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'Hunger Games' Success Sparks Interest in Archery
myfox ^

Posted on 04/16/2012 11:00:38 AM PDT by Perdogg

Chicago - Everyone expected the "Hunger Games" would rule the box office.

But one unexpected side effect of the hit movie and book series is that archery is now hotter than ever.

Archery clubs and ranges across the country are seeing a huge boost in interest right now.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: bigmedia; hungergames; pravdamedia; publicitystunt; waronerror

1 posted on 04/16/2012 11:00:44 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg
Another unexpected side effect is the proliferation of news stories about the surge of archery's popularity because of Hunger Games. I've been encountering these stories every day for 4 weeks.

Please note I'm not criticizing you for posting this, just marveling at the herd...

2 posted on 04/16/2012 11:06:47 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Perdogg

The surge in interest in archery is only a surprise to the media. A blind squirrel could have predicted this from the popularity of the books alone.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 11:09:42 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Perdogg

The biggest driver of gun sales is movies. Given that guns appear in most action movies, the subject is too ubiquitous to cause an interest (like with archery), but the tools used do spawn great interest by customers. Something new & notable hits the big screen, and suddenly sales for that product spike. Had she used a bolt-action instead of a longbow, we’d see similar results.

Considering the much-debated “It’s leftist! No, it’s rightist!” controversy over the movie, glad to see self-sufficiency self-armament is being inspired.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 11:11:39 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Perdogg

I been a bow hunter since I was 12... I love it when these young pups pull out a modern fancy bow, and I pull out my 25 year old browning (with an eradicator sight) they laugh at me, until I outshoot them.... :)


5 posted on 04/16/2012 11:25:29 AM PDT by joe fonebone (If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.)
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To: Perdogg
Been there...Done That.


6 posted on 04/16/2012 11:25:41 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ctdonath2

Archery is good for Zombies too!

7 posted on 04/16/2012 11:28:15 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: ctdonath2

Anyone reading and understanding the books would be purchasing automatic rifles and barrels of ammunition, not bows and arrows.


8 posted on 04/16/2012 11:31:29 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Truth29

The surge in interest in archery is only surpassed by the interest in a pretty girl into archery. If the role called for a Rambo type of male character, would this same story be written? Or would it be just another good action flick?


9 posted on 04/16/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: SampleMan

[ Anyone reading and understanding the books would be purchasing automatic rifles and barrels of ammunition, not bows and arrows. ]

Well yes of course, because you would want to prevent the USA from turning into “Agenda 21 porn realized” in the first place.

Of course after the “Hunger Games Scenario” is “realized” I am sure the government has already taken away the citizen’s rights to have and use guns. So it is nice to have archery skills as a backup, but archery skills are much more useless against tanks etc.. than having a high powered rifle.

It is a LOT harder to vote from the rooftops when the situation requires it using a bow and arrow than it is using a high powered rifle with a decent scope. Plus making a arrow go through Blue Helmets is a LOT harder than a decent rifle round.


10 posted on 04/16/2012 11:38:37 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

-—Plus making a arrow go through Blue Helmets is a LOT harder than a decent rifle round.-—

Tell that to Rambo!


11 posted on 04/16/2012 11:46:43 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NavyCanDo
"The surge in interest in archery is only surpassed by the interest in a pretty girl into archery. If the role called for a Rambo type of male character, would this same story be written? Or would it be just another good action flick?"

Probably quite a bit of truth in that observation, but a lot of the new interest seems to be from teenage girls. That is likely their first introduction into any type of weapon and martial skill.

12 posted on 04/16/2012 11:57:54 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Perdogg
A few fun archery pics:

What's not to like?

13 posted on 04/16/2012 12:40:21 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: SampleMan
Anyone reading and understanding the books would be purchasing automatic rifles and barrels of ammunition, not bows and arrows.

Having a bow, and knowing how to use it, could be an advantage in many scenarios (note I'm talking about having a bow in addition to, rather than instead of, a firearm):

1) Bows are quieter than guns.

2) Bows do not produce muzzle flash at night.

3) Arrows can be recovered later and re-used.

14 posted on 04/16/2012 12:43:17 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: PapaBear3625

Good points...anyone who has read the books (I just finished #2, and my daughter is about 1/4 of the way through that one) knows that Katniss always tries to retrieve her arrows and kind of gets mad when she can’t recover tham.

Our son, who is a first-year Webelo is Cub Scouts, went on a camping trip over the weekend with other packs in the area. His two favorite activities over the weekend were the fishing and archery. He now wants to learn more about both ;)


15 posted on 04/16/2012 12:47:33 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: PapaBear3625

That’s what I was thinking. It’s all in the situation.

Kiddo had boxed hers up for donation but this prepper said no.


16 posted on 04/16/2012 12:59:55 PM PDT by bgill
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To: PapaBear3625
1) Bows are quieter than guns.

2) Bows do not produce muzzle flash at night.

3) Arrows can be recovered later and re-used.

4) Bows don't attract packs of Zombies when shot!

17 posted on 04/16/2012 1:09:10 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: PapaBear3625

True, although I fired a suppressed MP5 last week that was very quiet. Interestingly, more so than the suppressed Ruger 22/45.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 1:40:05 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Perdogg
Someone should take an organized look at this.
19 posted on 04/16/2012 4:53:08 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Mr. Bird; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
It's classic movie exploitation. Pressbooks of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s used to include the suggested text of such "fad" news items to promote a given movie.

News "items" don't have to be genuine, they just have to be "interesting". Lazy editors have run disproven urban legends as "fact" for decades.

20 posted on 04/16/2012 8:30:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: SampleMan
Anyone reading and understanding the books would be purchasing automatic rifles and barrels of ammunition, not bows and arrows.

The kids didn't get to pick their weapon of choice in Battle Royale.

Frying pan, anyone?

21 posted on 04/16/2012 8:41:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: PapaBear3625

So, in other word : Wait for it... Dont NOCK archery... get it get it....


22 posted on 05/13/2012 11:56:13 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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