Exploring Turkeys and How to Aim Properly at Them

Is wild turkey your forte? Well, look no further. From this video, we will point out some of the most crucial parts of how to take aim and size up a turkey. See how you compare to what the pros are doing and how you can up your game for your next hunt!

 

  1. Anatomy can be misleading

Strutting and puffing up can lead to some problems when trying to pick the right spot to aim. Just remember, “you will want to aim high, staying away from back feather and chest feathers.” As those are the two areas that tend to make the bird appear larger than he actually is. They do a really great job of giving some video play by play of this so you can really understand where and how to aim!

 

 

  1. Bird facing away from you

Now, from someone who personally likes to deer hunt, this wouldn’t have been my first choice to take a shot from. But giving it a chance, it turns out to be very viable. According to the video, since the turkey’s lungs are pushed up against its spine, you can go ahead and aim within the area of the turkey’s spine. About four inches to each side is roughly the area you have horizontally. One good shot into the chest cavity and you’ve got yourself a great bird. The shot will easily snap its spine if it’s hit and cause the turkey to go down.

 

 

  1. The Classic Headshot

We all want to say we have taken the head shot before. You really have to be confident with making this shot however. One quick turn of its head, and you could end up missing. In the video, they remind us that the head is no bigger than the vitals that you are usually aiming at anyway. So in all fairness, you still have as good a chance to hit it if you’re confident in your skills for its vitals area.

 

 

The video can be watched here. It is well put together and can follow along very easily. I hope you all have good dreams of your next wild turkey hunt!

Why You Should Get Your Kids Started In Archery?

 

Archery is a great game for kids. Archery teaches kids to be alert, position right and help them realize the importance of safety. If you too are making up your mind to involve your kids in this great sport, we highly recommend you to buy a bow and arrow for them today. Here is why!

 

Teaches them to stay disciplined

Beginners are usually told to respond to the command of the whistle. Children are trained to move to the shooting stage, after the second whistle. Usually in a smaller age group, children are allocated into groups depending on the number they are so that the sport is more enjoyable. This allows them to shoot individually and with proper safety.

 

Teaches them to be systematic and organized



Kids are made to stand in the waiting line, as each step of the shooting is provoked by a command given by the instructor. After each archer has shot their bow and arrows on the target and the range is clear, archers must keep their equipment aside. There are three whistles blown to give the command to archers. The first indicates the shooting can begin in a sequence of steps. The second is to signal them to proceed to the shooting line and the third as mentioned above permits archer to keep their equipment aside. After the third whistle is blown, the archer is supposed to automatically move to the target line and score his arrows.

 

Teaches them the importance of correct position

Right-hand archer is supposed to hold the bow, with the left hand. So, with the left side towards the target, the child is made to stand at the right angle to the target. Child must keep the tips of the toes against an imaginary line pointing towards the center of the target. The child is made to stand straight with shoulders down. This is done to help them balance their body weight so that the shoulders are directly towards the target. 

 

One of the safe sports

Archery is considered as an important sport for children as it teaches them how unsafe habits can injure themselves and provides them knowledge on how important safety is. On the other hand, it is proven that Target Archery is one of the safest sports for children because the strictness involved teaches the children to be safe while enjoying the game.

For that matter of fact, even for parents when they make their children join this sport, and they watch an Archery class being conducted, they themselves feel safe in making their children join. Archery teaches a skill which is safe for kids, even to practice every day. It is considered as a safe sport. The range or the field where it is played has been designed, keeping the safety in mind, which is most beneficial for children. 

However, before enrolling your kid into one of the archery courses, make sure that the kids are being trained under the effective supervision of trained and qualified teachers. Further, teachers/instructors should be vigilant enough to monitor each student individually and provide individual feedback to them.

Buy for your kids a right set of bow and arrows and get them started!

 

How to Avoid Archery Overtraining Injuries

Archery is one of the safest sports around. However, overtraining injuries can at times prove to be a spoiler. This is why you need to check out the 4 ways listed down below, that will help you prevent archery overtraining injuries.

  • Get the right equipment

Bow and arrows are the essential equipment you need to get started with Archery. But, it is not just about picking a random archery bow and arrows. Beginners need to be more careful and aware, as holding the wrong equipment could land them into trouble. For example, when you are choosing a bow, you need to find one, whose weight is suitable for your body, so that you're able to hit at least 20 shots in a row while you are practicing. The reason is, if your bow is too heavy, then you are bound to face issues drawing it, which if continued, is bound to lead to a serious injury.

