Allen Jenkins, owner of Sand Springs Archery in Craig, prepares to sling an arrow at his store on 80 E. Fourth St., Suite 105. In addition to adding the Hoyt brand Jenkins recently moved into a larger space equipped with a target to allow customers to test a variety of bows before purchase.

Photo by Joe Moylan

Allen Jenkins, owner of Sand Springs Archery in Craig, prepares to sling an arrow at his store on 80 E. Fourth St., Suite 105. In addition to adding the Hoyt brand Jenkins recently moved into a larger space equipped with a target to allow customers to test a variety of bows before purchase.

Hoyt archery bows now available in Craig

Sand Springs Archery expands shop, product line

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— Archery bows are a lot like automobiles — they all have their defining characteristics that can breed lifelong customers.

Allen Jenkins, 58, owner of Sand Springs Archery, said although archery shooters have their unique preferences, there is one product line that stands out as the Cadillac among Moffat County bow hunters: the Hoyt.

Archery “bows are just like cars,” Jenkins said. “They all have their own specific features people either like or don’t like, but there are a lot of Hoyt shooters in Craig.”

Jenkins recently expanded his business at 80 E. Fourth St. in two notable ways. The first was a physical move across the hallway to Suite 105, which is a larger space equipped with a target to allow customers to “test drive” a variety of bows.

The second was an expansion of his product line to include the highly sought-after Hoyt brand. Jenkins also sells Martin, PSE and Parker bows in his shop.

Though Jenkins was born in Oak Creek and later raised in Craig, he’s a relative newcomer when it comes to slinging arrows. Jenkins first picked up the sport about five years ago and was converted after his first trip into the field with a bow instead of his trusty hunting rifle.

“There’s always something thrilling about being in the outdoors, but the weather is nicer and you get to hear a lot more elk bugling during bow season,” Jenkins said. Bow hunting “also provides more of a challenge” because arrows have a shorter range than bullets.

Jenkins also is new business owner. He opened Sand Springs Archery in July 2012, offering new and consignment bows as well as a full-service repair shop.

Jenkins sells used bows for a 20 percent fee and decided to offer the service to expand the sport of bow hunting to novices.

“It’s a good opportunity for first-time shooters to try the sport and find out if they like it,” Jenkins said. “More often than not people come back for a new bow.”

Jenkins also works as an equipment operator for Colowyo Coal Company, and his rotating schedule prevents him from holding regular business hours. A 3-D target out on Fourth Street is the surest sign Sand Springs Archery is open, but Jenkins said customers also can call him to set up a repair appointment. Jenkins can be reached at the shop at 824-0139 or on his cellphone at 756-9315.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or jmoylan@CraigDailyPress.com

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