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Shooting From A Treestand

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Each year before bow season begins, I like to shoot my bow from an elevated position at 5, 10, 15 and 20 yards to see how the arrow impacts the target. At 5 yards I am dead on, at 10 yards I hit about 3″ high, at 15 yards the arrow impacts 2″ high and I was dead on at 20 yards again. Further than 20 yards the angle flattens out so that you’ll hit where you’re aiming.

“As a treestand hunter it is extremely important to know how your arrow will impact at a given distance so you know where to hold the pin in order to hit the vitals of the animal.”

As a treestand hunter it is extremely important to know how your arrow will impact at a given distance so you know where to hold the pin in order to hit the vitals of the animal. Only through extensive practice will you be able to consistently achieve this. For years I typically aimed in the center of the deer’s body right behind the shoulder. Time and time again I ended up with a high shot and less than ideal blood trail. The exit hole is typically higher on the deer when the arrow impacts higher causing blood to pool inside the deer’s chest cavity rather than spilling to the ground to give the hunter a good blood trail to follow.

Although a double lung shot is fatal to a deer, aiming lower – specifically in the bottom 1/3 of the deer’s chest cavity – will put a deer down faster. As hunter’s, it is our responsibility to put an animal down as fast as possible. When you’re up in a tree, your arrow naturally impacts higher due to the angle of the shot. When I shoot at a deer at close range I sometimes have to aim where the white of the deer’s belly meets the brown of its coat – I know the arrow will impact higher and when the arrow hits the deer it ends up in the bottom 1/3 zone – right where I want it.

One thing that helps are the new laser rangefinders with “angle compensation technology.” I think this is a great idea, but probably has more use for hunters in mountainous areas – such as out West – where severe steep angled shots are the norm. Another thing with rangefinders is that you typically don’t get to use them on a live animal because they tend to show up out of nowhere and only stick around long enough for a shot. I typically range trees and rocks surrounding my tree so I have an idea of how far the deer will be when they show up.

If you’re going to be shooting from a treestand this season – as most New Yorker’s do – then practice from a treestand. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to the deer. If you practice those shots now – especially if you practice from a tree on a 3D deer target – then you’ll know exactly where to place that pin when that big buck shows itself this fall.

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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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