Hunter's Corner

2021 YCB Bowhunter Award

Turkey hunting takes place in the spring and fall. Bear, moose, turkey and deer hunting occurs in the fall.

If you are successful, send me an email with a picture and the relevant measurements. I will include your name in the 2021 York County Bowmen Bowhunter Award competition.
Prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers. The winner's name will engraved on the Bowhunter Award plaque in the YCB clubhouse.

MOOSE: 10 Points
DEER: Buck 5 1/2 Points, Antlerless 4 1/2 Points
TURKEY Spring or Fall: Tom 5 Points, Jake 4 Points, Fall Hen 2 Points
BEAR: 4 Points

Special Conditions:

  • All entries must be received no later than Jan. 1, 2022 for the 2021 Bowhunter Award competition
  • Photo evidence is required
  • Archery Equipment: Longbows, Recurves, Compounds or Crossbows only
  • Hunting Area: Province of Ontario Only
  • No Outfitters ( Unfair advantage to those who cannot afford outfitters)
  • A maximum of two animals or birds of the same species, will be counted towards points per hunter
  • No points for elk yet as tags are too limited in quantity
  • Tie for Moose, Deer and Bear: P&Y Measurements
  • Tie for Turkey: Beard Measurement
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Tom M.


YCB Bowhunter 2020 Results

he first place finisher in the 2020 York County Bowmen Bowhunter Award category was Glen Oickle.  He harvested an eight point buck with his traditional bow. His name has been engraved on the Bowhunter Award plaque in the clubhouse. Paul Neuman harvested a doe and Justyn Kremblewski harvested a bear with their compound bows.

First Place - Glen Oickle

Second Place - Paul Neuman

Third Place-  Justyn Kremblewski

The first place finisher received $50, second place received $40, third place received $30. Prize money was donated by York County Bowmen and has been applied as a credit towards their 2021 membership renewal.

Tom M. - March 2021



 “ Perfect Shot ”

As hunters, we all dream about making the “perfect shot with an arrow” on a deer, moose or elk. The question to ask is, “what are we doing to make that perfect shot a reality ? ”

Practicing on the foam animals on the 3D course at York County Bowmen is great first step. However, there is actually one thing missing. “The adrenalin, the stress, and pressure to make that one shot- one arrow, really count. “

Did you know that some of the most successful bowhunters today have a 3D tournament archery background? They have learned over time to control their nerves, aim carefully and make every shot count.

With summer here, maybe it is time to leave your comfort zone and enter a 3D tournament at York County Bowmen or another club.

Trust me, gaining 3D tournament experience will be a big step in the right direction to help you control your nerves when a shot opportunity presents itself during the bow hunting season. You may eventually win an award or trophy for your effort.       

Tom M.


Spring - Bowhunting Tip - “Get Ready- It’s time for Spring Cleaning”

What condition is your bow hunting equipment? Is it time to do some spring cleaning and dispose or sell some items?Spring Cleaning

Have you ever thought about, replacing the string on your bow, buying new hunting arrows or broadheads? If you have been thinking about, maybe it is time to go ahead and make the purchase.  Don’t put it off, because you will need time to “wear in the bowstring, understand how well the new arrows/broadheads fly and perform. “  You do not want to be fiddling around with your equipment a few days before the hunting season starts or even worse while the Big Buck is standing in front of you.

Have you checked your Ontario Outdoors Card recently? If the year is 2015, your hunting license has expired! The year must be 2016 or higher for the Outdoors Card to be valid in the 2016 hunting season.  The Ontario government has also stopped sending out renewal notices. Therefore, check your Outdoors Card soon and get your license renewed well before the hunting season starts.


Tom M.



Winter - Bowhunting Tip - “Scout for deer sign in the winter”

What do you do when winter arrives and the snow starts falling? The most likely answer is put your feet up and take it easy in front of the TV.  However, you could be missing a real opportunity.

If you are new to bowhunting and want to increase your chances of success next season, here is some advice. Look for tracks where deer are moving in and out of woodlots. Deer have favourite bedding areas in densely forested areas.  Deer leave these bedding areas in the evening to feed and return to them in the morning to escape predators.

Deer will create well used travel routes to/from these beddings areas. Look for these travel routes adjacent to forested areas. They are usually difficult to spot most of the year but are very obvious when snow is on the ground.  Find a tree along one these travel routes and plan on positioning your treestand at that location before next Fall’s hunt. Ensure you have permission to hunt well in advance too...

Tom M.




Fall - Bowhunting Tip - “Beware- shooting from a sitting position is harder than it looks”

Last year, I setup my treestand early in September and then patiently waited for the bow season for deer to open in October.

The first few days of the bow season were warm and sunny but the next few days were cold and wet. Rather than endure the bad weather in the exposed treestand, I decided to setup a “pop up” ground blind. I assumed all I needed to do was sit comfortably in a chair and wait for deer to walk within shooting range of my ground blind.

That opportunity came on the last evening of my 4 day hunt. The rain ended about 15 minutes before sunset.  A few minutes later, a mature 150 lb doe walked down the fence line and stopped broadside 20 yards in front of my ground blind. I slowly raised my compound bow, aimed and fired the arrow. The deer didn’t even flinch and ran off into the woods.

I hate to admit it but I had “missed”.  

Why?  First, my excuse was that in low light conditions, I couldn’t see the sights properly on my bow. This was true but it turns out it wasn’t the only reason. Even after replacing my sights with a different model with “lighted” pins, I missed a gobbler this past spring from the same ground blind!

Rather than endure any more misses, I made a decision to do a proper test. I setup my ground blind, in a field and fired arrows from the sitting position at a foam target. I could tell there was a problem immediately. My arrows were grouping low on the target. Why? When you are sitting in a chair, your anchor point changes compared to standing. It doesn’t matter if you have a “peep sight” on your compound bow or not.  You can still lean your bow enough to look through the peep sight yet have the arrows miss the target. The solution is to install a kisser button to ensure your anchor point isn’t changing as you move from the standing position to the sitting position. Hopefully, everyone can learn from my mistakes. I expect my “miss percentage” will decrease this fall..

Tom M.



Summer- Bowfishing Tip- “Have fun on the water”

Have you thought about bowfishing for carp this summer?

No hunting license is required. All you need is an Ontario fishing license and a bow with a special “barbed fish arrow” and reel with heavy line. In Ontario, most fishing zones have an open bowfishing season for carp which lasts from May 1 to July 31st.

My preference is to use a recurve rather than a compound bow for bowfishing. A simple shelf type arrow rest is preferred compared to a drop away rest. The reason that a simple shelf type rest is preferred is because tangled line needs to be prevented otherwise your safety could be compromised.  

Practice in shallow water first before trying to shoot your first carp. I recommend filling an empty white plastic jug with sand. Then submerge it in about 2 feet of water. Shoot your “fish” arrow at the submerged target and see if you can hit the jug..  Chances are you will miss the first few times because of the jug will appear higher in the water than it really is.. Aim lower or even better; adjust the sight pin upwards to direct the arrow lower. Have fun bowfishing this summer!

Carp can weigh up to 40 lbs in Ontario                       

A flat bottomed boat and calm water will increase your chances of seeing fish. Walking in waders close to shore in areas where carp are spawning is also another option.


Tom M.