Nanny Doe at 20 yards, what steps out behind her!!!!

What a great article and worth sharing on OAC! Original article posted to Wide Open Spaces is linked to title below! This is solid information and worth a share for sure! 

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SHOULD YOU SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS? (Click to visit Wide Open Spaces)

Posted by Jake VanDeLaare

We are faced with this question almost every year.

It happens to everyone. A nice, mature doe walks in range. You set up your shot, when you notice more movement. Hoping it’s a buck, you look, only to see fawns traveling with this doe. Do you still shoot? Will these fawns or yearlings survive without the supervision of the adult doe? Let’s look at the facts.

Managing a deer herd is vital to the success of the species. Harvesting a doe from time to time is a vital part of herd management and maintaining a good buck to doe ratio. Does will also chase off young bucks throwing off the ratio. Which is a benefit of shooting does early in the season, which is also when a doe is most likely to travel with a fawn.
Ultimately, a fawn’s survival depends on how reliant it is on its mother. A fawn is completely reliant on its mother until it can be weaned off of it’s mother’s milk. This occurs at roughly 70 days after its birth. In the United States a majority of fawns are born between late April and early July. So most fawns are hitting your food plots starting in July and, at the latest, September.
So while the above has been informative that doesn’t answer the question. Should you turn that doe in the above scenario into jerky?

That depends on where you live. In most states, go for it. You earned it and should enjoy that doe and don’t hesitate. Most hunting seasons are set to fall outside of that 70 day range where a fawn would need to nurse. So unless you live in the below states, congratulations on the venison.

States with Early Hunting Seasons

Florida – Season opens July 30

South Carolina – August 15

Idaho – August 3

Nebraska – September 1

Wyoming – September 1

Kentucky – September 1

Montana – September 3

North Dakota – September 4

What if you do live in one of the listed states? You aren’t out of luck you just have to be more careful. Now some of the more Southern states will have their fawns drop early so you’re still probably safe. Really what it comes down to is does that fawn have spots? If yes, let it walk if you want that fawn to survive. If the fawn doesn’t have spots take the shot.

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OAC Thoughts:

This is great info and in PA we have something called “Red tag season” which is crop damage tags provided to land owners who get approved crop damage from WCO’s. The season closes during the birthing time for PA whitetails and comes back in once fawns are weened and able to survive alone. Learn more about the Red Tag Program here. 

Likewise shooting a mature Doe that is no longer providing offspring is a real trophy. They are smarter and tougher to kill then even mature bucks. Likewise managing your herd on private land and keeping that Doe that births two-three fawns yearly might be a wise decision. Just some food for thought! 

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10 Tips For Better Bowhunting Accuracy 

OAC will be sharing worthwhile articles and information from across the web for its followers and competitors! The following article originally written in The Western Hunter  provides sound tips for bowhunters and all archers alike. All credit and information provided content goes to The Western Hunter Blog and encourage you to go to the following link in order to provide feedback or ask questions! 

10 Tips for Minimizing Variables that Undermine Performance
Like a fine automobile, your shooting needs a tune-up now and then to keep driving arrows home without fail. Run through this checklist and see if there might be a few improvements you can make right now to take your game up to the next level.
1) Relax Your Grip

Without question, this is the #1 piece of advice I can give any archer. Your bow hand is the only place your body actually makes contact with the bow, so it’s absolutely the most important thing to control.


Many archers try to use fine muscle movements in the palm of their hand to help aim the bow. These little bits of tension in the palm cause torque and sight movement. Even if you manage to muscle the sight pin onto the target with your palm, the shot will be torqued and your arrow will likely be off the mark.
A relaxed hand allows you to aim steadier, lets your arrows tune and fly more consistently, and your groups will definitely tighten up, because without torque, your shots will hit where they’re aimed. The best way to get a feel for a relaxed hand is to tense your palm at full draw, then let the tension melt away and feel the grip push through the relaxing muscles until it bottoms out on the underlying bone. Get a feel for this and learn to do it at full draw. I guarantee you will shoot and aim better.

