Ottawa Archers 3D Tournament

On May 4th, I had a chance to join the Spring 3D tournament that was hosted by Ottawa Archers.

As this was my first 3D Archery Tournament, I didn’t know where I was supposed to go or what to do.

When I arrived at 8:15AM, I thought I was going to be late.  As it was raining that morning and it turned out that I was the first one there.  Well, other than the support people.

After I signed in, they told me that I’d be shooting in the Open category and I’d be shooting from the orange pins.  I had know idea at the time and just went along with it.

I waited until a few others signed in and we were off.  They told me the ins and outs of a 3D Tournament.  And mid way through, they questioned why I was shooting in the Open category.  I told them that was told to.

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Anchoring

The key to shooting a bow and arrow and group your arrows within an acceptable area, is consistency.

It doesn’t matter if you have the world’s best sight on the market, if you can’t shoot consistently, it won’t matter.

The key to consistency is, practice.

One of the things that you will have to get used to is anchoring.

Anchoring is putting a part of your hand to a point on or near your face.

I can’t tell you how to anchor your draw, but I can tell you how I anchor my draw.

I draw back and I always have the second knuckle of my pointing finger a anchored on the corner of my mandible.

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Hoyt Carbon Spyder

Well…. that didn’t take long….

Hoyt has announced a replacement to their popular top of the line bow, the Carbon Element, and is replacing it with the Carbon Spyder.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to write a review on this bow, as it is WAY out of my price range.  Bare bow, I have seen it listed at over $1600 USD.  If anyone else finds a better price, please us know.

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Shooting 50 yards

Looks like my schedule at work is a little up in the air, so my days off are kinda screwy.

I had last Wednesday off, so my friend James and I decided to go to the range.  Once we got to the range, we shot off a few rounds of arrows.

After about 10 minutes, James comes of with the idea of going to the family cottage so that we can shoot longer distances.  Let’s face it, 20 yards is fine, but the chances of a deer or other animal coming to the 20 yard mark is slim.  We needed to sight in our 30-50 yard pins on our bows. Continue reading

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Release Me!

Release aids have been become more popular in the last few of years.

When I first started, there were very few people that wanted to shoot with a release.  Everyone was still doing the finger release.

There is a downside to finger releasing.  Some actually think that if they don’t do it right, you could roll the string, which could affect the flight of the arrow.  Also, that you could build up more fatigue while drawing back multiple times on a bow string.

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Sighting In

I finally received my order from Bass Pro Shop of my new Trophy Ridge React Sight for my compound bow.  It only took them almost a week and a half.

I ordered it on a Sunday evening, okay, their warehouse isn’t open Sunday and Monday was Labour Day.  When Tuesday came, my order was still “Processing” and it was the same for most of Wednesday as well.  I finally got notification that it was “shipped” or actually in the words of the Bass Pro Shop website, “Completed”. Continue reading

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Broadheads – Carbon Express F-15 Dual Blade Broadhead

I remember when I first started archery. I wanted to hunt something.

A native friend of mine, Chris, was telling me all about broad head arrow tips.

He preferred a broad head with the blade that started at the tip, instead of a point.

So I jumped on the chance when I found these Carbon Express F-15 broad heads. Continue reading

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