Backyard archery range

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  1. scout4

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    I need to get some yard work done around my place here come spring and I'm planning on redoing my target spot/range. I really gotta do something new and different. I need some good ideas, any of you that shoot outback and have an archery target area? Whats your range setup like? Thanks!
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  2. Ranger

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    I shoot out to about 70 yards in the back yard. I have my backstop made of hay bales stacked on the side of our tool shed. Then I set my target up against the bales, back up and shoot. I shoot quite a bit all year long. I go through at least one Block 4x4 target per year. They last a little longer than any of the 3D targets that I tried.

    Have fun and challenge yourself on shots, but please be careful and have a BIG backstop and know where your arrow will come to rest!
     
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    I just put this together in my yard. I can get these foam targets fairly cheap and I'm hoping it will be good for my kids as well as me.
    8' X 8' and the target can be at different heights by just using a different rubber bungee. I will see how long they last.
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    I have about 30 yards to pick from.
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    Nice! I have a few block targets that usually reside in the backyard. I put 'em in the garage for the winter after one blew into the road... :34:
     
  5. scout4

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    Thanks for your replies! At this time my target backstop is just a few old broken down hay bales with an archery bag in front that needs to be cleaned up and something new made and in a better place. scout4
     
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    i use feed bags and burlap coffee bags
    (easily obtained from local coffee shops that do their own roasting-they typically give em away)
    stuff em full of plastic grocery and other plastic bags
    (i ask all my friends to save em for me-they are happy to)
    the plastic wrap that is used on bulk items delivered on skids works well too. the dumpster at home depot or the like are often filled with that stuff.
    it takes an incredible amount of plastic to fill one of these bags-ya want em hard and tight.

    stuff em tight sew em up shoot em till ya cant then stuff that old torn up bag in another-endless free targets. and they work just a well as any you would buy.

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    I have 8 bails of wood excelor packing material...left outside its good for 5 years ... factory in RiceLake wi.
     
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    Here is one I made a few weeks ago mainly for my kids. Two conduit pipes in concrete with some scrap wood and old roof panel left over. Main stop is a piece of carpet. It does stop the arrows, but I did get a couple of clangs from hitting the conduit.

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    Anything stuffed with "fart mart" bags works great.
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    Mine's just a stack of straw bales against a cinder block wall. Nothing fancy, but adequate.

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    I have three bag targets set at 15, 25 and 35 yards plus a Mckenzie deer target at 47 yards. I shoot at each randomly and a flood light provides illumination for after dark practice.
     
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    I know up here in WA with the weather and all of that, where i shoot at they bought foam blocks and stacked them then wrapped it in that industrial plastic wrap. works well, it doesn't rot like the hay bales will. Also for extra weather protection you can cover it a tarp. They last for a few years. I don't remember where the foam was bought at though. A great backdrop.
     
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    is that a Hungarian horseback bow? and R U a girl?
     
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    Yes, it is a horse bow, and no, that is my friend shooting :)
     
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    Nice! Thank You all! scout4
     
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    Here's my neighbor's archery range. Everybody in the neighborhood is invited to use it, and we do! He made it out of styrofoam, burlap, boards, and elk sheds.

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    What my SCA group did was make a conduit frame, and lay a piece of carpet over it (shag to the inside) so there was a double thickness. Stopped the arrows easily, and you could pin or tape the targets to it. Heavier bows might require another layer of carpet. Just throw a tarp over it when not in use and it should last for years.
     
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    This is sweet!! I like the idea of hanging a light out there too, that would really extend the range time. :57:
     
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    i don't shoot (yet), but my neighbor does... we're in a residential neighborhood, but our end is heavily wooded, and his target is set off to the side, up against my property, where the brush is especially thick (and kinda behind my shed). he shoots the length of his house down into it, 15, 25, and 40 yards mostly. target itself is one of those plastic deer with the foam vital area, backed by some bales of hay and a piece of plywood.
     
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    Bumpity bump bump for some more pics of your guys ranges.
     
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    I will give you a link to a archery stand that I made for our house. Its to hold up the foam deer targets http://stormspoons.com/?p=613 It works great and keeps them from falling over.
     
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    Nothing like an old rotten barn for a backstop.
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    Since this pic I've stuck 2 arrows deep enough i'd have to cut them out.
     
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    I made a frame and hung a stall mat on it. It has served me well for several years. It has stopped anything I have shot at it, even broadheads.

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    How much does one of those stall mats run?
     
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    $40 at Orscheln for a 4x6 J.
     
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    Thats not bad at all.
     
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    Gonna hopefully start building something my next weekend off. I have to do a wall backstop, and Im wanting to put a short awning roof over it with a light. I havent shot my bow since we moved, and Im absolutely itching to fling some arrows.
     
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    Not mine, but my buddy has one built like this, but larger. On my to do list.

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    Some excellent set ups.

    Personally, I prefer a few bales of hay and, if need be, some spray paint or small paper plates for targets.

    "Losing" an arrow or two in the woods beyond your target, when you're still reaosnably sure of their approximate location, is a great exercise...
     
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    If MacGyver was an archer that is what his 3-D target would look like!
     
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    You guys have some pretty impressive ranges. Mine is nothing fancy. I have a 3D deer target also. The local deer don't like it much. During the rut, the 3D deer target is usually attacked by the local deer.

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