Pope and Young Club Announces Entry Fee Increase and Other Hunting Retailer News

P&Y Club entry fee increase; Lee Colquitt Joins Benelli USA as VP of Sales; NSSF and USA join forces to mentor new hunters and shooters; Scott Lester joins Davidson's as marketing director; and Sierra Bullets appoints Keith Enlow as president.

Pope and Young Club Announces Entry Fee Increase and Other Hunting Retailer News

Pope and Young Club Announces Entry Fee Increase

The Pope and Young Club Board of Directors has approved a fee increase of $5 to $40 per animal for submissions to be considered by the organization.

The Club recently conducted an analysis of its trophy entry fee cost based on historical data and today's actual cost of processing entries by staff. While reviewing historical information, it was discovered the Club had raised entry fees, on average, every 11-12 years. These increases were often conducted to ensure staff costs were offset, and the Club made a minimal profit that could be directed towards other operating expenses.

The Club’s current entry fee cost ($35) is no longer sustainable to offset all costs associated with processing entries. Additionally, the Club's last entry fee increase was 12 years ago (2008), further indicating an adjustment was warranted. After reviewing all the information, the Board approved the increase, beginning Nov. 1.


Lee Colquitt Joins Benelli USA as VP of Sales

Lee Colquitt has been named vice president of sales for Benelli USA.

Colquitt will lead Benelli USA by setting the strategic direction for all sales and channel initiatives within the U.S. market for Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger and Uberti brands.

Colquitt joins Benelli USA with more than 20 years of combined experience in sales, product development, marketing, and merchandising. His previous experience includes development and execution of successful sales strategies for leading firearms, archery and hunting accessories companies. He spent 10 years in the firearms industry, serving in various sales management roles overseeing chain stores, distribution and premium firearms as well as collaborating with channel to develop marketing and merchandising strategies.

With Colquitt’s combined passion for sales, hunting, fishing and the shooting sports, he has a deep understanding of the outdoor industry. His experience in commercial sales strategy positions him well to lead the Benelli USA sales team.


NSSF and USA Join Forces to Mentor New Hunters and Shooters

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently announced a mentor reward program to encourage union members to mentor 1,000 newcomers in hunting, target shooting or firearms safety in 2020.

Through its Hunting Heritage Trust, NSSF awarded the USA a $20,000 grant to implement the recruitment campaign, backed by NSSF’s +ONE Movement messaging, that motivates labor union members to share their knowledge and passion for these activities with someone new this year.

The agreement builds on the success of past partnerships between the two organizations. The 2020 mentoring program is modeled after the successful USA-NSSF Mentoring Rewarded Partnership of 2018, which introduced 1,500 youth and adults to the joys of hunting and shooting.

This year, the USA teamed up with Remington, Thorogood, Carhartt and Buck Knives to provide participating mentors the opportunity to win additional prizes. By posting their mentorship photos on the USA’s Facebook page, mentors encourage others to recruit new hunters and shooters while getting entered for chances to win a $100 Carhartt gift card, Thorogood boots, a Remington 870 shotgun and Buck Open Season Skinner for themselves and their mentees.


Scott Lester Joins Davidson's as Marketing Director

Scott Lester has joined Davidson’s as director of marketing and will oversee print, digital and web design.

Lester worked previously at Compass Marketing, Inc., where he served as executive VP of sales. In that role he was responsible for all sales, marketing, analytics, and digital activities pertaining to their Fortune 500 clients. Lester worked for Freedom Group from 2004-11 in the roles of director of product management & marketing (FGI Accessories & Licensing), and president of Remington Licensing Corporation. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as the director of purchasing for Ellett Brothers. Additionally, he has prior experience in the retail side of the sporting goods industry.

“Scott brings a wealth of industry experience and leadership qualities to Davidson’s”, said Bryan Tucker, president & CEO of Davidson’s. “As a firearms industry leader in marketing for our customers we look forward to his team’s initiatives and the fresh excitement Scott will generate.”


Sierra Bullets Appoints Keith Enlow President

Keith Enlow has been appointed president of Sierra Bullets, effective Aug. 17.

Enlow brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience serving in roles in the commercial, military and law enforcement markets. Most recently, Enlow served as the general manager for Steiner eOptics. Prior to his role there, he served as the chief executive officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Shooting teams. He also served in prior senior leadership roles at Remington Ammunition and Barnes Bullets.

Enlow holds a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I’m looking forward to returning to my home state of Missouri and am honored to be working for Sierra Bullets,” said Enlow. “Sierra is an amazing brand with a great future ahead and I am excited to be a part of it.”


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