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We specialize in full service archery, new & used firearms and hunting & fishing accessories, and have the largest selection of live bait in Eastern Iowa. By Cedar Rapids, Pleasant Creek Rec Area, Cedar River. Also near Waterloo, Anamosa,  Iowa City.

Palo Outdoors is surrounded by thousands of acres of public hunting and fishing opportunities within five miles.


archery servicesPalo Outdoors' passion in archery is second to none.
Palo Outdoors staff is dedicated to outstanding bow service and sales. Our products represent the latest in archery technology available to date. The products we represent speak for themselves - Mathews, Hoyt, Bowtech, PSE, Tru-Glo, MBG, Octane, Axium, NAP, Rage and much more can be found in our full service, full supply archery shop.

Our products and services have proven themselves in the field.

Full Archery Services

  • Bow Set-up
  • Bow Tuning
  • Re-stringing & Cable
  • Arrow Fletching
  • Indoor Archery Lane
  • Archery Leagues

We are an exclusive area or leading dealer for exceptional bows and other archery supplies in our Archery Shop.


Compound Bow

A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs.

The limbs of a compound bow are usually much stiffer than those of a recurve bow or longbow. This limb stiffness makes the compound bow more energy-efficient than other bows, but the limbs are too stiff to be drawn comfortably with a string attached directly to them. The compound bow has its string attached to pulleys (cams), and one or both of the pulleys have one or more cables attached to the opposite limb. When the string is drawn back, the string causes the pulleys to turn. This causes the pulleys to pull the cables, which in turn causes the limbs to bend and thus store energy.

The use of this levering system gives the compound bow a characteristic draw-force curve which rises to a peak weight and then "lets off" to a lower holding weight.

The compound bow is little-affected by changes in temperature and humidity and it gives superior accuracy, velocity, and distance in comparison to other bows.

Recurve Bow

A recurve bow has tips that curve away from the archer when the bow is unstrung. By one technical definition, the difference between recurve and other bows is that the string touches sections of the limbs of recurve bows when the bow is strung. A recurve bow stores more energy than an equivalent straight-limbed bow, potentially giving a greater amount of cast to the arrow.

A recurve will permit a shorter bow than the simple bow for a given arrow energy and this form was often preferred by archers in environments where long weapons could be cumbersome, such as in brush and forest terrain, or while on horseback.

By contrast, the traditional straight longbow tends to "stack" that is, the required draw force increases more rapidly per unit of draw length as the string is drawn back.

Recurved limbs also put greater strain on the materials used to make the bow, and they may make more noise with the shot. Extreme recurve may make the bow unstable when being strung.

Long Bow

A longbow is a type of bow that is tall (roughly equal to the height of the person who uses it); this will allow its user a fairly long draw, at least to the jaw. A longbow is not significantly recurved. Its limbs are relatively narrow so that they are circular or D-shaped in cross section.

Flatbows can be just as long; the difference is that, in cross-section, a flatbow has limbs that are approximately rectangular.

Open Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 7am - 8pm
Sunday: 7am - 6pm


1204 1st Street, Palo, Iowa
Near Cedar Rapids, Marion, Waterloo, Iowa City, Anamosa, Pleasant Creek

Special Offers

  • Free shooting passes in archery range with bow purchase.
  • Free line winding with purchase of rod and reel combos valued over $50.00
  • Free mounting and boresighting with scope purchase

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