My Origin Story

Hi, I am Jeremy Bays, the owner of WoodlandArchery.com.  We have been serving the traditional archery community since 2003 but the story started long before that…..

In my youth, I remember searching my yard for sticks and branches to fabricate my own bow.  Many of these “bows” lasted about one or maybe two shots before they snapped in half.

I wanted something better so that I could be just like my hero, Robin Hood.  You see in fourth grade, I read the Howard Pyle novel ROBIN HOOD. I feel in love with Sherwood Forest and the outlaws that roamed freely through the pages.  I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to dodge the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and hit the bulls eye to win the hand of the Fair Lady. I only lacked two things

The FIRST thing lacking was a three cornered, Lincoln green “Robin Hood” archer’s hat.  At 10 years old, I decided to ask my mom to sew a “Robin Hood hat. The trouble was, she had no idea what this hat looked like.  I showed her picture after picture and even created a very detailed pattern (at least my 10 year old self thought so), but the finished product was just not right.

 

The SECOND item always present in a good tale of the England from long ago, was a English Longbow.  I lacked the money to purchase such a weapon so I started saving pennies, dimes, and quarters from my lunch money until I had the funds to start looking for a used bow.

I found my first fiberglass recurve bow.  It was 25 pounds at 28 inches. I must have shot 10,000 arrows through that little bow, and it is still with me all these years later.

Time marched on and the story of Robin and his band of archers was moved from the forefront of my life on to the back burner.  After high school a lack of time caused me to set aside archery almost completely, although the interest always lingered in the back of his mind.

In 2003, I had the opportunity to put on the tights (OK, not really) and pick up the English longbow once again.  I have been serving traditional and primitive archers since that day.

WoodlandArchery.com has a large range of archery products.  If you are JUST STARTING OUT and need a basic bow, you can not go wrong with our affordable and well shooting PVC bows.  Maybe you are a seasoned archer and want to upgrade your tackle. We can help you too with a large variety of bows wanting for you.  Hunting this season? Start your hunt here with a new bow.

Whatever you decide, we stand behind (not in front- arrows are dangerous) of our products 100%.

Want to hear the whole story in Podcast form?  We were featured on Chris Guillebeau’s podcast ‘Side Hustle’.  You can find it here.

RANDOM FACTS:

  • Woodland Archery is named after the Woodland Indian tribes like the Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware
  • Our first bow ever sold was a Heritage English Longbow
Hertiage Longbow
  • I raised 2 llamas, many things I do have a llama in them
Llama Photo
  • My favorite song is __________________ (it changes every other day)
  • This website is fueled by too much Code Red Mountain Dew

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