Interest in archery soaring in Portland area
Monday, June 11, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Interest in archery is soaring in the Portland area, perhaps because of the popularity of the "Hunger Games" books and movie.
Classes at the city's Mount Scott Community Center are up five fold over the past two years.
The owner of the Archers Afield store in Tigard, Jim Kneeland, told The Oregonian sales were up 17 percent last year and 10 percent this year so far.
The founder of the Trackers Earth survival skills organization in Sellwood, Tony Deis, says he's definitely seen a "Hunger Games" effect. The Trackers archery program expects to teach about 800 kids this summer in weekend camps.
One camp will offer a version of the "Hunger Games" where kids, wearing eye protection, sneak up on each other in the woods with foam arrows.