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Cheap Target Idea

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BowsNBanjos 14-Sep-18
Mpdh 14-Sep-18
Draven 14-Sep-18
BowsNBanjos 14-Sep-18
eddie c 14-Sep-18
raghorn 14-Sep-18
Draven 14-Sep-18
RonG 14-Sep-18
dr22shooter 14-Sep-18
GF 14-Sep-18
M60gunner 14-Sep-18
fdp 14-Sep-18
cobra 15-Sep-18
barebow 15-Sep-18
Gray Goose Shaft 15-Sep-18
Wapiti - - M. S. 16-Sep-18
From: BowsNBanjos
Date: 14-Sep-18

I have been hunting for a 3D deer target for awhile. They all either seem to be in my budget, yet the size of a goat, or full size and crazy expensive.

I started looking at other options, including just the vitals targets. These still seemed a bit small, but the thing that really bugged me about these targets was the fact you can see the vitals.

I know this is good, and can teach proper shot placement and all, but I needed something blank, something I could pick the spot in my mind to shoot at, without necessarily having a "target area". But on the flip side, I still wanted to see if I hit the target.

Basically, I wanted something as close to deer hunting as possible. Something where I know where I am supposed to shoot, but can't exactly see it. But I also wanted to know if I hit where I was supposed to.

I racked my brain, trying to figure out a way to do this... And the answer was so simple it was stupid.

Taking a plain brown piece of cardboard, basically colored in deer vitals. Turn the cardboard around, so I can't see the vitals, pick a spot, and shoot. That way I will be able to pick the spot on a plain brown surface, and also, visualize where I am supposed to hit, and then actually SEE where I hit.

Sorry for being drawn out, just thought this stupid simple trick might help some other beginner out!

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Sep-18

If it’s what fits your budget buy the small one. Get proficient with kill shots on a small deer and you should have no problem with bigger, live ones.


From: Draven
Date: 14-Sep-18

Draven's embedded Photo

Actually it is not a stupid trick at all. Ryan Gill uses plain cardboard cut to the deer silhouette with no kill zone marked on it and in my opinion it gives him the best feedback about all the parts of his shooting - concentration and capacity to pick a point included.

From: BowsNBanjos
Date: 14-Sep-18

The problem I kept having was I would use my own arrow holes to aim at. I wanted something as realistic as possible, for as cheap as possible, with not being able to see a pre-made "aiming" point, but knowing where I have to shoot, similar to a deer. I can't see the vitals, but I know where they are, so wanted to practice as close to that as I could, but without using that pre-made point. The actual target face on the other side is to play like the vitals, so I know where I am SUPPOSED to hit, but can't see it or use it like an aiming point.

I probably will wind up with a smaller 3D deer target at some point, but just am trying to practice as cheap as possible right now.

From: eddie c
Date: 14-Sep-18

i did the cardboard trick but used plywood, cut the vital area out then painted the target butt and the plywood the color of the animal. then if i hear the arrow hit the wood, i knew i wasnt concentrating enough.

From: raghorn
Date: 14-Sep-18

Burlap bag filled with heavy plastic drop cloth. Hang the bag so it swings. I have been using the same plastic wrap filler for 25 years, just change the bag once or twice a year. This is for field points broadheads as they zip right on through.

From: Draven
Date: 14-Sep-18

The arrow holes will be there no matter what, even in a 3D deer target. The holes after one session will tell you the story of your shooting - how far away you are from the point you wanted to hit. You can change the cardboard targets at your convenience if you think too many the holes are a problem.

From: RonG
Date: 14-Sep-18

BowsNBanjos, you have the best idea, I haven't seen a heart or lungs or even a black dot painted on a live deer in all my years so you really have the best idea. Thanks

From: dr22shooter
Date: 14-Sep-18

I shoot at the small white hanging golf practice balls, and I plan is to try and visualize that ball on the deer where I want to hit it may not work but that,s the plan dr

From: GF
Date: 14-Sep-18

Shooting at holes is a problem any time you're close enough to see them, but it's easy to fix...

Just buy some cheap, loose burlap like they sell at Home Depot and wrap your cardboard target in a couple of layers.

Arrow will pass right through the loose weave and you should be able to pretty much "erase" them after you pull your arrows.

But of course now you have to shoot one arrow at a time so that you don't just aim at an earlier good shot. (Or I suppose you could use burlap-colored fletchings and nocks... :p

From: M60gunner
Date: 14-Sep-18

Cardboard cut outs is all we used on our broadhead range. Vitals were penciled in. In low light you couldn’t see the pencil lines. Club had plywood shaped animals. Put on top of a stack of cardboard. Use hand jig saw with knife blade to cut. Some guys would add eyes, and ear outline. Don’t get to heavy of cardboard. It can make pulling broadheads a pain. We used sifted dirt as the backstop.

From: fdp
Date: 14-Sep-18

I spent many an afternoon trotting around behind my dad and his friends shooting 2-D animal targets made out of cardboard. That was back in the 60's and it was quite common around most club ranges.

From: cobra
Date: 15-Sep-18

I have been doing this for some time. If i spent the $$ for 3D targets and left them out, they would be MIA in a matter of weeks. Cardboard cut-outs is the way to go.

From: barebow
Date: 15-Sep-18

And you can make a double ended cardboard target to practice at a deer facing either way. Lasts twice as long too.

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 15-Sep-18

I had the job of cutting out a bunch of cardboard deer silhouettes for a club. They used a heavy three-ply material. I drew the outline in pencil, then ran a jigsaw around the stock with a smooth edged blade. I tried a fine toothed blade and the perimeter came out fuzzy like hair.

Appliance stores and body shops are good sources of cardboard. You may be able to find brown paper packaging tape to resurface the arrow punched area. It works like an eraser for the holes.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 16-Sep-18

I've used a burlap bag similar to raghorns.Except I put crushed milk containers in first then stuff with different types of plastic. You can paint the outline of a deer on it and sew the end shut with heavy fishing line. For use with target heads only.

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