By Barbara Ann Kelley,

Because of the large amount of hunting opportunities within Tampa Bay there’s also a large amount of hunting stores. It’s hard to know which ones are the best unless someone gives you the inside scoop. We asked country DJ Steve Austin of WQYK – an avid hunter – to give us the low-down on the best hunting stores in the Bay area.

Shooter’s World
116 E Fletcher Ave | Tampa, FL 33612

This is the king of the hill when it comes to Tampa Bay gun and hunting stores.  Huge, and modern, and well designed. Shooter’s World has a high end room with all the tactical (assault) weapons and gear. Another room has weapons, gear, cleaning supplies, and all the ammo. A third room – under lock and key – houses a rare gun collection and is available for viewing by appointment only. The rifle range is $18 an hour. There are seven positions each with an electronic spotter that transmits the image of your shot to a 9″ LCD screen in your booth. The Pistol range is $15 an hour and has 27 positions, each with a reactive steel range that requires frangible ammunition that you must buy from them.  They offer classes too – some tailored just to newcomers and ladies – and some that are focused on more advanced shooters.  This new store is a wonderful addition to the Tampa Bay gun owners scene.



wqykgun Tampa Bays Best Gun & Hunting Stores

Credit: WQYK Street Team

Cracker Boys Outdoors
4508 62nd Avenue North, Pinellas Park FL
(727) 520-7799

Cracker Boys Outdoors has the finest in hunting and sporting weapons and collectables. They also offer training classes in addition to selling pistols, rifles, shotguns, skeet, ammunition and accessories.




Shoot Straight
3909 N. US Highway 301, Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 627-8550

12000 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 546-4447


This full service gun store also has a civilian 100 yard indoor rifle range that is capable of handling any cartridge under .50 BMG, machine gun shooting range (class 3 licenses only) and the handgun range can handle any caliber up to .44 Magnum. Every Monday ladies shoot free and pay only for ammo and targets. Gunsmithing services are available.

Range Hours: Mon-Sat Hours: 10:00 am 8:30 pm Sun Hours: 11:00 am 6:30 pm / Handgun – 16 lanes, 25 yards – Rifle – 3 lanes, 100 yards

Clearwater Hours – Mon-Sat Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm  Sun Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Shooting Range with 25 yard lanes – 10 handgun; 50 yard lanes – 9  rifle.


Patriot Arms
221 East Brandon Boulevard,  Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 651-ARMS (2767)

Patriot Arms sells new and quality hunting and shooting gear used guns and knives. They specialize in: gun cleaning, gun repair, concealed weapons classes and personal protection.


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The Archery Shop
14520 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 963-2222

No Tampa Bay hunting store list is complete without adding Archery equipment and supplies. The Archery Shop sells hunting, target, and recreational bows. They offer archery lessons from NAA/NFAA certified instructors. The Archery Shop also services and repairs your bows and has a 20 yard indoor range.



Deer Hunter Guns
2797 Gulf To Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 724-9038

Deer Hunter Guns carries all types of handguns, rifles and shotguns for all of your firearm needs. They offer an extensive list of high quality guns and ammunition ranging from new to antiques. Deer Hunter Guns is a licensed appraiser as well as NRA insured.



Kastle Keep Guns
7153 Ulmerton Rd # 2, Largo, FL
(727) 530-4301

Kastle Keep Guns is on Ulmerton Road between 66th Street North and Belcher Road. They have a large assortment of guns, ammunition and hunting supplies at discount prices. Kastle Keep buys sells and trades. They do not have a website.


For more information on hunting in the state of Florida go to the states website by clicking here.

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