The Saga known as “The Hunger Games” was a box office phenomenon. Young people loved the book and went ape for the movie. I never understood why. To me the entire subject was really gross and depressing. I guess if you asked a young person, they might tell you they identified with the heroine. Was there something really sinister behind the phenomenon? Was it predictive programming, grooming, or were they just trying to prepare us for what will soon be a reality?
I don’t get out much anymore, so it is not surprising that I had no clue AXE THROWING was a popular past time these days.. You may well be aware of it already. There is a HUGE increase in Archery and Bow Hunting as well. They even have arcades, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy these sports. It is really at a level where it could be called a “CRAZE.”
We know that the elite love HUNTING. I have many posts related to that very fact. We know that NIMROD who was the root of all pagan religions of today, was a “MIGHTY HUNTER before the Lord”. He was a hunter of the souls of men. He was also a Nephilim and likely a giant both were cannibals.
We have seen and heard many testimonies of humans young and old being HUNTED by the elite. It seems to be their favorite past time. SO it should be no big surprise that they are prepping us for the real life “HUNGER GAMES” that are just ahead.
As you will see in this post, there has been a tremendous increase in archery, bow-hunting, axe throwing and knife throwing in recent years. Believe it or not there are many people who have a great interest in Medieval Times. In fact the elite have stated that they would love to return us to those days. Truth be known, when the lights go off, we will be thrust into that ancient way of living. Are you ready?
What ever the reason for the renewed interest in the ancient art of hunting for food and self defense, it might be a really great talent to have in light of what is coming.
If you have not seen my articles on THE HUNT, check them out:
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Rhyno’s Axe Throwing & Archery
Axecade is an entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Galveston offering Video Games, Axe Throwing and a full service Restaurant and Bar. In the downstairs area, the ambience is one of a magical forest with a wood bar and seating so that patrons can enjoy leisurely food and dining experiences along with outdoor patio seating.
Axe throwing is secured in cages exceeding the World Axe Throwing League standards, separated from any dining areas. Upstairs, the experience continues in the treehouse arcade with 15 arcades and a beautiful cedarwood bartop in a magical treehouse-like environment. Patrons can play a variety of games including pinball, console games, and retro arcades.
Sep 17, 2022
ARCHERY & AXE THROWING COMPETITION
Feel free to bring your own equipment (bows/arrows/axes), but keep in mind we can provide all the equipment you need. All equipment brought will be inspected by the range masters. The registration fee includes practice time before the event so get here early!
Archery at Gilchrist Farm
Lessons, Classes, Parties and Weekend Drop In Sessions! Join us on The Range at Gilchrist Farm to learn, practice and play! Our certified instructors and range masters will keep you safe, help you build your skills and make sure you have fun.
Classes-Six week sessions. $180 per session. Classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Next session starts this Fall.
Private Instruction. $45 one hour private lessons available by appointment.
Drop In. $15 for 30 minute session (shorter during festivals) on our range. Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM-2PM.
Contact us to schedule or learn more
AXE THROWING at Gilchrist Farm
Try your hand at Axe Throwing! Join a class, bring your friends or schedule a team building event! Weekends 9AM-2PM $15 drop in session. Private classes, groups, parties and events available!
OMAHA AXE THROWING – Sharp Axes & Cold Drinks
Compete against your friends in the sport of axe throwing while socializing & enjoying a beverage. We’re licensed to serve beer & seltzers!
Open Thursdays to Sundays
Large event rentals available on any day of the week upon request!
An Axe Games coach will cover rules, how to score & axe throwing techniques before you start!
Looking For An Add-On Activity? We Also Have Combat Archery!
Archery arena tag is an exhilarating hour of game-play which places 2 teams against each other in a game of combat archery. It’s like dodge-ball but with bows and arrows!
Looking to play both? We offer a $5 discount when playing both activities in the same-day, please contact us if you would like to play both axe throwing & combat archery!
