Archery is experiencing a wave of popularity thanks, in part, to the successful “Hunger Games” series and, locally, to Iowa’s expanding archery in the schools program.
In conjunction with the release of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Friday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be giving away a brand new Matthews Genesis Bow valued at $200.
To enter the drawing, watch the movie, save the ticket and go to www.iowadnr.gov/archery for instructions. Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31 for the drawing in January. The Iowa Bowhunters Association’s National Archery in the Schools Program Foundation is sponsoring the bow for the drawing.
Iowa has real life archery stars of its own.
Miranda Leek of Des Moines is the current indoor and outdoor champion, a member of the 2014 Senior US National Archery Team and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for women’s recurve archery.
Bridger Deaton of Otley is a member of 2014 Senior U.S. Archery Team for men’s compound archery, after his team placed silver in Wuix, China at the 2013 World Archery Youth Championships.
Matt Stutzman of Fairfield won a silver medal in the 2012 London Paralympics.
Currently, more than 2,500 elementary through high school student athletes participate in Iowa’s National Archery in the Schools program. Parents or students interested in competing in archery at their school can learn more about the program at www.iowadnr.gov/archery.