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The Ultimate Practice Routine – TechnoHUNT

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When I purchased my bow at my local archery pro shop a few months ago the bow tech was telling me about this new TechnoHUNT system that they were having installed and would be up and running the following week.
I was clueless as to what exactly TechnoHUNT was so on my next visit to Flying Arrow Sports in Carmel they let me shoot it for free for fifteen minutes which was all I needed to get hooked! The TechnoHUNT system uses a projector and large screen to display 30 second clips of wildlife from whitetail deer to cape buffalo – your choice – and the archer then takes aim and shoots his arrows with special tips from 20 yards away. The animals are walking, eating, running, rubbing trees, lying down, etc. and the shot distance is simulated with life size game from 20 out to 40 yards (the shots are physically all at 20 yards, but the simulation can make a deer look to be as far as 40 yards away). It is up to the archer to decide if the shot is ethical or not. In some scenarios a buck will have a doe in front of him, or a buck will be walking and there is only a small opening between two limbs so you have to make a judgment call.At Flying Arrow Sports they charge $15 for one person to shoot a half hour round of TechnoHUNT and the more people you get in your group the cheaper it is per person. I chose to shoot whitetails and was able to get off about 50 shots shooting four arrows within the half hour. It was a very good session and I only had one miss – it was at a running deer and the clock was ticking so I decided to let an arrow fly and, of course, the deer stopped and I just cut its brisket. In real life I wouldn’t have taken a shot at that deer unless I was able to stop it, but this is just a game so you can take those shots you would question in the field and see what the end result would actually be. In my case the end result is – don’t shoot a running deer unless it stops. In the field I would have grunted at the deer to stop it, but unfortunately the deer in the simulator won’t hear you grunt so you can’t stop them.

 

TechnoHUNT is starting to pop up all across the country in local archery shops and even taxidermy studios. I would highly recommend shooting one if you have one in your local area.

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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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