Archery gains new fans, thanks to Hunger Games

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:12 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz.-- The new movie "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is hitting a bulls-eye at the box office. And now, it's spurring a new interest in archery! Fans of Katniss are flocking to the Archery HQ in Chandler to take aim with their bows and arrows.

Randy Phillips of Archery HQ credits the movie for the sport's new popularity. "Hunger Games built this portion of our business," he told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell. "Ever since Hunger Games came out, we've got more and more people wanting to come out and shoot recreational archery. So we decided we needed someplace where we could teach them how to shoot."

Folks of all ages are flocking to the range at the archery academy. Kids can start learning as early as age eight. We're told your basic archery equipment will run about $100-$200, with more advanced equipment costing several hundred more.

Phillips says his business had to expand to accommodate the renewed passion for this ancient sport. "There's so much interest in recreational archery right now, we couldn't handle the overflow, so we had to expand to keep up," he says.

Archery Headquarters is located at 6401 E. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. For more information call (480) 961-3100, or visit ArcheryHQ.com.

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