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Prepare for the ’08 Deer Season

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As we await for New York’s 2008 big game season’s to begin this autumn, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what changes to make come next season. What I like to do at this time of year is go through all my hunting gear and pick out anything that needs to be replaced. I make a list of what needs to be replaced and what I would like to upgrade. Now is the best time to do this because you have used your gear all season long and know what works and what does not work. If you tried to do this right before the season next year you’d probably have some trouble remember what needed to be replaced and forget to replace a key piece of gear.

This year my rangefinder decided not to work halfway through the season so next season I need to buy a new rangefinder. On the other hand, I would like to buy a Mathews DXT, but I don’t need a new bow, so I’m just going to upgrade some accessories and keep my current set up. The one piece of gear I did replace during the season was my backpack. My old pack decided to fall apart so I replaced it with a Badlands Monster pack which can best be described as an oversized fanny pack with shoulder straps. This pack is easy to carry, can be attached to the tree once you’re up there and with some Alaska game bags can haul out a quartered whitetail which sure beats dragging a deer out!

My bow setup for 2008 is going to include: my 2002 Mathews MQ-32, G5 Optix ME sight, Ripcord Arrow Rest, Limbsaver S-Coil stabilizer, and Easton ST Axis 340 arrows (the only part of my setup that will change). My broadhead will continue to be the G5 Striker (I may try the new Striker Magnum, a 1 1/2″ fixed blade, when it comes out in February 2008 which uses the same ferrule) and vanes will either be 4″ Duravanes or 3″ NAP Quickspins depending on which flies best with my new arrow/broadhead combination.

I don’t need new optics or any type of camo clothing for next year, I have a few seasons left on that gear. However, now is the best time to buy camo at the stores since it will be heavily discounted to make room for next year’s clothing lines.

Another important step I took this season was to touch up my treestand. After seven years of heavy use, my climbing stand was showing signs of wear and becoming reflective as paint was being chipped off and bare metal was showing. I filled the hollow tubes with expanding foam to help deaden some sound and then sanded down the frame so I could re-paint the entire stand. I would recommend painting the stand a gray color. I painted mine brown, but I think the darker color makes the stand stick out too much. The gray, in my opinion, would have blended in better, especially when you are looking up at a treestand from the ground.

Take some time now to look through your gear as you put it away for next year and make sure to replace what you need to. Make any fine tuning adjustments you would like to your bow and practice, practice, practice! By summer time you should have your bow set up exactly how you would like for hunting season and not make any changes to it. The last thing you want to do is get comfortable with your bow and then have to re-learn your equipment because you changed your arrow rest. Get ready cause it’s going to be great in ’08!

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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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