Overcast, Cool, No Wind and 3D

The weather here in North Carolina is pretty good, today. It is overcast and cool with the temperature in the low 50s. A bonus is there is not much wind. Certainly, it is a nice day to get outside and shoot.

Cool and cloudy – but no wind

For the past couple of days I’ve been working to align a yardage tape against the calibrations on my sight. There are excellent computer programs that will provide a customized tape to affix to sights. Those programs, for the time being, are outside my reach. I use an old school technique of shooting at 20, 25, 30, 40, and 50 yards, record the graduation marks on the sight then try to match tapes purchased from Lancaster Archery Supply. The tapes I had were close, but not exact.

Lots of tapes, no exact match

Although 18-meters has been a focal point of practice, 3D season is just around the corner and I’ve been wanting to pop some faux animals. Hence, all the work on setting the sight.

I switched back to my Mathews Conquest Apex 7 from my Elite Energy 35. It means losing about 30 feet per second using Black Eagle Challenger arrows. While shooting the Elite is fun the Apex 7 does appear, for the moment, to feel better to me.

My Mathews Conquest Apex 7. In the background that’s a Lemond Maillot Jaune with Campagnolo Record components connected to a Computrainer.

To be fair, there’s not much difference in scoring between the bows. The difference I find is that with a hinge I feel more comfortable with the Mathews.

The Elite is now arranged with a pin sight and hunter stabilizer

Once I was fairly confident my tape and sight were in harmony I headed over to my 3D range. Since 3D in 2017 means a maximum distance of 50 yards, I took aim at 33 to 60 yards. The 60 yard practice was more to check the sight and a little about shooting a medium sized cinnamon bear at that distance.

Path leading onto the 3D range. Look closely and see a turkey to the left in the distance between the two pine trees in the foreground, a badger nearly center, and a cinnamon bear’s head poking out at the right near the foreground.

I spent two hours on the range. I’d started with 6 Black Eagle Challenger arrows and ended up with 5. The lost arrow was scarified to a turkey. It’s set at an angle. Following a poor shot the arrow glanced off, hit a tree limb and snapped.

Shooting with the X angled to the left.

It wasn’t an epic day of high marks. Mostly tens and eights. Aside from the one target, the turkey, at 33 yards, no other target was closer than 40 yards. It wasn’t too disappointing and a nice break from shooting at 18-meters.