  • Limber up

 It is highly recommended to perform some short warming up workouts, before going for a full-fledged practice session using your bow and arrows. It is very important to understand the concept of warm-up. If you don’t warm-up prior to the game, then your muscles are by default cold and by suddenly putting them through vigorous conditions, you will attract injuries to your spine, shoulder joint, back, etc. Here finding a regime which includes some stretching is sure to help you, as it loosens the muscles and prepares them for the practice session. Moreover, a good sportsperson is the one, who knows when to take a break, as cooling down is equally important. Therefore, take breaks in between your practice session.

  • Spice it up with cross training

 It goes without saying; archery is a sport, which focus much more on our upper body. But in order to stay healthy and perform well, you need to take care of every muscle in your body. Therefore, you need to find different training routines to make sure that every part of your body is in good shape. This is the reason why you should incorporate exercises like swimming, running, yoga as well as a few cardio exercises to prevent injuries to the less used muscles and keep the whole body in good health & shape.

  • Be Easy

The most important element is to go easy with yourself. People often suffer from archery injuries because of their own action. This is something which is more common for beginners, who might unknowingly push themselves too far. You need to know the strength and capabilities of your own body, know how much you are capable of pushing yourself. Learning the proper technique is key to physical strength. Moreover, if you are not applying the right technique and are putting unnecessary pressure on your body, then you are sure to get serious injuries.

Feel confident and give the most out of your bow and arrows, but make sure you’re not hurting yourself in this process.

Archery Fitness Basics That Every Archer Must Know About

 

Archery is one among those sports which when played properly can help you boost your body's strength and improve your ability to repeat the motions frequently. The best archers have a perfectly fit body. Hence, it is really essential to have a properly balanced workout which incorporates strength training, cardio, and stretching.

Here are a few tips that would help you achieve that perfectly toned body!

  • Muscle magic!

Muscles work wonders in Archery. Almost all good archers have well-toned and strong muscles. If you are shooting a bow for archery, you must be flexible enough and your big muscles must be strong enough. For instance, the lower trapezius is responsible for doing all heavy lifting while drawing the bow for archery. The lattisimus dorsi and your abdominals work on maintaining your stability and ensure that the shoulders are relaxed while you raise the bow. So how do you do that?

To begin with, you must opt for getting yourself a ball for stability. It will not only aid you in offering a good workout but will also make your time of exercise challenging and fun. You can do this with the help of an archery set which will promote your body's stability. This set includes a ball, foam stick, balance disks and other things.

  • Cardio is essential as well!

    Archery is comparatively a stationary game. But this doesn't really mean you can neglect cardio altogether. The fact however is, archers with less resting heart rate perform better than others in the competition. Though you could be a backyard archer or someone who is strictly taking part only in local tournaments, you will likely experience the same excitement and the thrill to hit that bull's eye on the archery’s target.

    If you are training yourself for the family meet which is going to happen in your backyard or for winning the title of a state championship, cardio is something very essential for management of your nerves and to help you in feeling stronger whereas the archers who are less fit will start to experience fatigue. Half an hour of cardio which includes aerobics, swimming jogging or even walking for about 5 days in a week can help you in decreasing your heart rate while the pressure of the sport would be on.

    • Stretch more and more

      Stretching is the key aspect in Archery as you would be substantially pulling and lifting weights to draw string of the bow for archery. Even a compound hunting bow of 20 pounds when drawn back could make you prone to injuries or may cause soreness to say the least. You can begin by buying a stretch band which is also known as therapy bands or stretch tubing which is available in medical stores and archery shops.

      Make use of band which is light weighted and comes with a little resistance. Fasten it at the probable length to which you can draw and use the band for practicing your shots. For extra benefits, shoot using the stretch band by standing in front of your mirror. It will aid you in stretching the muscles and strengthen your techniques for archery.

      5 Big Archery Mistakes in Film and Television

      Television and movies are a main staple of our entertainment now-a-days. In our pursuit of a diversion from everyday life, we look forward to consuming things that take away our cares of the real world. In this search, as archers, we like to watch films and shows that involve archery every so often. We also tend to get a little attached to how we want archery to be portrayed. This entry isn’t as much about bad form as it is filmmakers or directors not being correct with proper archery aspects. Here are five mistakes that were made during film, TV shows and appearances.

       

      1. Pixar’s Brave - Red Carpet Premiere:

      Now this one wasn’t in the movie, per say. This appearance though raised a few voices within the archery community. The photo was taken at Scotland’s Red Carpet premiere of the motion picture. As you can clearly see, the bow in the picture is not quite how it should be strung. Backwards. Sadly this would not fend off any bears for our young heroine.

