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Shoot Where You’re Aiming

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As I continue to shoot at 3D targets more and more – whether its at a small deer in my basement at 15 yards or at an indoor 3D range or an outdoor 3D range – I have noticed that my shooting accuracy declines when compared to shooting at a standard paper target. There main reason for this is simple – it is easier to focus on a small bullseye than to try and pick out a spot on a solid colored 3D target. As an added challenge, shooting an outdoor 3D course also brings the terrain factor into the equation and allows for shots to be taken at many awkward angles and distances.

To help me pick out a spot more I usually try to line my pins up parallel to the back of the front legs of the animal – it is important not to keep the pins too close to where the legs meet the animals body because you will hit the shoulder blade on a live animal and decrease your chances of recovery. By using the front legs as a starting point, I then try to find the center of the animals mid-section and then pick a spot just below that. In essence I draw imaginary cross hairs on the deer and then aim for the bottom left quadrant of the cross hairs. Shooting in this quadrant helps you hit either straight through the center of the animal’s mid-section or in the bottom 1/3 of the animal’s vitals ensuring a quick kill.

Like anything, the only way to truly become proficient is to practice on 3D targets from various positions all year long so when deer season rolls around next fall, you won’t be pulling your hair out because you just missed that big 8 pointer.

3D TIP: I shoot a modern compound bow with a 70lb draw weight and heavy 425g arrows which pack a punch on live game. The downside of this set up is that for 3D it put my arrows way into the target and can sometimes take two guys to pull an arrow out! Talking with some local 3D guys I found the solution: use a bar of soap to rub the front quarter of your arrow shaft all the way around. The soap will stick to the arrow shaft and cut the force needed to pull an arrow from a target in half! Combine this trick with a quality arrow puller and you’ll be pulling arrows out with ease.

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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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