Best Archery Target (2018 Ultimate Guide)
If you want to get better with bows and arrows, you'll need a best archery target to practice and hone your skills. But how do you know which one is suitable for your crossbow, broadhead, 3D deer?
In this article, I researched and suggested the good bow targets for quick choice as below. Check it out!
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Best Archery Target Reviews:
Broadhead & Field Tips
Block Black Crossbow 4-Sided Archery Target - Best Crossbow Broadhead Target
The black block crossbow comes in a cubic shape measuring 16x16x12 inches and is designed to stop bolts from high-speed crossbows.
The whole surface is painted black with white targets on it, making it very easy for it to be seen from a good distance.
The handle is dug into the block and is found at the top. It is pretty easy to lift and fits well in the back seat of my car.
This block crossbow target is marked on all sides, so you get to shoot on all sides. You don't need a stand for this - it balances well on any of the square sides.
- Stops broadheads and field points well
- Suitable for high-speed crossbow
- White on black target is great for visibility
- The inbuilt handles make it very easy for the block to be carried about
- Bolts are quite hard to pull out
Hurricane H21 Crossbow Archery Bag Target
Hurricane H21 Crossbow Archery Bag is specifically made for crossbow and high-speed bow. It stops bolt pretty well, and they are easy to pull out, but expect a little difficulty when you shoot at a speed higher than 400 fps though.
The bag is colored orange and is very visible from a good distance. The target “eyes” are circular with the pupils in white color which provides a great contrast to the background orange color making them visible from almost any distance.
This bag is not suitable for broadheads - they will ripe the outer covering quickly, only use field points if you want it to last longer. The bag comes with a strap and is lightweight, making it easy to carry about.
- Great visibility
- Suitable for field points
- Off-center deer vitals
- Suitable for both compound bows and crossbows
- Not suitable for broadheads
- Probably need a stand in the long run as it tends to fall over after a few uses
- Covers are not replaceable
I listed some block targets that can use for compound bow, crossbow, airbow. So keep reading:
Best Broadhead Target
Broadhead, field tips, expandables
Broadheads, Fixed Blade, Mechanical Blades
Rinehart 18 - 1 Broadhead Target - Most Durable Archery Target
The best part ?
The Rinehart 18-1 provides you with 18 different surfaces to practice your shots, all marked brightly and can be seen from long distances. The foam used for making this target is quite thick and feel a little plastic.
It has self-healing ability, but this is not a guarantee that it will last forever - if you shoot at a point continuously, it may chip off. This target block is very suitable for a broadhead, and they are very easy to pull out, but if you're planning to use a field point you might have a little difficulty pulling it out.
The Rinehart target balances well on any of its sides and also comes with a strap which you can use to hang it if you wish to shoot above ground level.
- It's 18 sides provides you with lots of faces to shoot at
- Its self-healing ability is quite remarkable, and each wound closes up immediately
- Because of its large number of sides and self-healing ability, this target will last a long time
- The target is luminous on the black surface, so you won't have any trouble spotting it from a long distance
- Suitable for broadhead and high-speed crossbow
- It's quite expensive
- Not suitable for field point
- Quite small
Morrell YJ-350 Broadhead Target - Best Archery Target For Broadheads
Morrell YJ-350 target comes in a cubic shape and measures 19x19x14 inches and weighs about 0.8 ounces.
This target stops both mechanical and fixed broadhead bolts pretty well. The bolts are quite easy to pull out.
You can use this target with a crossbow or compound bow without any problem. We also noticed that the target stop bolts speeding at 350 fps. But you might not want to use a field point with this target as they dig pretty deep into the target and are harder to pull out.
- Broadheads are quite easy to pull out of this block
- Bolts become easily dirt because of the sticky material in the core which clings to your bolt after pull off
- Field point easily digs deep into this target, and you probably will have some difficulty pulling them out
Best 3D Deer Target
3D Deer Target
Broadhead, Field Tips
3D Deer Target
Broadhead, Field Tips
GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target with Replaceable Insert Core - Best Archery Deer Target
GlenDel Buck 3D archery target is shaped like the Woodland Buck, so if you're looking forward to hunting a few Bucks, it probably will be a good choice for practice.
The Buck provides you with four surfaces that you can practice on. Not only does it give you the opportunity to practice on a “fresh” surface each time, but actually makes the product more durable and save you some bucks.
Practicing on a single surface will quickly ruin any target, but with four surfaces, you get the chance to actually keep your buck with you for a few years.
The Buck is designed for all arrow types - field points or broadheads.
