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Shooting from Different Positions

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One of the most overlooked aspects of archery is shooting from different positions. Think about it, as a bowhunter, how many times do you actually take a shot on level ground with a deer standing broadside at 30 yards? I’m sure it’s hard to come up with a number because of the infrequency of this occurrence.

When we’re out in the field an animal can show itself at any moment. At that moment we don’t have time to think, rather, we must react to the situation at hand in order to be successful. You need to know how to shoot uphill, downhill, down on one knee, sitting down against a tree, leaning around a branch, shooting down from a treestand, and shooting out of a ground blind. You don’t want your first attempt at shooting while leaning around a tree to be at a P&Y trophy!

This is where the importance of your daily practicing routine comes into play. If you’ve been shooting your bow on a daily basis then you have your anchor points down and will know when everything comes into place and you’re shooting with proper form. It will be much easier to focus on the awkward shooting position when you don’t need to focus on proper shooting form.

Here are a few things to remember when shooting from awkward positions:

  • When shooting from a treestand, bend at your waist to keep your upper body aligned in your normal shooting position;
  • If you’re hunting from a ground blind make sure you practice from inside the blind. I shoot from a kneeling position inside a blind and find this a bit more shaky than if I was standing on my feet. I limit my shots to 30 yards and also make sure I practice with what I will be hunting with and shooting through mesh if I wish to go that route;
  • I make sure to practice leaning around trees or bushes and shooting at a target, shooting from sitting positions and shooting from kneeling positions. Keep an eye on the bubble in your level when you are shooting from these positions and make sure the peep remains aligned with your sight ring to ensure your arrow will hit where you are aiming your pin;
  • When shooting uphill, your arrow will impact slightly lower than where you are aiming;
  • On downhill shots, your arrow will impact slightly higher than where you are aiming. The impact depends on the distance and degree of the angle so practice from many distances/angles to make sure you’ll hit the right spot.

Practice from these positions and you’ll be ready for whatever shot presents itself. Remember many times you only get one five second window for a shot opportunity, will you take it?

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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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