Types of Archery Targets: Everything You Need to Know
Archery is a fun and challenging sport that people of all ages enjoy. If you are new to the sport, you may wonder what target types are available. This blog post will discuss the different archery targets and provide everything you need to know to choose the right one for you!
We’ll start with the most identifiable target and the one we’re all most familiar with:
- 1 Traditional Bulls-Eye Style Target
- 2 3D Targets / 3D Archery Targets
- 3 Bags and Bag Targets
- 4 Cubes / Block Targets
- 5 Final Thoughts
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions About Types of Archery Targets
Traditional Bulls-Eye Style Target
These are some symbols people think of when they hear the word “archery.” They are the circles on a competition target. The colors go from white to black, blue, red, and yellow in the center.
You’ve probably seen these targets at the range or camp. They’re great for measuring your accuracy. If your target is the “X” in the middle, arrows in each ring outside that center point tell you how far away you are from your target. The crews also provide a way to score in archery competitions and are perfect for beginners.
Plus, from a practical standpoint, hitting the bullseye is your ultimate goal. Each ring is basically “a degree of miss,” Bullseye targets are so fantastic to use when learning archery. You can see your progress in very concrete terms. When your arrows are spread over the target, you need to practice them; you know you’re improving when they’re clustered in red and yellow. Studying your progress can be a little difficult on other types of targets.
3D Targets / 3D Archery Targets
These are targets that look like animals. There are different types, like deer, turkey, elk, etc. They can be a little fancy, but they can be worth the investment. The targets are designed to help hunters learn how to hit the vital organs of an animal target. It is essential to be able to do this if you want to hunt successfully.
If you look at a 3D target, the good ones have an outline of the heart and lungs. Hunters must practice their skills to ensure they can accurately hit those areas if they are hunting. They are learning how to hit vital organs so the animal does not suffer very severely. So if you are considering hunting, using 3D targets is an excellent option.
Bags and Bag Targets
Another type of archery target is a bag. These are great because they are portable. You can keep them in the garage, take them with you in your car, or even drag them around your yard (make sure it is legal to have a target in your yard first). They are also durable and weather-proof. It makes them a good substitute for traditional bull’s eye targets, which often need a stand to stay in place.
The downside to using a bag target is that they are usually smaller than traditional targets. It can be challenging for beginners and those with difficulty grouping arrows. Another problem is that you can’t shoot long distances with them. If you need to shoot further than your usual range, you may have some issues with a smaller target.
But, most of the time, that’s okay. Bag targets are viral—they’ve come a long way over the last decade or two—and they’re the best archery target on the market for many archers. Numerous excellent models are available, and we recommend them if you’ve honed your archery skills.
Cubes / Block Targets
These targets are usually shaped like dice, but some, like the Rinehart 18-to-1 target, have more sides. The main advantage of cubes is that you can shoot at them from different angles. It is excellent practice for hunters who may shoot from tree stands or weird positions. That’s a real “pro” to a model like the Rinehart we just mentioned—because it has so many sides, you can rotate around it and have plenty of places to practice.
Hunters should practice on both 3D targets and cubes. The 3D targets help hunters learn how to shoot at an animal that looks real. The cubes help hunters shoot from different positions and use broadheads. Broadheads are essential for hunting, so using a cube to practice with them will make you better prepared for when you go out hunting.
These are usually a little bit lighter, easier to lug around, and made of foam. Because it veers to the lighter side, it may shuffle around a little bit as you shoot arrows into them. It’s not uncommon to see them shift position a little bit. That may be a little odd to imagine, but say you shoot some arrows into the left side of the cube; that left side of the cube may move back an inch or two. It’s not a big deal—we think it’s a good thing because it introduces a “dynamic” aspect to the target—but it’s something to keep in mind.
There are several target types to choose from. You can select between a circle and a 3D target. You can also choose between a cube and a block target.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Types of Archery Targets
What Makes a Good Archery Target?
If you want to make an archery target, use a cardboard box. Use shrink wrap or plastic bags to fill the box. Tape it shut and put it where you’ll be practicing your aim. If you want a more durable target, build a frame using lumber, chicken wire, and some stuffing material.
What Release Does Pro Archers Use?
Almost everyone who uses a compound bow to shoot arrows uses a release aid. Most people use a wrist-strap or index-finger release. It is because they feel natural to use their index finger to pull the trigger when they shoot firearms.
What Color Is the Bull on a Target?
The color of the bullseye on a target depends on what kind of target it is. The World Archery Federation (FITA) target has a yellow/gold bullseye. In contrast, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and National Field Archery Association (NFAA) targets have white bullseyes. On-Field and Hunter courses, the field has a black center, and the Hunter has a white center.