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#1454004 - 12/23/09 08:43 AM Predator Masters - The Beginning
Stu Farish Offline
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Registered: 04/22/01
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Loc: Have gun, will travel
Some have been around since the start, some are new and maybe don't know what got this train rolling.

Well, it was all due to a man named Will Craig. I've put together a small tribute page for Will, so people who are interested can see a bit of how it started and set us on this path:

Will Craig Tribute Page
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#1454026 - 12/23/09 09:18 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Stu Farish]
MTurbo Offline
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Registered: 03/13/08
Posts: 3608
Loc: Mesa Arizona
Thank you. this is the first time I've seen pics to go along with the history of the man.
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#1454034 - 12/23/09 09:26 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Stu Farish]
Javafour Offline
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Registered: 02/13/05
Posts: 6185
Loc: Kirkland, WA
I wanted to give a shout out to Will's son, Matt Craig (Azwill), for all his help providing us with copies of valued family pictures and info for the tribute page--and his patience for numerous long phone calls with me and answering my incessant questions about PM's founder and its first days. thumbup

Matt told me that his dad would be very happy to see what PM has become.

Thanks for taking all the time to help us out on this, Matt. You are a stand up young man and I really appreciate all your help, time and input!
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#1454040 - 12/23/09 09:34 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: MTurbo]
youngdon Offline
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Registered: 06/12/09
Posts: 2032
Loc: AZ
Nice job Stu, I hope that this will become a sticky as I think it important for all of us to know the history and feel the dream.
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#1454048 - 12/23/09 09:42 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: youngdon]
rockinbbar Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 10218
Loc: NM
I think it's a rare and inciteful look into what PM is and WHY.

Everyone needs to see this. thumbup

It also explains what the PM Hunt is, and why Will wanted to have it. wink

Thanks to Matt Craig from me as well!

Barry
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#1454079 - 12/23/09 10:16 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: rockinbbar]
USA Offline
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Registered: 06/27/03
Posts: 385
Loc: MO
Very nice tribute for a deserving man with great vision. I wish I could have met him personally, but his legacy lives on through me and thousands of others that share his passion and fascination with the predator world. Calling and hunting is just a small part of that. Also thanks to everyone in the forefront and behind the scenes that continue to pursue his dream.

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#1454440 - 12/23/09 03:04 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: USA]
Michael J. McCasland Offline
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Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 9470
Loc: Tucson,Az
Stu - Nicely done. I'd forgotten about the rifle.

Will Craig had a passion for predator hunting and the predator hunter. Those early days were full of hope, after Will passed there were a few financial rough spots too. Without people like Mike Paul, Randy Black, Craig Hamilton and Jason El Paso I don't believe Predator Masters would be here today. So, along with Will and his dream it's nice to remember the efforts and leadership of Mike, Craig, Randy, Jason and the rest of the original moderating staff. I thank you all for your efforts.

Will Craig
Mike Paul
Jason El Paso
Randy Black (? origional I don't remember, hard worker for PM yes)
Craig Hamilton
Randy Watson
Jack Roberts
Randy Buker
Jim Champion
Robb Krause
Critr Gitr
Rich Cronk
Curt
Leonard
Duane@ssu
Bob Connell
Tim Belhel
SteveM
Mike Granger
Wiley E
Bluedeacon
Tasha
I might have missed some, if I've missed you, sorry guys

It's nice to see that Matt helped you out on this. I hope he's doing well. Is Matt still in the Globe area?


Edited by Michael J. McCasland (01/20/10 11:59 AM)
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#1454448 - 12/23/09 03:09 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Michael J. McCasland]
Stu Farish Offline
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Originally Posted By: Michael J. McCasland
Stu - Nicely done. I'd forgotten about the rifle.

Will Craig had a passion for predator hunting and the predator hunter. Those early days were full of hope, after Will passed there were a few financial rough spots too. Without people like Mike Paul, Randy Black, Craig Hamilton and Jason El Paso I don't believe Predator Masters would be here today. So, along with Will and his dream it's nice to remember the efforts and leadership of Mike, Craig, Randy, Jason and the rest of the original moderating staff. I thank you all for your efforts.

Will CraigMike Paul
Jason El Paso
Randy Black (? origional I don't remember, hard worker for PM yes)
Craig Hamilton
Randy Watson
Michael J. McCasland
Jack RobertsRandy Buker
Jim Champion
Robb Krause
Critr Gitr
Rich Cronk
Curt
Leonard
Duane@ssu
Bob Connell
Tim Belhel


It's nice to see that Matt helped you out on this. I hope he's doing well. Is Matt still in the Globe area?


I think so. I know he's in AZ. Would like for him to make the hunt this year.

Fixed it for ya.
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#1454456 - 12/23/09 03:13 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Stu Farish]
Michael J. McCasland Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 9470
Loc: Tucson,Az
Stu - I wasn't one of the origional moderators. It was an honor to join the staff in February 2002 along with others.

Edited to add: Stu were you one of the origionals? What about Bobsocal?


Edited by Michael J. McCasland (12/23/09 03:15 PM)
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#1454488 - 12/23/09 03:43 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Michael J. McCasland]
Chad Walk Offline
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Registered: 04/06/08
Posts: 3404
Loc: New Mexico/Virginia
Its a nice tribute to the man and why we are all here...Thanks to everyone who made Predator Masters what it is today...

Chad

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#1454512 - 12/23/09 04:04 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: Chad Walk]
getemclose Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 959
Loc: USA
Thanks guys!

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#1454873 - 12/23/09 08:31 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: getemclose]
borkon Offline
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Registered: 04/05/09
Posts: 4036
Loc: minnesota
great post!! what happened to Buker????
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#1454895 - 12/23/09 08:51 PM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: borkon]
rockinbbar Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 10218
Loc: NM
People go elsewhere as things change in their life, and interests. Buker is one of those that has moved on.
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#1455181 - 12/24/09 12:10 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: rockinbbar]
cmiddleton Offline
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Registered: 01/11/02
Posts: 5079
Loc: Mills Wy USA
i have been here a long time but i can't remember that far back. i do recognise most the names.
i know a few not metioned that were there in 02 when i started.
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#1455329 - 12/24/09 06:33 AM Re: Predator Masters - The Beginning [Re: cmiddleton]
Kracker Offline
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Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 1134
Loc: Clackamas Oregon
What a great read thanks for posting this. Thank you to everyone on here that makes this such a great site .rp
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