Archers looking for a convenient backyard target that’s also perfect for use in camp will love the new Pyramid ($70) from Rinehart Targets. Offering four shootable sides, the Pyramid is both extremely lightweight and extremely portable, making it an ideal take-anywhere practice target or crossbow-unloader. Constructed from Rinehart’s Solid Signature Foam and measuring 14 inches high by 18 inches long, the Pyramid features an easy-carry handle and an MOA (minute-of-angle) sight-in grid.
Also new from Rinehart this year is the X-Bow Bag. Exclusive Dual Layered Power Band Technology ensures this durable bag target can stop bolts from crossbows shooting at speeds up to 450 feet per second – and it can withstand that abuse season after season. The X-Bow Bag measures 18 x 18 x 12 inches, boasts an easy-carry handle and offers two target sides. A crossbow-specific MOA sight-in grid makes sighting-in a crossbow fast and easy.
In addition, Rinehart added a number of new targets to its Competition Series. Fun new additions include a snake hanging off a branch (that target can be flipped around to reveal a spider on the back), a spraying skunk, a bat hanging out of a tree, a pheasant and a small squirrel.
For more information, visit www.rinehart3d.com or call (608) 757-8153.
Crossbow shooters will love the Yellow Jacket YJ-350 Crossbow Field Point Bag Target ($77) from Morrell. This durable, long-lasting bag target offers two shooting sides and is designed to stop projectiles from bows shooting up to 350 fps. The Multi-Layered Density Design boasts plenty of stopping power yet still allows for easy arrow removal. Weighing 30 pounds and measuring 20 x 16 x 20 inches, the YJ-350 features an E-Z Tote carrying handle and IFS Technology, and it’s 100 percent weatherproof.
Also from Morrell this year is the thoughtfully designed Back to Back Combo Foam Target ($170). This target gives shooters four sides – two with spots, one with raised deer vitals and one with raised turkey vitals. Made with Flexback self-healing foam, the Back to Back Combo can take hits from field points and broadheads. An E-Z Tote carrying handle rounds out the features of this weatherproof target.
Those looking for a full 3-D target should check out the Bionic Buck III Field Point Classic ($280). This target offers four kill zones, and the head and butt plate can be reversed for a new set of vitals. The life-sized Bionic Buck II boasts a double drop-tine rack, and, since it’s Morrell, you know you can expect easy arrow removal.
For more information, visit www.morrelltargets.com or call (479) 632-5929.
For 2017, Delta McKenzie offers the new Mo’Go ($75). This innovative target measures 18 x 16 x 11 inches, providing the durability of Mo’Foam construction in a portable package. Through an exclusive process, Delta welds Mo’Foam layers together inside and out. The result is a single block with no straps or bands necessary to hold the layers together. Patented Mo’Foam is remarkably dense and durable, with less chunking and slivering than other layered targets. The Mo’Go can be shot on all four sides for increased target life. Boasting a graphic outer layer and a sewn-in handle, the Mo’Go can be used with high-speed compound bows and most crossbows, as well as with field points and broadheads.
In the 3-D target category, Delta McKenzie’s latest is the patent-pending Big Daddy Buck ($250). The Big Daddy Buck won’t come apart as it is picked up, thanks to unique cross-body dovetail construction. That same construction also provides exceptional stability through thousands of shots. This easy-to-assemble target features Duraflex self-healing foam and easy arrow removal. Made to simulate a 250-pound buck, the Big Daddy can be shot with field points and broadheads, boasts a replaceable body, and offers both universal scoring and vital rings.
For more information, visit www.dmtargets.com or call (801) 539-1400.
The Trio Target System from 365 Archery features a patent-pending design that utilizes a center core cube. This unique design allows the user to utilize all six sides of the center core before replacing it. This system is available in 18-, 24-, 36- and 48-inch models. Proprietary self-sealing foam ensures the Trio offers superior stopping power, even for bolts shot from crossbows, and the outer target cradle enlarges the target area, catching errant shots. A core support base provides additional target support so you don’t need to anchor the target to the ground. When all six sides of the core are shot out, simply purchase a new, affordable center core.
