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DIY Archery Target; Guide for a homemade Archery Target

Last updated January 28, 2021| Guides

If you are a die heart fan of the Hunger Games movies, you would know that the main person, Katniss Everdeen, used her great skills in archery to fight for her life, beating 22 other tributes from different regions. Perchance you want to be as good an archer as Katniss and are thinking about trying archery. Well, the best thing is that you actually can, Archery targets are an essential part of improving archery skills. They are needed in practice and competitions to decide and improve correctness.

Have you ever wondered and thought that “what are archery targets made of”, and “how you should pick one for your own use”? For those who have just got into this hobby, here are the basic facts about archery targets.

One of the first things you need to understand is that all commercial targets at the moment are divided into four types. Knowing the basic types of archery targets are the most essentials.

Paper Targets

First, there are paper targets. These targets are basically just sheets of archery paper that have target shapes on them. You can place them on the wall or over a solid backing to shoot at. These targets are usually for more than archers. They work for shots of all types.

Note that these have a tendency to be very unstable and are generally used in combination with other targets.

Bag Targets

Second, there are bag targets. Bag targets are primarily bags filled with synthetic fiber or other permeable materials. When an arrow hits it, it punches through the external covering to hit the internal material.

The kinetic force of the arrow is then immersed by the material so that the arrow will not pierce too much. The result is a target that allows people to easily get arrows out.

Block Targets

Third, there are foam block targets. These targets are literally like huge blocks of foam. Reliant on the company, they can be solid foam or the softer type. The solid foam type is prevalent because of the solidity it delivers.

When an arrow strikes a foam block target, it produces friction as it passes through the material. This melts it and slows it down until it stops. They are not as efficient at stopping arrows as bag targets, but the great thing about them is that there is little damage to the target.

3D Targets

Then there comes 3D targets. These are made from the same foam core material as block targets, 3D targets add a layer of fun to the target shooting practice. This is done by having them in the shape of numerous animals.

This can vary from simple turkeys or wolves to something fantastic like a dinosaur. These targets work in the same way as foam block targets, so there is not much difference instinctively.

Making Your Own Archery Targets

Do you feel like a need to know why you need an archery target? Why not just shoot at a variety of items or just a wall? There are several things that make targets vital.

First of all, archery targets increase protection. Arrows, even field point arrows, are pointed objects traveling at terrific speeds. If they hit someone, they will get hurt. An archery target provides you with something to shoot at that will soak up the arrows. As an Alternative of arrows just flying about, you will have a target that will take in all the damage instead.

Secondly, archery targets help save arrows. Even Though we are in the modern age of mass production, arrows are still very special. Custom-made arrows are often made of materials that can be expensive. Even the ordinary wooden arrows are expensive since they require proper fletching and the like.

Archery targets ensure that they do not get dented too much. For instance, if you shot at a tree or something similar, the arrow would dig in deep and pulling them out can cause damage to the arrow. Other than that, the tip of the arrow will be broken if you shoot it at something hard. Most archery targets are made of soft materials that will not damage metal tips.

After All, archery targets help you improve your accuracy significantly. When you shoot at an archery target, you often shoot at the specific targets on it. Seeing how well your accuracy has progressed is a great step in making sure that you improve your skill in archery.

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Advantages of Home-Made Targets

You should learn to make your own archery targets at home if you really are a fan of this sport. There are a lot of commercially accessible archery targets already so you can turn to them but making your own has quite a few advantages.


One of the main reasons why you should make your own targets is that it is cost effective to do so. A lot of the tools that you need for making a target are easily accessible. Some of them are even biodegradable materials.

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Commercially available archery targets often have particular sizes and shapes. If they do not have what you want, building certain targets that have the size and shape that you want is a good option.


As stated earlier, a lot of these homemade archery targets are made of recyclable materials. This means you do not have to sweat about taking care of them. All you need to do is just put them away and make a new one.

Here are the steps on how to make 3D archery targets.

The materials you will need are:

  • Aerosol polyurethane foam
  • Newspapers
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Turkey trap (made of foam) or cardboard (one-dimensional)
  • One piece of board (2 x 4 ft., 1 ft. long)
  • Two pieces of boards (2 x 4 ft., 3 ft. long)

Step 1

Use old newspapers to build several layers to act as the cover for the flat exterior. Place the turkey trap that is made of foam or cardboard and is one-dimensional on it. Then use a fine spray foam coating to cover up one whole side of the trap, so as to start creating bulk.

Wait for at least 24 hours to allow for the foam to dry completely.

Step 2

Turn the turkey trap over. Again, use a fine spray foam layer to coat the other side of the decoy. Wait another 24 hours for it to dry completely. Do not hurry and consider maintaining a thin foam layer and avoid thick spray layers since this may ruin the whole thing.

Step 3

Apply an additional foam layer on the trap or decoy, then wait until it is completely dry. Turn it over and put extra foam spray in that area. Once Again, allow it to dry. Until you are convinced with how bulky the target already is, replicate this procedure.

Step 4

Lay the two pieces of boards that must be 3 ft. long parallel to one another in order to build a simple stand. Then place the one-foot-long board on the upper side, making an “H” form. After That, attach the boards and make sure they are properly situated by using the drill and screws.

Step 5

Again, fix your 3D decoy using some screws and a drill. Make sure it stands in the middle of the “H” form. This allows your 3D target to stand up straight and be steady once arrows come its way.

Some tips and warnings

You can do some spot repairs using more spray foam after you have shot your 3D target with many holes. Use bigger boards for constructing the stand if you want a bigger target. Furthermore, never shoot your decoy until spray foam is completely dry.

Also, keep in mind that your 3D target must be tough enough to stop arrows. Arrows should not just penetrate through your target. Your 3D target should also not be too hard as this might harm or even break your arrows.

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