5 Different Types of Archery Targets for the Backyard

[Updated 1 July 2022] Archery has been a popular sport for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it as an efficient way to hunt their food, but it is also still very much a competitive sport in the modern era. One of the major problems with archery is that you need to find someone who will volunteer their property to be your target practice area. This can get expensive if you want to practice often! Luckily, there are many different types of targets for backyard use that allow you to hone your skills without having to worry about trespassing on another person’s land or paying them every time they let you come over! In this article, we’ll go over 5 different types we found that we highly recommend.

The most important part of archery practice is accuracy. This means you need a sturdy target that can handle the abuse without ruining your arrows. Heavy or slow-moving material will provide the most effective and longest-lasting target experience.

Archery targets are made of two major parts: the frame, which holds the material that will stop your arrow, and the backdrop, which is either wood, cardboard, or some other material.

Archery Targets for the Backyard Come in 5 Main Types

Important note: Some jurisdictions prohibit the discharge of a bow. Consult with local authorities to be sure it is legal in your backyard before practicing archery!

One of the best ways to practice your archery skills is by shooting at home. However, sometimes it’s necessary to shoot off-site due to private property or safety regulations. Always be sure that no one will be harmed if you fire an arrow into a target in an area that may not belong to you.

Paper Archery Targets

Although paper targets are by far the simplest of the options listed, you’ll need a backdrop to use them. Paper targets make great backdrops for shooting!

You can make a paper target or buy one online. The cost of the target depends on what backdrop you are using.

PaperArcheryTargetsYou’ll tear through one paper target per day of training, and sometimes more as the time spent practicing increases. They are readily available in large quantities at sporting goods stores and can be found on Amazon.

Bag Archery Targets

Bag targets are designed to be shot at with field points. Often, this design is easy to remove your arrow from when you’re done shooting, if you use bags that have synthetic fiber filling for their content.

BagArcheryTargetsBag targets are designed to take plenty of abuse, making them a good choice for crossbow target practice. Bag targets have four different bull eye designs, which can make shooting more enjoyable and interesting.

The disadvantage of bag targets is that they can’t withstand too much moisture, so you have to carry them indoors and out with every practice session.

Another problem with outdoor ranges is they pose a target for inclement weather. When it rains, your target may end up deteriorating quickly without proper care.

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Bag targets are better if hung indoors, and they will last longer with the right arrows. There are also weather-resistant bag target options available.

Block Archery Targets

Block targets are usually made of multiple layers of foam. These layered blocks can then be placed on an archery target stand in order to create a block target.

A block target in your backyard is a classic way to get into archery with minimal investment. The foam used for block targets had come a long way since the 1990’s when they first entered the market, and an upgraded variety called self-healing foam will increase the lifespan of your target.

BlockArcheryTargetsBlock targets are an effective way to mount archery targets in the backyard because you will have fewer issues with the arrow getting stuck inside.

Due to self-healing foam, block targets are the best choice for durability and a long lifespan. Wooden targets allow you more flexibility for creativity but may not be as durable and can rot or decay over time.

3D Archery Targets

The variety of targets add a layer of fun and allows for much more realistic practice, especially when honing your hunting skills.

3D targets, unlike block targets, have a replaceable core that helps prolong their lifespan. However, it is not advisable to use broadhead arrows on 3D targets because they might get stuck in the core and make them difficult to remove.

3DArcheryTargetsAside from the traditional deer silhouette, 3D archery targets come in the shape of wide-ranging animals, including lions and gazelle.

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To prepare for the wilds, transform your backyard into an archery range. Build a standoff the ground if you want to practice shots from tree stands and set up 3D targets at varying angles for all sorts of situations.

DIY Archery Targets

If you’re tight on money or have a particular idea of what type of target you’d like to use, try making one yourself. Paper targets, bag targets, and block targets can all be made with the right supplies. People were making haybales into archery targets for decades before they became more popular than ever.

DIYArcheryTargetsHomemade archery targets can be great if enough time and money are spent making them. If poorly made, they will quickly fall apart, and you’ll either have to make another or go out in the store to get a new one.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Ques: Can I leave my target outside?

Ans: Due to the weather condition, we don’t recommend leaving targets outside in the elements where they could deteriorate and fade.

Ques: How can I determine if I’m using the correct target for my Traditional-Compound Bow/ Crossbow?

Ans: All targets have feet per second or poundage pull a grade. Shoot away if your target falls within that range. Although some targets are only made for crossbows, you may shoot them with a compound or recurve bow set up.

Final Thoughts

Your backyard is a perfect place to practice as it prepares you for the next hunting season, a competition, or just some good-hearted family fun.

With the right target, you can achieve any of these goals.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the best archery targets. Which of these would be your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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