After the release of “The Hunger Games” franchise in 2008, and the movie in 2012, people of all ages have shown an interest in archery. Perhaps they seek comfort in returning to indigenous roots to use the weapons of our ancestors, or maybe just for fun. The appeal of archery in the movie is vast, as Jessica Lawrence wields it with conviction, using the bow to save her life, her sister’s life, and to kill her food. The story depicts a character that must enter an arena with twenty-four others, and only one comes out.

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”. Read more | NY Daily News

It’s not surprising that after witnessing such a role, people would want to learn how to wield a bow. The feeling of holding your first bow, and shooting that first arrow, is breathtaking and life changing. When stuck in the wilderness, you could potentially make a bow and arrowhead out of a myriad of supplies, and most people realize that. Subconsciously, you know you’ll never be without a form of defense, and that is a big peace of mind for many outdoor adventurers.

If you’re looking to pick up archery, you have a large network supporting you. Remember though, when starting archery, there is a lot to learn. Try not to be impulsive with starting, and wait for help. Your bow must fit your weight, height, and strength, so never use a parent’s bow without permission. Also, remember to seek out training before your first shot, because if you hold the bow at the wrong angle, the string may hit you, and then you’ll have a beautiful blue bruise along the length of your arm.