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Better Bow Strings Equal Tighter Groups

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Winner’s Choice strings are used by many professional and tournament archers, but for the added cost are they really worth it? Yes. In fact, when I purchased my brand new out of the box bow, the first thing I had the shop do before I fired my first shot was take off the factory string and replace it with a Winner’s Choice Custom Bow String.Premium strings are premium for a reason, it’s not that they will last you for a lifetime, although they probably could, but it’s because they’re made from a high tech combination of low stretch fibers that are pre-stretched so once installed they will not creep on the archer. There is nothing worse than tying in a peep sight just to have the string creep after 50 shots and then have to reposition the peep and tie it back in. The serving on Winner’s Choice strings also resists separating so you never have to worry about you nock point moving on you. The extra cost for the string is worth its weight in gold when you consider that your shooting will be more accurate because you string is not stretching each time you take a shot. A set of cables and strings will run you a little over $100, but to make up for the price, they also come in a wide variety of colors and you can choose your own combinations to add that special touch to your bow.

One of the newer strings on the market is the METRAO by G5. These strings come in G5 colors (blue and black), are pre-stretched and measured down to 0.001″ twice to ensure an exact match. I am in the process of setting up my backup bow now with a new set of G5 strings.

Once you have your top of the line string, you might want to consider a way to stop the string too. I shoot a Mathews Drenalin which features Mathews String Suppressors. Although these help calm the string down after the shot, the string still violently moves forwards and back until it finally settles in place. A string suppressor, like the ones made by FUSE, help stop the string faster by putting a rubber stop more towards the center of the bow string, where it osculates most violently. If you’ve seen a bow being fired in slow motion then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s amazing to really see what a bow goes through on each shot, trust me, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.
With a new string and string suppressor on your bow you will be on your way to having the ultimate killing machine. Next post I will give you some insight on bow torque and custom bow grips. Until then, keep practicing.
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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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