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Mathews DXT

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I’ve been seriously considering purchasing a new bow with all the innovations that have come through over the last 5+ years since I purchased my first bow, a Mathews MQ-32, back in 2002. I believe Mathews manufactures some of the highest quality bows on the market and I’ve been leaning heavily towards the Mathews DXT. About the only thing holding me back right now is that I can’t get a two piece quiver for it, but I have seen someone make it work even though the bow lacks the second mounting hole.
I always bowhunt with a quiver full of arrows attached to my bow. Only on one occasion did I actually have a chance to use almost all of my arrows, but there have been several occasions where I have successfully pulled off a second shot or shot one deer, quickly nocked a second arrow and shot a second deer.To me, a two piece permanent quiver is far superior to a one piece quiver. First off, the two piece quiver mounts directly to the bow’s riser so there are less parts, meaning less weight, to add to your bow. Second, two piece quivers sit closer to the bow keeping the bow better balanced and most importantly have a wide grip on the arrows. By this I mean, the quiver can grip the arrows at the top near the broadhead and way down by the fletching. This is unlike one piece quivers that hold the broadhead and then grip the center of the arrow shaft. With one piece quivers if you scrape the nock of your arrows they will vibrate and make lots of noise. However, with a two piece quiver if you scrape the nocks the arrows will make much less noise and not vibrate because they are gripped by the quiver so close to the fletching.

Maybe I’m too picky when it comes to buying a bow, but this next bow should be the last bow I ever need to purchase, but of course that’s just until the next set of innovations come out! For now I just have one tough decision to make – the Drenalin or the DXT?

Here is a cool video of a Mathews XT being shot in slow motion. I thought it was interesting to see what really is going on once a bow is fired:
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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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