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Archery in Orange County could gain in popularity from newest "Robin Hood" release

Archery buffs from Costa Mesa to Rancho Santa Margarita are honing their marksmanship skills with the bow and arrow.

May 17, 2010|By Cheryl PruettFor OCLNN.com

Archery in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County is on target to spike in popularity with the Friday release of “Robin Hood.” It’s happened before when the Kevin Costner version came out 19 years ago and when “Lord of the Rings” ruled the box office.

Joe Kim, owner of Hi-Tech Archery in Fullerton, said that the movie industry absolutely helps the archery industry.

“Movies do have impact, and for us, it’s a very good thing,” he said, adding that he just wants to get kids out and active. “Archery is good for the body and mind and concentration.”

Like a disappearing Sherwood Forest, archery ranges in Orange County became scarce in 2007 with the closing of two locations. But, take heart. There are still ranges—outdoors and indoors—that will give you the thrill of the sport whether you want to draw the bow at a range, watch the archers in a league or have a party at one of the shops.

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Try the ancient art. If you love the sound of the arrow hitting its mark, then commit to equipping yourself. A starter set can run from $150 to $250 (bow, arrows, arm guard, finger gloves, quiver). Just don’t expect to pick up a long bow like Robin’s for less than $500.

Orange County Archery, Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa

Private lessons: This is one of the stores that offer private lessons off-site at such locations as Mile Square Regional Park. Lessons are offered in-store on Monday and Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. It offers 12 lanes for shooting ($7 unlimited use with own equipment, $22 unlimited use when equipment is rented). Costa Mesa’s one lane is used only for testing bows.

2112 Harbor Blvd.

Costa Mesa

(949) 548-0500

www.ocarchery.com

and

18792 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley

(714) 965-1125

Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bow and equipment to this 40-year-old archery range located in the 65-acre park. One of the oldest ranges around, don’t expect lessons here. It’s open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk. There is no fee for range usage, but it is first-come first serve. During the week you’ll see up to 16 people using the range, according to Supervising Park Ranger Tom Martinez.

16801 Euclid St.,

Fountain Valley

(714) 973-6600

www.ocparks.com

Oso Lake Scout Camp, Rancho Santa Margarita

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