Moose Whitmoyer is leaving the LAS Pro Shop

On March 18, Chad “Moose” Whitmoyer – one of Lancaster Archery Supply’s most recognized names and faces – will work his last day in the LAS Pro Shop.

Except for a two-year hiatus, Moose has been with LAS since May 1999. He will continue to have a professional relationship with LAS, but he will no longer occupy his familiar space at the east end of the Pro Shop counter at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, Pa.

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“I’m definitely going to miss the people – my coworkers,” said Moose, who is moving to Colorado to join his girlfriend, Hallie Groff, who has taken a job there with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

It’s a big change for Moose and a big change for LAS.

“Moose has developed an incredible following of local and national customers here at LAS, including many TV personalities, like the (Whitetail Freaks Don and Kandi) Kiskys and others,” said company president and founder, Rob Kaufhold, who hired Moose.

Customers within reach of the LAS Pro Shop are invited to stop by Thursday, March 16, and help us send Moose off to the western U.S. in style. We will have a drop-in, farewell reception from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with refreshments served from 6-9 p.m.

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Though Moose will be leaving the LAS home, Kaufhold stressed Moose will not be gone from the LAS family or the business. His customers still will be able to reach out to him through LAS in Colorado. Details on how that will happen will be forthcoming, after Moose settles in to his new home in the woods.

“Moose has been a great asset, and represents our showroom in many ways to customers and fellow staff members alike,” Kaufhold said. “He’s become a very good friend to many of us, and he knows that we are there for him during this transition.”

Rob remembers Moose applying to work here after playing baseball at Penn State University and then competing in local 3D archery tournaments.

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Moose in 2000

“He applied here at LAS after college to work on both the phones and at the showroom, and as we grew, he became our leading showroom tech,” Rob said. “He has always wanted to be completely involved in archery. We hired him because I couldn’t say no to a guy that big!

“But seriously, he was obviously dedicated and passionate about helping his fellow archers to the best of his ability.”

Moose remembers well what it was like working at LAS when he was hired. The entire operation – offices, shop, warehouse, shooting range, etc. – was completely housed inside what is now the second floor of the Pro Shop building. There were no showroom employees, warehouse workers, customer service representatives.

“You worked at Lancaster Archery – period,” Moose said. “That meant you did everything.”

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Besides the physical changes to the LAS facilities, and tremendous leaps in technology – both in archery equipment and in the company’s infrastructure – one of the greatest transformations Moose has seen during his tenure is the growth of the LAS brand.

“We were this local shop that target people knew about in different parts of the country,” Moose said. “Now, we’re known all over the world. If you’re into archery anywhere, you know about Lancaster Archery Supply.”

And for many Pro Shop customers, Moose is the reason they come to Lancaster Archery.

“Moose is a great person that has put his best foot forward to insure the progress and success of the showroom continues,” said Pro Shop manager Chris Scott. “I especially think that Moose is one of those guys that every customer can relate to.

“I have seen Moose working with 5 year olds to 80 year olds with all different cultures and backgrounds.  I believe that Moose has never met a stranger.”

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We know Moose’s customers will miss him, just as we will.

“We are happy for Moose and look forward to seeing how this exciting opportunity works out for him and for LAS as he becomes an independent tech service contractor from out there in Colorado,” Kaufhold said. “The ability for our customers and our team to stay in touch with Moose is very important to us.”