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New Year, New Season

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Well the new year is finally arriving and with it brings new hunting seasons and more opportunities to get out into the field and keep that bow in good use.

In Connecticut, there is still one more month to bow hunt whitetails, but I’m afraid I most likely will not be participating because funds are tight right now. This does not mean there will be no more hunting for me though, in fact, now is one of my favorite seasons to bowhunt! There are plenty of opportunities in New York for me to take my bow out and hunt small game like cottontail rabbits, squirrels, and try my luck on some red foxes and coyotes.

The key to successful deer hunting is to practice with your bow all year long. That being said, it’s much more enjoyable to shoot at game than it is to shoot at a target. Hunting predators with a bow is a great challenge by anyone’s standards, but the rewards are well worth the effort and, not to mention, you’re also helping save a few deer by shooting some coyotes.

I prefer to hunt coyotes from a tree stand. This keeps my scent above the coyote’s keen nose, puts me out of sight, and allows me to draw my bow back without getting the attention of that wily coyote. A climbing stand is a must for this type of hunting since you will be switching locations roughly every hour or so. I like to set up and start calling with a cottontail screamer call for about 15 minutes and then quiet up for another 15 minutes. I repeat this process four times and if nothing comes in by the 4th time I climb down, move about 500 yards or so to another location and start the process again.

It takes a bit of work, but the rewards are well worth it for both you and the deer herd. Don’t put that bow away yet this season, get out and shoot some coyotes! It’s great fun and a good way to stay outdoors.

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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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