Archery continues to gain popularity thanks to films

If you’ve been reading Lone Star Outdoor News the past couple of years, you’ve seen articles on the surging popularity of archery thanks to pop culture. 

That trend is continuing with a string of movies this fall.

Characters such as Katniss Everdeen and elvish bowman Legolas, who play major roles in the popular upcoming films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, have helped spark a wave a renewed interest in the recreational sport of archery.

Since the movies began incorporating the sport with their characters, the popularity for archery has grown. One way that is evident is in the upswing in instructor course enrollment.

The Texas-National Archery in Schools program has helped train more than 2,700 basic archery instructors, which include 1,600 classroom teachers. The instructors and trainers represent 161 counties, 63-percent, across the state.

The beauty of archery is that is can be done anywhere and there is more than one way to get involved. Archery ranges are available around the state and many host beginner’s lessons.

Those interested in archery also can contact their city parks and recreation department, the county AgriLife Extension office, Junior Olympic Archery Development programs, or a local 4-H Shooting Sports archery club. The Texas State Archery Association’s webpage also offers many resources.