With the mania surrounding the release of The Hunger Games in 2012 and its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it’s easy to assume interest in archery has grown. But does interest in these movies, Brave, and The Avengers, and TV shows including The Walking DeadRevolution, and Arrow truly translate into growing numbers of archers? According to USA Archery, the National Governing Body for Olympic archery, the answer is yes.

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[USA Archery’s] individual membership has skyrocketed from 4,185 individual memberships as of November 2011 to 8,589 as of November 2013 — a 105 percent increase in two years. That growth has remained consistent between 2012 and 2013, as well: in the past twelve months, individual membership has increased 54 percent.

USA Archery clubs — which offer ongoing archery programming and competitive opportunities for youth and adult archers — have seen major growth as well. Instructors at Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and Adult Archery clubs have noted increased demand for lessons nationwide.

Photos: Hendrick Hudson Fish and Game Club (top); Getty Images (above)

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.