2) Use a Bow Sling

This goes “hand in hand” with #1. It’s nearly impossible to maintain a relaxed bow hand if you’re worried that you may drop the bow upon release. Even a low-recoil, parallel-limb bow can get away from you when shooting steeply downhill or from a tree stand.

Use a bow sling so you can train yourself to keep your bow hand relaxed until the arrow arrives at the target. A bow sling helps you maintain concentration, promotes better follow through, and will keep your hand relaxed – all of which will have you shooting “hands-down” better than before!

3) Lean the Top Limb Uphill

Bowhunting the West is an up-and-down affair, so sidehill hunting shots are far more common than getting a shot on perfectly flat ground. Unfortunately, almost all of your practice occurs on flat ground, so your subconscious learns to align the bow perpendicular with the horizontal terrain in front of you.


When the terrain slopes, we subconsciously tilt the top limb of the bow to the downhill side to keep the bow perpendicular to the terrain. This tilt will cause you to miss in the downhill direction.

To combat this natural tendency, always draw with your top limb leaned to the uphill side. Then, as you settle in at full draw, you can relax the bow toward level in the direction it naturally wants to go. If you start with the top limb leaning downhill, you’ll have to fight the bow uphill against your natural tendency toward the level position. Forcing the bow level will cause your aim to suffer and may add unwanted tension in your bow hand (refer to #1).
Practice shooting sidehill shots correctly to get familiar with canting to the uphill side and learn to trust your sight’s level, because you’re going to need it when you hit the mountains this fall.

4) Top Down Approach

When you draw your bow, you should start with your pin slightly above the target. As you settle into your anchor and center the peep, you’ll want the pin 6 – 8 inches above the bullseye on a 40-yard target and about half that on a 20-yard target.


As you get further into the shot, allow the pin to relax downward, ever slower onto the bullseye. Settling down onto the bullseye will help you stay relaxed and aim better.

If you start below the target, you’re more likely to have to fight it up against gravity or “muscle” the pin up to the center. This is often followed by a bobbing motion that takes away from your ability to execute smoothly and you’ll miss a lot of shots out the bottom.

5) Peep Height

Checking your peep height is pretty easy, but archers often overlook this critical part of their bow setup. Draw your bow toward a safe target with your eyes closed. Make sure you get comfortable in your anchor before you open your eyes. When you open your eyes, you should see your sight housing or middle pin centered in your peep.

If the sight housing is high or low in your peep, then the peep needs to move in the direction of the sight. If your peep was off, then you’ve been moving your head into an unnatural or less comfortable position. Move the peep until it’s in line with your natural anchor. You’ll acquire your target faster and shoot better when you don’t have to move your head or stretch your neck to get centered.

Note that as you adjust peep height, you’ll need to gang adjust your sight slightly in the same direction to sight back in. Repeat the process until you’re sighted in properly and centered in the peep.

6) Balancing Act

There are two areas where a bow’s balance is critical. The first is at full draw. The often-overlooked second is how well it balances as you carry it all day in your hand. The bow should not feel heavy one direction or the other.

Bows are never perfectly balanced out of the box and they get worse when you add a sight and a quiver full of arrows to the heavy side. To counter-balance the bow, you’ll need to add weight opposite the heavier side using an offset stabilizer or “V”-bar.

A lot of people avoid doing this on their hunting bows because they don’t want to pack the extra weight. To that, I say, “Nonsense!”

A well-balanced bow carries much easier, because it requires less effort to hold when you don’t have to keep it from twisting. Less effort means less fatigue in your bow hand at the end of a long day. A well-balanced bow is going to aim better and recoil in line with the target – both of which add up to better shooting.

Avoid top-heavy bows – they require a ton of stabilizer weight to get them to balance. If your bow is top heavy, a shoulder sling might be a good investment to minimize fatigue.

7) Let it Float

The biggest mistake beginning archers make is trying to time the movement of their sight pin to coincide with the release of the arrow. This timing of release and sight movement is a predictable behavior and is precisely why so many archers develop target panic and flinching.

You have to learn to let the sight pin float while you squeeze the trigger, not knowing exactly when the shot will happen. You need to be okay with your arrow hitting inside the margin of error that your sight pin paints on the target.

