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Wapello Chiefs Bowmen

Wapello Chiefs Bowmen Archery Range is located on 80 acres of timber located approximately 3 miles south of Ottumwa, IA.
We set up realistic wooded shots on our four 3D courses with 10 shots per course for a total of 40 shots.

We are a 100% IBA Club. When you join Wapello Chiefs, you are automatically a member of the Iowa Bowhunters Association.



About Us ..........

Members may use the grounds at any time.  Targets will be set up on one course from June through August for practice purposes.  Club members may hunt on club grounds during hunting seasons.

Members also enjoy an Awards Banquet in the spring.  Awards are given for game taken during the previous hunting season.

The cost of joining the club is $45 This fee is for an individual or a family.  Our membership goes from June to June.  If you join earlier in the year, the dues are pro-rated until June.  You can join at Steve's Archery in Ottumwa (641-799-2264), at any one of our shoots, or email us and set up a time and we'll get you set up.  When you join Wapello Chiefs, you are automatically a member of the IBA. (We are a 100% club)

Members shoot for $10 instead of $12 at our public shoots.  Members can bowhunt on club grounds.  There is an awards banquet in March with lots of door prizes!  We are always looking more people to get involved with the bow club.  

Our History ..........

Wapello Chiefs Bowmen was formed in 1953, making it one of the oldest clubs in Iowa. In April of 1960, the club purchased 80 acres of land south of Ottumwa. By September of that year, 48 targets were laid out. In May of 1961, the club had its first invitational shoot, which consisted of 24 shooters.

In 1962, the club began shooting at the Ottumwa Coliseum during the winter months. The club held its first district shoot that year, which brought in 48 shooters. A state tournament was also held, which had 160 shooters.

In May of 1964, a fire burned 20 to 30 acres of the course, all of which has been restored.

In April of 2003, another fire destroyed timber, the barn and it's contents. A new barn was built in August of 2003.

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    Wapello Chiefs Bowmen was formed in 1953, making it one of the oldest clubs in Iowa

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    1961, the club had its first invitational shoot, which consisted of 24 shooters

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    A new barn was built in August of 2003

Latest NEWS

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2022 Shoot Dates!

2022 Shoot dates have been announced! Check out the calendar for details!

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2022 Kids Camp Reservations

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Sponsors Thank you to our sponsors

Please support our sponsors like they have supported the Wapello Chiefs Bowman.

Course Sponsors:
Craff Taxidermy
Taxidermy by Shep Brown

Bridge City Truck Repair
Rupe Mechanical

Target Sponsors:
Holthus Taxidermy
Wes & Emily Pierson
Buck Hollow Sports
Boitnott Enterprises
Edward Jones/Amber Carroll
Gingerich Logging
Sandeen Automotive
Southern Iowa Electric Co-op
UAW Local 74
Lawn Chief
Jim Box
Troublesome Creek Outfitters
Slayton Polaris
Crop Service
Bill & Ray's Truck Repair
Iowa Bowhunters Association
Canteen Lunch in the Alley
Kenny Musgrove
Anderson Larkin
Ottumwa Printing Company
A+ Services
Bauman Insurance
Marshall & Sarah Dias
Steve's Archery
Dan's Skull Cleaning
Marick Mayberry Farms
Axis Vision Care
The Simmons Family
Rocket Fuels
Bridge View Center
Edward Jones/David Uehling
Amcor (Centerville)