LINCOLN – Archery is gaining popularity in Nebraska and across the nation. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Nov. 18 launched its Archery on Fire promotion to grow archery as an outdoor activity. It also has scheduled a shooting event Dec. 7.
Archery on Fire builds upon the popularity of The Hunger Games books and movies. The first book in the trilogy was published in 2008. The second movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be released Nov. 21.
“The theme of the promotion is to help youth learn a new sport, build confidence, channel their inner hero and find adventure through archery,” said Christy Rasmussen, Game and Parks communications administrator.
Shooting sports have become more popular among females in Nebraska. In 2003, when Game and Parks first tracked the gender of hunter education students, 15 percent of students were female. So far in 2013, 31 percent of the students are female.
Game and Parks is hosting a free archery event Dec. 7 at Platte River State Park. All ages and experience levels are invited to the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex to learn about archery and shoot arrows. Equipment will be provided for this event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.
For more information about the promotion or the archery event, visit ArcheryOnFire.com. Visitors there will find links to information and videos about getting started in archery.