From the NRA Hunter’s Rights YouTube channel.
From the NRA Hunter’s Rights YouTube channel.
Here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Calendar
Indoor GBAA State, Evans GA
3D – Bucks 2 Beards (1500 North Bucks Pocket Rd.
Old Fort, TN)
Saturday March 8th:
3D – Christian Bowhunters of Georgia (Covington, GA)
3D – Appling Archers Critter Shoot (Appling, GA)
Sunday March 9th
3D – NGC Banks County Archery Club (No location listed)
3D – Redneck Archery Club (Griffin, GA)
3D – Satilla River Archery club (Broxton, GA)
So, nothing closer than Griffin for me, I’ll actually be spending part of the weekend finishing our new course.
We’re considering starting a ‘Pro Money’ class, with the following rules:
At this point, we’re kicking the idea around, I know Clay asked quite a few people at our February shoot. If we get a positive response, we’ve also considered opening up a ‘known’ class as well.
Suggestions and opinions are welcome. Also, keep in mind that even if only one person shoots, they would automatically get $75 back, though honestly, if we can only get 3-4 people doing this, I don’t think we would go forward with it.
I spend a lot of time lurking on Twitter and FaceBook. Don’t get me wrong, I’m almost always doing other things too, I just keep the feed running and try to spot photos and key words that I’m interested in. (For me, that’s anything related to: hunting, fishing, archery, firearms, physics, climatology, astronomy, history, the film industry, books, and cooking. Yeah, I stay busy.) One of the repeated themes I’ve seen, year after year, is the ‘countdown to hunting season!’ I even have a widget here on the page that I sometimes use to count down to the next shoot, or Turkey season, Deer season, etc.
It occurred to me the other day that this isn’t really the right mindset. I was reading something Mark posted over at Wired to Hunt , and shortly after that I saw somebody post how many days until the start of season, and I thought ‘wait, that isn’t right, we’ve got so much to do between now and then to get ready for season, it’s like season never ends.’ That’s when I decided I was going to make a list of things that needed done, by month, to get ready for the HARVEST season. You see, we can scout, plant food plots or keep feeders full, place and move trail cameras, etc. all year long (depending on your state, or your location in the state, some places feeders are illegal, etc. CHECK YOUR LOCAL REGULATIONS) so we’ve moved from being seasonal hunters to a more farm-like mindset. End of season scouting tells us how the ‘livestock’ have fared, collecting sheds gives us an idea of the local population of bucks, planting food plots or feeding through the winter helps the herd survive, practicing our shooting skills through the spring with 3D shoots, etc.
So, while not finished, here are my monthly thoughts on ‘what to do through the year.’ Keep in mind I don’t HAVE a piece of property to put a food plot on, at this point I am hunting on public land almost entirely. Also keep in mind that I shoot 3D both as a pro-staffer for Hips Archery Targets and as a Gable Sporting Goods staff shooter, so nine months of the year, ‘shoot 3D tournaments’ is on the list. Also, this isn’t a comprehensive list, I thought of this yesterday, and literally made decisions on what goes on the list as I sit here in front of my computer. I’m sure I’ve left things off, and keep in mind that this is MY list. If you have hunting property, you’ll need to add in working on food plots, or moving stands, etc. I don’t have a need for those items, because I have to pull my stand out every night on public land.
This also isn’t meant to be some obsessive/compulsive “Oh, DARN, I forgot to do X!” list, it just breaks down what I would (or should) do for the months. For example, EVERY YEAR I say I’m going to small game hunt through February, to scout, shed hunt, and put some squirrels in the freezer. I never do. Ever. Because 3D season is in full swing, and if I’m not at a 3D shoot, I’m planning to run one, practicing for the next one, or saying ‘Screw it, it’s raining, I’m going to watch The Avengers again!’ I’m just glad nobody’s grading me on it.
Article by Slaton L. White. Uploaded on November 27, 2013
Photos by Cliff Gardiner and John Keller (Blinds). Illustrations by Jason Lee
Portable ground blinds are more popular than ever—for good reason. They appeal to older hunters who no longer want to climb trees and to parents looking to share the outdoors with a child while keeping everyone’s feet on terra firma. Ground blinds have utterly transformed turkey hunting for bowhunters, and for the rest of us they simply go where treestands can’t. Hub-style blinds—which stuff into a bag and have an integrated frame for fast setup and takedown—are the favorites in this category. We had four hunters test four models during turkey and deer seasons to see which offered the best portability, concealment, and utility.
Alex Buecking, 26
• Home Hunting Area: Montana
• Days Hunted Per Year: 15
Eric D. Greene, 40
• Home Hunting Area: Texas
• Days Hunted Per Year: 10
Tim James, 35
• Home Hunting Area: Indiana
• Days Hunted Per Year: 10
Bill Kramer, 40
• Home Hunting Area: Pennsylvania
• Days Hunted Per Year: 40
★ Piece of Sheet
★ ★ Plastic Tarp
★ ★ ★ Hunt House
★ ★ ★ ★ Secret Lair
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Invisibility Cloak
Red the four reviews at Field & Stream
That is good advice – my problem is more of a whack-a-mole type, where I eliminate one bad habit, another one crops up, next thing I know I’m turning in a circle (mentally). I’ve been shooting archery since the early 70′s, all but ten years of that in one kind of competition or another, and while I enjoy it, I don’t want it to turn into work again like it did in the late 1990′s.
Originally posted on 3D Archery with Gregory Richards:
Besides archery, I’m have been training in the martial arts for the past 20 years, first in Tae Kwon Do, then in Kickboxing and Iaido (Samurai Sword). In the martial arts, Bruce Lee has to be one of the most quoted people and most of the time they get the quote wrong or they misinterpret it.
One “mantra” that he had was “Daily Decrease”. People took this to mean to train in less each day. But what he really meant and it applies to archery is that each day you should strive to eliminate something that you’re doing that hurts your performance. Instead of approaching your training as trying to “get better”, you should focus your training on Eliminating the “holes” in your technique. This is how you will become better.
There isn’t anything else.
I’ve been shooting since 1976, and I still have consistency problems
Originally posted on Random Journal Notes by C. Criste:
How I Got Into Archery
When I was in my early twenties I wanted to take up archery but never got around to doing it. My only experience then was about two weeks of high school PE archery where we were given a bow and arrow and told to line up and take turns to shoot at the target. I don’t remember any kind of coaching or teaching and I was just this skinny kid who struggled to pull the bowstring. I don’t know the pull weight of those bows but it must have felt like about 40 pounds.