- Lifelike Buck size
- Suitable for preparing for real hunting
- Easy arrow removal
- Comes with a replacement vital
- Suitable for field points or broadheads
- Crossbows easily get stuck on it and are harder to pull out
- The top piece is pretty weak and might come off after a few shots
- The buck often falls, and you may need to purchase a stand, even with the two metal rods that can be pounded into the ground
Rinehart Woodland Buck Target
Rinehart 3d targets give you the opportunity to practice shooting a real-life target in a static position. The vitals are well marked out and segmented so that you can see them from a long distance.
The Rinehart Woodland Buck Target comes all made of durable foam, and you won't find plastic thrown in here and there in the design as common with some targets. Its self-healing ability is excellent - I can testify to that. Holes made by arrows cover up pretty well and takes about 10 seconds after the bolt has been pulled out.
On the downside though, the Buck only presents two sides for you to practice on. This probably will wear the target out easily.
- Designed in lifelike Buck fashion
- The vital section is clearly segmented
- High visibility
- The buck is smaller than real-life ones
- Rebar stand is very short. Buck may tumble after a hard hit
- It doesn't come with a replacement insert
Best Bag Target
Hurricane Bag Archery Target
Deducing from the size of target spots on the surface of the hurricane bag, it seems the bag is meant for very competitive archers and hunters. The target spot is a little circular with dark wavy circumference and shaped like the human eye with the pupils colored orange. This gives you a bright spot which you can target from a far distance and still small enough to hone your skills.
The bag has a strap for easy carrying and also for hanging it up when you want to shoot, though it can stand and balance well on the ground.
On the other surface, a buck is drawn in black, which makes it great for field practice. The vitals are colored in red so you can spot them easily from a fairly long distance.
Field point bolt pulls out of the hurricane bag easily without any problem, but using a broadhead bolt can cause some tear to the cover.
- Gives you multiple options to choose from since it's available 3 different sizes
- Perfect for hi-target shooting
- Arrows can be pulled out easily
- The Buck graphics is a little confusing
- Not suitable for broadhead arrow
- A stand may be needed in the long run
Yellow Jacket Supreme 3 Field Point Bag Archery Target- Best Compound Bow Target
Morrell Yellow Jacket is one of the best archery target bags anyone who had practiced with will always remember - at least I'll. The bag is colored in bright yellow, making it quite easy to spot the target from a long distance.
This Target is primarily designed for compound bows, since it stops bolts pretty well-- thanks to its dense and thick material.
When using my compound bow, I've found most of my shots to be stopped within a few inches from the surface. Of course, this makes it very easy to pull the arrows out.
You might not want to use this bag with a crossbow as bolts from it dig pretty deep into the bag and you probably will have a hard time pulling them out.
- Arrows are easy to pull out
- Stops bolts pretty fast
- Perfect for compound bows
- High visibility
- The design on the surface is a little distracting
- The target requires a stand
Best Archery Block Target
Morrell 131 Double Duty 450 FPS Field Point Archery Bag Target - for Crossbows, Compounds, and Airbows
It is in a perfect cubic form with two straps at the top for you and friend to carry it easily, or if you're alone, you can easily lift it with both hands.
The Morrell bag is pretty dense. The heavier a target is, the longer it'll last. This block seems durable and will probably stand more than a thousand bolts.
The bag provides you with four surfaces on which you can practice on. All you'll need for target practice, bull's eyes, deer vitals, dart board or nine boards have been painted on each side of this block.
Due to its thick core, this block is suitable for high-speed crossbows and compound bows.
It is also capable of stopping bolts speeding at 450fps without it coming out on the other side of the block. And the best part is that the weight of this cubic block balances well on the base so you won't need a stand for it.
- it doesn't require a stand
- The two straps make it easy to carry
- Arrows dig pretty deep into this bag but are quite easy to pull out
- Not suitable for standard shaft without collars
- Target spots on the surface are a little too tiny
Block Classic Archery Target - Stops Arrows with Friction, not Force!
The block archery is a cube with dimensions of 18x18x13.5 inches. It has only two surfaces for you to practice. The white on black color of both surfaces make it very easy for the target to be easily spotted from a long distance.
The Block Classic is designed to stop your arrows with frictional force instead of obstruction. When you shoot an arrow into it, the core heats up as a result of the forceful entry. This heat causes the core to become sticky, which in turn slows down your bolt until it stops. You'll have to let it cool before you pull it off again.
Personally, I think this target is actually meant for field points, though you might use broadhead on it, continuous use will wear it out quickly, and so you might want to keep broadhead off it totally or at least use it sparingly.
