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Archery and the Hunger Games

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

This is Passport to Texas

The Hunger Games is a high octane movie that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats; but that’s not all. Archery plays a significant role in the film, which may have contributed to an uptick in the public’s interest in the sport.

09—Every few years it seems like a big movie comes out and archery is in the movie. And, usually the hero is doing the archery—so that’s good. Great for business, I guess.

Burnie Kessner oversees the archery in schools program for Parks and Wildlife. He cautions young people who’ve been inspired by the motion picture, to seek guidance before doing any shooting.

12—Go to your local archery shop; find one that’s nearby. Talk to them, and they’ll really make sure you’re getting fitted with the equipment correctly, and you can probably try different equipment. They’re the experts who can really get you started right.

In addition to safety considerations, Bernie Kessner says know the laws where you live before shooting an arrow into the air—or anywhere.

18—If you live in town, it may be against a city ordinance or something to just walk out in your yard and shoot a bow and arrow. So, you really ought to check local laws and codes and things like that. And there are safe dedicated places to do archery. So, figure out where those are—or that local archery shop will tell you.

For more information on archery visit the TPW website.

The Wildlife and Sport fish Restoration program supports our series and works top increase shooting sports in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.