       

      1. Hawkeye in Thor:

      There are numerous photos of Hawkeye making the most awkward shots in the Avengers films. This one however was before his debut in the main franchise. As a side character in the first Thor movie, Hawkeye takes aim at Thor as he is trying to retrieve his hammer from within the encampment of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a split second, we see that as Hawkeye is taking aim with his compound bow… the arrow is not even sitting on the rest. This was a BIG disappointment to archers everywhere. Knowing that the Marvel sharpshooter wasn’t even aware of his own arrow placement was just a little upsetting.

       

      1. Charlie’s Angels with Lucy Liu:

      This one can easily be overseen in the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Lucy Liu’s character, Alex Munday, needs to make a shot to hit the bad guys. This one is very easily missed by most. As she takes aim at the Helicopter, she doesn’t even pull the bow back all the way. Now since this is a compound, it won’t have the strength to even launch that arrow as far as it needs to go. Surprisingly enough, it hits the mark. Hurray for movie magic!  In the bloopers for this movie, they show that same scene and what the arrow actually does…and it doesn’t even make it out of the bow. As Lucy laughs at how silly her shot is.

       

      1. Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games trilogy:

      To start this one off, we are not critiquing her draw hand placement. Unlike a lot of the angst when most archers see this actress on screen. We understand that she was taught by an Olympic archer so of course she is going to have a different draw style than what is used in most instinctive shooting. The aspect of the photo we are looking at is where the arrow is resting. Can you see it?  That’s right, it isn’t even on top of her hand, or near the bow, at all. It seems to be floating on the side of her hand. I wouldn’t really consider that very consistent or helpful when trying to hit game for the dinner table, let alone trying to defend myself in an arena to the death.

       

      1. Oliver Queen – Arrow TV series:

      Finishing up our list, Oliver has been seen in this recent television series as the highly accurate businessman sharpshooter from the DC universe. However, coming across this shot in one of the episodes in the beginning season we tend to think otherwise of the hero archer. We were first given this idea from the Robin Hood: Men in Tights film. Hilariously watching as Robin Hood shot multiple arrows off of the bow at the same time and being able to hit multiple targets; shooting around corners, hitting multiple spots on a person, etc. Well, taking this into a serious context within the TV show makes this archer a little less believable. As shown from this photo, sadly all three of those arrows would never hit an intended target. Each arrow would need to be kept separate from each other. The way it is set up now, as he released, the arrows would collide with each other. Not even coming close to hitting anyone accurately.

       

      Which TV spots or films are in your top 5 for incorrect use of archery protocol? Even though they may not get it right all the time, at least archery is being noticed by Hollywood.

      Archery Equipment Caring : Preserving And Transporting

      The moment you get your very first bow, you develop an intimate connection with it. Apart from shooting, you must think of how to store it. You will start wondering if you have to unstring the bow after every use or think of how you need to transport it. However, it isn't really complicated when it comes to caring about your bow and arrows. All it requires is a method of storing and a bit of care while transporting it.

      Compound bows usually remain strung and hence, the bow case should accommodate the structure of the strung bow. But recurve bows need to be unstrung once the shooting session is over.

      Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to storage and transportation of bows in archery. Nonetheless, you must never ever leave your bow case in a damp such as a garage, basement or a shed or even in a hot car, no matter what kind of bow case you own. High temperatures and moisture could warp the limbs of the bow and cause permanent damage to it. Hence, you must always plan to store your bow somewhere secure and safe.

      • Backpack Case

        Archery Backpack Streamline 2

        If you use a takedown recurve bow, you would definitely want to have this one! They are great for portability, allowing you to pack the sight, riser, the limbs, the arrow tube and other accessories of yours. These cases are comfortable, durable and light. They are tailor made for transportation through public means. However, these cases can't be checked in airplanes as they do not have enough protection for the bow.

        • Hard Case

          This one is a good option for shooters who wish to make sure that their compound bows and recurve bows and other accessories are protected well. Hard cases are generally made of highly dense plastics which can withstand considerable amounts of stacking and dropping even if other heavy objects are piled upon them.  If you are an archery shooting for recreation, you would not really require a hard case or even if you do, one case would be enough. However, if you plan of competing frequently, you would have to go for a double case which would accommodate both the primary bow as well as the backup bow. The main problem with these cases is their weight, they are very heavy and bulky.