The block balances well without any support. The edges of this block contain a little plywood so you might want to be careful you don't shoot them, so you don't damage your bolts.
- This comes in three sizes so you actually get the chance to make a choice of the size you'll take home
- Simple classic design: white on black design makes for high visibility
- Especially suitable for field points
- Though it's a cube with 4 sides, You only get 2 sides to practice on
- The edge contains some pretty hard plywood which might damage your bolt points
Types of Archery Target
- 3D target
Target bags are primarily suitable for field points since broadhead often rip off the outer covering when pulled out. The surface material of target bag is made from tough materials, which is covered with bright colors to make it easier for you to spot them from a good distance.
Target spots are also made on the surface with different colors to make it easier for you to shoot at a particular spot on the target.
Moving to the inside, you'll find durable materials in the target bag which are arranged in different layers to provide the necessary force to stop any speeding bolt. These inner materials often outlive the outer material, and that's why you'll find most target bags with replacement covers.
3D and Foam Targets
3D and Foam targets are made from different types of foam. They come in more diverse forms than the bag targets. You get the lifelike model of almost any prey you want to practice on - Woodland Bucks, Deer, rhinoceros etc.
Lots of foam targets are designed with “self-healing” abilities. You hit the target with your bolt, and as you pull it out, the “wound” automatically closes.
This self-healing ability does not last long though - as you continue hitting the same spot, the foam grows weaker and won't be able to expand and close up the “wound” again.
3D targets are suitable for shooting with both field points and broadhead, unlike the bag target which is only suitable for field points. They will also last longer than most bag targets. On the downside though, foam targets are more expensive.
While foam targets are good for broadheads, you want to go for a 3D block target if you're considering some serious shooting session and still wants your target to serve you for long.
I make a short comparison below:
Foam targets (Block Targets and 3D Targets)
What to Consider for a Archery Target ?
Choosing the best archery target for your need leans more on what you are actually practicing for and on the type of equipment you plan to use - bow type and arrow type.
Below, you will find some factors to consider before getting an archery target and a brief insight into the different types and purposes they are suitable for.
1) Category of Archery
First, what are you buying the archery target to practice for? Is it for target shooting or field shooting?
If you're going for target shooting, then you want to consider getting a bag or block archery target as they provide you with a more realistic target compared to what is obtained in competitions.
But if you're interested in the field shooting or practicing for hunting, then your choice of a target should lean more towards the 3D practice targets. They come in 3D shapes of popular prey like the deer, bear, turkey, hog, etc. So you will probably a 3D practice target for the prey you're planning to hunt.
2) Design and Construction
You should also consider the design and construction before getting the target. Remember, you're buying an archery target for two purposes - to provide you with an aim and secondly to provide a place where your arrows will land on without getting damaged.
That is why we recommend buying an bow and arrow target that provides you with a good spot to aim at and won't have your arrows damaged.
3) Easy to Maintain
With repeated use, the covering on a bag target or the insert in a foam target will get damaged and will need to be replaced. When shopping for an outdoor archery target, you might want to put this into consideration.
Generally, heavier targets are more durable than light ones. So if you are looking for something that may last a long time and help reduce your cost of maintenance, then your best bet is getting a heavier archery target.
4) Easy to Remove
You probably will not want to spend all your archery practice time digging arrows from your target. A good archery target should be able to allow you pull back your bolts by 2 fingers as soon as you want it without using any other equipment.
Ease of Mobility is something you might want to consider before paying for a target, especially if you plan to practice in different places.
Some targets come with straps to easy mobility while others are lightweight for easy carrying. If you practice at different locations, then you might want to get a target that's a little lightweight and comes with a strap.
A good target should be able to last at least 1 year before being replaced.
Since the core materials of most bag targets often outlive the cover material, you might want to find one with a replacement cover, so you don't throw the target away when the cover gets worn out.
Generally heavier targets are more durable and will last longer than lightweight ones.
The Bottom Line?
Archery Targets are great for practice and choosing the best archery target will help you in the long run. The Rinehart 18 - 1 Broadhead Target is our most preferred choice.
- Its self-healing ability makes it very durable
- The 18 different faces provide you with more than enough target spots
- It is quite easy to pull broadheads out of it, but you don't want to try it with a field point – it will be literally impossible to pull out
- The surface of the target is made luminous and can be seen from a good distance
- The target comes with a strap for easy carrying and can also be hung if you are not comfortable practicing on ground levels.
Have you used an archery target before? What are your experiences? Let us know in the comments.