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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Winter Archery in Toronto

If you're one of those people who look at the weekly forecasts on the regular basis you may have noticed that in Toronto it is actually relatively warm during November and December.

Not so much in January or February, but let's focus on the good stuff here.

What that means is that you can do archery during November, December and March and it isn't really even that cold outside in Toronto during those months.

Frequently there won't even be snow on the ground, like there is none right now, because it has a tendency to just melt during November, December and March.

So you dress warm, you go do archery, you bring some coffee or hot chocolate, shoot, have fun, and go home when you're hungry (as opposed to going home when you're cold).

But let's pretend you do want to do archery in January or February, what should you do? Well, here's a few tips:

#1. Buy Snow Pants. Seriously, you will never regret having snow pants when it is really cold outside.

#2. Get a nice stainless steel Thermos that is vacuum sealed so it keeps your drinks very hot.

#3. Wear lots of warm layers, especially around your core (chest, abdomen, etc). If you keep your core warm then your body will circulate more warm blood to your extremities.

#4. Wear two pairs of socks.

#5. Go to the bathroom BEFORE you leave.

#6. Buy Winter Archery Gloves (possibly from Gary at Basically Bows Archery)

#7. Bring hot food with you OR eat before you leave.

#8. Long Underwear. Like the snow pants, it is seriously worth it.

#9. Travel light. Bring the least amount of your archery equipment as you can, so you're not exhausting yourself with unnecessary gear.

#10. Take breaks to just relax.

#11. Bring a blanket for your breaks.

#12. Bring pocket warmers, either the electric ones that charge using USB, or the chemical ones.

#13. Invite a friend and send them this list so you have someone to talk to. Do not invite anyone who ignores this list because they'll wuss out when it gets too cold for them. Also, do not ignore this list yourself either.

#14. Pray to Ullr, the Norse god of skiing and archery. Just because he's awesome.

#15. Have fun shooting!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Toronto Archery Range Conditions

A friend asked me recently what the range conditions were and I can report the following:

The target butts are in decent condition and usable.

The range itself is muddy.

I recommend boots.

Also it is very cold so I recommend lots of warm clothing and bringing hot drinks.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Australian Man shot by Arrow saved by Cellphone

An Australian man when faced by an attacker used his cellphone as a shield during an alleged bow-and-arrow attack, with the arrow piercing through his mobile device.

According to the New South Wales police, a 43-year-old man arrived home on Wednesday to find another man, allegedly armed with a bow and arrow, standing near his property.

The resident, armed only with his cellphone, got out of his vehicle and attempted to record the suspect.

Authorities said the suspect then “engaged the bow and was ready to fire.” Police alleged the suspect shot an arrow at the resident, which pierced through his mobile phone, causing the device to hit him on the chin, leaving a small cut.

Police said the 39-year-old suspect was known to the victim. He was charged with intent to commit an indictable offense, assault causing bodily harm and malicious damage.


Archery Notes

A large thick book or similar object could also be used to provide considerable defense.

Ideally a nice tower shield or kite shield would work best. Below, an Anglo Saxon style kite shield.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bowhunting Popularity Growing, but only Regionally

As hunter numbers continue to decline overall in the USA and Canada, one bright spot worth noting has been the growth in bowhunting’s popularity in recent years, but only in certain regions. Not every region is experiencing an uptick in bowhunting's popularity.

In Pennsylvania for example there are now well over 300,000 bowhunters who annually take to forest and field, with the vast majority of them purchasing archery licenses primarily to pursue white-tailed deer.

Over the past decade, the number of bowhunters in Pennsylvania has risen steadily, increasing each year from 2007-2008, when 266,841 archery licenses were sold, to 2016-2017, when 341,637 were purchased. In fact, according to Petersen’s Bowhunting, no state in the nation sold more archery hunting licenses in 2016-2017 than Pennsylvania State. The total number of archery participants may actually be even higher since bowhunting privileges are included in the state’s lifetime combination and junior combination licenses, two categories that are not included in overall bow license sales.

Christian Berg, former Hellertown resident and outdoors editor at The Morning Call who’s now the editor of Petersen’s Bowhunting, said the increased interest in bowhunting in Pennsylvania is likely due to a combination of factors. Among these are the state’s relatively short firearms season when compared to many other states coupled with the fact that the archery season is fairly long, the opportunity for archers to hunt during the rut, the relatively mild weather that accompanies the fall portion of bow season and the fact that both crossbows and vertical bows can be used.

