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Become A Better Archer

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Shooting a bow is not like shooting a gun. While I can pick up my shotgun a few times a year and still break clay targets, I noticed a considerable loss of accuracy in the past when I would put my bow away at the end of the season until the next season. Of course shooting a gun everyday would increase your odds of hitting the target the main difference here is at 20 yards with a gun you have a 3 foot pattern and at 20 yards with a bow you still have a 1″ broadhead tip. So while a gun is more forgiving a bow is not forgiving to the archer who does not consistently practice.

Although everyone has a busy schedule it is possible to take about 15 minutes each day to shoot a handful of arrows at a target. It’s OK if your target is a mere 10 or 15 yards away. During the off-season you’re concentrating more on maintaining a consistent shooting form rather than long distance accuracy. Shooting your bow each day will allow your body’s muscle memory to become accustomed to shooting your bow and will ensure that your shooting form remains consistent. You want your kisser button, peep sight, and anchor points to remain in the same spot on each shot. It might not seem like such a big deal when you’re shooting 10 or 15 arrows each night, but you will notice a difference in how fast you can acquire your target once hunting season comes around. When a buck shows up out of nowhere you will be able to draw back and focus on the buck’s vitals rather than spending valuable seconds making sure your anchor points are in place.

Once the snow melts and the weather permits shooting outside, I will be shooting at 20, 30 and 40 yards during the off season. During the summer months I like to change my routine and start shooting at 40+ yards. Although I would only shoot a deer at this distance only under the absolute perfect conditions, practicing at longer range makes the shorter range shots seem like nothing.

In addition to shooting at block targets, I feel it’s also helpful to shoot at 3D targets. There are many 3D targets available, but some are rather large. The deer I am accustomed to shooting are not as big as the Glen Del Buck, for example, so shooting at a larger animal than I will see in the field is somewhat of a handicap. I’d rather shoot at a smaller 3D target and concentrate on accuracy. To spice things up I also like to shoot from different elevations, positions, and unknown ranges at 3D targets to simulate hunting scenarios. Practicing these shots, like a straight down shot at a deer from a treestand, will help you during the season when an odd shot might present itself.

Get out there and practice. Shoot often and shoot consistently. Make sure each shot you take has perfect form. The more work you put in now the more it will pay off next season. Good shooting.

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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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