So you’re ready to get all outdoorsy and explore, and while your local big box store might have some of what you need, there’s a lot lacking, and you’ll likely need some tried-and-true advice on what’s what. Enter Fin and Feather Outfitters in North Kingstown, stocked with equipment, apparel, and accessories. Owner Dave Hess and his team have both the knowledge and experience to help guide you with your areas of interest. They are hunters and fishers themselves, and their customers help them keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening locally and seasonally.
The store has gear and tools for hunting, along with saltwater, freshwater, and fly fishing, plus a large selection of pre-tied flies for fabulous results. If you have the patience and want to tie your own, the entire back wall is covered with all the materials you will need, with classes in fly tying occasionally offered. As an official Orvis dealer, you might leave the store covered head to toe in the fly-fishing equipment brand’s clothing, boots, waders, and accessories.
While Fin & Feather does not sell guns, it does carry muzzleloaders and ammunition, along with cross and compound bows to keep up with a rising popularity in bow hunting – try one for yourself with the help of one of their bow technicians, who can help with fitting and setup as well as tune-ups, repairs, and re-stringing. Many other brands are represented among the buck knives, nets, rods, reels, and clothes. Keep yourself out of sight by purchasing camo gear, and no need to climb a tree if you get a pop-up blind.
A wide variety of arrows and archery targets, sights, slings, and bow stands are readily available, as are plastic targets to help you practice in your backyard. If you’re curious about bow hunting but don’t want to purchase all the gear without finding out if it’s the right fit for you, Hess and his associates can direct you to archery ranges and lessons in Rhode Island. They can also point you in the direction of clubs and communities of nearby outdoor enthusiasts ready to share their expertise with others.
The store stocks free guides from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which include useful maps. So, whether going fishing or hunting, find everything you need along Quaker Lane. Learn more at FinAndFeather-Outfitters.com
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