If you try to force the pin steadier, it will only get more erratic. If you try to time the release with the moment the sight pin crosses the bullseye, you’re signing up for Target Panic 101.

If you can master the concept of allowing the pin to float and letting the release surprise you, then you’re well on your way to mastering the art of archery, Grasshopper. Aim as well as you can, start squeezing, and let the shot happen. Never force it.

8) Shoot Against the Wall, not in the Valley

When you pull a bow back, the natural tendency is to want to relax at full draw, right in the bottom of the “valley” where there is the least holding weight. That’s logical, but it’s not good for consistency.

The bottom of the valley is a nondescript place. Are you at the front of the valley or the back of the valley? Are you pulling back or letting up? If you relax too much, you’ll get pulled forward; pull back a little too much and you bounce off the back “wall”. These are things you’ll likely experience if you try to hold in the nameless place at the bottom of the valley.

Pretty much every bow I’ve ever shot performed most consistently when I shot it off the back wall. This means at full draw, you pull past the valley and hold a couple of pounds into or against the wall. This tends to stabilize your aim and makes your draw length and tuning more consistent.

If you’re a valley shooter, this might take a little getting used to and you may even need to shorten your draw length by adding a few twists to the string. With a little practice, you will definitely aim and shoot more consistently if you “lean” on the wall.

9) Let Down

Sometimes the best shot you can make is not taking the shot at all. If you feel your aim going to heck during a shot, let down! If your focus shifts from aiming to the guy’s cell phone that just went off, let down! If you start wishing your release would just go off already, let down! You get better by practicing good shots, not by forcing yourself to shoot bad ones.

I’ve even let down on live game on a handful of occasions because that’s the last place you want to force a bad shot. If I hadn’t learned to let down in practice, there’s a good chance I would have forced those shots and potentially wounded something. In almost every case, I was able to collect myself and make a lethal shot after having let down and I’ve never had to regret the results from an arrow I didn’t shoot. Letting a shot down is an important skill that will help you improve the quality of your practice by eliminating most of your bad shots before they happen.

10) Focus on Aiming

It’s really easy for your mind to wander while you’re shooting. When you aren’t consistently thinking about the same thing, you won’t likely get consistent results.

When you really get in a groove or in the “zone”, it’s often because you aren’t really thinking about anything. You’re just aiming & shooting.

One of the keys to finding the “zone” consistently is controlling your focus. Aiming should be the only conscious thought on your mind after you reach full draw. You should be 100% focused on the spot you want to hit and the rest of your shot process needs to happen on autopilot.

If you consciously focus on aiming, you’ll naturally block out the other non-essential thoughts and sounds that can interrupt and derail your shot process. Your subconscious knows how to execute the shot perfectly, so let it do its job. If you lose focus, let the shot down (see #9), regroup, and start the process over.
Bonus Tip!

Use Blank Bale Practice to Implement New Skills

If you need to practice something new, like relaxing your grip or learning to shoot off the wall, you should always start by doing it with your eyes closed in front of a blank target bale a few feet away. Practice new skills like this for a few days before trying to take them to the range and shoot a target.

By developing new skills away from the process of aiming, you’ll be able to maintain your focus 100% on your new skill. Remember, when you’re at the range, you should be 100% focused on aiming.

Develop new skills by learning to “feel” them with your eyes closed so you can completely remove any other distractions. Not aiming means you can channel all your focus into the one element of your form you’re working on. With enough repetition and intense focus, you can quickly develop muscle memory and improve your shooting before you even go to the range.

Originally posted: The Western Hunter 

Author:  Darin Cooper 

Trail Cam Challenge #2 Bowhunter Box Club Contest

With July 22-23 quickly approaching we are excited to announce that BowHunter Box Club is sponsoring the challenge and giving away the new August Bowhunter Box to a lucky Trail Cam Challenge participant! 

So the opportunity to earn points by simply doing some scouting, putting up a trail camera, and an OAC sign is going to provide you an opportunity to also win some cool stuff! 

How do you win?

