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$$$ Pro Shooters Tour $$$

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Dennis DeVault, Sep 2, 2008.

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  1. Dennis DeVault

    Dennis DeVault Well-Known Member

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    I was a little under the weather for the last two weeks, but before I went into the hospital I read a thread about a Pro-Shooters Tour. I said I wasn't going to do this but our group is in need of some assistance. I know there are alot of people that read this site but never post any comments. Here goes, yes there is a company that is pursuing the abiltiy to start a professional shooting tour. The company has been formed and I am the managing partner in the company, there are three other board members beside myself. All four of us in the company as of now bring different views to the group that make it a good mix. We have already formed the company, it is called the IPST
    (International Pro Shooters Tour, we have a logo that is being trade marked, we have a web site domain that is registered. The rules are written and the target format has been chosen. The money pay-offs have been set and we have a 41 page business plan that is completed. What I am asking for now is help to get this in front of the right corporate person that we can tell our story to. ESPN has been waiting to film this show, and all is in place but we need the corporate sponsors to launch this in the same light as pro-bass fishing, golf, and poker. There is no reason that the shooting sports cannot grow to be as big if not bigger than golf. I have sent out literature to several potential sponsors with no responce. The problem is company CEO's receive hendreds of letters every day that are pitching for their ideas and money, unless I have a name and phone number to contact someone direct the literature gets thrown in the big pile. This can happen but I cannot do it alone and I am asking for help with the right names and contact numbers. If anyone wants to know more details you can call me at my office 330-456-6070 or my cell at 330-936-5102. Please do not call to bust my stones or argue about the way it should or should not be, We have received 50 e-mails from shooters in other countries that are waiting to come and participate in the try-outs. To me this will be the salvation of our sport, if we do not get this done in the next 5 years, I fear that our sport will get swept away by media pressure. Thank you for taking the time to look and I hope for good solid leads.

    Sincerely yours,

    Dennis DeVault
     
  2. Dennis DeVault

    Dennis DeVault Well-Known Member

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    I just received an e-mail and wanted to add this note this organization is not affiliated with the ATA or any other shooting organization. We are going to be our own organization with no influence from other shooting wenues. A hole new set of rules and target presentations.

    Dennis DeVault
     
  3. Pony Keg

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    OUTSTANDING!

    I cannot help you with names but I am willing to help. I believe it has to be filmed first.

    I believe we have to hit up the major corporations for our sport now and see what they are willing to do. Banners and signs at the shoot. I BELIEVE that we can make this happen.
     
  4. Fast Oil

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    Dennis, will the IPST have shooting events for rifle/ pistol/ shotgun sports or are we just talking trap?

    Scott
     
  5. Dennis DeVault

    Dennis DeVault Well-Known Member

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    Right now we are only talking about trap but it is a very modified version of the current game. The target presentation will not be like what we have been shooting so far. We have taken bits and pieces from all the shooting venues, sporting clays, bunker, international skeet etc. We are doing this on a trap field because in conversation with ESPN it is the eaiest place to film with minimal expense. And there are many trap ranges already built to hold the tournaments.

    Dennis
     
  6. Fast Oil

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    Thanks, that lets me think on your question of who you can contact for backing. Right now my first thought is a privetly owned facility with deep pockets. Just too many hoops to jump through for the governmant run facilities and business to make it work I would think.

    Scott
     
  7. Big Heap

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    Suggest you contact Daktronics for their advice. Their products serve a variety of sports and their customers typically rely on advertisers to pay for the equipment they install.

    If they can design a display that will enhance the visual attractiveness of your presentation you and they will both benefit by the association. They are good ol' boys located in So. Dakota and know about shooting. Sorry, I don't have a name to contact.
     
  8. Dennis DeVault

    Dennis DeVault Well-Known Member

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    Dennis,

    Have you talked to Steve from LasVegas, I believe he was trying to do the same basic thing a few years ago ... Not sure what happened but he is a great promoter and a very people friendly type of guy who could of made it happen if it ever was going to in my opinion ... Steve would be a good to great source for some information and the hurdles that were ran into that kept it from happening ... Good Luck ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  10. Dennis DeVault

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    WPT,
    Steve is already on the board and we will be meeting during his shoot in a couple of weeks.

