DIY Archery Targets

DIY Archery Target

It has been too long since my last mini-post. This one’s on DIY archery targets.

I’ve built the DIY archery targets with the foam puzzle pieces that people like to use for kid areas or for workshop floors and I’ve seen the compressed cardboard targets. Both work just fine. Where I think a bag like this excels is in how easy it is to pull arrows out of.┬áPulling arrows out of a foam block style target is a pain in the butt (haha, archery pun!) and for simple target practice, I like easier.

home made bow and arrow target

Can you tell I failed home ec?

Making your own DIY archery target bag

To make this target, get a burlap sack or make a rough sack shape with tarp or whatever material you have at hand for the outside “skin” of the target. I used an inexpensive rope to stitch the tarp into a bag shape. Leave the top open, and start stuffing it with light poly wrap, grocery bags, whatever light plastic sheet-type material you have. The idea with using light plastic is that it┬ámoves fast and quickly bunches up dozens of layers to stop the arrow. By leaving the plastic pack a bit loose, it lets the layers compress rapidly and hold the arrow without having it penetrate many plastic layers. Fewer layers penetrated = less effort to remove the arrow and less damage to the target. Compress the materials a bit when you’re packing so that the plastic is evenly distributed through the bag and it won’t be loose in the corners, but not so much that it’s too tight and bursting at the seams.

Pros of a home-made target like this:

  • CHEAP
  • Design it according to the size you need
  • Much easier to pull arrows out of

Cons

  • Tends to roll if hit with arrows, needs to be propped up or steadied for longer sessions
  • Can’t deal with broad heads
  • Looks ugly compared with factory-available targets

DIY Archery Target Video

  • Borna

    hey I got idea and u can try it if u need a decent cheap and target. Target is pillows covered by some cloth, but u can use it forever with judo arrow head. Also i placed a big cardboard on it in order to draw some target on it. you can take off or break the claws of arrow head which keep cloth unscratched.

    Everything I need are just some junks which were going to garbage bin. I have been use it for 2 years

    Borna

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