Archer’s Delight

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This weekend, I took an archery class with a group of friends and found myself in league with some of my favorite fictional archers:

Diana the Huntress
May Welland
Princess Merida
Katniss Everdeen

And might I say that a collective symphony of awes reverberated in the room when our instructor pointed out the type of bow that Katniss uses, and then gave it to one lucky female archery student. If I were a guy, I think I would have saved my sigh of envy for the crossbow that Daryl uses from The Walking Dead, but as I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, I too was excited to see the type of bow favored by Katniss yet disappointed that the bow was not in my possession. :sigh:

Moving along…

I loved archery! It was lots of fun…and I actually managed to hit the target fairly well. Though my skill level would track as a bell curve if plotted out. At the start, I was clumsy and stiff and barely made any good hits but midway through, I had loosened up and hit my stride. In fact, I had the most hits within the center zone of my group, though the bullseye eluded me. It’s a little difficult to see from this photo crop but it is proof I hit the center 8 times.

bullseye

Then at the end, I was still hitting the target but with less precision because I had (perhaps) started to feel a little pressure to hit that pesky bullseye.

All in all, it was lots of fun…much more fun that I had ever imagined. This summer, I plan to check out the range in Queens for some closer to home practice.

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