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Moms + Archery = $

Shannon Rikard June 18, 2013

Archery industry insiders anticipate that growing interest in the sport among girls and women will continue with the releases of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which features the role of a female archer written exclusively for the movie.These upward trends – which were launched by recent movies, TV shows and the 2012 Olympics – have generated much media hype that’s spurring real archery interest. Even so,…

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Consider Activities When Designing An Archery Park

ATA Staff June 11, 2013

When planning an archery facility, ensure the range or park is in an area that makes archery as accessible to the community as baseball, soccer and other recreational sports.Also consider the most common hunting scenarios for the surrounding region and re-create those scenarios for archers who will use the park. Besides avid bowhunters and recreational archers, also cater to Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and church, home-school and other youth-oriented groups.Housing an indoor archery range…


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,…

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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…

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