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Broadhead Tuning

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With the quality rear deploying mechanical broadheads available today it makes some wonder why people still mess around with fixed blade heads and go through the aggravation of tuning a fixed blade head when a mechanical will hit right were your easy-to-tune field points will fly. I shoot fixed blade broadheads because I believe that the less moving parts on anything the less that can go wrong and the better off you will be. Not only do I shoot fixed blade broadheads, but I shoot huge 1 1/2″ wide fixed blade heads that are even harder to tune than your standard 1″ cut heads.
The main reason that people have trouble tuning their broadheads is because they don’t mentally prepare themselves for the process and take their time with it. One thing I think people don’t understand is that you’re not trying to have the broadhead hit the bullseye (although this is the end result) you are trying to get your broadhead to impact in the same spot as, or as close as possible to, your field point.Before you begin tuning your bow for broadheads there are a few things you must do:

  1. Make sure your bow is fine tuned for field points;
  2. Check the timing of your bow to ensure it is within specs;
  3. Use a squaring tool to square off both ends of your arrow;
  4. Weigh your arrows with field tips and broadheads to make sure they are as even in weight as possible, being within 1 or 2 grains is ideal.

With these things out of the way take a shot at the bullseye on your broadhead target from about 20 yards away. With a tuned bow you should have no problem putting the arrow in the bullseye. There is no need to shoot a group of three field points at this time if you’re bow is well tuned and you hit the center of the bullseye on your first shot. Now take a shot at the bullseye with your broadhead and note where it impacts the target. In this example we will say that the broadhead impacted the target low and to the left. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SIGHT! At this point you want to adjust only your arrow rest to push the broadhead in the direction of your field point. In this instance I would move my arrow rest 1/16″ up and 1/16″ to the right.

Now take another shot with your field point. In this example, we’ll say the field point impacted in the center of the bullseye again. However, when we shoot the broadhead into the target it impacts with the same height as the field point, but it’s still to the left. Make another adjustment to the arrow rest moving it 1/16″ to the right.

Shoot another field point and broadhead. This time the field point impacted above the broadhead, but they impacted in the same vertical line so our left/right flight of the broadhead is good. Make a 1/16″ adjustment up with your arrow rest and take another shot at the target.

Our fourth shot at the target with field point and broadhead are both about 6″ above the bullseye, but they are right next to each other. Once your broadhead and field point impact in the same location you now adjust your sight, not your arrow rest, to bring the group down to the bullseye. Keep adjusting your sight until your broadhead and field point impact in the same location.

The pictures in this post were created by DOC on the AT Forums to explain broadhead tuning. Visit DOC’s post on the AT Forums by clicking here.

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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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