Kristen Schmitt explains why local archery shops rock.
Everyone should find a local archery shop that they like. Yes, big box stores sell bows, arrows and other equipment, but there is a huge difference between the two – and it’s not something that you may realize until you take the time to walk into your local archery shop. To be honest, when I first started this journey, it never occurred to me the value behind having an archery dealer you trust. Now, I not only value it completely, but cannot imagine taking my bow to be setup by someone I didn’t know.
Not only do the independent archery dealers seem to have a higher level of knowledge – which is essential in having your bow sized specifically to you – but their attention to detail and expertise is also more than any big box store can offer.
My husband and I visited our local archery shop last week to get my Eva Shockey Bowtech and his PSE Bow Madness 34 ready for the upcoming fall deer season. I cannot speak highly enough about our particular archery expert, Jim Despart. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of archery and bowhunting AND offers tips to improve accuracy and confidence when shooting a bow. I never feel dumb asking a question. That level of comfort is important for anyone who is a beginner (and anyone who isn’t).