Similar to the regular Trail Cam challenge where you earn points for a single animal with the highest value out of all of your pictures between 12:00am 7/22 to 11:59pm 7/23.

The winner of the Bowhunter Box Club give away will be the valid Trail Cam photo with the most amount of points for identifiable animals in it. Should we have a tie, the Trail Cam pic with the least amount of animals will be the winner. 

So if you have three doe that’s a total of 30 points for you pic and if no one else scores higher with less animals in the pic, you win. 

Goodluck to all the OAC competitors!

2017 Gforce Evolved Camo Available Now

We are happy to announce that the 2017 Gforce Outdoors Evolved Camo Gear is officially avaialble for all OAC competitors for 25% off starting now! All orders are processed through OAC so visit our competitors store at www.onlinearcherycomps.com/store in order to be the first person to get the new gear in time for fall! Contact Frank with any questions on ordering or just email onlinearcherycomp@gmail.com the following.

Email the following info:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Products and quantity

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The OAC 3D Bonus Explained 

OAC doesn’t give out a trophy, we don’t award money, we offer a competion format that awards hard work and support for the archery industry and community as a whole.   While our reach is global, archery isn’t all that much different from Canada, to Scotland, to the U.S. Clubs hold leagues, invitationals, regional events some of which represent state archery associations or ASA and IBO like we find here in North America. 

Here is the points breakdown for the 3D Bonus! 

3D Tournament Bonus: Max 5 (Proof of tournament, scorecard, pic/video from day of must accompany post)

+10 – 1st tournament

+20 – 2nd tournament

+30 – 3rd tournament

+40 – 4th tournament

+50 – 5th tournament

Validation of attendance: Live feed video, recorded video, or pictures of you shooting on the course. Must either show score card in video or picture with date.

Top 3 finish will be worth the following additional points. Validation by posted results from event, picture of trophy and shooter.

3D & Target Tournaments:

1st +20

2nd +10

3rd +5

Now we understand that clubs or companies like  Archery Addictions local to me here in Pennsylvania or Bass and Bucks in Indiana have an regular open to public 3D course. But that’s not what this bonus is for. We applaud the bowhunter or shooter for simply paying $10 and going to get 20-30 targets of practice at the local shop or course. And that may be an option down the road to earn points similar to the Vegas Bonus, but that’s not what we are doing here. 

The 3D BONUS is meant for organized, advertised, possibly sanctioned events that are promoting the sport. We know the whole paper animal archery course of the 70’s and 80’s  has changed into a competition format that is huge with 3D archery, and we want to promote the sport by urging our OAC competitors to get outside of comfort zones, get into leagues, compete and shoot in front of people you don’t know.  This all helps make for a more well rounded archer and bowhunter. It’s stressful going outside of your comfort zone the first time and shooting in front of strangers but we award points for the new archer and the veteran archers just the same despite score. It truly is the effort that counts.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes. 

Here is the other thing it does….it helps not just that club or business by the competitors posting pictures, videos, and scorecards of them shooting and having a good time but also promotes organic social media growth for the sport and those who are involved.  Say you shoot Black Eagle, wear an Archery Bum shooter shirt, and wear an Fatal DIY hat while shooting and post it to your page and tag those companies and OAC.  OAC provides the legit format to help promote the companies with out the need to shoot every ASA event across the US and still on a global stage albeit online. 

Same goes for hunting…competitor wears Evolved Camo, shoot Black Eagle, and uses Tooth Of The Arrows broadheads….guess whose getting exposure? OAC provides the legit platform to do all the prostaffing you want. It makes the prostaff shooter put the “promotional back in pro” and not just talk the talk. Document the walk so we know you’re legit. 


