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The Ultimate Hunting Arrow

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There’s lots to be said about what the “perfect” hunting arrow is and everyone has their own opinion so here is mine:

As a starting point you should shoot between 6-7 grains per pound of draw weight you shoot. For example, I shoot a 60lb bow so I should shoot an arrow weighing between 360-420 grains. My current arrow weighs in at 403 grains which is right where I want it.

So how do you choose from the hundreds of arrows available? The answer is simple. Shoot a carbon arrow because they are more durable and forgiving than an aluminum arrow (if you need extra penetration I would suggest Easton’s Full Metal Jacket or A/C/C to bump up your KE). From there go with one of the thinner diameter arrows to reduce the amount of friction agains the arrow as it passes through the layers of skin and flesh. This will help maintain a higher KE which is essential for pass through shots on game. I have tried a few different carbon arrows by Easton, Beman, and Cabela’s and prefer the Easton ST Axis. To me this is one of the best arrows you can buy. Keep weight in mind during all of this. Figure that three vanes, a nock, and insert will weigh roughly 45-50 grains and your broadhead will be another 100g more or less so you’ll want at least a 250g arrow shaft for a 60lb bow.

The next thing you need to determine is the perfect arrow length. I keep my arrow length the standard 1″ past my arrow rest at full draw which works itself out to be 28.5″ (note: it takes two people to measure your correct arrow length, the archer drawing back the bow with an uncut arrow and the archer’s friend to measure 1″ past the arrow rest). You can use an overdraw to further decrease the length or your arrow and pick up a few fps, but remember the shorter your arrow the less forgiving it will be. I don’t want to shoot the fastest bow and have the lightest arrow in the world because KE + forgiveness = accuracy and accuracy is on the top of my list when bowhunting.

Now that we have our arrow selected and the shaft size figured out it’s time to accessorize our arrow. I prefer to use a fixed blade broadhead, but with the new rearward deploying mechanicals like the G5 Tekkan II (which only requires 3lbs to open) they have become a serious option. We’re going to concentrate on fixed blade broadheads. I currently use the G5 Montec 100g broadhead because I like its solid one piece construction and ease of sharpening.

The school of thought with fixed blade broadheads is to use as large of a vane as possible with as much helical as possible to control the flight of the arrow. I used to use 4″ Duravanes with a 6 degree right helical. These controlled the G5 Montec with ease. Recently, I switched to NAP Quickspin vanes for their added stability and I honestly did notice tighter groups with the NAP Quickspin. If you read about the NAP Quickspin you’ll find that a lot of people complain about the 4″ vanes being heavy and slowing down the arrow significantly. Since I never shoot past 40 yards in the woods, which is the range where the drag apparently starts to take affect, I have not experienced this problem. Additionally, if you use the 3.125″ Quickspins (like I do) they are actually slightly lighter than 4″ Duravanes. So you get the added rotation of the NAP Quickspin for more stable arrow flight with fixed blade heads and virtually no difference in arrow weight and FOC characteristics.

As far as broadheads are concerned I still choose fixed over mechanical for big game, but now there’s a new breed of fixed blade heads – the micro broadheads such as the G5 Striker. These low profile broadheads have less affect on arrow flight when compared to their larger cousins.

So what is the ultimate hunting arrow? For me the ultimate hunting arrow is an Easton ST Axis 400 with a G5 Striker 100g broadhead and 3.125″ NAP Quickspin vanes set at 4 degrees offset right.

Just remember it doesn’t matter what kind of arrow set up you use, if you don’t practice and tune your bow to your specific arrow setup, you won’t hit where you’re aiming and when it comes down to it the name of the game is accuracy.

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Keep Your Bowhunting Skills Sharp with 3D Shooting

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Over the last few weekends we’ve been headed over to Blue Mountain Sportsman Center to shoot 3D. The course has been a lot of fun to shoot. There’s several targets to shoot at including deer, turkey, bear, and fox. The terrain makes it very realistic practice for hunting with shots at inclines and declines to simulate actual hunting scenarios.

One thing I like to do is shoot from the furthest stakes and guess the yardage. Then after we all shoot we range the target to see how close we were to guessing the distance. This really helps me to learn how to judge distance in the field and is a valuable tool for when an animal catches you off guard in the field. Shooting from the furthest stakes also make the closer shots seem easier.

If you haven’t been out shooting 3D this summer then you better hurry up and get out there because hunting season will be here before you know it. Blue Mountain Sportsman Center is open Thursday – Sunday and holidays. Shooting a round of 3D costs $12 with a county park pass and is $15 without a park pass.

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Indoor Archery Leagues at Extreme Archery

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Team NYB will be joining the Hunter League at Extreme Archery set to begin on September 3rd. The Hunter League will be held on Fridays for 6 weeks and feature various animal targets.

We’re looking forward to participating in the league and sharpening our skills for the upcoming season. The indoor league is a great way to meet fellow archers and practice shooting under a little bit of pressure!

Here are the details on the Indoor Archery Leagues at Extreme Archery:

Kids League ($70, 8 weeks)
– begins Saturday, September 4th @ 10:00am

300 Target League ($90, 7 weeks)
– begins Wednesday, September 1st @ 6:30pm

Hunter League ($90, 6 weeks)
– begins Friday, September 3rd @ 6:30pm

Traditional League (TBD)
– call to find out more

To sign up for any of the Indoor Archery Leagues call Extreme Archery at 914-777-7500.

Extreme Archery is located at 801 East Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

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How to Set the Perfect Treestand

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This is something new I’m adding to my arsenal of tricks this season to help me set the perfect stand (works for trail cams too)! It’s called the Photographer’s Ephemeris, a tool designed to help landscape photographers take the perfect picture at sunrise or sunset.

The tool allows you to pick a location, date and time to see exactly where the sun and moon will be. This allows you to follow the path of the sun and moon on any given date and at any given time.

So how does this help the hunter? Simple. It allows the hunter to find a stand location on the map and then see how the sun will rise and set during the hunting season so that the sun is never in the hunter’s eyes.

I entered the location of our lease in the program and changed the date to opening day. Where we have our stands situated is in the perfect spot with the sun rising to our right and circling behind us before setting to our left. That means if the deer are out in the hunting plot where we hope to shoot them we will have the sun behind us which will make it much harder for the deer to pick us out of the tree.

This is a great tool I will be playing around with more and more this season as I hang some tree stands over the next few weeks. Below is a video on how it works:

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