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Draves Archery 1707 W. Ave. of Mid America Effingham, IL 62401 Toll Free: 1-888-678-0251 Local: 217-347-0291

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We are a full service archery proshop. Our certified technicians can fully outfit a hunter from top to bottom. Our products include all types of bow hunting gear from bows to releases, hiking and hunting boots, bow fishing accessories, field cooking accessories, paintball guns and accessories, Pelican kayaks and canoes, and home furnishings. The shop contains a 30yard indoor shooting range. We have recently installed a state of the art Technohunt system by Archery Interactive. With this system, hunters can shoot over 800 real life scenarios including all types of game animals. Please check out www.acheryinteractive.com or call us for more information. Our technicians have 20 years of experience in the archery business. As hunters ourselves, we make it our top priority to fulfill every need and concern of you, our customers. We know the importance of having the right equipment for the hunting season. We will continue to carry products that are of the highest quality and reliability. The manufactures we do business with stand behind us and we stand behind their products. We stay informed on the latest technology and products that are developed each year in our industry.


David Draves, the founder of Draves Archery, was disappointed with the bow shops that he visited in his area. They were frequently closed for different reasons, making it hard to get the services that he needed. Another archery shop made him pay for new fletching, after the fletching the shop put on fell in their range.
After returning home, he told his wife, that this area needs a good archery shop. From that point he began to develop ideas to start his own shop. A shop based on customer service, one that has a family atmosphere, and a shop where every customer is known by name. Draves Archery started in July of 1986. It was located 4 mi. south of Dieterich, Illinois in a rural setting full of fields and farms. He started the business in a shed that was adjacent to his home. The shop covered just 500 sq. ft. David managed to come up with $3,000 to purchase merchandise to fill the space. He purchased 7 bows and 8 dozen arrows to start. ABOUT2
Then he bought an additional 75 various accessories and hunting products. At that time, he carried three major brands of bows: Darton, McPherson, and Martin. With this small space and a limited line of products, he brought in an average of $13,000 in sales during the beginning years. Through word of mouth advertising, he continued to develop his customer base and attracted hunters from all over the surrounding areas. That was 20 years ago. In 1998, Draves Archery moved to a business district in Effingham, IL. The size of the shop was upgraded to 13, 200 sq. ft. It is conveniently located along I-57/70 at exit 160, expanding its market to a broader spectrum. They have grown to around half a million in annual sales and continuing to grow each year.
After relocation in 1998, the product line has grown to 100 new bows, 30 used bows, and over 4,000 accessories. They have an exclusive, platinum, dealership with Carbon Express arrows. They have established quality relationships with the companies they purchase products from. Last year they were in the top 100 retailers for sales of Mathews bows. They are a complete archery pro shop with a wide range of services and products. The technicians have over ten years of experience. They can setup a bow from top to bottom. This consists of giving information on bows and accessories, to tuning the bow to a top-notch accuracy. Draves offers free labor when setting up a new bow purchased in the store.  The number of bow shops in the surrounding area shows the interest in hunting and archery. It is important to encourage our youth to get involved in hunting and conservation. This will help preserve the glorious sport of hunting we all enjoy. ABOUT2