5833 Treaschwig Rd.
Spring, TX 77373
|Arch & Axe
Axe Throwing / Rage Cage / Indoor Archery
Upon starting your coach will go over our safety practices b/c your safety is our number one priority. Our #1 rule is “Don’t be a Knucklehead!”. Each throwing lane is enclosed from floor to ceiling fencing and only one axe is allowed per lane. Training and safety is explained for archery, archery tag & the Rage Cage.
12 Super Fun Archery Games to Level Up Your Skills
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It’s a feeling of utmost excitement when you get to pull back a bowstring, feel the bow’s power, and unleash all that energy stored up inside of you by releasing the arrow, it’s amazing. I’m sure archery game lovers can testify to this thrill of excitement.
But in addition to that feeling of excitement is trying super fun archery games that level up your skills and keep you smiling all day long. It absolutely doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to archery and looking for fun games to try out or you’re just looking to make your practice sessions more fun and interesting, look no further.
Here are 12 Super fun Archery games to help improve your skills and perfect your accuracy.
1. Archery Tag (aka Combat Archery)
Think of dodgeball + paintball with spongey arrows. All the fun of paintball and dodgeball is combined with archery!
Archery Tag is literally just like dodgeball: two teams on opposite sides of a playing field try to fit each other with sponge-tipped arrows. Just like paintball, everyone gets face masks for protection.
Often there are obstacles to hide behind and it can even be played in knee-deep water!
If you get hit, you’re out. The team with the last player standing wins!
Skills improved: increases accuracy under pressure, hitting a moving target, increases balance and coordination.
2. Field Archery
Field archery is a combination of target archery and a hike in the woods. Sounds interesting, right? Yeah. Under this particular form of archery, archers are exposed to varying weather conditions and terrains. Archers shoot in various lighting conditions.
Field archers generally shoot in pairs of four. They hike a course to shoot at varying distances.
This form of archery game is played in the World Archery Field Tournament. In this competition, on the first day, the course is unmarked. Archers are required to judge the distance before taking their shots in three arrow ends.
This is an outdoor form of archery that helps individuals to build solid friendships, level up their skills and increase their enjoyment for archery games.
If you want to know more, check out this article that goes in depth into Field Archery.
3. Popping Balloons
This is by far the simplest of all archery games, as far as archery games are concerned. It is the most fun and easy archery game to set up. It has a way of inducing giggles by turning grown-ups into adults and it also keeps kids practicing all day long.
All you need to set up this archery game are balloons, target pins, glitter, cornstarch, baby powder or water-based paint. Blow up several balloons and then tape them to a target or similar backdrop. You can add visual elements to popping balloons by filling them with glitters, cornstarch, baby powder or water-based paint.
It is most fun when it involves about 5-10 per player. You have two options of either doing individual trial times or a live shoot. For time trials, each archer takes their turn shooting their archery bows.
The ultimate goal here is to make sure all of the balloons are shot within the shortest time period. You can either play this archery game as a competition with others or against yourself. The winner is determined by choosing the Archer who shot all balloons within the shortest time frame.
Few things beat the fulfilling sound of a breaking balloon. The fun and excitement experienced often turns grownups into kids. The satisfaction and challenge of popping balloons can also be boosted by creating a much longer distance.
Skills improved: develops intense focus and concentration which in turn leads to aiming under pressure.
This form of archery game can be linked to a basketball court. It is a great and interesting game to play at a 3D archery range provided that there are various types of targets and lots of opportunities to take great shots.
The idea is the same as with basketball: Each archer takes turns with the first player of the round determining what type of shot every archer must complete in order to continue.
For instance, an archer might conclude that each archer needs to shoot at 20 yards, with the target equaling away. If the archers are unable to put an arrow in the hole or circle, they are awarded the first letter ‘H’ and continue on this order until the word “HORSE’ has been spelt.
At this point, they lose the game. The fun of not getting to “H.O.R.S.E” first improves the player’s accuracy under tension.
5. Robin Hood
This archery game challenges an Archer’s distance ability. In as much as it is fun-filled, it helps an archer to level up his/her skills and perfect accuracy.
