By Brad Lane
Whether you are a recreational archer or passionate bow hunter, the state of Iowa is one of the most accommodating to your hobbies. Besides having some of the best open fields and deer hunting in the nation, spread across the state there are tons of locally-owned and passionate archery outfitters to choose from. Featuring sales and service, and at most locations an indoor archery range, if you are looking for a compound, crossbow or recurve, you can find it in Iowa. Here are the 10 best archery outfitters in the state.
Serving as the great outdoors store of Iowa City, Fin & Feather is your one-stop shop for backpacking, fishing, all-weather performance wear, and hunting. In the section for bow hunting specifically, patrons to this locally-owned establishment will find such top brands as Mathews and Mission, as well as an in-house archery range to test out or practice your shot.
Dedicated to one sporting good specifically, Archery Field & Sports out of Altoona can get you shooting straight in no time. Feature top-of-the-line bow brands such as Mathews, Hoyt, Bowtech and Gearhead, alongside the friendly and helpful staff at Archery Field & Sports, you’ll be sure to find the right help to acquire the bow that’s right for you. Also featuring an indoor archery range, Archery Field & Sports goes well beyond the retail when it comes to the items they sell.
Featuring bows and accessories from Elite and PSE, After Hours Archery of Oskaloosa also carries everything else you need to use your bow properly. Sights, rests, and string wax, After Hours Archery also hooks it up with tree stands, scent alteration products, and broadheads. For every archery item you need, your first stop should be After Hours Archery in Oskaloosa.
Featuring firearms, fishing supplies, and archery products, R&R Sports of Bettendorf carries every sporting item you need all under one roof. Featuring top-of-the-line brands, a friendly and knowledgeable sales staff and a full-length archery range to test out your shot, R&R Sports is all about getting you outside safe and ready. Visit for yourself and see the wide selection offered by R&R Sports.
Featuring a long line of quality brands, including Hoyt, Mathews, and Barnett crossbows, Anthem Archery of Decorah is northeast Iowa’s number one archery pro shop. Stocked with not only a big selection of archery gear and accessories, Anthem Archery also comes complete with a dedicated and knowledgeable sales staff who love introducing people to the sport or furthering an already long-standing archery passion.
Serving as the only 100 percent full-time archery pro shop and indoor range in Cedar Valley, Double Lung Archery provides all the sales, services and practice grounds you need to be an archery owner for life. Featuring bows from Mathews, Mission, and Hoyt (just to name a few), and arrows from Carbon Express, Easton, and Beman (just to name a few more), and two store locations including Mason City and La Porte City, it’s easy to find your perfect set up at Double Lung Archery any day of the week.
Featuring bows, arrows, and targets, Buck Hollow Sports in Pella is a full-service archery store, and a great place to get some local knowledge of the area. With a full lineup of gear, choosing what’s right for you in the archery world at Buck Hollow Sports can be difficult, but luckily with full-time technicians and expert archers behind the counters at Buck Hollow, this locally-owned store makes it all easy.
Locally owned and operated, the Iowa Outdoors Store in Fort Dodge is your number one spot for hunting, fishing, and other sporting goods. Featuring a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and products from such top-name brands as Hoyt, Mathews and Browning, everyone at the Iowa Outdoors Store is taken care of as family, and everyone who leaves finds themselves with a new product to last a lifetime.
Featuring everything you need for recreational archery and bow hunting, including an indoor practice range to test out your shot, Plum Creek Archery of Dyersville is another top spot in Iowa to enhance your archery passion. With a wide variety of archery gear and bows, including compound bows, crossbows, recurve bows and bows specifically made for fishing, Plum Creek Archery is one of the most well-rounded archery retailers in Iowa.
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Your number one spot for archery gear in Palo, Palo Outdoors is also well known for their wide selection of all sporting equipment. Featuring all the reliable archery brands like Mathews, Hoyt, Bowtech, PSE, and TRUGLO, Palo Outdoors is also at your service when it comes to bow set-up, bow-tuning, and an indoor archery range complete with recreation and competitive league play. Check Palo out yourself and see why hunters and sporting enthusiasts from Cedar Rapids and beyond flock to this locally owned retailer.