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.
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.
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
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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