posted on Nov, 23 2014 @ 03:38 PM
I recently got interested in archery. I find it more interesting than gun shooting and without the "BAM!," and I can't legally shoot on my 2 acres
anyway. Using a bow is more interesting because there is far more of the human side in the sport of archery that the more mechanical sport of
shooting any kind of a gun, and I can do it in my yard. And I think that it is a nice survival skill to have. That stated, on to the topic at
I got a very good deal on my bow, finger glove and arm protector. When it came to buying an expensive bulk target, I passed on that. In my
estimation the cost for what you get for the money was extreme. I had expected for find a simple cloth cover that I could rig over a couple bales of
hay, but they didn't have anything but paper targets similar to those for guns. and bales of hay or straw are not cheap anymore.
The target system I put together cost me $10.80 in supplies from my local Tractor Supply store. If that business isn't in your area, any decent
farm/ranch/home store should have a similar product. For that money I got two plastic-covered, rectangular "bales" of pine shavings. They are
normally used to spread on the floor of livestock areas.
My bow is of modest power, 45 lbs pull. I don't intent to ever hunt with it. With something less that a full draw the bow easily will put arrows
all of the way through a block of shavings. But don't double (front to back) the bales as your arrows may get lodged somewhere between the two.
I had on hand a few of the corrugated plastic signs that various business tend to set out on streets and roads on weekends to announce their sweet
deal on a used mobile home, etc. Since that is an illegal practice where I live, I tend to collect them in my neighborhood, helping the local
authorities out. The signs are a pretty tough, and I first used them as a backstop behind the bales of shavings. Still, some of the arrow quills
sunk into the bale. I moved the signs to be in front of the bales. In that fashion, the initial resistance of the signs was enough to dampen the
inertia of the arrows from sinking too deeply into the bales and they pulled out easily. As I develop a full draw, I may have to double or triple the
layers of signs in front, but no great problem there. After each session, I use my packing tape "gun" to seal the bale punctures. That tape keeps
moisture out and helps retain the integrity of the bales.