The purpose of an archery target is two fold. One is to give the archer a mark to hit. Second, it gives the arrow a place to land without damage to the arrow. An archer wants to be using a well constructed target that should give them continued use. That is why a 3D foam archery target can be the best choice for the money spent and the longevity of use.
There are two categories of archery: target and field shooting. The most popular being target shooting. Archery target faces have a spot in the middle and concentric circles around the spot. The goal of this target is to shoot the arrow as close to the center as possible.
Field archery targets are typically a little more life-like and used for hunting practice. These targets can be put outside to mimic the environment you would find in a natural setting. This is where the 3D archery targets come into play.
Now if you are watching your budget you can simply put a piece of paper with a dot on it attached to a bail of hay. There are all sorts of targets available already made.
For the serious hunter though, 3D archery targets are the best option. These targets are shaped in a geometric shape or like various animals and are life-like in size. You can put these targets out in the woods and practice shooting from different angles and distances.
3D archery targets are most often made of some sort of self healing material like foam and most often have a replaceable target area. There are bear, deer, boar, sheep targets, and more.
4 things you want to look for in a good 3D foam archery target:
- Whether you are shooting a bow at 80 lbs and 350 fps, or a youth bow at 10-15 lbs you want a target that can stop your arrow. You will also want a target that will let you pull the arrow by hand, some targets will hold the arrow so tight you will need a puller to extract the arrow. You should need no gimmicks, or lubricants or pullers.
- You want a target to practice with that can hold up whether you're shooting fieldpoints, broadheads, or even expandables. A good self-healing target can stop even the fastest incoming carbon, aluminium, or wood arrows.
- A true self-healing foam target will allow the arrow holes to "heal" themselves. Complete target integrity is restored when the arrow is quickly and easily removed.
- The other thing that you want to consider is that your target needs to be able to withstand all weather conditions. You don't want to have to put your targets away to protect from them from the elements. You want to purchase targets that are of quality that can withstand all weather conditions and stand their ground, whether it is blazing sun or freezing temperatures. A high-quality self-healing foam target will stand up to all of these conditions.
So if you want your investment on your target to go a long way, consider looking at the wide range of 3D foam archery targets on the market. The best 3D archery targets are nearly indestructible, they are super easy to set-up, and come with their patented internal locking insert tubes. This allows you to simply buy a replaceable insert for a fraction of the cost of a new target when you have shot out your 3D target insert.
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