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“Hunger Games” fires up Denver kids to take up archery

If 2011 was the year of the vampire, 2012 is the year of the archer — and the trials of “Hunger Games” she-ro Katniss Everdeen are just the tip of the proverbial arrow.

Across the country and throughout the state, archery — long a family hobby for hunters of all ages and genders — is hitting a new sweet spot at the nexus of teen empowerment, youth athletics and weekend outings.

The book trilogy and first movie about a teen in a post-apocalyptic outdoor death match is helping to catapult this quietly blooming pastime to a full-blown, undodgeable phenomenon.

Another mega-blockbuster,