An archer can choose to start at 10-15 yards away from the target and take turns shooting. Every archer that retains their arrow in the designated area can move on to the next distance. In increments of 5 yards, each archer is required to move out away from the target.
The winner is chosen by whoever stays the longest in the competition. This form of archery game particularly focuses on levelling up your skill by extending your maximum effective distance under pressure which is a useful skill in hunting. This game can be played by all age ranges.
6. Fruit Shoot
This form of archery game requires shooting an arrow with fruit as the main target. You are required to aim at the fruit and successfully split it into two halves. The satisfaction from splitting an apple or thumping a pumpkin is just so thrilling. It’s an amazing form of archery that helps you improve on your accuracy and at the same time is a thrill of joy and excitement.
7. 3-D Archery
This form of archery is similar to the field archery which involves wooded ranges and challenging terrains. This form of archery also features a three-dimensional animal target on marked and unmarked courses.
Archers must estimate distances to animal target while archers hike to shooting stations. Most 3-D archery games, however, only allow one shot per target. We’ve got an awesome article that talks a whole lot more about 3-D archery.
The best part of 3-D archery games is that it allows you to take up a fun challenging test. Most coaches in this game believe that 3-D archery is exceptional because it enables you to shoot a course set in a natural environment.
It provides exercise, fresh air and an opportunity to meet and make new friends. This is due to its varied terrain which enables you to shoot with people you probably do not know.
3-D archery is also a form of family sport. A family can enjoy time together shooting in the same group.
8. 1-on-1 Olympic Style Target Archery
Now, here I’m talking about Olympic style archery (’cause let’s be real: ALL archery has a Target). It can be done both indoors and outdoors. It takes place over distances of up to 90 metres and uses the traditional five-colour, ten-ring target. The beauty is you don’t have to be competing formally; you can just compete against your firends!
Target archery is practiced in clubs of over 150 countries of the world and is rapidly growing. Outdoor and indoor target archery includes individual, team, and mixed team games at international competitions.
The Olympic and Paralympic games are most likely the best-known examples of target archery. Target archers face all sorts of challenges as regards to weather condition. Archers study the wind by feel and by watching indicator socks above targets and alongside the range.
Outdoor target archery is common among people who love being outside and enjoying nature. You want to increase your accuracy over a long distance?keep playing target archery!
9. Night Archery
Night archery involves archers going out on a short round course making use of flashlights in lighting their way through the course. This form of archery is more of a family event than a pure competition.
The course is laid out before the dark and ropped off in advance to ensure the safety of all participants. The distances to the targets are not always long but rather short.
In most cases, it is never more than 20 metres and the targets are mostly large in size. There can be two shooting distance markers in most cases. The short shooting distances are measured to prevent the loss of arrows through misses.
For night archery, there is no inherent practical purpose but to enjoy the archery game and have fun.
10. Archery Golf
This is a modern form of archery game that has adopted some of the rules of golf to play the archery game. Archery golf was first mentioned in the United States media since the year 1923. This form of archery game has been played in the tournaments ever since.
The game typically consists of completing players shooting arrows or projectiles into a number of holes, goals, or targets on a course. Their objective is to do so with taking the fewest number of shots. Archery golf is mostly linked to the clout archery and flight archery.
It is also related to the traditional form of competitive archery, roving marks. It is however unique in that it allows a player to shoot at a single target as many times as possible to complete that “hole”.
Tic-Tac-Toe is another fun Archery game that comes with a twist on the pen-and-paper version. Archery games like this turn outdated games into something fun again.
This form of archery particularly challenges your accuracy and helps you level up your skills when you have to pick a single square. It can be done by simply taping a piece of cardboard or paper to a target.
Then nine squares are drawn three high by three wide. You can take turns with your partner in the game shooting your arrows at the board. An archer claims a square for their own self when their arrow hits a particular square.
The main objective is to make sure that your arrow hits three squares in a row whether horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The arrows should have different coloured fletchings to make things easier.
