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Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Mathews

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This week we have guest blogger Tracy Breen with some gift ideas for dad this father’s day:

Is your Dad a Mathews Archery fan? Is getting your Dad a Father’s Day gift difficult for you because he already has everything? Below are a few new items that are officially licensed products of Mathews Archery and/or Lost Camo, the official camouflage of Mathews Archery. Get your Dad a perfect gift for Father’s Day that he will never forget. Get him a licensed Mathews product.

Are you looking for a great bow sight for Father’s Day? Consider the unique Shaffer Performance Archery Opposition 4 or 6 pin sight. Most sights have the pins on one side of the sight housing. The result is a limited field of view. The Opposition sight has 3 pins on each side of the housing, resulting in a better field of view. The sight can be purchased with a light for low light hunting conditions. It is available in Mathews Archery Lost Camo or black and comes with a pivot lock mount which allows the sight to be removed from the bow in seconds when transporting the bow and put in back on quickly without adjusting the pins each time.

If you are looking for a unique Father’s day gift for the Mathews fan in your life, you’ll be pleased with the Mathews Archery Lost Camo Leather belt or tri-fold wallet. Does your Dad wear a belt when shooting in archery tournaments? The Mathews leather belt will let everyone know he is a Mathews fan, thanks to the large Mathews belt buckle. The Mathews leather products can be purchased from a local Mathews retailer or directly from American Leather Classics.

Norway Industries has teamed up with Mathews Archery to offer a Fusion Mathews vane that displays the Mathews logo on every vane. Put the Fusion Vane on an arrow and see how tight the arrows will group.

Hot Shot Manufacturing has an innovative new release called the Infinity. On the outside, it may look like another release but the internal workings are completely different. The Infinity features a “Lever-Link” trigger that replaces traditional roller bearings, creating a crisp shot and less trigger creep, resulting in tighter arrow groups. The extra tough actuating mechanism features less friction than roller bearings so the release will work flawlessly for years without getting stiff or difficult to pull from harsh weather or dirt from hours in the woods. My favorite feature is the fact that the release was made with a unique alloy that is essentially “self-lubricating.” The Infinity is available with a black wrist strap or in Mathews Lost Camo.

The Doinker Mini Dish hunter looks like a stabilizer with a large dish or plate on the front of it. The 3-hole hub on the front of the stabilizer reduces noise and vibration and can be placed on the opposing side of the sight, quiver and rest, balancing the bow out for a more accurate shot. Customize the stabilizer by adding small weights to the Dish to eliminate vibration. The Mini Dish is available in Mathews Lost Camo.

Master Target is offering a Mathews face target. Master Targets are made of paper thin plastic that are waterproof and ultraviolet (UV) resistant. Each face target comes with a photo of an animal on it and reveals the vitals of that animal. Each Master Target face can be taped, stapled or pinned to a block style target and can withstand over 400 shots from a field point tipped arrow.

About the Author

Tracy Breen is a full time freelance writer and consultant in the outdoor industry. Mathews is one of his clients.

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How to Shoot a Compound Bow Properly – Ultimate Guide

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Shooting a compound bow might seem as simple as picking up the bow, drawing the string with an arrow, and releasing it. If that’s how you think it works, then you’re dead wrong. It takes a world of knowledge and practice to learn how to properly shoot a compound bow. Luckily for you, we’re going to teach you how to do it with this compound bow shooting tutorial.

Preparing the Bow

Your compound bow should use high-quality strings that aren’t worn or heavily used. Your bow should be in good shape and properly maintained. You should be aware of how much draw pressure your bow can handle. If possible, use a compound bow that you’ve used before and that you’re familiar with, or use a compound bow that an expert archer has provided. Ideally, you should learn how to shoot a compound bow from someone who has a lot of experience shooting such a bow successfully.

Stance

You should face the target at about a 45-degree angle. Your feet should be parallel to one another and about 17-25 inches apart. Your toes should be directly facing the target. If you use such a stance you’ll have a much easier time drawing your bow and you’ll have a better chance of hitting your target dead-on.

Grip

Use a firm but relaxed grip with your bow-holding hand. If your grip is too tight on the bow then you won’t have as much accuracy on your shot. Try using a wrist sling if you are unable to master the art of a firm yet comfortable grip. Don’t be ashamed because the main point is accuracy and whatever you can do to attain the perfect shot is fine. Never, and I repeat NEVER, shoot with an open hand. You don’t ever want to grab the bow with your drawing hand during a shot – this is undoubtedly the worst mistake you can make when shooting a compound bow because it can lead to fatal errors.

