Making An Archery Target Using An Inexpensive Bag
- Erik Himmel
If you are still wondering why you need to get an archery target, then here is why. Remember that continuous improvement of technique, as well as practice, can make a great bow hunter. Honestly, this is the only way to get better at shooting, even when you were born for this. Among the many different options, bag targets are immensely popular having their legacy rooted back hundreds of years. So, it’s understandable why you might be interested in making an archery target using a bag. Well, I’ve put together some easy steps, so you can make yours properly.
Don’t be impatient, please. I’ve a few words to share before you start the task.
Facts About Archery Target Using a Bag
This is the most basic type of archery targets, therefore, almost every bowhunter has practiced on a bag target at least once in their life. Overall, bag targets contain a synthetic fiberfill not polyester, which can stop your arrows easily, provides easy arrow removal.
However, the downside of this type is that it is only effective when used for field points. Broadheads are likely to get buried in a bag target and they can definitely shred the outer covering which contains the fill.
Therefore, avoid using broadheads on a bag target. Furthermore, if you fail to keep a bag target out of the elements or maintain it properly, it will deteriorate quickly sooner or later. Nowadays, a lot of new models are more durable than previous versions with weather resistance.
It’s very suitable for hunters to practice on an indoor range or wherever the target can be hung in place. This way, they won’t have to haul around a bag target anymore during your practice. You can use any type of compound set up you prefer now but just make sure that you’re using field points only.
So many hunters choose this type of repetition in the early summer practice sessions. This is because these targets can hold together effectively. Additionally, they have a large surface so they can accommodate mishaps when you’re sighting in during the summer or even spring.
Making an Archery Target
Now that you know what matters and what doesn’t, I think it’s safe to advise you to proceed. As told earlier, I’ll talk about a target that uses a bag and makes a good target for daily shooting practices.
Here is what you need for the target
- Burlap bag. I found mine at a feed store (Atwoods)
- I was going to use paracord guts but I couldn’t find a needle big enough for it, so I used thin gauge wire
- Shrink wrap. You’re gonna need a lot. Use half of a stuffed 65(ish) gallon rubbish bag.
- Cardboard and spray paint (optional). Cut some rings out of cardboard to make a target and then spray painted it onto the bag.
Spray Your Target
I don’t insist that you do it without mistakes. You may skip it. But I did it, and the final output was better than I hoped.
- Cut your bullseye design out of the cardboard and spray paint it onto the bag.
- Spray it before filling the bag so that it looked clean and stayed the right shape.
Stuff the Bag
It’s the turn to stuff the bag with what I have recommended below.
- Cram the bag full of shrink wrap!
- Try to make it uniformly full and be sure to stuff it like crazy!
- It will look like you won’t need a lot of it, but it can hold a lot of shrink wrap.
- Mold and strategically stuff the wrap as you go so that the bag isn’t lumpy.
- Remember the more shrink wrap you can shove in there without ripping the bag, the more effective it will be.
Sew the Bag Correctly
Now, you have to work much like a surgeon. Don’t panic, my friend.
- Time to sew up the bag. I doubled up the burlap so that it would hold up to a lot more abuse.
- Try to keep the stitches approximately 2 inches apart, but it’s all up to you.
- After you’re done stitching up the bag, you can thump and mold your bag to make it nice and pretty.
You’ve got a bag that’s strong enough to tackle the pressure your favorite arrows are going to put through! It should take you about 10 minutes to stuff and sew up the bag. You should leave it alone for about 3 hours prior to stuffing to let the paint dry.
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I shoot a Mathews Black Max 2 drawing at about 58-60 pounds, and I shoot both 28 and 30 inch arrows (pretty much whatever is cheapest. I like aluminum because they’re fixable if you miss and ding the arrow). The arrows didn’t penetrate the back of the bag, but I should have packed it a little more.
There you go! Hope you enjoyed my guide. Don’t hesitate if you need to share or know anything else about archery target and the best shooting practice!