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Children First: Interest in archery grows because of Hunger Games


Archery has been around for hundreds of years. But a blockbuster movie is renewing interest in the sport, drawing a new target audience for archery.

The film adaptation of Suzanne Collin's book "The Hunger Games," raked in 155 million dollars opening weekend, the third best opening ever!

"I went to the midnight showing, it was epic," says Arian Kelly.

Arian Kelly is a fan of the book series and the new hit movie. The 17 - year old says she looks up to the main character.

"She's really empowering, it makes you think 'oh I could do that too'", says Kelly.

And just like the main character Katniss, Kelly is an experienced archer.

"The first year was pretty difficult, after that it just kind of clicked and just sort of flows after that," says Kelly.

Kelly would come to the range, regardless.

But range manger and archery trainer Davin McDill says he's seen an increase in the number of people hungry for the sport.

"We're just starting to see a little bit of influx as far as the number of people coming in. We've had a few phone calls asking about the movie, what kind of bow's they were shooting and if we could teach or show them how to shoot," says Davin McDill, Black Hills Archery.

McDill says the majority of those with a new found interest are women and children.

And during the last year, the 4-H Archery Club has nearly doubled in size, something McDill hopes will continue because of the skill set that comes with mastering the bow and arrow.

"There are a lot of motor skills that go with the younger kids learning how to shoot with form. With older kids there's a discipline that goes with it, concentration and learning to problem solve," says McDill.

"I have had the string hit my arm every once in a while and it teaches you to keep it out of the way! But it's definitely a fun sport it really is," says Kelly.

Both McDill and Kelly agree -the actress who played Katniss- hit the bulls eye- handling the bow and arrow like a pro; surprising similarities that she and Kelly share.

"I don't think I could have pulled of Katniss quite right," says Kelly.

McDill believes the increased interest in archery is just beginning. He thinks as more people see the movie, the more the sport will grow in popularity.

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