front and center at the events as part of whatever company you represent, and it will open doors to quality land, and lasting friendships. Embrace your hunting pro staff position for those reasons, and you will be rewarded.
Best turkey decoy is always happy to receive emails and facebook post from our friends in the field. We have individuals emailing us weekly, and have signed several up on a loose hunting pro staff basis. These guys and gals are volunteering to work NWTF banquets and local sports shows, and we are appreciative of their efforts. Keep us in the loop and you may be next, and good luck this spring with your new turkey decoy.