If watching Katniss fire off arrows in “The Hunger Games” made you yearn for a bow of your own, a trip to Churchville and a visit with George Bennett of Deer Creek Archery may be in your future.
Bennett was a builder by trade, but as he neared retirement, he decided to change gears and opened Deer Creek Archery in 1995. Now, almost 17 years later, at the age of 70, Bennett is taking advantage of the renewed national interest in archery.
“The popularity of the sport has risen in the last few years especially with ‘The Hunger Games,’ and it is being introduced in schools across the country,” says Bennett.
Bennett and instructor Josh Toporzycki, 33, will start you off with the basics on how to hold the bow and arrow and get into the right stance. Once you’re ready to shoot, there are a variety of targets in the 8,000-square-foot facility.
And be prepared to work some muscles as you perfect your balance. “Archery is a balancing sport,” he explains. “You are balancing the equipment on your skeletal system.”
Bennett has aimed high with his facility, and scored: Deer Creek Archery is the highest rated archery range in Maryland, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Bennett recommends the sport for ages 10 and up. Instruction is by appointment only. The indoor facility is open year-round. Deer Creek Archery includes a pro shop stocked with brands like Mathews, Mission and P.S.E. Bows.
Deer Creek Archery, 3021 Churchville Road, Churchville, MD 21028, 410-734-9554, deercreekarchery.com