PRESTONSBURG – Over the past few years, interest in archery has exploded thanks to the popularity of films and TV shows such as The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. The sport of archery has saw a tremendous surge in areas schools as almost every grade school in the county has an archery team. Students are finding out they love the sport.
East Kentucky Archery will host a Kids Only Shoot on Saturday. Participants must be 17 or under to compete in Saturday’s event. E.K.A. is a non-profit organization that promotes bow hunting ethics and safety. All children shoot free always. Genesis bows are available for their use, free of charge. E.K.A. also supports NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) locally.
The sport of archery is growing in Kentucky. The 2016 Archery Trade Association Trade Show took place January 5-7 in Louisville.
Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
According to Archery Trade Association, archery participation in America climbed about 14 percent from 2012 to 2014 boosting the number of archers to 21.6 million. A nationwide survey – conducted in February and March 2015 found that nearly 18.9 million Americans participate in archery. In other words, of the United States 235 million citizens 18 and older, 9.2 percent participate in archery at some level. More specifically, of adult Americans 4.1 percent shoot target archery only; 2.2 percent bow hunt exclusively; 2.9 percent shoot targets and bow hunt.
Since 2010, ATA and partners have introduced more than 7,500 students to explore bow hunting.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.