New Archery Shop Opens on U.S. 27


Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:47 a.m.

Bowhunters in eastern Polk County have a new archery store to shop at.

Heather and Glenn Grizzaffe opened The Archery Shop on March 27 at Deer Creek Crossings on U.S. 27 about 1 1/2 miles south of Interstate 4.

The Grizzaffes also own a shop by the same name in Tampa.

Bowhunters and target shooters are finding out about the new shop. Business is picking up, especially among bowhunters.

"It's been good and it's building every day,'' said Ray Roberts, the head bow technician.

"As soon as the name gets out, they'll come from all over,'' he said.

Roberts said the shop carries eight different lines of bows, including BowTech, Mathews, Bear, PSE, Diamond and Elite.

Roberts works with customers to set up their new bows, fitting them to the right bow, draw length and poundage.

"The set-up's the key thing. In order to be proficient, you've got to have that arrow coming out right,'' said Roberts, a bowhunter. "You've got to be happy when you're shooting it, or you're just going to be fighting it all the time.''

The Archery Shop also carries a half-dozen brands of crossbows, which are legal during archery season on private land.

And the store stocks bowfishing equipment.

"It's real popular, especially this time of year with Nile perch starting to bed,'' Roberts said.

The shop has a 20-yard indoor range with eight lanes.

And it carries accessories, bow cases and target bags.

The shop in Davenport is located in a strip mall next to Deer Creek RV Golf Resort.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For information, call the shop at 863-424-0222, or check http://tampaarcheryshop.com/.

The Central Florida Archers 3-D Target Benefit Shoot in memory of Ken "Fat Cat'' Beach is Sunday, April 29.

The event is at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Florida Archers range just south of Fort Meade on U.S. 17.

The entry fee is $40, and includes lunch by Smokin' Joe's BBQ.

Proceeds from the shoot benefit the Beach family. Beach, 69, died on March 18 in a hunting accident in Hardee County. He was from Lake Hamilton.

For information, e-mail jkersey@midstatefl.com.

NEW BRIDGES BEING BUILT AT BOCA GRANDE

Fishermen going to Boca Grande can expect to pay higher tolls with the construction of three new bridges that connect the mainland to Gasparilla Island, a favorite summer hangout for Polk Countians.

Work is just getting started on the $40 million project to replace the bridges, which were built from 1952-1958.

There is a swing bridge and two concrete bridges.

Greg Penix of Lakeland, a charter captain out of Boca Grande, drove across the bridges this week without any delay.

"I think they're going to build temporary bridges,'' Penix said.

Tolls are set to rise from $5 to $6 for cars starting Oct. 1, and also increase $1 for trailers, from $4.50 to $5.50, according to the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority.

It is also possible that property taxes could be increased to pay for construction.

SQUADRON CLASS ON APRIL 28 IN LAKELAND

The Lakeland Sail and Power Squadron will teach its "America's Boating Course'' in one day on Saturday, April 28, at the Kelly Recreation Complex in Lakeland.

The class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $35 and includes materials.

Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited.

Kelly Rec is located at 404 Imperial Blvd.

Students who complete the course will receive their Florida Boater ID, which is required for boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1988. Some insurance companies offer discounted rates for boaters with proof of a safety class.

To pre-register, call 863-667-9047 or check www.lakelandsailandpower.info.

[ Del Milligan's outdoors column appears Fridays in The Ledger. He can be reached at del.milligan@theledger.com or 863-802-7555. Milligan's blog, Central Florida Fishology, can be found at theledger.com home page. ]

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