Compound bows are used for target shooting, tournaments, home protection, and hunting. For me, starting about a month before archery deer season, I start target practicing so that when I find that monster buck, that I have my A game on, and have a successful hunt. There are times when I do some serious target practicing, and their are times that I like to have a little fun with it by adding balloons to the target, or a challenge or competition.It’s important to have a good quality archery target that will stop your arrow, even if you get a bad shot and you miss. If your target is a smaller target, it’s good to add a back board of some sort around it, to catch any bad shot arrows. Even if you are on lots of land, and aren’t worried about other people being around, you don’t want to risk loosing a ten dollar arrow, or spend a lot of time hunting a missed shot down. A lot of people will buy a few bails of hay to use as a backdrop behind the target to stop the arrow for safety and to stop the arrow so they don’t have to go track the arrow down. There are many different types of targets, whether you are looking for a 3D target that has a kill zone that will match the game you will be targeting, or a block target that you can take with you to do additional target practice when you are in camp, or a smaller lighter bag target.
3D archery targets are great because they look like the animal you are targeting. They typically have a kill zone that is removable and replaceable. This type of target is a bit more expensive, but it will help you get your A game on with each type of animal. Some people buy some or a few of each of the different types of animals that they are going to hunt. The 3D targets are more sturdy, and will last longer because you can simply pop out and replace the area of the target, or kill zone, after it’s worn out from shooting it.
2. Block Archery Targets
Block targets are great because they are easy to pick up and take with you on your hunting trip to get some extra archery practice from camp in your down time when you are not out hunting. Block archery targets are usually a bit cheaper than the 3D target, but they do have some very nice 3D targets that have some high end features that will bring the price up a bit.
3. Bag Archery Targets
Bag archery targets are the most affordable of all the target types, generally. They are very lightweight and portable, and can be put pretty much anywhere it’s safe to target practice at.
Field Logic GlenDel Buck 3-D Archery Target or Replacement Vital
The Field Logic GlenDel® Buck 3-D Archery Target is durable to last season after season. It is lifelike in size, being 34" at the shoulders just like a good sized 200 pound buck with a 150" B&C rack! Large 4-sided PolyFusion core presents more surface area than standard targets. The PolyFusion™ technology in the core is allows for 50% easier arrow removal and a core life that is twice as long. Great for field tips, broadheads, and expandables. Shoulder height is 34''.
BlackOut 4 Sided Layered Foam Archery Target
This BlackOut® 4 sided foam archery target features layer upon layer of high density foam for extreme durability. It is designed for four sided shooting, giving your more surface area to shoot at, which makes the target last longer. The black sides are built to take broadheads and field points, and the white sides are built for field tips only. This archery target has a built in carrying handle that makes it easier to transport.
Rinehart Targets 18-1 Portable Archery Target
The Rinehart Targets Portable Archery Target is durable and made to last a long time. Giving you dependable use season after season. This archery target is easy to move around and carry, so it is the perfect choice for practicing in your back yard, or to take with you to target practice up in the woods before your hunt to get your compound bow or crossbow dialed in perfectly to ensure a successful hunt. It has 18 vivid target zones backed by authentic Rinehart self healing foam, this octodecagonical target can be used with field points, broadheads, even expandable blades.
Hurricane Bag Archery Target
The Hurricane Bag Archery Target Bright background fields with high-contrast Hurricane™ aiming points on front, offset deer vitals on back. High-performance bag targets leave others in the dust. High-performance Tri-Core Technology™ interior. Heavy-duty handle. Features bright background fields with high-contrast Hurricane aiming points on front, offset deer vitals on back.
Making Archery Target Practice Fun For All
If you would like to kick up your archery target practice game up a notch, it’s fun to add balloons to your target. Whether you use points, or colors, or just want the extra fun of having the balloon pop when it’s hit, this makes target practice for all ages. For those young ones that are just picking up a bow there are kids youth sized bows available at all different ratings so the little ones can use them. You can also pick up a sling shot or air gun for others that can’t use a bow can still have fun. Target practice can be fun and exciting for everyone.
COMPOUND BOW SLINGS
Compound bows are used for archery target shooting, tournaments, home protection, and hunting. When you are walking to your next target, or out in the woods to find some game, even the lightest of compound bows will get heavy after a while of holding it. They make several types of bow slings that will take the load off of you, or making the carrying of the bow much easier.
Compound Bow Sling Types
•Wrap around your wrist •Over your shoulder
Wrap Around Your Wrist Bow Sling
The type that wrap around your wrist will re-distribute the weight of the bow to your whole hand and cause less strain and fatigue on your fingers. These are the quickest to get your bow into a shooting position type. Very easy to in stall, quick to grab and slip your hand in.
Over Your Shoulder Bow Sling
The over your shoulder bow sling is the most comfortable to me for longer hikes. It takes all of the weight off your hand or lower arm, and puts it all on your shoulder. They also cover and protect your bow string and bow accessories so they don’t get damaged on your hike. For me, this is my favorite type of sling.
Cabela's Bow Carrier Sling
An easy to use slip over cover that delivers excellent protection for your expensive bow, the Cabelas Bow Carrier Sling is an over your shoulder compound bow sling that keeps your bow covered and distributes the weight on your shoulders instead of having to carry the bow with your hand. Featuring an easy on, easy off, design that completely covers the strings, cables and cams, this neoprene padded cover fits most sizes of bows. It has a weather resistant cover with an adjustable stretch design that can be removed quickly and quietly when you are ready to knock an arrow and prepare to shoot. It also has a removable shoulder strap that snaps off in an instant. Made in USA. Easy to use cover for high performance hunting bows Neoprene padded cover fits most sizes of bows Adjustable stretch design - easy on - easy off Weather resistant protection Removable shoulder strap
BlackOut Mega Braid Bow Sling
The wrist wrap type bow sling has your bow ready to shoot in an instant. This BlackOut Mega Braid Bow Sling keeps your bow upright and ready at all times so you can rapidly transition from a resting position to a shooting position. The super stiff sling material remains upright for a quick grip on your bow so it is always at the ready. The lightweight composite bracket with Sling LOC adjustment knob lets you customize the fit for your exact needs. You can also equip the rugged weave through rubberized bracket for maximum vibration reduction. Stiff material keeps sling in the upright position Lightweight composite bracket with Sling LOC adjustment knob Rugged weave through rubberized bracket reduces vibrations
Cabelas Wrist Bow Sling
The Cabela’s wrist wrap bow sling is scent resistant, ultra quiet, comfortable, and provides more control of your bow. It is made of 1 inch wide, 3 mil neoprene material. It resists moisture and odor so you won’t spook the game. It is fully adjustable for a custom fit to fit your exact needs. There is no metal contact or grommet, which means for a quieter shot. Ultra quiet and comfortable Moisture and odor resistant No metal contact or grommet for being quiet.A bow sling for your compound bow helps lessen the risk of hand and arm fatigue while you are carrying your bow through the back country. Using a bow sling will make it easier to carry your bow, so you can carry it longer distances before having to rest. Bow slings come in many different shapes and sizes. You can also get a backpack that has a bow sling type strap or holder, so you can carry your bow on your backpack as well. About The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Archery Target Practice Experience Awaits!