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Arrow Speed

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There’s always a lot of hype about the latest and greatest high speed bows shooting 320+ feet per second, but have you ever taken a moment to shoot your actual set up through a chronograph? Without getting into the details of where these IBO numbers come from the arrow speed manufacturers publish comes from the most favorable conditions you could have in a target arrow, which doesn’t help you in a real world hunting situation. That being said, there are many hunters our there getting around 280fps out of their hunting rig which is fast.

But how important is the speed of an arrow? The truth of the matter is that it really isn’t that important as long as you’re getting the proper amount of KE out of your arrow. A deer requires only 40 ft. lbs. of KE to pass through a deer – Easton’s says that a 400g arrow traveling at the super slow pace of 170fps is enough to harvest a mature whitetail deer. That being said, today’s bows provide enough KE to harvest a deer with almost any hunting arrow combination.

There is one main advantage to a fast flying arrow and that is a flatter trajectory which means the hunter can make an error judging distance and still hit the kill zone as long as the yardage estimation is within 5 yards of the actual distance. It’s important to realize that the 5 yard margin for error increases or decreases based on arrow speed. A slower arrow might only give you a 3 yard margin for error while a faster arrow may give you a 7 yard margin for error. If you’re like me and you hunt on the East Coast than arrow speed is not of a major concern because shots are typically within 30 yards due to the thick cover. Out west, however, things would be different as the more open terrain allows for longer distance shots and a faster shooting bow would be a huge advantage for long range – 50+ yard – shots.

When it comes to arrow speed remember it doesn’t really matter how the arrow gets there as long as it hits its mark. My 2002 Mathews MQ-32 shoots arrows at 242fps versus my 2007 Drenalin that shoots the exact same arrows at 267fps. While there is a noticeable flatter trajectory from the arrows flying out of my Drenalin, there is also a noticeable difference in accuracy and my MQ-32 hits the mark more consistently than my Drenalin (I think the main reason for this is the more forgiving brace height of the MQ-32 as all the accessories on both bows are exactly the same).

Next time you visit your local archery shop take a few shots through a chronograph and you’ll be surprised what your bow is actually shooting compared to what the manufacturer said it will shoot at. Just remember speed isn’t everything, accuracy is what matters.

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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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