“For serious deer hunters, I believe Pennsylvania’s archery season is extremely attractive from both an opportunity and weather-related standpoint,” Berg said. “Add in the fact that PA archery hunters can use crossbows and you have an easy crossover tool available for longtime rifle hunters who want to take advantage of the archery season.

“I think much of the growth Pennsylvania has seen in archery hunting is not necessarily a dramatic influx of new hunters, but rather a shift in hunting activity generally toward more archery hunting and perhaps a bit less effort during the firearms season.”

In regard to bowhunting opportunities, the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania offers a rather liberal season. In Wildlife Management Units 5D and 5C, the latter of which includes much of the Lehigh Valley, there are more than 14 weeks of bowhunting from Sept. 15-Nov. 24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 26. The rest of the state also enjoys more than eight weeks of bowhunting, with the fall segment taking place Sept. 29-Nov. 12 and the winter session running Dec. 26-Jan. 12.

As for the legalization of crossbow hunting, there’s little doubt allowing horizontal bows has had a huge impact on archery hunter participation and deer harvest, with crossbow usage rising steadily since they were legalized for bowhunting statewide in 2009.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) 2017 Deer Hunter Participation Survey, a survey sent to more than 6,000 sportsmen who bought hunting licenses for the 2016-17 season, 61 percent of respondents noted they hunted with a crossbow, while 54 percent said they used a vertical bow.

PGC spokesman Travis Lau said that in 2017-’18, crossbows accounted for 61 percent of the overall archery deer harvest, while in 2014-15 they were responsible for only 54 percent of the take. In contrast, annual overall archery harvests in recent years haven’t changed all that much. For example, in the 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons, the archery harvest accounted for 34 percent of the overall statewide deer harvest, while in 2014-15, that number was 32 percent.

“I don’t think there is any question the legalization of crossbows for all archery hunters has played the biggest role in increased archery license sales,” Lau said. “Crossbows are taking more of the archery harvest, but the archery harvest [overall] has been more or less consistent.”

When it comes to bowhunting in the Lehigh Valley, where the human population continues to grow and the vast majority of land is privately owned, bowhunting is becoming an increasingly popular tool for helping to manage deer herds.

“I think [the growth in archery hunting’s popularity] has to do with the urban sprawl,” said Joe Filaseta, Bethlehem resident and regional director for the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania.

According to Filaseta, the region’s abundant deer population, coupled with the fact that the safety zone for bowhunting is 50 yards compared to 150 yards for firearms hunting, makes it easier for bowhunters to access properties in the region.

Berg agreed, noting that for many deer hunters, gaining access to hunt with a bow has proven much more realistic than gaining access to hunt with a rifle, particularly in areas where property sizes tend to be relatively small and deer habitat is fragmented.

“I know from experience that some of the best hunting in the state exists in places such as South Mountain and the suburban woodlots around Bethlehem, and accessing such places with firearms only becomes more difficult as the years go by,” he said. “A similar situation exists around Pittsburgh, where suburban bowhunters have entered numerous bucks into the state record book in recent years.

“Considering that a large percentage of hunters will come from the areas where a large percentage of our state population resides, I would anticipate that archery hunting will continue to be an ever more attractive option for serious deer hunters who want to access some of the best opportunities our state has to offer.”

While bowhunting’s popularity continues to climb in Pennsylvania, that upward trend isn’t always reflected across the nation. According to data from the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service report issued every five years, the overall number of hunters declined 16 percent between 2016 and 2011, from 13.7 million to 11.5 million. During that same period, the total number of bowhunters dropped 19 percent, from 4.47 million to 3.63 million.

Berg noted changing demographics are presenting a big challenge to the future of hunting right now.

“As the Baby Boomer generation ages out of hunting, we are simply not recruiting nearly enough new, younger hunters to replace the older hunters who are no longer physically able to get into the field,” he said. “This is a particular issue for archery hunting, in my opinion, because many older hunters are likely able to hunt a number of additional seasons with a firearm beyond the point where they are no longer physically able to handle the challenges/mechanics of archery tackle.

“If archery hunting is to remain strong going forward, we - the archery industry, conservation groups and archery hunting community - need to do a better job collectively of recruiting new bowhunters and retaining them as part of our community.”

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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