Blockbuster movies like The Avengers, Hunger Games and Brave sold millions of tickets. The buzz generated by fans of these films focused on more than just the adventures of Katniss Everdeen or the heroics of Hawkeye. Archery played a central role in each of these films, and as a result we have seen our customers walking in the door with a renewed interest in archery and crossbow products.
Archery is definitely a family sport and while young men are usually most interested in a compound hunting bow, the increasing number of young girls taking up a bow are most interested in the traditional recurve models, particularly entry level models.
Our experts here at the store can point out the best bow for every member of the family, and we can build and tune the bow for maximum performance and enjoyment.
Crossbows enjoy resurgance
Besides recurves, another archery option getting a big boost from the media is the crossbow. Television shows like the Walking Dead have featured crossbows prominently.
Crossbows have also benefited as hunters look for new ways to practice their pastime and stay out in the field longer. Easing of hunting regulations, an aging hunting community and curiosity about new ways to hunt are increasing interest in crossbow products.
More and more states, spurred by booming populations of whitetail deer, are doing away with prohibitions on crossbows. Many states, particularly in the southeast, have added and extended crossbow seasons to get more people in the field. Several states in the northeast have followed suit and the momentum behind crossbow hunting is spreading west.
A large part of the appeal of the crossbow is that this form of archery allows older hunters to get back in the field for the many special archery seasons offered by wildlife managers. In the past, statistics have shown the bowhunters in the 55- to 60-year-old age group tend to drop out of the sport. Using an assist makes the crossbow relatively easy to load and from then on it's just point and shoot. We can show you how to do this, with an emphasis on safety in the field.
While a crossbow might be a great choice for the older hunter in your family, the fact is they are fun to shoot and easy to learn how to use, making crossbows a great choice for some family shooting fun on the range even if regulations in your favorite hunting zones don't allow crossbows in the field.
Classic styles meet new technology
Like we said, though, many of our customers have been drawn to sport of archery by the desire to shoot the classic recurve bow. While the general look of these products hasn’t changed in decades (or millennia), we can show you how innovations in design, materials and construction have made today’s bows easier to use than ever before.
The youth bows we carry offer an easy way to start, and with draw weights adjustable from 5 to 70 pounds and draw lengths from 13 to 30 inches, these archery outfits make it easy to learn how to shoot and leave plenty of room to expand a young archer's shooting ability.
These new designs not only improve performance but also add value, durability and a wider range of competitive price points. We can show you recurves that are bulletproof, easy to shoot and affordable.
Ready to hunt?
Thinking about archery hunting or want to get a young hunter out into the field? Because of the technology archery brands have brought to the market, it’s much easier to get a new bowhunter outfitted and ready to sight in some game with a modern compound bow.
And we're here to help hunters out with everything they need to be successful, like scents, clothing, blinds or tree stands. Since practice makes perfect, we have a wide range of targets to help you set up your own range, and we can help you out with everything from practice arrows to those equipped with hunting broadheads.
For starters, though, it doesn't take a lot of money or equipment to enjoy archery. Just get out shooting and you will naturally fall in love with the sport.