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Certainly the movie “The Hunger Games” has inspired a new interest in archery for the teen and young adult crowd. Just try to get into an archery class on some days.

“I sold two bows to a 13-year old and a 14-year old after having watched the movie.” said Bruce Marshall, owner, of the Bow N Arrow Shop, in Lakeside.

But archery is also a very serious sport, hobby, and real “hunger” game for some- — people who eat what they hunt.

Certainly the movie “The Hunger Games” has inspired a new interest in archery for the teen and young adult crowd. Just try to get into an archery class on some days.

“I sold two bows to a 13-year old and a 14-year old after having watched the movie.” said Bruce Marshall, owner, of the Bow N Arrow Shop, in Lakeside.

But archery is also a very serious sport, hobby, and real “hunger” game for some- — people who eat what they hunt.

That being written, locally, the Bow N Arrow Shop, located in Lakeside, is one spot that has promoted the love of archery and, of course, selling bows, quivers, and arrows along the way.

Marshall pointed out that for any archer to hunt the basics are “a hunting license, a tag for the specific species you want to hunt for, and finally –— public land to hunt on.”

Not that your child will get to the Summer Olympics – London archery competitions that quick but they can start the sport with an initial outlay of anywhere from $23 to $125 for a bow according to Marshall.

Of course, arrows, lessons, and other miscellaneous are add-ons in working towards a bulls-eye.

Marshall pointed out three places to shoot: Balboa Park, Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club (which is located in Alpine) and Bear State Archers in Escondido. Find a location that suits you and your schedule.

The Bow N Arrow provides lessons from a private instructor for $30 an hour and appointments are a must. Marshall notes “Our instructor is a level- four archer. “ A level-four archer is considered a “coach” according to USA Archery, N.A.A. standards.

Speaking of instructors, California resident, Khatuna Lorig, an Olympic gold medalist in archery, is credited with teaching Jennifer Lawrence, or Katniss, how to shoot.

While a clerk at Performance Archery in San Diego claimed that a gentleman had just recently purchased a bow and arrow and headed to the Amazon (shooting pythons comes to mind) your child would be better served to focus on the black and white targets the Boy Scouts use to earn merit badges.

Scott Jones, of Performance Archery in Miramar, notes “that a large number of people have come in during the last couple of weeks after seeing the movie or reading the book.”

“My daughters were happy to see the way archery was promoted in the movie,” said Francis Chapp, President of Bear State Archers, located near Lake Henshaw.


Because of the popularity of the movie, a whole new generation of archery enthusiasts. — young and old — has emerged.

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