Archery helps maintain nature’s balance—hunters wield bows to keep deer populations in check, while Cupid’s arrows make deer fall in love. Keep the circle of life moving with today's Groupon: for $14, you get an archery experience at Queens Archery in Flushing (a $30 value). This experience includes:
- One archery lesson
- Equipment rental
- One hour of range time
- $10 of credit towards the next visit
Though weekend availability can sometimes be limited, Queens Archery has added Saturday and Sunday time slots of 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. specifically for Groupon customers. Wednesday walk-in spots also are available first-come, first-served. Call for availability.
The arrow aficionados at Queens Archery instruct bow wielders of all levels with comprehensive lessons and a full shooting range. During beginner lessons a skilled instructor will introduce neophytes to the fundamentals of this silent and deadly sport, including basics in form, mental aspects, and how to use an arrow's feathers to win tickle fights. Queens Archery's team of experienced teachers can set fledgling archers on their path toward recreational archery, competition, or hunting with included rental equipment. After the lesson, customers proceed to the shooting range to showcase their newfound skills and impressions of William Tell making apple pie with Robin Hood.
Each day, sports persons enter a brick façade on 39th Avenue with bow cases and leather quivers slung over their shoulders. Queens Archery was founded in 1967 and remains a clubhouse for the city's archers, offering a practice range, opportunity for organized competition, and a pro shop that stocks all manner of gear for the sport with a small but passionate following. In recent years, interest in the age-old discipline has surged—in part due to the popularity of the bow-and-arrow-wielding characters in The Hunger Games series—bringing an influx of beginners eager to learn the sport to Queens Archery. In addition to the resident eagle-eyed veterans, the facility is home to a coterie of young archers who take part in the Junior Olympic Archery Development program. The JOAD program is administered by Columbia University archery coach Al Lizzio and certified teacher Erin Vecino, who help youths cultivate the sharp eye and steady pull necessary to be competitive-level archers.