Anchor

When you draw the string, you should be locking your string hand against the side of your face. This is what’s known as the “anchor” position. The string and your hand will be on the right side of your face, and vice versa if you are left-handed. You can achieve the highest level of archery accuracy by anchoring the string at the corner of your mouth – or under your chin.

Draw

You should extend your bow arm directly toward your target with the string gripped firmly between your fingers… or by using a mechanical release device, if you prefer. Point the bow at the target and pull the string smoothly and firmly. Extend the bow all the way, pull the string back to its maximum point of a full draw, and resist the urge to move the compound bow forward. Make sure that you use a bow that is suited for you because a bow with a draw that is too heavy will destroy your accuracy.

Aim

If you’re using a bow that is equipped with a sight then aiming will be easier, but it still won’t be perfect. Bow sights are good for average shooters, especially if a laser sight is involved. The key to natural aiming is practice. The best archers usually aim slightly above the target (depending on wind conditions) so they can aim while still looking directly at the target.

Release

Your release can determine whether or not your shot hits the mark. You need a smooth release, and you need to relax all of your fingers completely before you release the string for the shot. Even the slightest amount of finger tension can disrupt your aim. If you have a mechanical release aid the shot will be easier because all you have to do is draw, aim, and pull the release trigger for the compound bow. This type of mechanism can fail you, however… if you slap the trigger then the arrow will go astray.

Follow-Through

Just as in golf, the follow-through is extremely important in archery. Why? The arrow has already been released, right? You need to keep aiming until your arrow hits the target. The follow-through is largely a mental thing. You need to see your arrow hitting the target while you are steadily holding your bow. Never lower your bow after the arrow has been released. Stay in formation and hold your position until the arrow hits the target.

Practice

If you want to become an expert at shooting a compound bow then you need to practice. The saying “practice makes perfect” isn’t really true. You need to invoke the saying of “perfect practice makes perfect” because practicing something the wrong way will get you nowhere. When your target of choice is out of season then you shouldn’t lay back and watch TV until it’s time to hunt again. Set up targets and keep a compound bow in your hands as much as you can.

Conclusion

After reading this article there’s no excuse for becoming an expert compound bow shooter. From choosing the right equipment to shooting correctly there is an equation to correctly shooting a compound bow. Do you have any tips on shooting a compound bow? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below.

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NYS DEC Misses the Mark with New Regulations

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New changes are heading our way for the 2015 deer season in New York. For those of us hunting in Westchester County and a few other WMUs that have historically had an overpopulation of deer we now have a newly created 2-week long antlerless-only season – the only problem is that it’s the first 2-weeks of bow season.

For some, that’s not an issue, but to others, it just crushed their chances of killing that buck they’ve been patterning since the season ended in 2014. Why? Because those first 2-weeks also happen to be the last few days you can catch a buck on its summer pattern.

The DEC says that management goals are not being met in these WMUs which is why we need the antlerless-only season. Well, I can tell you changing the first two weeks to antlerless-only is going to have a minimal impact, if any, on the antlerless harvest. The guys that want to shoot bucks will be spending their time in NJ or CT and the rest of us, well, we kill does all season long so it’s business as usual for us.

If the DEC really wanted to increase the antlerless harvest we could have looked to our neighbors over in CT and simply extended the hunting season for another month by starting in September, extending into January or both.

We also are still a 2-buck state (1 Regular Season buck tag, 1 Either Sex archery tag). If we dropped one of the tags, like most of the ‘big-buck’ states, and became a 1-buck state I think you’d also see the antlerless harvest go up…not to mention we’d probably have a few more decent bucks running around.

Time will tell how these new regulations end up working, but I think we already know, this isn’t going to work.

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NYS DEC Misses the Mark with New Regulations

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First meeting of 2014 for the WCBA

The Westchester County Bowhunters Association will hold its winter meeting on January 21,2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Teatown Lake Reservation Ossining, NY.

One of the hot topics for discussion I’m sure will be the plans that Teatown has for using sharpshooters to cull 75 deer from the reservation property. Why Teatown isn’t using a free resource like Westchester County’s own bowhunters and is choosing to use taxpayer money to hire sharp shooters is beyond me. Hopefully, we get some answers on this Tuesday night.

About the WCBA: Since 1979, the Westchester County Bowhunters Association has worked at expanding the knowledge of local non-hunters in order that they understand the importance of sound wildlife conservation, and by that we mean effectively controlling Westchester County’s deer populations through Bow hunting.

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