12. Ski Archery
Ski archery is a form of archery game that exhibits similarities with the sport of biathlon. However, rather than use a gun used in biathlon, a recurve bow is used instead. The players ski round about a cross-country track.
There are two different stances in which the archer must shoot his target. It can be done by either kneeling or standing. Skis cannot be removed at any time during this form of archery game.
Archery games not only improve archery skills but it also helps soothes the mind serving as relaxation therapy.
One of Fred Bear’s popular quotes is, “Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.” This describes archery as a form of therapy for the soul which is much more than having fun.
This proves the importance and relevance of archery on a greater level. We couldn’t agree more or less with Fred Bear. We hope that you try out the various archery games listed above to make archery more fun, social and even more effective.
Where is Archery Most Popular? – Archery Historian
A Global Phenomenon. Where is Archery Most Popular?
Archery’s popularity has seen explosive growth in the USA in recent decades. As of 2016, there were approximately 1,300 archery ranges scattered across the country, with 608 official clubs, according to the Archery Trade Association
For some readers who are familiar with our work here at ArcheryHistorian.com, it comes as no surprise to hear that archery is practiced the world over. We have visitors and customers from all over the planet at all times of the day. This makes us happy. Archery is ancient, and has spread to or was discovered on all continents except Australia. But where is archery most popular today? This article investigates the practice and popularity of archery on a global scale in modern times (written 2021 AD).
The Witchery of Archery From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Witchery of Archery, written by Maurice Thompson in 1878, was the first book in English about hunting with a bow ever published. Its full title is The Witchery of Archery: A Complete Manual of Archery. With Many Chapters of Adventures by Field and Flood, and an Appendix Containing Practical Directions for the Manufacture and Use of Archery Implements. It was the first important book about archery written in English since Toxophilus, which was written in 1545. It was said that Witchery “…has as much effect on archery as Uncle Tom’s Cabin had on the Civil War.
When Thompson wrote The Witchery of Archery, he filled it with various stories, many of which were humorous. However, it also gave practical advice on the sport, such as the manufacturing of archery paraphernalia and how to use the equipment while hunting.
The Witchery of Archery was accredited for returning the sport of archery to public interest. Some of this was due to rifles bringing back bad memories of the American Civil War. However, the revival also served some larger, pragmatic purpose: ex-Confederate soldiers were not allowed guns, but needed hunting to survive; archery became a convenient substitution. In addition, the late 1800s saw the last of the American Indian Wars, thus romanticizing the Native Americans and their cultures, which, in most accounts, included expert archery. In 1880, with the book less than two years old, patents relating to archery items greatly increased. More than any other book, The Witchery of Archery led to the increased interest in archery for the next half-century.
A year after The Witchery of Archery was published, Thompson was selected as the first president of the National Archery Association, largely due to the book.
A writer of several books, Thompson seemed to show little pride in writing The Witchery of Archery. On the title pages of his various works, he would list several titles he authored, but never did he list ‘”The Witchery of Archery’.
September 29, 2022
THE BOOM IN BOW HUNTING
Bowhunting has definitely grown in popularity over the last 10 years or so; I remember as a child not even knowing another archery hunter. It’s hard to imagine when compared to the present day.
Nowadays, more and more folks are transitioning to the bow and arrow, whether they are new to hunting or not. Maybe they are being influenced by big names in the hunting industry or maybe a family member/friend is peaking their interest. Regardless, there is no doubt more folks are on the archery range before hunting season.
I’m right along with them and loving every second of it. No matter how much I love it though, it’s safe to say bowhunting is romanticized a fair bit. The thrill of the chase via bow and arrow isn’t as glamorous as some might think. Let’s look at the nitty gritty truth that comes along with the passion-filled endeavor that is bowhunting.
NOT A WALK IN THE PARK
A while back, I was at a gas station well before the sun came up, on my way up for a scouting trip. There was a gentleman there that informed me of an upcoming archery elk tag that he drew not far from there. A new bowhunter in the making. After expressing my congratulations to him, he started to gently pry for some intel. He followed that pitch up with “I’m just looking to fill the freezer.”
