Have you ever came back from an unsuccessful hunting trip and just felt like your shot was a little “off”? If so, then you are definitely not alone. Sometimes when I take long breaks from hunting and then come back, my accuracy is horrible, and this can almost always be because of the fact that I haven’t practiced my shot in a long time.
If you are an experienced archer, then you know that practice does, in fact, make perfect. So keeping your shooting skills sharp should always be one of in not the most important thing to be on top of before going back out on your next hunt.
Between life and personal obligations at home, we are not always able to make it out in the field to practice our shot, so what better way to get around this than by having your very own target to practice on at home.
Having a target at home has not only given me the freedom and privacy of practicing in my own personal space but has also helped tremendously with my shot when I’m out there shooting at the real thing. For a long time, I thought that I was getting all the practice I needed from just hunting alone, but ever since I started using targets at home to shoot at, they’re not going anywhere.
Here are three of some of the best targets that I have tried and tested personally over the years.
Anybody who knows me knows I love shooting bucks, so what better way to get some practice in than by shooting at a buck! If you’re a serious hunter and sharp and accurate shots are something you take great pride in, then I highly recommend checking out the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck over at Amazon.
I have a few targets, but this one definitely takes the cake.
Benefits of the Full-Rut Buck
- Large and life-like
- Arrows come out easy
- Soaks up a lot more shots
This is definitely one of those ” you get what you pay for” items. I was a little hesitant to buy this target at first, but have since found out that it has exceeded a lot of my expectations plus some. Get this target if you’re looking for a real-life experience when practicing.
I have children, so often times we’ll go out and practice shooting together, but since my kids aren’t ready to tag something as a big as a buck yet, I have another target for them to practice on. I recently have gotten the chance to test out another bag that I picked up from Amazon called the Hurricane Bag. It’s available in 3 different sizes depending on what you prefer and is great for the whole family to shoot on.
This target has not only satisfied my kids and I, but have made my hunting guests happy as well. Hunting is a lifestyle for my family and friends, so having a few targets for multiple people to shoot on and choose from is a must.
Benefits of the Hurricane Bag
- Targets on the front and back of the bag
- Aiming points are highly visible
We do a lot of yard work, so the fact that a target of this quality can be moved in different spots throughout the yard is enough for me. This target is top-of-the-line and will stay in our arsenal for as long as they continue to make them.
Before I had the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck, I was using a good ole foam target. Foam targets have always been one of my favorite targets simply for the fact that they’re lightweight and were always able to get the job done for me when I wanted to better my skills.
I travel quite a bit, so the foam target is definitely my go-to when it comes to portability, but for at home, my 3d target has my heart. If you like the simplicity of a foam target though, then I highly recommend the Block Classic target. This target is what I was using at home for quite a long time before my current one and is one I will continue to use for many more years to come.
Benefits of the Block Classic
- Arrows are easy to remove
- Highly visible aiming points from any distance
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TARGET
All three of these targets serve a purpose in my life for different reasons, but that doesn’t mean that every single target listed above is needed for you. If you want to have a real-life experience when practicing, then invest in a 3d target. If you like more lightweight targets and don’t feel that a 3d target is necessary at this point in your archery journey, then invest in a foam or bag target.
It all comes down to how real you want your experience to be and how well it fits your needs at this point in time. If you’re unsure, review the specs on all three yourself and choose what you think would be the better fit for you and then work your way up to different targets from that point on. Having multiple targets when starting off is not necessary, so choose what you feel you’d be most comfortable with and then go from there.