By Trent Jonas
Big game abounds on the Last Frontier—from elk, to bison, to caribou—making it a bowhunter’s paradise. And if you’re a bowhunter or target archer, you need a place where you can get the gear and equipment you need to shoot. These are our favorite stores for archery gear in Alaska.
Backcountry Archery is a small shop in Anchorage that specializes in top-notch archery sales and service. The owner is an archery guru, who is as generous with his knowledge as he is skilled with his craft. As one customer puts it, Backcountry Archery is “the one and only place in Anchorage… to go for anything to do with bows.” High praise indeed.
Screaming Eagle Archery of Alaska has a 20-lane archery range where you can take a lesson, hone your skills, or just blow off some steam. They also have a fully-stocked pro shop where you can buy bows, arrows, and accessories. If you need a repair or a tune, Screaming Eagle can help you out there, as well.
In Anchorage, your full-service archery pro shop is Full Curl Archery. Full Curl carries a wide selection of bows and archery gear, including broadheads for hunting Alaska’s big game. They also have an indoor archery range, offer lessons, and can do equipment maintenance and repair.
You’ll find the only indoor archery range in Faribanks at Precision Archery, a newer entrant in the Interior’s archery community. Precision Archery is an authorized dealer for several respected bow brands, as well as archery gear and accessory brands. Their pro shop can also handle most any repair or maintenance job.
Archers on the Kenai Peninsula can not on practice their shooting skills on Northern Simulator’s indoor, virtual TechnoHunt range, they can also find—or order—all the archery equipment they need, as well. Northern Simulators also offers archery lessons and leagues throughout the year.
Capital City archers will appreciate the indoor archery range at Juneau Mercantile and Armory. They are a full-service archery shop that can tune or repair your gear. As far as sales, if you don’t see what you’re looking for in stock, Juneau Mercantile can order it for you.
If you’re heading to Kodiak island for some hunting, Cy’s Sporting Goods is where you’ll find the archery supplies you need. Cy’s carries both compound and traditional (recurve) bows, and will cut arrows to size for your bow. They also sell plenty of accessories from broadhead tips to game calls.