The Hunger Games Movie Gives Archery a Spike in Popularity

Like it or not, Hollywood has a big impact on how hunting, fishing and shooting are perceived. Sometimes it’s even … Continued

Like it or not, Hollywood has a big impact on how hunting, fishing and shooting are perceived. Sometimes it’s even helpful…

A few months ago I was poking around an archery range in Queens when a junior high school kid started bombing me with beginner question about bows. Finally, I got curious and asked him, in more eloquent words, why he was there and how he got interested in archery.

Turns out, he had seen a few episodes of the History Chanel’s reality shooting show, Top Shot, and wanted to give archery a try.

Now archery is getting an even bigger bump thanks to box office juggernaut The Hunger Games.

The New York Daily News is reporting that that same Queens shooting range is seeing a 75 percent spike in business thanks to the movie …

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“Jennifer Lawrence’s on-screen portrayal of the character, whose archery skills keep her alive during the movie’s title death match, is inspiring fans all over the city to strap on a quiver and pick up a bow for the first time.

The city’s two indoor archery ranges, both located in Queens, report as much as a 75% spike in traffic since buzz started swirling around the now blockbuster movie.

Joe McGlyn, co-owner of Pro Line Archery, said 18- to 30-year-old fans of the series began flocking to his Ozone Park range about four months ago.

“You’ve got to get there early to get a spot now,” said Pro Line regular, Jack Denley.

Hunger Games enthusiasts come in as novices, McGlyn said, but by lesson three, “they start to develop a very solid technique.’ “_

Let’s hope that this is going on across the rest of the country. And keep’em coming Hollywood.

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