After traveling around the United States and Canada for several years on some interesting hunting excursions, Jeff Leonard and Bruce Schmitter, two avid outdoorsmen, felt that St. Joseph was long overdue to have an outdoor store where sportsmen could come and get all their needs accomplished in one location.
This "one stop shop" would need to provide a full service archery pro shop and range, firearms, hunting, fishing, and trapping supplies and more. It would be a place where any outdoorsman from beginner to expert would feel at home and enjoy a great experience along with friendly customer service provided by some of the best staff in the area.
We scoured St. Joseph for the perfect location and found our current spot at the intersection of Picket and Leonard Road with interstate exposure. With a lot of long hours and determination the doors of J & B Outdoors was born in August of 2012.
J & B Outdoors acquired Vic's Archery just prior to opening which brought in the experience of Vickey Marler along with the Mathews and Hoyt Archery lines. We added Brett Nelson, a Mathews Factory Staff Shooter, making our archery department one of the best in the country.
We currently stock Mathews, Mission, Hoyt, Elite, and PSE bows along with all the top lines of archery equipment, arrows and accessories for both hunters and targer archers. We have a 4 lane 20 yard indoor range along with a DART Video Simulator and have plans to add on an additional range in the future to support large indoor archery shoots.
Our firearms department features top companies such as Remington, Ruger, Savage, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, Mossberg, Desert Eagle, Bersa, and more. We are one of the largest ammunition retailers in Northwest Missouri along with just about every firearm accessory you can imagine including names like Galco Leather, Bulldog, Caldwell, Carlsons, Hoppes, Otis, and many more.
Wanting to offer something for all outdoorsmen, we have included an expansive fishing department that has everything from heavy catfishing gear to light action crappie and panfish gear. We have a great selection of live and prepared baits and are currently working on completing a remodel of a smaller building in our parking lot which will serve as a bait shop for those anglers wanting to get started early in the morning when the main store is closed.
No outdoor store would be complete with a huge selection of hunting gear and accessories. We've got you covered with everything from calls, to scents, and other gear you just can't head afield without. We stock top brands such as Primos, Flextone, Mojo, and more.
One of the unique items that J & B Outdoors offers is a full selection of trapping gear and accessories. Northwest Missouri is a region with a huge demand for trapping supplies yet no in the area offers such a wide and diverse selection as J & B Outdoors.
The crew of J & B will strive to offer all of this in a warm welcoming environment where everyone feels welcome and wishes to return regularly.
J & B Outdoors is not a discount store. We want to be a premier destination and set ourselves apart form all our competitors. We do this by offering top notch staff, the best in outdoor gear, and superior customer service. But J & B is more than that, we promise to do this in a friendly, welcoming manner to help you get the most out of your precious outdoor time.
J & B Outdoors is owned by J & B Outdoors LLC, a limited liability company with two members, Bruce Schmitter and Jeff Leonard.
Jeff Leonard is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation with emphasis on Facilities Management.
Jeff was the Outdoor Writer/Photographer for the St. Joseph News Press for nearly 7 years. He has also done freelance work for several magazines including Missouri Game and Fish. Prior to that he spent a large majority of his career working as a Park Ranger.
Jeff has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. He has hunted all over Northwest Missouri and North America for everything from turkey, deer, upland birds and waterfowl to whitetails, elk, black bears and wild hogs. He has fished for walleyes in Minnesota and Canada, a variety of saltwater species in the Caribean and Gulf of Mexico, trout in the clear mountain streams of Montana, and routinely fishes competitive bass tournaments here in the Midwest.
Bruce Schmitter is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. Bruce has spent the last eighteen years working for the Grace Companies, located in Phoenix, Arizona and St. Joseph, Missouri.
Bruce grew up in rural northeast Missouri where he began hunting and fishing at a young age guided by his father and grandfather. An avid hunter, he has had the privileges of hunting almost every species available in the Midwest and has enjoyed archery trips to Canada and the western states. In addition he takes every opportunity to do a little deep sea fishing in the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii