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Fitness for Hunting

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As I write this entry today, I’m in sunny California and I just finished my morning jog along the water under the palm trees. It’s quite different from being in New York where right now they’re getting hammered with snow. I’ve been working seven days a week while I’m out here, but I am taking full advantage of the warm weather and gym in the hotel to run 2 miles each day outside and lift weights in the gym for about an hour a day. It’s easy to stay in shape on the West coast when the weather is so inviting all year long. I couldn’t imagine running two miles in the snow back home, that would be tough, dangerous and very cold.

Although I’m not in the best shape of my life like I was in college, I am keeping in shape and that has made a huge difference in the woods. Working out allows me to hunt harder and longer. This doesn’t mean it’s much easier, but being in shape allows me to push farther in to the woods, climb higher up the mountain, and go that extra mile to get where the unpressured game is.

I prefer to run outside for various reasons. First, it’s nicer to be outdoors than indoors running on a treadmill. You don’t get fresh air hitting you in the face when you’re running on a treadmill, unless of course you bring your treadmill outside. Second, the terrain is never the same and the slight rises and dips in the ground keep you working harder. On my run this morning I made sure the way back to the hotel had an uphill section to get my body working overtime for a bit. Once you get yourself into a routine you’ll start to enjoy pushing your limits and working harder will be enjoyable. Sometimes it is hard to push yourself and you will try and give up, but if you set a goal for yourself, push through, and accomplish that goal, there is no greater feeling.

When it comes to lifting weights I like to change my routine fairly often to prevent my muscles from getting too used to the same routine. If you do the same thing every time you work out you will plateau and the results will start to fade. I also don’t try to build as much muscle as possible. If you build up a lot of muscle you will decrease your range of motion, which will not help you when you’re in the field. When working out for hunting I like to do 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise and 3 exercises for each muscle group. You won’t get instant results, but after a few weeks you will notice a difference, your routine will become easier and your body will start showing results.

Start a routine now and stick with it. The more you put into yourself now, the more harder you’ll be able to hunt come next fall. Keeping yourself in shape should always be your number one priority because the most important piece of equipment you own is you!

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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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