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Playing the Wind

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One of the most important pieces of equipment I bring into the woods with me is a small bottle of unscented talc powder like Hunter Specialties Windicator.

A whitetail’s first line of defense is its nose. When I first started deer hunting, I knew to play the wind so the deer wouldn’t smell me, but didn’t really think it mattered that much – boy was I wrong!

On one property I hunt the wind seems to blow from different directions at every stand. It’s not good enough to say, the wind is coming from the East so I need to hunt a stand where the deer will be coming from the West. You need to physically spray some powder into the air and see which way the wind is blowing so you can hunt accordingly. The terrain and thermals play a big role in affecting wind direction.

Last season I used the powder to determine which direction the wind was blowing so I could pick a tree to climb accordingly. Well the deer kept changing their travel pattern slightly and it took me three hunts to finally climb the right tree without being winded by the deer. They just always seemed to know where I was because the wind was not 100% in my favor. Once I found the right tree with the right wind, the deer never knew I was even there.

This season I had a similar experience. I was about ten yards in the wrong direction on a trail and instantly got picked up by a group of four deer. I was able to take one of the does before she turned around and headed back, but I had now educated the deer and they now knew they were being hunted. The next day I moved my stand 25 yards in the other direction and had 6 deer walk on the same trail without ever knowing I was there.

If you don’t carry a bottle of Windicator or any other odorless talc powder, I’d strongly recommend it. The cost is minimal, but the benefits are substantial. Simply put, having the wind in your favor will make you a more successful hunter.

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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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