For more information, visit www.365archery.com or call (320) 241-9932.
American W/T Target Systems
This year, American W/T Target Systems worked with the Pink Arrow Project to introduce the new Pink Arrow Project CompCube ($80). This free-standing target is lightweight and offers easy arrow removal. It can be shot on all sides and boasts HD graphic images, including Vegas 3 Spot, 5 Spot, 80CM and a special “Aiming at Cancer” graphic. The Pink Arrow CompCube measures 20 x 20 x 20 inches and is designed to stop arrows and bolts shot at speeds up to 400 fps. American Whitetail will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of this target to the Pink Arrow Project to help support the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, visit www.archerytargets.com or call (888) 233-1976.
For 2017, Hips offers five sizes in the Personal Range Target line. Now archers can build their dream practice spot with range-grade personal targets designed to withstand shot after shot. Foam Fusion Technology makes for six-sided shooting, and the 100 percent Endurance Foam construction means users get plenty of stopping power for field points, mechanicals and fixed-blade broadheads shot from bows up to 330 fps. Targets in the line include the Range 2×4 ($350) target, which measures a generous 48 x 24 x 16 inches; the Range 4×4 ($680) target, which comes in at 48 x 48 x 16 inches; the 2×2, the 16×16 and the 18×16.
For more information, visit www.hipstargets.com or call (830) 899-2999.
The Block family of targets is extremely popular – and for good reason. The latest addition to the line is the Block 6×6 ($110), which offers six-sided shooting. Featuring Block’s PolyFusion layered-foam technology, this target stops all field points and broadheads fast, yet offers easy arrow removal. The Block 6×6 measures 18 x 18 x 16 inches and offers a number of aiming spots.
For more information, visit www.blocktarget.com or call (800) 282-4868.
“How long do [ST Portable Targets] last?” asks one of the FAQs on SpyderWeb’s (269-982-8003; www.spyderwebtargets.com) website. The response? “They last so long that the demand is so low for a replacement face that we do not make one.” In fact, one target recorded an incredible 55,000 shots before it was shot out. That’s made possible by multiple shooting locations. Patented Spylar technology allows SpyderWeb to pack more stuffing inside each target – double the stuffing per cubic foot compared to other bag targets, according to SpyderWeb. This results in ultra-easy arrow removal and boosted stopping power. The ST 24 ($168) measures 24 x 24 x 12 inches and weighs 42 pounds. This weather-resistant target is designed for field-point use and is made in the U.S.A.
For more information, visit www.spyderwebtargets.com or call (269) 982-8003.
Those who tote a horizontal bow to the field need realistic target practice, too, which is why GlenDel offers the Crossbow Buck ($190). With the body size of a 200-pound live deer and 150-inch B&C antlers, the Crossbow Buck’s insert offers five times the shooting surface as comparable 3-D targets. The Crossbow Buck stands 34 inches at the shoulder, with a total height of 56 inches. The insert boasts open-layered PolyFusion Technology, which makes for uniform layer compression and, in turn, easier arrow removal. The insert measures 11 x 11 x 11 inches and is replaceable for longer target life.
For more information, visit www.glendel.com or call (800) 282-4868.
Hurricane Bag Targets
The expandable Storm from Hurricane allows shooters to take their target anywhere they go. That’s thanks to C.P.E. (Compressible, Packable, Expandable) Technology. The Storm is vacuum-sealed at the factory; simply open the bag, shake until it fully expands and stake it. Durable and lightweight, the Storm can handle field-point-tipped arrows and bolts at speeds up to 400 fps. Two models are available: the 20 x 24 x 10-inch Storm ($35), which weighs 15 pounds, and the 25 x 25 x 12-inch Storm Super Cell ($45), which weighs 25 pounds. You can use a vacuum and vacuum storage bag to pack the target away for easy storage.
