Female Archer in “Hobbit”

Shannon Rikard June 10, 2013

Peter Jackson, famed director of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” is the latest to recognize archery’s mass appeal. When Jackson and co-writers for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (due in theaters Dec. 13) decided to inject more female energy into the male-dominated “Hobbit” narrative, they created Tauriel, an elf archer never mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkein’s original works. Evangeline Lilly, known…

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Archery Thrives Two Years After Virginia’s First Archery Academy

Shannon Rikard June 3, 2013

Two years after the first Archery Academy in Doswell, Va., the sport is growing. The Academy – hosted by the Archery Trade Association, USA Archery and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – taught archery basics to 26 employees of state parks and recreation departments. The employees also learned how to certify others to teach archery fundamentals. Wyatt Kingston, a recreation specialist in Richmond, attended the Academy in May 2011. He said the classes taught him about…

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41 Pages of Archery Park Know-How

Amy Hatfield June 1, 2013

The Archery Park Guide, developed by the Archery Trade Association (ATA), is the first of its kind. It offers 41 pages detailing how to build a community archery park. The Guide includes site plans and recommendations, tips from city and state officials who have already built parks and case studies from a variety of different locations. Information on risk management and a breakdown of each park's amenities and costs (where available) are also features of this park guide.

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Ninth Alabama Archery Park Opens in Northport

Shannon Rikard April 2, 2013

NEW ULM, Minn. - An archery area recently opened within Faucett Brothers Park in Northport, Ala., near Tuscaloosa, with help from the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and Alabama's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). More than 60 people, including kids, adults and local media, attended the archery park's opening ceremony. Jimmy Primos, COO of Primos Game Calls, spoke on behalf of the ATA at the opening of Alabama's ninth archery park. "The park looks really good,…

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