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Bow Tuning – Part II

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Last week, I finally got a chance to paper tune my bow and boy did it need it. My arrows entered the paper with the tail high and to the right. By the end of my two hour session, I was able to get the bow shooting near perfect bullet holes through the paper. Today, I tried something called “Walk Back Tuning” which I had never done before.

Walk back tuning is a fairly simple process and should be done after paper tuning. The idea here is to shoot at the same spot on a target with the same pin and move back in five yard increments out to 40 yards or so, shooting one arrow at each five yard interval. What you are looking for here is your arrows to be in a straight vertical line. If your arrows make a pattern that curves to the left or curves to the right, adjustments will need to be made to your setup. It is also important to note that each shot should be as close to perfect as possible and bad shots should be disregarded.

I started by shooting at 15 yards and slightly adjusting my 20 yard pin until I was dead on the bullseye. With six arrows in hand I took my first shot from 15 yards using my 20 yard pin. I then took five paces back to 20 yards and shot one more arrow at the target. I repeated the process until I ran out of arrows, ending 40 yards away from the target. What I ended up with was not so pretty. My arrows curved to the right. Each five yard increment back led the arrow a little more to the right. This meant that the arrow was leaving the bow too far on the right and therefore the arrow rest needed to be adjusted and moved to the left (if your arrows curve to the left then simply move your arrow rest to the right). With my rest moved 1/16th to the left I repeated the process and ended up with a much straighter vertical line, exactly what I was looking for.

With daylight fading I was not able to begin tuning my broadheads, but I did take one shot from 20 yards with a field point and then a broadhead just to see where I was shooting. My results were better than I had imagined. My field point hit the bottom corner of the 1″ green dot and my broadhead landed about 3″ below and about 1″ to the left. This should hopefully lead to some fairly easy broadhead tuning next week. I figure I have two days of work left until my bow is ready for deer season. One day for boadhead tuning and another day to adjust for shooting from a tree stand. Hopefully all goes as planned and I’ll be ready for opening day next Saturday!

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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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