About a half dozen archers, stood side by side to shoot with French Creek Outfitters' 3-D Archery program.

"It's a sport that's getting popular," said Lorraine Volz, of Spring City. "I hope it's getting more popular."

Using field points, that are only for practice purposes, bow hunters shot at numerous animal figures including deer, bears and fowl each sectioned with point value regions. The program is used by several archers to simulate hunting.

"Archery is a lot of fun," said Chuck Morroto, of Douglassville. "It's a sport every body can do." Persons of every physicality, size, age and strength can find some aspect of archery to participate in, according to the archers at French Creek.

"It's a family sport," said Morroto. "It suits every body." Archery is inexpensive compared to several other sports and a convenient past time during the winter with activities indoors. Morroto has been shooting for nine years with his son.

"More and more women are shooting," said Volz, who is herself an Archery Shooters Association Women's State Champion, Hunter category. Several archers belong to ASA and the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO).

"Archery shooters...I've never met a bad one," said Volz.

"Ninety-eight, 99 percent of them are quite humble," said Morroto. Though archers compete often, they are also complimentary and helpful of each other with a strong sense of camaraderie, according to participants.

In addition to the 3-D archery, French Creek Outfitters holds DVD dart target systems that simulate hunting scenarios with different types of games. Games include 10 shots, 3 rounds each within a 14 week tournament. Participation in every week of the tournament at $10 each week results in an invitation to a banquet and a chance to win a hunting trip to Wyoming.

3-D archery, which is open to all, is held weekly, Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until March 28.

French Creek Outfitters is located at the Shoppes at Valley Forge on Schuylkill Road and can be contacted at 610-933-7200. Hours of operation are Monday 10 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 to 5 p.m.

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