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Summer Shooting

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During the summer hunting is usually one of the last things on my mind as I’m always busy camping, hiking, kayaking, wakeboarding, bicycling or just going to the beach with friends. It’s never hard to find a few people to bbq with or go out for a night on the town, but it does get a bit harder for me to find time to shoot my bow.

I do make an effort to shoot my bow at least three times a week right now, even if it is only for about 15 minutes to a half hour. I think that as long as you put the time and effort into each shot and practice perfect form as you would on the first deer of the season than you will be prepared once opening day arrives. Right now I’m doing a good job of cutting fletching and busting nocks while shooting indoors so I’m going to start shooting right after work so I can shoot while its still light outside. Not only do you get a more realistic practice for hunting scenarios by shooting outside – such as the wind, angle of the sun, and fading light – but in my case I also get to shoot at longer ranges.

Right now I’m waiting for the arrival of my new stabilizer that I had custom made by Jim Posten. Once that arrives I will be fine tuning my bow and then it will be time to put the broadheads on and start tuning them. Although bow season is still two months away, it will be nice to take my time with the broadhead tuning and get everything set up now. It’s extremely important to not change anything on your setup once the season begins. Practice as much as you can now and get used to how all of your equipment functions. That way when that big buck steps out from behind the tree 15 yards in front of you, you’ll be concentrating on the deer’s vitals rather than which pin to use, if the bubble is level, and if you should be aiming with one eye open or both eyes – the latter will all be done without you realizing it, if you’ve practiced enough.

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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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