Archery is a sport that requires a great deal of practice, since proper technique is essential for consistently shooting accurate groups. The best way to practice your shooting form is to shoot at an archery target. There are a variety of different brands, models and sizes that can serve your individual shooting style.
The early archery targets were made from a few simple materials, such as burlap, paper or foam. There are still targets that utilize these materials, but most manufacturers now use technology that allows the target to last longer and the archer to shoot broad heads. For example, the Block Fusion target utilizes PolyFusion technology that fuses polyurethane and polyethylene. Traditional bag targets are made with heavyweight polyester filler and a 6.5-oz. polypropylene outside cover.
Types and Size
There are several different types and sizes of archery targets based on the intended use. Targets intended for archery ranges are typically on a permanent stand with a replaceable paper target. These targets will typically only allow field points. There are also broad head targets that also allow field points, like the Block targets or layered foam targets. The broad head targets are typically square or rectangular, with dimensions of 16 inches by 16 inches by 12 inches, or 24 inches by 24 inches by 16 inches. Hunters often choose 3D targets that resemble different animals, such as deer, turkey, elk or bear. Most 3D targets will are life-size.
Targets have individual features that enhance the shooting experience. Most bag or square targets feature a built-in grip or handle for easy transport. The most common type of target is a multicolored circle with a bull’s-eye. The 3D targets feature scoring zones around the vital area. To prolong the life of the target, some 3D targets have replaceable shooting areas.
With the variety of types and sizes, choosing an archery target can be difficult. When comparing different archery targets, consider factors such as broad heads, durability, replacement inserts and weather-resistance. Having the ability to shoot field tips and broad heads allows a bow hunter to sight in the broad heads before hunting season. Durability, replacement inserts and weather-resistance allow your investment to be used for years to come.
Brands and Price
The major brands for archery targets include Block, GlenDel, Rinehart, Cabela’s, McKenzie and Morrell. The Block Fusion targets have a price range of $89.99 to $229.99, and the Cabela’s ArrowHawk Layered Foam Target comes in two sizes, for $49.99 or $79.99. All-weather burlap targets can be purchased for about $11.99.
About this Author
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing outdoor, hunting and fitness articles in 2006. His articles have been published in “Star City Sports,” “Hunting Fitness Magazine” and RutWear field journals. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.