Thanks to the Hunger Games popularity, and the flawlessness that is Jennifer Lawrence in everything she does, I imagine that demands for archery lessons have increased, especially in young females. Seriously, guys, the option was always available to you to pick up a bow and learn how to use it, and you wait until a movie about a fictional society that would totally suck to live in to learn? Archery was already awesome in the real world, and people have quite often ignored it.
Let’s face it, archery has always been awesome. For centuries, it was one of the best methods for getting food. Can’t run down a deer? Fine, just shoot it with your trusty bow instead. You needed to know how to hunt if you wanted to survive. Then there was archery in warfare. That enemy with the sword can’t get you if you shoot him first. Unless, he’s heavily armored. Although, for the record, a tossed battle axe pawns a bow and arrow any day. Of course, if you threw your battle axe in the middle of a battle, you would also be out of luck.
As far as strong women with bows goes, before Katniss, there were the Amazons. And they were real. They made the bow look sexy first. Oh, and they were rumored to have cut off their left breast to keep it out of the way because they were that dedicated to their cause. Alright, Katniss, let’s see you do that for your survival. Actually, no, let’s not do that.
The point is, if you’re contemplating taking archery, do it for the history of humanity’s survival and not because some chick in a fictional world made it look cool.
If you’re interested, here’s a list of archery ranges in the Pittsburgh area. I would call ahead to see if they have rentals you can work with.