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Modified French Tuning

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I recently discovered my new favorite way to tune my bow – French Tuning. Forget shooting bullet holes through paper and walk back tuning, when done properly French Tuning will be easier and can be done in your basement as long as you have 10 yards to shoot.

The problem with paper tuning is that any slight variation in your hand will cause your arrow to impact the paper differently and the tear to change. Remember paper tuning and walk back tuning are just a start before broadhead tuning, once you get your bow dialed in here and it’s shooting “perfect” it probably won’t be perfect with your broadheads so more tuning will follow this.

I first read about French tuning on the Archery Talk Forum and after doing some walk back tuning of my own I was able to fine tune my bow even more with French Tuning. The best part is that I have 15 yards to shoot in my basement range and with French Tuning you only need 10.

The first thing you need to do is get a weighted piece of string and nail it to the top of your target or hang it from the top of your target stand. The weight will hold the string down in a perfect vertical line and this is what you will be shooting at.

Back up about 3 yards and start shooting three arrows at the string then adjust the windage (left/right) of your sight until you literally hit the string with you arrows. It is possible, but can take awhile. Once you’re dialed in on the string its time to go back to ten yards.

At ten yards shoot at the string, but this time adjust your arrow rest center shot (left/right) until the string splits your 3 arrow group in half. Once your 3 arrow group is split in half by the string from 10 yards it’s time to go back to 3 yards.

Again, aim for the string and shoot your arrows at it adjusting the windage on your sight pins until your arrows hit the top of the string. Once you achieve this go back to 10 yards and adjust your center shot until your group is split in half by the string. Continue this process until no adjustments are needed and your arrows will not only be flying exceptionally well, but you’ll be ready for broadhead tuning which shouldn’t take too much time after this.

For some visuals on Modified French Tuning check out this thread on the AT Forums.

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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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