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Practice During the Off Season

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Two weekends ago I shot my first ever 3D tournament. It wasn’t something I had ever looked into, but to my surprise I was able to find a 3D shoot just about every weekend, all within 2 hours of my home.I have been practicing with my bow almost every single day since deer season has ended. I shoot at a minimum 30 arrows each day at a target that is 15 yards away in my basement. Sometimes I’m actually down there for hours at a time shooting at the same bag target. It doesn’t really matter how far away your shots are for practicing, what matters is that you practice consistent form:

  • Draw the bow back the same way each time;
  • Make sure you use the same grip each time;
  • Keep you anchor points consistent;
  • Pick out a specific spot to aim at;
  • Apply an even amount of pressure on your trigger until the arrow is released;
  • Follow through – keep focused on the spot you’re aiming for until the arrow hits its mark.
After a few sessions you’re anchor points will become like second nature and your groups should start to tighten. I noticed a significant difference over a two week period of shooting every day. Following this I felt I was ready for the 3D range. I arrived at the tournament around 10:30 in the morning and joined a group of three traditional archers. They were just out having fun, so I decided for my first tournament I would not keep score and have as much fun as possible.There was a course through the woods offering realistic shots from 25 yards all the way out to 65 yards. I shot everything from whitetails and turkey to lions, grizzly bear, dinosaurs, and even a giant poisonous frog. The benefit of shooting in 3D tournaments is that it forces you to estimate yardages and shoot from different angles, elevations, and positions (this course even had a shot from a ground blind). I surprised myself with how well I was shooting and in all I only missed one target! I was pumped!

I feel that shooting as many 3D tournaments as possible as long as a consistent daily practice routine will ensure your arrow hits its mark come next season. While I was shooting the tournament I was especially proud of myself when I nailed the turkey target right in the kill zone! Opening day of turkey season will be here before you know it and I’m ready…Tom’s Dead!

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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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