          • Soft Case

            Compound bow case Double 2

            Such cases are commonly made of heavy duty fabrics and come with a foam padding. They are made specifically for compound bows. The shape of the case depends on the style of bow you carry and the materials you wish to store during the travel. Most archers use a telescopic tube or a case to transport arrows and store it with the bow if there is space in the case. If not, the tube is carried separately. The main advantages: they are light and they have plenty of pockets and storage to organise the accessories. But you should not check in a soft case for air travel.

            • Roller Case

            Roller Trolley Case Everest

            We consider this option the best for professional archers who often travel to competitions or hunts around the country. This type of cases is strong enough to protect 1 or 2 bows while travelling by air. It is lighter than a hard plastic case and it is much more versatile. There are lots of pockets and you can even carry some clothing in it.

            Other considerations for storage

            Many hard cases have inserts made of foam. You can cut and shape them to match the structure of your gear, like your sight for instance. But if you go for high quality equipment, you would notice that a few accessories come along with cases of their own. You need to decide if you want extra cases or stuff everything in one single case. 

            Moreover, you would also require space for tackle box which contains nicks, glue, screws, wrenches, serving thread and various other tools which archers have with them. A tiny, nicely packed tackle box could also fit in the case. All in all, when selecting a bow case which you would carry on road trips, you need to ensure that you have enough space to stuff archery equipment of yours.

             

            A Guide To Choosing the Ideal Archery Gear

             

            Archery undoubtedly is a great sport. But, you can only fetch the best out of archery when you have the right archery equipment with you. Fortunately, buying archery equipment is not a tough job. All thanks to a plethora of choices that are available.

            Are you looking for the right gear? We’re here to help!

            • Identify the perfect arrows

             

            Select the right arrows - the ones meeting your purpose. Many people tend to go for aluminum arrows that are perfect for outdoor as well as indoor shooting. Arrows generally flex when they are released out of the bowstring. Hence, ask your coach or dealer to help you in selecting arrows which flex enough and have just the right weight along with the draw length.

            • Choose 'your kind of' bow

             

            Selecting among recurve bows and compound bows is one of the perks of archery that archers enjoy. There is nothing like a right or a wrong choice. Your choice must depend on what you love doing the most. You could also try a longbow for a change. When you get to your local archery shop, you can explore the various types of bows, and choose the one you feel most confident with.

            • Accessorize
            An archer's equipment cannot be completed without the important accessories required. Quiver, finger tab, armguard and release aid are key accessories. These fundamental inclusions are not costly but are very important for your setup. An armguard protects your arm and prevents it from the graze it could suffer by the string of the bow while shooting. For recurve bow archers, the finger tab includes protective leather in between your fingertips and the bowstring. For compound archers, a mechanical release would help in releasing the bowstring better. The hip quiver carries your arrows and is easy to use.
            • Get hold of the sight
            Most archers go with a beginner's sight when choosing their first bow to aid themselves in aiming at the given target and strike it more precisely. A few archers begin with traditional setups, but the sight would help you shoot with better precision using a recurve bow or a compound bow. Many sights provide durability as well as adjustability at user-friendly prices.
            • Time for Personalizing

            This is the most interesting part. You can choose to personalize your archery gears. Bows are generally available in various colors and arrows could be fletched by making use of a variety of feathers or vanes. Archers can also choose the color for their nocks, the plastic parts that are at the end of the arrows which snap onto the bowstring. Quivers, as well as armguards, also come in a variety of colors and styles.

            Once you are pretty serious about archery, you will find out that there are plenty of options for intermediate as well as high-performance bows, sights, accessories and most importantly, arrows. Your first move is to make yourselves comfortable and consistent with your first bow setup. 

             

            6 Simple Ways To Excel in Shed Hunting

             

            The world's biggest shed hunt, the Shed Rally, has got good potential. It is known for some great natural landscapes that are beautiful and wide antlers' vast arrays, be it small or big. Shed hunting is a sort of an unusual pastime which most of the Americans haven't heard of.

            Between the cold shades of woods in the winter and the frozen farmlands, men, as well as women with their children, spread out between January and April to look for and retrieve the shed that is elusive. These sheds are left over by animals like mule deer, elk, and whitetail deer.

            We have got perfect tips for you which would help you in your debut shed hunting voyage! Get set and pack your hunting equipment.

            1) Gather sufficient info about the animal

            The deer family usually sheds the antlers between mid-January and mid-March. Begin the process by searching the sheds near food sources that are generally preferred by deer. If you find that food source, you will find the sheds too. Since food is limited during winter, deer usually feed aggressively and the bucks usually shed during such processes. If you have been used to methods of hunting deer, you would know about the animal really well and that will definitely help!