This struck me as odd. It came across as if just filling the freezer would be the easy route or something. Like it wasn’t a big deal to do so. Bowhunting is certainly not as easy as some media outlets make it seem. To put an arrow through the vitals of ANY animal is a feat in itself, and deserves a pat on the back. The path to that point is not a walk in the park by any means. It requires constant dedication and commitment to shooting.
CONSTANT DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO SHOOTING
When I say constant dedication, I’m not only referring to the art of shooting a bow, but to the art of bowhunting. The process that comes with doing so is equally, if not more challenging than shooting.
What makes it so difficult is bowhunters only get so many opportunities to test their skills. Each stalk or encounter is filled with lessons, whether an arrow flies or not. Learning to always pay attention to these little things during the process will elevate your bowhunting to another level.
In a lot of ways, bow season never ends for the shooter who wants to be confident in their abilities when it comes time to draw on live game.
I remember one time I was stalking a hefty mule deer buck during the heat of the day. The sun was high, and the deer were bedded. As I inched my way closer with the wind in my face, I noticed my broadhead glinting in the sunlight. “Surely, they won’t see that,” I thought to myself. It was the only part of my stalk that I was slightly worried about. My hopes were crushed when I watched them bust out of that country like someone slapped them on the butt. Lesson learned. The little things matter.
There is a reason why me and other archery hunters practice shooting all year round. Yes, one reason is it’s super fun, but another is muscle memory. In the heat of the moment, all knowledge has a way of going out the window. You start operating off instinct and muscle memory. This is where all that dedication to shooting comes in. I’m not saying archery encounters render every hunter senseless, but it dang sure does it to a good amount. Unfortunately, this is where bad judgment calls are often made, which can sometimes result in poor shots.
A SHORT NOTE ON GEAR
Gear is another thing I want to briefly touch on. While I don’t think gear is everything, it’s definitely something and deserves your attention. Quality gear is like a tool. Having dependable tools is going to help complete the job at hand. So, while your shooting ability is incredibly important, if you’ve got a bow that won’t stay in tune or a rest that isn’t functioning right, it’s gonna hurt you in the long run.
Invest in your gear to invest in your future. This stuff isn’t cheap, which is another challenge, but it’s well worth it.
Bow, release, arrows, broadheads … For a bow hunter, gear is a major investment. Check out this video to see my setup for 2020.
CAN BE EMOTIONALLY CRIPPLING
Nothing quite like it out there compares to being at full draw on a live animal and “sending it.” These are the moments that will be etched in our minds and memories, that will be shared back and forth like a ping pong ball. So much work goes into these opportunities. Whether that is sitting for days on end in a treestand or stalking animals day after day to no avail. (You can stack the deck in your favor: Check out this video on effective glassing.) When it all comes together, that feeling of accomplishment is nothing to shake your head at.
At the same time though, things don’t always go right out there, as we’ve stated. When success is so close that you feel like it can be touched and then it falls apart? That is a great way to break someone down emotionally. I’ve seen and fallen victim to it myself, and have seen others quitting after such things. Of course, I’ve also regretted quitting every time. Overcoming these emotionally crippling times is key to staying in the game.
HOW TO OVERCOME THESE DIFFICULTIES?
Reading this might make one wonder if it’s even worth it to carry a bow. I assure you that it is, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. (If you want to read why I prefer bow hunting to rifle hunting, check out this blog.) One of the biggest things here is expectations. Setting realistic expectations before a hunt can really set the scene for someone. Be honest with yourself and your abilities. If you’ve never stalked an animal before, maybe that’s a small goal to set. Stalk your first animal, even if that means sneaking up on a rabbit, small game can still hone stalking skills. Whether the tag is filled or not, that is a win. Recognizing these small victories will help propel you in the right direction.
“The prize” isn’t always going to be filling a tag. Remembering to set achievable goals is important, especially when you’re just starting to learn the craft of bowhunting.
