Dameron opens TyBows Archery at Wagoner | Silver

WAGONER — A professional archer and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Ty Dameron opened an archery services business in June called TyBows Archery.

The full-service business located in Wagoner caters to archery enthusiasts and hunters.

“It’s a lot closer to home and there’s no big store in that direction and we’re trying to service bowhunters who are heading to the Tahlequah area and further east because ‘they have to drive an hour and more to get to a pro shop,’ he said. “That’s the most important thing.”

The types of services provided include relining, fletching, repairing and “all archery” of crossbows, recurve bows, traditional bows and compound bows.

“Everything from A to Z in terms of repairs and getting people back on the road to go bowhunting again,” Dameron said. “We’re like a full-service store for a bow.”

Dameron said it has received great feedback due to its location and suggests hunters get their gear serviced now to be ready for bow season in the fall.

“People have been happy with the service so far in terms of service work and timeliness,” he said. “As the season approaches, from October 1 to January 15, the waiting times become very slow, sometimes two months, to collect things. Being able to get things done quickly in a week or a week and a half to get them back on the road so they don’t waste precious weekends makes them really happy.

Prices vary depending on the variety of services and archery equipment.

“Most of my business involves refitting bows, so replacing strings, cables and yokes, which can range from $50 to $100 including labor. Buying a new bow can start around $200 all the way up to $1,000,” he said.

He said anyone, regardless of their archery skill level, is welcome to come in to purchase a bow or other items and be ready to shoot.

“It’s the same for traditional, the same for compound bow, the same for crossbow, bow fishing. This applies to all four genres of archery,” he said.

Dameron, who started archery at a young age, is now a professional archer.

“I am first and foremost a bow hunter,” he says. “But 3D and competitive archery, I did that to become a better bow hunter and that kind of evolved into competitive archery from January to August and then the hunting from August to December. To be at this skill level, you have to practice all the time. It is an erodable skill. If you don’t train and follow it, you will lose it.

Dameron said his goal was to expand his store with the ability to add a 3D archery range. He said being Cherokee plays a big role in his business.

“It’s really cool to be able to sell a very modern form of why we’re here. If it wasn’t for a bow and arrow, we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation. It seems the bow and arrow played a crucial role in the evolution of the Cherokee people,” he said.

TyBows is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 2111 S. Dewey Ave., Wagoner.

For more information, visit tybowsarchery.com or call 918-605-1822.

Earnest A. Martinez