Promotes…

Archery Clubs and shops ✔️

Product companies ✔️

Sponsors and Prostaffs ✔️

Athletic achievements ✔️

OAC ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

Educates…

Exposes the sport to the masses via social media ✔️

Identifies the hard work and practice that bowhunters go through prior to taking an animal ✔️ 

Puts on display for new archers what the sport includes and options to grow with in it ✔️

Trust me, there is a method to my madness and archery shops, small companies, and outdoor enthusiasts trying to make their way through the murky waters of the outdoor industry need a path. OAC won’t get you rich or turn you into an overnight sensation , but it’s a cost effective way to help shooters, companies, and teams get exposure just for simply participating competition that involves documenting your archery endeavors. Who knows maybe one of you will be the next Cam, Levi, or Reo? Who knows unless you try, right 😉 

The 17.3 OnCore Targets Shooting Challenge is…

 

The 17.3 Shooting challenge is sponsored by OnCore Targets. This challenge will award points for practice, distance, precision, and live feed attempts.

OnCore targets are also sponsoring a team prize for the winning team with the most accumulated points. The prize will be a 3 pack per team member consisting of one deer and two smaller targets.

The 17.3 OnCore Targets Shooters Challenge is…

1 videoed or live feed shot at 3 separate distances at any nice targets deer target or standard 3D target. 3D target must be pre-approved by Frank for size verification if you do not have NiceTargets or OnCore.

Shooting Challenge Scoring:

Practice ✔️

Live feed ✔️

Distance ✔️

Vital ✔️

Practice points:  Simply earn points for videoed or live feed practice ends. Max of 3 arrows and 3 ends at either one or multiple distances. The objective is to practice at or longer then the distances you plan to shoot for the challenge. You are basically getting points for attempts for these practice ends so the video requirements are not as stringent.

1st Practice End – 5 points (Post this Practice End video by June 10 to OAC and you must tag OnCore Targets on Facebook to be entered into the OnCore Targets Giveaway)

2nd Practice End – 10 points

3rd Practice End – 15 points

*The only video requirement for practice ends is you must verify distance for practice ends, these are basically attempt points and we want to see you shooting.

Distances and Points  Per Succesful Attempt:

Vital Points = +20 for a vital shot inside 8 ring on any OnCore, McKenzie, Rinehart, or NiceTargets big game target or whitetail, mule, antelope, ram, bear or other mid – large size animal 3D targets.  *No XL 3Ds like Moose, elk, caribou, buffalo, ect other targets can be approved for this challenge by Frank. Simply PM with questions.

Live Feed Bonus Points (Per Scoresble Shot, does not apply for practice ends) = +10

Distance Points: 1 shot at 3 separate distances. We recommend making 3 separate videos with 3 separate distance verifications and shot following the distance verification.

Shooting Classes & Scoring:

Open /Bowhunter / Trad / Youth 12-15/ 11U

80 yards = O-40 / B-45 / T-50 / 15U-55 / No 11U

70  yards = O-40 / B-45 / T-50 / 15U-55 / No 11U

60 yards = O-35 / B-40 /  T-45 / 15U-50 / No 11U

50 yards = O-30 /B- 40 / T-45 / 15U-50 / 11U – 55

40 yards = O-30 / B-35 /  T-40 / 15U-45 / 11U-50

30 yards = O-25 /  B-30 / T-35 / 15U-40 / 11U-45

20 yards = O-20 / B-25 / T-35 / 15-40 / 11U-45

10 yards = O-20 / B-25 / T-30 / 15U-35 / 11U-40

Example: Open Class

17.3 – Completed three practice ends = +30

1st Shot: live feed +10,  hit vital +20, 30 yards +25 = +55 Total

2nd Shot: live feed +10, missed vital +0,  60 yards +35  = +45 Total

3rd Shot Recorded – 80 yards = 40  Missed vital – 0 points

17.3 Toal = 170 points

 

OnCore Targets Discount Code Active

As we approach the eve of the 17.3 announcment we want to encourage competitors to continue to visit your Competitors Store to check out all the new products added and inquire about purchasing by emailing frank@onlinearcherycomps.com or private message on Facebook. We are working on streamlining the ordering process at this time. OAC competitors get exclusive pricing and we hold the trust of our sponsors very dearly. This is why we look to process the ordering of products through OAC because only our competitors get this rates and its because of your dedication to bowhunting and OAC.

Remember the OAC competition will forever remain free providing our competitors continue to support our sponsors and ordering through our OAC store.

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Look for product updates coming from Gforce Outdoors and Fatal DIY in the near future.