Archery hunting is fun. Let’s not forget that. Tough hunts have a way of squashing that type of thinking, but it’s vital to remember. Don’t ever forget why you’re out there in the first place. The fact of the matter is, the odds are in the favor of the animals every step of the way, especially with bowhunting. Judging by most success rates, you have a 90% chance of failing out there. Those are steep odds. When looking at it like this, getting mad or disappointed seems rather silly doesn’t it? With that being said, with experience will come higher success rates. For example, I went from filling zero tags a year with a bow, to now filling about 2-3 in my home state of Arizona each year. It’s humbling to look back on.
While bowhunting might not be as glamorous as it looks sometimes, I think this is all about perspective. It’s about what makes you tick and drives your passion. If that thing is bowhunting, then I say feed it. My first ever archery harvest changed my life. How much work that went into that and the feeling of it all finally coming together is a feeling that I now crave. The intimate encounters provided by way of the bow is another thirst I have. Bowhunting is a potent experience filled with life lessons along the way. It’s not about just filling the freezer, it’s really a way of life. And a life that I love to live so dear.
Be sure to check out Josh’s book, Becoming a Backpack Hunter: A Beginner’s Guide to Hunting the Backcountry, and read more from Josh at dialedinhunter.com
The indoor shooting range at Archery in the Wild in northern Colorado used to be dominated by camouflage and hunters. But on this Saturday morning, the archery range is dotted with ponytails and 7-year-old girls like Y’Jazzmin Christopher.
The popularity of The Hunger Games series is fueling an interest in the sport of archery, particularly among girls. Some sporting equipment outfitters say they’ve seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales since the film series began in 2012.
Following in the footsteps of Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, who’s fiercely talented with a bow and arrow, is one reason Y’Jazzmin came through the door here this fall.
Her mom, Alicia Christopher, says positive reinforcement has kept her daughter coming back. Y’Jazzmin competed in her first tournament earlier this month.
“Watching the way that she’s developed confidence in what she’s doing — she’s very confident,” Alicia says. “She used to be a really shy person, but now she’s opening socially.”
Alicia recently purchased a recurve bow for Y’Jazzmin. It cost about $130. And while that may sound pricey, archery store owner Boyd Wild says the high demand for recurve bows — the type Katniss uses in The Hunger Games — makes it hard to keep some models in stock.
“It’s taking about five months to get traditional bows right now,” Wild says. “I mean, it’s just going nuts all over the United States.”
Boyd and many in the archery industry are poised to capitalize on the surging interest in the sport. But Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery — the governing body for the Olympic sport — says the boom following The Hunger Games original movie in 2012 caught many by surprise.
“We didn’t see that coming,” she says. “We’ve had archery in other movies, but never kind of that whole momentum at one time.”
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During the past two years, overall membership in USA Archery has more than doubled. Parker says there’s room for more growth: In early November, the Archery Trade Association funded an ad campaign encouraging kids and teens to give the sport a try.
“The imagery and the message, it’s all a very new look for archery, and we’ve all collectively got behind it,” Parker says. “I guess it’s kind of our ‘Got Milk?’ campaign, so to speak, for the industry.”
For some archery shop owners, though, there’s a tension between growing the business and offering quality classes.
“If we were to advertise as opposed to just word of mouth, it would be insane,” says Stewart King, a certified coach with USA Archery and owner of Rocky Mountain Archery in Fort Collins, Colo.
In some places, the Junior Olympic Archery Development program is open to anyone. But for King’s team, people have to try out.
“Up until now we’ve capped the team at 40 shooters so that we can give the kids one-on-one direction,” he says. “Because if I just throw a massive number at it, no one’s going to get better.”
USA Archery is increasing efforts to train and certify more instructors to meet the growing demand.
As Y’Jazzmin wraps up her Saturday morning practice session at Archery in the Wild, The Hunger Games is on her mind.
“We have the book in the car,” Y’Jazzmin says.
She and her mom are headed off next to watch the latest movie — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And with two more films yet to come in the series, it looks like the odds may ever be in archery’s favor.