Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 22, 2012

BOW Archery Classes Right On Target

Ladies take aim in the 1940s (ODU photo)

Will “The Hunger Games” revive interest in an ancient skill once crucial in hunting for food, in battle, and in the sale of daring, above-the-knee sporting outfits for women?

Over the centuries archery evolved from a survival skill into a competitive sport, and in 1900 joined the Olympics. Michigan bowman Fred Bear did his part in the 1930s to revive bow hunting. It seemed to be popular with women in the 1940s and kids playing Cowboys-and-Indians in the pre-PC age.

Katniss of The Hunger Games

Now, women and girls ages 10 and up inspired by expert archer Katniss, heroine of “The Hunger Games,” can learn how to handle a bow and arrow by Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW).

The introductory BOW archery classes offered by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources are designed for beginners and address equipment, safety, and technique, and include supervised shooting. An advanced class is also offered.

Introduction to Archery classes are $20; equipment is provided. Advance registration is required and class sizes are limited. Youth must be accompanied by adults. Click below to go online for registration forms and details:

Introduction to Archery
Monday, April 16, 5 – 9 p.m., Alto
Watch the website for registration to open soon for:
Advanced Archery, June 6, Alto
Beginning Archery, August 11, Utica
Michigan’s BOW programs cover a variety programs year round, for different skill levels.

Other BOW classes currently accepting registration:

Advanced Pheasant Hunting (almost full)
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Metamora

12th Annual Women’s Mountain Biking Symposium
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

Firearms classes:

Handgun Course for a Concealed Pistol License
Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Alto

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class
Saturday, April 21, 10 .m.-2 p.m., Sparta

Intro to Shotgun Shooting
Sunday, May 20, 2-6 p.m., Utica

Additional scheduled events that are on the calendar but not yet open for registration include:

Upper Peninsula BOW Summer Discovery Weekend
June 1-3, Bay Cliff, Big Bay

Rifle River Overnight Canoe Trip
June 30-July 1

Great Lake Salmon Fishing
July 21, Ludington


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