    Dennis
     
  11. Hitapair

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    Contact the big casinos and the Indian Gaming folks. Both have a lot of $$$. Just read in the local paper that one of the local gaming tribes is approaching the top 10 in the State of MN for annual donations.
     
  12. BLKLABS

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    Dennis,
    Shoot me an email at the address above. I have a few contacts with differant companies. I use to shoot competitive archery and had several sponsors. I stay in touch with a few of the marketing people. We can talk about what you need or what kind of support you would want and I will make some phone calls for you. John
     
  13. hammer-time

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    I'm sorry I can't be of any help but being from a competitive bass fishing background, I understand what you are going to be going through. I don't envy you but do respect you for what you are doing for the sport! A hearty Good luck Dennis!
     
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    Good luck Dennis! This is a great move in the right direction to bring money back into our sport for those of us that like to shoot for more than a tin plate.

    Jim Trujillo
     
  15. freddy01

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    Interesting!

    I think you are on to something here Dennis.

    Being raised around guns and clay target shooting, I never questioned the public knowledge about the clay target shooting sports. Now it seems to be an obscure sport that very few know about.

    I agree that clay shooting sports should be common household knowledge like bass fishing, bow hunting, and turkey hunting. The TV set has brought these other sports into the home and in front of millions of people. I think that Coyboy Action is coming on strong in popularity due to the TV exposure.

    There is no reason that the clay target sports cannot share in the same success.

    I wish you luck and I'll see you in Las Vegas.

    Fred Dague
     
  16. Dennis DeVault

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    What I am hoping to acheive with this is a new twist on an old game and to also promote public and awarness of what we do as a sport. We are are own worst enemy but we make up a very large number of voters in this country that sit back and let the news media tell us that if you own a firearm you are a bad person. Our demographics show that 11% of the population control the media view and firearms ownership and the people that own them. A little story, recently I missed a UPS pick-up and had to take the package to the main terminal, while inside the person questioned the insurance amount of
    $ 20,000.00 and asked if we were shipping a firearm. As I left the terminal a lady that was behind me in line caught me in the parking lot and asked if the value of the package was really a true amount. I answered yes and that lead into a 30 minute conversation about our sport and the type of people that own guns. When the conversation ended she said that she still was afraid of guns but that she did learn a great deal about them that afternoon. She thanked me for my time and I invited her to visit our company where she could see first hand what it is that we do. I am happy to report that her and her husband did visit and she now sees that we are a legit tax paying company that is providing a service to a market that three weeks ago she and husband did not know was there. I have extended an invitation to both of them to come to our local club and give it a try, they have accepted the invitation and we will be giving it a try. A little postive spin is all that it takes to make the dull vision clear. Thank you for reading,

    Dennis DeVault
     
  17. joe kuhn

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    Great story Dennis. You are tops as a promoter of our sport and I appreciate that very much.

    Joe
     
  18. awbenz

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    I have never met you but commend you and your group for not whining and thying to get things done. I don't have any names to help except: Bill and Lou Ann Martin, Pete Martin, Craig Hart, etc from Vernal Utah have done more for our sport than anyone in a long time. Tucson Trap & Skeet and National Shooting Complex in San Antonio can contest to that.
    High 5's to you Dennis.
    Allen
     
  19. Dennis DeVault

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    Allen,

    I have contact Craig and Bill already. If this comes about they have shown an interest in hosting a shoot as a pro tour event. I would like to thank all of you that have responded and to several that have offered assistance. This is a huge undertaking and I am proceerding with baby steps to insure that there are no mistakes made along the way. Hopefully we can make an announcement about the start for this right after the first of the year. Again thank you and your help is very much appreciated.

    Dennis DeVault
     
  20. GoldEx

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    I think that this is something that more people would watch than some realize. How many people watch pro bowling?? Pro Fishing or pro Golf or pro tennis? Not exactly heart pumping action but if you enjoy the sport, there is a lot of enjoyment watching the pros go at it head to head. I wish you the best Dennis and I have also put out some feelers to some associates in the industry to shake some trees and hopefully come up with a name for you.

    Jeff Klueger
     
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