By Erik Barber
If this were a normal year, bowhunters would be starting to flock to local archery shops to ensure their bow is tuned and that they’re properly equipped for hunting season.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s lives and delayed our routines. But as lockdowns relax nationwide, you still have plenty of time to gear up before opening day. Whether it’s curbside pickups, shorter business days, or one-on-one appointments, archery shops everywhere keep serving customers in safe, enjoyable environments.
Pappas’ Trading Post, a popular archery shop near Madison, Wisconsin, offers curbside pickup and drop-off for any service or repair work customers need for their bows. To paper-tune a setup, adjust the draw length, or make any other modifications, customers simply call ahead and coordinate a time to drop off gear. A bow technician gathers information for the job, checks in the bow, and returns it as soon as the work is done.
Some aspects of archery can’t be remedied remotely. Whether you need lessons to improve your form and follow-through, or you need an expert to address something in person, chances are you’ll find a shop that offers appointments to better serve its customers.
“Archery shops are usually small places where you can still get one-on-one service while avoiding crowds at traditional big-box stores,” said Kyle Krischan, owner of Whale Tales Archery in Dousman, Wisconsin. “We’re still taking precautions to promote a clean and safe space, but we’re happy to meet with customers on a limited basis to make sure they’re taken care of.”
If you’ve debated adding a new accessory to your bow, try arranging a one-on-one appointment to inspect the item firsthand and ask questions. You can certainly buy gear online, but seeing it in person can help you integrate it with your setup. Useful, in-person information affects buying decisions.
Customer service is undeniably more important than ever right now. Nearly all shops have staff who are happy to chat online or by phone to help you get the most from your gear. No matter your question, try contacting an archery shop for expert advice. Depending on your needs, some shops can fulfill orders online or by phone while helping you buy the best accessory for your shooting. Both are great options to get your hands on new broadheads, a release, or whatever else you need while staying safe through social distancing.
By seeking help from your favorite shop, you support small local businesses staffed by some of your communities’ greatest minds and personalities. Despite the uncertainty COVID-19 presents our foreseeable future, archery shops do everything possible to serve customers and help us enjoy more time shooting our bows. We’re all in this together.