             

            2) Study the spot well

            You might not be allowed to enter large private properties. It is completely okay as most people are not allowed too. However, public spots like national forests, state forests, parks could be searched. Most people don't go shed hunting in public spots as they think it will already be picked. This could not entirely be true. To begin with, you should first check back in a public spot while you go for shed hunting. You must look for remote places which are out of reach wherein a Buck could hide. With permission and legal allowances, you can go for shed hunting in natural reserves and public areas.

             

            3) Find fence, find antlers!

            You should try to relate to an animal, this is not really a hard deduction. For instance, if you walked 300 yards straight, but only come across one fence. When is it that you would lose something out of your pocket? When you jump a fence! Same is the case with the animals. Creek crossings, fence jumps, and steep ravines are places where the wildlife can jostle and let the antlers loose.

             

            4) Carry necessary hunting equipment

            Shed hunting may take you to open country as well as woods. Once you come across your first shed, you would know that you have accumulated a lot of knowledge about wildlife as well as their traits. Besides, you would get some workouts for your body too. You could use a pedometer that can track your shed hunting and would give you statistics about how much you could walk in a day and at what pace. Forests and fields are usually wet during winter and you must compulsorily wear boots so that your feet are kept warm and dry. Binoculars will help you cover the grounds quicker. Hence, such hunting equipment is mandatory.

             

            5) Look for a pair

            If you have been in hunting deer, you already know a lot about them. You don't really have to celebrate the victory the moment you come across an antler. Every antler would have a partner. You must find the other half and it could be found if you go around the place. In most cases, the other half is nearby only. It's just like knowing that the second shoe isn't really far if the person has lost one shoe. When a shed is dropped, the bucks generally get rid of the other.

             

            6) Sunshine

            At times, elks, deer or other animals are just like humans. They could be found in the places with ample amount of sunlight. Deer love to sunbathe and warm up themselves with the sunlight. You can search for sheds in such places too.

            All set? If you have any queries, let us know in comments!

            Roller Compound Bows - Everest 44 - Army Green

             

            Food Habits You Should Indulge in for Great Archery

             

            You don't really have to hate all fats. Healthy fats like nuts, cheese, oils and vegetables that contain fat, avocado are great helpers for your body. Top class athletes of the Olympic games in archery are aware that your whole body plays a major role when you are about to compete. Be it sharpening your mind, strengthening your muscles or maintaining the stability of the foundation, players must always keep their body charged for best performance in archery.

             

            The Olympic committee of the US suggests various eating plans in order to cater to needs of easy, moderate or hard days of archery training as well as competition. What would it mean for an archer of average experience? Basically it only implies that balance is vital. The amount of veggies and fruits, proteins and carbs varies depending on the work you are doing.

             

            Are You An Archer Looking For Recreation And Have Just Begun?

            Maybe you are into shooting in those leagues conducted by archery shops or maybe you are taking part in the archery program conducted by the states. In these cases, you would be practicing for a day or two in a week. Plan on including vegetables and fruits in half of your platter and distribute the rest of the half between sole grains like rice, pasta, cereals, starchy vegetables and proteins given by soy, egg and meat. This would be a good plan to stick to while your training is consistent in the same range.

             

            Moderate days - These are the days wherein you train yourselves on bow and arrow more than one time, like doing archery in the morning and indulging in cardio during the afternoon. They require a different balance of nutrients to provide you energy which carbs supply and you'd also need more of protein. You can consider vegetables and fruits for about 35% of your platter and you can fill the rest with grains and lean protein.

             

            If you are preparing yourself for some tournament, especially that which needs endurance from your side, like multiple days and too many bow and arrows, you should consider the requirement of extra energy through carbohydrates. You can fill half of your platter with grains and focus on lean protein for about a quarter of the platter and vegetables for the remaining. This instruction must be followed the day before your competition, during it and after it.

             

            What Else Could You Have?

             

             

            In common, fat just be limited to about a spoon per day and that fat just be the healthy ones like nuts, cheese, oil and fatty vegetables like avocado that also has an intensive punch of vitamin. During hard training days when you spend too much time with bow and arrows, you could increase healthy content of fat to about two spoons a day.

             

            Water, Water and More Water!

            You must be very well hydrated depending on the duration of training you undergo. Ensure you carry water, sports drinks or fresh fruit juices. Hydration is very much imperative for sports persons.

             

             

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