For more information, visit www.hurricanbagtarget.com or call (866) 387-9307.
Black Hole Targets
New from Black Hole is a crossbow target that offers a lot of stopping power without an intimidating price tag. The Black Hole Crossbow ($70) is a durable four-sided target that can stop broadheads and field tips (only field tips on the woven poly-wrapped sides) shot from the fastest crossbows – it’s rated to stop bolts travelling in excess of 400 fps. Measuring 16 x 16 x 14 inches, the Black Hole features high-contrast graphics for long-distance shooting and multiple offset aiming spots for longer target life. The Black Hole Crossbow also offers one-handed arrow removal.
For more information, visit www.blackholetarget.com or call (866) 387-9307.
Best know for quality sights, rests and releases, Spot-Hogg offers the Safari line of paper targets, which include 28 different animal species to cover an entire NFAA field round. These affordable, disposable target faces measure 36 x 40 inches, can withstand a high number of shots and boast standard scoring rings in line with NFAA sizes for specified distances. These targets offer vivid orange aiming dots, and the scoring rings are clear and concise for fast scoring.
For more information, visit www.spot-hogg.com or call (541) 995-3702.
NiceTargets offers high-quality plastic target faces printed with professional high-definition photos, giving shooters the feeling of shooting at live animals in a natural setting. Vanishing Kill Zones mean the kill zones disappear gradually as you step back from the target for more realistic practice. Made from durable, recyclable plastic, NiceTargets faces are weather-resistant and can be left outside. Spot target faces are also available.
For more information, visit www.nicetargets.com.
Masterpiece Targets’ Killer Buck ($625) boasts a patented taxidermy antler attachment system so users can use their own realistic antlers, and the life-like position of this trophy buck means it can also serve as a decoy. Four “outsert” panels, two for the front and two for the back, give the user options. One front panel offers a geometric shot-placement system, while the other offers the geometric system plus three bull’s-eye scoring rings. One back panel has the geometric system, while the other provides realistic internal organs with bull’s-eye scoring rings.
For more information, visit www.masterpiecetargets.com or call (877) 738-3676.
Big Sky Real Archery Targets
The unique target faces from Big Sky offer photo-realistic animals with true-to-life measurements. Constructed from a durable, proprietary composite material, Big Sky target faces can withstand whatever the weather throws at them. Shooters can purchase the target faces, or a package that includes the target face, target stand, and a universal adapter kit for bag and block-style targets. Replacement vital sections are also available so users shouldn’t have to replace the target face itself.
For more information, visit www.bigskyrealarcherytargets.com or call (888) 642-6369.
Bearpaw Longlife 3-D targets feature self-healing foam for exceptionally long target life. These weather-resistant targets, distributed in the U.S. through Lancaster Archery and Kustom King, provide excellent arrow-stopping power and easy arrow removal. Finished with realistic details, Bearpaw targets offer scoring vital sections. An array of engaging target options, like the Meercat, Owl and Heron, are available.
BIGShot offers the Vegas Range Series Target System, industrial-grade targets designed to handle up to three archers per target to increase the shooter capacity of your range. The Vegas Target System features a 60-inch face and has the same durability and stopping power of BIGShot’s popular Iron Man series. Also from BIGShot is the Extreme 500. Rated at an incredible 500 fps and featuring a high compression system, this member of the Iron Man line ($40 to $300) can easily stop arrows from even the fastest crossbows on the market.
For more information, visit www.bigshottargets.com or call (888) 651-0029.
R&W 3D Targets
New targets from R&W include the Mule Deer and the Beer. Constructed of rugged self-healing foam, the Mule Deer has a core that features Ethafoam fabric to extend the shooting life of the target. The Beer target boasts a bear body and deer head. It features a Weathercoat water-resistant finish, all foam parts and compression-loc keys to hold the Beer together.
For more information, visit www.randwtargets.com or call (888) 651-0029.
Featured photo: John Hafner Photography